With Sprint launching their HTC EVO 4G today, we expected to see a rush of Android fans vying to put an EVO in their pockets, but it seems even Sprint was surprised by the onslaught of customers. We’re getting reports that Sprint’s mobile phone activation system took a nose dive as the carrier struggled to activate all the EVO 4G handsets going out the door.
If this sounds a bit familiar, it’s because we saw AT&T’s activation system going through the same growing pains when it launched the original iPhone back in 2007. AT&T has since learned how to cope with launch day rushes and it seems Sprint’s first encounter with a blockbuster launch has proven to be a learning experience.
What’s going on here? Well, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G is hands down the hottest Android phone of 2010. The EVO’s 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera (with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording), 4G data connection, WiFi, GPS and Android 2.1 OS make the smartphone almost irresistible to gadget geeks like us. So irresistible, in fact, that sheer volume of customers lining up to activate an EVO of their own has proven too much for Sprint’s computer system to handle.
Some reports even have Sprint’s entire system coming to a grinding halt, as the carrier straight up sold out of EVO handsets. It’s so bad that store employees are apparently writing receipts by hand.
Did you get your HTC EVO 4G today? If so, how went your activation process?
Oh, and don’t forget to check out our EVO review here!