Official: Motorola PHOTON 4G Coming July 31st for $200, July 28th for Premier Customers


Waiting for word on Sprint’s second dual-core Android? They’ve finally announced pricing and availability information for the Motorola PHOTON 4G. Starting July 31st, you’ll be able to pick one up for $199.99 after signing yourself a new two-year contract. And just as with the EVO 3D, Sprint Premier customers can order theirs three days early online. Remember, the Photon 4G is Sprint’s first dual-core AND 4G Android device by Motorola. It’ll have a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM and NVIDIA’s 1GHz Tegra 2 processor. Also inside is an 8 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage and a front-facing camera. Anyone ordering one for the end of the month? Read on for full press details.

Motorola PHOTON 4G Debuts on July 31 for $199.99

Sprint ID just added to impressive list of features for Sprint’s first international 4G smartphone 


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 13, 2011 – Offering a phone packed with a powerful balance of features to complement a consumers personal and professional life, Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) today announced the July 31 availability of Sprint’s first international 4G smartphone, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G. Motorola PHOTON 4G, featuring a 1GHz dual-core processor, will cost $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement1.

Sprint Premier Customers will have the opportunity to purchase Motorola PHOTON 4G – online only – three days before the national launch, while supplies last. Customers who have elected to receive email notifications from Sprint will be notified of the details on July 28. Premier customers can also log on to their account atwww.sprint.com on July 28, click “show me my rewards” and then “Sprint Premier Community” for additional details.

“Sprint is thrilled to build on the strength of our relationship with Motorola by bringing customers Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core processor,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Motorola PHOTON 4G brings our customers the latest in Android technology combined with enterprise-quality security for business users and international GSM capabilities for those who travel abroad. It is spectacular to bring yet another Sprint 4G device to our customers.”

Announced in early June, Motorola PHOTON 4G has already received praise from well-respected device critics:

  • “I dig the way the PHOTON looks. The qHD screen is very nice indeed. Colors are rich, and the resolution was very good.” – PC World
  • “It’s big, it’s businesslike…. Sprint’s brand-new Motorola PHOTON 4G will face down the HTC EVO 3D this summer in a battle of the high-end Android super-phones.” PC Magazine
  • “It’s a strong competitor and one that seems aimed equally at business customers as it is to regular consumers.” – GigaOm

Making Android Easy

Motorola PHOTON 4G is Sprint’s seventh Sprint ID-capable device. Sprint ID delivers a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers – designed to meet users’ specific mobile needs and interests – in a few simple clicks. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan, and users can download five at once – including Professional (features tools to help busy professionals with travel plans, organization, communication), Green (tips to live a greener lifestyle), MTV Music ID (mobile music experience), HSN (shopping on the go) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ID Pack. To see all Sprint ID packs, visitwww.sprint.com/sprintid.

Built with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Motorola PHOTON 4G, combined with Sprint’s 4G network, lets users browse, download and multitask at maximum speeds to support their busy lifestyles. Motorola PHOTON 4G provides an array of versatile tools, such as the Motorola webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola HD Station dock (available for purchase following device availability).

Additional features include:

  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with each core running at 1GHz and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • Dual cameras – 8-megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from anywhere around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks.
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and governmental entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns

Robust Accessory Ecosystem

Customers will appreciate the wide variety of Sprint and Motorola exclusive accessories available to customize their Motorola PHOTON 4G experience. Options include

  • Paired with the HD Station, which includes a Wireless Remote and HDMI Cable, users can do more than ever on a larger screen. When docked, the Motorola PHOTON 4G launches the Webtop application, providing users with instant access to full Firefox® multi-window browsing capabilities. Additionally, users can connect up to three USB peripherals, such as a keyboard, mouse or memory stick to be even more productive at home or on-the-go. The HD Station will be available when the device launches for $99.99 (excludes tax).
  • The full-size Wireless Keyboard allows Motorola PHOTON 4G users to work faster with Bluetooth®technology and a super thin design. The Wireless Keyboard provides quick access to Android® apps using dedicated shortcut keys and navigate through Web apps powered by Android in a snap. Available when the device launches, the Wireless Keyboard will retail for $69.99 (excludes tax).
  • Hitting the open road for summer vacation? The Vehicle Navigation Dock for Motorola PHOTON 4G is the ultimate travel companion providing users with easy access to maps, favorite contacts, hands-free calling, music, turn-by-turn navigation and more. Equipped with integrated Motorola ESP technology to automate the screen preferences, and allows streaming audio & music via the 3.5mm audio jack through the vehicle speakers. The Vehicle Navigation Dock will be available when the device launches for $59.99 (excludes tax).
  • When it comes time to recharge Motorola PHOTON 4G, Sprint offers a wide variety of power solutions, including a Battery Only Charger and Battery Bundle. This high performing, 1700mAh Lithium Ion replacement battery gives the device the power to talk, send texts, take pictures, or just be on standby. The bundle includes a battery-only charger, providing users the option to charge the spare battery separately and is available on August 21 for $49.99 (excludes tax).

Sprint offers a variety of cases, skins and gels to protect Motorola PHOTON 4G and other devices from inevitable nicks and scratches. Sprint offers the following phone covers and wraps for Motorola PHOTON 4G. Each of the accessories below will be available on July 31.

  • Holster and Shield Combo make a nice protective cover to prevent scuffs and scratches. This cover and holster combination carry solution provides convenient protection for the Motorola PHOTON 4G device. It is available for $24.99 (excludes tax).
  • The protective Gel surrounds Motorola PHOTON 4G like protective gloves with precision cut-outs for access to the device’s bright screen, control buttons and keypad. It’s available in purple and retails for $19.99 (excludes tax).
  • The two-piece Phone Cover for Motorola PHOTON 4G slides together easily to protect the top and bottom of the device. Available in gray with black leather inlay, the phone cover will retail for $21.99 (excludes tax).

Additional accessories will be available after launch. Customers seeking more information can visit their local Sprint store or www.sprint.com/accessories.

Motorola PHOTON 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web or $9.99 per month versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB web. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the number one most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Starting on July 18, register at https://www.shopmotorola.ca/photon4g for a chance to win a Motorola Photon 4G or a trip for two to a Live Nation® concert of your choice2.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 51 million customers at the end of 1Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint atwww.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.


Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. No one cares! Motorola, bring us the Bionic!

  2. “Remember, the Photon 4G is Sprint’s first dual-core AND 4G Android device”

    Wrong. The EVO 3D was the first.

    1. Crap, I actually meant to put “by Motorola” after that.

    2. The Photon 4G – The FIRST Android 4G Phone by Motorola on Sprint for $199 in North America… IN THE WORLD!!!

  3. Meh…encrypted bootloader…screw you Motorola. HTC at least is committing to timely updates and an unlocked bootloader in August for the Evo 3D. Not impressed that much. Sticking to HTC.

  4. now if only Sprint could bring 4g to the cities in the Metropolis of Detroit.

    1. Jerk! There are decent people who live in that city.

  5. Conveniently releases a few days after the 30 day return window expires for the Evo 3D…. o_O

    1. I just got my Evo 3D last weekend and I’m tempted… I don’t like Motorola though….

      I really wish this was the Samsung GS2, but then again I hate Samsung as well….

      Guess I’m stuck with the 3D…

      1. You purchased the EVO 3D just as I have and on sprint this is their flagship device bot the Photon 4g. HTC takes care of their flagship EVO line like gold and I should know being an former evo 4G owner for over 1yr. We made a great purchase because whatever appears from Samsung if anything comes it will be a watered down verison of the Galaxy S2 that hits the states it definitely won’t be the same model our friends recieved from abroad. The EVO 3D is definitely the top 2 devices on the market

      2. I agree completely, no matter how good the GS2 is supposed to be, I’ll never buy another Samsung phone. I wish just wish Sprint had got the Sensation instead of the EVO3D

  6. so instead of giving us all the sgs2 that we want they would give us this crap. FU us carriers FU!

  7. It great to see the addition of this handset on the best carrier in the states. This clearly makes sprint tops with the EVO 3D as well. Looks like we are sitting pretty at the now network add in the Nexus S4g and Evo 4G what else can you ask for. And oh yeah UNLIMITED ALL DAY LONG BABY…

  8. Almost enough to make me jump off t-mobile (not on contract), if only Sprint hadn’t apparently *FOUND* the account of mine they *LOST* back in 2007 and now want me to pay the ETF… which wouldn’t have been a problem if they hadn’t *LOST* my account back in 2007. By which I mean, I couldn’t even pay the bill because their computers claimed I wasn’t a customer and my phone# (which was still working) didn’t exist. Since I couldn’t pay the bill and CS reps couldn’t find my account, what was I to do? So I jumped to T-Mobile.. but I miss the better data coverage. Only, in the meantime they *found* my missing account and charged it an ETF.

  9. I love how the smaller carriers are getting flagship devices. Verizon is beginning to suck. If I was not required by work to be on Verizon, I would flush them.

  10. This http://phandroid.com/2011/07/13/european-atrix-finds-itself-with-an-unlocked-bootloader-thanks-to-project-cheesecake/ makes me think the locked bootloader wont be that big of a deal. If the photon is running CM7 by the time my contract is up in August, I’m definitely going with that over the gimmicky evo3d.

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