Aug 11 AT 11:47 PM Taylor Wimberly 42 Comments

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G is $249 on August 31st

Sprint customers will get to enjoy their version of the Samsung Galaxy S starting August 31st when the Epic 4G goes on sale for $249.99 with 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Most of you are familiar with the Epic 4G by now, so let’s go over some of the highlights from the press release that reveal new information.

  • A new reservation system will allow customers to order their phone starting this Friday, August 13th at Sprint.com/Epic4G while supplies last. Those who reserve online will then be able to complete their purchase on Tuesday, August 31 by picking up their phone in a local Sprint store.
  • Just like the EVO 4G, a $10 per month Premium Data add-on is required which Sprint says will allow customers to “take advantage of a richer data experience than ever before”.
  • The Epic 4G will ship with Android 2.1 and Sprint says they plan an upgrade to Android 2.2 in the “coming months”. Other Galaxy S phones have been rumored to see Android 2.2 updates in September, so expect more information next month.

I imagine this could be Sprint’s biggest launch this year as their 4G coverage area continues to expand and Samsung tries to capitalize on the HTC EVO 4G shortages. Sprint should also be commended for trying out a new reservation system. I like that it allows those who really want the phone to guarantee they get one and allows them to pick it up on their own schedule during launch day.

At $249 with 2-year contract, the Epic 4G is one of the most expensive Android phones. Sprint did not provide the off-contract pricing, so we will have to check with them and report back later. Clearly, Sprint is marketing the Epic to the high-end crowd so I bet they figure price will not be an issue. As they said when talking about the EVO, owning a 4G handset is similar to”the price for paying for a first-class seat on an airplane“.

Show Press Release

New reservation system begins Aug. 13 for Samsung Epic 4G at
www.sprint.com/epic4g

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Aug. 12, 2010 — The wait is almost over! Sprint (NYSE:S) today
announced pricing and availability for America’s first 4G-capable phone with a full QWERTY
keyboard and brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen, Samsung Epicâ„¢ 4G, bringing customers
an all-in-one device for staying connected, getting work done and enjoying the latest in
entertainment while on-the-go. Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G Galaxy Sâ„¢ smartphone and
the only one to offer a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, in all Sprint retail channels,
including Sprint.com, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and national retail partners, RadioShack,
Best Buy and Walmart, with Sprint Stores opening at 8 a.m. local time. It will cost $249.99
with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate
(taxes excluded).

For the first time ever, Sprint is offering customers a unique opportunity to reserve
Samsung Epic 4G for purchase. Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at
www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13., while supplies last. Customers who
reserve Samsung Epic 4G will be able to complete their purchase beginning Tuesday, Aug.
31, and must complete their purchase no later than 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Through the reservation process, customers will be able to reserve their devices online, pick
them up in a Sprint Store, and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint’s Ready Now
service.

“With its beautiful display and slide-out keyboard, Samsung Epic 4G is a powerful tool for our
customers, and it extends Sprint’s 4G leadership with a second strong smartphone option,”
said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “As we continue to lead the 4G revolution, we are proud to offer
our customers two 4G smartphones, the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot and several 4G
USB modems to access the fast speeds on our 4G network in more than 48 cities today. 4G
enhances entertainment, gaming and business applications.”

Powered by the Androidâ„¢ 2.1 operating system, Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new breed of
Samsung smartphones offering the best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium
user experience, and offers a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking
experience. It features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide-out, full QWERTY
keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display supporting a series of advanced
touchscreen gestures, including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and
horizontal swiping.

Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G smartphone to offer three fast and easy ways to enter text
onto the device — a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, virtual keyboard and Swype technology,
which allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion
across the virtual keyboard.

Additional industry-leading features:
- Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor supports amazing 3-D
graphics, faster upload and download times and the full richness of HD-like multimedia
content
- Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, power LED flash and 4x digital
zoom for photos and HD video1 (720p) video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA
camera for video chat and more
- Visual Voicemail
- Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or
4G experience
- Android Market for access to more than 65,000 useful applications, widgets and games
available for download to customize the experience
- Wi-Fi® b/g/n
- 1500 mAh removable battery

A Movie Theater in Your Hand
When Samsung Media Hub launches on Samsung Epic 4G, it will be the first and only 4G
handset to feature a video store with movies and TV shows available for purchase or rental
and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience on a handset screen. With
4G from Sprint, users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of video and
literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Samsung Epic 4G will also share user-generated video content with other devices thanks
to Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service. AllShare wirelessly shares stored music, pictures
and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certifiedâ„¢ home electronics,
including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, printers and more. Through AllShare, users will
be able to capture moments with the phone’s camera and camcorder and wirelessly show
them to friends or family on their DLNA-certified HDTV or download music from a PC to
Samsung Epic 4G and take it on the road.

Ideal for Gaming
Samsung Epic 4G’s brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen display offers the best representation
of color on a mobile phone that matches original content more than 100 times the
contrast quality of other leading displays. It also features faster response time, which
reduces “ghosting” images, wide viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion and a thinner
design to offer more accurate and responsiveness to touch.

In addition to the dynamic screen, Samsung Epic 4G’s six-axis motion sensing uses an
accelerometer and geo-magnetic sensor to fine-tune its ability to interpret simple movements
and provide an optimal gaming experience. When the phone tilts up and down or left and
right, the game can immediately respond in the same direction.

A demo of Asphalt 5, a popular racing game, is preloaded exclusively on Samsung Epic 4G
allowing users to take full advantage of these advanced gaming capabilities.

Tremendous 4G Tool for Business
Samsung Epic 4G is designed to deliver one of the best multimedia experiences for business
users in several vertical industries, such as healthcare, education, public safety, construction
and professional services, through superior speed and display innovation. It offers support
for push email and integrated calendar services, including Exchange ActiveSync, Googleâ„¢ and
Yahoo!®, as well as full support for Google Mobile Services.

With Android’s open-software platform, businesses can benefit from several productivity-
enhancing applications available in Android Marketâ„¢, including bar code scanning, signature
capture, document viewing and the ability to stream and upload video for customer approval
and archival purposes.

Android 2.2
Sprint plans to upgrade Samsung Epic 4G to Android 2.2 in the coming months. With the
Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improved EAS support, improved browser
performance, including Flash 10x support, voice dialing over Bluetooth® and application
storage on external memory.

Worry-Free Pricing
In order to provide the best experience, Samsung Epic 4G will use Sprint’s industry-leading
Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans, which include unlimited
Web, texting and calling on the Nationwide Sprint Network to every mobile in America with
Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month. A $10 per month
required Premium Data add-on will allow customers to take advantage of a richer data
experience than ever before.

Additionally, an optional pricing add-on will turn Samsung Epic 4G into a mobile hotspot
connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital
cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the
Sprint 3G network for just $29.99 per month (excludes surcharges and taxes).

With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of Samsung Epic 4G for 30
days. If not completely satisfied, customers may return the device within 30 days to get
reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and
restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2

Blazing trails with Sprint 4G
Samsung Epic 4G joins a powerful list of 4G-capable devices from the only national wireless
provider to offer 4G service today. Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any
other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G
service today in 48 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than
3G3, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available
today.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made
history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service
in these markets: California — Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia; Delaware — Wilmington;
Florida — Jacksonville; Georgia — Atlanta and Milledgeville; Hawaii — Honolulu and Maui; Idaho
— Boise; Illinois — Chicago; Maryland — Baltimore; Michigan — Grand Rapids; Missouri — Kansas
City and St. Louis; New York — Rochester and Syracuse; Nevada — Las Vegas; North Carolina
— Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary,
Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon — Eugene, Portland and Salem; Pennsylvania — Harrisburg,
Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading and York; Texas — Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi,
Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco
and Wichita Falls; Utah — Salt Lake City; Virginia — Richmond; Washington — Bellingham,
Seattle, Tri-Cities and Yakima. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati,
Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and
Washington, D.C.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications
services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users.
Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter
of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative
technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United
States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including
Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant
national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.
With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or
www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Source: Sprint

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  • http://Website Epic In Waiting

    FINALLY! ! ! ! ! ! ……I wish it was sooner than August 31st but at least we have a release date after months of speculation! ! ! ! ! …….I will be picking my Epic 4G up from Best Buy so I can avoid the ridiculous mail-in-rebates that you must deal with from the Sprint retail locations…..I am sooooo excited for this phone…..I hope the docking stations will be available on August 31st too…..Anyone else as excited as me for this phone?

    • http://Website fascinated

      Hey bro are you excited for this phone??? Lol. Just playing its one badass phone I just can’t wait for Verizon’s version to come out. I am equally excited and I hope it has a front facing camera. But I could live without one. Good luck with your epic dude.

      • http://Website kohls

        Finally, after all the controversies the epic has arrived. But obviously, iPhone 4 is better. ALthough, somehow. some people may prefer the Epic. Epic Phone Latest Impressions..

    • Droideka

      Its hard to wait 2 weeks??

      Youtube generation…

  • http://Website Tomie

    Nice phone there

  • http://Website Dylan Andersen

    As you said last post Taylor, it was “fully expected” to be announced at the now-normal $199 price point. Sprint is making a huge mistake here pricing it at $249. It definitely is a “high end” phone but Samsung has bailed on a few “promises” so far to upgrade their handsets past the current versions (Behold II, anyone?) and the Epic will definitely get Froyo but that’s about it.

    There’s no way in hell anyone in their right mind would get an Epic over the EVO unless they are dying for their QWERTY keyboards.

    EVO with the newest Froyo kernel with unlocked FPS and overclocking is … breathtaking. The quadrant/linpack results rival that of the Epic once modified. =)

    • http://Website Hans

      Why do people always bring up the Behold II? Yes, it was a Samsung android phone that wasn’t upgraded. But the Galaxy S line is lightyears ahead of that thing. The way they’re marketing this phone, they’d have to be idiots to not upgrade it past 2.2.

    • http://www.twitter.com/dalex7777 dalex7777

      Samsung is going to do extensive kernel and software tweaking for the Galaxy S phones for Froyo, they are not going to allow their Linpak/Quadrant scores to continue to languish when they know how much more powerful the Hummingbird is to the Snapdragons, and that the dual 1.2/1.5Ghz Snapdragons are coming out.

      2. The Galaxy S platform is Samsung’s premier global Android platform and has about as much in common with the Behold II as a 747 has with the Space Shuttle–both Boeing products but totally different purpose-builds

      3. If you are going to not buy a phone for a $50 difference up front, with all the ridiculous features of the EPIC, then you do not understand the value proposition of having the only U.S. Galaxy S phone on a carrier that was not neutered and adds the only one (so far, in the world) that adds a 5-row keyboard.

      I own the EVO and will gladly be switching my plans (thanks for the suggestion Michael @ Sprint!) to add the Epic 4G on an additional line for personal use and media viewing and streaming on the Super AMOLED screen.

    • http://Website adam

      so a qwerty keypad, flash, upgraded memory is not worth $50? come on! and to say the evo is better then the epic by upgrading to 2.2 and unlocking the fps just sounds silly. guess what, i wont need to unlock my phone to get over 30 fps. wait till you see what ANY galaxy s phone with 2.2 looks like before jumping the boat. samsung will have 4 phones on all the carriers that are the same hardware. i think upgrading to 2.2 wont be a problem since there’s already a overseas version available. stop hating.

  • http://Website 4g next

    50 more than the evo???!!!

    wait. really?

    really?

    no, really??

  • http://DidFroyo2.2fixedEVOterrible4Gdrainage? Raptor

    Hopefully Samsung is done 4G right. Because EVOs 4G is broken. I do not know if recent OS update fixed it. If not Sprint must recall it. Seriously, do not tell me any words, any damn blablah, just prove opposite.

    Use JuicePlotter (same folks made well known JuiceDefender) or other battery drainage plotting software and just leave EVO with 4G switched ON for 2-3 hours DOING NOTHING, no any background tasks, no web, movies, music, calling or other activities.

    Publish printscreen image or own Juiceplotter PNG picture (PNG files are automatically stored in some internal folder, see the Help). Or just make a photo using other camera.

    I afraid to ask you to leave it overnight on 4G. Have anyone tried ? ROFL

    • http://Website snowbdr89

      evo 4g broken? i have no problems at all on my evo with 4g on

      • http://Website Raptor

        Can u read? Publish the JuicePlotter picture

        If u r not trolling, then let’s beat that you even do not know that your phone 4G is broken. Because either you do not have 4G in your city like 90% of others who bought it in anticipation of 4G. Or you switch 4G ON and OFF manually (do you switch your PC processor cores manually too ?)

        ROFL.

        • http://Website Jomama

          OMG, you’re retarded. You should probably go back to grammar school, because you’re not making much sense. I’ll be the first to admit that the 4G coverage isn’t the best, but it’s only going to improve. Sure, it does drain battery life, but that’s the price of serious connection speeds. If you are so concerned that your battery is going to drain overnight I suggest plugging it in :P

  • http://Website Glenn

    I guess it makes sense that they would charge more for this than the other Galaxy S phones, since it does have more features. I mean, they kind of HAVE TO, don’t they? If this costs the same as the Captivate, Vibrant, and Fascinate, I think many people would demand that the other three cost less, as they have less features, but are made by the same company…

    Still, considering how “little” it offers over the HTC Evo, are those offerings really worth the extra $50?

  • http://Website area5x1

    People, the price isn’t really $250. You pay $350 at the door. The $250 is after mail in rebate, and who knows how long that could take, or if it ever goes through at all. So really, Sprint people expect to pay $350 when you buy the phone with a new contract. That’s an insane price for a 2 year contract if I ever saw one. Dell Streak all over again.

    • http://Website Glenn

      If you buy the HTC Evo from Sprint, you’d also have to apply for the $100 mail-in-rebate to get the $199.99 price. How is this different?

      You can get the HTC Evo from Best Buy and Radio Shack without need of the $100 MIR, and the same is true of the Sumsung Epic.

  • http://Website Good Guy

    Anybody know the non contract price? Seems like that’s the best way to go since they want to charge and arm an a leg for a GREAT Phone.

    • http://Website evo all the way

      Off contract price I will assume is 499.99 because you $150 instantly…100 mail in rebate and…the phone 249.99 after rebates

  • http://Website Andrew

    The keyboard on this phone looks ugly has hell.

    • Shiggity

      Function over fashion, as they say. ;)

  • http://Website Pluckiducki

    Does anyone know if Spring will allow a contract upgrade out of time in order to get onto 4g? Just got my moment in Feb and want the Epic.

    • Shiggity

      I want to say “likely not” but ask your local Sprint store or call Sprint and ask them. A contract is a contract for a reason.

    • Shiggity

      Also, if you want to go Epic 4G, then you’d have to pay the full price of $499.99. Have fun.

  • http://Website Carlos

    Reserve one now! https://sprint.timetrade.com/tc/ReservePhone.do?method=load

    Price off contract, according to the fine print on that site: $499.99

  • http://Website onlyever

    Correction: There is a $150 mail-in rebate, not $100 (: Thanks

    • http://Website Androidalltheway

      Its 100 mail in rebate and a 150 instant rebate its on the site

  • http://Website toobad

    I can’t believe they priced this phone at 250 after mail in rebate. Are they kidding? For a cell phone? $50 higher than the EVO which has a bigger scree, and 8 megapixel camera vs a 5. WOW. I was all set to get this phone.but for 250, Im going to have to pass.

    • http://Website kleany

      1. Super AMOLED Screen vs EVO 4G washed up screen.
      2. Keyboard
      3. Far Superior CPU w/ GPU….

      Really though, whats an extra $50 bucks? a full tank of gas?

  • http://www.mobilebrazzers.com Mobile Brazzers

    Yup looks like Sprint blew it on this one.

    Shame its the only decent qwerty going right now.

    I have never trusted Sprint ever since their douchebag CEO said all that crap about Android when it first came out.

    Now its part of his emotional heartfelt personal schpeel his gives you on TV

    really? I thought Android would “never mature”

    • http://Website Antwan

      He was only referring to Pre 1.5 versions of Android. I to believe that 1.5 was the first stable version of Android myself.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dalex7777 dalex7777

    Can’t wait for this phone!

    Already placed my reservation.

  • http://Website EvoSucks

    WOW, really sucks to have purchased the evo and now you are locked into a 2 yr contract with that brick of a shit phone.

    Epic with its screen, processor, memory, gpu blows EVO to pieces.

    • http://Website manly man

      You knew the epic is a better phone, but you still signed a 2-year contract for the evo?

  • http://Website NADE SLADE

    I had the Evo for 3 weeks and loved it. then the 4g conked out on me and sprint said it was supposed to do that (idiots). The technician did not even know what Wimax was. said it would take 2-4 weeks for a replacement so i just got my refund before the 30 days was up and now i miss my evo but i am not sure if the epic can fill that void i intended on replacing the evo with either an epic 4g or the white evo from BB. but I’m kinda lost here the extra 50 bucks is the only thing thats makin me wonder is it reely worth it. and the epic is cutesy for a guy the evo is more masculine, BIG. when everyone else puts out LTE 4g capable phones sprint will go down the toilet because all their customer service reps are good at is placing you on hold and hangin up the damn phone (happened to me 10 times in 7 days) 4 right now the evo is asd good as 4g gets but it can and will be done waaaaaaaayyyyyy better than that in the near future

  • http://Website nareitz

    For people that want a phone for, oh… wait… A PHONE, this is an absolute joke. Think about it…. not only are you upaying $250 for the phone up front, but over the life of the contract you are also paying an extra $240 ($10/mo for 24 months) just for the privilige of having this phone (like the evo). You’re kidding, right? $490 for this phone WITH a 2 year contract? Sprint, you’re smoking crack! And that’s coming from a 12 year loyal Sprint customer.

    • http://Website Kenshu

      Yea, it’s kind of silly, but then again it’s still cheaper than paying for Verizon or AT&T. If you think about it you are getting a great deal for $79 a month. You get unlimited text, data, and voice to any cell-phone plus 450 minutes to landlines. This kind of service woud cost over $100 per month on AT&T or Verizon. (Oh wait, you can’t get unlimited data on AT&T…..)

  • http://Website HtcAllWay

    I have the HTC Evo never had and issue with it from day one, best phone i ever had in my sprint career which is 7 years and counting. Now the i have gone the numerous samsung phones and realized ill stick with the tv’s and other things, but not their phones. Speaking off personal experience especially their “Instinct” line and dont get me started on the “Moment.” I’ll pass on this and on top of that they are admitting their gps is not fully operational lol i will definitely will pass. Htc has been good since day 1 and ill continue to purchase only Htc phones.

  • http://Website Arlet

    I have an epic on reserve for the 31st at a Sprint store. Does anyone know if they will allow me to pay full price since I am not due for an upgrade yet?

  • http://Website Peter

    FYI – You can buy the new Epic phone from Amazon for $199 with a 2 year contract. Free Shipping AND no mail in rebates. Check it out… http://www.Amazon.com

  • http://Website Debbie

    can the samsung epic 4g be used with boost mobile’s one price/all included plan?

  • http://Website Doris

    I have the Epic 4G and I love it; it does everything but cook breakfast for me! However, I have one complaint; it will not allow me to initiate phone calls from my bluetooth earpiece – which I have been able to do with my last several phones. This phone is NOT hands free, and therefore dangerous if you need to place a call while driving. Of course, you can pull over to place the call, but that rather defeats the purpose, now doesn’t it.

    I keep reading about the upgrade to Version 2.2, which should allow this feature. I talked to Samsung today; the tech hinted at an upgrade, but definitely did not make any promises nor give me much hope. I would be 100% satisfied with the phone if I had this one feature enabled.

    My favorite feature is the Kindle app. I had planned on buying a Kindle or Nook or a reader of some kind, and now I don’t need to. Reading a book on this device is great – much smaller and lighter (and easier to hold) than a full-sized reader.