Apr 23 AT 2:36 PM Anthony Domanico 44 Comments

Rumor: Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE to be released May 18th

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Ever since Sprint and HTC announced the HTC EVO 4G LTE, I’ve been wanting to get my grubby little hands on one. The HTC One X variant is up for preorder on May 7th, with Sprint claiming a release would come shortly thereafter. The EVO 4G LTE will run $199.99 with new two year agreement, continuing Sprint’s insistence on $200 as the ideal high-end smartphone price.

The Rumor

Sprint will release the EVO 4G LTE on May 18th both online and in Sprint’s retail stores. Today’s rumor serves as further evidence of a May 18th date, after a PhoneDog rumor last week.

The Source

This rumor comes from an anonymous source inside Sprint, who for obvious reasons wishes to remain nameless. This source has proven reliable in the past, pinpointing the release date for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, and I find this source to be trustworthy.

One Android Insider’s take on the rumor

With preorders of the HTC EVO 4G LTE set to begin on May 7th, May 18th seems just about as good a date as any for the follow up to the highly popular EVO line, and goes along with a previous PhoneDog rumor from a separate source. That said, both the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper were released on a Sunday, giving us just a bit of skepticism that Sprint would choose to launch the EVO 4G LTE on a Friday.

Still, our source has provided us reliable information in the past, and we know that Sprint wants to get the EVO 4G LTE out as soon as possible. Unless we hear otherwise, we’re going to go ahead and pen the 18th in as the EVO’s release date, and you probably should too.

Who’s planning on picking up the EVO 4G LTE when it launches next month?

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  • triangle

    Thanks for publishing this. This matches a rumor that was circulating last week. It just lends more credibility to this date.

    http://www.phonedog.com/2012/04/18/rumor-htc-evo-4g-lte-hitting-sprint-on-may-18th/

  • LongTimeSprintUser

    No LTE network for Sprint…..what’s the point of buying one?

    • swazedahustla

      Actually sprint has LTE up in various cities and its working right now as I type this. They are still in the testing phases, but if they are testing in multiple cities currently, its very likely that LTE will be up and operational by the time this phone is released on the 18th. Fits into their statement that it would be up and running by mid year.

      • susan

        Bought EVO 4 g 22 months ago, still waiting for 4 g. What happened to those promises? Sprint did not follow thru in many locations only major cities.

        • Kdiz

          You can blame Clearwire and their greedy awful business practices for all that.

      • John Brown

        I live in Dallas, if I were to buy the GNex or the Evo LTE, will be LTE be working since I”m in a launch city or are they still testing it behind closed doors?

    • Hector Posada

      dude its not just about LTE… the phone is badass. screw LTE when i get 40mbs at home on wifi.

  • Richard Yarrell

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    • jonathan3579

      Oh for Christ’s sake…

      Everybody aboard! Next stop is the zoo to see the always applauding Richard Yarrell.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Ummmmm maybe I don’t come to Adroidandme as often as I can … buttt Richard has double digit negatives going wayyyy back… can I be informed?

        • jonathan3579

          Well the short and sweet version is that he’s ran his mouth a little too much and created an entire community against his hypocritical and uneducated idiocy.

        • squiddy20

          It should also be noted that he created at least 4 separate Disqus accounts because each of them were banned from Phandroid and he couldn’t figure out why despite all the comments against him. I believe he was also banned from Android Central and Android Police at least once each about a year ago. He currently goes to other Android/tech related websites and spams the f*ck out of them (now) with “Galaxy Nexus is BOSS” and other ridiculous crap.

          • jonathan3579

            I’m a moderator of AndroidCommunity so I’d love to see him around there. LOL. He could make all the accounts he wanted but it’s just as simple as banning his IP address. The web has enough idiots without egotistical piss ants like him.

        • Steam

          For a little more insight on Richard, and a big part of the reason why he is so universally hated, you can read my explanation to another person here:
          http://androidandme.com/2012/04/news/htc-were-going-to-focus-on-thinness-not-battery-life/
          I really can’t overstate what a complete and utter piece of sh*t he is. A bit over a year ago, on another site, he called my neighbor’s 14-year-old daughter a “useless piece of trash, her parents should be slapped in the mouth, and that he was going to piss on her.” Her “crime”? She didn’t think the EVO was the best phone on the market, and that’s it. Period. She never insulted him or even said anything negative (except that his phone wasn’t the best thing ever invented He has absolutely no idea how close he came to getting clipped, and I am not saying that jokingly. At all. I talked her father out of it (upon reflection, I shouldn’t have).
          I tried to ask Richard nicely to not call people bums, broke losers, etc. over a year and a half ago, or I’d see to it that everyone I know who donates to charities never, ever donates to the Bowery Mission as long as he acts like that. One person I know was considering making an online petition calling for him to either act like a 50-year-old, or be fired. His response? He thought it was hilarious, not only that, he specifically stated that he didn’t care and I would “face judgment” (I guess from one of his imaginary phones) because between myself, some neighbors and colleagues, we’ve cost the BM a bit over $90K/year in donations.
          In the other thread, Angie completely missed the point, this has nothing to do with “winning a tech argument” (my cat could win a tech argument with Richard), and as for Richard’s personal struggles? He should have thought of that before running about claiming that he was “kool” (how he spells it, I guess he learned spelling from ghetto cigarettes)because he used his real name, and called people who use screen names “cowards” because he never even touched a computer until 2007, then went on to insult anyone and everyone. This is the 21st century, if you don’t want your dirty laundry aired, then don’t act like an asshole, use your real name and expect people not to do a little digging. All he has to do is stop being an asshole, and I’ll go back to my annual donations, leave him alone, and I would let whoever I can know as well that Richard grew up. It’s never going to happen because he has severe, deep-seated mental issues. I just hope that he doesn’t get himself clipped before February 2014 – I have a bet with a friend that not only will he not change, he will continue to get worse (he proves me right on an almost daily basis).

          • Neo

            I don’t have anything to add about Mr. Yarrell, but if you think that withholding donations from an agency that aims to help *all* people down on their luck, (regardless of society’s approval) accomplishes some worthy goal, proves a point, or exacts retribution on Mr. Yarrell… you are just as deluded as he is.

    • squiddy20

      Cause an annual *two year old* “tradition” is soooo “established”. Not to mention that customers don’t “need” new devices, you think they do because you lead an unsatisfying life and surround yourself with *phones* that you basically think of as children/family.

  • Jorge Vieira

    Mtough choice this or the galaxy nexus. I think this one wins withbthe camera and KICKSTAND!

  • spazby

    not sure this will be a big selling item with galazy s3 announcement and slow rollout of lte…

    • swazedahustla

      LOL, yea sprint customers are gonna wait until october for a SGS3 that turns out to be a more shiny SGS2? Yea ok.

      • Orion78

        Yeah and you’re so sure of that huh? Another gullible idiot who believes everything he ”reads”. Yeah ok.

      • spazby

        I may be wrong but if i were in the market for a new phone, I would not be buying this as lte is not up and running yet (at least where i live) and i would be stuck with a slow ass 3g… i would rather wait it out with my wimax phone till lte comes live and by then, sg3 should be around the corner…

        • D-Ray

          I guess I could be wrong, but I think this phone is supposed to be compatible with the 4g wimax service also. But I personally can’t wait to get this phone JUST to get 3g service and drop my T-Mobile (I only get EDGE service where I live with speedtests literally as low as 2-4 kbps, whereas Verizon offers LTE, AT&T offers HSPA+ 4g, and Sprint offers 3g). Going with Sprint for the lower price and unlimited data.

          • D-Ray

            After further research, I guess I’m wrong about the wimax lol. But oh well, 3g is still an upgrade for me and I’ll be happy! Definitely getting this phone on launch date, hopefully May 18th.

  • Orion78

    ”That said, both the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper were released on a Sunday, giving us just a bit of skepticism that Sprint would choose to launch the EVO 4G LTE on a Friday.”

    Sprint has always lauched the EVO line on Fridays.

  • jaydeeIL

    I’ll be getting this. And I live north of Chicago, so hopefully LTE extends that far. Either May or June, I’ll putting hand prints all over my new EVO .

  • glovesfootball

    I’ve been itching to upgrade my EVO 4G. I love HTC phones for the crispness of the UI, but I also think the size of Galaxy Note is such a brilliant concept – would help prevent me from buying a tablet and a phone. But I can’t stand AT&T and have read the rumors of the Sprint version of the Note.

    Also, I know it’s not comparable to the size of the Note, but the EVO 4G LTE has a bigger screen than my current phone. So I’m stuck between being satisfied with a having the brand I want with a little bigger screen than my current phone, versus hoping the rumors of a Sprint version of the Note are true and trying to hold out for one of those. Who knows: maybe HTC and others will follow the trend of a tablet-phone.

    • thel0nerang3r

      Before this phone was announced I was eyeing the rumors of the Note. I was sold, but there aren’t any leaks of it’s existence or peep from Sprint. So not sure when it will (I assume that at some point it will) come to Sprint. I hope it’s not the holiday device for this year, unless there is one with the internals of the SGIII.

      • glovesfootball

        Yeah, I’m hoping they’re not waiting until Christmas. But I think you’re probably onto something. I get the feeling that they’re juggling the release dates of all these “exciting” new phones in order to milk the earnings — which I can’t really blame them. It’s just not fun from a customer point of view. :-) I am SO ready for a new phone.

        Peace…

  • Paul Atreides

    I want this, but in the back of my mind I actually think Samsung can pull off a world wide launch of the GSIII. I won’t be certain until we have concrete news on that device.

  • Tom

    If only I had an upgrade, not due for one until next year :( ….. Sigh…..

  • Nathan D.

    That good news for sprint costumers if it is true at least they have a date to look forward to.

  • Deveal2014

    I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT!

  • cabrone

    I think I will be holding onto my NS4G until something more desired comes out.

  • BigCiX

    This version is by far better then at&t’s version.

  • Mozes

    Does anyone know if this will be a global phone? I got the impression that LTE was supposed to be a new direction for GSM, but a lot of these LTE phones only work on LTE or CDMA networks.

    Did I miss something?

  • Chopper Joe

    The rumor may be correct but June is (historically) the release time since this is when many eligible upgrades become available.

  • NeoJesus

    HTC bluetooth 3.x phones are not backwards compatible with cars that have bluetooth 2.x

    I will never buy another HTC phone and will never recommend any family/friends/coworkers to do the same.

  • jaydeeIL

    I just talked to the Sprint Project Manager at my job, and she says that Sprint will be releasing the EVO on May 18th.

  • rinesk

    I will be putting my order in May 7th. Current owner of the original EVO. 3g and Wifi is good enough for now. My main interest is the larger screen, dual core 1.5mhz, and the camera which has great specs. My understanding is that they have not resolved the incompatibility issues between lte and the tegra 3 so sg3 might be awhile, or a different processor.

    • rinesk

      Sorry… 1.5 GHz. Don’t want to look like an idiot and get crucified on here.

  • fordman

    Still on the fence about this one. The first HTC phone I had was the Hero and eventually the phone ran out of memory. Got the OG EVO in July 2010 and am now on my fourth one. First one the camera stopped working, second and third the charger ports were defective. Now have the constant reboot problem but I know that’s a Google problem. Not to mention the hideous battery life. I like Sense and I like the specs on 4g LTE, but the embedded battery is almost a deal breaker for me. Think I’ll wait and see what the Galaxy S III or iPhone 5 has to offer before I decide.

  1. Thanks for publishing this. This matches a rumor that was circulating last week. It just lends more credibility to this date.

    http://www.phonedog.com/2012/04/18/rumor-htc-evo-4g-lte-hitting-sprint-on-may-18th/

  2. LongTimeSprintUserGuest 3 years ago

    No LTE network for Sprint…..what’s the point of buying one?

    • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

      Actually sprint has LTE up in various cities and its working right now as I type this. They are still in the testing phases, but if they are testing in multiple cities currently, its very likely that LTE will be up and operational by the time this phone is released on the 18th. Fits into their statement that it would be up and running by mid year.

      • susanGuest 3 years ago

        Bought EVO 4 g 22 months ago, still waiting for 4 g. What happened to those promises? Sprint did not follow thru in many locations only major cities.

      • John BrownGuest 3 years ago

        I live in Dallas, if I were to buy the GNex or the Evo LTE, will be LTE be working since I”m in a launch city or are they still testing it behind closed doors?

    • Hector PosadaGuest 3 years ago

      dude its not just about LTE… the phone is badass. screw LTE when i get 40mbs at home on wifi.

  3. Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    • Oh for Christ’s sake…

      Everybody aboard! Next stop is the zoo to see the always applauding Richard Yarrell.

      • Ummmmm maybe I don’t come to Adroidandme as often as I can … buttt Richard has double digit negatives going wayyyy back… can I be informed?

        • Well the short and sweet version is that he’s ran his mouth a little too much and created an entire community against his hypocritical and uneducated idiocy.

        • squiddy20Guest 3 years ago

          It should also be noted that he created at least 4 separate Disqus accounts because each of them were banned from Phandroid and he couldn’t figure out why despite all the comments against him. I believe he was also banned from Android Central and Android Police at least once each about a year ago. He currently goes to other Android/tech related websites and spams the f*ck out of them (now) with “Galaxy Nexus is BOSS” and other ridiculous crap.

          • I’m a moderator of AndroidCommunity so I’d love to see him around there. LOL. He could make all the accounts he wanted but it’s just as simple as banning his IP address. The web has enough idiots without egotistical piss ants like him.

        • SteamGuest 3 years ago

          For a little more insight on Richard, and a big part of the reason why he is so universally hated, you can read my explanation to another person here:
          http://androidandme.com/2012/04/news/htc-were-going-to-focus-on-thinness-not-battery-life/
          I really can’t overstate what a complete and utter piece of sh*t he is. A bit over a year ago, on another site, he called my neighbor’s 14-year-old daughter a “useless piece of trash, her parents should be slapped in the mouth, and that he was going to piss on her.” Her “crime”? She didn’t think the EVO was the best phone on the market, and that’s it. Period. She never insulted him or even said anything negative (except that his phone wasn’t the best thing ever invented He has absolutely no idea how close he came to getting clipped, and I am not saying that jokingly. At all. I talked her father out of it (upon reflection, I shouldn’t have).
          I tried to ask Richard nicely to not call people bums, broke losers, etc. over a year and a half ago, or I’d see to it that everyone I know who donates to charities never, ever donates to the Bowery Mission as long as he acts like that. One person I know was considering making an online petition calling for him to either act like a 50-year-old, or be fired. His response? He thought it was hilarious, not only that, he specifically stated that he didn’t care and I would “face judgment” (I guess from one of his imaginary phones) because between myself, some neighbors and colleagues, we’ve cost the BM a bit over $90K/year in donations.
          In the other thread, Angie completely missed the point, this has nothing to do with “winning a tech argument” (my cat could win a tech argument with Richard), and as for Richard’s personal struggles? He should have thought of that before running about claiming that he was “kool” (how he spells it, I guess he learned spelling from ghetto cigarettes)because he used his real name, and called people who use screen names “cowards” because he never even touched a computer until 2007, then went on to insult anyone and everyone. This is the 21st century, if you don’t want your dirty laundry aired, then don’t act like an asshole, use your real name and expect people not to do a little digging. All he has to do is stop being an asshole, and I’ll go back to my annual donations, leave him alone, and I would let whoever I can know as well that Richard grew up. It’s never going to happen because he has severe, deep-seated mental issues. I just hope that he doesn’t get himself clipped before February 2014 – I have a bet with a friend that not only will he not change, he will continue to get worse (he proves me right on an almost daily basis).

          • NeoGuest 3 years ago

            I don’t have anything to add about Mr. Yarrell, but if you think that withholding donations from an agency that aims to help *all* people down on their luck, (regardless of society’s approval) accomplishes some worthy goal, proves a point, or exacts retribution on Mr. Yarrell… you are just as deluded as he is.

    • squiddy20Guest 3 years ago

      Cause an annual *two year old* “tradition” is soooo “established”. Not to mention that customers don’t “need” new devices, you think they do because you lead an unsatisfying life and surround yourself with *phones* that you basically think of as children/family.

  4. Mtough choice this or the galaxy nexus. I think this one wins withbthe camera and KICKSTAND!

  5. not sure this will be a big selling item with galazy s3 announcement and slow rollout of lte…

    • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

      LOL, yea sprint customers are gonna wait until october for a SGS3 that turns out to be a more shiny SGS2? Yea ok.

      • Yeah and you’re so sure of that huh? Another gullible idiot who believes everything he ”reads”. Yeah ok.

      • I may be wrong but if i were in the market for a new phone, I would not be buying this as lte is not up and running yet (at least where i live) and i would be stuck with a slow ass 3g… i would rather wait it out with my wimax phone till lte comes live and by then, sg3 should be around the corner…

        • D-RayGuest 3 years ago

          I guess I could be wrong, but I think this phone is supposed to be compatible with the 4g wimax service also. But I personally can’t wait to get this phone JUST to get 3g service and drop my T-Mobile (I only get EDGE service where I live with speedtests literally as low as 2-4 kbps, whereas Verizon offers LTE, AT&T offers HSPA+ 4g, and Sprint offers 3g). Going with Sprint for the lower price and unlimited data.

          • D-RayGuest 3 years ago

            After further research, I guess I’m wrong about the wimax lol. But oh well, 3g is still an upgrade for me and I’ll be happy! Definitely getting this phone on launch date, hopefully May 18th.

  6. ”That said, both the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper were released on a Sunday, giving us just a bit of skepticism that Sprint would choose to launch the EVO 4G LTE on a Friday.”

    Sprint has always lauched the EVO line on Fridays.

  7. I’ll be getting this. And I live north of Chicago, so hopefully LTE extends that far. Either May or June, I’ll putting hand prints all over my new EVO .

  8. I’ve been itching to upgrade my EVO 4G. I love HTC phones for the crispness of the UI, but I also think the size of Galaxy Note is such a brilliant concept – would help prevent me from buying a tablet and a phone. But I can’t stand AT&T and have read the rumors of the Sprint version of the Note.

    Also, I know it’s not comparable to the size of the Note, but the EVO 4G LTE has a bigger screen than my current phone. So I’m stuck between being satisfied with a having the brand I want with a little bigger screen than my current phone, versus hoping the rumors of a Sprint version of the Note are true and trying to hold out for one of those. Who knows: maybe HTC and others will follow the trend of a tablet-phone.

    • Before this phone was announced I was eyeing the rumors of the Note. I was sold, but there aren’t any leaks of it’s existence or peep from Sprint. So not sure when it will (I assume that at some point it will) come to Sprint. I hope it’s not the holiday device for this year, unless there is one with the internals of the SGIII.

      • Yeah, I’m hoping they’re not waiting until Christmas. But I think you’re probably onto something. I get the feeling that they’re juggling the release dates of all these “exciting” new phones in order to milk the earnings — which I can’t really blame them. It’s just not fun from a customer point of view. :-) I am SO ready for a new phone.

        Peace…

  9. Paul AtreidesGuest 3 years ago

    I want this, but in the back of my mind I actually think Samsung can pull off a world wide launch of the GSIII. I won’t be certain until we have concrete news on that device.

  10. TomGuest 3 years ago

    If only I had an upgrade, not due for one until next year :( ….. Sigh…..

  11. That good news for sprint costumers if it is true at least they have a date to look forward to.

  12. Deveal2014Guest 3 years ago

    I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT!

  13. I think I will be holding onto my NS4G until something more desired comes out.

  14. This version is by far better then at&t’s version.

  15. Does anyone know if this will be a global phone? I got the impression that LTE was supposed to be a new direction for GSM, but a lot of these LTE phones only work on LTE or CDMA networks.

    Did I miss something?

  16. Chopper JoeGuest 3 years ago

    The rumor may be correct but June is (historically) the release time since this is when many eligible upgrades become available.

  17. HTC bluetooth 3.x phones are not backwards compatible with cars that have bluetooth 2.x

    I will never buy another HTC phone and will never recommend any family/friends/coworkers to do the same.

  18. I just talked to the Sprint Project Manager at my job, and she says that Sprint will be releasing the EVO on May 18th.

  19. rineskGuest 3 years ago

    I will be putting my order in May 7th. Current owner of the original EVO. 3g and Wifi is good enough for now. My main interest is the larger screen, dual core 1.5mhz, and the camera which has great specs. My understanding is that they have not resolved the incompatibility issues between lte and the tegra 3 so sg3 might be awhile, or a different processor.

  20. fordmanGuest 3 years ago

    Still on the fence about this one. The first HTC phone I had was the Hero and eventually the phone ran out of memory. Got the OG EVO in July 2010 and am now on my fourth one. First one the camera stopped working, second and third the charger ports were defective. Now have the constant reboot problem but I know that’s a Google problem. Not to mention the hideous battery life. I like Sense and I like the specs on 4g LTE, but the embedded battery is almost a deal breaker for me. Think I’ll wait and see what the Galaxy S III or iPhone 5 has to offer before I decide.