Sprint HTC Evo 4G Sales Math Goes Wrong; Carrier Admits to Overstating Figures

June 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sprint has got its math wrong. And they have admitted that too. We are talking of the numbers that were being spoken about after the first day of launch on Friday. It may be recalled that the carrier had boasted of posting a company record when it said it had sold the maximum number of HTC Evo 4G by the hundreds. The company has now retracted saying that it was an overstatement.

Sprint has admitted it inadvertently inflated the first-day sales of its new HTC Evo 4G smartphone. There isn’t any doubt that the demand has been huge compared with the other phones Sprint had launched till now. But then, it turns out that the Evo first-day sales numbers looked similar to what the earlier Instincts and Pres that had been rolled out during their first three days. The Samsung Instinct and the Palm Pre had been popular during their days. Sprint had by the end of day One said that it had sold three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.  The statement has been corrected and now it says EVO 4G sales were in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined. An inadvertent error, may be.

As day go by, the Evo might bring back the smile on Sprint’s face. For, Sprint hopes to outpace Instinct and the Pre in terms of sales in the days to come. We do really think that will happen, and that is how the demand has been growing.

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