Sprint Touts EVO Weekend Opening

Hollywood culture has permeated nearly everything in America. One area whether that's very evident is the handset "opening weekend." Preceded by considerable hype, the EVO reportedly broke sales (box office) records for US carrier Sprint.

According to a press release out this morning:

Friday, June 4, was an early morning for thousands of customers who lined up several hours before Sprint stores opened their doors in anticipation of the first day of sales for America's first 3G/4G phone, HTC EVOTM 4G. Customers were anxious to get their hands on HTC EVO 4G providing record sales figures for Sprint stores around the country.

Friday sales of HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint - the record was previously held by both Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre. In addition, 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.

The EVO is a very strong handset -- though still no iPhone. The Pre and original Instinct were/are sub-par phones that both were over-hyped vs. what they actually delivered. There's much less of a gap between the hype surrounding EVO and the actual user experience. 

As a consequence the handset is getting good "word of mouth" and will probably have "legs."