May 21 AT 8:21 AM Nick Gray 9 Comments

Unnamed HTC handsets released by U.S. Customs to carriers


The U.S. Customs holdup of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE may soon come to an end. In a statement submitted to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, HTC claims some of their handset models have passed the U.S. Customs inspection and are on their way to various carriers. At the time the statement was released, HTC was not given any specifics as to which devices had passed inspection, but we have a feeling the ITCs exclusion order is holding up more devices than we originally thought.

According to T-Mobile, shipments of the HTC Amaze 4G have been delayed due to “an unforeseen issue with receiving the product from the manufacturer.” There’s no direct evidence that the Amaze 4G delays are connected to the U.S. Customs inspections which are currently holding up the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE, but the exclusion order issued by the ITC can be applied to all HTC devices which pass through U.S. Customs. We’re sure HTC is trying to keep things as quiet as possible, knowing that widespread delays to all U.S. service providers could result in significant losses for the quarter. There’s no indication as to how long the rest of HTC’s handsets will be kept out of the hands of customers, but we’re hoping for the best.

Show Press Release

An active clarification regarding the US Custom’s inspection status of HTC products

1.Date of occurrence of the event:2012/05/20

2.Company name:HTC Corporation

3.Relationship to the Company (please enter “head office” or “affiliate company”):Head Office

4.Reciprocal shareholding ratios:N/A

5.Cause of occurrence:Each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customs and will be released once Customs officials have completed the inspection. Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers customers. We don’t have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs. We remain confident that this issue will be resolved soon.


7.Any other matters that need to be specified:N/A

Via: Engadget

Source: Taipei Times

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • halo0

    Suck it Apple!!!

  • Ps3y3Ops

    Apparently HTC devices need green cards first …wth?

  • glennw

    It’s almost as if HTC is purposely being vague just to spite us. :(

    Hopefully they are talking about the One X and Evo 4G LTE when they say “some models.”

    • Nick Gray

      Based on the statement, I do not believe HTC knows which models have been cleared.

      “We don’t have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs. ”

      Customs inspections are on a need-to-know basis and U.S. laws allow Customs to share as much or as little information as they want.

  • jay555

    Does US Customs not have anything better to do with my tax dollars than being Apple’s bitch?

    • Nick Gray

      I’m sure we’re all frustrated with the handset delays, but lets not blame Apple for this. The ITC ruled in Apple’s favor, meaning that they had created a technology which HTC was using without permission. HTC was given an allotted time frame to fix the offending software, knowing that handsets coming into the U.S. would be subject to inspection.

      The delays are really HTC’s fault since they did not plan for the inspection and build in extra time for handset distribution to AT&T and Sprint.

  • George

    Like Apple doesn’t have enough money.

  • glennw

    InsideSprintNow is reporting that all new Evos have cleared customs.

  • mangpor