Ever since Sprint announced Samsung Epic 4G handset back in June, people have been itching to know when it will become available for real, and at what price. Especially those who can not live without a full QWERTY keyboard on their smartphone. Until this week, Sprint Epic 4G was the only top of the line Android smartphone on the horizon to have one. But Sprint was keeping mum about the details, leaving it for us to wait in eager anticipation, buzzing and speculating about possible Epic 4G arrival date.
This week Verizon one-upped Sprint by quietly introducing Motorola’s Droid 2, which also comes with full QWERTY. To keep the potential customers jumping ship to Big Red, Sprint now was forced to come clean about Epic 4G arrival date and price. Which it did today. And I didn’t like much of what Sprint had to say.
According to the official press release, Sprint Epic 4G is coming on August 31, and it will cost $249 after $100 mail-in rebate.
I’m sorry, Sprint guys&gals, but haven’t you heard? The standard price for the top of the line smartphone with a 2 year contract, is $199 in U.S.
Yes, I know Epic does Wimax, which your marketing people like to call 4G, and which it really is not. And I know that your “4G” may or may not be faster then 3G, in those limited markets where it is available. I also know that Epic 4G has QWERTY keyboard, which EVO 4G does not. And it has a bigger screen then Droid 2, I know that too.
But an extra $50? For a phone with a 2 year contract, data plan, $10 surcharge for Wimax and $29 for a permission to use it as a hotspot? C’mon, Sprint, you are getting greedy.
Still, if you want one, and are afraid of delays that seem to plague every high end Android smartphone this summer, you can pre-order Sprint Epic-4G for in-store pick-up on August 31 here. (via Engadget)
If you liked the post, you might find these interesting too:
- Sprint Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S Pro) to launch on August 11th
- Samsung Epic 4G now available from Sprint
- Sprint Samsung Epic 4G to be launched on August 20?
- Sprint does Samsung Epic 4G vs. HTC Evo 4G video comparison
- Sprint Samsung Epic 4G fails to break HTC EVO 4G’s first day sales record