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Poll: Do you use 4G on your HTC EVO?

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Reactions have definitely been mixed since Sprint recently announced its new 4G LTE plans. Lots of G&E readers have expressed anger at the complete stop of the 4G WiMAX rollout. Of this group, some are worried that all current HTC EVO devices will become obsolete a lot sooner than expected. (However, remember that Sprint has promised to keep WiMAX around for a while.)

On the other hand, there are others who can't wait for Sprint's LTE network to officially launch, and are excited at the prospect of a 4G LTE EVO. And there are still others who couldn't care less about 4G, and just want Sprint to fix their 3G – and it definitely seems like Sprint has started this process.

This led us to wonder how many readers of G&E actually use 4G WiMAX right now on their HTC EVOs. So enlighten us on the matter! Take part in our poll below, and be sure to sound off on your own 4G experiences in the comments below.

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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81 thoughts on “Poll: Do you use 4G on your HTC EVO?

  • Avatar of Bizdady

    Nope, too much of a battery drain.

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  • Avatar of TeachMeHowToEvo

    No 4G WiMAX here.. However when visiting Chicago, Cinci, Columbus, and Cleveland I still rarely turn it on while there. Just saying it drains battery is a huge understatement. If on, connected, and using the browser even, I’ve seen my Evo go from 80 pct battery to 40 in 15 minutes of use (standard 1500 mAh). I always carry 2 spare 1500 mAh batteries with me, too… Hate the larger, extended life batteries.. I bought a thin high-powered phone, I’d rather it stay that way.. Much rather carry the spare batteries with me.

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  • Avatar of Natasha

    Don’t even have 4g in my area, and if it is it’s never where I’m at.

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  • Avatar of Michael

    I got the Evo4g because I live very close to a 4g antenna, if I can’t get 4G or hack my phone for 4glte I’m going to be pissed.

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  • I would if it was available in my area. I’m just outside the coverage area.

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  • 4G is too inconsistent to use while moving around town. Most places where I might consider using 4G (When I’m stationary- and might have a decent 4G connection) I have access to Wi-Fi. Since for most of what I want to do when I’m on the go 3g works just fine; I would rather have the battery life over the extra speed.

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  • Avatar of etnpnys

    I have 4G at work and use it for lots of different reasons often: Skyping the kids at breakfast time, downloading large files (faster than work’s WiFi), and occasional tethering. On top of that, it’s not unusual for me to kick it on when I’m talking so that I can look something up also.

    When I first got the phone, I thought it was quite retarded that I needed to even THINK ABOUT the speed of my data connection on my phone, but now my expectations have been reduced to where I get it and use it.

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  • Bad Poll for a feature that 90% of the users don’t have access to :P
    The poll should have, “can’t because it’s not available”. Otherwise, you’re going to get a lot of ‘never’ votes (like mine).

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  • Avatar of gticlay

    The mapping on their website for 4G is a complete lie. I was pretty p_ _ed off when I switched to Sprint and actualy have poor 3G service in my area despite the mapping showing strong 4G. They do have 4G in some parts of town so I tend to flick it on but even where it’s a strong signal Wimax doesn’t seem to get into buildings or homes very well.

    Ever since the iphone launch, Sprints service has really slowed as well. They need to get LTE installed by mid 2012 or I can’t see myself sticking with them. 2013 and beyond is not acceptable.

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  • And that’s fine! If you don’t have access to it, “never” is an appropriate response.

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  • I use it, but only in a specific area where I live. The downtown region has solid 4G service but everywhere else is ranges from spotty to non-existent.

    Bottom line for me is that I don’t use it enough to care that it’s going away. For everything I do, 3G service work well enough in my area to fulfill my needs (including tethering). For the rest I use WiFi where I can.

    If I have a wish for my Sprint service, it’s that they work on improvements to their 3G since that is what I use 99% of the time.

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  • Not even usable. The rare chance I do find a 4g signal in and around Chicago, it kills my battery in mere minutes. Ten extra bucks a month for what amounts to a sporadic turbo connection. Also now 3g is so bad I just use my pc to surf the net. My EVO is now essentially just usable as a phone.

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  • When i need something done fast like when using the browser, or downloading a file. But other wise i use wifi when available…

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  • Avatar of biker1

    What’s 4G?
    Is that something new :(

    I hardly ever use it.
    When I get a consistent signal which is rare, one of 2 things occur. Either the signal is strong, and inconsistent, where I cannot complete my data searches, or the signal is consistent for a short period of time.
    It is not worth connecting to, and it’s a sacrilege that many of us pay a Surcharge for the privilege of a mostly non existent feature. I was supposed to stream all kinds of data at a fast rate to take advantage of the Surcharge. Never came to be.
    I’m lucky to get decent 3G speeds

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  • Avatar of biker1

    Prepare yourself ;-)

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  • Avatar of biker1

    Most everyone is ‘just outside the coverage area.’

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  • Avatar of Robert542

    4G what’s that? No 4G in my area. I have a 4g radio in my phone that I never use, thanks sprint.

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  • On the rare occasion I actually turn 4G on, it’s spotty and inconsistent. And I live in Los Angeles.

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  • It’s not available anywhere around here and sprint has already abandoned it. Annoying but I bought for the phone not the 4g network.

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  • Sprint’s 4g isn’t available at all iin my entire state. So no, the 4g capable phone has never even had the 4g radio turned on. It’s sad really.

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  • Avatar of biker1

    I’d like to see Hesse sit atop one of his 4G Towers, and shout out Apologies to all his customers, except those that are satisfied with their 4G.
    Oh, and let the customers pick out a real nice spot on the Tower for Hesse to sit on ;-)

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  • Avatar of atlanta

    Follow me to the dark side of Sprint ( in my darth vader voice ).. u have a twin ,her name is LTE , their are many things you do not know about the dark side…Android noise in the back ground with buzzing warnings noises …lol

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  • Avatar of TeachMeHowToEvo

    At how young and inconsistent 4G is, trust me.. those of you heartbroken and/or upset with Sprint at that fact that you don’t have 4G access, you’re seriously not missing much. Even Verizon’s 4G LTE phones suck up battery power like me Evo does when connected to 4G. It’s such new technology still. You have to crack some eggs to make an ommlette.. be patient. 4G is far, far from perfection, and lightyears from being a must or standard right now.

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  • Avatar of Charles

    I use 4g everyday, now. While messing with my phone while on a call I decided to see if I could text while on a call. Wifi didn’t work, neither did 3g but when i activated 4g I was able to talk, text and surf the web. I find you need a pretty strong 4g signal for it to work.

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  • Avatar of atlanta

    The dark star is in position lord varder …

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  • Avatar of margaret

    that’s the main reason I had no issues switching to a WP7 (the Arrive) on Sprint, even though it only has 3G – in New York City, I rarely have the opportunity to use 4G, even though I’ve been paying for it for god knows how long now …

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  • I would use it everyday if I had 4g where I live. Problem is sprint decided to screw us over and now we have to wait for lte for at least 8 months to a year. If my bill wasn’t so low Id be on verizon right now. Although, verizon is now offering double data with 4g if you get a new lte phone…hmmmm.

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  • I use 4G almost exclusively since coverage is good for me at work and at home. Like I have said in previous posts Sprint is my only internet and I happen to be in prime coverage areas. Also the 4G is faster than my work wifi so I use it to download large video files for my commute on the metro train.

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  • That’s fine, if that’s what you’re looking for ;)
    Just saying, if you want to know who doesn’t use it, despite having it available, it would be better to separate them.

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  • Avatar of WUESTSIDER

    I am amongst the many few who are forced to pay the extra $10 4G fee, for NO 4G service. It has been announced that my area will not be getting 4G service; however, Sprint has kept its promice to continue to charge us the $10 service.

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  • Note the number of selections in “Hardly ever”. Those are all the people who woul d “LIKE” to use 4G but can’t because Sprint has been lying their marketing asses off about their service for years.

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  • I use 4G cuz well, I live in a 4G area. In my little burg outside of Columbus Ohio, 4G service just happends to be excellent. I don’t own a computer my rooted EVO 4G is my only isp and I get along just fine.

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  • Avatar of awesomepossum

    you folks are not missing out much. 4g has become laggy and it has hiccups more than often nowadays. I use to be able to tether and play starcraftt2 on 4G. Don’t know why it lags :(

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  • no 4G here in Dayton… so i will note vote… i do use it when i go to Cinci but i dont do it often enough to say

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  • Avatar of shimon

    No 4G. And 3G is more like 1G around here. I would settle for 200 kbps.

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  • There is about a football field of coverage here. so unless I’m at the sprint store…

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  • Avatar of Dustin

    I’ve moved every year to completely different areas over the past 3 years, and have yet to live in a place that has 4g

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  • It’s not really an option when they don’t offer it IN THE ENTIRE STATE!!! I like Sprint, but their expansion of WiMAX is very very disgraceful.

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  • No 4G where I live, I use it when I am in a city that has it.

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  • I stay near NYC and hence always on my 4G (except at home when I’m on my wifi).. I make full use of it and knowing very few people are on it, I always get the best speed.
    I love it..

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  • Avatar of amaults27

    My buddy gets 4g on his Verizon phone and I don’t on my EVO (we’re about a 1/2 hour outside of STL). I wonder if I switched to a ROM that has broken 4G. That being said, I’ve never had the pleasure of using it.

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  • Avatar of Guy in Orlando

    When I got my EVO about a year ago (I live in a 4G area and the signal is strong) I used it quite a bit. Now I turn it on when I need too but mostly the 3G is strong enough and I have wifi in the house too. I notice that it really eats the battery if it starts looking for 4G so I turn it off when I don’t need it.

    Now I have the EVO 3D (love the 3D and thought I wouldn’t care about it) because it is noticeably faster then the stock EVO 4G especially online.

    Guy in Orlando

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  • Avatar of TeachMeHowToEvo

    Stop. You are actually amongst the entire population of Sprint subscribers that have never, ever, been charged for extra 4G. Premium Data is not just 4G. Every single smartphone requires the premium data charge as of January 30, 2011.

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  • Where’s the option for it’s not available in my area? :)

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  • Avatar of Gutierrez

    I would like to be able to use 4G, but it only works if I’m outside my house.:(

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  • Avatar of ninja

    What’s 4g??? I don’t get that in my area ….

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  • Avatar of Randy

    I have full 4G signal in the far western suburb of Chicago where I live… I use it every night as I tether. Pay Xfinity $30 a month for their cheapest cable internet plan? I think not… I have 4G and Wifi Tether.

    And my RSS feed showed me this Good and Evo post as I was updating my tablet for the train ride home via 4G wifi tether in downtown Chicago…

    I also have good 4G signal in my southside hometown.

    All I’m saying is, I came to Sprint for the EVO 4G instead of Verizon for the Incredible for a reason… and the reason is 4G.

    However, if there’s ever an EVO LTE, that’ll be my next phone. :)

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  • Avatar of Andrew

    I would use 4G if it was anywhere near me. Stupid Sprint needs to get the ball rolling on the LTE or 3G fix because 4G is nowhere near me right now and the 3G is very, very slow. I can’t watch YouTube or stream media without it taking 20 minutes to load with constant buffering.

    Fix it Sprint!

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  • I used to never use it.

    3G has gone in my area from about a meg down to about 25k down. I now have to use 4g in some areas just to get my email.

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  • Avatar of J reed357

    I’m in new Orleans….there’s no 4g here, but took a recent trip to Houston and finally had a chance to see what all the hubbub was about… now it it was fast fast as a roadrunner but I didn’t keep it turned on because it was spotty.. now the 3g speeds seem to work waaay Better there than here.I think my Fone is more like 1/2 g instead of 3G

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  • If its not available, and you never use it, I would select never. :)

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  • Yes. But only when I can’t use Wifi. Mostly to download podcasts on the road.

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  • Avatar of gretchen

    I don’t even have 4G in my area either :(

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  • Avatar of biker1

    LMAO!
    But how true thy do speak, for you speaketh the truth, and you shall see that which cannot be seen by others, until the light has passeth thou by, and then, and only then, will it beath too late for the unweary, for they will have signed the contract, and be caughth in what is also know as the Sprint Circle of Untruths…………………………..

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  • Avatar of biker1

    Moot point, imho, as there may only be 10 Customers who actually get the Illusive WiMax signal at Full Strength, 100% of the time.

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  • It’s a pretty clear disgrace how little 4G Wimax was ever rolled out. Makes me realize how lucky I am to be in a strong 4G market – (the same one as Paul E. King above, actually).

    If I’m not on wifi, I’m on 4G, and my battery lasts me at least 8 hours on most days. I put it on the charger in the car if I’m in it, but usually not at home until the evening time. I find that the 4G radio kills battery the fastest when it’s constantly looking for a signal that isn’t there. This is an Evo 3D now, and I do a better job with battery life on it than on my previous Evo 4G.

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  • Avatar of biker1

    Welcome to the Dark Side my Friend. You have been ‘Sprinted,’ just like the Rest of Us…………

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  • Avatar of biker1

    Try Hesse’s house, as I hear he has 4G there.
    New York, LA, Miami, Chicago……….Com’on, why should Sprint have 4G in those Areas. Sprint has Never heard of those ‘Small Towns.’
    I hear that Sprint has Never even heard of 4G, One of the Biggest ‘Get Over’ Fiascos in the History of Cellular Companies………
    And Most of Us are Paying for the Priviledge (with the $10 Surcharge) of the ‘Kitchen Sink’ scenario, which is either the Funniest or Saddest Commentary of this Whole Boondoggle!!
    Greed to the Utmost Degree!!

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  • Avatar of biker1

    4G is like the Loch Ness Monster. You think you saw it, but when you look again, it’s gone. Actually, I think Neither ever existed.
    It’s the Sprint Propaganda Machine that has made us believe 4G exists, when in fact, it really never did :(

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  • Avatar of Dave T

    Today was the first time I’ve been able use 4g since I bought my Evo4g in july of 2010. It was fast, but not worth it. Between the battery drain and the spotty coverage. I’ll probably never even bother again.

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  • Avatar of Scudder

    4G?? WTF is that? ;-) Only been a year and a half since I’ve had the phone, 4G is nearby but not where I’m at…

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  • I actually use it a few times a week, but most times i have to remember to cut it on since I only use it in Atlanta (downtown), marietta and douglasville. Its a neat feature… surfing while talking.

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  • Avatar of Raymond

    Here in Austin, TX. I use it daily. I don’t turn it off, unless my phone is dying and I’m nowhere near a charger. I couldn’t imagine going on without it.

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  • I don’t have 4G where I live so I guess never is a good answer for me. LOL!

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  • Incorrect.. When evo 4g rolled out, the ten dollar fee was applied to 4g use and later migrated to all unlimited data plans with the intent to pay for 4g expansion and data use

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  • Can’t really reply “never” either beause you can’t determine whether or not they are in a WiMax area or not.

    In our city there is only 1 tower and rarely ever near it. But if I am I use it.

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  • I marked never cause, we here in Toledo,OH have three 4G towers and that’s all. Of course we were promised more but they are done with only 3 towers. When I came home from the casino the other day I was near a 4G tower and clocked 5.72 mbs. TURTLE !!!

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  • +1 to this. Completely slipped my mind that I turn it on whenever I’m on the phone and need to look something up – an ability I take for granted.

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  • Avatar of overclock

    The $10 fee was a test to see if the public would buy it. Well we did. Hook, line, sinker, and the entire fishing boat. Sprint couldn’t keep the Evo 4G in stock. People didn’t care about the $10 fee. We had to have the latest and greatest phone. Especially with the perks Sprint provided at the time I signed up for my first ever cell phone at the age of 36.

    We only have ourselves to blame for the $10 fee.

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  • Avatar of overclock

    So far this month I’ve used 1.9 gigs of 4G data and almost 1 gig of 3G data. In two weeks I’m moving cubicles and my new cubicle has great 4G reception. I really wish Sprint’s 4G had decent building penetration.

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  • 4G is soooo choppy in my area that I can hardly use it. Even if I get some 4G signal, it turn my phone into a “lag machine” that I will turn it off right away.
    Only when I’m around my bf’s place where he hv steady 4G signal then I’ll use it.

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  • Does anyone want to tell me why I can get 3 bars with the Clear Rover Puck in my house but i cannot hold a 4g signal on my Evo for more that 1 minute/once per month???? Same tower, same 4G service one succeeds and one fails!

    Why does this site not offer a +1 button?

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  • You are lucky, very lucky indeed. I hope that you never move:)

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  • Avatar of TeachMeHowToEvo

    Incorrect. Never did Sprint require these users pay additional for a 4G phone. It was for the fact that these phones had super-fast processors than any other phones on the market at the time (Evo, Epic, Evo Shift were the only ones requiring it prior to Jan. 30, 2011). There were mobile broadband 4G devices that were out in select markets months before the Evo was even officially announced.

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  • Avatar of Patrick

    I use 4G all day. With the Seidio extended battery, I get home from work with 60-70 percent battery left. I also have the green power app an it helps save battery when the screen is off.

    4G is/was great for me, but Clearwire and/or Sprint just failed at it. I wonder if the reasons will every come to light.

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  • Avatar of Nycinter

    It never works anyway I mean u have to be outside and it drains battery like crazy ,whats up with sprint lately I mean they got their iphone whippid du ,they havent announced anything worth while lately seems like verizon announce something every day f… Hate big red they get all the best ,we get the leftover

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  • Avatar of BetrayedBySprint

    I have been using 4g on my Evo all the time in San Jose. Works great most of the time. NOW SPRINT IS CANCELLING MY SERVICE DUE TO EXCESSIVE USE? I’ve been a customer for 15 years, and now after using this new phone for what it was advertised as I am getting punished. Nevermind that old advertising campaign about unlimited data to stream music and video, that was a complete lie, Sprint can’t live up to their promises. Time to check out T-Mobile or Verizon…

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