Customs lets HTC Evo 4G LTE into US

Jared Newman
2 June, 2012
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After a two-week delay by U.S. Customs agents, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is headed to Sprint with a new release date.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE, unavailable in Australia, will hit US telecom Sprint’s stores on June 2 for US$200 (with a new two-year contract). The phone was originally scheduled to launch on May 18, but hit a snag when U.S. Customs agents held several HTC phone models at the border to make sure they didn’t infringe Apple patents. Users who pre-ordered the phone started receiving shipments on or around May 24.

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in February that several HTC Android phones infringed on a pair of Apple patents. The patents dealt with how users could tap on certain types of text, such as email addresses or phone numbers and bring up a list actions to carry out. HTC has come up with a workaround for these patents, in which tapping on formatted text carries out a single command by default instead of bringing up a list of possibilities.

But just to be sure that HTC wasn’t infringing any patents, Customs agents held back shipments for several phones, including the HTC Evo 4G LTE for Sprint and the HTC One X for fellow US telecom AT&T.

The phone maker now says all of its devices have cleared customs, but AT&T’s website still lists the HTC One X as out of stock.

The One line is HTC’s attempt to reboot after a rough year. Both the One X and the Evo 4G LTE have 4.7in, 720p displays, 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 processors and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras with a dedicated signal processor for fast shooting. They also run Sense 4.0, the latest version of HTC’s Android interface, which is snappier and less bloated than previous versions.


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