Sprint's initial "4G" network is a partnership with Clearwire. The two companies merged 2.5GHz spectrum in 2008 when Sprint shut down it's Xohm brand. Clearwire owns and operates their WiMAX/LTE network.
2014 seems a bit of a stretch for prepaid LTE. I'd bet next year around this time (or possibly the Fall), the EVO 4G LTE will get passed down to Virgin Mobile or Boost.
Next year around this time (or possibly the Fall) would be 2013. If Sprint is passing down an LTE-capable handset to its prepaid divisions, wouldn't that mean prepaid customers will see LTE service before 2014?
Sprint is always going to look for ways to increase revenue from its large number of prepaid customers; hence the required $35 plan for WiMax phones. The sooner they can get more subscribers on LTE, the sooner they can implement even costlier prepaid plans. Plus, if they don't act quickly, VM and Boost risk losing customers to T-Mobile or other carriers which might have better prepaid 4G options.
Sprint should really have a prepaid LTE option available by Christmas 2013. If not, they will have fallen behind in the game.
Did anyone who preordered from RS get a shipping notice yet? I haven't. Someone posted to FB that they ordered from RS yesterday and got their shipping notice yesterday also. That is beyond wrong.
All I see with my Radio Shack order status is "item located in stock" which means WHAT EXACTLY?!?!
This is an extremely screwy situation. I went into the local Best Buy today and they had no idea when the Evo might be arriving. All they can do is take "pre-orders" for the device. That's ironic because it is no longer a pre-order at this point.
I highly doubt think sprint will give prepaid 4G LTE a year from now. the only reason VM and Boost are getting wimax is because it has become uncompetitive and undesirable in the post paid market and they had to do something with it.
it's weird, I'm biased towards the iPhone but this sucker is such a daggum steal that I almost want to buy it just because.
can I port a SimpleMobile number to virginmobile? man I get paid on Thursday and I need a phone bad!! I'm trying to boil it down to this or the Nexus. $100 more but I wouldn't have to do anything more than wait on the mail.
if I get this, I have to port but I'll have insurance which is always rad to me.
And that video could easily be fake. I'm not trying to call that dude a liar, but it could easily be the sprint phone over a display box.
I noticed the Sprint logo as well. I've never seen a Sprint logo on a VM phone before, but I've heard some Boost handsets do carry them. Perhaps VM will start displaying the logo of its parent company now?
It's also possible VM was in such a hurry to get these phones out on the market that they skipped the process of removing Sprint's logo from the refurbishing process.