Sprint prices “future HD voice capabilities” HTC EVO 4G LTE at $199.99, available May 18

In conjunction with CTIA this week, Sprint (www.sprint.com) will make the HTC EVO 4G LTE (HE4L) on May 18, with preorders started on May 7.  The phone will cost $199.99 with a new line of service, upgrade and two-year service agreement (before taxes).  It is now framing the phone for its “future HD voice capabilities.”

The announcement continues to emphasis on HD voice, but now with the caveat of “future” in front of it and some clarification at the bottom of the May 9 press release.     The footnote at the bottom of the release says–

(2)HD Voice Capability: Requires a call between two HD Voice capable handsets on an HD Voice capable Sprint network. Sprint plans on deploying HD Voice networks in the future as part of its Network Vision upgrades.

During its initial rollout of the HE4L, the company said 3G CDMA HD voice service would be available in “late 2012.”

Sprint is enabling HD voice with its Network Vision upgrade project.  Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Can Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service by the middle of 2012.

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