Would you prefer the 10 fee waived and pay $299 for the EVO? I would think that if Sprint have announced that the EVO will cost $299 and no 10 extra fee no one would have said anything. 199 is an excellent price, I paid 250 after MIR for my Palm 755p 3years ago. My point is consider you are getting a discount upfront with the EVO price and the $10 monthly extra fee is very reasonable, also with Sprint plans as compared to other carriers you still save. Make your own decision, but I see the pricing very reasonable.