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Thursday, January 6, 2011

HTC EVO Shift with Slide-Out Keyboard Joins Sprint's 4G Network

4G is off to a strong start in 2011--not even a week into the new year, Sprint has announced its next WiMax device, a follow-up to the network’s popular 4G launch phone the EVO 4G. HTC’s next 4G Sprint phone bears quite a resemblance to its predecessor, but the HTC EVO Shift 4G has one alluring attribute: a slide-out keyboard. Despite being released half a year after the original EVO, the Shift’s specs are noticeably less cutting edge. It has a 3.6” screen, smaller than the 4.3” monster on the EVO, a lower-resolution 5MP camera, and no front-facing cam.

At $149.99 on contract, the HTC EVO Shift will be launching at a lower price than any other Sprint 4G device when it goes on sale January 9. Clearly intent on getting as much out of that 4G network as possible, Sprint plans to begin selling a 3G/4G capable Novatel MiFi hotspot alongside the Shift. Read on for more!

Priced at $49.99 on a two-year contract, the Novatel Wireless 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot can connect five Wi-Fi devices to glorious 4G radio waves. The MiFi lasts in standby mode for up to 60 hours, but will only give you about four hours of hotspot connectivity. Shared storage comes in the form of a 32GB-capable microSD slot.

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