Overland Park, Kan. - First-day sales of Sprint's
, 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 as possible."
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 has said.
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
in 33 markets and expects to launch 4G service in at least 13 more markets including Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City.