May 27 AT 9:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Really??? Qik video chat on the Sprint EVO will cost $5 per month

So you just picked up your new Sprint EVO 4G with front-facing camera and you are ready to make your first video call. What are your choices when it comes to video chat applications? Users could download the new Fring and start video chatting for free OR they could opt for Qik and start paying $5 per month.

Yup, you read that correct. Mobile video chat with Qik will be a “premium service” with a $4.99 monthly recurring charge (via PayPal). This fee will be in addition to the mandatory $10 Android tax that Sprint is tacking on to all EVO calling plans.

The Qik application is prominently featured on the front of the EVO box and it comes preinstalled, so I’m sure they will get a few sign-ups. However, I wonder how long those customers will keep paying once they learn they can get the same functionality for absolutely nothing.

Employee training materials from Sprint.

Employee training materials from Sprint.

Source: AndroidGuys

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  • gamefreak1218

    WOW…well…not gonna use THAT app anymore!

  • http://Website plainbrad

    That phone keeps getting more and more expensive.

  • http://www.jonnylam.com Jonathan

    I don’t mind paying for things, but the way they’re tacking on these oh-by-the-way charges is getting pretty effing aggravating.

  • http://Website jwwolfe77

    This phone is gonna nickel and dime me to death! To me Qik looks cooler than fring but after people realize that they are not really going to useing Video calling all that much i think they will cancel their qik after their first month. I think im just gonna go with Fring. Im already pissed that i have to pay an extra $10 for 4g service that i will probably not get for a long long time. GRRRR SPRINT, GRRRR!!!!!

  • http://Website bigtmane

    Ok, this is getting kinda stupid. I heard sprint has kinda been in financial trouble, but these fees are killing me. Me and my wife are getting a evo, so the 10$ charge has turned into 20 already. I wonder if you can use the tethering apps in the market, or will they be blocked? Anyway, I’m not paying for anything else. If I hear about one more freggin charge, I’m going to stay with tmo and wait for the galaxy.

  • http://Website c

    You guys do realize this monthly charge is from Qik not Sprint right?

  • http://Website Queen Laqueefa

    What’s next? Charging users per tweet or status update? App developers need a dose of reality.

  • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

    The monthly fee appears to be charged by Qik, not Sprint. So for once it’s not quite Sprint nickel and diming us.

    But it still feels like getting nickled and dimed. All the lead up to how cool Qik would be with video calling added, and never a hint of an extra fee involved. At least the hotspot access was spelled out from the beginning.

    I still want an Evo, but I just see another feature I’m going to opt out of more and more each day.

  • http://Website puta que pario

    that is a big BS all those extras..i hope they lost business with that

  • http://Website Dee

    smh qik smh,
    youtube became popular because it was free. could you imagine if youtube charged? this is only gonna make fring the more used webchat.

  • http://Website Gryffyn

    I want to know what they mean by ‘video chat’. Qik streams video from mobile devices (free, last time I checked) so that the general public or your friends can watch, but isn’t really a “video chat” app. It’s a live streaming app. You might consider this ‘video chat’, but I’m wondering if they’re talking about actual person to person video calls like Fring gives you. If the standard Qik video streaming is still free but person to person video calls is extra, that would make more sense.

  • http://www.cuband.com cuband

    I get annoyed by these types of things. Years ago, I had NEXTEL and had unlimited data. But in order to use the built-in functionality of the phone as it was intended (as a modem for data), I would have to pay a monthly fee in addition. This kind of thing – charging a fee based on “how you use” something you are already paying for – annoys me to no end.

  • http://Website David

    I’ll still get the Evo. I’ll just remove Qik and install Fring. This is not a deal breaker for me, but they should take into consideration your local area and if you don’t have 4G coverage where your billing address is then you shouldn’t have to pay the extra 10.00 per month.

  • http://Website 2C

    II wonder if you’ll be able to make free video calls through Skype? I’m not planning on getting an Evo but I couldn’t really see myself ever using video calling all that much.

  • http://Website jhayden

    Be clear, this is Qik that is charging this, not Sprint!

    Qik is being pretty ballsy with this move. Its the only phone out so far with this capability so its not like a ton of people u know will have it available for features. So its not going to be used much anyway. Why they think that people will see this as a good investment is beyond me! Good luck to them, lol

  • http://Website GreedySprint

    To all the Sprint fanboys…you think Sprint had not knowledge of Qik charge? They are the boss, they knew what was going on. Flaunting the video chat feature to justify the ‘premium data’ $10 tax and then to say we need a extra $5 from you … ‘but its not for us” … is complete BS. Lets just say they didn’t know…then what the hell is the management doing letting a small developer screw up the launch of their flagship product??? Either way, they screw up.

  • http://Website Dee

    i seriously doubt this will affect Evo prospective buyers. if anything Qik will learn their lesson the hard way. im sure sprint saw it as, “user can choose to use tis services” knowing full well that someone would come out and make a simple video chat app to challenge qik.
    as i always say…
    “you can always be replaced.”

  • http://Website obfuscate

    EPIC FAIL

  • http://Website aok

    Thats just another qik nail in sprints coffin. To the naive customer all they will see is $5 charge for video chat, no matter the alternatives. Only a fool would pay for this.

  • gmr4life

    Here is Qik official response on the issue.

    Well, there’re a number of rumors flying around that the 2-way Qik mobile video service will require a premium subscription. We wanted to clarify what that really means. Firstly, rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE. Yes — this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th — the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches.

    Link: http://www.androidcentral.com/qik-responds-video-chat-free-advanced-premium-features-will-cost-extra

  • http://Website FoneAddict

    I could care less about the $5 dollar charge for video chat (because I won’t be using it) it’s the $30 dollar a month charge for USING the phone on top of your service plan from sprint. Besides, I don’t plan on buying it because it’s a 1st generation phone so I’m sure it’s going some glitches that going to DRIVE people CRAZY so I’ll wait till the 2nd or 3rd generation, maybe by then it’ll have a keyboard or come to Verizon lol.

    • Vantaggio

      Actually it not a $30 charge is a $10 charge and it for the unlimited data access this device gives the user the ability to share with up to 8 other devices that makes the an easy charge to accept.. I currently have phone service and a separate data plan for my laptop. Now with the EVO I am dropping my data plan and saving myself $20+ a month on this… seems like a deal to me. Also this device does not need a separate keyboard as the on screen keyboard is more accurate and easier to use than any physical keyboard on a phone I have ever used. In the last 8 years I have owned 10+ phones either personal or through business; and this is easily the best and most responsive device I have had to date.