updated 03:25 pm EDT, Tue July 26, 2011
Blackberry Curve & Bold on chopping block as well
Sprint is planning on discontinuing its HTC Evo 4G smartphone by October. SprintFeed reports that the flagship, along with several other phones launched in 2010, will be phased out as well. Sprint will discontinue the white model in September, and other versions in October.
The Samsung Epic 4G will suffer its end-of-life at the same time, in October. Sprint began selling the QWERTY keyboard-equipped Epic 4G last August as part of the Galaxy S' arrival in the US.
Sprint will also be discontinuing several BlackBerry models as part of the phaseout, including the Bold 9650 (with camera) and the gray Curve in September. The Samsung Transform will stop shipping in October.
The Evo 4G's popularity helped the carrier reverse a three-year decline in subscribers. Sprint began selling the HTC Evo 4G in June last year. It enjoyed a very popular launch. In the first month, 300,000 phones were sold. Demand exceeded supply and shortages resulted, though not for as long as rivals like the iPhone 4.
The Evo 4G is effectively replaced by the Evo 3D, whose similar screen size and dual-core processor help it replace its predecessor.
The Epic 4G has had a more checkered history than the Evo 4G. An initial bug fix that was supposed to be deployed in September encountered problems and was delayed. When the company began upgrading its customers this past February from Android 2.1 to 2.2, it encountered more problems. It took almost a month to find a fix, resulting in many frustrated customers.