What you need to know about the HTC EVO 4G

htc-evoNow that the dust has settled, here are a few things that you might like to know about the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint.

Pricing

The device itself is $199.99 (with new contract, after rebate).  There are rumors that it will be $450 without a contract.  I would expect it to be closer to the Nexus One/Incredible price of $529.99.  Nothing is confirmed though.  Don’t forget, the EVO 4G comes with an 8GB microSD card.  That’s about a $20 value.

Plans

There’s been a lot of controversy around the plans;  Specifically around the $10 “Premium Data” charge.  Let’s talk about the base plan first.  The Sprint “Everything Data – with Any Mobile, Anytime” plan is available for $69.99 for 450 anytime minutes or $89.99 for 900 anytime minutes.  Both plans include unlimited SMS, MMS, any mobile to mobile calling, and data.  As mentioned above, there is a $10 Premium Data charge for the EVO 4G.  This is not specifically related to the 4G service.  They figure that folks would be uploading and consuming more data since you can shoot HD video, take 8MP pictures, and watch streaming videos on the massive 4.3″ screen.  $70+$10 is still less than the $90 you might spend, per month, for an HTC Incredible on Verizon.  John Taylor (PR Rep, Sprint) post this blurb on his blog.

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.

Because the phone has a faster processor, a huge 4.3 inch screen and an 8 megapixel camcorder/camera, we expect you will be using a lot more data than you would with our other devices. These features will give you capabilities that have previously never been available on a wireless device and we think they provide a premium experience. (Remember, this is the world’s first 3G/4G Android phone.)

Also, you can add the mobile hotspot feature for $29.99.  This allows you to connect up to 8 devices to your 3G or 4G data connection.  I’ve used a similar service with the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon.  It was very helpful at an event where we lost our WiFi connection.

Availability

The phone will be available on June 4th.  I expect that it will be available through all of the normal channels.  As a matter of fact, you can stop into a Best Buy store and pre-order the device today.

Press Releases

America’s First 4G Phone, HTC EVOTM 4G, Debuts on June 4 Packed with Industry-Leading Features Including Access to Mobile Video Chat, Simultaneous Voice and Data and HD Video Capture

HTC EVO™ Fact Sheet

Videos

Dan Hesse (CEO, Sprint) at the EVO 4G event

Chris Connolly (SVP, Product Management for Walt Disney Studios) at the EVO 4G event

EVO 4G Comparison

EVO 4G promo video

A much better EVO 4G promo video by HTC

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