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July 12, 2010

EVO 4G in Baltimore: Who's got one and how is it?

HTC-EVO.jpgBaltimore is one of the lucky areas of the country that has access to Sprint's new 4G network. And the first smart phone to tap into that network is the Sprint HTC EVO.

But the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Sprint and HTC have fallen behind in the phone's production, leading to widespread shortages.

About 300,000 of the EVO phones have been sold. And I'm sure a few thousand or more were sold in the Baltimore area.

So, if you're an EVO owner in the Baltimore area and you're using 4G, please drop a note in the comments of this post to let us know how your phone and the 4G network are performing.

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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 9:00 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Smartphones


I have an EVO 4G and live in the Owings Mills area, just outside of Baltimore. The 4G works from the outer loop of 695 down to DC. Every once in a while, I will have 1 bar of 4G coverage up in the Hunty Valley area, but not consistent. There are spotty areas but for the most part, it works just as it should, especially in the downtown area.

I've had the Evo for about a month. Overall, it is a great phone. I live in the Fells Pt area and I get about 3.6 MBps maximum with 4G. I work in Timonium, and 4G is spotty there so I turn it off. Evo's battery life is perfectly acceptable with 4G disabled, but enabling 4G can drain it relatively quickly.

I traveled through Baltimore on Amtrak from DC to NYC a few weeks ago with my trusty EVO 4G and was delighted to try out the 4G functionality. I experienced bandwidth speeds between 3-5Mbps.

I got mine the day it came out. Its been great, I have excellent 4G reception downtown where I live and wander around. The battery is fine with the evo, I don't even bother ever shutting off GPS, and leave some apps running 24x7 even though they drain the battery some. Honestly the 4G is great but 3G speeds are more than fast enough with this phone for general purpose usage.

I don't have an Evo, but thanks to work needs, I have a 4G-capable aircard... which I always switch back to 3G, because 4G stalls at one point or another.

My boyfriend and I preodered EVO's and picked them up on launch day. He switched from an iPhone 3G - a phone that he loved as a device, but he had too many issues with dropped calls and services outtages at the worst possible times.

So far, we both love the phone. I occasionally use the 4G but for the most part keep it turned off (I live downtown). I'll echo an earlier poster and say the 3G is usually plenty fast. My boyfriend lives in Greenbelt, and lately has been getting a weak 4G signal out there as well. The screen is amazing - a couple times people have seen me using it and been drawn in by it, wanting to know what phone I have.

Sweet. Good to hear you're having a positive experience! -gs

My wife and I both got Evos. Great phone; terrible battery. With internet and email use, and GPS and 4G on, expect less than a single day on one charge. If you turn off some of the reasons you got this device, or keep the screen dark (not in use) you can get through a day most of the time. If you get one, get an external battery backup pack or stay near outlets if you will be a heavy user.

I just picked up the Evo yesterday. So far, it is a very slick phone but the problem is we cant get 4g signal anywhere, despite living downtown in Otterbein - only managed to get two bars when we were at the Inner Harbor literally across the street from the sprint store. Not sure what is going on or if this is usual but, if this is what to expect, we'll be taking the phone back soon.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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