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Looks like Sprint's underling companies have been busy working on bringing the first taste of 4G to the pay-as-you-go market. Piggybacking off of Sprint's 4G WiMax network, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will both begin offering one 4G-capable smartphone each on May 31st: the HTC EVO V 4G on Virgin and the EVO Design 4G will be representing all that WiMax has to offer on Boost.

HTC EVO V 4G

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The EVO V appears to be some sort of rehash of the EVO 3D:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter with 3D imaging, 1.3MP front camera
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • 1730mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6

There's no word on processor or clock speed, but I'll be surprised if it's not the same 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon that's in the original EVO 3D.

EVO Design 4G

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Another rebranded Sprint device, the EVO Design 4G on Boost Mobile is virtually identical to its Now Network cousin, with one major difference:

  • 4-inch qHD S-LCD display
  • 1.2Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot 
  • 5MP rear shooter with HD video capture (720p), 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6

I have to say, the desire to cut the cord and jump over to a pay-as-you-go network is getting more appealing every day and these two new WiMax offerings from Boost and Virgin are good examples that Sprint means business with its subsidiaries.

Both devices will be available beginning May 31st for $299 each with no contract. 

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    If the prepaid phones keep improving like this, the contract carriers might need to take notice and start treating their customers better.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LI5EF6TTYICQI7EOPEA2S7UA3E brandon n

      im sorry but i will never go back to any carriers, no contract is the only way to go

  • Diarrhea Burrito

    Virgin Mobile USA will be dropping their data caps to push customers into the $45 plan.

    • Pyrotek85

      Even $45 all taxes included isn't a bad deal IMO

      • Diarrhea Burrito

        The $45 plan will still be caped.

        VM says unlimited but they're not.

  • Freak4Dell

    So does this mean Boost and Virgin will actually have access to the WiMax network starting on the 31st, or is it one of those times when they release a device without actually having the network ready yet?

  • disguy

    nice!  time to upgrade my optimus v ($25 a month is so cheap).  even with the loss of a data cap, it's still a great deal.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VOW4OLGS5UNXWJYLRD6ZPWN7CU Anna

      I just got a text message from Virgin Mobile stating, "Starting 5/27/12, new smartphones will be subject to current plan rates. This will apply if you switch phones." 
      This will impact anyone who is still grandfathered under the $25/month plan and upgrades to a new phone. I just wanted to give a heads up to those that might be thinking of upgrading to a new phone. 

      I realize this may not be a Hot Deal (I'm not sure in which forum it belongs), but I thought many might find it helpful to avoid getting bumped into the $35/ month rate. 

      http://vm.tmce.biz/wap4?app=virgi...r&NEXT=P31

      "New smartphones are any phones launching in May 2012 and thereafter. 

      To best complete a phone swap, we recommend waiting until your plan month is finished. This will avoid you having to pay for one month of service twice. 

      The Beyond Talk Plan rates that would apply are as follows:

      $35/mo
      Web, Data, Messaging, & Email: Unlimited
      Anytime Minutes: 300 min. 

      $45/mo
      Web, Data, Messaging, & Email: Unlimited
      Anytime Minutes: 1200 min.

      $55/mo
      Web, Data, Messaging, & Email: Unlimited
      Anytime Minutes: Unlimited

      All plans include 2.5GB per month of full-speed data. Customers will continue to have data access but maximum speeds may be limited to 256Kbps or below for the remainder of the monthly plan cycle. During this time, customers may experience slower page loads, file downloads, and degraded streaming media. Throughput speeds will be restored when your new monthly plan begins.

      2.5GB gets you 400,000 mobile Internet page views, or 91 hours of streaming music, or 20 hours of video clips, or 36,000 emails without attachments. Data usage per activity is based on average. Bandwidth varies by website, video, email and other Internet application."

  • Simon Belmont

    Now give the Sprint HTC EVO 3D and Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G the ICS update. Obviously, it's pretty much done if these identical phones are being released by the end of the month.

    We need some drivers for AOSP ICS goodness. I, for one, can not wait.

  • Skorna66

    Wowww these two phones should just stay with Sprint!!!!! I have the EVO design 4g and I've been waiting for ICS and the prepaid version of this phone already has it when we've had this phone way longer and pay way more money and are stuck the phone for 2 years

  • Tjdj916

    Wimax is nothing to get excited about folks. Let's remember it is true that you get what you pay for...go ahead, spend a lot of money on a device that isn't even as fast as hspa+...then see how much you like your service....these companies are piggy backing off the worst network in America. Sprint has a long way to go to get even close to the Big 2, as they are loading up their network which is already terribly outdated with all these smartphones...Good luck and I will already say I told ya so....

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