After a leak late last week suggesting that video chat on the HTC EVO 4G using the Qik app would be subject to a .99 monthly fee, the Qik team themselves have piped up to quell dissent.
It will come with Google’s standard suite of communication, Web and entertainment software.
It will launch with Android OS 2.1, but HTC says an upgrade to version 2.2 is coming soon.
The 4G service will add $10 to the monthly service fee.
Overview of the HTC EVO 4GWith a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, the 4G standard Wi MAX and 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the model is going to be among the most advanced smartphones released this year.
On top of Android OS, the EVO 4G will run HTC Sense, the company’s alternate user interface that expands on Google’s.
The HTC EVO 4G is going to be the first smartphone widely available in the U. with two-way video chat, but there has been some question about whether this will cost extra.
Qik, the company that’s responsible for this service, has promised that it won’t.
It is also going to include an HD video port that can connect to TVs and monitors that support 720p, a GPS receiver, micro SD memory card slot, and a kickstand that holds it at an angle when playing movies. The smartphone is going to sell for 0 with contract, and will launch on June 4.
Pricing and Availability Sprint is going to be the exclusive U. Retailers Best Buy and Radio Shack are currently taking pre-orders.
It’s also going to have the 3G standard EV-DO, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The smartphone will come with software allowing it to share its wireless Internet connection with eight other devices, but this will cost a month.
A post on the official Qik blog says: “Rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE.
Yes – this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users.” This service will make use of the EVO 4G’s front-facing camera, and will be available about a month after the smartphone launches.