October 05, 2010

America’s First 3G/4G Phone, HTC EVO 4G from Sprint, Honored with POPULAR MECHANICS’ Breakthrough Award

HTC EVO 4G Recognized for Industry-Leading Features, Including a 4.3-Inch Touchscreen Display, Lightning-Fast 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, Dual Cameras Enabling Mobile Video Chat and 4G Network Capabilities

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 05, 2010 - Sprint (NYSE:S) made history in June with the launch of the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G, America’s first 3G/4G wireless phone. Packed with industry-leading features, it set first-day and first-weekend sales records for Sprint and was lavished with praise and awards by respected technology and telecommunications media and analysts. The prestigious POPULAR MECHANICS Breakthrough Award has just joined the list of honors awarded to HTC EVO 4G.

On Sept. 28, POPULAR MECHANICS announced the winners of its sixth annual Breakthrough Awards recognizing the innovators and products poised to change the world in the fields of technology, medicine, aviation, environmental engineering and more. Awards are given to a handful of new products that set benchmarks in design and creativity to provide a picture of the best technology of today and tomorrow.

“HTC EVO 4G has been a tremendous success for Sprint,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “The response from the media, wireless industry and, most importantly, our customers has been overwhelming. Clearly, HTC EVO 4G sets the standard for smartphones with its impressive list of features, including its 4.3-inch display, 1GHz processor, two cameras, HD video capture, video chat and 4G network capabilities. We are thrilled to receive this important award with our partners at HTC.

“Together with Sprint, HTC has created one of the most in-demand phones in the market today,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America. “We are pleased with our ongoing relationship with Sprint to deliver and market devices that push the technology boundaries while delivering a quality customer experience. We are honored to receive this distinctive award from such a respected and valued publication.”

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1.

Innovative Features Beyond Compare

HTC EVO 4G uses the Android 2.2 platform, offers more than 80,000 apps, as well as a mind-blowing list of features, including:

  • Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3-inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience
  • Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus
  • Two cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik website, Facebook®, YouTube or Twitter™
  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G or Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more during conversation
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device2
  • Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately)

CNET, LAPTOP Magazine and eWeek gave HTC EVO 4G awards for Best of Show when it was announced at CTIA this spring. It was also recently cited on MobileTechReview’s Best Smartphones and Best Touch Screen Phones lists, and TheStreet.com rated it the #1 Android phone.

Sprint 4G is now available in 55 markets: California – Merced, Modesto, Stockton, Visalia; Delaware – Wilmington; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul; Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New York – Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.

Criteria and Evaluation

In selecting the candidates and winners of the 2010 Breakthrough Awards program, the editors of POPULAR MECHANICS (PM) canvassed a wide range of experts to come up with a list of worthy nominees. In addition, members of PM’s editorial board of advisers, which includes astronaut Buzz Aldrin and MIT’s Amy B. Smith, and contributing editors, including MythBuster Jamie Hyneman, reviewed the nominations to help choose the innovators. PM editors test hundreds of products in a wide range of categories all year in order to arrive at the true game-changers for the Breakthrough product awards.

A complete report of the Breakthrough Awards will be published in the November issue of POPULAR MECHANICS (on newsstands Oct. 12). High-resolution images of the winners and full conference coverage will be available upon request at www.popularmechanics.com.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Visit www.sprint.com/newswroom or www.sprint.com/presskits for more information and images.

1 “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in more than 50 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services are available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G is unavailable.

2 Optional add-on for sharing access to Wi-Fi. Uses data allowance within your base service plan. Connectivity dependent upon compatibility.


Media Contacts:
Mark Elliott
HTC Media Relations

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