HTC EVO 4G – $10 Extra for 4G Coverage Regardless

HTC EVO 4G – $10 Extra for 4G Coverage Regardless

I just want to clear up a couple of Sprint’s 4G pricing data misconceptions that some people are struggling with. When you purchase the HTC EVO 4G, you will be charged an additional $10 per month for the 4G data coverage, regardless of whether or not you are located in a 4G enabled city.

Some people have been wondering about Sprint’s 4G coverage and data plan cost, and the question has been popping up frequently asking do you have to pay for 4G coverage even if you don’t live in a city that doesn’t yet have 4G?

The answer simply is yes, you will have to pay for the 4G coverage regardless – and the additional cost for that 4G coverage is $10.

Sprint’s 4G Coverage Area

Yesterday, Sprint announced that Kansas City has just come online with 4G data speed. Yet, for some reason, cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have yet to come online with 4G speed.

It’s been perplexing to me why Sprint would bring on smaller metro areas like Kansas City before bringing on major metro areas such as San Francisco and Los Angeles….?

Anyway, just wanted to clarify the fact that Sprint is going to charge you $10 extra for the 4G coverage, whether you live in a 4G enabled city of not.


  • Guest

    I spoke with a sprint rep who stated that the $10 charge for 4G will not apply to non-4G areas. The charge will be added once the users area has 4G.

  • Guest

    I spoke with a sprint rep who stated that the $10 charge for 4G will not apply to non-4G areas. The charge will be added once the users area has 4G.

  • The new HTC EVO, not only supports the next generation of our data
    network (4G) but also the equipment itself provides an incredible
    multimedia experience unlike any other cell phone out there from any
    carrier. As you understand, regardless if you are in a 3G or 4G, we
    required an additional $10.00 premium data pack. This is because we want
    our customer to be able to enjoy these data-rich capabilities which does
    require a more complex data plan. The data experience of EVO is to be
    enjoyed by all EVO customers, regardless of 3G or 4G networks. The
    catchy phrase Web Surfing was coined because web browsers found
    themselves coasting from one website to the next. With EVO, the data
    capabilities are so rich, customers may lose themselves in endless surf.
    EVO users will typically consume more data, and the Premium Data Fee
    assures they have the bandwidth to do it. Thank you allowing me the
    opportunity to clarify this plan. I am also excited to inform you that
    Sprint 4G is expected to be available to up to 120 million people across
    the US by the end of 2010.

    • Geschaefer

      I am currently paying for a plan called “everything data 450”
      What part of “everything” dont you people understand?
      How the hell am I paying for an “everything” plan that doesn’t include “everything”
      Im furious that ive been paying for an ‘everything data” plan; and now their telling me I have to pay an addition $10 dollars for “a bit more data” if i want an EVO

  • The new HTC EVO, not only supports the next generation of our data
    network (4G) but also the equipment itself provides an incredible
    multimedia experience unlike any other cell phone out there from any
    carrier. As you understand, regardless if you are in a 3G or 4G, we
    required an additional $10.00 premium data pack. This is because we want
    our customer to be able to enjoy these data-rich capabilities which does
    require a more complex data plan. The data experience of EVO is to be
    enjoyed by all EVO customers, regardless of 3G or 4G networks. The
    catchy phrase Web Surfing was coined because web browsers found
    themselves coasting from one website to the next. With EVO, the data
    capabilities are so rich, customers may lose themselves in endless surf.
    EVO users will typically consume more data, and the Premium Data Fee
    assures they have the bandwidth to do it. Thank you allowing me the
    opportunity to clarify this plan. I am also excited to inform you that
    Sprint 4G is expected to be available to up to 120 million people across
    the US by the end of 2010.

  • Damion

    The launch of 4G in Kansas City is because Sprint's headquarters are located their. And how can you have 4G if your center of business doesn't have it.

  • Damion

    The launch of 4G in Kansas City is because Sprint's headquarters are located their. And how can you have 4G if your center of business doesn't have it.

  • Ron

    I beleive your remarks above are simply an attempt to take a jab at Sprint…this is america, man…if the market demands then 10 bucks is added…quit winning…

  • Ron

    I beleive your remarks above are simply an attempt to take a jab at Sprint…this is america, man…if the market demands then 10 bucks is added…quit winning…

  • Nick

    I heard somewhere (Don't quote me on this) That paying the extra 10 dollars also allows for true unlimited data usage, not the 5GB cap that they have now.

  • Gunner

    Poor article, it is misleading and 5 minutes of internet research could have cleared everything up. It is a $10 Premium Data fee, not a fee for 4G and Sprint has it's HQ in Overland Park, KS which is located just southwest of KC. This article is just as bad as one done by PCMag

  • Nick

    I heard somewhere (Don't quote me on this) That paying the extra 10 dollars also allows for true unlimited data usage, not the 5GB cap that they have now.

    • Gunner

      Sprint doesn't have a 5GB cap on cell phones.

  • Gunner

    Poor article, it is misleading and 5 minutes of internet research could have cleared everything up. It is a $10 Premium Data fee, not a fee for 4G and Sprint has it's HQ in Overland Park, KS which is located just southwest of KC. This article is just as bad as one done by PCMag

  • Gunner

    Sprint doesn't have a 5GB cap on cell phones.

  • Mitch

    @ GUNNER _I've had simply everything $99 dollar plan for 2 years. I assure you the 5gb cap has been in place, as it is for all users with "older" data plans. This applies to most carriers if not all, so it's not a Sprint thing. Do a little reading online about the nightmare stories of horrific charges people have had to pay when they went over the 5gb. Having said that, I will gladly pay the $10 premium when I receive my EVO to have truly unlimited web access. I think most people would, and it's an unfair assessment to call the $10 fee a needless add-on or something to that effect.
    $10 charge = Unlimited 3g access, and unlimited 4g where available. What's the big deal?
    Sprint is only asking that you pay to play, as Ron says above…

    • Gunner

      I am pretty sure the 5GB cap you are talking about is for mobile broadband cards not for data use on your cell phone. When I picked up an Instinct back in 2008 I had to switch to the Everything Data 450 and I have gone over 5GB watching Sprint TV (Loved watching NFL Network when I couldn't be home to catch the games) without additional charges.

    • Gunner

      Now as far as the article, it is not accurate. You are not paying $10 for 4G like he states, it is a Premium Data fee. Like you I also have no issue paying it, as my plan will still be chaeper than the other large carriers.

  • Mitch

    @ GUNNER _I've had simply everything $99 dollar plan for 2 years. I assure you the 5gb cap has been in place, as it is for all users with "older" data plans. This applies to most carriers if not all, so it's not a Sprint thing. Do a little reading online about the nightmare stories of horrific charges people have had to pay when they went over the 5gb. Having said that, I will gladly pay the $10 premium when I receive my EVO to have truly unlimited web access. I think most people would, and it's an unfair assessment to call the $10 fee a needless add-on or something to that effect.
    $10 charge = Unlimited 3g access, and unlimited 4g where available. What's the big deal?
    Sprint is only asking that you pay to play, as Ron says above…

    • Gunner

      I am pretty sure the 5GB cap you are talking about is for mobile broadband cards not for data use on your cell phone. When I picked up an Instinct back in 2008 I had to switch to the Everything Data 450 and I have gone over 5GB watching Sprint TV (Loved watching NFL Network when I couldn't be home to catch the games) without additional charges.

    • Gunner

      Now as far as the article, it is not accurate. You are not paying $10 for 4G like he states, it is a Premium Data fee. Like you I also have no issue paying it, as my plan will still be chaeper than the other large carriers.

  • Xiaolin

    Whatever they wanna call 'it'. Its still another FEE. I pay for crapload more minutes and data than I could even begin to use because Sprint has made using anything but 'unlimited' way too expensive.

    Personally Im just waiting for the class action lawsuit over the Samsung(busted ass pos) Moment. Broken from day ONE and they KNEW it. Sure hasnt stopped them from sellin the crap outta that piece of sh..

  • Xiaolin

    Whatever they wanna call 'it'. Its still another FEE. I pay for crapload more minutes and data than I could even begin to use because Sprint has made using anything but 'unlimited' way too expensive.

    Personally Im just waiting for the class action lawsuit over the Samsung(busted ass pos) Moment. Broken from day ONE and they KNEW it. Sure hasnt stopped them from sellin the crap outta that piece of sh..

  • Jumby

    Xiaolin is right. I have way more minutes than I need. Sprint should let us pay less for less minutes and more for more data. That is only fair. My family plan has 1500 minutes and we barely use half a month.

  • Jumby

    Xiaolin is right. I have way more minutes than I need. Sprint should let us pay less for less minutes and more for more data. That is only fair. My family plan has 1500 minutes and we barely use half a month.

  • paul oberman

    I went to buy the phone yesterday.

    I am in Los Angeles.

    The phone is fast and beautiful.

    The first thing that bothered me is the percieved difficulty in getting to a contact. You have to open the phone book and then search.

    I am currently using a pre. All I have to do is start typing on the querty and the contact comes up right away.

    I think that there might be an app or a work around, or I might just get used to it.

    The deal breaker was when I noticed that the phone was using 3g. I asked why it wasn’t using 4g. The rep said that it wasn’t rolling out for another 8 months.

    So now we have a 4g phone, without a 4g network.

    I am probably not being fair. I do live in this little back water town….. Los Angeles. Hardly anyone here uses a cell phone.

    Oh well, I guess it’s the Verizon 4g IPhone. Apple would never release a 4g phone without a network to drive it.

  • paul oberman

    I went to buy the phone yesterday.

    I am in Los Angeles.

    The phone is fast and beautiful.

    The first thing that bothered me is the percieved difficulty in getting to a contact. You have to open the phone book and then search.

    I am currently using a pre. All I have to do is start typing on the querty and the contact comes up right away.

    I think that there might be an app or a work around, or I might just get used to it.

    The deal breaker was when I noticed that the phone was using 3g. I asked why it wasn’t using 4g. The rep said that it wasn’t rolling out for another 8 months.

    So now we have a 4g phone, without a 4g network.

    I am probably not being fair. I do live in this little back water town….. Los Angeles. Hardly anyone here uses a cell phone.

    Oh well, I guess it’s the Verizon 4g IPhone. Apple would never release a 4g phone without a network to drive it.

  • paul oberman

    just an update. To be fair, I guess the EVO has a global search, which would probably address my concern about finding contacts easily.

    when i went into sprint, i asked about how to find a contact and the clerk didn’t know, so i assumed it was hard. i should have checked online first

  • paul oberman

    just an update. To be fair, I guess the EVO has a global search, which would probably address my concern about finding contacts easily.

    when i went into sprint, i asked about how to find a contact and the clerk didn’t know, so i assumed it was hard. i should have checked online first

  • Gunner

    Sprint doesn't have a 5GB cap on cell phones.