Ever since some HTC phones got caught-up in US Customs last week, plenty of anxious users have been wondering when the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint might finally arrive. Best Buy reached out to customers who had pre-ordered the handset with word that the phone might end up shipping on May 23, but the retailer later had to send out corrections, explaining that it still didn’t have any idea just when the Android handset could continue with its launch. Most recently, we heard from HTC itself that progress had been made towards resolving the Customs hold-ups, and some phones had passed-through and were on their way to carriers. What we didn’t was just which models it was talking about, and what the new release plans would look like. Tonight, Sprint updates its information on the EVO 4G LTE to advise subscribers of plans for the phone to start going out later this week.
Sprint plans to start shipping the EVO 4G LTE to those subscribers who pre-ordered the handset on or around this Thursday, May 24. It doesn’t currently have any update on plans to get the phone into its retail stores for some brick-and-mortar sales, but advises that it will “provide details on the full national launch as soon as possible.”
Especially if this Customs delay, even as it wraps-up, is limiting the number of phones Sprint is able to get its hands on, we could understand wanting to get those out to customers with pre-orders before setting-up retailers with handsets.