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HTC EVO’s journey from Google to eBay to me

Google-ebayI don't know why I didn't think of it as an option before going to Radio Shack to preorder my HTC EVO 4G, but for some reason eBay never crossed my mind. I guess after hearing that all of the Google I/O attendees were given free EVOs with a month of service yesterday, I just assumed that every recipient would have wanted to keep theirs.

But based on all of the new Google-gifted EVOs that are now populating eBay, I was clearly very wrong. Most of the sellers aren't gouging bidders the way I would've expected them to either, considering how hotly anticipated the phone is and that we're still two weeks away from the official release. If anything, I would've expected conference attendees to at least take advantage of the month's worth of free unlimited service before chucking it on eBay.

With tax, the unactivated EVO I preordered from Radio Shack today would've cost about $525, not including the $20 worth of accessories that would've come with it. If the device weren't available off contract, I would've:

  • signed up with a new two-year contract to get the EVO for $199,
  • paid the $36 activation fee,
  • paid for a month of service ($69.99 Everything Data, $10 premium data charge, and maybe $30 for the optional mobile hotspot feature) so I could keep the phone without being charged another fee because of Sprint's 30-day guarantee,
  • canceled the contract after 30 days,
  • and paid the $200 early termination fee.

With this method, I would've been paying somewhere around $575 and would have had to deal with Sprint.

In both of these scenarios, I would have to wait until June 4th—a whole two weeks away!—for the HTC EVO's official release.

By taking the eBay route, I could pay about the same, get a month of free service, bypass Sprint, and best of all, get the phone in a few days. So that's what I did!

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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