Although Best Buy sent out emails to customers stating that the held-up HTC EVO 4G LTE shipments would be in their hands by the 23rd, less than a day later they're now retracting that statement.
Pre-orders are still valid, and when the phones manage to clear customs from the Apple embargo they'll be in-store and waiting for pickup. There is no expected release date at the moment, as you can see from the email that G&E's John received above, but hopefully it'lll be very soon, as this action is annoying everyone and keeping the hot new EVO out of our hands.
It will be interesting after all is said and done to see if HTC goes after Apple, assuming the patent claim indeed has no merit. Actions like this appear to have been engineered simply to cost HTC hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue, as supposedly the patent in question was worked around months ago.
With no release date and an Apple attack aimed at sidelining a single line of phones, the fate of the next generation of EVO phones and potentially the future of Apple vs Everyone lawsuits will lay with U.S. Customs. Let's hope they see this is a farce and let the phones go through.
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