HTC EVO 3D Disappears from Sprint’s Website

In a rather strange turn of events, the HTC EVO 3D, the second EVO handset that Sprint launched back in 2011, has vanished from the carrier’s website today without any sort of explanation.

Android Police was the first to discover the disappearance after a search could not find the device. A glance around the website does in fact reveal that the phone has up and vanished without a trace.

There are currently two theories as to why the phone isn’t showing up on Sprint’s website.

HTC EVO 3D Disappears from Sprint's Website

The first, this is a mistake. Sprint might be fiddling with its website and the device might just be temporarily missing.

The second theory is that the device has reached the end of its life (EOL) and the carrier has stopped selling it ahead of the launch of its 4G LTE network. Sprint and HTC just announced the latest version of the EVO series, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which means that this theory is certainly possible as well.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE can be seen in the video below:

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In any event, the device has gone missing at Sprint and it’s unknown if it will ever make a return.

The EVO 3D was Sprint’s second EVO-branded phone, launching in June of 2011. It replaced the HTC EVO 4G, the carrier’s very successful smartphone and the first to launch on its 4G WiMax network.

Sprint recently announced that it will not be releasing any more 4G WiMax enabled smartphones to the public, instead, opting to release 4G LTE devices.

The carrier will be launching its next-generation network later on this month. From the outset, Sprint will offer two smartphones, the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE, the phone that is replacing the EVO 3D and which it announced earlier this month, is rumored to be coming out in May.

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Those looking to get the EVO 3D for Sprint can still do so at Amazon.

Comments

  1. Rumblefish_454 says

    I’m curious how this will affect the long-rumored Android ICS release for the EVO 3D.  Sprint may put a stop to that as it could reduce sales for the new Evo 4G LTE.  Effectively, that would force 3D owners to buy the LTE if they want ICS, even though they are likely less than one year into their contract.

    This would infuriate me.  I have owned the 3D for 9 months.  I don’t expect to buy a top of the line phone and then have support removed (after less than a year) because they want to push a new technology.

    And don’t even get me started on their marketing of the 4G Wimax phones and never delivering on the promise of 4G data speeds.  I live near Detroit.  I would consider this a major market. Detroit never got 4G.

    I think that Sprint should offer heavy discounts for Evo 3D owners who would like to upgrade to the Evo 4G LTE!  And they had better actually build out the network this time! They dangled the (Wimax) 4G carrot for years and never delivered in many major markets.  Shameful really, and damned near fraudulent.

  2. Dmcc6183 says

    I agree with rumblefish_454 i also got the evo 3d when it came out last June and if they stop the support and we don’t get ics I may go to a different carrier . We was told that thevo 3d was one of the top phones to get ics and that would be very disappointing if we don’t get it . I was thinking of getting the new EVO but i may go elsewhere and ive been with Sprint for 10 years .

  3. mdwashek says

    Have no fear, at the very least the EVO 3D will get ICS on sprint, but probably just sense 3.6 over ICS not sense 4 because they’ll want people to buy the ONE series phones first. If you want to try ICS on the evo 3D the firmware for the new EVO V 4G (the Evo 3D repackaged for Virgin Mobile) was leaked and if your rooted you can flash and try.

  4. mandyL says

    I think its crazy that they stopped the EVO 3D. I love my phone. The main thing that gets me is what will happen if something happens to my phone. If I take it in for repairs, is sprint going to have the parts or what if it brakes or something, they don’t have the phone anymore to replace it. Am i wasting my money every month on the insurance? Sprint should make these things clear when they decide to stop selling a certain phone not even a year after it comes out.

    • Missy Ann says

      I just took mine in for replairs and they told me it couldn’t be fixed so they are replacing it with the 4g phone that took its place. So to answer your question unless it is a bad battery or a broken screen you will probably end up with the replacement phone.

  5. Mind Games says

    Ice Cream for the most partp bricked the browser side of my phone and many other people complained about typing in other areas of the EVO 3D as welll. For me to truly be happy again with my bricked browser HTC would hafta fix my browser (Because I aint root’n jack) which may be the reason there has been no ads from HTC lately they know they did us EVO 3D owners wrong!

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