UPDATE (June 8, 2010): Sprint has revised its estimate for how many EVO 4G units were sold on launch day. Previously the carrier said its sales were three times as high as on the launch day for the Palm Pre, but now says sales on that day were twice as high as for the Palm model.
Sprint sold twice as many HTC EVO 4G units on Friday as this carrier has ever sold on a launch day. Demand is high enough that Sprint is having trouble keeping the Android OS-based smartphone in its stores.
First day sales of EVO 4G were the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint — the record was previously held by the Palm Pre. However, the carrier hasn’t revealed exactly how many units have customers have purchased, a sign that the total probably hasn’t yet reached the one million milestone.
The smartphone is available at Sprint’s website, but shoppers at Sprint stores are reporting that many locations are sold out. Some of these stores are holding their remaining stock for customers who are switching from other carriers.
Overview of the HTC EVO 4G
The HTC EVO 4G is the first smartphone available in the U.S. with WiMAX. This very high-end model also a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a slim tablet shape, and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.
It is available exclusively from Sprint, and is selling for $200 with a two-year contract.