The HTC EVO 4G LTE may have me changing carriers yet again

The HTC EVO 4G LTE may have me changing carriers yet again

Summary: There are not a ton of devices I change carriers for, but a couple years ago I went to Sprint for the HTC EVO 4G. This solid successor may force my hand yet again.


I tested the HTC EVO 4G in May 2010 and bought my own soon after. It was a phone I kept longer than most all other smartphones and I couldn't stop picking it as one of my favorites all year long. I still see many people using this phone almost two years later and today HTC announced a successor that may have me going back to Sprint again. The HTC EVO 4G LTE is coming to Sprint for $199.99 in the 2nd quarter with pre-orders beginning on Monday, 17 May.

Sprint is the only carrier with non-throttled, unlimited data and if this was a WiMAX phone I wouldn't even think of it. However, it runs LTE and while Sprint is just getting into the LTE game (rolling out to six cities by mid-2012) they have fewer customers than Verizon or AT&T so maybe we can get faster LTE speeds with less people on the network.

I know this may sound stupid, but I am a big fan of the kickstand and used it like crazy on my HTC EVO 4G. My daughters loved watching TV shows when we traveled and it was nice to sit on my commuter train with my phone propped up and playing video content. HTC is taking some of the great features from its new HTC One line (oh yeah, what happened to that whole simplying on the One series thing?) and bringing them to the EVO 4G LTE.

Check out the HTC Evo 4G LTE hands on image gallery that shows off this slick device.

Specifications include:

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.7 inch HD Super LCD2 display with Gorilla Glass
  • Sprint LTE with HD voice support
  • Android ICS with HTC Sense 4
  • 8 megapixel rear camera iwth ImageSense
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Beats Audo support

Is anyone else as excited as I am about this device? I was thinking of a One S on T-Mobile, but may have to consider giving up my Verizon account to get this device on Sprint.

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  • Why?

    Sprint LTE Support has to be horrible at the moment.
    • Support?

      I suppose if you called Sprint today for LTE support, your statement would be correct, but when you consider that there is no Sprint LTE at the moment, it's not surprising.
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  • You have so many devices, I cannot take you seriously

    Its like accepting a promise from a person with split personalities!
  • Shame...

    they didn't bring the quad core + single lower power core processor from the One X to the party...

    That said, I'm still happy with my Sensation.

    I still don't get the American system, I buy unbranded phones and slap in whichever SIM I happen to be using at the time. The initial cost of the phone is a large lump sum, but I save more over the life of the phone on cheaper contracts.
    • the problem

      Sure if there were open contracts like that where you could just get service and bring your own phone you might find people doing that, but it's not offered with a major carrier. As is, I save $500 over you and I get a new phone every two years at the least. When I upgraded from my EVO 4G to my EVO 3D it only cost me my old phone, $50 and a new 2 year contract. Can't beat that.
      • Save $500?

        Looking at the service prices, the Sprint Smartphone package starts at $79 a month, the EVO 4G an additional $99. That gives a combined price of $1995.

        I get data flat rate, own network and landlie flat rate, 120 minutes in other networks, SMS flatrate in own network, 40 in other networks, WLAN hotspot and tethering, multiSIM (for upto 3 devices, including tablets and laptops). That costs $51 a month. With the unbranded phone (Amazon for 300 Euros), the total price over 2 years is under $1700.

        Looking at Sprint, if I want to use a tablet and my laptop as well, they are an additional $50-80 a month (depending on plan, but going with 3 - 6GB). Here, I pay a one time fee of $10 for a new SIM and it is attached to the existing account. That is a saving of at least $2380 over 2 years.
  • I hope the 3G is good there...

    I left Sprint two months ago for Verizon, because WiMax was never coming to this area, they didn't have any LTE phones for sale, and the 3G data was getting congested. I didn't have problems with voice on my Evo 4G (I was a first-day buyer). I just wanted a newer 4G phone.

    About the same time, co-worker switched from T-Mobile to a Sprint iPhone. His local performance was so bad that they let him out of the contract this week after two months and waived the ETF - 90% of his phone calls were dropped and far less than 1gb of data used, because locally the 3G network is swamped where he lives.

    He went to Verizon, and bought a Rezound, since he liked mine and wanted a 4G phone.
    • Sprint

      never had problem with sprint and significant savings over other carriers. where do you live? you never mentioned that. I switched from verizon to sprint and never ever going back.
  • You know...

    You can just buy a case with a kickstand, it doesn't have to be included with the phone. They pretty much make them nowadays for almost every phone.
  • Sprint, you can hear a pin drop, but nothing else LOL

    The HTE EVO 4G LTE might be the best phone in the world, as you claim, but I wouldn't go back to Sprint for 10 of them.
    What good is a phone if you don't have service where you need it, like inside a building, car, boat, you get the picture.
    Please don't recommend a product till you have tested it in the field (not in a metro area).
    • HTC EVO 4G in Las Vegas

      I bought mine about 2 years ago. My contract expires June 2012. I have been checking out the new phones. I seldom go far from the 'strip' here in Las Vegas so I have always had good reception with 4G. I drive to San Diego occasionally and listen to Pandora all the way. I have not had trouble accessing the internet, watching movies, etc. The hot spot is why I changed to this phone. I don't use it often, but I need it for my laptop. Sprint charges me the $30 even if I only turn the hot spot on for 2 or 3 days. I would change carriers if I could avoid that. A phone would need to have something pretty special in order for me to upgrade. I don't see anything in this article that would convince me to pay $200
      • Root

        Root your phone and you can still have hotspot, but never pay a dime extra. Also there are some options out there for unrooted phones as well -- such as pda net.
      • free

        with rooting it can be free, or you could buy a cheap tether app like Klink and tether when you need it only (like I do).
    • Not me

      I have the HTC EVO 4G here in Tampa, FL. I went with Sprint after having poor performance from T-Mobile and AT&T. It's rare for me not to have any bars and when I don't no one else on different carriers seems to either. I also have true 4G coverage here and not LTE so I don't have problems with crowding.

      I guess it just depends on where you live.
      • in miami

        the 4G coverage is so-so. Also my phones 4G antenna seems to have broken or something because I can never connect to 4G anymore. but I dont care because I never use it. I might switch to this new EVO since my contract is going to expire, but I'd have to check it out. a 4.7" screen is just pushing the limits here...
    • service...

      I guess it all depends on your location. I have never had an issue with Sprint Service. So a little tough on the author since he probably has had the same experience as me.

    Yes Ive had them all ATT is by far the WORST of the WORST overall, Verizon has best call reliability but their LTE is a joke in many places especially in major cities where a bulk of the users are overloading their towers. Currently on my EVO 4G on Sprint, Ive called to bitch them out a few times over spotty coverage when I get out a ways from metro cities but overall and the money Im saving every month for unlimited data and text probably wont be going back to Verizon anytime soon, and if this new EVO LTE is as badass as you make it out to be I will be upgrading as my 2yr is up in April :-)
    • it depends on where you live

      but if you live in an area with real sprint service, then their service is the best by far, especially for the price you pay,.