Sprint overstated EVO sales numbers by a multiple of three

The HTC EVO 4G launched on Monday to what Sprint quickly called "largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint.” On top of this, in an attempt to quantify just how well the new handset was doing, Sprint said, “In addition, the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”

Based on the estimated amount available at launch, that would put the number of EVOs sold at 300,000 to 600,000 units. Over a 3 day period, this would be a wildly successful launch for any consumer product, but the problem is, Sprint was wrong. They have since corrected their numbers and admitted the EVO sales numbers are actually “in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”

While the estimates were off by a large margin, the EVO is still off to a strong start. Sprint has reported that many outlets are out of stock, but they are working hard to replenish supply.

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