Official: HTC EVO 4G LTE on sale May 18 for $199 on contract


Just as was suggested to folks placing their pre-order, the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available May 18th from Sprint. Pricing sits at $199.99 on a new two year contract. Like previous LTE release from Sprint, the Now Network’s next-gen 4G likely won’t be live at launch. Instead those picking up the LTE-enabled EVO will have to wait a month or two before possibly seeing high-speed data pop up in their local market (though the early roadmap reads as slim pickings). Check out the full press release below for more info.

Sprint Debuts HTC EVO 4G LTE on May 18 for $199.99

HTC EVO 4G LTE is now available for pre-order at www.sprint.com/evo4glte

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and HTC, a global designer of smartphones, announce the Friday, May 18, availability of the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVO™ family, HTC EVO™ 4G LTE.

It will cost $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). Pre-order began May 7 at www.sprint.com/evo4glte.

“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets the benchmark for Android devices this year with its incredible 4.7-inch screen, advanced camera features and future HD voice capabilities when combined with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its cutting-edge technology pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”

HTC EVO 4G LTE is built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with HTC Sense™ 4. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC ImageSense™ brings improvements to every part of the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting, the ability to capture still images while taking video, and increasing the quality of photos taken in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting.

HTC EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s first device with HTC’s Authentic Sound experience integrating Beats Audio™. The technology enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs. Beats Audio is enabled across the entire phone experience, including playing music stored on the device, streaming from a favorite service, watching a movie or YouTube™ video, or playing the latest hot game.

HTC EVO 4G LTE boasts brilliant features, including a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, future HD voice capabilities2, 2000mAh embedded battery and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras. It is powered by the Snapdragon™ S4 processor by Qualcomm, delivering best-in-class performance and a power efficient platform for exceptionally long battery life. HTC EVO 4G LTE brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design.

“With the HTC EVO 4G LTE, we’re launching a true successor the original EVO, bringing a focus on innovation, design and industry-leading consumer experiences,” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC America. “The millions of current and new EVO fans will appreciate our amazing camera that’s superfast, easy-to-use and takes video and photos at the same time as well as our enhanced audio experience that you need to hear to believe.”

Respected device critics are buzzing with excitement for HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few of the praises that poured in when it was announced earlier this month:

“The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a good looking phone and will make fans of Sprint’s EVO line very, very happy. It packs every spec anyone could possibly ask for: dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4.7-inch HD display, and the latest Android 4.0 operating system, enhanced by Sense 4.0. Oh, let’s not forget the kickstand!” – Eric Zeman, Phonescoop
“The original superphone has been reborn.” – Mark Spoonauer, Laptop Magazine
“As for first impressions, I was shocked when I finally got to hold an EVO 4G LTE. In the presentation videos the phone looked thick and bulky. In person, it’s anything but. It is thin, deceptively lightweight and absolutely beautiful.” – Gary Krakow, TheStreet.com
“Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE. It’s an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package.” – Steve Kovach, Business Insider
HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. 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 $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the first devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.

As part of the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch, Sprint will be giving customers a chance to share their LOVE on Facebook. To learn how you could enter for the chance to win UNLIMITED LOVE, make sure to visit Sprint’s Facebook page on May 18 for details.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year. The anticipated launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas will soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Kevin Krause
Pretty soon you'll know a lot about Kevin because his biography will actually be filled in!

Message notification bug affecting small number of HTC One X users

Previous article

Will the North American Galaxy S III feature both Exynos and LTE? Google ad seems to say so

Next article

You may also like


  1. Now that the date has been announced by Sprint our pre-order devices should ship within 1-3 business days! :D C’mon UPS and Sprint bring me my shinny new Evo

    1. Wishful thinking or actual fact that the pre-orders will ship in 1-3 days?

      1. wishful thinking. The earliest it would ship was the 15th, from what I heard.

        1. Same here, thanks.

  2. It sucks they don’t have the premium member promotion stuff any more. Anyone know of a way to get this device when you’re not eligible for 2 year renewal yet?

    1. Can you purchase it off contract?

      1. You can always purchase it off contract, AFAIK.

    2. $549.99 and it’s yours!

    3. Depending on where you are at in your contract you can get it cheaper than $550. If you are within a month or two of your upgrade which is only 22 months not the full 24 then they will let you upgrade early. You can also buy out the rest of your contract to get an upgrade. So if your buy out is $100 then you pay that then upgrade for the $199 only paying $300 total instead of $550

  3. These are going to be the longest 1-3 business days ever! Lol

  4. What is up with the upgrade and new line price being the same? So any Tom, Dick or Harry off the street can get the same deal, as a 10+ year customer. They make it sound like you will get $150 off ur next phone, what total BS, on Sprints part, where is the benefit of being a long standing customer then?

    1. You are actually getting $350 off the phone, but who’s counting right?

      1. yeah off the MSRP, but that is just marketing gimmicks, who buys subsidized @ MSRP, $199 is the running price, I should be getting $150 off of that price, but to have to dish out $199 like everyone else is BS, thank the creator for wirefly’s $150 deal.

        1. They already lose money selling the phone at $199 and you expect them to cut you a deal and lose even more money….okay

          1. How much do they make in the long run off the contracts, and overages people mess up on? Plus I am talking about old customers, let them make their profit off the new walk ins, treat us old heads with some respect, is all I am saying, maybe not the whole $150, being its a brand new device, but show some love to those who have stuck with you, thru thick and thin, can you say 4G $10 extra a month, only to ditch it now, for LTE,

          2. They actually make more money off new customers than old so it wouldn’t make any sense financially to cut the old customers a better deal. And the $10 isn’t for 4G, but we don’t have to get into that. ;)

          3. Im just saying, if you think it actually cost $550 to produce the phone, then i have nothing left to say. Sprint is making the same amount of money on new and old alike. No difference, unless you privy to something I may have missed. And yes technically the $10 is not for 4G, but it’s funny how it was introduced when 4G came into play, so it will forever be associated with it. Sounds like you a secret sprint/HTC agent…lol. When do they send you ur free unit? Jus messin witcha…I don’t want to have to shell out $150 right now, times is tuff.

          4. I never said I thought it cost that much to produce. I know it doesn’t, but they have to make some money off it somehow. And most companies make more money off new customers, not old, its a fact. Why do you think the employees make more commission on new lines instead of upgrades?

          5. And no, I’m not a secret agent :P

          6. please name another carrier that gives better prices ONLY for LONG time customers???

            stop complaining your still getting 350 off… if thats not enough for you go buy a 300 phone with lesser or equal specs from verizon… they sure like to “help” customers out

          7. First off, not complaining, about it being $200, I am saying, why bother with the whole upgrade rebate crap, when all they do is change a few words around and you get the same deal as anybody starting anew. Second, been with sprint forever, and wouldn’t change, I can’t speak for a service I am not on, but am free to complain about one I am giving my hard earned dollar to…

          8. They have always called it a smartphone charge and I will gladly pay $10/month for unlimited data which still comes out much cheaper than verizon or att. Also I think $199 is still better than Verizon who would have the same LTE phone listed at $300.

          9. Anyone get how Radio Shack, Best Buy or Amazon makes money by losing it then??

          10. For awhile their mobile dept wasn’t making money. I don’t know if they are now. But their insurance, buyback, and other services is where they make money most likely, just like the Carriers.

          11. LinkedIn

            This is a reminder that on May 23, Tommy Thompson sent you an invitation to become part of their professional network at LinkedIn.
            Accept Tommy Thompson’s Invitation


  5. As long as their new 4G coverage is next to none I might as well stick to the Evo 3D.

    To bad, this phone is going to rock.

    I live in Vegas and can’t stand going down to 3G so lack if network is a big deal.

  6. According to the online page where you check your pre-order status it says once the device is given a street launch date the pre-orders will ship 1-3 business days thereafter. Well as close to

  7. * those words as my memory serves me…

  8. I just talked to a Sprint rep and she said that pre-orders do not ship until the device launches in the store. So she said that the Evo will ship on the 18th not before. I do not know if I should trust this because when the Nexus came out the people who pre-ordered got their devices before and not only that but it says that they will try to get us the phone before anyone ever gets a glimpse on Friday the 18th! What do you guys think is going to happen? I hope we get it before…

  9. I still think anyone who was promised wimax and never received it should get this for free, seeing as the only reason I bought the original evo was to have wimax. I really still love my og but seriously they just kept saying ” this quarter, next quarter” then ” we are not allowed to comment”. So what about us we should at least get some sort of special I bought four of em at once instead of a computer.

  10. An LTE phone for a network with no LTE? Hope you guys enjoy the slowest 3G network in America.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Handsets