$5 per month charge to use Qik's video chat feature on the HTC EVO 4G?

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$5 per month charge to use Qik's video chat feature on the HTC EVO 4G?
Now that Fring for Android is offering free video chat service, it's going to look even more attractive after hearing about some news regarding Qik's video chat feature. Since its unveiling at CTIA, Qik was on board from day one to showcase the raw processing power emanating from within the powerful HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately though, it looks like this highly sought out feature will end up costing future HTC EVO 4G owners even more money out of their pockets each month. Training material given out to Sprint employees show that Qik's video chat feature will come with a $4.99 per month charge – something that may undoubtedly sway users to rely on Fring now that it's finally available for free on Android. To even make the situation harder to swallow is that payment for the service will be done via PayPal instead of charging your Sprint account monthly. If this turns out to be true, it's going to be difficult to imagine users going with it seeing that an alternative has been revealed today.

HTC EVO 4G Specifications | Hands-on

source: AndroidGuys


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18 Comments

1. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

so I already pay for data, I already pay for calls... and they want me to pay to use them at the same time? fail

7. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

You want that "everything" plan but it doesn't cover "one more thing".

8. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

What are you guys complaining about Qik's video chat is not a feature of the EVO 4G or a Sprint service It's just an app from a third party. No surprise they'll try to make money from. Any Android phone can download it. They did a demo on this app on the EVO because it's the first Android with the front facing camer

2. dramadawgz unregistered

I agree....

3. SeaLyon2

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

who is the idiot at sprint that's trying to shoot himself in the foot???...they're going to nickel & dime their way out of a winner

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Real man of genius.+1 to you Mr. Noticer of the crappy plans guy. Nickel and diming is there fortune to fame, why do you think boost, there partner company, talks about having no hidden fees or contracts, their talking about Sprint.

4. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Sprint isn't charging for chat qik is. Only a sucker would pay when you can use other video chat apps for free.

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

True but the hosers are still out there bitching about Verizon data plans, sucking on Sprints big gulp everything plan....now it seems, inevitabley, they once again are choking on Sprints bull shit. Have fun with that ride down the shitter. Great phone poor service, customer service, and every other service. Ill pay Sprint 5 dollars a month to have a front facing camera kiss my bahookie .

10. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

first of all its a 3rd party app, sprint isn't charging you qik is, is an option, you dont have to get it. 2nd, service w/ sprint is great, and customer service is just like any other service providers.

12. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2008

That's not what JD Powers says.

14. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

It says it is at industry average, which is more than AT&T can say, and hasn't it been on the increase like 2 years running?? AND the $85.00 per month (plus premium data & qik [if i wanted to waste money on qik, when theres other apps and skype for android coming out by 2011]) is still less than the $129.98 per month at Verizon ($69.99 voice; $30 Smartphone data; $9.99 GPS; $20 messaging... and a $350 termination fee if I'm tired of the raping every month) that people blow on their Droid (registered trademark of Lucas Films and Lucas Arts!). That's enough customer service for me! If I wanted to pay for the UNLIMITED mobile Hotspot (3g/4g) AND insurance it comes out to roughly $125 per month with Sprint... AND 4G NOW! haha and they have some nice monthly discounts. They'll BUY BACK your droid at register VZWtrainer! = )

16. aarongzmn

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 22, 2010

Well, considering that Sprint partly piggybacks on Verizons network, wouldn't that mean Verizon sucks also?

17. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

In regards to jbroots3, I like your style. If you do the math and just do the basic 450 everthing data with the EVO, that's like $50 a month I saved or $600 year by not being on VZW. So with the $1200 I saved being in my 2yr contract with Sprint and having a kick a$$ phone, maybe I'll just through a kick a$$ party with a bunch of booze and invite everyone there. There is one kick though, if your user name is PapaJay224 it's a $5 cover and considering he probably makes out with VZW he prob won't have enough money from how much his phone bills are... Don't worry though, we won't charge his girl-friend.

18. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

cuz its ladys night GIGGITY GIGGITY

9. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

yeah, this isnt a charge from sprint at all. i also dont quite believe this story since apps are paid for via google, not paypal

11. cherrywithns

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

This is an application that is thru QIK, not sprint. If any of you will pay attention, there are only a few Sprint apps, such as Sprint TV and Sprint Football Live, all other apps are 3rd party and not supported. QIK is the first to offer an app in which you can use the Front Facing Camera. Why don't you just man up and develop your own app and offer it for free. Or just email QIK and tell them how unfair they're being for charging for THIER APP

13. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Who wants video chat anyways? I don't foresee a real demand for this right now.

15. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Who cares I'll just use fring! LOL QIK is dead to me...a moot issue. Time to get nickle and dimed over a new phone! The idea is we're being charged for premium 4 g whether it works or not, and each feature of the phone is becoming a nickle and dime add on cost! Whats the benefit of paying more and more and more for a basic phone feature to satisfy stock holders. How about giving good service for a good phone to start before raising fees.

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