Not too long ago we found out Qik would be charging for “premium features”. This was an additional fee of $4.99 a month. Couple this fee with the 4G and hotspot fee and the EVO was becoming quite an expensive device to own. The good thing is this fee wasn’t mandatory, it just unlocked access to those unnamed premium features.

Qik Features:

* Unlimited Qik-to-Qik video chat
* Unlimited Live streaming to the web
* Unlimited Live sharing to Social Networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace)
* Unlimited Live sharing to Video sites (e.g. YouTube, Livestream) and blogs (e.g. Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous)
* Unlimited Live sharing to IMs (COMING SOON)
* Qik-in-Touch Desktop App
* Video quality
o Up to 640×480 (Standard)
o Higher than 640×480 (Premium)
* Video archiving
o Unlimited (Premium)
* Unlimited automatic downloads to computer (COMING SOON, Premium)
* Snap photos while recording videos (COMING SOON, Premium)
* Video access settings
o Public, private (Standard)
o Public, private, group (Premium)
* Upload and share videos recorded with the native phone camera app (Premium)
* Priority Support (Premium)

Androidguys uncovered these features, now we all know what they are. As mentioned in an earlier post, video calls will be free. Even after you factor in the cost of this and 4G coverage, your plan would still be cheaper than those found on a few other carriers. For all you lucky people that got your hands on an EVO, you will have access to all these features for free until July 15th. If ownership of this awesome device wasn’t enough, Qik has just sweetened the pot (temporarily).