Now that Sprint is fully committed to deploying a 4G LTE network as part of its Network Vision strategy and will no longer be releasing any new WiMax smartphones, the Now Network is generously bestowing some of its popular devices onto its prepaid brands such as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA. With the latter getting the HTC EVO 3D, it appears that Boost Mobile will be getting the HTC EVO Design 4G.
At this point, it’s unclear what the pricing will be as neither Sprint-owned prepaid brands require users to sign a two-year agreement. Given that unlimited (but throttled data after a user exceeds a certain threshold) is part of the package and it’s rumored that Sprint will be bestowing 4G WiMax service onto users of its prepaid network, this should be quite a good deal for prepaid owners looking for a powerful device.
The HTC EVO Design 4G is among one of my favorite devices with its compact form factor and the ability to still deliver some punches with its 1.2 GHz single-core CPU. Like the HTC EVO 3D, this one has a qHD resolution display, but unlike the HTC EVO 3D, it lacks a 3D-capable display and is a smaller 4-inch screen. This makes it a more compact device and one that’s well made.
According to pocketnow, the HTC EVO Design 4G will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box for Boost Mobile subscribers. It’s still unclear if Sprint will be releasing an OTA update for its customers by that time.
With Sprint moving to LTE, this will be a big win for prepaid customers who are looking for power and faster mobile broadband services without all the costs associated with a post-paid account.