Best Buy leaks EVO 4G price of $199?

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Best Buy leaks EVO 4G price of $199?
Darrin Morton from ozcarguide was visiting his local Best Buy store to see if he could get some info on the EVO 4G. Morton did indeed get some information. According to the Best Buy rep, the sexy, sizzling hot handset will be offered at a price of $199 at the big box retailer. And while there was no corresponding photo or a leaked screen shot to confirm this, the $199 price point would match the price for the current holder of the "Best Android Device" crown-the HTC Droid Incredible. Verizon also priced the Motorola DROID at a $199 price after a mail-in-rebate and a signed 2 year contract when it was launched last November. Best Buy prices phones with the rebate already factored into the price.

It is not too often in this life that we get a second chance and Sprint is indeed getting a second turn at the plate after failing miserably with the Palm Pre and Pixi handsets. The pin-dropping network needs to price the EVO 4G at the premium price that a phone of its caliber deserves. When launched, this model instantly becomes the "must-have" phone for the early adopters, so a certain number of sales will be easy pickings. What will make the phone the big hit that Sprint expects will be if it grabs the attention of the casual cellphone user for whom the technology doesn't really matter. It is this group that is very responsive to price and if Sprint prices this bunch out of the market, the carrier could face another Palm Pre type disappointment no matter how great the phone is.

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29 Comments

1. TedNus

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

I like Best Buy and purchase my phones there but, am I going to take a their word on the price of the EVO? That has to be a pure guess on that persons part. Granted that price makes sense, but let's consider the source.

3. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

BEST BUY ARE BOGUS WITH PHONES!!! any one ive ever seen get their phones set up at ANY of the several best buys in the areas almost ALWAYS get their plan screwed up and CANT EVEN GET CONTACTS TRANSFERED!!!! They suck, they have occasionally good prices for first lines on new account activations, but otherwise their aweful. I'd rather pay up front for good service

6. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

It's best to start up service or have any maintenance done either online where you can do it yourselves and see the details or in a corporate store. BUT I WOULD recommend that people upgrade @ best buy to get the discount quicker...

16. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

That is not what I hear or read, somebody upgrading to an Everything phone may experience that but those already on it don't. Best Buy's upgrade prices are still better than the carriers but that's may just be me not wanting to wait on a rebate

25. gbizzle

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 27, 2010

Personally I've found that Radioshack usually has even cheaper prices than Best Buy and I usually get better one on one service. Most of the dudes seemed knowledgeable but unlike corporate stores they can't transfer my contacts. I have found that with most smartphones now it doesn't really matter because I can save my contacts to my computer and theres no need.

28. robertnipples unregistered

so i went to best buy and got the evo 4g with an instant rebate which best buy had the best deal with no mail in rebate and only tax from the original phones market price so i got it out the door for 250 ..best buy is bogus? show me a better deal bro?

29. robertnipples unregistered

and it was a new 2 year and my friend went with me and upgraded his sprint phone for the same price

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think everyone already knew it was gonna be 199.

4. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Why does the price matter?? If u buy the phone u won't be getting your money's worth!! You really think that the sprints 4G is going to be worth a dam,their 3G coverage is a joke as it is already!!! All sprint and possible sprint evo lover's are getting and going to be super scammed!! It's going to be just like the nexus one for gsm,NO frekin coverage!! Why spend your hard earned money on a coverage that will not support such a great phone??? You get what u pay for,and with att,sprint,and t-mobile it's all coverage crap!! I'll pay for Verizon because their coverage is the best,hand's down!! Verizon is not perfect,nothing is,but it's alot better the those three low price scammer's!!!

7. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

Maybe coverage is bad in your area. My Sprint works fine... and Sprints coverage rivals vzws coverage.

8. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

dude are you high? sprint's 3g is great. i'm not even going to say some immature comment like "you're f@cking stupid" cause that wouldn't accomplish anything. i'll rest content with just saying you're an ignorant fanboy.

9. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

you must live in way north Michagan or The deserts of Nevada. take a look at sprints coverage map!! those are the only two areas that reallyarent covered.. and if you live there you probably dont need a phone cause your either a tree or a cactus.. sorry, you cant be any more wrong!! just because verizon has "more" coverage doesnt mean everyone else doesnt.. I have sprint and i travel all over the united states and NEVER have had a problem EVER!! so, keep your over priced plan and shut up and be happy with it. I will take my way better priced plan and features as well as the best phone to hit the market and be much more satisfied than you :)

10. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You need to add a few more question marks and exclamation points to your rantings if you want them to be effective...

12. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Best phone's....LOL!! Thanxz for the good laugh!

13. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Yes,I am high,just took a hudge rip of my verizon bong bro!! Sprintz 3G can't even come close to holding Verizon's 3G jock,the numbers of coustmer's and rating's don't lie ignorant fanboy!! Who's number 1 on all consumer list's...say it...come on.. say it! Your a tool bro,u wish your junker worked like my htc incredible!! Flyn high again......ooooooooowwwwwwwwww!!

14. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Effective,oh they were!!!!!!!!! Look at all the responce's I got!!!!!!!! Most times pushing people's button's takes...well,pushing button's!!!!!! "Alive she cryed"

15. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

vzw's 3G covers 280M - 285M while Sprint covers 275M - 280M but you can keep holding onto the misconception of Sprint to make you feel better about no 4G til the nd of the yearhttp://www.fiercewireless.com/story/verizon-launching-commercial-lte-markets-q4/2010-04-15 and only for commercial and who knows when a capable phone will come out

17. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

yeah I wonder, if my reception was crap already on a 3G HOT SPOT on their BS coverage map, will 4G be any better? I litterally live smack in the middle of 3G coverage in KC but it wasnt worth a damn

22. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

no, no it does not, sprint roams on verizon towers a lot, but even so, sprints coverage is no where near as good as verizons

26. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

And where do you the meterics that prove the roaming claim?

5. Ray

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 30, 2009

ha I already knew the price would be 199 i already talked to best buy last week and they comfirmed that price of 199 with a 2 year contract. i cant wait till i have this monster of a phone!!

11. D-man

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Hope it is $199 with contract but without rebates. I hate rebates and the rebate process. Just need to get this baby available for sale. I'm looking to switch from Big Blue to Lil Yellow now b/c BB's coverage gaps are killing me, and BB also has a pretty weak Android lineup. Hard to imagine Evo + Sprint won't be a better option than AT&T + any phone. I'm not an iPhone coveter. I have an iPod Touch 2g and with EVO hotspotting will be able to do anything I'd really want from my existing and future iP/iPT apps that I'd need.

18. vzwpenguin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

best buy is only good for one thing, opening up lines to get discounted phone pricing, then cancel the lines and keep the phones

20. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

You are part of the reason vzw subs have that outrageous ETF

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yeah, buy this at a sprint store or online at the sprint store - 3rd party sellers always f$%$# up the accounts/process.

21. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

There's no way to mess up Sprint plans, everthing is already built in

23. nosense

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Actually there are many mistakes they make, thats why RadioShack and Bestbuy are the one that suck up Sprints and every other carrier customer service. They do not care about the customer needs just pushing phone withour verifying thats what the customer wants, and they dont make sure the customer is knowledgable of the phone they are purchasing to avoid churn. One exampl that I have seen from cusomers that buy phones from radioshack and bestbuy is changing the plan in the middle of the billing cycle without letting the customer know of the consequences instead of advicing them to wait until their billing cycle starts to avoid extra charges. And that is one I can go on and on the mistakes that untrained radioshack and bestbuy workers do. Just because cashiers working for a cell phone retailer that doesnt care about their customer. By the way bestbuy does have the ability to transfer contacts its just that district managers and managers have told their reps to say they do not so that they do not waste time with a customer say they can get to the next customer. I have several friends that unfortunately work at bestbuy dc/baltimore market and all their stores can transfers contacts. their uppermanagement has just trained them to say they dont and send them off to a corporate store, because qoute from a best buy rep (we should not waste our times with things that are not gonna get us paid)

24. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Id figure tht the evo would be the same price as the incredible and hd2. that would a great price and better than when the i-phone 4g comes out...cause we all know tht it will be ri-damn-diculous when the price for the i-phone 4g comes out

27. Tim6253AR

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 29, 2010

Just to be clear: there will not be an iphone 4G until mid to late 2011 if they release a Verizon version; mid to late 2012 for an At&t version. The 2010 iphone is not 4G! The 3G in iphone's name is for 3G data. Apple does not name their iphones by generation of the phone...iphone, iphone 3G, iphone 3GS, iphone HD. No 4G! The Sprint EVO 4G will be the only phone in 2010 with 4G in the name, unless Sprint releases other Wimax phones after the EVO 4G, in time for the holidays.

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