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HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G held up at US customs

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Back in December, the International Trade Commission found HTC guilty of infringing an Apple patent on so-called "data tapping" – the kind of technology, for example, that allows you to click on a phone number in the text of an email, and immediately place a call. The punishment: a ban on US sales of any handset that uses the aforementioned functionality. 

This week comes news that two HTC handsets, the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE, have been held up by US customs officials. "US availability of [the phones] has been delayed due to a standard US Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order," an HTC official said in a statement. "We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with customs to secure approval."

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So how long will the phones remain in purgatory? Well, it's unclear, Bonnie Chang, an analyst at Yuanta Securities, told Reuters this week. But in the meantime, HTC is taking a sizable hit: shares are down 6 percent today and according to Reuters, Goldman Sachs has issued a note to clients expressing concern at the customs review process. 

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AT&T technically began selling the HTC One X this month, although as PC World notes, the AT&T website currently lists the device as out of stock. The One X received winning marks from critics, who praised its 4.7-inch screen and LTE connectivity. "This advanced Android has style, speed, blazing 4G, and power galore," a reviewer at CNET wrote

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