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The Sprint EVO 4G is definitely looking like one hot smartphone, and I am jonesing for one. I was bouncing around the web and found a blog by John Taylor from Sprint. The EVO 4G data plan information is up and looks pretty darn competitive.

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The Sprint EVO 4G is definitely looking like one hot smartphone, and I am jonesing for one. Coupling state of the art hardware with 3G/4G connectivity and you have one nice Android phone. What I’ve heard asked often is how much that connectivity will cost per month. I was bouncing around the web and found a blog by John Taylor from Sprint. Lo and behold the Sprint EVO 4G data plan information is up and looks pretty darn competitive.

This pricing demonstrates that Sprint is very serious about competing for your smartphone dollars. Here’s the breakdown according to John:

“If you get our Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with your EVO, you will pay $79.99 a month. ($69.00 / month, plus a $10 a month premium data charge.)

That includes:

  • Unlimited calling in America to any wireless phone (via Any Mobile, Anytime)
  • Unlimited Text
  • Unlimited Web
  • 450 Anytime minutes”

I don’t know about you but $80/ month for unlimited everything, including 3G and 4G data is sounding like Sprint’s going to get more of my money. Sprint will also be charging an additional $29.99 per month to use the mobile hotspot function of the phone. This allows sharing the 4G connection with up to 8 devices over the phone’s Wi-Fi connection. That’s a chunk of change but far cheaper than the $60/month Sprint charges for its Overdrive router like I am paying.

The EVO 4G will be available on June 4 for $199 with a new 2-year contract after rebates.

  1. “$80/ month for unlimited everything”

    It’s a great plan but not quite unlimited everything :) 450 day time minutes. But with sprint, your unlimited nightime minutes kick in at 7pm iirc, as opposed to 9pm like other carriers. You’d really have to try to burn through that 450 bucket.

    And most people don’t know this but you can get “pick 3″ added to your plan. It gives you free unlimited calling to 3 landline numbers you designate. Kinda like T-Mobile’s MyFaves… but free.

    If, for the life of the device, I will not have 4G in my city, the $10 seems unfair. Yes the overall plan is cheaper than the competition but I’m paying for 4G and I don’t see my city in that list of upcoming rollouts. :(

    Sprint is trying hard tho. Kudos to them.

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    1. If you don’t have 4G coverage then don’t sign up for that $10/month. I believe that’s what he means by “premium data charge”.

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      1. Engadget is reporting that the charge is mandatory. But there has been some confusion on the internets of thats true or not. Hopefuly this will be clarified soon.

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      2. It’s mandatory. And contradicts CEO Dan Hesse’s CTIA keynote comments.

        http://jbtaylor.posterous.com/more-detail-on-the-sprint-evo-4g-10month-prem

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      3. Indeed, the $10 surcharge for 4G isn’t terrible, if you have access to 4G service. The fact that they require it on the device even if you don’t is sadly nothing but a shameless money grab. I’ve had Sprint for a bit over 5 years now and I was looking forward to the EVO, but it’s hard to justify the upgrade to a new phone with the same service for a higher monthly fee.

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      4. From what I’m reading, the $10 Premium Data add-on isn’t for accessing 4G. It’s because this type of device enables significant data usage on both 3G and 4G. It’s required regardless of if you’re in 4G coverage.

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  2. @Tommy D.

    the 450 day time minutes only apply if you are calling land lines. i am not sure about hard data, but i believe most non-business users call other mobile numbers.

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  3. @JAMES KENDRICK

    You are required to purchase the 10 premium data. It saids this in the email they just sent out to people who wanted the evo4g announcement. So yeah, 4g isnt avail in my area yet they will charge me? I spoke to 2 representatives who didn’t have much info on this. Still too early to call sprint on this.

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  4. Not sure if you would know this but trying to find out if the hot spot option would be able to be turned on & off as needed or if you would just have to sign up for it and pay every month.

    Also with there unlimited voice to cell phones. Would that apply to prepaid phones. I have a lot of friend that use the prepaid straight talk prepaid phones that you can buy at walmart. Was wondering if the unlimited cell to cell minutes would apply in this case.

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  5. But what if you’re not in a 4G area, do you still have to pay the $10 surcharge?

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  6. wow, Sprint has everything going for them lately & it looks like they are dropping the ball by doing a money grab on the $10 4G charge even if you DONT use it.

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    1. CAN YOU GUYS READ OR WHAT!?!?!? FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME THE PREMIUM $10 FEE IS NOT FOR 4G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I REPEAT NOT FOR 4G IN CASE ANOTHER PERSON DECIDES TO WRITE SOMETHING STUPID LIKE “I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT I THINK I’M TOO STUPID TO REALIZE EVEN WITH AN EXTRA $10 A MONTH ON SPRINT’S PLANS THAT, THAT’S TOO MUCH FOR ME SO I’LL STICK WITH MY $100 VZW PLAN” YOU GUYS DON’T MAKE SENSE! EVEN WITH SPRINT IT’S CHEAPER I KEEP HEARING AT&T AND VZW CUSTOMERS BITCHING ABOUT AN EXTRA $10 THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT’S REALLY FOR IF YOU ACTUALLY READ WHAT PEOPLE ARE ADDRESSING TO YOU. YOU WOULD FINALLY UNDERSTAND IT. THE EXTRA $10 IS NOT FOR 4G IT’S FOR THE UNLIMITED DATA YOU CAN USE WITH THE HTC EVO!! YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DO WITH THAT PHONE A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN ANY OF THOSE REGULAR PHONES PLUS IF YOUR GETTING THE EVO I’D BE HOPING YOUR A HARDCORE INTERNET BROWSER…AND PLUS EVEN IF YOU WONT HAVE 4G YOU’LL BE GETTING IT BEFORE OTHER PHONE COMPANIES AND WHEN OTHER PHONE COMPANIES GET 4G THEY’LL BE CHARGING 3 TIMES AS MUCH AS SPRINT DOES!! SO WITH YOUR VZW AND AT&T PLANS FOR 4G WILL BE AN EXTRA $20-$30 A MONTH JUST LIKE THEY CHARGE AN EXTRA $30 FOR INTERNET WHEN SPRINT’S IS WAY CHEAPER SAME WITH SPRINT’S TEXT MESSAGING PLAN AS WELL AS SPRINT HAVING UNLIMITED GPS NAVIGATION DOES YOUR PLAN COME WITH THAT IF YOUR NOT A SPRINT CUSTOMER?? NOPE!

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    2. ANOTHER THING IS THE EXTRA $10 IS FOR “FUTURE PROOFING” THE 4G… THE MONEY GOES TOWARDS THEM BUILDING UP FOR 4G IN MORE AND MORE CITIES INCLUDING YOUR CITY AND MINE AS WELL.

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  7. According to LAPTOP, quoting Sprint spokesperson John Taylor, the $10 fee is mandatory.

    “If you buy the Sprint 4G EVO, you have to pay this $10 charge each month. This is specific to the device. It’s not related to whether you are using 3G or 4G. It is required if you have the phone.”

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  8. $80/month is too steep for my wallet, and there’s no way I’d pay $30/month on top of that just to enable an integrated hardware feature. $50/month gets me 500 minutes and unlimited data with TMO and I can still tether using BT with 3G for free.

    Curious if the mobile hotspot feature will work if you get an incoming call. I’m betting it won’t since it’s not on GSM.

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    1. “Hotspot” is an integrated software feature… not hardware… basically just some iptable rules. It requires nothing fancy from the hardware…. any Android phone that supports WiFi could do it with the right software. All the custom ROMs coming out of xda have tethering enabled. No way I would be paying an additional $30 (which is basically a second data account) for official tethering. This phone will be rooted in the very near future and the tether app will be available.

      This is why I don’t see the future of MiFi devices since tethering is a software issue and there are apps for it for Android and WinMobile. iPhone too if you jailbreak I believe. Once you have a big bucket or unlimited data account for your smartphone, why get a second data account to feed a MiFi? Or pay a huge upcharge for the feature.

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      1. @bjtheone: I understand that my case is sort of specialized, but I’ll offer it as an instance when a MiFi solves a problem and tethering a smartphone doesn’t. I live in an area where there is no high-speed Internet service available: no cable, no DSL. The only way I get Internet access at home at reasonable speeds is by using a cellular provider. If we accomplished this using a smartphone, then there’s no at-home Internet when the phone owner is away. If I’ve got my phone at work and my wife is working from home, she’s got no Internet access. That’s not really an acceptable solution for me. Decoupling 3G Internet from phone service using a MiFi is the most plausible solution here.

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  9. Sprint CEO has said all along that 4G is cheaper to deliver than 3G. Yet still, they will charge me more for it, even though it isn’t available in my area. That statement about it being tied to the “device” instead of 4G is nonsense. The truth is, they’ve been losing money, and they figured it was a good chance to make more. I’m a happy Sprint customer, and I was going to be first in line for an EVO, but no longer.

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  10. The hotspot feature being 29.99 on top of the 80 bucks is a deal breaker.

    The Palm Pre’s mobile hotspot feature on Verizon is free. If I’m paying 80 bucks a month I want that data to be used on other devices.

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