Don't expect the EVO 4G WiMax hotspot service to be free

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Don't expect the EVO 4G WiMax hotspot service to be free
Leaked internal Sprint communications reveals the carrier's plan to charge monthly for the phone's 3G/WiMax hot spot support. A web page entitled "Service Plans" says that special plans are being devised for the EVO 4G because it is the carrier's first 3G/4G handset. And while certainly not a surprise, the page goes on to talk about "monthly recurring charges" which could be in the neighborhood of $30 monthly. According to Sprint, the cost of the service-which turns your EVO 4G into a 3G/4G router-will be revealed closer to the launch of the device which could be as soon as June 6th as we reported on Thursday. Those whom were expecting Sprint to offer the service free had been pointing their finger at Verizon which offers similar hot spot support at no cost on the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. There are major differences. Verizon's service runs on its 3G Ev-Do pipeline only while Sprint's service will include WiMax.

HTC EVO 4G Specifications | Hands-on

source: AndroidCentral
Don't expect the EVO 4G WiMax hotspot service to be free
Don't expect the EVO 4G WiMax hotspot service to be free



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17 Comments

1. rshackindian

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 11, 2009

well i wasn't expecting free; but not $30 a mnth. i was hoping more around $10-$15; like an add-on or something

2. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

That's actually not bad considering the fact that all companies charge $60 for an aircard.

3. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

true

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1116; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

except I read that you cant make call when you are on the web, fail

7. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

your right you cant, but I dont understand why people would even need this feature. The damn phone does mostly what a laptop could do anyway.

9. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I read somewhere that sprint said the simultaneous voice-data feature was in testing and could be possible with 4g service. Also that it would be possible regardless of sprints testing via third party VOIP. I personally dont find the feature necessary but for those desperate enough for it, there will be ways.

12. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

i can see a need for the hot spot feature because i have a sprint air card and the router would be better because it would let me power my laptop and pc and ps3 and other peoples phones at once instead of a solitary air card

5. cwiley5045

Posts: 23; Member since: May 07, 2010

Well I was hoping something cheaper, if I move to Sprint from Verizon my bill want change being there data is including and I'm already paying that price for my data plan so I'm OK with it. As long as WiMax is available in my area.

6. hcbarclay

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

common sense to me...

8. markemark11

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

considering it is a business and not a charity fine by me. i will fork it up for something as highly specced and wimax capable.

10. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I dont know about pay an additional $30 for the feature, but the good thing is tht we can add it at anytime...i hope!! by the way, any1 tht is a premier customer might not want to know how much this phone REALLY is cause we're gonna get $75 off the original price of the phone after being a yr into ur contract which, in my case, would make me wait a while to upgrade to this phone without breaking the bank

11. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Premier subs get new cutomer pricing after a year, non Premier only get $75 off.

13. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

The only reason Verizon made the Mobile Hotspot feature free is because the Pre and Pixi were not selling. At all. With a high demand handset like the EVO will be, there would be no reason for Sprint to make it free.

14. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

You guys do know that one the phone is Rooted this feature will be free anyhow right?

15. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Most People don't even know what rooting a phone is. Therefore people like you and me will be saving 30 dollars a month, compared to the average person, who pays for this. I'm using my hd2 to write this, which allows me to give free internet sharing to anyone of my choice (on t-mobile's network)

17. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

@Schmao Same here, *Cheers*

16. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

ill be saving $30 a month too.. :)

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