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HTC EVO Shift 4G announced officially by Sprint

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Jan 2011, 08:47

The worst kept smartphone secret finally got an official confirmation. Sprint announced the HTC EVO Shift 4G, basically a successor of the HTC EVO 4G, with smaller screen and a slide-out keyboard...

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posted on 04 Jan 2011, 09:05

1. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 2009)

Practically a redesigned desire z. Hopefully the rom comes out soon. I'm using the dezire z rom with the overclocked 1.4 ghz kernel on my g2 and it gets a little flunky at times. This should be a bit more stable coming from another US carrier with similar specs..

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 09:28

2. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Maybe its just ignorance on my part, but this seems to be a poor "successor" to the EVO. Other than 1GB more ROM and the fact that the latest maintenance update on the EVO is screwy, everything else seems to be a downgrade. Surely there will eventually be an updated version of the original EVO? Nothing about this phone makes me want to "upgrade" to it from the original. Then again it could be ignorance. Maybe someone who is more knowledgeable can enlighten me.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 09:45 1

3. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)

There will not be a phone out for Sprint that has better specs than the EVO until June when they release their next flagship device. If they released something now that was better than the EVO they wouldnt be able to call the EVO their flagship because its not the best Sprint offers. They do this every June Sprint comes out with a phone that blows away the competition in some form for the EVO it was specs screen and 4g and the pre blew everyone away on just hype.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 10:08

7. jtjacks1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

I believe you're right. Sprint cant give you its best device right off the bat, especially with a new Iphone sure to come within the next few months. I think this release was basically just to get another 4G device out. Its DEFINITELY not better than the EVO, Sprint just wants to try and hold people's attention for a little while longer.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 11:48

11. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Good! Maybe an EVO 2 (or something more imaginative) that has a dual-core processor, a super AMOLED display with 16 million colors, wireless n, and a better battery. This is my wish list of course. That would be a better successor. I still love my EVO though.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 09:48

4. bobjones (unregistered)

why the $10 charge? I thought the charge wasn't for 4g, it was for the evo's 4.3" screen, kick stand, dual cameras, 1ghz processor... the shift does not have any of these, SO SPRINT why the $10 up charge again????? just admit it is for 4g.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 10:03

6. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)

For starters it has adobe flash built in which means you are using wayyyy more bandwith than any other device and front facing camera for video calling. If your so concerned why dont you go to vzw and pay 69.99 for unlimited minutes plus 20 for unlimited text plus 30 to have an android device plus another 10 for telenav...or you could go with att and get unlimited minutes for 69.99, unlmited text for another 20, another 10 for telenav,and another 25 for internet on an iphone and were gonna cap you at 2gb a month!!!...please stop whining about 79.99 per month for all of these services built in!!! this is the best plan in the history of wireless considering free tethering is only an app away...

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 11:39 1

9. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

I totally agree. I don't mind the extra $10. I have a family plan with Sprint with an EVO and a blackberry. I only pay a fraction more than a family member with one iPhone, and he doesn't have as many features in his plan.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 11:47

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

VZW has a plan that includes all of that for just $69, identical to the Sprint plan (Sorry, except for the Sprint TV. But I had an Evo for a short time and wasn't impressed with Sprint TV at all!). The problem I had with the Evo is that even if you lived in an area with no 4g access. So if it really bothers you to pay that extra $10, just call VZW and tell them you would become their customer, but only if you were allowed to start with the $69 plan that includes data and text. I'm sure they'll take you up on the offer.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 12:06 1

12. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

I just checked VZW. The only plan close to Sprint's is the unlimited talk and text for $89 which gives you unlimited talk and texting, but you still have to pay $1.99 for each MB of data unless you have a data plan added on. That will cost you an extra $15 to $25 a month depending on how much data you want limit yourself to. If you go with the $69 "unlimited" plan, not only will you pay extra for data, you'll be paying 20 cents per text unless you get a package starting at $5 a month. If this is wrong, my apologies, but that's what their website says. Sprint is still much cheaper even with the $10 premium data fee. Not to mention it is an unlimited data plan. And, from my experience, Sprint's network is just as good. I do agree that Sprint TV is not very impressive though.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 14:10

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

It's only for their "Premier or Premium" customers (Which is stupid!). So it will not be only the website. You have to ask a customer service rep or a store rep about the plan. I am on the plan right now. Call 800-922-0204 and tell them you would switch companies for this plan and see what they say. It worked for me.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 09:59

5. cappycobra (unregistered)

@ bobjones

"That is on contract, of course, and the $10 monthly fee for using Sprint's WiMAX service is still required."


posted on 04 Jan 2011, 13:39

15. Kakarotto (Posts: 254; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

WiMax is not 4G! WiMax is successor to the WiFi. Actually it's WiFi with better range. In Europe WiMax belongs to 3,5G.
Only LTE is 4G!!!

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 22:21

21. Topaz (unregistered)

Before you make such a bold comment read this article:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 10:29

8. Shafeer (Posts: 79; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I am NOT convinced by android phones any more, I like their software but there are just too many phones with it. I'm looking for something new, something outside the box. WP7 have done that which is why I like them.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 12:46

13. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)

The design is ugly.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 13:03 1

14. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

This will be a great phone. I've had a lot of customers that would purchase the Evo, but complain that it's just a little too big for them. It'll be great to have a mini Evo, there's definitely a market for it.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 15:11

17. Mr. Outchere (unregistered)

There are a couple more differences between the evo shift and the original evo. You can see some of the differences on this versus video from Wirefly. I dont know, i think i perfer the size of the original EVO still.http://www.wirefly.com/learn/resources/cell-phone-comparison/htc-evo-shift-vs-evo-4g-schmackdown/

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 16:16

18. Favela (unregistered)

I think I'll stick with my crappy Hero for now till something better shows up if not Ima just switch to another carrier Sprints 69.99 plan can't be beat but honestly they're very limited when it comes to phones and I don't know about you guys but I don't wanna wait half a year when phones like the LG Optimus 2X a.k.a "Star" will come out in this upcoming month

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 16:28

19. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)

Will it cost as much as the HTC EVO 4G or less?

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 16:41

20. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)

Priced at the lowest cost at launch for any current 4G phones.
Sprint will offer the HTC EVO Shift for $149.99.
MSRP $399.99
2YR Service Agreement- $249.99
Instant Rebate - $100

Required Plans:
Everything Plan
$10 Premium Data Add-On.

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