Friday’s launch of the HTC Evo 4G looks to have been a resounding success after Sprint released details (but no exact figures) declaring that the handset sold more units on it’s first day of sales than any other phone in the carrier’s history.
The HTC Evo smashed existing records held by both the Samsung Instinct and the Palm Pre, not only surpassing first day sales but selling three times as many Evo’s in one day than the number of Instinct and Pre handsets in their first three days combined.
Great news for HTC, Sprint and Google – the Android operating system attracting yet more headlines. Sprint has kept quiet in regards to the actual amount of units it shipped, possibly in light of the fact that Apple’s WWDC Conference starts today and it will not want any announcements diluted by the inevitable rush of Apple news.
Whilst there might not have been lengthy queues that are normally associated with an Apple launch, the Evo’s launch was popular enough to leave “temporary shortages” of handsets across 22,000 retail locations in US:
The record pace of HTC EVO 4G sales led to temporary shortages of the device at some of the 22,000 sales locations across the United States, including Sprint retail stores, national retail partners including RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, and indirect dealers. Sprint and HTC are diligently working around the clock to increase inventory in all sales channels. Additional shipments are arriving in retail stores on a regular basis with many stores seeing daily deliveries.
The ball is now firmly back in Apple’s court, the bad news for HTC is that Apple has very large court and has control of the ball.