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Sprint EVO 4G is not sold out yet; estimates were high but a little too high

June 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Sprint has said that it goofed when it sold three times as many HTC EVO’s as the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre combined. It turns out that the company actually meant to say that it sold twice as many Instincts and Pre’s combined. Sprint blamed the error on a miscalculation and updated the original press announcement that went out yesterday touting the EVO’s sales.

The difference in numbers? Well that’s harder to say because Sprint still won’t release actual numbers, but the same principle applies: the Pre sold an estimated 50,000 units the first three days on the market, so one would have to assume that the EVO has sold at least 100,000 units over the past weekend. According to FierceWireless, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk reduced his previous estimate of 250,000 units sold to 150,000 units sold. That’s still mighty healthy, but not as astronomical as originally believed.

As for the EVO being sold out, that’s not necessarily true. I should know because I bought another one last night at 8PM. EVO stock is in short supply around the country, but that doesn’t mean it’s “sold out everywhere” as some have reported. However, you probably won’t get one unless you’re a new customer as we pointed out on Monday. Sprint tried to add me to a waiting list yesterday but when I told them it was a new activation and not an upgrade, the sales person called me into the store. I got 1 of the last 4 devices, so you might as well call or visit your local Sprint retailer and cross your fingers.

The EVO is near sell-out levels and you may have to wait two weeks to get one.