Sprint indicated that the company will be shipping the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE by May 24 for units that were pre-ordered by customers. Although the date of delivery of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE will be for the pre-ordered units, the release of the device to other potential buyers has yet to be finalized.
After the imports of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X were postponed after it was held by US Customs, HTC indicated that the release of the two devices were delayed indefinitely. This delay in the release stemmed from a patent dispute that the smartphone manufacturer has with Apple.
A ruling was made by the International Trade Commission last December which resulted to the holding of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X. The International Trade Commission is a federal agency that has the authority to bans products that are shipped into the United States.
According to the ITC, HTC violated a patent held by Apple for data detection that allows mobile devices to recognize items such as phone numbers and addresses in text before moving them to a dialer, calendar or mapping app.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE remains unreleased in the US market until May 24 when Sprint is expected to release the pre-ordered units to its customers.
Sprint is also expected to announce the national launch of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE soon.