I currently have a pre-ordered Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE out for delivery and have been holding an internal debate in my head trying to decide if I want to refuse shipment or accept it and add Sprint to my wireless carrier collection. This post consists of the thoughts in my head and I figured it may help me reach a decision if I write it all down and get some reader input. The peace of mind of truly unlimited voice, data, and text messaging is offset by dismal current 3G speeds in the 1 Mbps range.
The only real reason I am holding back is due to the current lack of any LTE coverage and the fact I have no idea when it may be coming to Washington State. If I had some confidence, or even a hint really, that I would see LTE in the next 2-4 months then I would be fine with waiting. I understand that all existing non-WiMAX devices, including the very popular Apple iPhone 4S, all are operating at 3G on Sprint, but after experiencing the HSPA+ 3G speeds on T-Mobile and AT&T (4G is just a marketing term for HSPA+) it may be tough for me to accept the slower Sprint 3G speeds.
Then again, I do not stream video content or really do much that needs the super fast speeds, primarily because performing functions like this eats away at the data caps much faster. It seems that having a faster data network changes people's usage practices, thus contributing to more data consumption (something I am sure carriers like for the fees, but dislike for the congestion). I generally tend to use 2GB to 3GB a month on each wireless carrier, but when LTE does come to Sprint I may use more since it will be faster and also be unlimited. I also just traded away my Verizon iPhone 4S for a LTE Galaxy Nexus and realized I have been using Verizon's same speed 3G network with my iPhone since late last year and wasn't particularly bothered by those 3G speeds.
I really like the HTC One X and in my opinion the HTC EVO 4G LTE makes it even better with the kickstand, physical camera button, full NFC capability with Google Wallet, and removable storage capability. The EVO 4G LTE still has all the other great aspects, such as the fabulous display, solid camera, Beats Audio support, Sense 4, and more.
OK, after writing this all out, I am leaning heavily towards accepting delivery and taking the EVO 4G LTE for a spin. Don't even get me started on what I am thinking about doing with my new AT&T service, existing Verizon service, and long time T-Mobile account :) Sprint, if you want to help ensure I keep the device and sign on permanently would you mind giving me some hints about when I can expect LTE in the Puget Sound region? Do any of you readers have opinions on my thought process that might help me with my decision? Please vote in the poll below to help me out with my final decision.