Many mobile phone users in the United States were eagerly waiting for two new HTC smartphones to make an appearance on shelves in the coming weeks, but it seems that they are out of luck.
Said devices, the HTC One X for AT&T and the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, got hold up at customs due to an exclusion order issued by ITC.
The United States International Trade Commission issued the order back in December at Apple’s bidding.
Those of you who might kept an eye on the legal dispute between Apple and HTC
are certainly familiar with the issue and know that the order was set to go into effect on April 19th.
For the time being, these two smartphones are the only ones we know of to have been affected by the ruling, but we might expect for other HTC devices to suffer a similar fate, if things don’t get sorted out soon.
HTC has already announced the delay, but it was unable to provide additional info on the matter, a recent article on Engadget reads.
“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order,” HTC reportedly had to say on the matter.
“We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC
is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.”
The HTC EVO 4G LTE was expected to arrive on shelves at Sprint as soon as this week, on Friday, May 18th, but it might not be able to make it to the party. Keep an eye on this space for additional details.