OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jun 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --History will be made across the nation as anxious customers get their hands on America’s first 3G/4G wireless phone, HTC EVOTM 4G, packed with industry-leading features. Starting today, customers can purchase HTC EVO 4G at Sprint (NYSE: S) retail stores, online (www.sprint.com), through Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), business direct and at RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart. The device will cost $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade.
"With HTC EVO 4G’s advanced features, like video chat and 3G/4G capability, customers may find themselves using a lot more data, so a plan with unlimited use is key," said Carrie MacGillivray, program manager at industry market research firm IDC. "Customers are looking for simplicity in their voice and data plans. Unlimited plans offer new EVO users the flexibility to use the device as they desire without any worry about exceeding a predetermined limit."
HTC EVO 4G brings capabilities U.S. wireless customers have never experienced before, including a new video chat service providing two-way voice and video capability included at no additional cost with the preloaded Qik app.1 Qik Video Chat allows you to experience events as they happen, even if you can’t be there. Attend a meeting across the country and feel like you are truly there, watch your child’s performance live on your mobile phone, or pick up a Qik Video Message from a friend who wants to share an exciting adventure. The Qik Video Chat app enables interactive, real-time sharing with almost anyone, whether the other party has Qik installed or not.
HTC EVO 4G is this summer’s must-have wireless experience as it continues to win third-party accolades and endorsements. CNET, LAPTOP Magazine and eWeek gave HTC EVO 4G awards for Best of Show when it was announced at CTIA this spring. HTC EVO 4G was recently listed on MobileTechReview’s Best Smartphones and Best Touch Screen Phones lists.
According to LAPTOP Magazine, "EVO 4G packs practically everything a geek could dream of in a mobile device . . . The EVO 4G richly deserves our Editors’ Choice award. It’s a no-brainer for Sprint customers, and a tempting choice for those on other carriers." Visit here for early HTC EVO 4G reviews and related information.
Innovative Features Beyond Compare
HTC EVO 4G features the increasingly popular Android platform, Android 2.1, offering more than 50,000 apps, as well as a mind-blowing list of features, including:
HTC EVO 4G users will have an assortment of accessories to select from beginning today, including a variety of stylish carry and protection solutions to protect the 4.3 inch screen, a range of hands-free headsets, access to a spare battery and an extensive selection of charging solutions so that they never run out of power whether at home, office or in the car. Customer can also use the Sprint Travel Charger Plus (sold separately) for an afternoon power source to give them all the power they need to get through the day.
Sporting an Eco-Friendly Box
The innovation applied to HTC EVO 4G goes beyond the device and also applies to the eco-friendly packaging. Sprint designed the box and tray to align with its commitment to sustainability, working with HTC to produce a superior environmental solution that also protects the phone.
HTC EVO 4G’s package is 100 percent recyclable and partially made from sugar cane, a highly renewable material that serves as a great alternative to plastic or foam. Sugar cane pulp is becoming a popular choice for sustainable packaging because of its reduced environmental impact, as it is a renewable resource, decomposes relatively quickly in the waste stream, can be recycled in the conventional paper stream and its flexibility for use in an array of package shapes and sizes. Sprint has also significantly reduced in-box materials, encouraging users to find details online, and uses certified soy inks and water-based coating on the sleeve.
Although HTC EVO 4G was developed prior to the development of Sprint’s green specifications for devices, it already meets several of Sprint’s eco-criteria including RoHS compliance (the strict European Union standard for the restriction of hazardous substances) an Energy Star Level V qualified charger, use of a micro-USB connector for charging and the inclusion of a recycling envelope for customers to easily recycle their previous phone model.
Getting More for Less
In order to provide the best experience, HTC EVO 4G requires one of Sprint’s industry-leading Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. A $10 per month Premium Data add-on is required for all HTC EVO 4G users, enabling a richer data experience than ever before at both 3G and 4G speeds.
HTC EVO 4G customers can pay just $69.99 for Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan, plus the $10 Premium Data add-on, totaling just $79.99 per month for unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Sprint Network with any mobile in America, as well as the most robust multimedia experience and fastest data speeds in wireless today. That’s a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s 3G-only plan with unlimited talk, text and Web.
An optional charge of just $29.99 per month turns on HTC EVO 4G’s mobile hotspot, connecting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds, where available, and at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network.
Let Us Help You Set Up Your EVO
Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their HTC EVO 4G, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase. or they can schedule an appointment for a later time at http://sprint.findlocation.com/search.aspx.
Sprint Free Guarantee
With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of HTC EVO 4G for 30 days and if not completely satisfied, may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2
Blazing Trails with Sprint 4G
Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 33 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G3,giving HTC EVO 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Today, Sprint 4G covers 43 million people and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010.
Sprint currently offers 4G service in 33 markets: Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Missouri - Kansas City; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; Texas - Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
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 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only 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 and 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.
1 A $4.99 per month subscription fee will apply for a new range of advanced premium features, including unlimited video archiving, downloads to computer, and Video Mail. As a special introductory offer, all Premium services will be free until July 15, 2010.
2 Refund excludes usage not associated with the monthly service plan, premium content, third-party billing, international charges and associated taxes and Sprint surcharges.
3 "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 over 30 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable.
For a device comparison of HTC EVO 4G against the competition, go to http://www.youtube.com/v/u3UD4M3aUlY
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