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New End-of-Life Listing Puts BlackBerry PlayBook and EVO View 4G on the Chopping Block

Posted In Featured, News - By Mark Hearn On Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 5:06am PST With 17 Comments

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but in the world of mobile technology it’s out with the old and in with the new. Our beloved Super Spies have blessed us with an updated End-of-Life (EOL) report and a couple of new players are ready to have their jerseys retired. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term EOL, it’s a listing for devices that are on their way out in an effort to make room for new hardware.

This means that shipments of the listed equipment will begin to wind down and eventually be completely phased out. If you happen to own one of the ill-fated devices and are in need of replacement, you may possibly receive a slight upgrade if there aren’t any replacement units available. This updated listing shows that both the BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC EVO View 4G are on their way to the Island of Misfit Toys around the end of this month. With two tablets showing up, we’re hoping that this could mean an LTE-powered slab in the not so distant future. However we know we’re most likely looking at another four to five months at best.

About - Mark is the founding father of SprintFeed. He is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. His love affair with the Now Network started with the release of the Treo 600 back in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Highly opinionated and somewhat eccentric he shares his ramblings about his network of choice here at SprintFeed.

  • WillieFDiaz

    Just because Sprint no longer sells an item for retail doesn’t mean that replacements are always upgrades, usually they have a stock for that, returns are refurbished, and insurance claims have massive amounts of stock for replacements. It is not common, but can happen, where a replacement will be an upgrade. Generally they are slightly less than previous versions due to depreciation and the like.

  • Vicks1008

    Very true, the Sprint Warehouse inventory for Service & Repair replacements will continue to have the phone in stock for years to come.

  • http://twitter.com/mij9895 Joshua McDaniel

    Wow, I never thought I’d see the final EOL for the EVO 4G come. That phone sure had a long life. Makes me wonder when the EVO Shift 4G will hit EOL.

  • Vicks1008

    Probably as soon as the next smartphone with a full keyboard is out. There isn’t much of a demand for them so I’m not even sure about that.

  • Mdub

    Hopefully the Evo view will receive an ics update as the Htc flyer which is essentially the same device was promised one in the months to come on htc hub from an htc rep.

  • Vicks1008

    That’d be dumb, the Evo 4G can barely handle Gingerbread and its on its way out. No point in HTC investing on having ice cream sandwich on the Evo 4G. Look into Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs.

  • Anonymous

    Well don’t you feel dumb, now?

    The EVO View 4G, is NOT the Evo 4G.

    The Evo View 4G is the tablet that came out last year (2011). It’s about 7 months old….

  • http://briefmobile.com/ Korey Nicholson

    Finally got someone to leak the EOL list again eh? Surprised to see the EVO 4G still on there? How about how the Epic 4G isn’t on there either ;)

  • Tommy Thompson

    The Epic 4G is still alive and kicking too

  • Vicks1008

    Its still not getting ice cream sandwich.. it JUST got gingerbread.

  • Thederbii

    When did Sprint become the god of demise for anything? Last I checked there were a zillion other companies out here selling products… sheesh people… don’t follow like sheep just because Sprint decides to make a change in their inventory.

  • s b k

    My EVO wouldn’t charge and I had the insurance and I was able to get the EVO 3D as replacement and this was in November.

  • Vicks1008

    Doesn’t mean it isn’t in inventory at the Sprint Warehouse. 2 weeks ago I was able to replace Evo for 3D’s as well. Now the only people who can do it is Asurion.

  • Xomar9x

    It didn’t just get gingerbread. It just got honeycomb

  • Anonymous

    Just give me Galaxy Nexus or an ICS LTE enabled device ASAP. Sprint

  • Bee2374

    blackberry-playbook usefully

  • Solarfinder

    This is simply ridiculous, as I’ve had the phone for 4 months and it’s already end of life. I know the evo 4g has been around a bit, but that’s completely absurd. I do have issues with the carriers dictating what users can and cannot do with the devices that they purchase, calling the phone’s warranty void if they find a root phone (especially if it’s a good rom). While I haven’t done this, or experienced this issue, I figure that they are our phones, and if the manufacturer supports certain activities on their devices, then the carriers should be fine with it as well. I ended up paying a pretty penny for my phone, and it’s infuriating that they would do this.

    My two cents.