Sprint's second 4G device to have Epic launch August 31st

Sprint's second 4G device to have Epic launch August 31st
Sprint has announced that it will launch its second 4G enabled device on August 31 when it makes the Samsung Epic 4G available. The variant of the Galaxy S Pro (which includes a sliding QWERTY keyboard), will cost $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a signed two-year contract. Similar to EVO 4G owners, those who purchase the Epic 4G will need to pay $10 a month extra as a  Premium data add-on. The carrier says that the handset gives users the ability to "take advantage of a richer data experience than ever before". The price is $50 above the current price that other high-end devices like the Motorola DROID X and DROID 2, Samsung Captivate, HTC EVO 4G and the BlackBerry Torch have been priced at. This leaves the feeling that Sprint believes it has a premium phone on its hands, one worthy of costing more money.

Sprint will launch the Samsung Epic 4G with Android 2.1 under the hood and said that an upgrade to 2.2 is planned for the "coming months". The other Galaxy S models already launched are expecting to be served Froyo next month, which would be a logical time-frame for the Epic's upgrade. The carrier is also using a brand new reservation system that will allow Sprint customers to reserve the handset starting this Friday the 13th (!) until supplies run out at Sprint.com/Epic4G. Those who manage to get a reservation can pick up their phone at a local Sprint store on August 31st.

Samsung Epic 4G Specifications | Hands-on

source: Sprint

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39 Comments

1. Sprints Finest unregistered

I can see paying an extra 50$ bucks for the screen.....ITS A GALAXY S.Its Gorgeous.BUT WOULD I GIVE UP MY EVO 4G FOR IT...That ladies and gentlemen....is the 350$ with 100$ mail-in rebate question??? :/

26. trelee unregistered

sumwhatrediculous@gmail.com if you switch let me know I want an evo

37. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Look how mad you all get when someone hates on Sprint, I have valid reasons and you all still blindly mock me with immature banter. You all make fun of iPhone fanboys, Ive seen your comments, and here you are doing the EXACT same thing. Are you really that insecure that you feel "Offended" if someone talks trash about your cell phone carrier? Do you hate on everyone who doesnt share the same interests as you? Pathetic.

2. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Seriously? You Sprint people crack me up saying "Sprint is sooo cheap". Your willing to pay an EXTRA 50$ for the screen, rather thatn an extra 10$ a month for better service and coverage with a better phone. I seriously am starting to think that Sprint is for misfits, your all as oblivious as iPhone users. Maybe everyone is right Sprint should get the iPhone, you all act the same.

4. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

well papajay one could say the same for you thinking that ur crappy phone is a good phone and paying more for substandarized service and guess what else no matter what it cost if ppl want it they will buy it do you really think if the droid 2 or anyother phone you may be talking about cost 250 or even 300 that ppl wouldnt buy it if you think they wouldnt your an idiot

5. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

PapaJay fag you are the definition of a an idiot...you place judgement upon people with a phone or servicewowww. Saying people are misfits wtf are you serious. That is one guy who is obviously confused but you go ahead and insult everyone not just with sprint but people with an Iphone thats just plain dumb and uneducated. Sprint is cheap by the way and has pretty good service and we all know Verizon has the best service. But they flat out butt rape you financially and how do I know that I work at Verizon Wireless...not at the little stores neither.

7. bitslizer

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 29, 2010

@Papajay224 well let see... the only network better than sprint is verizon, AT&T suck and tomobile coverage is not that good. $50 upfront? or $10x24 = $240 ....? I would pay the $50 upfront. Phone is personal pref, I've never been a big iphone fan

9. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

@dahaka17 Have you ever heard of adding a period to the end of a sentance? Or do you think your getting your point accross more with your ranting run on sentance that makes less sense than your mom on a street corner. Just checking.

10. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

@belve14 I havent been "Raped" and Im pretty sure 93,000,000 customers "In this economy" really arent complaining about prices (yeah thats alot of zeroes) . All I was saying is you all you at Sprint and your penny pinching nature are a little hypocritical when it come to these things when genius up there says "Just for the screen" he'd pay an extra 50$. He already has an EVO?!?!? so 200$ phone less than 6 month old and a 250$ "Just for the screen" Cmon?? So yeah 240 for the year is better adding 10 extra dolalrs for superior coverage. Looks like I have found a whole villiage of idiots..Wheres the leader?

13. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

oh wow look guys hes using sentance punctuation as a comeback.....watch me give a crap ....... wait for it....... nope dont care.

19. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Look Guys?!? Who are you talking to? Are you o.k.? Or is this some ill attempt at getting a gang of blog posters to try and offend me? You guys are really pathetic. Im glad your with Sprint. It groups you up into a nice pathetic liitle ball of crap, waiting for a dung beetle to come carry you away. Tmobile FTW

27. SMB

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

Who opened up the idiot bag and let PapaPenis out? Did he just say "TMobile FTW"? With that comment, his idiocy stands out like a white boy in Harlem.

33. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

They started the Android reign with the G1 and Nexus 1 plus there prices are decent, customer service was righted one of the highest next to Verizon, and lastly they aren't Sprint. Who by the way got the "mist improved" in customer satisfaction. How crappy do you have to treat your customer on a regular basis to eventually get a "most improved". Who's lost more customers than the competition even with flagship devices like Palm Pre's failed launch and Evo 4g. Who's saturated with prepaid customers because their service sucks, and lastly who fired 25,000 customers because they called to much....oh yeah...I give up, now I can see with all these facts, YOUR right.

3. EvoOwner unregistered

I plan on selling my evo and going with this. To be honest the screen really is too big. 4" is perfect.

6. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

We know it is a premium phone. "Sprint prices the Samsung Galaxy S Pro variant above the recent level of other high-end phones to show that this is a premium device..." Sprint didn't say they were raising the price "to show that this is a premium device" - Phonearena said that. Where does Sprint say that? They set a price for the phone, and you can argue about why, but I don't think it is to SHOW this is a premium phone. It does indicate that they value it above the EVO though. And with the screen and the complexity of the slideout keyboard, I'm not hugely surprised. Loyalty upgrade October 7th - I just hope they aren't sold out by then. If it were further off, I think I'd just buy it.

8. bitslizer

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 29, 2010

another way to look at it, all the other keyboard less Galaxy S are $199, the extra keyboard and 4G is the added cost. Although I think the Droid 2 is $199 also...?

11. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Seems pretty shady to charge just for a keyboard. Just saying. High end standard is 199.99 there's nothing new here...

17. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

you really think youre winning customers for verizon by being a dick?? smooth. real smooth.

20. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Im sorry, I had no Idea I was offending anyone, nor was I aware that I was advocating for Verizon. I was just using common sense. You should try it before pointing you fingers at someone.

30. sprint ftw unregistered

@papadildojay Your a dildo

34. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Your comment matters.

12. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Looks like I'm going with an Evo then. It would have been a toss up if both were $199.99 but $50 more for the Epic with the GPS problem that has yet to be fixed along with lag complaints and TouchWiz. Not to metion it's at least another month before the Epic gets FroYo and the Evo already has rooted 2.2 ROMs out there with and without Sense. Plus I do not feel like waiting 3 more weks for a phone.

14. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

the evo has the offical 2.2 as well

18. bitslizer

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 29, 2010

AFAIK, GPS have unoffical fix, so does the lag issue, and samsung stated they are "investigating" the GPS issues

15. Juan Canola unregistered

Sprint FTW!!! I'm in love with this company!

22. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Wow!

16. Tilmer Frankono unregistered

@ papajay224 quit hating on the best company ever! Sprint is going to take over the world!

21. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

...and wow.....

23. boosh310

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 12, 2010

Evo owner and not switching, dont get me wrong the Epic's spec's look good but there isnt anything really coming out at me to make me switch....super amoled and the graphics card are the only thing that i really see as an upside on the phone.

24. JPrice

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

boosh, you also get a 16 gig microsd vs the 8 gig that comes stock in the Evo, access to the movie store, as well as the SAMOLED screen and Graphics card

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