Sprint admits it overstated initial HTC EVO 4G sales
Available since last Friday (June 4), the HTC EVO 4G is hands-down the best smartphone that Sprint has ever had, so it’s no wonder that lots of customers want it.
Initially, Sprint announced that “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.”
However, the carrier’s estimations were wrong. An updated press release has showed up on Sprint’s website, correcting the mistake. As it turns out, launch day sales of HTC EVO 4G were actually “six times greater than launch day sales of Samsung Instinct and nearly twice the launch day sales for Palm Pre.” Sure, this still makes the EVO Sprint’s best-selling handset on launch day, although the carrier is shy on providing exact sale numbers – it’s estimated that about 200,000 units were sold over the week-end.
Like the HTC Desire and Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible, the EVO 4G is quite hard to find at the moment (it’s sold out online) – which means HTC and Sprint didn’t expect the demand for the handset to be that high.
The EVO 4G is currently offered by Sprint for as low as $199.99 on contract – a price that has become a standard for high-end smartphones in the US (Apple’s iPhone 4 16GB will be sold at AT&T for $199.99, too).