's launch of the HTC EVO 4G has led to a huge increase in
attention for WiMAX
as a whole. It's America's first 4G phone, and it
also happens to be one of the most impressive Android devices to date.
With its massive display, 3G/4G support, powerful CPU and Sense overlay,
it's been an easy choice to pick up for those living in 4G areas and
not bothered by the $10/month surcharge for accessing WiMAX.
But if there could be one complaint, it would be that the EVO 4G
only available in a single color. That's right: just black. But now,
Best Buy is giving the world another option with a white EVO 4G. The
retailer began taking pre-orders for the exclusive handset over the
weekend, offering an all-white rear cover for the same $199.99 on a
2-year Sprint contract. Best Buy will be the only place to secure the
phone for the foreseeable future, though it won't actually be available
to consumers until July 11th.
Aside from the color, nothing about the phone has changed; it can still
become a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices, and it still ships with
Android 2.1. With all the problems Apple is having with those white
iPhone 4 devices, this seems like a subtle kick in the pants. Or maybe
HTC just sees the demand for multiple color options. Either way, are you
heading in to pre-order?
Best Buy® Offers Exclusive Launch of HTC EVOTM 4G from Sprint in White
HTC EVO 4G in white goes on pre-sale June 18 and lands in Best Buy and Best Mobile stores July 11
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy Co. Inc (NYSE: BBY), is proud to announce the exclusive launch availability of HTC EVO 4G from Sprint in white, an eye-catching sibling of the HTC EVO 4G that continues to create buzz in the mobile phone marketplace.
“We are proud to help HTC and Sprint bring such a unique, fashionable and versatile mobile phone to consumers. It is a true connectivity device and exclusively launching this product affirms the position Best Buy Mobile has taken as a preferred destination for smartphones.”
Beginning June 18, Best Buy is taking pre-orders for the white version of the popular mobile device, which is the first 4G smartphone in America. It officially launches in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, as well as BestBuy.com/Mobile on July 11. It retails for $199.99 for a new or eligible upgrade with a new two-year agreement on select plan with Premium Data add-on.
As the only retail and online location to launch HTC EVO 4G from Sprint in white, Best Buy is showcasing a new way to bring smartphones, accessories, applications and other services to market for consumers.
“We know that people turn to Best Buy for the latest consumer electronics, and now with our ability to exclusively debut great smartphones like the white version of HTC EVO 4G, they are turning to us for the best smartphones as well,” said Jude Buckley, chief merchant and marketing officer for Best Buy Mobile. “We are proud to help HTC and Sprint bring such a unique, fashionable and versatile mobile phone to consumers. It is a true connectivity device and exclusively launching this product affirms the position Best Buy Mobile has taken as a preferred destination for smartphones.”
Like the original model, the white version of HTC EVO 4G from Sprint allows consumers to create their own mobile hotspot and share the Sprint 3G or 4G network with up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices. Consumers will also get the powerful AndroidTM operating system, including access to thousands of great apps.
Customers lucky enough to get their hands on the this white-hot smartphone at Best Buy will enjoy the added benefit of no mail-in rebates and can Walk Out Working with access to their email, contacts and favorite content set up by a Best Buy Mobile sales associate.
About Best Buy Mobile
Best Buy Mobile features one of the largest selections of carriers, handsets and accessories available anywhere, as well as a highly-trained staff to help customers make the most of their mobile phones. Best Buy Mobile locations feature more than 90 different handsets from nine carriers, and over 130 accessories. Employees undergo at least 80 hours of intensive training, as well as continuing education on mobile phone technology and trends. Look for your mobile phone solution at Best Buy Mobile locations in every Best Buy store as well as in standalone stores nationwide. For more information about Best Buy Mobile, visit http://www.bestbuy.com/mobile.