Say Hello to my 2nd little friend – Epic 4G smartphone

Said Sprint Nextel as the company released launch details for their version of Samsung’s Galaxy S smart phone – also their second 4G WiMAX-enabled smartphone, Epic 4G.

You can pre-order the device tomorrow with delivery expected for Aug. 31.

Epic 4G would be available for $250 after all rebates and a 2-year commitment. Although both AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA also offer their version of the Galaxy S smartphone for $200 after all rebates and a 2-year contract, Sprint Nextel version also includes access to the  Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX-based 4G service as well as a front-facing camera that allows for video calling.

Customers will also be required to be on one of Sprint Nextel’s Everything Data plans that begin at $70 per month as well as purchase a $10 Premium Data package for access to the carrier’s 4G service, even if they do not reside in a market covered by the technology. Bottom line: figure $80 per month plus taxes.

You can select to use their device as a mobile hot spot allowing up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to access the Internet using the Epic 4G as the connection. That privilege will run $30 extra per month.

Epic 4G will also be made available through the carrier’s third-party retail partners, including RadioShack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart today. No word yet on if pre-orders will be accepted at those locations.

From the research I have done on Sprint’s first 4G phone, HTC Evo 4G, looks like the device has been kicking ass and taking names. Sprint Nextel claims their EVO 4G was the fastest selling device in the company’s history.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

4 Responses to Say Hello to my 2nd little friend – Epic 4G smartphone

  1. What Sprint is managing to do with ‘4G’ (whatever they actually mean by that, seeing as the IMT-Adavanced project for 4G in the ITU has only just started) and EVO and EPIC is quite interesting.

    The key point of Apples iPhone and Google Android to date has been ‘disintermediation’ of sorts, as you no longer buy an AT&T or a Verizon service, you by Apples App Store or Googles Andriod market.

    While Sprint seems to have moved the argument back to the operator (i.e. you are buying ‘4G’ from Sprint). Nice market positioning, does show that some operators still see themselves as the brand and not the phone….

  2. Manzoor Ali says:

    It’s looking pretty good,fancy & attractive but ! reliability will be confirmed after the usage becuase i’ven’t used it…

  3. I trained with the phone at the launch in Chicago. It is an awesome phone. The display was very clear and the swipe texting is very easy to do. I think with the 4G speeds and the full keypad it will be a real player in the Sprint lineup

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