In collaboration with Sprint Nextel, the third largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, Samsung will launch its latest 4G-capable mobile phone, Epic 4G, that will cost around $249.99 with a two-year contract and $100 rebate. It will come in the market by the end of August in 2010.
It is said that the price of Epic 4G surpasses the cost of the first 4G handset, HTC EVO 4G, because of its big display, a slider keyboard and much higher speed.
The increase of 4G services can keep an important role to survive Sprint in the US wireless market from losing its market share continuously. This company keeps continuing to provide enhanced services such as faster wireless speed, a 3G/4G smartphone and unlimited data plans on account of regaining its lost market share.
It seems that Sprint is soon going to face tough competition because its prominent rivals AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are planning to launch 4G services. Verizon is planning to launch 4G LTE services in 25-30 markets in the fourth quarter of 2010 while AT&T will conduct LTE trials in 2010 and expected to launch it in 2011.
However, Sprint is still in the competition because of 4G service that is covered about 48 markets in 25 states.
The Epic 4G does not look much better than other smartphones but it is cool enough to attract the users. It has Android 2.1 OS, 4-inch touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, duel camera. It has one front-facing camera for video chatting and one rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 4x digital zoom.