Following up, internal Sprint employee documentation has confirmed another major bullet point for the EVO 4G in real-time two way video calling will be subject to an additional $4.99 monthly fee via the embedded Qik live streaming application.Â Billing for the service will be handled separately via PayPal instead of being handled via Sprint billing or being covered by the $10 premium access add-on as originally assumed at the time of the original announcement earlier this month.
Update: Qik has posted the following clarification on their blog
Well, there are a number of rumors flying around that the 2-way Qik mobile video service will require a premium subscription. We wanted to clarify what that really means. Firstly, 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 â€“ this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th â€“ the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches.
So, tune back in on June 4th for a complete list of features of the new Qik along with the optional advanced premium features for you to enjoy!