Best Buy Provides a Low Price of $150 for Sprint 4G HTC EVO Shift

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on December 28, 2010   |   16 comments

The first 4G smart phone at an affordable price is going to hit stores next month. Or, more correctly, the incredible pricing will hit a single store. Best Buy will provide the HTC EVO Shift next month for the unbelievably low price of $150 with a two year contract. The phone operates on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network like its predecessors the original HTC EVO and the Samsung Epic.

The company was hardly bashful earlier this month when information about pricing was leaked online. Almost immediately after being confronted with the leak, Best Buy admitted that the pricing information was accurate. Both Best Buy and Sprint are likely to be benefitting from this release; it has been a while since the last Sprint 4G phone was released. Additionally, the lower price may bring a new kind of consumer into the 4G playground that is less technologically savvy and less likely to spend money on a “fancy” phone. The price will appeal to many consumers just interested in a nice, affordable phone.

Details about the phones’ appearances and capabilities are heavily discussed in various forums online. The biggest aesthetic difference between the original HTC EVO and the updated Shift is the smaller size and slide out QWERTY keyboard. This upgrade has been very much desired; consumers themselves echoed critics’ disapproval of the EVO’s size.

Rumors floating around online say that the HTC EVO Shift will have a 3.7” touch screen with a screen resolution of about 800×400. They also claim that there will be support for a microSD card and b/g/n WiFi bands. It is also said that the device will be running on the Android 2.2 Froyo system.

Whatever the case, the updated phone is in high demand and with the pricing that Best Buy will be offering, it is sure to be a bestseller. But, the most exciting part is the precedent that the HTC EVO Shift will make with this pricing. Manufacturers will be unable to jack up prices just because the phone is “4G.” Wireless 4G is available to the masses at last.

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Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Anil Ramachandran December 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ahuva, you’re a Zucker indeed. Sprint’s gonna keep the same $10 charge on the shift as it does on Evo and Epic. That adds another $240 to that $150 tag. Americans’ eye on what they spend now rather than what it adds up to over time will mean they fall for it big time.

Michael December 29, 2010 at 6:11 am

Anil, I suggest you go back to school and learn a little arithmatic. The extra $10 Sprint is charging for using its 4G network is still substantially cheaper than ATT and Verizon’s 3G plans. As of today Sprint is still the only carrier that has 4G phones on a 4G network. In case you didn’t know Sprint has twice ATT’s 3G coverage! If you know how to read and have been privy to the latest news, you should have come across the surveys manifesting that Sprint tied with Verizon for customer satisfaction and came in a hair behind Verizon for the least dropped calls. For $80/month Sprint gives you simply everything which includes unlimited everything mobile and 450 minutes of Non-Mobile Voice, however after 7pm you have unlimited Voice to any phone. As an addes bonus you also get to use their 4G network in 71 cities in the US, which is most of the major metro areas such as NYC, LA, San Fransisco, Miami, Denver, Boston, D.C., etc.

I just can’t believe it that people like you have the audacity to complain about the extra $10 knowing that their peers such as ATT and VZ are charging an extra $30 to $50.

Hoofenpaw December 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

I have the HTC EVO and have MS. The phone allows me to see and write easier than anything on the market even without a keyboard. Please do not shrink the phone. Keep the little ones for little hands but the EVO is a lifesaver for me and has been reliable and of high quality in phone use here in the mountains.

Anil Ramachandran January 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Michael,

I’m a Sprint fan as much or more than you are. I am on the Evo and loving it. That is not my point. Sprint’s $10 charge is not for 4G. It is a premium data add on based on the phone. Check it out. My point is that, compared to using the Samsung Transform on Sprint, using the Evo Shift 4g is going to cost $150 extra.

Again, I agree with you that VZ or ATT don’t hold a candle to Sprint in this department. But I have had the Evo for 5 months, and it is safe to say I have never used 4G. But I don’t complain on the $10 charge because the Evo is worth every penny. Not so sure the Shift is.

Again, according to Sprint, the $10 charge is not for 4G. It is for the premium device these three phones are. If it wasn’t, I should be able to not subscribe to 4G and not use it. In fact, it is cheaper for Sprint to serve me on 4G than on CDMA.

Anil Ramachandran January 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Michael,

I’m a Sprint fan as much or more than you are. I am on the Evo and loving it. That is not my point. Sprint’s $10 charge is not for 4G. It is a premium data add on based on the phone. Check it out. My point is that, compared to using the Samsung Transform on Sprint, using the Evo Shift 4g is going to cost $240 extra regardless of whether you use 4G.

Again, I agree with you that VZ or ATT don’t hold a candle to Sprint in this department. But I have had the Evo for 5 months, and it is safe to say I have never used 4G. But I don’t complain on the $10 charge because the Evo is worth every penny. Not so sure the Shift is.

Again, according to Sprint, the $10 charge is not for 4G. It is for the premium device these three phones are. If it wasn’t, I should be able to not subscribe to 4G and not use it. In fact, it is cheaper for Sprint to serve me on 4G than on CDMA.

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