We’ve started to hear reports from Twitter that the supplies for the HTC EVO 4G at Sprint stores is starting to dwindle. The Seattle Times is reporting that Sprint stores across Washington are already sold out and I have done some personal checking at local stores in the Twin Cities area and have found that most of them have had their stock completely depleted. If you’re not finding any luck at your local Sprint store, keep in mind that you can simply surf over to our cell phone store to make your purchase, but we do have one last flicker of hope if you really want to get your hands on the HTC EVO today.
While making the rounds at a few local stores, I noticed something odd. When I inquired about the HTC EVO 4G at one store, the first response from the sales rep (who was standing right next to the store manager) was that they had sold out hours ago. After talking for a few minutes, I casually mentioned that I was with T-Mobile and suddenly a light seemed to sparkle in the sales rep’s eyes. He mentioned that they might have overlooked something in the back and came out from the back office a second later with two EVO boxes.
It occurred to me that Sprint stores may be running low on handsets and are simply holding them for non-Sprint customers. Unfortunately in the world on cell phone sales, a sale is not a sale. A new customer is worth a lot more to a store than simply selling a current customer a new phone. Sales reps make more commission off new customers and stores have monthly and quarterly quotas to achieve. I called up a half dozen stores to confirm my theory. Two stores stated they had a few left, one store was completely sold out, but three of the locations changed their “sold out” stance once I told them I was not a Sprint customer.
So if you’re still in the hunt for a Sprint HTC EVO 4G, just mention that you’re with AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. I know, we shouldn’t advocate lying, but you’re simply trying to counter their little white lie with one of your own.