Now that the launch of the HTC Droid Incredible has finally fizzled down a bit, the HTC EVO 4G is ready to make its round of splashes in the coming weeks. We’ve already seen the phone spotted in stores, on Oprah, and we’re starting to see some promotional videos popping up, as well (even if they are the least bit desirable). Now, the juicy tidbits are beginning to make their rounds right onto our plates.
An anonymous tipster just checked in with us and – to our surprise – came through with some nice information regarding the HTC EVO 4G’s release date. Specifically, the tipster grabbed a shot of RadioShack’s internal employee information system showing that the EVO 4G would be available later this month for pre-order. No other information could be extracted at the time, but if “later this month” is to be believed, then that means our June 6th or June 13th date is all the more likely.
What’s more? Some of our awesome forum members at AndroidForums.com claim that Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G advocates would be getting their phones in at the middle of the month. For those that don’t know, Sprint chooses one employee per store, per phone to use before it launches to the public (my guess is so that they can properly train their team on the device and more effectively communicate its details to the consumers). User ‘dcdttu‘ created a thread updating us on his friend’s store that chose an advocate earlier today.
Sprint chooses an ‘Advocate’ for each new phone when it launches, giving a new, not-released phone to one employee to learn the month before the launch. My friend works at a store, and today they decided on their Advocate. My friend said that the Advocate is always decided within about a month of its release!
Another forum user – by the name of ‘Rebella‘ – suggests that Sprint will begin training at their store for the EVO on or near May 24th, with June 6th indeed being pegged the launch date. This information was spotted in the EVO Rumors and Speculation thread.
I work for Sprint and met with the HTC people today and they showed us the EVO. Man what a cool phone. They said the EVO advocates will get the phones on May 17th and be trained on them May 24th. The EVO will go on sale June 6th.
You can continue reading that thread here for more updates from Rebella. Of course, we have to take all of the forum posts with a grain of salt, but the information gathered from the internal screenshot via RadioShack seems to line up quite elegantly with what these users have been saying. As usual, we’re going to keep on top of the “Android gods that be” and try to bring more information to you the moment it’s available.