Sprint to launch 4G handset number two on August 20th with the Epic 4G?

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Sprint to launch 4G handset number two on August 20th with the Epic 4G?
It might not seem fair to customers of other carriers, but if the past is any guide to the future, we could see Sprint launch it's second 4G model on August 20th with the release of the Epic 4G. The handset is the carrier's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro. Unlike the Galaxy S, the "Pro" version features a landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard. You would have had to be living under a rock to have missed the nation's first 4G device, the EVO 4G which is available through Sprint.

Here is how the possible August 20th launch date was guessed at. Samsung TV showed a video for AT&T's Galaxy S model, the Samsung Captivate, on July 19th-the first business day following the official July 18th launch, which took place on a Sunday. The video for the Samsung Vibrant, T-Mobile's Galaxy S variant, was displayed on July 21st. Yes, the Vibrant was launched on the 15th, but the original launch date was the 21st as you might recall, and was moved up to match the release of Verizon's Motorola DROID X. Follow so far? Now we see a video for the Epic 4G set for August 20th. More than a coincidence? In the meantime, Samsung sent out a tweet yesterday saying that the Epic 4G is arriving in a few weeks. For those of you who passed up on the EVO 4G to see what else Sprint had up its' sleeve for its' WiMax pipelines, you could be just a few weeks away from a launch of Epic proportions.

Samsung Epic 4G Specifications

source: AndroidPolice






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21 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think its the 15th .. why? the current sprint promotion ends on the 14th

4. sprintguy09

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 17, 2010

yea your right and the fact that most of sprint phones come out on sunday

6. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

It's so difficult for me to choose between the Evo and the Epic... Do I want the keyboard with the Super AMOLED screen? Or do I want the 8MP camera with the more organized UI (Sense) and the slightly bigger screen? I have the Moment now, which I'm rather disappointed with, so I don't know how much I trust Samsung...

7. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I know how you feel about trusting samsung. Their support is pretty much non existent to phones after a few months of their release. But I don't think you can go too wrong with the epic. The moment is a midrange android device... the epic is high end. Samsung is more likely to cater to their high end users than anything. I have the evo currently with no regrets but i might switch to an epic. I'm guessing you got the moment for the keyboard (something that I miss with the evo) and the epics keyboard looks gorgeous. Sense UI is something I'll miss but will probably get over it in trade for the keyboard. Plus its a SAMOLED display which is FAR FAR superior over the TFT display on the evo. Personally I think you should go with the epic but you can go wrong with either 4g phone.

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If the epic was coming out for verizon, i would be asking the same question and i have the droid x. Epic's keyboard makes the motorola droids look so pathetic.

13. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm just going to have to play with a demo of each before I can decide. Not a fan of TW 3 but am already seeing a 2.2 Froyo ROM out there for the Galaxy S and it shouldn't need a lot of work to load it on the Epic. Does anyone know if the Epic will have any kind of LED notification for missing calls and/or test? Reviews I'v read of the AT&T and TMoble versions say they do not have an kind of blinding notification when the screen is off which should be a feature on every phone now a days.

14. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

@odd - True, the Moment is mid-range, but I suppose my distrust of Samsung goes much deeper than that. When I worked for VZW, I had the Saga, the Rogue, the Glyde (by far the WORST phone ever), and the Alias 2. Out of those, the only one that didn't give me problems was the Alias 2, but I returned it in 30 days because it was kind of boring, haha. The screen is more drawing to me than the keyboard, which is a huge change of heart for me, because keyboards used to be the most important thing to me. You're right, I did get the Moment for the keyboard, or else I would've gotten the Hero at the time (I've gotta wait until they allow employees to get either phone). So that's another issue, if I'll have to wait till like November to get the Epic, I don't know if I can wait that long. Then again, it might be that long till they let us get the Evo, haha.

21. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

They really didn't need to do all that math. The Sprint website says coming this summer... Soooo It can be any time from now till September 20th ish.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

or the 16th

3. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

nice phone but why they charge 10 extra 4g not all areas here where a live tmobile has better service then sprint

5. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Well, if you want the company answer you'll have to cut through all the b.s. yourself. Essentially, it's Sprint's way of avoiding capping data. They'll get more money for each 4G device sold, so if there's extra data usage (which of course there will be, even if you're not in 4G) they're already being compensated for it. 4G may not be where you are yet, but it will be eventually and there will be no reason to complain about that extra $10 instead of a data cap on those 4G speeds.

12. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

I agree to that and it is helping build more 4g towers. Many think that the $10 more is pure profit. Not so sure about that. Afterall Sprint's minute rates and surcharges/taxes did not increase during the 4g build so they were losing money by building the network. They have to make that money back somehow.

8. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Lets hope they can keep them in stock unlike the evo.

11. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

funny thing is its samsungs fault the evos are so scarce

15. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

You know your stuff then mr. anderson

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This looks like a great phone, very interested in seeing phonearena's review on it. Hopefully it actually gets a rating it deserves.

16. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Seeing as how it's not an iPhone, it'll get a 6, haha

19. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Probably say the cons are its too thick, keyboard too cramped, and plastic body.

17. THEOG

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 12, 2010

evos dont seem that hard to come by in my area. Just have to look hard and do a little searching. Best buy has some.

18. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

I just don't understand why make the Galaxy phones different for each carrier. AT&T gets screwed with no flash for the camera. And while I'm looking forward to the Fascinate, (because I not switching from Verizon) it sucks to know that Sprint gets the superior Galaxy S phone with a keyboard. Anyways, makes me just want to wait for win7 phones and Verizon's 4g..... both hopefully in Nov.

20. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

Why does that suck? Customer can an awesome phone with a darn good network for less money and 4G in some markets for cheaper than they could on ATT or Verizon. Verizon's network is the best but Sprint is defiantely the second best network and not too far back from Verizon.

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