HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

Summary: It looks like all of that hype over the HTC Evo 4G was real, as Sprint's newest smartphone has broken a significant record and become the single best-selling phone on a launch day in the company's history.

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It looks like all of that hype over the HTC Evo 4G was real, as Sprint's newest smartphone has broken a significant record and become the single best-selling phone on a launch day in the company's history.

Released last Friday at approximately 22,000 retail locations, the Evo 4G also sold "three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

Sprint failed to specify just how many of the popular 4.3-inch HTC handhelds they sold that day, but they seem happy with the device regardless. It also seems that the storage bug discovered very shortly prior to the June 4 debut did not hamper sales too much either.

Did you pick up an HTC Evo 4G this weekend? And will all of this happiness change if/once the fourth-gen iPhone is announced later today?

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  • Hyp was "real"? Instinct & Pre sales were rid-us, even if combine&multiply

    <b>Evo4G works on battery like 1.5 hours</b> and is comically balky, with awkward UI wich was created for way lesser devices.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

      That is absolutely false. I have had it since Friday and I am getting anywhere from 5-7 hours with heavy usage since the novelty of the phone is still there. It's better and a Pre and comparable or better than an iPhone.
      mehrvarz
    • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

      Wow! What an honest and insightful comment from someone whose posts always show he couldn't be more of an Apple fanboy. I'm sure Steve must be proud...
      NetAdmin1178
    • Don't comment on performance if you haven't used it

      @denisrs <br>Your comment is a major exaggeration. Get real. I've been streaming with Slacker for the past 3 hours over 4G(probably unnecessarily as 3G would probably be just as good) and my battery has at least 90%.
      youzer
      • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

        @youzer: I am not telling my own opinion; all reviewers said the battery life is horrible.
        DDERSSS
      • I have yet to read the number you posted

        and I see conflicting reports, where a lot of people are saying it's decent "but 4g takes up a lot of power".
        Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

      @denisrs
      Is apple asking their employees to post nonsense all over the web???
      rengek
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    Locking phones into a specific carrier is stupid. I really like this phone but Sprint has almost no coverage in Maine.
    So I'll stick with my old flip phone.
    Cerebral*Origami
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    I also get 5 - 7 hours of usage out of the battery and that is with me playing with everything on the phone!
    Tim_Irvin
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    The phone is nice and I like the battery life.. getting about 8 hrs of heavy use. What I do not like is I am paying for unlimited internet but now I have to pay an additional 30 just to let me use it via my ipad. <br><br>So I guess the internet is not really unlimited when using an unlimited plan.
    rparker009
    • How is it not unlimited?

      @rparker009
      What is this limit that you are suggesting?
      youzer
    • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

      @rparker009
      Paying for tethering is ridiculous. you already paid for the data. Its like you are now paying an extra $20 to transfer the data (which you already paid for) between your phone and your ipad.

      I'm sure Evo will have software like palm pre's myTether. I made a one time payment for that software and don't need to pay the damn carrier a penny more. I should be the only one controlling how I use my non sprint devices with my sprint phone. Its none of sprint's business since I already paid for my unlimited data.
      rengek
      • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

        @rengek You pay the extra $30 for tethering/extra bandwith usage.... I you want unlimited bandwith get comcast cable or Clear internet service.... unlimited data plan is for your phone. If you want to make your phone a hotspot for more than one device you pay the $30 Duh...
        mikeismith
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    I got 8-9 hours heavy use with GPS and 4G turned off, 18 hours with minimal use and wifi, GPS, 4G turned off. I am very happy with phone so far.
    indy64
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    I'm guessing denisrs has an agenda. The EVO has more real estate than the iPhone and still feels good holding it in your hand (unless you are that guy on the BK commercials with the tiny hands). Very solid construction and I'll skip the other attributes already covered in the reviews. I believe the most significant difference between this device & the iPhone (a great product BTW) is network. Sprint is the choice if network (now as well as 4G expansion) matters.
    harmelink@...
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    Battery life does seem very related to what you are doing and what is turned on (4g, gps, wi-fi). Even with heavy use, it seems to be well in excess of 6-7 hrs. I'm also finding that the 3g speed is better than I expected. As high as 1.1Mb/s on a few runs of speedtest.net.
    Getting the phone initially was another matter. My local Sprint store's computer kept crashing. I was there 3 hrs.
    morrieg@...
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    I'm not surprised. As a Sprint customer, I always feel like everyone else had the cool hardware. When was the last time you heard any buzz about a Sprint phone.

    Nice change.
    tzcannon
  • Congrats I say

    The battery will get better with a few cycles and some adjustments to sync settings etc. You can also get a TP2/Ozone 1500 battery or the Seidio 1750 which should all fit under the standard hood. I have the Incredible which is basically the same phone. Two days use on the 1750 battery. I think the Evo uses the same battery as the Inc, Eris, TP2, Ozone
    LarsDennert
  • RE: HTC Evo 4G becomes Sprint's best-selling phone on launch day

    I was a Sprint customer for nearly 10 years, I paid almost 1,200.00 for 2 Pre when they came out, I was never satisfied... I loved my customer support, network speed, but I always hated my phones over the years. I left for my Iphone and AT&T 6 months ago. If Sprint had told me "Look just wait a little while, we have a great new device coming",...I would have. What made me most angry was within days of leaving for AT&T Palm released the PRE to Verizon (with the PLUS), Sprint added the HOT SPOT...and the phones dropped to 150. Then to 50.00...then BOGOF,... To someone who helped engage the market for you on D1,....that really chaps your ass. Not to mention I was a SE customer who saw the package drop from 99.00 to 69.00<br><br>It is very aggravating to want to be a loyal customer, but being forced out of it because real customer loyalty does not matter to the suits as much as NEW customer draw.<br><br>They need to work on customer retention and satisfaction, over NEW customer signups.
    ReconMarine1
  • Hopefully not another Zero, er.. Hero

    Had 3 new hero phones in 2 weeks, after crashing to where needed to be sent back to HTC. Then several re-furbs - all not doing as advertised sprint-htc! Most frustrating thing in my life! The update (enormously tedious and crashed my PC!) made the phone worse yet! sprint will not send me another replacement now either or upgrade to EVO (not a "practice" phone)and basically are letting me know that sprint hates me too and to go away. They just want to sell more phones/plans. Don't need to twist my arm. bye-bye sprint and htc. I'm guessing most of the conspiracy theories are rooted in FACT! Get the word around AVOID SPRINT and HTC!
    I have to take another high blood pressure pill now.
    ac1