Sprint corrects statement about HTC Evo 4G opening day sales

Sprint corrects statement about HTC Evo 4G opening day sales

Summary: Sure, there were a lot of people excited about the release of the HTC Evo 4G. Apparently, no one was more excited than Sprint, as the company went a little overboard with the initial results of the smartphone's launch day sales.

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Sure, there were a lot of people excited about the release of the HTC Evo 4G. Apparently, no one was more excited than Sprint, as the company went a little overboard with the initial results of the smartphone's launch day sales.

Sprint originally stated that the Evo 4G sold “three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined" when it was launched last Friday.

Well, that was a bit much as Sprint has been forced to strike "three times the number" and correct it to being "in line with" the number of blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. According to Reuters, that brings the Evo 4G's sales numbers to 150,000 during the first weekend, rather than the inflated 250,000 to 300,000 estimates.

However, none of this should be construed as a failure considering those are still some good sales numbers and the HTC Evo 4G itself is still in short supply around the country. Although, how long its popularity will last is debatable now with the looming release of Apple's iPhone 4.

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  • Nice device....

    I have a co-working that got one and its a nice device. If you like a big screen this is your phone, but all around the device is blazing fast.
    OhTheHumanity
  • geeks

    sure geeks love the evo, for the big screen and being able to make a wifi hotspot out of it (wow!), but sorry folks, real world numbers very easily bring this excitement down to the depressing fact that there aren't so many geeks in the real world. thus the same lackluster sales as any android phone before. it turns out the small number of geeks just trades their last months iphone killer with the next one.

    non-geeks still buy blackberries and iphones.
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: Sprint corrects statement about HTC Evo 4G opening day sales

      @banned from zdnet
      but yet moto droid and htc droid incredible sells very very well.
      rengek
  • They should do very well regardless.

    Sprint doesn't have a good diverse selection of phones so EVO should do very well. Their voice/data network performs well in major cities so it should be a winner.
    rengek
  • RE: Sprint corrects statement about HTC Evo 4G opening day sales

    I think they should stop linking hardware with service providers. I really wanted this phone but Spriny has almost no coverage in Maine.
    I STILL don't understand why a hardware developer would want to limit the number of people who could buy their product!
    Cerebral*Origami
    • RE: Sprint corrects statement about HTC Evo 4G opening day sales

      @Cerebral*Origami

      It is not the hardware vendors. Unlike pretty much everywhere else in the world, the US allows carriers to force exclusivity agreements on hardware manufacturers, so the only way they can get a phone on a given network is to 1) have it ONLY on that network, or 2) flex their clout and force the carrier to back down. Most manufacturers choose the former.
      SpiritusInMachina
  • Sounds Good

    I like the Evo - it looks cool, has the 4G network, and a mobile hotspot would be nice?

    I'm content with my 3GS, though. The (now legal) tethering to my Mac is wonderful, and even with AT&T's sketchy network, it gives a nice speed to mobile browsing. I've been using tethering for the last 8 months or so, *cough* jailbreak *cough* since I got my 3GS, and have loved it since.

    I think the Evo is good competition for the next iPhone - I'll be one of those people lining up for it [iPhone 4] when it's available.
    Ktroje