The customs ordeal is better explained by TechCrunch’s Chris Velazco:
In case you’re new to this little shipping snafu, shipments of Sprint’s new EVO (along with those of their AT&T-based cousin, the One X) were prevented form entering the country thanks to an exclusion order handed down by the International Trade Commission. The entire convoluted story started last year, but here’s the tl;dr:
Back in July, HTC was found by ITC judge Carl Charneski to have infringed on one of Apple’s patents — specifically, it involved recognizing a particular structure within a set of data and binding it to a particular action. Sounds pretty dry, I know, but if your phone lets you directly a call a phone number by touching it in an email, you’ve seen the patent in action.
Now the wait is over and those who pre-ordered the HTC Evo 4G LTE might have the phone at their doorsteps as early as next week.
Customers who pre-ordered HTC EVO 4G LTE…Your wait is almost over! Sprint expects to begin shipping HTC EVO 4G LTE for arrival on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint. We will provide details on the full national launch as soon as possible. To check the status of your pre-order, please visitwww.sprint.com/myorder.
Being a faithful HTC fan and an owner of the original HTC Evo 4G, I am beyond ecstatic.
Be sure to check in with us as we’ll have a full review of the HTC Evo 4G LTE!