updated 09:05 am EDT, Fri May 28, 2010
Sprint says Evo 4G won't need $30 hotspot at first
A leaked memo from Sprint this morning has revealed that the Evo 4G won't initially need the $30 add-on plan to switch on its mobile hotspot feature. Those who use the phone before sometime in July can share the connection with eight other devices for free as long as the Android phone is on the 4G network. Sprint will eventually require the hotspot plan before the sharing works, but the Engadget memo also shows that 3G sharing will be switched on for those who pay.
The note also confirms plans for early store openings, as all "preferred retailers" are encouraged but not required to open at 8AM instead of their usual schedules. Sprint has been seeing high demand for the Evo 4G and in many cases doesn't expect to have stock for its newest pre-orders.
Although the temporary free use of the hotspot is a bonus for early adopters, another update also shows that Sprint will demand $5 per month for those who want to use Qik's two-way video chat. The Android Guys notice adds that the fee can be paid through PayPal, separately from the bill, but it comes as an unusual move as competing apps like Fring should offer the same chat for free.