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EVO LTE shipments are confirmed delayed

Posted by S4GRU, in Author: Robert Herron 15 May 2012 · 11,189 views

Sprint Apple HTC ITC Devices Delays EVO LTE Customs
EVO LTE shipments are confirmed delayed by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:59 PM MDT


Earlier today, S4GRU.com reported that shipments of the new EVO LTE are being delayed.  We took a lot of heat from folks that thought we were full of it.  But I had so much faith in my source that I ran the story anyway taking the shots on the chin.  Not 100% sure even myself, but knew this source was solid.  So I pulled the trigger and hoped it panned out.  And now The Verge is reportingthe cause of the delay...customs.

Those sneaky bastards at Apple have apparently been able to get customs to hold the EVO LTE and the HTC One X from getting through customs.  The grounds for holding the devices are due to them possibly infringing on Apple patents.  Supposedly, the hold is indefinite.  This may take weeks to resolve.  Sprint is now taking down the Pre-Order ability on their site.  However, it is possible that if the devices are not found to be in violation, that they make it back into the supply chain with just a few days delay.  And it's not known if all are being held, or if some made it through.

According to our internal Sprint source that told us about the delay this morning, Sprint management is meeting first thing tomorrow morning to come up with a mitigation plan and what and how they will communicate this to the public.  However, now, and until further notice, Sprint employees are no longer allowed to reference the May 18th launch date.

Sorry folks for being the bearer of bad news.  But once again, S4GRU.com broke the story first.  We just had it so early, that we didn't know all the details.

Source:  Internal Sprint Source, The Verge

EDIT:  Fixed a typo...evidently, deplayed is not a word.  Thanks Odell!




Time to let Apple know how much they suck! I will never buy iProducts LMAO.
Shittin me Apple. Did apple patent the use of metal on a cell phone? Looks nothing like an apple device.

Shittin me Apple. Did apple patent the use of metal on a cell phone? Looks nothing like an apple device.


The issue is not looks, but rather:

the ITC found that Android's messaging app and browser infringed upon Apple patent #5,946,647, which covers automatically converting things like phone numbers and email addresses into actionable links that open a menu of options. The ban was delayed so HTC could engineer around Apple's patent claims, but it went into effect on April 19th — and although HTC claimed so-called "data tapping" was a "small UI experience" that would be completely removed from its US Android devices, Customs is now reviewing the One X and Evo 4G LTE.


Apple strikes again.

Robert
It seems like Apple believes it invented the majority of the features on the modern smartphone... I want to be able to click something in a text message... Apple patented the idea before it was integrated... so they should be paid every time a device is made that can click something in a text? Or are they even willing to take money in exchange for use of the patent? I understand some of their patent arguments, but many of the claims of infringement were virtually worthless when they filed the patent... I see the posts on engadget every few weeks about them patenting absent of ability. My favorite recollection is the "self cleaning touch screen".... They filed that and will now, under the current environment, want to sack anyone in the world who is able to accomplish it. It won't matter if they use a method different than apple describes, they'll still want to argue it. Apple is arguably stifling innovation by filing patents like this. Who is driving software innovation on smartphones right now? Not Apple.

Sometimes when I lay around the house and dream up crazy technology I hope to have in the future, I think about drawing pictures and filing patents on each and every idea.
That's such an obvious function. I mean, if I see an e-mail address on my computer, it's an actionable link that I can click on and do something with (like open my e-mail program and send a message). This is ridiculous.

The issue is not looks, but rather:Apple strikes again.Robert

Yeah I didn't pick that up since I'm so used to the Samsung and Apple battles. My Bad.
another reason for me to NOT recommend apple while selling phones
just one more reason I hate Apple.
That's the final straw. I'm requesting a Nokia 3110 strike on Apple HQ. Lol jk One more reason to hate Apple.
Btw, I still see the ability to pre-order the Evolte on Sprint's web site.

Btw, I still see the ability to pre-order the Evolte on Sprint's web site.


I just checked the link. It appears you still can.

Robert
this is what my status changed too now..
Thank you for pre-ordering the EVO LTE. We will do our best to get it to you on or before the national launch. You can continue to check status of your order on www.sprint.com/myorder
What? You know what, I am gonna just pretend that I didn't even read this shit and that when I wake up in the morning this nonsense will be settled. Apple is so full of themselves.
-__- Apple is too scared for the public to see a real phone that innovates...
This blows!!!!! Was looking forward to checking out the Evo 4g lte this weekend.
AT&T has a supply of the One X that was shipped prior to the April cutoff date. Apparently they can sell any they had on hand prior to that date until this gets settled.

Time to let Apple know how much they suck! I will never buy iProducts LMAO.

QWIKSTRIKE, just happened to see you on here. Wanted to say thanks for your kind words on the Sprint forums. I got the email notification even though the post was deleted. I didn't think I was doing any harm, but Sprint kicked me out and locked my account. Hours with CS did me no good.

Anway, thanks for the post!
http://insidesprintn...cially-delayed/

In continuation of our earlier post – we can now (un)officially confirm that the FULL launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is now officially delayed. This is very preliminary, however, as of 11PM tonight, we can report:

  • FULL Launch DELAY
  • No pre-orders will be shipped
  • No HTC EVO 4G LTE devices will be sold in stores on 5/18
  • Internal conversations put the launch delay at least 10 days out, however that’s up to customs and a court right now
PLEASE NOTE: This can and likely will change over the next 12-24 hours, but as of right now, that is the status. We will know more after 10AM on Wednesday, and I’ll try to post an update as soon as I can after that.


See the source link for more info and a FAQ. This is a blog by a Sprint employee who has posted many internal documents in the past.
It looks like the original June 10th release date is looking pretty good right now. Lets hope it doesn't take more than a week delay to resolve this stupid patent issue complained by crApple. Argh another reason to hate Apple.
Here's to hoping that the judge that will hear the case is one of many that pre-ordered his/her new Evo LTE.

Quote


In continuation of our earlier post – we can now (un)officially confirm that the FULL launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is now officially delayed. This is very preliminary, however, as of 11PM tonight, we can report:
  • FULL Launch DELAY
  • No pre-orders will be shipped
  • No HTC EVO 4G LTE devices will be sold in stores on 5/18
  • Internal conversations put the launch delay at least 10 days out, however that’s up to customs and a court right now
PLEASE NOTE: This can and likely will change over the next 12-24 hours, but as of right now, that is the status. We will know more after 10AM on Wednesday, and I’ll try to post an update as soon as I can after that.

Notice it says Full Launch.... There are phones that are already in the US and it has been reported that phones already in the US can be sold. I imagine those would be at least some of the preordered phones or third party POS inventory.

QuoteIn continuation of our earlier post – we can now (un)officially confirm that the FULL launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is now officially delayed. This is very preliminary, however, as of 11PM tonight, we can report:

  • FULL Launch DELAY
  • No pre-orders will be shipped
  • No HTC EVO 4G LTE devices will be sold in stores on 5/18
  • Internal conversations put the launch delay at least 10 days out, however that’s up to customs and a court right now
PLEASE NOTE: This can and likely will change over the next 12-24 hours, but as of right now, that is the status. We will know more after 10AM on Wednesday, and I’ll try to post an update as soon as I can after that.Notice it says Full Launch.... There are phones that are already in the US and it has been reported that phones already in the US can be sold. I imagine those would be at least some of the preordered phones or third party POS inventory.



I just called the Best Buy I preordered from and they do have a limited stock in, but they won't be available until Friday and its limited to preorders first. They had not heard about the customs delay until it was mentioned, but check your 3rd party retailers as its likely they will have them.
I just called Best Buy and provided my order number. They said that while they are aware that there may be some delays, my phone is still on schedule to be delivered on 5/17. Hopefully this is is valid information.
Things would get ugly if a few B&M stores managed to fulfill their pre-orders and Sprint didn't.