Sprint revealed details about the pending launch of the highly anticipated HTC Evo 4G smartphone. The device will launch June 4th.
Billed as ‘America’s First 4G Phone,’ the Android-based wireless touch-screen device comes with two cameras, one with HD-capable video recording and sharing capabilities; a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; an HDMI interface; simultaneous voice and data, enabling users to browse the Web while having voice conversations; and a new feature available as an upgrade: a live Qik videochat service.
The device can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight wi-fi devices, using Sprints 4G WiMAX service for Internet access (where available).
Sprint is initially offering the EVO 4G at $199.99–that’s after a $100 mail-in rebate–with a two-year service agreement. Sprint’s Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans start at $69.99 per month. These come with unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Sprint network via the Any Mobile, Anytime service.
If Sprint customers want to enable the hotspot service, its an additional $29.99/month. So for unlimited talk, text, and 4g data, with the mobile hotspot feature, customers will be looking at roughly $100/month before taxes, regulatory fees, etc.
The EVO 4G will be available through all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com and national retail partners Radio Shack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.