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Sprint EVO 4G breaks sales record, despite snags

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(Read caption) The Sprint EVO 4G, a smartphone built by HTC, commanded strong interest in its first day on the market. According to Sprint, the EVO 4G shattered the company's first-day sales records – an exceptional accomplishment considering the plethora of EVO 4G launch day snags.

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Today was supposed to belong to Apple, which unveiled a new iPhone 4 at the WWDC in San Francisco. Instead, the scrappy Sprint EVO 4G – a phone manufactured by the Taiwanese company HTC – has managed to nab its share of the media spotlight. According to Sprint, the EVO 4G broke all previous company records for single-day sales, triggering a shortage at outlets and retail chains around the country, and amping up demand for the sleek smartphone.

In a statement released today, Sprint reps said 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." Although Sprint reps did not specify the exact number of EVO 4G handsets sold in the US, the showing was considered by analysts to be a good one, especially considering the snags Sprint hit along the way.

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