Sprint charges $10 for non-existant features*

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The latest mobile phone craze is Sprint's Evo 4G manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC.



The Evo 4G is the first phone capable of running on US's first 4G network. The network, which is up to 10x times faster than the current 3G, is currently available in 32 cities across the United States.
Asides from its many features, Sprint is requiring its users to pay an additional $10 a month.

According to Sprint representatives the EVO 4G will require a larger amount of bandwidth due to its 4.3 screen, image rendering quality and video conference capabilities. The front/1.3 megapixel camera is said to be used for video conferencing while the rear 8 megapixel, dual led flash camera can also record video at 720p high definition.

Based on internet reaction, a fair amount of people have been discouraged by the additional cost of the service.

The main issue is not the price, but paying $10 for a service not implemented in certain areas.
Sprint's 4G service is spotty at best. There will be many users who will like to own the HTC EVO 4G, but live far down the list of cities with 4G network upgrades.

Why is Sprint really making everyone pay this fee?
At a cost of $199 with a 2 yr contract or $450 without a contract it seems Sprint is hoping to generate new revenue to expand its 4G network.

Sprint, which is calling the EVO 4G data service Premiere, said the phone will consume a lot more bandwidth and for this the users will shell a $10 fee. Asides from getting unlimited data on Sprint's Data network, there doesn't seem to be much of an added value to this.

Sadly, since only 32 cities have 4G there are a lot of users who will be paying this fee for nothing.
I will be one of those for a couple of months. As a Sprint rep told me my area should get 4G by August.

This is something the stockholders should be happy about. The $10 fee will take a load off the losses the company had this quarter and projected 4G expansion costs. Based on the momentum and much talk about the EVO 4G, it seems Sprint will have a lot of new customers.

Phone Specs and Features:
* Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
* Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
* Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 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.
* 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 device.
* Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
* Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
* Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
* A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
* Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
* Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.


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