Sprint certainly took a gamble when it decided to release wireless 4G well before any of its competitors. And, Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse is worried that the gamble may not pay off, in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. Hesse cites that shortages of the Evo 4G is the main culprit in the wavering success of Sprint's 4G network, as only 300,000 have been sold, as a result of HTC not being able to keep up with demand. This, compounded with the fact that Sprint is rolling out 4G in a slower-than-anticipated fashion, with only 43 markets currently covered, with some major markets (e.g., NYC and Miami) excluded until the end of 2010. "We thought we would have more of a head start than we'll end up having," says Hesse in the interview.

The Evo 4G shortages may not come as a shock to anyone, as HTC has had other phones fall victim to shortages; most recently, the Droid Incredible, which is constantly have new orders pushed back due to hardware shortages.

We reported earlier today some positive news in regards to Sprint's 4G rollout, that 4G was unveiled in seven new markets in Washington State, New York State, California and Oregon. What is dissapointing, however, is that none of these new markets are metropolitan. So, it seems that Sprint has yet to give up the fight, and still holds the crown as the only carrier with 4G. But it is obvious that Verizon is gaining ground, as they plan to launch their own 4G network and series of 4G phones, starting by the end of 2010.

via Phandroid
Source WSJ