Sprint, HTC Halt Evo 4G Update After Damage Reports
After a number of HTC Evo 4G smartphone owners reported that an over-the-air update had damaged their devices, the carrier has reportedly halted the update and is looking into the matter.
On June 28 Sprint began rolling out an over-the-air update for the Evo 4G - which quickly killed a number of the handsets, according to Mobile Crunch. Before the damage could spread further, Sprint reportedly quit the OTA update midway and released the following statement:
For now it's unclear just how many handsets were damaged, what the extent of the damage was and - should they truly be "bricked," as Mobile Crunch is reporting - what Sprint or HTC will do to compensate owners.
Sprint rolled out the Evo 4G June 4, in what was its most successful rollout to date. In a June 7 statement the carrier said the date marked the largest number of a single phone that it has sold in a single day. It also compared the Evo 4G's launch sales to those of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct - though on June 7, it clarified its text, and its math, a bit, stating: "Launch day sales of the HTC Evo 4G were six times greater than launch day sales of [the] Samsung Instinct and nearly twice the launch day sales for the Palm Pre."
On June 28, Sprint also introduced the Samsung Epic 4G, which will be its second 4G-capable smartphone. A member of the Samsung Galaxy S family of phones, the Android-running handset will arrive on the Sprint network later this summer.
Siblings to the Epic 4G were simultaneously introduced by T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.