Posted by: Brett
Last night, a report emerged that shipments of HTC’s newest flagship devices, the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE (the Sprint variant), were delayed in the US by US Customs officials. The delay is due, as confirmed by HTC in a statement, to an ITC (International Trade Commission) exclusion which was handed down to HTC due to a win by Apple. It came last December when Apple had a court victory which banned HTC smartphones from entering the United States. As noted by Android Authority, availability issues are far more likely than the device being banned.
HTC made a statement late last night regarding the delay:
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.
Sprint also issued a statement earlier today through its community forums as the HTC EVO 4G LTE, set to be released Friday, May 18th, will not reach consumers hands for a unknown amount of time due to the delay. Even if you preordered the device, you won’t receive it for some time, although Sprint promises those who preordered will be among the first to receive the smartphone.
- HTC EVO 4G LTE availability
The U.S. availability of the HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed. HTC is working to resolve this issue and appreciates your patience as they work to get products into Sprint channels. We can’t provide specific timing for product availability at this time and we appreciate your patience as HTC works to get products on store shelves as soon as possible.
- Pre-order status/availability
Delivery of products for pre-order are on hold and Sprint will provide a ship date as soon as possible. Sprint will maintain the promise for the preorder customers that they will be among the first to receive their HTC EVO 4G LTE units.
Sprint PR is currently referring questions to HTC regarding the matter.