EVO 4G supplies running low as some Sprint stores have sold out of the model

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EVO 4G supplies running low as some Sprint stores have sold out of the model
As the sun goes down on the launch day of the nation's first 4G cellphone, Sprint is apparently running low on supplies of the unit with some stores completely sold out of the phone. According to The Seattle Times, the carrier's stores throughout Washington state are sold out with sales reps hoping that more supplies will be coming in soon. Sprint stores in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are almost completely sold out. One would be buyer was told by his sales rep that the EVO 4G was sold out...that is, until he told the rep that he was planning on moving over from another carrier for the handset. Lo and behold, the rep went to the back office and was able to "find" a couple of unpurchased units. This happens because a new customer leaving another carrier to buy the EVO 4G on Sprint is worth more to the latter carrier than a Sprint customer simply buying the new phone. A newspaper reporter challenged this theory by making 6 phone calls. 2 stores had a few units left and one was completely sold out. Of the remaining three stores, all said they were sold out until the caller said that he was planning on leaving another carrier to join Sprint for the purchase. Suddenly, all three of those stores had inventory of the EVO 4G. Besides Sprint, other locations known to be selling the handset today were certain Best Buy, Walmart and Radio Shack stores. The phone can still be ordered online from Sprint, Walmart, Best Buy, Radio Shack and HTC. As we had earlier reported, Radio Shack plans on offering a second round of pre-sales tomorrow at the instant discount price of $199.99 with a 2 year contract. Phones ordered tomorrow at The SHACK are expected to be ready next Friday Let us know if you managed to snare a unit today for yourself, a loved one or a friend.

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source: SeattleTimes via AndroidandMe








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7 Comments

1. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I called this, of course they're running low. This will drive more immediate buyers and it's a well advertised phone.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you and just about everyone else

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Wish you guys would also report more on the shadyness of some sprint stores. Word of mouth alot of stores telling people they HAVE to buy accessories and they HAVE to get the tethering plan or they cant get the phone. Also some stores upped the price from 449 as well

4. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

third parties, maybe. any corporate employee doing this would face immediate termination not ifs, ands or buts

5. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

+1. I know any store in San Antonio would be unable to do anything like this. Upper corporate is keeping a very big eye on *any* shadiness regarding this phone. It's an important launch. I'm not saying that you won't have some stores trying to do something a *little* off, but anything as blunt as denying sales due to not buying accessories or adding the tethering plan would have to be coming from 3rd party stores.

6. YoJerms1977

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

I had just upgraded to the Tour 9630 last week at WalMart. I called them yesterday morning, and they had just got in three EVO 4G's, so I hauled a$$ down there and exchanged my tour, and paid the extra $54.00 for my EVO 4G. The WalMart guy was so excited, because they hadn't activated one yet, and he wanted to see what all it could do. I love it and I have never liked a full touch screen before. But, it was so easy to use! And that was the easiest I've ever purchased a new phone too!

7. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

As an existing Sprint Customer, I went to 3 locations today (Saturday June 05, 2010) they were all sold out, low and behold I called Sprint Customer Service after hearing of my dismay, My Evo is coming in the mail this week! woohoo!

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