July 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
HTC’s great at creating Android phones. Actually making those phones – well, that’s another issue entirely.
The HTC EVO 4G is joining the HTC Droid Incredible as in-demand phones that are perpetually delayed because of component shortages. Much like the Incredible, the EVO has fallen victim to the AMOLED shortage and caused HTC to be unable to meet demand for the phone. HTC is switching to Sony screens, but that won’t immediately meet short-term demand.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is obviously not pleased. The EVO was supposed to be the trump card to attract new customers to Sprint and stop the exodus of people moving to competing carriers. That opportunity is slipping through the company’s fingers as more new phones at rivals snatch up potential subscribers.
Hesse told the Wall Street Journal, “We thought we would have more of a head start than we’ll end up having,” but that’s not the case. T-Mobile is rolling out its HSPA+ network faster than Sprint’s 4G, and AT&T and Verizon are expected to have LTE networks next year that could be superior to Sprint’s WiMax network.
Sprint managed to sell an estimated 300,000 EVO’s based on estimates from Macquarie. HTC better get moving if it has any plans on making this phone as popular as it anticipated.