Overland Park, Kan. - First-day sales of Sprint's Evo,
the first 3G/4G phone to hit the U.S. market, exceeded first-day sales of any
phone launched by the carrier in its history, producing shortages at some of
the stores where the device went on sale on Friday, Sprint said.
On the day when Apple is expected to unveil
its latest iPhone, Sprint today said sales of the $199 HTC-made Android
smartphone broke first-day sales records of its previous two record holders,
the touchscreen Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre. In fact, the company said, "the
total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the
number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three
days on the market combined."
Sprint said it and HTC have been working to
increase inventory in all sales channels and that shipments are arriving in
retail stores on a "regular basis." The device went on sale Friday in 22,000
locations, including Sprint-owned stores, RadioShack, Best Buy, Walmart and
other indirect dealers.
"HTC EVO 4G has more than lived up to our
expectations that it would be one of the most anticipated technology products
of the year," said Kevin Packingham, Sprint's senior VP for product
development. "We are working closely with our partners at HTC to increase
the supply and get EVO 4G into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly
The Android 2.1-based phone packs multiple new
capabilities other than 4G speeds up to an average 3-6Mbps. It offers
simultaneous 3G voice and 4G data as well as two-way EVO-to-EVO and EVO-to-PC
video chat capability over 3G and 4G networks and over WiFi. EVO is one of the first devices on the market
to provide two-way video chat in either 3G or 4G networks, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse
Evo also features an embedded Wi-Fi hotspot
that, for an additional monthly charge of $29.99/month, connects up to eight
mobile devices via Wi-Fi to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks.
Sprint currently offers 4G service in 33 markets and expects to
launch 4G service in at least 13 more markets including Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City.