Ouch, Sprint Doesn't Sell That Many EVO 4Gs After All

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sprint evo sales numbersSeems Sprint jumped the gun when they said that the EVO 4G was their best selling device ever.  Originally the U.S. based carrier said the EVO has sold three times more than the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct did on their combined on their release day.  Actually there were all sorts of numbers being tossed around at the start of the week.  There were reports that the number was as high six and as low as two.  But whatever that number apparently was, it was supposed to be “record setting” for Sprint.

After yesterdays statement, Sprint for some reason decided to actually review those sales numbers, and you know what they found?  That the EVO wasn’t a record-setter after all!  So today comes another official statement from Sprint.  They claimed that they might not of sold as many Android powered EVO phones as originally thought.  Here’s what Sprint had to say about the whole ordeal.

We originally reported that the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined. We inadvertently erred in the comparison.

Also seems that analysts think Sprint’s figures were a bit inflated.  An analyst from BTIG says his original estimate of 300,00 units sold on launch day might not be accurate.  He says the number might actually be more like 150,000 units instead.

You might be thinking why the EVO 4G is sold then.  Well Sprint isn’t selling out, they are just “sold out” now.  This isn’t due to all the opening weekend sales, its due to the short supply of phones Sprint originally ordered, if it’s really true at all.  Some think it’s a marketing ploy by Sprint, to help generate some sales buzz.  Maybe it is, but I think Sprint is just confusing potential customers.

[via Reuters]

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2 Responses to Ouch, Sprint Doesn't Sell That Many EVO 4Gs After All

  • Grant says:

    Ouch! They are still sold out. They still broke records and the phone is still the best phone out there! The Evo will still be the best phone even after iPhone 4 drops.

    How does any of this confuse potential buyers. They want the technology, not sales numbers. Maybe you should stick to doing something else other than blogging. Your assumptions are laughable!!

  • Mike says:

    I think that this really is a marketing ploy. I went into a Sprint store to purchase the EVO myself yesterday on 6/20. I asked the sales person if the phone was still sold out, to which he replied yes but they would be getting another shipment in tomorrow. He said that there was a waiting list of about 20 people but he could get me on the list if I wanted. I asked him to run my credit first. He then said he may have a phone in the back and asked if my credit was okay, would I like to purchase a phone today if he could find one in the back??? I thought they were sold out??? And I thought there was a waiting list ahead of me??? Am I really that cool that I would be offered a phone that 20 people ahead of me had signed up to get (of course I am)??? Was this sales person (his business card said “retail sales manager”) really not sure if he had another phone in the back when this is supposed to be the most wanted phone in America right now???

    Something stinks around here…