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Sprint "erred," Evo 4G launch sales much lower

updated 08:40 am EDT, Wed June 9, 2010

Sprint says Evo 4G sales tied with Instinct, Pre

Sprint in an update late Tuesday had to drastically scale back its claims of the Evo 4G breaking sales records. While it still had its strongest launch ever, the company said it "erred" and that sales were just equal to the combined sales of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct, not three times higher like it said on Monday. It didn't say how many of the Android phones actually sold, nor what had triggered the mistake.

As yet unconfirmed estimates put the Evo 4G's weekend sales at 200,000 phones, although this number may be in question given Sprint's own belief that it was inaccurate. The company has seen early shortages, but it's known how much of this is sheer demand versus supply issues.

The dropped estimate is a blow not just to Sprint but to Google, which treated the Evo 4G as its leading Android phone at Google I/O and even gave the phone to all of its US-based developers at the conference instead of Google's own Nexus One. HTC's device is unlikely to challenge the iPhone 4 in sheer sales by itself but could contribute to growing Android sales.

By Electronista Staff


  1. sammaffei

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2004


    Yeah, yeah...

    in a race to beat iPhone and pump up it's stock price, Sprint "erred". Right!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Sales would likely be good, but would hardly

    get into iPhone sales territory. iPhone 4 sales would be something like a million units in a weekend pending a global release.

    That Evo 4G seems to be a well-built smartphone that should have wide appeal and would be a lot better if it had a battery to match its performance, but its going to take a long time for that to happen. Anyway, good for Sprint for selling as many Evos as they did.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    so what you think, is they decided to have an embarassing flap, by retracting earlier sales estimates - and that was going to boost their stock price and give them momentum against the iPhone...

    sorry that doesn't hold any water...that ship isn't going to sail.

    It's fairly clear this is what you call a 'mistake' rather than 'evil conspiracy'.

    Mistakes happen, this one is particularly embarassing for Sprint, and they would much have rather spun whatever sales in a positive light - if the original sales story had just been, our best sales ever - tops the sales of Instinct and Palm Pre combined - that would have been fine as a promo.

    But instead they said 3x greater, then withdrew that estimate, and the overall effect, is that they don't even know how many phones they made, can't keep track of their business, and a big letdown for Android fans on the popularity of the phone.

    It's a mistake.

  1. worldbfree4me

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    Love my Evo

    This news does not affect me the least bit. I picked up 4 Evo's from Best buy on Saturday, and we as a family are very impressed with the unit as a whole. Getting 3.5mb down, and 1.0mb up using 4G in Dallas, TX. The battery life is also not a concern as we also have office, car and home chargers ready to be used at a moments notice. Seido has already listed a 1900mah battery for $50, don’t sell your iStock, but don’t overlook Android. Its dominance is inevitable!!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 1999



    I bet a cadre of FTC lawyers are licking their chops right now...

  1. @okli


    Joined: Apr 2010


    Yeh... right... dude

    Sprint... erred... by... licking
    Googlevil's a**

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