A few days ago we reported that the AT&T One X and the Sprint EVO 4G LTE were being held up at the U.S. Customs, and were being investigated for infringement for Apple patent #5,946,647, which involves the messaging application. This resulted in obvious delays and a complete cancellation of the EVO 4G LTE launch on Sprint.
Taipe Times is reporting that some of HTC’s “products” are now allowed to enter the U.S. market after passing the customs review.
“Some of our products have passed the review and have been delivered to our telecoms operators’ clients in the US,” HTC said in a statement submitted to the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.
Which products we don’t know. It’s interesting that they used the word “products” not smartphones. Were there other product categories that were held up? It seems unlikely that the Apple patent involved would hold up anything else, but I guess it’s also possible that the shipment might have included accessories that were “automatically” held up as a result since they were part of the same shipment. Maybe the statement is referring to those “products.”
It’s also possible that other phones were held up as well. For example, the T-Mobile One S wasn’t mentioned in any previous stories, but I would assume it’s subject to the same patent issue. Other older models could have been held up as well.
Also in an odd statement is this:
“The company is closely working with the US customs to speed up the review,” HTC said in the statement. “The company is confident that the problem will be resolved soon.”
It’s obvious that all the “products” or smartphones haven’t been released so we really don’t have much else to report. We really don’t know what products or smartphones have been cleared. Could the release of the EVO 4G LTE be immanent? Either way it’s at least positive news since HTC was expecting up to 3 weeks to pass the Customs review, and the fact that it appears HTC already corrected the problem to begin with, doesn’t hurt.
Stay tuned as we will report it as soon as we hear it.