Boost and Virgin Intro 4G Service Plans and Devices
Updated: added details
Sprint's pre-paid businesses Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA today announced new 4G plans and 4G devices. Both companies are using Sprint's WiMax network to provide 4G services, which are available in 71 markets, in addition to Sprint's existing CDMA 3G footprint. Both devices have been updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 3.6. Each has its own, carrier-skinned appearance, but otherwise the hardware is completely unmodified when compared to the Sprint versions that have been available since 2011.
- Boost Mobile: Boost is offering unlimited (voice, messages, data) pre-paid 4G service starting at $55 per month. The Android Monthly Unlimited plan for 4G devices is compatible with Boost Mobile's Shrinkage policy, which drops the monthly fee by $5 for every six months of on-time payments. Starting May 31, Boost customers can purchase the HTC EVO Design 4G for $299.99.
- Virgin Mobile: Virgin's 4G service plans start at $35 per month, which includes unlimited data and messaging, but not unlimited voice. Voice can be added separately. Virgin is offering the HTC EVO V 4G, which also goes on sale May 31 for $299.99, for this Beyond Talk plan. Additionally, Virgin is adding the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot and U600 3G/4G USB Stick to its Broadband2Go service. These devices costs $149.99 and $99.99, respectively.
HTC and Sprint Announce the EVO Design 4G World Phone
Sprint took the wraps off a new EVO-branded handset today called the HTC EVO Design 4G. The Design 4G is a rebadged version of the Hero S.
HTC Hero S Designed For Sprint
The US version of HTC's Hero S - just released for US Cellular - contains hardware supporting Sprint's unique network, including WiMAX, and CDMA in the ESMR (old iDEN) band, according to the FCC approval documents for the phone. Much like the Motorola Electrify for US Cellular is essentially the Photon with WiMAX disabled, HTC has done the same for the Hero S.
HTC Commits to Upgrading 7 Smartphones to Android 4.0
HTC announced today via its Facebook page that it plans to update a number of its smartphones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012. In the U.S., HTC will update the Rezound, EVO Design 4G, and Amaze 4G.
FreedomPop Intros $99 Smartphone and New Plan
FreedomPop today announced the availability of its first smartphone. It is selling the HTC EVO Design for $99 without a contract.
Sprint Affirms Android 4.0 for its HTC Lineup and Others
Following HTC's announcement earlier today, Sprint confirmed via its community support forums that it will update the HTC EVO Design 4G and the HTC EVO 3D to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012. Sprint said that Android 4.0 will be pushed out to these devices over the air.
How about the rest of The Wi-Max phones?Why dont they just release all or divide the rest of the Wi-max phones for boost / virgin mobile to use? Its not too may many of those phones and since they are pushing towards LTE and not making any more phones for Wi-max it would make sense unless they want to release them here & there to make more money down the line or they felt these 2 phones were the best option for either carrier and chose to leave it at that. Here are the list of the other Wi-max phones
HTC EVO 4G
HTC EVO Design 4G / Hero S (CDMA) - Boost
HTC EVO Shift 4G
HTC EVO V 4G / EVO 3D (CDMA) - Virgin
Motorola Photon 4G / Electrify
Samsung Conquer 4G
Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S)
Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch
Samsung Nexus S 4G