HTC EVO 4G breaks Sprint record for first day sales

It's no iPad, but HTC's EVO 4G has broken a Sprint record for the biggest opening day of sales of any mobile device. Sprint isn't going to let us know the exact figures, but did say in a press release that it sold 3 times more EVOs in its first day than the Palm pre - the previous record holder - and the Samsung Instinct sold in its first three days. While the Palm Pre didn't fare so well after enjoying its fantastic launch day, it was a huge sales accomplishment for Sprint while it lasted. Following relatively close behind the market failure that was the Palm Pre, the apparently wildly successful launch of the EVO 4G is a big win for the underdog carrier, who has been lacking a real blockbuster phone, like AT&T's iPhone or Verizon's Droid. The huge demand on Friday caused activation problems, according to Engadget, as Sprint servers buckled under the pressure, and shortages have been reported all over the country.

The HTC EVO 4G is the first mobile phone to feature Sprint's Clearwire Wimax 4G technology, greatly increasing data rates wherever there is coverage. While 4G coverage is still relatively limited, and doesn't cover major cities like New York, the EVO is drawing crowds for other reasons as well. It's 4.3" capacitive touch screen, dual cameras (8MP on the back and 1.3MP on the front), and HDMI out, are only some of the some of the features that put this phone above many others in terms of specs. Expect to see sales level off after Apple announces it's new iPhone at their WWDC keynote today, but it's safe to say that the HTC EVO 4G looks like the phone to beat this summer.

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I thought this phone was suppose to be some game changing device? Everyone claimed it would be the iPhone killer and its not even killing the iPad... what changed?

SputnikGamer said,
I thought this phone was suppose to be some game changing device? Everyone claimed it would be the iPhone killer and its not even killing the iPad... what changed?

It's the phone to get if you're on Sprint. So far, it looks like the best Android phone to date. I'm not sure how many people use Sprint. I was a customer of theirs a few years ago before switching to Verizon for some time and then eventually Cingular/AT&T. Their coverage wasn't really good in my area.

From the looks of the iPhone 4 news comments, I think everyone of them will be getting the EVO. Should boost the numbers up some, if that's a good example of the average consumer.

HTC make some nice phones for sure (love my HTC Desire) but watch the iPhone 4 eclipse those sales figures....

I got one of these the first day and I love the phone. Specs still beat iPhone 4 except for the screen resolution but this screen is beautiful!

Will be upgrading to this for my wife's phone soon. Too bad my work has ATT for me or I'd jump on it as well.

can't wait till next month when I get mine
Tested one out, and was just blown away by how much better it is than my Hero.
I think this phone will cause Apple some lost sales, and this is just the beginning. More better phones will replace this soon as well...

fr0st42 said,
I'm loving mine so far. I won't be getting 4g for a while around here but who cares?
I don't like the thought of having to pay $10 per month extra because it *supports* 4G, even through I can't access it. Unless they are allowing on the Clear network (which does cover my area).

This phone is simply amazing, I tried it out the other day @ Best Buy, it was locked, you had to ask the manager to let you show it, and after using it for a couple of minutes, it was simply AWESOME

Master1 said,
This phone is simply amazing, I tried it out the other day @ Best Buy, it was locked, you had to ask the manager to let you show it, and after using it for a couple of minutes, it was simply AWESOME

lol, not a hint of bias there considering your comment in the other thread.

bogas04 said,
Ladies and Gentlemen , please hail the new iPhone Killer

But...but...buuu...iPhone just added LED flash to their camera! Oh wait

bogas04 said,
Ladies and Gentlemen , please hail the new iPhone Killer

LOL. You're kidding right? What qualifies this to be the "iPhone killer"? Is it because it boosts better specs? That's nothing new. The iPhone has always been out-spec'd. EVO isn't competing with the iPhone. Its competing for the next best Android phone (probably by HTC) that will probably be out in 3 or 4 months. The same thing happened with the Droid, and the Droid Incredible, and the Nexus One, and the Droid Eris, and the Hero, and whatever other Android phones there are. With Android, no phone will reign supreme for long. Android is all about selling as many as they quickly can. Even if it means cannibalizing another Android phone.

pielor said,
I wonder how the battery is on that device. One of the most important factors to me nowadays.

It lasts from 12 hours to 18 hours, people are saying. That's average for a smartphone. The Pre lasts for about 30 hours though, I've heard.

andrewbares said,
It lasts from 12 hours to 18 hours, people are saying. That's average for a smartphone. The Pre lasts for about 30 hours though, I've heard.

I doubt 30 hours; the great thing with Android is that when there is an enhancement with the operating system, it rolls out to all the vendors. Android 2.2 is very mature when compared to WebOS when it first was released and even today after several updates.

I have an iPhone3GS and am really digging the EVO. The only thing I give an edge to the iphone on right now, is its appstore. The apps and games for the most seem so much superior.

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
I have an iPhone3GS and am really digging the EVO. The only thing I give an edge to the iphone on right now, is its appstore. The apps and games for the most seem so much superior.

Android has the same amount of quality apps. Keyword "quality". You'll find everything you need on Android, and even some more, like free turn-by-turn GPS which the iPhone lacks.

andrewbares said,

Android has the same amount of quality apps. Keyword "quality". You'll find everything you need on Android, and even some more, like free turn-by-turn GPS which the iPhone lacks.


easy to say, harder to back-up especially when you're talking rubbish, list the commercial apps available on the iphone thats not available on the market place

andrewbares said,

Android has the same amount of quality apps. Keyword "quality". You'll find everything you need on Android, and even some more, like free turn-by-turn GPS which the iPhone lacks.

Quality is such a relative term. Most people will take the 225,000+ apps for the iPhone over the 50,000+ on Android. Because the more that are available, the more choice you have.

The phone is nice. The mandatory $10 per month 4G charge regardless of whether you live in or near a 4G area is not.

It will also be interesting to see what happens to Sprint's network after the huge influx of users. Their activation servers already took a beating, so what will happen to the actual network?

spacer said,
The phone is nice. The mandatory $10 per month 4G charge regardless of whether you live in or near a 4G area is not.

It will also be interesting to see what happens to Sprint's network after the huge influx of users. Their activation servers already took a beating, so what will happen to the actual network?


boohoo 10 $

(Spork) said,

boohoo 10 $

boohoo nothin'. Making you pay $10 for even if you are nowhere near 4G coverage (like here in NW FL) is pure crap. You should only be charged that if you can get a 4G signal in your primary usage area or touch a 4G signal during a particular month. Why should I have to help pay for the network/bandwidth others are going to suck up if I can't get to it? Fits the classical definition of lame.

(Spork) said,
boohoo 10 $

Over a 2 year contract (and probably more since I don't live near a major city that's on Sprint's known 4G rollout plan) an extra $10 adds up to a lot for essentially nothing. If you don't mind paying $240 dollars for nothing, feel free to send me a check.

Sprint isn't going to let us know the exact figures, but did say in a press release that it sold 3 times more EVOs in its first day than the Palm pre

Anyone know how many Pres were sold on the first day?

Well, knowing how **** poor the Palm Pre sold, 3x more is what? Average sales when relative to other big names? We are talking sprint here.

GP007 said,
Well, knowing how **** poor the Palm Pre sold, 3x more is what? Average sales when relative to other big names? We are talking sprint here.

Did you actually read the article? The Palm Pre sold like wildfire out the door, the problem was that it didn't keep up that momentum after the first week. I don't think the Evo will have that problem, as it's already backlogged by more than a week in stores with no end in sight to that demand.

vaximily said,
Did you actually read the article? The Palm Pre sold like wildfire out the door, the problem was that it didn't keep up that momentum after the first week. I don't think the Evo will have that problem, as it's already backlogged by more than a week in stores with no end in sight to that demand.

And the fact that the WebOS had *MASSIVE* performance problems (which killed sales) because of its 1.0 status where as HTC EVO is running 2.2 which is far more mature than WebOS was ever, doesn't force everyone to write applications using 'web technologies', and more importantly has a huge mass appeal to developers out there.

Author said,
Expect to see sales level off after Apple announces it's new iPhone at their WWDC keynote today, but it's safe to say that the HTC EVO 4G looks like the phone to beat this summer.

Why? This is Sprint's phone, and anyone using Sprint will want to use it. It might affect new customers when the new iPhone comes out, but I really doubt the dent will be so severe... This isn't the first iPhone to come out now

Author said,
While 4G coverage is still relatively limited, and doesn't cover major cities like New York

This sounds like you're casting a negative light on their coverage, when in fact they are the only 4G provider and have been rolling out coverage quite rapidly.

I think it's more appropriate to state this as "doesn't cover SOME major cities", as quite a few do already have coverage, including the entire Portland, Baltimore, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Seattle, and most of Texas to name just a few...

Im loving my htc 4g evo but not the battery life while on 4g. its similar to how my iphone 3g was on a 3g network vs their edge network.

Wow it looks really nice, my friend has the HTC Desire but I will definitely be looking at this when it's time to upgrade (later this year). ATM I have the iPhone 3G and I wan't to wait & see what iPhone 4 brings too.