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Sprint Mobile Hotspot App On HTC EVO 4G Hands-On
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

As you may know, the HTC EVO 4G comes with a mobile hotspot capability out of the box, even in Android 2.1, for $30 a month.

While Froyo (Android 2.2) will indeed include a similar mobile hotspot capability baked right into the OS, it is unknown at this point whether Sprint will rip it out before shipping to the EVO 4G customers or not.

Regardless of what will happen in the future, we are here now, and Sprint included a mobile hotspot app with the EVO that is in dire need of reviewing.

Sprint Hotspot

The application is called Sprint Hotspot and is very straightforward to use. You load it up, do a one-time setup, and then enable broadcasting by pressing the checkbox at the top.

After you've enabled the hotspot, a new icon shows up in the notification area showing the type of signal being shared:

Sprint Mobile Hotspot App On HTC EVO 4G Hands-On

The options include:

  • the hotspot name (SSID)
  • security type, which goes all the way up to WPA2
  • the password
  • the number of maximum connected users allowed
  • a setting whether to allow only whitelisted users to connect or all users

After I set up the hotspot and fired it up, it immediately showed up in the list of WiFi networks on my laptop. After connecting to it, it took about 20-30 seconds to acquire an IP but after that worked flawlessly.

Since there is no 4G in my area, I can only show the results of a speed test using 3G. It's not bad at all and entirely expected:

Sprint Mobile Hotspot App On HTC EVO 4G Hands-On

The only thing I wish Sprint included was an option to automatically turn off the WiFi hotspot after a period of inactivity, so that I don't have to remember turning it off every time I get off the train, as having mobile hotspot eats up battery like mad.

Edit: apparently, Sprint already did just that. The mobile hotspot turned itself off after about 15 minutes and no users connected. Excellent!

Below you will find the screenshots of the application and my laptop WiFi setup screen.

All in all, Sprint made it very easy and dummy proof to use the mobile hotspot capability, but I am not sure I can justify using it past the free 30 day period that Google I/O attendees received, at a whopping $30 a month, knowing that other Froyo users may be getting similar functionality for free.

Time will tell how Sprint will play this out.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • Gonzalorivera

    Have the new IPhone n place order for your evo but sill thing about it was happy when I heard that you had hot spot for free?

  • Chris

    Sprint has indeed decided to rip out the stock hotspots functionality in favor of their own proprietary app. $29.99 is too much to pay for something we were all waiting for as a featured function of the long awaited FROYO 2.2 update. I believe that all cdma based companies will be doing this. Very disappointing, but this was foreseen on several Android forums. Tsk, tsk carriers.

  • Raphael

    Go get WiFi Tethering app...works great and allows for wireliess 4G hotspot!

    http://htcevohacks.com/htc-evo-hacks/how-to-get-free-wifi-tether-mobile-hotspot-on-your-htc-evo-4g/

  • Larry M

    I have a HTC evo 4g I have activated the Sprint mobile hotspot mainly because I need WiFi to down load games I purchased from gameloft us it possible for me to use my own hotspot from the same phone?

  • Larry M

    I have a HTC evo 4g I have activated the Sprint mobile I purchased from gameloft us it possible for me to use my own hotspot from the same phone?

  • larry m

    I have a HTC evo 4g can I use my own hot spot ...in other words my HTC us the hotspot and I'm trying to connect to its signal from the sane unit...the real reason why I had it activated...