4G Phones: HTC EVO Shift 4G Smartphone Announced by Sprint

January 4, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

4G Phones: A man talks on a cell phone as he walks past a Sprint store on 42nd Street 15 January, 2008 in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
4G Phones: A man talks on a cell phone as he walks past a Sprint store on 42nd Street 15 January, 2008 in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
The HTC EVO Shift 4G Smartphone was announced by Sprint on Jan. 4. With a release date set for Jan. 9, it will become Sprint’s fourth 4G Smartphone.

With 4G, users can access the Internet while on the go, wherever there is a 4G signal available. It is faster than 3G, yet currently has less coverage.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G is equipped with the basic features of Sprint’s award-winning HTC EVO 4G but with a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The phone features the Android 2.2 operating system, an HD 5 Megapixel camera and camcorder, and a 3.6-inch touchscreen display.

It also has a slide out QWERTY keyboard and built-in mobile hotspot functions that can allow up to eight other devices to connect to the Web, including laptops or other phones.

With a price set at $149.99 and a two-year contract, the HTC EVO Shift 4G could give Sprint a boost in the coming torrent of new Smartphones ready to hit shelves in 2011.

Sprint announced it alongside the MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless, which provides a wireless 3G or 4G Internet connection for other devices to connect to.

“Sprint will continue to set the bar for feature-rich and customer-friendly 4G devices into 2011,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, in a press release. “Our proven leadership as a 4G pioneer has allowed our customers to enjoy 4G from Sprint first, and these new products exemplify Sprint’s commitment to put industry-leading performance and capabilities in the hands of our customers."