Sprint EVO 4G Data Plan Pricing Revealed: Not Too Shabby

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The Sprint (s s) 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 (s goog) 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.

47 Comments

Guest

Go to Facebook and become a friend with “Upset Atsprint”..Let the numbers speak!

Jubert

For people who really want their plan cheap make sure that your company you work for offers discounts, for example UPS offers 25% employee discount so with the added 30 dollars for mifi it brings my bill to almost around 80 bucks again

jaiver

The biggest issue is that if I live in a 4G area I will take advantage of a “PREMIUN DATA EXPERIENCE” and I don’t mind paying an extra $10.00 fee, but for someone who lives in a non-4g arear, they still has to pay the same $10.00 fee and not get same “DATA PREMIUN EXPERIENCE” that I get. I don’t see how some people are saying that we will have a much better internet or multimedia experience with the EVO in a 3G area, than what you can have with the HTC hero? What can the evo do in a 3G network that an HTC hero can not?

Average Jane

So I am not sure who Sprint’s financial director is, but its seems like Sprint will take a financial loss by charging prospective users the $10.00 fee.Too bad no one from sprint will read this.

Lets say there are 500,000 persons interested in the EVO @ $70.00 (I have rounded the numbers to make this easier). With a 24 month contract that would equate to 840,000,000 over two years, plus 100,000,000 in phone sales.

500,000 x 70.00 x 24 = 840,000,000 + (500,000 x 200) = 940,000,000.

Now lets say they charge the extra 10 dollars. How many potential candidates did they lose? I measured it at 10%, 15%, and 20%. I would assume the numbers would be closer to 15%, but that is just a guess.

@ 10% 450,000 x 80 x 24 = 860,000,000 + (450,000 x 200) = 950,000,000 (they have a gain of 10 million)

@ 15% 425,000 x 80 x 24 = 816,000,000 + (425,000 x 200) = 901,000,000 (that is a lost of 39 million)

@ 20% 400,000 x 80 x 24 = 768,000,000 + (400,000 x 200) = 848,000,000 (that is a lost of 92 million)

As you can see above, Sprint does have a 10 million dollar gain at a 10% loss of possible customers, but that number will be squashed once people buy accessories. In fact, that 10 million mark will most likely be surpassed quickly.

With Sprint already on the edge of bankruptcy, it would seem as though the logical answer here (based purely on numbers) would be to not charge the extra 10 dollars.

weblee

I can always tell when someone is taking pay-o-la from Sprint. This price is too high! You cant event get 4G everywhere but Im paying like I will always have it? In addition what part of EVERYTHING doesnt sprint understand? How do I have a everything data plan and I pay 30 bucks more if its tethered to 1 device? Sprint is again gouging and Im sure when you get the bill whatever you budgeted for it will be 75 bucks higher!

Curt P

Ok it is time to come to our senses again. $10 dollars a month for the 4g is not bad. If we can remember, all of the carriers had an additional charge when 3g rolled out. Sprint was one of the first to start lowering their prices and finally got rid of them. You always have to pay for new technology. But we cant get everything for free and when we do we pay for it in other ways. Again $10 dollars a month, we spend more than that on buying coffee or hotdogs at the local gas station each week. I left sprint many years ago because of customer service and returned because they had best bang for the buck, not to mention their customer service has been great lately (man that was hard for me to say). Just so you know, I like the phone enough based off the ads, to purchase the phone at full price and pay $10 extra a month for one of my lines, because everyone in my house does not need 4g. But before you join the next flash mob make sure its worth $10 dollars of your time.

weblee

” I left sprint many years ago because of customer service and returned because they had best bang for the buck, not to mention their customer service has been great lately (man that was hard for me to say).”

…what customer service did you get?! Everytime I was required to contact customer service at sprint…it took too more calls and a VISIT to a sprintstore (with madman demeanor) to get something fixed and three months of inaccurate billing besides that!

SPRINT SHOULDNT USE WORDS LIKE EVERYTHING!!! Can you tell me if teathering a single device is allowed or do I have to buy a family meal?

CommonSense02

Well, I was strongly considering getting this for the WiFi capability, so I could use it with an iPad.

But $40 extra per month to do that is a dealbreaker. If you’re reading this, Sprint, that’s not what you do when people are trying to save. $40 is two ounces of silver to put away a month, which is what I’d rather do.

Ghanamotion.com

Sprint is really getting ahead of the game. But in order for your needs to be heard by sprint, you should be blogging more at the sprint community website so that they will realize the needs of customers in this economic down turn, so as to do something about their pricing.

steb0ne

Why are people b*tching about $10 for whatever the premium data service is being charged for? It’s better than the $30 required data plan on Verizon and AT&T smartphones… To get the same thing with those carriers you’d be paying $89.99 (and not even get unlimited mobile to mobile, Sprint Navigation and/or Sprint TV both features that are actually useful, IMO… Google Navigation is nice, but it doesn’t do live traffic with re-routing)… VZW and ATT say data plan required… Sprint’s plans already include data, but if they didn’t and said pay $30 for the data plan would people feel better about that? Geeez… I have no problem paying $10 for a device they said will use a significant amount of data and we can use it uncapped on 3g or 4g; which people will eventually tether it to some device anywayz without paying the $30 Mi-fi fee(which I’d point out Sprint has always charged $30 to use Phone-As-Modem service)

dustirose

I dont really see what the big deal is..If you get a blackberry you are paying an extra $30 for the data plan, so 10 bucks doesnt seem like a big rip off in my book. Spint is still cheeper then most phone companies.

Maryjane

Help me sort through this. We have a family plan with 5 phones. We:
*share a bulk of minutes
*have unlimited texting on all $20
*the parent lines (HTC Touch Pro’s) have unlimited data on an OLD plan that is $10 a line (NOT a typo)

My husband was thinking that if I upgraded to an Evo we could get:
Family Data for $60
Texting for $10
$10 a line (like we pay now)
free mobile to mobile

Does that sound right? I had my HERO reserved but backed out when I realized my plan would go up by about $60 a month. But now the kids are wanting data and the mobile to mobile is a big chunck of our minutes.

will the “family Data” plan work for the Evo? We have a really old plan for the unlimited data for $10 and we have been grandfathered in because the phone insurance upgrades up quite often.

weblee

…Sorry MaryJane..sprint pricing structure would eat your family alive….150 base plan…20 for two evo per month; 30 for 3 phones after the 1st 2 (if you are lucky)…then insurance on the two evo’s 20….$220 a month in real charges…250 after sprint “surcharges” and taxes…Believe me …if sprint wants you to change your plan my experience has shown you should stick with what you have.

David Chartier

I’m thinking fairly seriously about picking two of these up for my wife and I. Can you add a line to the Everything Data plan required for the EVO 4G? So could I get one with the 450 minutes of service for $80, then add my wife for another $10 + 30/40 for her data? So a total of $120 or $130?

David Chartier

Damnit, just checked with Sprint’s CS. We’d need an Everything Data Family plan, minimum $130, then $20 for the 4G premium charge for two lines. That’s $150, right where we’re at with AT&T. And I thought Sprint was rocking the service plan prices. T-Mobile was the same. >>>:(

weblee

Thanks for the Info Dave – and the sprint CS interface…I HATE dealing with them. What kind of phones are you using on your ATT account?

Hawk

If you are using the full blown WiFi the $30 extra is fair.. but I would only need to use it once in a while in an emergency, etc.

I think if your WiFi usage is 10% or less of your total bandwidth it should be Free.

HSK

Man, tough crowd! Can’t please anyone any longer. Their plans are still excellent comparatively even with the $10 addon. And though I know tethering apps are available or will be, the fact that you can use the EVO to connect up to 8 devices for $30/mo is an excellent deal. If you are just tethering one device, then don’t but the tethering plan – wait for PDANet or something.

Andre

Just when you think Sprint gets it and they are ready to start playing with the big boys, they do something stupid like this. $10 for non existent service. I will not have any 4G service in my affiliate market for a while. It looks like I will be looking forward to the 2.1 upgrade for my Hero more than this phone.

Liesure Suit Larry

The real question should be Can This Phone Compete With The Next Gen iPhone ?

Speedy network cannot make up for lack of apps or bad selection of apps or poor ui across apps.

It is fairly obvious that this is no iPhone Killer, but HTC is getting better and closer to Apple quality.

Once Apple unleashes their billion dollar Cloud Computing Center in NC the mobile space will be changed forever.

Brian

Also if you want a hotspot just get the sprint pre and donate to get mytether. Honestly since it seems any good phone in the future will have an extra $10 added on monthly I wouldnt mind if Sprint canceled my contract so I can go somewhere else.

Brian

Well I guess it would sound great if 4g was available everywhere. Since I live on an island in lake Erie I guess the extra $10 would be a waste since 4g isnt available for 100s of miles away

HOM

Sprint you blew it! $10 xtra bucks for 4g, come on, I was actually considering until I heard the add-on. Staying with Verizon and will settle for the Incredible.

sit2k

even with the $10 charge you would be paying alot less with sprint

Edward O'Meara

I’m with Alan. I was interested, but an extra $30 bucks for MiFi is a rip-off. Unless of course, you’re a conference junkie in 4G areas and plan to charge nearby seat-mates for a temp connection… I’m more tempted than ever to get an Overdrive and simply use my iTouch w/skype.

Alan

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.

Fred

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.

Luscious

$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.

bjtheone

“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.

Scott

@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.

Daniel

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.”

Source

jkmhng

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.

GJ

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!

GJ

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.

Bic

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

Jeff

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.

Frankie

@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.

llmask

@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.

Tommy D.

“$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.

James Kendrick

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”.

Tommy D.

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.

Ghaleon

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.

Justin

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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