May 31, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Sprint has finally nailed down the general availability for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, on the new official release date is June 2, 2012. Sprint had originally planned to begin selling the EVO 4G LTE on May 18, but a hold-up in U.S. customs over a patent dispute with Apple kept the phone off the shelves and out of your hands.
With the patent issue now settled and U.S. Customs releasing the shipments from lock-up, Sprint is now free to sell its new flagship phone. According to an announcement made today, “most retail channels” will have the EVO 4G LTE in stock. That includes Sprint corporate stores, authorized resellers, www.sprint.com, and 1-800-SPRINT1. Supply will vary by location, so now might be a good time to butter up your local Sprint salesman or make plans to arrive at the store early on Saturday just in case.
Customers who pre-ordered the EVO 4G LTE and didn’t cancel the reservation were rewarded earlier this week when phones began arriving to those patient users. All others will be able to pick up the latest EVO on Saturday.
P.S. As a general reminder, please note that the EVO 4G LTE is launching sans-LTE, so you’ll be stuck on 3G until Sprint rolls-out coverage to your area. There’s no telling when or if that will be, so be sure to consider Sprint LTE availability when making your purchase.