Sale of HTC’s much anticipated new Smartphones has been delayed because US customs are reviewing the shipments entering United States from Taiwan.
HTC and Apple inc. are tangled in a patent battle where the latter has accused HTC for violating its technology patent. Apple managed to squeeze victory in the patent lawsuit against HTC in December last year.
According to the ruling HTC phones which were loaded with the disputed technology will not be permitted to enter United States from April 19. HTC said that it have done necessary changes to the phones but, the customs inspection is however required.
HTC comments on the issue
HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE are facing customs checking at the moment. HTC in the statement confirmed the report and said because of an ITC exclusion order they are needed to undergo such inspections.
HTC in the statement said, “The U.S. availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC (International Trade Commission) exclusion order”.
Setback for HTC
HTC in the statement said that they are working closely with the customs to approve its shipment. However, the delay has already struck HTC hard as none of the models of these Smartphones are currently available in US.
US operator AT&T in its website says they are out of stock and the case is identical with Sprint as well. Earlier it was expected that HTC will cover about 20-25 per cent of US Smartphone share but the damage has been done to the company in this quarter at-least.
Sprint has started taking pre-orders of HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE but, it will be interesting to see how quickly the issue can be resolved. The news also affected the shares of HTC which fell by 5 per cent on the arrival of the news.