HTC Sprint EVO 4G: Incredible specs, but at what price?

By Alan Ng - Mar 24, 2010

As most of you will be aware by now, HTC and Sprint dropped a bomb last night at CTIA Wireless, by announcing the EVO 4G smartphone. It packs some incredible specs, but we are wondering how much customers will have to pay for it?

One thing is for sure – Sprint and HTC didn’t hide away from telling us just what the phone is capable of. The main highlight is the stunning display screen, while the 8 megapixel camera and HD 720p video recording will be a main selling point for many consumers.

What we didnt get any details on though, is the all important price. I don’t think Sprint customers will be too surprised though, when the carrier slap a huge price tag on the phone. Lets not forget that the EVO is the first 4G-capable handset to release in the US, so I think the handset warrants a ‘premium’ price.

Do you agree or not? What do you think is an acceptable price for the phone?

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  • Prabu

    Just got the email today..Price is $199 with two year contract..And it is launching on June 4 [3 days before iphone 4G]

  • M0nk

    Not to turn this into a zealot fight but…
    If you Apple users wouldn't sign away your pet chihuahua and your new-born child every time a new istuff device comes out; maybe you wouldn't expect to pay through many-orifices for stuff that cant be marketed for more than the plastic you are receiving.

    Me, I expect to pay no more than $250 USD tops (after rebates and member discounts)… Any more and I think I'm going to switch to t-mobile for the HD2.

  • M0nk

    Not to turn this into a zealot fight but…
    If you Apple users wouldn't sign away your pet chihuahua and your new-born child every time a new istuff device comes out; maybe you wouldn't expect to pay through many-orifices for stuff that cant be marketed for more than the plastic you are receiving.

    Me, I expect to pay no more than $250 USD tops (after rebates and member discounts)… Any more and I think I'm going to switch to t-mobile for the HD2.

  • M0nk

    Not to turn this into a zealot fight but…
    If you Apple users wouldn't sign away your pet chihuahua and your new-born child every time a new istuff device comes out; maybe you wouldn't expect to pay through many-orifices for stuff that cant be marketed for more than the plastic you are receiving.

    Me, I expect to pay no more than $250 USD tops (after rebates and member discounts)… Any more and I think I'm going to switch to t-mobile for the HD2.

  • Obamistake

    This phone has me dumping my iPhone. My mom recently got an HTC incredible and as far as I can tell the Evo 4G is pretty similar in almost every way only better. If I can dump Comcast every month and use this as my internet it will be a bargain.

    I'm guessing it will be priced similarly to the Incredible – $299 with a $100 rebate.

  • Obamistake

    This phone has me dumping my iPhone. My mom recently got an HTC incredible and as far as I can tell the Evo 4G is pretty similar in almost every way only better. If I can dump Comcast every month and use this as my internet it will be a bargain.

    I'm guessing it will be priced similarly to the Incredible – $299 with a $100 rebate.

  • Jason

    I would def. pay over a $1000 for this. Good -Bye Apple and your I-Phone!

  • frank

    I think about $199.99 to $249.99 it will be reasonable

  • raheem

    im thinking since this is the first of its kind, they are going to give it a very high price. this iphone isn really all that but when it first came out it was in the 800s so im sure this phone will be between 800 and 1200.

  • raheem

    im thinking since this is the first of its kind, they are going to give it a very high price. this iphone isn really all that but when it first came out it was in the 800s so im sure this phone will be between 800 and 1200.

  • Baka Chikusho

    I'll pay $700 for it without batting an eyelash. I'll finish saving up and buy THE phone I've been waiting for. The non-Apple answer. I'm so giddy, my girly parts are tingling.

    I can't wait for this phone to be released!! WEEE!!!

  • lil joe

    I agree with Matt! The handsets are the SEGWAY to 4G. Profits will come in the way of many coming back to SPRINT. DAN (CEO) needs to change his ways and show the FAITHFUL Sprint customers that we r his base and he cares about us. PHONE cost: $200 with instant rebate, rather mailing it in.

  • Matt

    Sprint needs to make it as inexpensive as possible and drive adoption of 4G and WiMax. Handsets are only a means to the end game.

  • Larry

    I believe that, 199 after rebate will be the going price. With of course a slight boost in plan pricing per month. Considering the 4g and wifi capabilities.

  • clyde

    I have five balckberries now and if the prices are right i will be upgraing to atleast 4 evos

    • frank

      give me a call and I sell it to you jeje

  • pink pearls

    wow! Considering all the features and capabilities I’d say the phone will cost about 300 with a 2-year contract with the Everything-Data plan. Without the contract, I’d say about 500 to 600… It will be pricey but I’m guessing it will be worth the time you decide to keep it.

  • StonedOne

    It doesn't matter what we think is acceptable. Sprint is the leader in outrageous prices, so you're looking at between 300 and 400 with contract. Personally, I think nothing over 200 with contract is reasonable for any phone, period. The fact is, it's almost impossible to keep a phone for longer than 2 years, and for 4,5, even 600, it better be the last phone I ever buy. At least 5 years before it's outdated. Since that's impossible, I think $200 should be a pretty much permanent cap on price with contract. Just my thoughts; I know it's a pipe dream.

    • don

      That's just ridiculous. I just switched to Sprint from one of the other carriers…won't mention names, but it begins with a "V". I'm saving over 1/2 of my previous bill and have more features. Sprint has the best value of ANY carrier…bar none.

  • DDDDDDD

    with contract 189
    without 479

    • unknown

      I would agree considering the HD2 just came out for $199 w/contract, $449 without

    • Do you have a source for that?

  • kiel

    I would say between 400 – 500 with a contract, and between 800 – 1000 with out a contract.

  • 299 with 2 yr contract sounds reasonable i think since theres so much hype they will bump it to 399 with 2 yr contract but that is also not bad for a device that is so versatile and can do so much.

  • Bob Ketcham

    Price of the phone matters some, but price of the plan matters more. If Sprint makes this phone available with a plan anything like their current Everything Data Share Plans, it will be a huge bargain. Especially if they allow it to operate as a WiFi hotspot under the plan.

    I've got four Blackberry Curves on an Everything Data Share plan for the family. As a 10+ year Sprint Customer, I pay less than $40/month/phone. Even if the price is higher, if I can use the phone as a WiFi hub and drop DSL (in two or three locations?). Wow! We'll see…

    • Greg

      Well, I sell phones. For all the major carriers. The phone without a contract will be around the same price as an iPhone (599) or Google Nexus (579) I'm sure. On a 2 year contract it would be fair to compare it to the HD2 which is almost the same phone (Aside from 8 MP Camera, HDMI Port, Camera on Front, 4G and Android) which sells for 149 New Customer, 199-249 for existing customer.

      • Greg

        You've also got to keep in mind, the phone can't be to over-priced because it has to compete with the other carriers, and existing smart phones from Sprint.