As if the recent news regarding Motorola’s struggles with the enforcement of software patents wasn’t upsetting enough, there’s now some further info concerning HTC and its own problems with import bans, and it doesn’t sound good.
Earlier this week, we learned that the One X and EVO 4G LTE were having their State-side arrival held up by the enforcement of rulings concerning software features of the handsets. It only seemed like it was going to be an issue for these new models, but tonight there are some signs that the effects of this ban may be far more widespread.
HTC’s Amaze 4G landed at T-Mobile in early fall of last year. Since then, the phone got an update granting the ability to place calls over WiFi, and it’s now pegged to receive its official Ice Cream Sandwich update on this coming Monday. If you want to pick one up, though, you might be out of luck.
A customer who just placed an order for the Amaze 4G reports receiving a follow-up email from T-Mobile notifying them of a delay. T-Mobile doesn’t specifically refer to any import bans, but describes the situation as “an unforeseen issue with receiving the product from the manufacturer”. That might be something as innocuous as a supply chain problem, but given this week’s context, we worry that it’s a result of this legal action. T-Mobile directed the customer to go with a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, instead.
Hopefully, HTC will soon clarify the extent to which this issue is impacting its business. We do not want to wait until August to see this resolved.