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US Mobile Operator Sprint Corrects HTC Evo Sales Claim

US wireless provider Sprint has said that, in contradiction to a previous statement the company released, its HTC Evo 4G WiMAX-enabled handset has not outsold the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct handsets.

Sprint had earlier claimed that the WiMAX handset had sold three times more units on its first day than the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct had over their first three days on sale.

The company has now confirmed that the handset only sold 150,000 units on its first day, rather than 300,000 as previously reported.

In a statement to Reuters, Sprint said (opens in new tab): “We originally reported that 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. We inadvertently erred in the comparison."

Sprint later informed the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) that its sales of 150,000 HTC Evo 4G units was still a company record, and revised its claim to twice the number of units sold by the Palm Pre, and six times that of Samsung Instinct on their opening day.