$10 to $20 add-on feature expected to accompany the HTC EVO 4G?

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$10 to $20 add-on feature expected to accompany the HTC EVO 4G?

Some fresh interesting news regarding the HTC EVO 4G have surfaced today and paints a time line on its expected launch and something that future owners may have to pay in order to use the Android powered device. Engadget's trusted contact is reporting that “a lot of upper management” over at Sprint have been eying to dates that could be heralded as its release – the first being June 13 while the other June 6. It's more likely that the wireless carrier will be more inclined with the June 13 release date as opposed to the other – looking at the calendar right now, it's approximately 2 months away. Again, it would fall in line with the summer release time line that was uttered during CTIA. Facing the attention outside of its launch date, additional news point to a rumor that the EVO's Mobile Hotspot feature would require a $10 to $20 add-on feature. On another note, we've reported how Verizon started to offer Mobile Hotspot service on their webOS handsets for free – which makes you wonder what Sprint might consider doing with the EVO 4G. Finally, it's still up in the air if Sprint will charge a new fee for its 4G connectivity on the device. If Sprint continues to recognize themselves as being a value brand company, it'll be interesting to see what aggressive price structures, if any, will ultimately result from the HTC EVO 4G's release.


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source: Engagdet

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26 Comments

1. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The reason Verizon is offering free hot spot service on its Web OS phones is because they can't sell Web OS phones. not because they want to offer a free service.

2. davidlt4

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Fopr what it's worth i spoke with a customer rep about another issue and he brought up the evo. I asked if my current if my family talk 1500 plus everything text data plan was compatible with evo and he said it was. Did not think to ask about mobile hotspot. Also he mentioned availability of early summer, but take with grain of salt.

3. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

lol...sounds about right. Verizon having something for free obviously points out that something is wrong with the product. On the other hand I dont think that its outrageous to ask for a little extra if you have 4g in your area.

4. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

it's true. those phones don't sell themselves the way android and blackberries can. shame too, they had so much potential.

13. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

still not expensive if the spring 69.99 unlimited everything plan plus 20 bucks is still pretty cheap if u compare it to at&t and verizon... maybe ima have to go with sprint ..

5. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

June 13 whoop whoop!

6. D-man

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Anyway you look at it, Sprint not releasing the EVO and even considering additional fees makes 0 sense. I think they should put ALL focus on getting it into consumers hands, and tweak plans later. Really, the opportunity to pick up subscribers will come from 1) existing Sprint and people who've been waiting on this phone and 2) people who are waiting to see if iPhone or something else better comes soon.The difference between releasing to wave 1 earlier and with no additional fees and wave 2 after the phone's been out a would be huge. VZW and ATT wave 2ers are probably already paying premiums so Sprint just has to have a proven phone that beats their expectations.Really, they do need to make sure the OS and network work well together. But the rest of this nonsense is just that - nonsense. Sadly, this release is starting to show too many similarities in how the Pre/Pixi releases were handled. But even they weren't saddled with "additional fee structure" rumors and plans. Early June's ok, but it's not nearly going to create the splash that April or May would have. Sharing a lot of space with other phones in that timeframe.

11. estarkey7

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

Sprint would be perfectly justified to add $10 to $20 to the plan price if you used the mobile hotspot feature!! Other than the defunct Pre and Pixi, no other phone available on a North American Network has this capability. If you want mobile internet access, you'd have to buy another device and its corresponding data plan for around 50 bucks a month; now explain to me why a small additional fee makes no sense?

26. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

D-Man. I didn't agree with 1 thing you said. Hate hate hate

7. MURF

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 21, 2010

No new plans will be announced, guaranteed!!! The WiFi HotSpot feature is a totally different story, that will require an additional monthly fee, period!!! I would guess an additional $20.00 a month fee to turn that option "ON" I love Sprint with Dan Hesse at the helm!!! I loved Sprint before the Nextel purchase!!! The time btween the Nextel purchase & Hesse taking over was hell, Sprint really struggled as a company during that time frame. Sprint is still recovering from the Nextel purchase & it is my opinion that the day The HTC EVO is released marks the beginning of Sprint's dominance as the best cell company in The United States! The only reason we stayed with Sprint during those "CRAPPY" years is all the freebies Sprint gave me and the awesome plan I constructed over time. No carrier has ever been able to even get close to what I have had for so many years!!! Looking forward to the awesome EVO & a new 4G Palm WebOs device in the Fall!!!

8. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

lol..$10-$20 for 4g..please..then dont make it 4G capable if you wanna nickel n dime customers Sprint!

9. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

Nickel and Dime I wonder who your service is cause if it isnt Terrible-Mobile you have no room to talk about nickel and diming and if your service is that then you must be like 14 lol

15. 203RichBoy

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

WTF are you talking agout?

23. scottmbolt unregistered

Once again, the TROLL Jcrow speaks out like usual.

25. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

I dont know maybe your too stupid to put 2 and 2 together...you have a lack of respect young one. Better learn some lmao

10. Bales

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2009

Maybe a 4g Airave for 10-20 bucks a month with the purchase of an Evo? I mean, the biggest selling point on this phone is 4g. Sprint still has a long way as far as 4g coverage is concerned.

12. estarkey7

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

I'm pretty sure the additional fee is for Hot Spot service. But even if it is just for 4g, I'm sure you pay more for higher speed broadband coverage, so what's the issue with paying for higher speed mobile internet?

20. MURF

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 21, 2010

No 4G Airave product exists! The current Airave device is 2G, not 4G, not even 3G! Sprint did recently announce a new 3G Airave product manufactured by a new provider, not the same company that built the current 2G product. Having said this, your post makes no sense!

14. dadoo985

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

BEEN A SPRINT CUSTOMER SINCE 1994....I INQUIRED WITH SPRINT CUSTOMER SERVICE IN NEW ORLEANS AND THE REPSONSE BASICALLY WAS NOT ANYTIME SOON !!! WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO PAY THIS EXTRA CHARGE? WILL THIS BE MANDATORY? WILL I HAVE TO SWITCH CARRIERS?

16. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Woah! what's up with all that yelling. I'm pretty sure you wont't have to pay extra for 4G data if you don't need it. However, $10-$20 for mobile hotspot is a bargain!!!.

17. MURF

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 21, 2010

No charge for 4G! No new plans will be required for 4G phones! The HTC Evo is an Android phone, so you will need a plan that is compatible with any Android phone, like the Everything Data plans with Any Mobile. Is anybody reading what is typed by those that actually know? The CEO of Sprint, Dan Hesse, has stated clearly on several occasions that Sprint will NOT be charging "extra" for 4G, period. Please stop the misinformation. The headline for this article is misleading, and if you don't read well and comprehend the English language well, ya might spread misinformation like a moron. The additional charge is for The Mobile Hotspot feature only!!! Verizon charges $40.00 per phone to use your phone as a Mobile Hotspot (your phone must have this native ability = it's not a plan based add-on) on a 3G network. Sprint must charge a fee for this service, if they don't then they are undercutting their Overdrive Mobile Hotspot product & clogging their network up with tons of free internet access. I hope they don't charge a fee, but they will, no ? about it and nobody that knows anything about the industry ever expected Sprint or any company to give away 4G Mobile Hotspot functionality for free. Sprint is in business to make money, not to give away free internet access for all your ancillary devices. What a bunch of idiots you guys are... Can you spell MORON?

18. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Vzw's mobile hotspot is free on Web OS now. I don't care how much it cost but will be disappointed if it's more than $20.

19. MURF

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 21, 2010

Yes indeed, Big Red deeply discounted both the Palm Pre+ & Palm Pixi+ in terms of device price, they also both qualify for Verizon's BOGO free smart phone deal which is still going on I believe and Big Red is giving both Pre+ & Pixi+ buyers free Mobile WiFi Hotspot service away for free (a $40.00 value per phone monthly)!!! Verizon has a HUGE # of unsold Pre+ & Pixi+ smartphones and have incrementally been sweetening the offer to get the inventory on these 2 models sold. They have seriously reduced the marketing dollars in terms of promoting these 2 wonderful devices as it has not been effective for them & have opted for this new pricing / service credit marketing plan. I wish I was a Verizon customer right now, & I have never said that before, lol!!! This has got to be the best deal Verizon has ever offered!!!

21. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Palm Pre Plus + free moblie hotspot .... VS .... HTC EVO 4G + $20 mobile hotspot EVO wins....all day everyday!!! Pre plus just can't compete with that thing !.... Unless you can only afford $50 - $100 on a smartphone. You pay for what you get !

22. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

with 4G speeds i am willing to cancel my internet at home and just use the Evo as my modem/router. even if i pay $20 extra a month, i still save. And not only do i save, but it would be more flexible to use as well. I cant take my time warner with me to class or at work or in the car.

24. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i have inconsistent internet @ home so whther or not sprint charges for the mobile hotspot doesnt matter to me. i want to know what the price is for the phone and then i'll make a decision as to upgrading to the phone

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