Sprint 4G Hindered by Phone Shortages
Suppliers for Sprint phones can't keep up with consumer demands. The result: Sprint 4G phones are out of stock!
Sprint, the only US carrier with a 4G network, is having a good head start. The nation’s third largest carrier hopes that the network will give it an advantage in attracting more customers from their competitors. But potential sales are being limited due to phone shortages.
So far, Sprint has sold 300,000 units of its Evo 4G and the demands had been strong. However, HTC Corp., the Taiwanese company that makes the Evo for Sprint, can’t keep up with it. Now shipping of Evo 4G has been delayed without a specific date. Fortunately, Sprint’s 48.1 million wireless customers doesn’t break out.
According to HTC, the shortages stem from not having enough parts made by other suppliers. Samsung Electronics Co, in particular has scarcity in touch screens that HTC uses for its phones. Samsung is building a $2.2 (US) billion factory to make the screens, but operation won’t start until 2012. On the other hand, HTC signed a deal with Sony Corp. for screens for a new HTC phone. They are also checking US flights to see if they can get more phones to Sprint and Verizon shelves as soon as the phones are ready.
As of the moment, rival companies will launch their own 4G networks anytime soon. Verizon Wireless is expected to turn on its new networks in some markets by the end of the year, while AT&T Inc. will roll out its new technology next year.View Article Source »