Sprint hypes HTC EVO 4G LTE sales starting at 8 a.m. ET on Friday, May 18

Sprint (www.sprint.com) has sent out a flurry of announcements this morning trumpeting the arrival of the HTC EVO 4G LTE phone at its stories around the country, including Northern California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Miami, FL and the Washington D.C. area.  The press releases all include a reference to “future HD Voice capabilities (1).”

The (1) footnote includes the now-obligatory definition of what Sprint defines it as: “HD Voice Capability: Requires a call between two HD Voice capable handsets on an HD Voice capable Sprint network. Sprint plans on deploying HD Voice networks in the future as part of its Network Vision upgrades.“

Sprint seems to be determined to generate sales of the phone, but most – if not all – of the areas where the press releases are targeted do not have a date certain for availability of either LTE or the 3G CDMA 1X Advanced HD voice service.  The mobile carrier has only committed to turning up LTE and 1X Advanced in mid-2012 to Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston,Kansas City and San Antonio.

One conclusion might be Sprint wants to move a lot of HTC EVO 4G LTE phones, regardless of when they actually turn up LTE/1X Advanced service.  A different one might be that the company plans to turn up service to those areas more quickly than it has publicly announced.

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