Sprint CEO Dan Hesse revealed that the nation's first WiMAX smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G, will become available on June 4 for $200 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.
According to Cnet, the device will require an Everything Data Plan, which begins at $70 per month, along with a $10 "Premium Data Add-on" for WiMAX, regardless of whether a subscribers lives in an area where WiMAX is available. The idea is for subscribers to take advantage of WiMAX if they happen to travel to a WiMAX market. Sprint's WiMAX service, which is offered via Clearwire's network, is available in 32 markets today with plans to expand into another 18 markets by the end of 2010.
The device, which will be sold through national retailers such as Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart, also includes a mobile WiFi connectivity option that can connect up to eight devices. This will cost another $30 per month. In all, Evo 4G subscribers will shell out a minimum of $110 per month if they opt for the personal WiFi service.
Some newly announced features of the Evo 4G include simultaneous voice and data capability, a pre-installed YouTube HQ player and a video chat application from Qik that is used with the front-facing camera. During the CTIA Wireless 2010 Sprint revealed some details of the smartphone, including an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.1 and a 4.3-inch touch screen.
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