Sprint employees can’t get HTC EVO 4G until July or later
I just spent 30 minutes on the phone with Sprint's specialized customer care group troubleshooting why the 4G connection on my HTC EVO gets hung on "Obtaining IP address from Sprint," and while the nicest tech support guy in the world and I waited for the phone to complete various tasks/actions, he asked me what I thought of the phone.
Naturally, I told him it was amazing and the best Android handset to date. He agreed even though he hadn't gotten to spend much time with it yet and said that it would be a long time before "we can get one." He went on to say that because there are only so many EVOs being made, Sprint wants to make sure that customers get one before employees do. "So we can't get it for a long time," he said. "Like July or something."
So if the lines are long on launch day and service is slow, don't get mad at the Sprint employees because you think they already got their phones and couldn't care less about how quickly you get yours. Well, considering they could get fired for showing the EVO to customers early, maybe that second part isn't true. But cut them a break anyway. You'll be buying the phone from someone who can't buy their own for at least a month after you!
Update: Two employees from one of my local Sprint stores confirms that this is indeed true. A Radio Shack manager I spoke to says the policy applies to them and Best Buy as well.