Just last week I wrote about my smart phone not being so smart. Well, that changed this week when I bought a new phone, an HTC Evo 4G from Sprint. To say it is an improvement over my previous phone is an understatement. I had my previous cell phone for over 4 years, and since I’m not an early adopter of technology, it had already been on the market several months when I got it.
Though I’m not one to rush out and buy something on launch day, I do appreciate quality, so I try to buy at or near the top of the market when I do buy. That way I know I’m getting something which is high quality and should last a long time. I hope my HTC Evo lasts me as long as my last phone did.
About the cost of the phone. The phone was $199 after a $100 rebate. I’m not too worried about the upfront cost, because as I mentioned, I tend to keep my electronics for a long time. My main concern is the ongoing service plan, which is where most of the cost lies. And the monthly service plan is the reason I don’t have an iPhone. I’ve been out of contract for well over a year now and could have (and would have) bought an iPhone ages ago if the monthly service wasn’t so expensive. (more tips for saving money on your cell phone bill).
Thankfully, I was able to get a very good deal on the plan. Several years ago I signed up for the Sprint SERO plan, which was a ridiculously good deal. The plan is no longer available, and the HTC Evo wasn’t even eligible for that plan, so I had to upgrade to the SERO Premium, which runs $40 a month for 500 minutes and unlimited data. It also includes Any Mobile Anytime and Unlimited GPS Navigation. The 4G phone requires an additional $10 per month for data, even though I live just outside the 4G service area. But I’m OK with the extra $10 charge – I get 500 minutes, unlimited data and GPS, and mobile to mobile calls for $50 a month, which is a very good deal compared to the data plans at many other carriers.
As for the HTC Evo – it’s simply amazing. I’ve had an iPod Touch for over a year and I am familiar with the “smart phone” aspects of the iPod Touch and the iOS (Iphone/iPod operating system). But the HTC Evo beats it hands down. It took a day or so to get used to the Andoid OS, but overall I like it better than the iOS. There are some quirks and some more features I need to learn, but overall I’m happy with the phone. It was well worth the wait. I can’t wait to see what they come out with 3 years from now!
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