Epic 4G has one of the best launches for a Sprint branded device

Epic 4G has one of the best launches for a Sprint branded device
While not disclosing any sales figures, Sprint issued a press release this morning to say that yesterday's launch of the Epic 4G resulted in one of the best first day sales for any device sold by the carrier. The variant of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro is the second 4G phone on Sprint's line-up, which includes the EVO 4G. Fared Adib, the vice president of product development for Sprint, said, "We're very excited by the customer response to Samsung Epic 4G and the capabilities of our 4G network. With its beautiful Super AMOLED touch-screen, full QWERTY keyboard and two cameras, Samsung Epic 4G is a terrific smartphone that delivers the promise of the Sprint 4G network. As we continue to build out our 4G network, more and more of our customers will realize the benefits of these amazing devices and the realities of life at these blazing-fast speeds."

Besides being offered at Sprint's retail stores, the carrier's web site, and through Telesales, the Epic 4G is also available at Walmart, Best Buy and Radio Shack. The handset costs $249.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and a signed 2 year contract. The device will load data at speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G in the 51 markets where Sprint currently offers 4G connectivity. The number of markets offering the faster network should grow larger as the carrier plans on expanding its 4G service to more cities over the course of the year.        

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source: Sprint                                                   

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14 Comments

1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Now I am all for rooting for Sprint. I honestly think they are one of the best carriers out there. But words are just words without actual numbers behind them. It seems like every carrier out there has been making a lot of noise about their sells without actually releasing numbers on how many phones they've sold. They could have sold 150,000 that first day or they could have sold 30,000. Without actual numbers, this statement is just a padding for shareholders to feel good about not selling their Sprint stock...

3. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

and the good news is Sprint has now said this 3 times (Pre, Evo, Epic) Im starting to fall asleep.

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Four actually...remember the Instinct...

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

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5. oddman0ut unregistered

I'm not affirming any truth or lies here but if sprint said that its an improvement for themselves in selling a phone i believe them. Every record setting phone that sprint sold were flagship phones (at one point) and advertisements for the epic and evo were going around long before its launch so people would have known about it. Chances are that sprint did hit a personal record for sales with the epic and them not releasing any numbers isn't being dishonest about it. Sprint probably wants that information to be confidential (for whatever purpose idk but should have good reason behind it). I'm not %100 sure but wasn't the guy who released the sales count for the evo fired for releasing that information to the public? I'm pretty sure if they didn't want numbers out for the evo that they wouldnt want numbers out for the epic (or any other future flagship phone)

6. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I love my epic :]

7. realist unregistered

people really "root" for wireless carriers? wow... almost as bad as people who root for their favorite video game system. every sprint phone release is historic and they are all better than the other phone that sells millions. lol @ sales in the thousands getting praise. just goes to show why sprint had the highest churn rate and is in 3rd out of 4th place. he forgot to mention the instinct because it was a forgettable phone.

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I used to work for the company. I left because of bad local management, but I saw the company as a whole getting a lot better. So it's more about me having pride for the company I knew Sprint was becoming. I am all for great companies succeeding. But I get your point, it would be a bit odd for me to want Sprint to do well if I had no affiliation with the company beyond a bill every month.

9. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Well, even if I didn't work for Sprint, I would want them to be successful. There is nothing worse than having 2 large companies dominate the market. Teddy Roosevelt broke up monopolies for a reason, and a very good one at that, and VZW and AT&T would both love to be monopolies, trust me. I worked for VZW and they had such an arrogant, anti-competition stance that it drove me crazy. The US cellular industry needs Sprint and T-Mobile because they keep the prices fair. If I don't want to pay that huge premium for VZW because I don't need service way out in the back woods, I shouldn't have to pay it. If I just need service that covers me in large cities and major highways, why would I want to pay that price?

10. RobC unregistered

Companies are supposed to be ruthless toward one another... that's not anti-competition, that's just competition. They're just no supposed to fleece their own customers blind. They're also not supposed to get together and decide pricing, that's the real anti-competition. Collusion. As long as they are targeting each other the customer wins. You've been out of the loop with VZW... they still have unlimited data, and a lot of their smartphones are available prepaid with no contract. And their proposal of net neutrality seems way better then AT&T's concept... though I can't fault AT&T for trying to collect more dimes. A service provided is a service provided.

11. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I don't know if anybody remembers the same Sprint announcement during the EVO release but they claimed that it was the biggest weekend they have ever had and supposedly sold 300,000 phones (which they also stated was more than the Hero and Pre combined). Later there was a Sprint rep that did some snooping and found out the real number was closer to 65,000 and posted it on XDA and the rep got fired for it. So I'm just wondering if they really had a big launch lol

12. Stan Pokutylowicz unregistered

Don't want to pay $250 for this unit. I saw it at amazon.com for $200.

13. theBankRobber unregistered

I have to say that sprint is coming back very strong. I live in a area with 4g but my appt is made of brick and it blocks my 4g signal inside. But i have made a box and tapped it to my back window, thats where i get 2 bars of 4g swrvice and my Evo sits in it with the charger. I get about 4 - 5mbs just from there but with me paying for the hotspot feature, my roku netflix box can stream HD movies. My girls evo picks up the hotspot and she uses my 4g signal, and i also play my ps3 online with no lags or problems. Im glad i got rid off verizons $40 a month for 3mbs dsl, my 4g is cheaper and i get a better protable network anywhere i go.

14. miguel plattus unregistered

i love sprint

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