Evo Plans: Requires extra for 4G and hotspot? Ugh.
I hope this isn't true and they either have incorrect info or are misreading it:
HTC Evo 4G Expensive To Own, Sprint Leaks New Packages* Special plans are being created for the HTC EVO 4G because it is the first dual mode 3G/4G phone offered by Sprint.
* The Sprint Mobile Hotspot feature, which is explained in detail in the New Apps section of this course, requires an attachable plan code. This code carries a monthly recurring charge. The cost of this plan and the code itself will be revealed at a later time closer to the launch of the HTC EVO 4G.
So now it looks like HTC Evo 4G buyers may need to pay separately for voice, 3G data, 4G/WiMax data
- 05-09-2010, 03:30 PM #2
- 05-09-2010, 03:44 PM #3
- 05-09-2010, 04:05 PM #4
I think it is widely believed that 4G will be built into current cell phone data plans. Since 4G is still growing, I doubt they would charge extra for it right now. Plus, it would be a great marketing chance for Sprint and a way for them to get new customers, which they need to do.
As far as the mobile hotspot goes, charging for that makes sense. It isn't a widely needed feature, but people who really need it will pay for it. The big question is what is it going to cost per month? I have heard any where from $10-$40/month.
- 05-09-2010, 04:53 PM #5
- 05-09-2010, 05:00 PM #6
This was supposedly from an internal e-mail to Sprint employees concerning training. I posted in another thread that I believe if the plan prices are the same as AT&T's for the iPhone that Sprint should be prepared to lose quite a few subscribers.
- 05-09-2010, 05:06 PM #7
Sprint doesn't have the clout to start charging these higher price ala carte line items. I do think that they will charge 10 to 40 for the hotspot, but the 4g/3g will be the same price as it is now. I know 4g isn't in my area and probably won't be for a long while. Right now Sprint needs a great device with a great price and a better plan than Verizon or AT&T. They need to lure people away, not match what those other carriers are doing. Sprint still has a small imprint and needs to grow and change the attitude of what people think they are. Sprint has changed for the positive in the last few years, but they are being judged by the past. They need a great device at a great price for the phone and a great plan at a reasonable price. This is just my opinion.
- 05-09-2010, 05:12 PM #8
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- 05-09-2010, 06:18 PM #11
I thought that picture looked familiar. Even after they cut our watermark out of it
I don't say this very often, but the next person to link to that site gets a kick in the shins. It should NOT be taken as a credible source.
- 05-09-2010, 06:38 PM #12
Hm, I wonder what they mean by "special plan" though. I am hoping it's just for the hotspot functionality and that 4G really doesn't cost more. Oh well, there is no 4G in my area yet, so if anything, I will be using it just as I am using my Pre, so that should mean my plan remains the same.
- 05-09-2010, 06:58 PM #13
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- 05-09-2010, 10:06 PM #16
Nothing's been said one way or the other about an added fee for WiMAX, but I doubt it. The screenshots posted a while back only indicate the EVO will have its own 4G plan because it's the first device of its kind. They also show there will be an extra charge for the WiFi hotspot feature. Sprint would be foolish to charge extra for 4G on the phone itself.
- 05-09-2010, 10:20 PM #17
I was told that new plans have to be created simply so that the hotspot feature can be added to WiMax phones only. These plans have the same rate as existing plans, but are only available for the EVO until other WiMax phones come into existence. I said goodbye to SERO long ago, so I'll deal with it lol.
Of course it wasn't Dan Hesse who told me, so who knows. Well besides Ozcar, of course
- 05-09-2010, 10:22 PM #18
Yeah, the all knowing Ozcar....
So, does that mean we have to change plans only if we want the hotspot feature?
Grr, I just changed my plan and it is going to save me like a thousand bucks a year, I hope I don't have to change again!
- 05-10-2010, 12:48 AM #19
- 05-10-2010, 03:44 AM #20
Dan Hesse already said that they were not charging more for 4g, they prolly have to put you on a new plan in there system so that you get access to the 4g system. but they will prob. charge extra for the "hot spot" feature, that wll prob be only like $10/ month like it is currently for tethering (Phone As A Modem) feature that you can do on other phones
- 05-10-2010, 09:49 AM #21
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I would not be a happy camper [and may not become a Sprint customer] if they decide to start these "additional fees" policy. I can't believe that they would go to great lengths to draw potential customers from other carriers with top-notch gear and "all inclusive" plans, just to hit them with additional charges.
They can't be that dumb. Or can they?
- 05-10-2010, 10:22 AM #23
- 05-10-2010, 10:48 AM #24
I don't think Sprint can possibly charge for 4G vs. 3G. If you have 4G at say, work in your town but not home, it would not be manageable. When 3G rolled out, Sprint didn't charge differently than for 2G. Sprint claims WiMAX is cheaper to operate in the end. If that's the case, they shouldn't be charging more. And by moving users to 4G, it offloads usage on the 3G network, which is at capacity in many areas.
When Sprint's 3G/4G laptop cards first appeared, they made a mistake charging $20 more/month than 3G only cards. They finally fixed that and is now the same rate. I wouldn't put it past Sprint to make the same mistake twice but I don't think it will happen.
- 05-10-2010, 01:14 PM #25