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HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE have been placed in limbo due to an ITC exclusion order

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HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE have been placed in limbo due to an ITC exclusion order
Uh oh, spaghetti-o! It seems someone has been forced to stop dead in their tracks from continuing the sale of a certain highly prized smartphone, with another one on the horizon possibly being delayed. Tonight brings some shakeups as Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC announced in a statement to the media that shipments of the HTC One X for AT&T and the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint have been delayed at customs.

From the looks of it all, this whole thing came about after HTC was found guilty of infringing on a patent from Apple last year. Soon afterwards, the US International Trade Commission went ahead and ruled that future imports of devices deemed as the offenders are to be totally barred from being sold. In fact, that specific order actually went into effect on April 19th, so HTC’s newest babies are going to be feeling the heat from all of it. HTC said in the statement:

The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.


So there you have it folks! It makes us all wonder if this whole thing had something to do with the recent sold out status of the HTC One X over at AT&T, but more importantly, we’re curious to know how this will affect the pending launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint. We’ve reached out to HTC for additional details regarding the matter.

source: HTC via Phonescoop

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posted on 15 May 2012, 20:42 5

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14269; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Talk about bad timing. Maybe HTC should have been in more compliance with the ruling.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:17 4

9. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It is kind of annoying that HTC didn't get this settled sooner. I'm sure the devices in question aren't still infringing on Apple's patent; HTC would have to be run by incompetent morons. Still, if they had run this by the ITC, say, a month ago this situation could have been avoided, and I'd be nuzzling my shiny, new Evo to my chest for warmth and love and comfort come Friday. I'm very lonely (ronery), you see.

posted on 15 May 2012, 20:53 4

2. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Sprint moved its Evo promo from first on its homepage to fourth. I wonder why... In a possibly related note, Sprint also claims "supplies are limited!" Perhaps a few got through the blockade...

PA, instead of the Monopoly Guy, I personally suggest that you use a picture of the Trade Federation blockading Naboo. It seems more apt...

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:01 5

4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im with ya on the naboo thing. monopoly dude doesnt really fit the story

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:12 3

7. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


star wars make s everything better!

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:23 4

10. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Star Wars can't fill the gaping void in my chest that not having an Evo 4G LTE on time has created. Only perhaps a Galaxy S III could do that...

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:26 2

12. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


As if finals week hadn't crushed my spirits already... God, my problems are so first-world!

This article sort of warms my heart, I guess:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/05/15/united-states-customs-halts-htc-one-x-and-evo-4g-lte-shipments-at-ports-pending-investigation-of-apple-patent-claims/

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:39 1

16. chosenone1606 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 May 2012)


I am a sprint employee and I can confirm that we are only getting 2 of the htc evo 4g lte phones on friday

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:44 1

19. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, it's nice to know that some are getting through, but I don't think a Choice Sprint franchise in Roseville, MN will be too high on the priorities list. Maybe I'm mistaken, and at any rate I'll be heading over there first thing Friday morning to check on the situation, because I did reserve one.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:00 9

3. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


HOLEY SHNIKEYS.

Ok, this monkey business has gone too far.
Exactly how is the OneX and Evo infringing on that poor little bullied iphone?

And why is HTC still violating patents that they were found guilty of months and months ago? If they were violating patents, wouldnt the original shipments of the device been stopped long before they went on sale??? its not like the FCC didnt know exactly what was in those phones.. they do have to get certified and all.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:03 7

5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1181; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Apple just plain sucks, this won't make me buy an iProduct at all. In fact I will steer far away from them. Too bad they can't come up with mind boggling intellectual property ideas like they did when they 1st introduced the iPhone. To me they seem to try to best competition by making frivolous filed patent claims. I can't believe they are so petty that they try to cripple competition this way. Keep up the good work Apple you will be falling faster than a ton of bricks when WP8 catches on

posted on 16 May 2012, 04:52

35. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I hate them too. Why would you run around suing everyone over complete bulls**t? It makes no sense. Gah.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:03 7

6. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


From what I've read on the subject over the last ten minutes, it looks like the ITC is just looking in to whether or not the Evo/One X infringes on the patent. Assuming that they don't (because HTC would be the worst run business in history if they did) hopefully this thing can be settled by Wednesday or Thursday.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:48 4

20. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


...Okay, thumbs-me-down for actually doing research this time. Maybe If I just spouted whatever was at the top of my head (like I normally do) you wouldn't be so harsh, Mystery Critic!

posted on 16 May 2012, 10:49

41. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you only got one, chill the f**k out

posted on 16 May 2012, 11:10

43. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Learn to understand sarcasm.

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:33

49. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


haha ok liar. Worst. Sarcasm. Ever

posted on 16 May 2012, 11:24

47. 14545 (Posts: 1612; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Yeah, but why hold them up to verify? Let them through and let HTC pay apple if they do. Which I'm sure it doesn't. But in this case, with Apple delaying HTC, HTC should sue for lost sales on their devices.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:17

8. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


For people information, the patent is not related to the sense UI but the android UI. The Nexus one was the included in the sues. It has to do with hyperlink in the web and messaging app. Text a number to anyone will a vanilla phone and the number became a a hyperlink. This can effect all android phone

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:25 8

11. facelessbelief (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Apple. You make me Igiggle. Oh wait, did I infringe on your patent on the intelluctual property of the lower case i? Really Apple? So you are disabling your enemy with your billions of dollars? Poor iSheep. Apple has become the new big bad wolf of companies. Or maybe they are just so smart, that we should all bow to their almighty hammer of money.

The touchscreen that. Needs to really end. It is really starting to get old. Here is a thought, make a device to compete against the big boys. Instead of crying to the courts of lesser opionion.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:31 4

13. Danalvi1981 (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)


Oh pretty please settle this already!!! I really need my phone. Life without my HTC Evo 4g LTE is really gonna suck.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:33 3

14. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Pssh, take a look at my screen (in the picture to the left) and tell me how much you need a new phone!

Just kidding, of course, I feel the same way as you do.

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:49 1

38. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


That's a tad melodramatic and hyperbolic, if we're fair... It's unfortunate and saddening not having the new toy, but you still have food, shelter, clean air to breathe, and more possessions probably on your person than some folks in the world have in total.

posted on 16 May 2012, 11:11

44. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Again, my problems are decidedly "first-world."

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:34 5

15. tiburonpineda (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Nice one Apple, instead of compete is more easy for you sue the competition

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:41 3

17. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This situation isn't Apple directly, it's the ITC. Whatever gripe Apple had with HTC, legitimate or not, HTC has more than likely eliminated the problem, or else they wouldn't continue selling in the U.S. This is a government problem now, not Apple. Like the article I posted from Android Police says, this is probably just an instance of some overzealous ITC drone desperate for attention because he's been stuck in the same job for forty years and wants a promotion, his wife recently left him, his kids never call, and he harbors at least a mild racism (okay, I'm definitely paraphrasing there, but you get the idea.)

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:41 5

18. tiburonpineda (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


apple can't handle the competition. iphone's are for people who need technology training wheels and can't handle a real phone.

posted on 15 May 2012, 22:02 3

21. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


This entire situation is unnecessary. Apple took it to far with this patent trash when they started suing everyone. They feel threatened. Steve Jobs felt threatened to so he went with this whole 'Androids a stolen technology' thing but, really it's just a dirty way to make money. Thats all Apple really want from Android is more money to impress investors with growing profits and destroy all competitors but, court wasn't the right way to do it.

posted on 15 May 2012, 22:08 3

22. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


While some blame does rest with Apple, don't forget that the ITC and HTC could've avoided this, if they had figured this all out ONE FREAKING WEEK AGO. It does seem fishy though that the embargo begins this late: why didn't this happen when T-Mobile started importing their One S three weeks ago? In fact, why aren't One S shipments even mentioned in this article? Are they not subject to the same regulations, or is the One S just selling so poorly that T-Mobile hasn't had to order any more? The more I think about this situation, the stranger it gets... Well, I'm studying for a Business Law final right now, and I just got to the Patent/Intellectual Property part, so if I come across anything that may be able to get HTC out of this predicament (haha, right...) I'll do my very best, although I'll just be happy to get a B- in the class, to be honest...

posted on 15 May 2012, 22:49 1

24. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I think its just a stunt! No real logic behind this other than using it as a scare tactic fo other manufactures.

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