US carrier Sprint has announced that it will launch its first Wimax phone, the highly-anticipated HTC EVO 4G, on June 4.
At a press event yesterday, CEO Dan Hesse revealed the device will retail for $199.99 (€157.49) with a $100 rebate, for consumers signing up to a two-year contract CNET reports.
The unit will also reportedly be available contract-free for an unsubsidised $450, and will be sold through several national retail chains as well as Sprint stores.
However, not everyone will be able to utilise the EVO’s Wimax capabilities, as Sprint’s network currently only covers 32 markets in 11 states.
Users will have to sign up to Sprint's $70 Everything Data Plan, and pay an extra $10 for 4G coverage even if they do not live in a 4G coverage area. But Phone Scoop reported that the extra $10 will add limitless data use on Sprint's 4G and 3G networks.
The carrier plans to expand coverage to an additional 18 markets by end 2010.