Sprint has announced that Boost Mobile HTC EVO Design 4G (left) and the Virgin Mobile HTC EVO V 4G (right) will both be available on May 31 for $299.99 each.
The HTC EVO Design 4G Boost's first 4G WiMAX phone and as well as the the carrier's first Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" device and the first with visual voicemail. It requires Boost's $55 Unlimited Monthly Plan with includes the Shrinkage feature that reduces the monthly fee by five dollars for every six on time plan renewals. The maximum reduction under shrinkage is $15 which brings the monthly charge to just $40 after 18 months.
The Design 4G is also Boost's first phone to officially include a mobile hotspot feature, which allows up to five WiFi equipped devices to share the phone's 3G or 4G connection. However, if you want to use the hotspot feature, there will be an extra $10/month charge on top of the usual $55/month (before shrinkage).
In the bad news department, "latter this year", Boost will institute a soft data cap. After 2.5 GB are consumed in a month, data speed will be throttled to 256 Mbps for the rest of the month. The cap only applies to 3G data. There is no cap or throttle on 4G WiMAX data.
Virgin Mobile's new WiMax phone is a rebranded version of Sprint's HTC EVO 3D. Like its Boost cousin, it will ship with Android 4.0 (ICS) and Hotspot. The EVO V 4G can be used on any of Virgin's current Beyond Talk plans which start at $35/month for unlimited 3G/4Gdata (3 G data is throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB, there's no cap or throttle on 4G WiMAX).
Using the hotspot feature on Virgin Mobile will cost you $15/month, $5 more than with Boost.
Virgin Mobile is also releasing two 4G WiMax mobile broadband devices, the Sierra Wireless Overdrive 3G/4G mobile hotspot ($149.99) and the Franklin Wireless U600 3G/4G USB modem ($99.99). There will be two Broadband2Go plans
- $35/month for unlimited 4G data and 2GB of 3G data.
- $55/month for unlimited 4G data and 5GB of 3G data.
Source - Sprint: Boost Mobile Press release, Virgin Mobile press release