Today and this weekend saw lots of news about the HTC EVO 4G release continue to appear. In a press release by Sprint, they announced that the sales of the phone had shattered their previous record for the largest number of a single device sold on a launch day, with three times more than the number of Samsung Moment and Palm Pre devices over their first three day combined.
MobileCrunch notes that "Sprint haven’t yet come clean with actual numbers, but that’s a pretty impressive improvement on the previous record."
Androinica did some quick research on the possible sales number for Friday and here is what they came up with:
JP Morgan and other analysts estimated that the Palm Pre sold 50,000 to 100,000 units in the first few days of its launch. When you consider that Sprint said the EVO sold more three times the Pre and the Instinct combined, a conservative estimate would say that the EVO may have already crossed the 100,000 units mark since Friday.
I would put that number at closer to 150,000 for a conservative estimate, considering that the Samsung Moment wasn't even mentioned in their calculations.
BoyGeniusReport has a story running that the phone may be suffering from poor Wi-Fi connectivity compared to other phones. However, they also mention that the data connection speeds seem to be similar "regardless of their proximity to the router." That sounds to me like the way that the phone displays the connection strength is a bit wacky. Especially since I hadn't heard of connection problems earlier considering the ample time that many bloggers have already had with the device. We'll have to wait and see.
Naturally following high demand, shortages of the device are being reported by AndroidCentral. Luckily, AndroidandMe found that a possible work-around to purchase the device from a store that appears to be sold out may be to tell the salesman that you are with a different carrier, and the salesman just might find one for you that he "overlooked."
Phandroid reports that Sprint's activation system on the 4th was having serious trouble dealing with the massive numbers of people activating their new HTC EVO 4G.
AndroidandMe also mentioned on Friday that the phone received an update that "is being sent out over the air to fix a few minor bugs that were being reported. The update is said to address the errors regarding “insufficient file permissions” when users tried to save files to their MicroSD card. It is also being reported that this minor update patches a security hole that allowed users to hack the device and gain root access."
Has anyone here bought the phone yet? Sound off in the forums or in the comments if you have the phone already
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