Jul 26 AT 1:32 PM Alberto Vildosola 13 Comments

Sprint waves adieu to HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Epic 4G, others


It seems only yesterday we were running to our local Sprint stores to get America’s first 4G phone. In many ways, the HTC EVO 4G belonged to a new breed of Android phones that appealed to the average consumer–not just us geeks. It was blazing fast. It was relatively easy to use. It had a big screen. It even had a kickstand for god’s sake. It was only after the release of phones like the EVO 4G and the Droid that people would actually come up to me and ask about those Android phones or “Droids.”

But all good things must come to an end. And more than a year after its release, it’s time to say goodbye to the HTC EVO 4G. According to a leak from Sprintfeed, Sprint will soon retire the EVO 4G, the Samsung Epic 4G, the Samsung Transform and the Motorola i1. The first one to get the axe will be the i1, which will be put to bed in the next few days. After that, the white version of the EVO 4G will be let go in September. Followed by the regular EVO 4G, Samsung Transform and Epic 4G in October.

All these phones have been or are about to be replaced by much better Android phones, so there’s nothing to be sad about. After all, there’s a little bit of EVO 4G inside every HTC Sensation or HTC EVO 3D. And, hopefully, inside the Nexus 3 as well. Fingers crossed.


Via: AndroidCentral

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • rahlquist

    Wow retirement announcement for Epic a few days after AT&T announces Captivate (which came out months before Epic) will get Gingerbread. Way to force some obsolescence there Sprint.

  • https://mrjonestheceo.wordpress.com Markjones (1 word)

    That is crazy that they are going to retire the EVO 4G because it has had a steady sale rate since it was released last June. I currently have the 3D and is very happy with it. I wonder what is going to be the next big signature phone for Sprint . I believe I know. Visit my blog https://mrjonestheceo.wordpress.com and or Follow me on Twitter Mr_jones_theCeo

  • Gregory Poe

    This is a bad move. I work at Best Buy Mobile, and the Evo 4G is our biggest seller, and it has been for as long as I can remember. In fact, only yesterday a family came in and got 3 evos and an evo shift.

    • Adam

      why would they buy evo when evo 3D is out now. bad move on them!

      • kazahani

        I work for Radioshack, and it’s the same story here. The EVO has been the best selling phone by a mile since it came out. I’ve sold 4 EVO 3D’s since they lauched, but in that same timeframe I’ve probably sold 15-20 EVO 4G’s. It’s all about price, really. They want $200 for the EVO 3D, but they are giving away the original EVO for free. I think that Sprint has shot themselves in the foot with the 3D thing, because a lot of people that come in think that it’s the only difference between the 3D and the 4G. You have to remember that most smartphone customers aren’t really into specs and processor speeds. You say “Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Processor” and they really have no grasp on what you are saying.

  • rev2redlineguy

    I recently switched to Sprint last month and got the EVO for free. It is an awesome phone and more than exceeds all of my expectations of a phone. Sure it would of been nice to get the EVO 3D but for what my needs are (and the fact it was FREE) the EVO 4G was perfect for me. So to me, it was a good move. =-)

  • Interpol91

    I currently have the Epic but hopefully Sprint gets a phone I actually want to switch to. Hmmm don’t know whether I should go with the SGSII or wait till the Nexus 3

    • Brad

      I was deciding between the two also. I’m going to get the Nexus 3 because it’s usually the first to get updates.

  • E1

    As a real happy EVO 4G owner it was a gud run n a really good year i don’t care that da battery dont last a day on heavy use I don’t care that every one was trying to give it bad reviews this thing rocks my world n I don’t ever put it down more Dan 30mins sad tho to say I’m going on to da 3D need a faster EVO but ill root this one tho and keep it

  • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGEAR_Todd

    I understand retailers wanting to sell handsets, but there is going to have to be some kind of compromise reached for obsoleting handsets inside of the contract period. Otherwise, all the carriers will get is constant churn as aggressive carriers subsidize the early termination fees of other carriers.

  • aj

    RIP Epic legend that was the EVO 4G. The phone that ushered in a new wave of giant powerhouse phones that got me super giddy when i first heard about it. Checking the internet every other night in anticipation and being filled green with envy over those who had. I think i speak for all of us when I say we will miss you old friend

  • Fury

    Evo 4G is rock solid. I plan to keep it as long as possible. I personally don’t see a need to drop more $$ for “3D”.

  • http://Note Uncemister

    It was bound to happen eventually. I’m not a sprint user but I can certainly say the evo and epic did not die in vain. They both lived a good life and became one of the highlights of android, which I think is outstanding.