HTC EVO 4G LTE launch date is being delayed due to shipments being stuck at customs
As we’re all well aware by now, the HTC EVO 4G LTE’s launch date has been inked in the books for May 18th, which is a mere two days away, but after last night’s big news, it might no longer be the case. Instead, HTC has given indication that the highly anticipated launch of the next EVO is going to be delayed partly because of this whole fiasco – as shipments of the handset are stuck at the moment over at customs.
Adding more truth to the reality, Sprint has stopped taking pre-orders for the smartphone through its own web site, and on top of that, the previously known May 18th launch date isn’t being mentioned whatsoever anymore. Meaning, it’s looking like a delay is in the works for this baby. Nevertheless, Sprint hasn’t come out to one-hundred percent verify the claims about the EVO 4G LTE being delayed.
Maybe this thing might be settled before the 18th, so that’s probably why Sprint has yet to go ahead and confirm the allegations about a delay? Still, it could be that they’re playing it cautious at this point, considering nothing is set in stone, but either way, we’re certain that a lot of people will be saddened if a delay is actually going to happen.
source: Wall Street Journal via Phonescoop
1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Another monopolistic maneuver brought to you by Apple.
4. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
I'm no apple devotee but this can't be blamed on apple.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
While the amount of time it's apparently taking to get the shipments of the Evo One (I refuse to call it by its official name) and the One X cleared through customs is largely the fault of our bloated, bureaucratic government, the original blame does lie with Apple. This bulls**t is EXACTLY what they wanted to come out of their lawsuits.
6. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
"HTC has indicated that the planned May 18 launch of the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint has now been delayed thanks to stalled shipments of the device into the country. Both the One X (for AT&T) and EVO 4G LTE have been blocked at customs, where they are being examined for compliance with an ITC exclusion order."
Now,this order was brought about due to an Apple lawsuit regarding clicking on phone numbers and emails.
15. MEeee (Posts: 308; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
HTC flagships' US shipments get delayed for Apple patent violation
16. Commentator (Posts: 3024; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I just got off the phone with a Sprint rep at a local store, he said they'll be getting some in stock on Friday, but that I should show up pretty early to be sure I get one. Here's hoping he's not mistaken.
42. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
There will not be any in any stores Friday if they are still sitting at the border.
43. Commentator (Posts: 3024; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Just because this shipment, and every one after, is halted doesn't mean a few beforehand didn't get through. I'd be worried if HTC didn't start shipping its products to the US before three days before launch...
2. cranzie44 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
Too funny. Apple must think they own the world. Another reason I dislike iPhones. It will eventually be released and I will still get it when it is and I will still, never buy iPhone!
3. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Apple, this phone was way bigger, looks way different, and is way better than your piece of is**t. Stop f**king s**t up. It' really really annoying.
7. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Actually, that is exactly why the phone is being held up...APPLE....
8. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
Apple you suck plain and simple your mad because there are other companies that make stuff way better than you
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
See, there are less obvious consequences to this as well. Right now my manager is scrambling to try to confirm whether the launch is going to be delayed or cancelled completely, because we need to know whether we're going to have to schedule extra help that morning. We also need to know whether we need to contact all of our preorder customers and warn them about this, because otherwise they'll be PISSED on Friday morning.
The only good that will come of this is to raise more public awareness of Apple's litigious s**ttiness.
10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
' The mandatory review was triggered by an exclusionary order issued in December by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which found that certain HTC phones infringed Apple patents on the formatting of data in unstructured documents, such as emails. The ITC delayed the effectiveness of the order until April 19 to give HTC time to remove the offending features from the phone. HTC said the review it believes it is in compliance with the ITC ruling and that it is working closely with Customers to secure approval to sell the phones.'
HTC ONE X - the phone that APPLE does not want sold in the U.S.
Great slogan fo a commercial, and over something so asinine.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No hard feelings man. I'm even almost wrong sometimes. ;)
14. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
I will take my hat off to you for admitting it.
12. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
That does it - I am never EVER going to consider APPLE products...I wish my wife would throw away the ipod, 3GS, 4S and original iPAD...but she will not.
17. Commentator (Posts: 3024; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I've always tolerated Apple with what I believe to be a quiet dignity, but if their meddling causes a delay in me getting an Evo 4G LTE, I will come down on Apple like the Hammer of Thor! The thunder of my vengeance will echo through the halls of Cupertino like the gusts of a thousand winds!
20. Commentator (Posts: 3024; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It was actually an Always Sunny in Philadelphia reference (which of course was referring to Thor, either the character or the Norse god), but now that you mention it I would like to go Hulk on Apple.
33. Commentator (Posts: 3024; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Also, an "original iPad???" Eeeeeew... even if I was an Apple fanboy I'd throw that away.
18. driveme (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 May 2012)
I will never allow Apple products in my home. Apple is threatened by anything that is different and better than their own products. Yet there appeal to the public is proof how much people want to be told what to like and what is cool and the need to own it because other people do.
21. kabukijoe (Posts: 95; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
Apple should be taken down a notch or 2 by the government. They force retailers/carriers to submit to their un-just business practices in order to carry their product in which there is hardly any profitability for anyone but Apple. Meanwhile Apple laughs all the way to the bank raking in more money than freaking Wal-Mart. But unfortunately in this day and age people are desperate for a feeling of "high class" (regardless of whether they actually are or not) and must buy that "cool" brand even if they know practically nothing about it, and Apple knows this and THIS is why they have the upper hand and sadly have the ability to do whatever the hell they want.
22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
SO once again Apple is preventing the consumers from having what I call "our first amendment right" to buy what ever we want to buy!! Typical Apple to do so. im really trying NOT to off on Apple, but its hard to do so when they're acting like babies!!
Do me a favor Apple..................focus on making your products more appealing to the 97% of America that wants variety!!
23. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
great day for Apple.... if in fact is caused by Apple... Apple dont play... stick that in your head
26. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Care to revise your position that you're not antagonistic, Gallito?
30. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I am not but fandroids blame everything to Apple sick and tired.. I know what I am... if you people want to see me as the bad guy feel sorry for you as i know anyone from here..
31. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Gallito, the holdup at customs is a DIRECT RESULT of the result of Apple's lawsuit against HTC.
How much more denial could you gain over this issue? Apple is to blame for this!
34. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
so when the ipad was going to be banned in China, comments.. Apple deserves it... they had it coming.. but when Apple is the one blocking Apple and the law is wrong.. for whatever old and tired excuses you fandroids can come up with... yes Apple did this.. but are they at fault?...
35. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Cause and effect, Gallito. The REASON everyone likes to see Apple get pwned in court is because Apple is the one who went wild with the lawsuits in the first place. The first Android vs Apple lawsuit was when Motorola sued Apple because Apple had been using its patented tech in the iPhone for 2 years without paying a dime in royalty fees. As a matter of fact, Apple had ignored requests to even discuss the matter. So Motorola did what it had to do.
Then Apple immediately turned around and countersued Motorola, alleging infringement on its patents. Then Apple sued HTC. Then Apple sued Samsung.
And with each new lawsuit, Apple's infringement claims seemed to get pettier and pettier. And each time, they were asking for rival products to get banned.
Also, even before this, Apple has had a history of trying to use the government to dominate markets. There's an entire Wikipedia article on their litigation.
Now do you understand better?
36. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
have you ever question why Apple is doing this.. and is not to stop innovation or comeptition trust me is not but give me a reasonable answer and will believe you...
38. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Okay, Gallito, if it's not to stop competition, then it's because Apple somehow genuinely feels that Android ripped off their design/tech/whatever. However, that is almost worse, because a) apart from the touchscreen, Android shares almost nothing in common with iOS that isn't also shared with everyone else. Furthermore, Apple has genuinely ripped off of other companies constantly; hell, Jobs even admitted it in a keynote soon after his return to Apple.
With that in mind, it's almost preferable, and more reasonable, to think that the lawsuits are the result of Apple's control freak tendencies extending into their attitude toward the competition. Apple wants an iPhone in every person's hand, and they want it at ALL f**kING COSTS.
39. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I understand but Apple did not initiate the patent wars... they have been the most aggressive yes but Apple because is Apple gets all the blame for the patent wars.. I don like patent wars period... is not good for consumers... lawyers are the only winners but somehow when Androids starts banning other OS you guys clap and get excited when in reality thanks to those other OS Android moves forward in innovation... I want to be fair but is difficult when I read that Apple gets blamed...
ps. doesnt Google want a Android device in everyones hands. too.. think about it.. nothing wrong with that
27. biophone (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Ok guys lets not jump too conclusions until the full story comes out. This recks of the wake up campaign but rim blamed on samsung. If its true I don't get how the one x is similar to to the iphone as it doesn't seem to my eye to infringe on apple brand identity. While its a bit of an overreaction to to make apple look satanic over this its heavily disapointing.
28. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Full story has been out on fiercewireless....
29. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It will get resolved with a software update, but what is crazy is what the issue is about - data formatting on a document.
Perhaps with the new google plan to have 5 OEMs have the same basic phone that this issue will not occur as Googlw will ensure it is apple sue-happy proof.
32. Harley (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 May 2012)
S. Job's legacy he left was his obvious greed and desire to monopolize the industry.
Does Apple really believe the loyal HTC/Android phone users will convert to the over-populated iPhone? NO THANK YOU. I'll glady wait. I've read countless reviews of HTC vs Apple and HTC seems to be the outstanding phone.
37. GeekMovement (Posts: 1996; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Wow and I was looking forward to the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
I tried to be unbiased and change my views about apple, but that's not happening anytime soon.
40. Phonecall01 (unregistered)
EVO 4G LTE = HULK.... iPhone = Loki.... Those who saw the movie would know what I'm talking about... lol
41. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
As much as I love Iron Man, that was my favorite part of the whole damn film. :D
44. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
best part of the movie..........HANDS DOWN
45. Harley (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Sprint has finally confirmed the good news. The HTC EVO 4G LTE, which has been delayed at U.S. Customs, has finally been cleared to start shipping to customers and retail stores in the United States. The carrier confirmed the good news saying that it expects the highly anticipated device to start shipping for arrival on or around May 24th.
46. Harley (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 May 2012)
YEAH !! Just received my email confirmation from sprint. My LTE has been shipped via UPS and I should have it by this Friday !
So happy it was not held up any longer than it was!