May 12 AT 6:08 PM Clark Wimberly 30 Comments

Sprint EVO 4G launches June 4th for $199

The wait is finally over. Today Sprint announced an official price point and release date for the HTC Evo 4G. Releasing June 4, 2010, users will be able to pick up the EVO for $199.99 (after a $100 mail-in-rebate, new contract, and premium data buy-up). The full off contract pricing is $450.

The EVO 4G has been one of the hottest phones making the rounds online but for those not in the loop, it’s sporting a 4.3 inch screen, dual cameras (including an 8mp main cam), mobile hotspot (for up to 8 users), and even HDTV out for pumping high quality video right to your TV set. For the full details, check out the official EVO page at http://sprint.com/evo.

Highlights of the Sprint EVO 4G include:

  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
  • Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
  • Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
  • Two cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
  • Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
  • Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
  • A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
  • Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
  • Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.
Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://Website Galen20K

    *HOTTNESS****

  • http://Website CJ

    That data plan and hotspots plan are painful.

  • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

    Been looking forward to seeing this info. The ten dollars for 4g is expected, and I’m just glad it’s not more. I’ll take a pass on 30 dollar hot spot.

    Now I need to know upgrade pricing, since they don’t specifically say if this is or isn’t for new customer pricing only.

    Long live the evo!

    • page

      It’s 199 for upgrades also!

    • http://Website nickchop

      Yeah, except it’s not an extra $10 bucks for 4G. It’s just an extra $10 bucks for the phone. It’s mandatory, and you have to pay it even if you’re not in a 4G area.

  • http://Website Jon

    $10 a month for the premium data buy-up…gritting my teeth but yeah okay. Another $29.99 to use the mobile hotspot feature….HAHAHAHAHA good luck with that Sprint!

    • http://Website TechnoSTIG

      Good luck with that indeed…..

      When we have “wireless tether for root users”!

  • http://Website Capnjck

    If you’re in an area without WiMax coverage does the premium data buy-up apply?

  • http://Website Name (required)

    Arghh… i don’t know what to do. Evo or Garmin phone, Evo or Garmin phone… This is such a tough decision…. since they’re both $199 i just can’t decide! LOL

  • http://Website Nick

    “premium data buy-up”? What’s that exactly?

  • http://Website Fr. Jack

    If I have the 100 everything plan now, will I still have to pay an extra 10 bucks a month? If I just want to tether myself once in a while, will I have to root the phone, or can I just use something like PDAnet? My thanks to all of you so wiser than I…..

    • page

      Good question! It is in fact Sprint’s Simply Everything! However, is sounds like you will be forced to pay the extra 10 either way.

  • http://Website finndo

    yes you have to pay the fee no matter where you live… sux ballz… I bet you could get a class action against them though… there is no 4G where I live (entire state) and currently no plans to provide 4G (in my entire state)

  • ayocuz

    I still love my nexus one(Googles baby) or should I say androids tester phone

  • http://Website Rizo

    Fail… So what about the next phone that will replace the EVO 4G? Will you need to pay extra for the super duper data plan it needs to fully utilize the phone? Charging extra gets you nowhere. Sprint is still the same ol’ Sprint.

  • http://Website Mark

    I REALLY like the $450.00 off contract price. T-Mobile is charging $400 for full price of a myTouch 3G. Full price of a Nexus One is $529.00. For $50 more than a myTouch and $79.00 LESS than a Nexus One you can get this phone with no contract? NICE!!!

  • http://Website GeorgeO

    Question: If I pay the $450 for the Evo, can I keep ANY PLAN that I’m on?

    I currently have a sweet deal with discounts…$43 a month for unlimited data, 500 texts, and 400 mins.

    Or, will they force me to change plans when I try to activate the new phone? (LAME!)

    • page

      Yeah, you must be on the Everything Data Plan! You will be forced to change your plan. But if you have some sort of work discount, that will stay on your account!

  • http://Website worldbfree4me

    Wow, what a bunch of tools.. The freakin plan is $69.99 which includes unlimited mobile to mobile, text, nav, web plus an add’l $10 for 4g.. Thats the least expensive in the industry!

  • http://Website akvomermsl

    The “tools” are pointing out that if you must pay an extra $10 for 4G (which doesn’t exist in popular cities like San Diego for instance), then that is simply b.s. That means you are running a phone on the 3G network pushing the same data as a Hero or similar, but yet you get to pay an extra $10?

    wtf?

  • http://Website monkeyboy

    lol..yea honestly ppl. ATT charges you $30 for even having an iphone, and that’s on top of whatever talk plan you chose, plus an extra $20 for unlimited texting!!
    The $10 isn’t just for 4G but seems to be because Sprint is planning on you utalizing far more data that usual even on the 3G network (using that nice snapdragon and the HUGE screen)
    Canterrain..I did read that Sprint will run it’s normal upgrade ($150 after 22 months or 12 for premier customers)
    As for the hotspot, I sympathize and will have to think long and hard about the extra $30…however Sprint is really offering us a deal as the other hotspot devices require a $60 plan (and only let you tether 5 devices). I will be interested if they offer unlimited 3G with the evo (the normal data plan for the Overdrive is unlimited 4G and 5Gb on 3G)
    Either way I am SOOOO buying one as soon as possible

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    The iphone on AT&T costs:
    Plan: Nation 450 w/Rollover® Minutes $39.99
    Services: Data Plan for iPhone $30.00
    Messaging Unlimited $20.00
    AT&T Navigator(SM) for iPhone $9.99
    TOTAL = $99.98

    HTC Evo on Sprint costs:
    Plan: 450 Everything Data $69.99
    Services: Data Plan for Evo $9.99
    Messaging Unlimited $0.00
    Sprint Navagation $0.00
    Any Mobile Anytime $0.00
    TOTAL = $79.98

    I don’t see an issue here… I’ll be sure to be one of the first in line for this!

    • http://Website Brent

      You’re also forgetting that the AT&T plan won’t have unlimited calls to any mobile phone on any carrier, and… wtf… I can’t get to any plans on the AT&T website. How the hell would I sign up anyways? Anyways, does AT&T have unlimited nights and weekends on that plan?

      • http://Website Millo

        and you all forgot the great amount of dropped call on att :P

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  • http://Website manly man

    Damn $450 with out contract, thats a deal!

    • http://Website bigsolo

      SPRINT ALL THE WAY

  • http://Website Ben

    Sprint is price gouging families with an interest in the EVO. Here is how:

    If your like me, you want an Android phone and your spouse just wants a basic phone without data. Sprint is attempting to rip off customers like us with the EVO plans. For this scenario, Sprint is $40 more expensive than Verizon, $50 more expensive than AT&T and $65 more expensive than TMobile and on a monthly basis when you go with the cheapest family plan. Sprint is closer to the other carriers on the individual plans but still $10 more expensive (the EVO “premium data” BS).

    They will tell you that you are going to use more data with the EVO and that is why they need the extra $10, but 4G is anything but widespread right now and they are not going to let you get away without paying the $10 if 4g is not available in your area. So Sprint is really just searching for ways to squeeze more money out of you. Either that, or they know they can’t handle a large amount of data users.

    Here are the monthly costs for individuals and families looking for the cheapest way to get a single Android phone or the EVO in Sprint’s case. Because of these prices, I will wait for either the Samsung Galaxy S which has a 4″ AMOLED screen among other things. Besides in the Android world, a better phone is announced every month. The EVO is a beautiful phone that should be a big hit. Unfortunately Sprint got involved and is holding all of that great hardware for a hefty ransom. If Sprint doesn’t correct their family plan pricing, I’ll wait a short time for the next great Android phone.

    Sprint data is a compilation of 3 online chats with Sprint customer service and two in store visits. The other numbers are from shopping carts online.

    Sprint
    —————————
    Individual:
    $70 for 450 min voice including data
    $10 for the EVO
    $80 Total

    Family:
    $130 2 lines sharing 1500 min voice including data
    $10 for the EVO
    $140 Total

    Verizon
    —————————
    Individual:
    $40 for 450 min of voice
    $30 data
    $70 Total

    Family:
    $70 2 lines sharing 700 min voice
    $30 data for 1 of those phones
    $100 Total

    T-Mobile
    —————————
    Individual:
    $30 for 500 min voice
    $25 for data
    $55 Total

    Family:
    $50 2 lines sharing 750 min voice
    $25 data for 1 of the phones
    $75 Total

    AT&T
    —————————
    Individual:
    $40 for 450 min voice
    $30 for data
    $70 Total

    Family:
    $60 2 lines sharing 550 min voice
    $30 data for 1 of the phones
    $90 Total

    • http://Website big solo

      BEN BEN BEN WE KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR IPHONE AND ATT. Family:
      $60 2 lines sharing 550 min voice
      $30 data for 1 of the phones
      $90 Total
      IS THIS ALL YOU CAN BRING ONLY 2 THINGS TO THE TABLE? YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR 90% OF THE APPS FROM ITUNE.GOOGLE IS GROWING EVERY DAY AND RUNNING WITH SOME OF THE SAME APP. YOU NEED TO CHECK THE SPRINT WEB SITE BETTER. YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG. SPRINT HAS WAY MORE TO OFFER FREE WITH THE EVERY THING PLAN! AND I CAN”T TALK 500MIN IN 15 DAYS! WHAT WOULD I HAVE TO DO? TEXT TO KEEP MY MIN DOWN! OH MY MY GOD I FORGOT. I CANT DO THAT! I DIDN’T PAY THE $20 SNAP DAMN I BETTER START CALLING MY FRIEND THAT HAVE SPRINT AND THE OTHER HAS T MOBILE I ALWAYS TALK AROUND 1100 MIN JUST WITH THEM A MONTH DAMN NOW I WOULD HAVE OVERAGE 300.00 MORE! SORRY BEN WHY PAY FOR SOMTHING THAT YOU CAN GET FREE WITH SPRINT. OH YEA, YOU CAN USE PDANET WITH THIS CELL TOO YOU DONT HAVE TO USE THE HOTSPOT IF NOT NEEDED. ALSO YEA I CHEATED. I GOT A IPAD AND IT WORKS GOOD WITH EVO HOTSPOT. HELL IPHONE SCREEN IS TO SMALL I LIKE APPLE BUT ATT IS B.S. I LOVE MY SPRINT. I WILL NEVER NEVER LET YOU GO. LOL

  • http://Website eddie

    Ben, what about Text Messaging costs. In the Sprint plans, unlimited text messaging is included. I know ATT charges extra.