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HTC Evo 4G breaks Sprint's first-day sales records

America's first 4G phone breaks a record for Sprint. HTC Evo 4G surpasses first-day sales of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct.

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We knew the HTC Evo 4G was going to be hot, but we just didn't know how hot. Well, apparently it was hot enough to break records.

Though it wouldn't provide specific numbers, Sprint said on Monday that it sold more Evo 4Gs in a single day than any other phone. Previously, the record was held by the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre. In fact, Evo 4G sales on launch day were three times the number of Instinct and Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined--pretty impressive.

Unfortunately, the high demand also led to device shortages at all retail outlets, including Sprint, Best Buy, RadioShack, and Wal-Mart. Sprint and HTC said they're working to increase inventory and send out new shipments on a regular, if not daily basis, so if you were one of the people who were turned away this weekend, looks like reinforcements are on the way.