HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE Shipments Held At US Customs Due To Apple/HTC Lawsuit

Well, this is an interesting turn of events as US Customs are holding back imports of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE, as HTC is under investigation for patent infringement. Come on, take a guess who is behind this nonsense? Apple. Last year Apple won a patent infringement judgment set to ban all HTC handsets in an exclusion order. Phones, as you may have noticed were not pulled off the shelves immediately, and HTC was given until April 19th of 2012 to correct the underlying infringement. As that date has passed and HTC has yet to comply, things are getting a little nasty as HTC releases their official statement:

The US 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 exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.

For the moment, HTC has to wait around for US Customs to decide what the next step is with the hardware. Until then, AT&T is running low on stock of the One X (out of stock on their website already) and the EVO 4G LTE may not make its planned May 18th launch date on Sprint. For now, we haven’t heard any trouble with HTC One S inventory and whether T-Mobile already has enough units inside the US to fill short-term needs. HTC will try to stay the ban while it appeals the case, but for the moment US Customs is in possession of HTC inventory.

Things could get very interesting indeed.

The Verge

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  • JBrowne1012

    Wheres the popcorn? and of course i want to see HTC come out on top of all this, most likely the ruling will be overturned and apple will have to pay a fine in the amount of how much profit was lost due to it and the value of the One X goes up in the states due to the unavailability and controversy that has been presented. HTC will win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

       They must have something otherwise this case would toss a long time ago

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

       They must have something otherwise this case would toss a long time ago

  • Johnsonben007

    I’m guessing the Samsung Galaxy S3 is next

    • Fray26

       Nope… That wont happen. The lawyers created the phone. Samsung was cautious creating the phone this time.

  • Ali

    Wow, good job Apple.  You might as well try to trademark everything smartphone related.

    On a similar note, why is nobody going after Apple’s use of the drop down menu?

    • now_onTMO

      oh get a clue! it’s kinda obvious why and i don’t think it’ll be wise to explain the reason.. LOL

      that’s all..

    • Spanky

      As I’ve mentioned on XDA a while ago, we should copyright the word “apple” and sue Apple for copyright infringement. ;) 

      • Mark

         The Beatles have been working on that for years.

        • Spanky

          Indeed. Apple Corps…

    • Marc Klein

      Cause Apple claims they had it first and Android stole it from them.. In fact, they claim that the entire Android system is based off Apple which is funny seeing as Android is run off the Linux system. 

      Apple has sued pretty much everyone. HTC, Samsung, Motorola… 

      • Spanky

        Next in line for a lawsuit will be the Washington State Apple Commission.

  • Edward_2k1

    Interesting Indeed

  • edward_2k1

    Apple is becoming the root of all evil (from a technical standpoint)

  • David Rosen

    People should feel lucky they don’t have to deal with the issues this HTC One X has. So disappointed.

  • ZhenyaK

    This is the same effing lawsuit why you cannot click an address on HTC ONE v/s/x) and have it load maps. My N1 can do it just fine, my One S, not so much

  • Taron19119

    Ok im sick of apple.time for the u.s carriers to stand up to apple ps thats y samsung makes the galaxy s line different in the u.s

  • carl444

    III HATEEEE FFF DICTATOR APPLEEE what is it that they want no competition? no choices ?? whoever wants their crappy evil phone has the right to have it. aren’t they happy with that? Believe me if there were no HTC or SAMSUNG we would still running an iPhone 2G at its best. Apple must stop and concentrate in not falling behind. I am so pissed right now we should all prepare a protest for tomorrow at their headquarters and have all the press exposing this hate. 

  • Money Man

    Maybe its a good thing t-mobile got the one S lol

  • now_onTMO

    apple is a disgrace to the mobile world.. this is the reason why i dislike apple, i don’t hate their products, but this is mainly the reason why i loathe the company..

    • Mavic

       I agree friend… great products but I dont own ANY of them for a reason.

  • david vaughan

    HEY APPLE GIVE US WHAT WE WANT AS CONSUMERS OR STAY THE FRACK OUT THE WAY – WE WANT BIGGER SCREENS AND 4G PHONES – FIGURE IT OUT! AND IF YOU CAN’T STEP UP THEN MOVE BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE WILLING TO STEP UP AND GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT AND NOT “YOU GET WHAT WE GIVE YOU AND YOU’LL LIKE IT”

    • Cupcake

      The downside to that is people keep buying those phones and not demanding more.  Stop buying them and maybe Apple will get the message.

      • Xavier

         sigh…too bad they don’t understand that…

  • JBLmobileG1

    Just another reason why I dislike Apple. They seem afraid of competition because they feel cheated by other companies. While it might be true that others use similar ideas and improve upon them Apple is no better since they rip other companies off by charging them a fortune just to carry their product… the iphone. It’s like they want it all or not at all. Greedy a$$ company.

    • MacRat

      You don’t mention hating Microsoft who owns patents that Android infringes on and as a result, every Android device sold has a $10-$20 tax paid to Microsoft.

      • Spanky

        I thought MIcrosoft was already universally hated?

  • trife

    Kind of ridiculous really.

    -posted from my iPad

  • haters on the rocks

    Apple are just a hater

  • Dswagg2k10

    Did I miss something??? What is this about a Sprint LTE Device????

    • http://twitter.com/GalaxyS_JayJ Jay J.

      Sprint is launching a LTE Network soon, so there coming out with LTE phones. But they have no LTE Network at the current moment so technical the LTE phones is 3G until Sprint makes that a reality lol

      • fixxmyhead

        i think he was being sarcastic about  sprints shitty network. dial up speeds and failed wimax

  • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

    I knew there had to be a reason why I never wanted an iPhone, smh. I need to get rid of this thing…Apple seriously disgusts me. Great products, but I’m not gonna support a company who thinks they run the mobile world as a whole. 

    • Spanky

      It seems to me that Apple will do anything to stifle competition. What a disgusting, arrogant company.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

        They need to realize that there are other companies out there who contribute to the mobile consumers. It seems as if other companies have to abide by THEIR (Apple) rules. There’s only so many ways you can transition between apps; either left to right, or up & down. Apple needs to lay off their high horse a bit. 

  • TimHen

    What a bunch of morons on this site! HTC infringes, loses the lawsuit and now customs is holding the phones. Wtf is Apple doing here? Standing at the docks with guns? HTC is to blame for copying and you guys want to give them a pass? Customs is doing their job – HTC should have done theirs too.

    • Xavier

       apple are big time copy cats too buddy

    • ogopogo

       It’s a bit deeper than that. Apple has a long history of asinine lawsuits. The fact that you would sue over something as trivial as a lock screen is absurd. Imagine if everyone did what Apple does. We would all be driving the same brand of car, drinking the same brand of coffee, watching the same brand of TV, etc.

      So, let the people vent. It IS Apple’s fault.

      • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

        No, it’s NOT. I don’t know how simple this gets.

        HTC was found to be infringing. They were ordered to stop, or face consequences. They haven’t stopped. So now they face consequences. Quit blaming Apple for HTC’s own idiocracy.

        The ball is in HTC’s court. They have to prove that they’ve stopped infringing on the indicated items. HTC is the one with the power to end this problem.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3A42Y4IVTWGWSGIVMNQVPJCLU Roger

          hmm let me try to explain why this lawsuit is asinine and dumb…

          apple suing HTC for a lockscreen is like one car company suing the next because both cars use door handles. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

          That’s great. The point is, quit focusing on WHY the lawsuit happened. Focus on the results — HTC found to be infringing. That’s HTC’s problem at that point.

          Blame Apple all you want, but HTC is the one that has the power to end this.

        • Krnboi345

          Focusing on the results is pointless if Apple loves to sue everyone. The result can always be the same. Are you still gonna tell everyone to look at the results when there is one company ruining it for everyone else?

        • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

          Welcome to the American Justice System. Until HTC can prove they’re NOT infringing, their stuff will be blocked. That’s just how things work.

          Life’s not fair….get over it.

          And for FYI, I’m not a big Apple fan. I have a MBP laptop, but refuse to buy any other products, especially iOS products. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

           What if they can’t prove it

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

          Apple did not sue google

        • Spanky

          I think that the reason why Apple hasn’t directly sued Google yet is because they don’t want to awaken the sleeping giant.

        • Nicholas

          Your completely right about that!!! I couldnt agree more

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

          Apple did not sue google

        • Sparkeee100

          Bet Apple is getting ready to sue the Apple fruit? Next thing you know iSheep is going to defend them by saying quit focusing on the lawsuit focus on the results of the fruit infringing….

        • Third_Eye

          Actually HTC has actually removed the stupid patent feature via software update for its current as well as new android phones (OneX). 

          So somebody from the ITC who has Apple stock or is a Apple fanboy is the one holding the shipments. Basically it is bureaucracy/red-tapism at its finest.  

        • Third_Eye

          Actually HTC has actually removed the stupid patent feature via software update for its current as well as new android phones (OneX). 

          So somebody from the ITC who has Apple stock or is a Apple fanboy is the one holding the shipments. Basically it is bureaucracy/red-tapism at its finest.  

      • lolzerzzz

        Wrong, Wrong, and WRONG.

        HTC admitted this was a trivial thing and KNEW that customs would be inspecting their devices for this at import. Yet they want to import less than a week before launch, and YOU want to blame Apple? Idiot.

      • ogopogo

        Please see HTC’s response to the situation: “We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval.”My point is that it didn’t have to come to this if Apple wasn’t so sue-happy. If every company that has ever patented anything decided to sue (especially for something as trivial as this), we would not have competition. We would not have choices, and we would be paying out the nose for everything we had.Please refrain from calling people “idiots”, it doesn’t help you get your point across, and lessens the impact of your arguments.

    • HeLLo

       And YOU sir are the biggest moron on here.So tell me how does the taste of Apple’s sack taste in your mouth?.

      • Whiskers

        Time to take your meds and grow up some.

    • John

       Another guy that just like riding on Apples bandwagon and sucking it pretty good!

    • John

       Another guy that just like riding on Apples bandwagon and sucking it pretty good!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H4UXDNEBB5RA62MRNXXEZS6UIE Alexander

    Just another reason for me to hate apple… while they may…may make a good/decent piece(pos) of hardware…its overpriced, underpowered and SMALL… I have an AMAZE… LOVE IT… would love to get a ONE S, but just got this phone. Apple fans go sit in line and WAIT WAIT WAIT for 4G HSPA or 4GLTE… you will be waiting till at least oct.   What a bunch of sheep…

  • Xavier

    hopefully theres a game created, where smart phone manufacturers are represented by characters, and it will play like Smash Bros.

    : )

  • Marc Klein

    Is Apple even legally allowed to do this?

    • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent


       Phones, as you may have noticed were not pulled off the shelves immediately, and HTC was given until April 19th of 2012 to correct the underlying infringement. As that date has passed and HTC has yet to comply, things are getting a little nasty”

      I don’t see the issue here. Of course it’s legal, and HTC should have seen it coming. Idiots.

      • brimante

        I respect HTC for not changing anything.  I think they will win in the end.  I recall having a slide to unlock feature in Windows Mobile, before the iPhone existed.  Why does Apple think they own this?

      • brimante

        I respect HTC for not changing anything.  I think they will win in the end.  I recall having a slide to unlock feature in Windows Mobile, before the iPhone existed.  Why does Apple think they own this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

       OMG YES

  • dkbnyc

    Just another reason to despise Apple and all they stand for.  

  • d3mon_fx

    Apple is a two faced company, they always claim their stuff is so innovative, like that pull-down notification system in iOS5 which was revolutionary because “no phone” had it before… well except every freaking Android G1 7 years ago.

    The problem is their sheep, they still pay top dollar for a device with a small screen, no 4G and old processor, and they’ll keep doing it even if is the same device with an added “S” in the name. Apple should be grateful for HTC, Samsung, etc. because they used their stuff and made it better, surpassing Apple and the forcing them to catch up and make their stuff better.

    And don’t give me that patent BS imagine if the 1st carpenter in the world had a patent for the first chair and refused other people using it. We wouldn’t be seating down on our nice confy chairs right now.

  • BigMixxx

    Imma say it this way…

    It’s not apples fault. they are simply defending their rights of ownership of their designs.  You have to admit this.  It is until Google Openly Challenges Apple in the areas at which there is a direct copy ( Siri = Voice commands, Notifications drop down = Notification drop down, etc.)  google has to challenge the litigation arm to get this going….

    Note what’s being held, however.  One X designed products.  This means that it is VERY safe to say, while the One S design is way cool in all, the One S is almost a waste of opportunity for T mobile. Not shooting all the One S owners in the foot, I’m just saying why not the One X vs. S?  (multiple superphones, who says you can’t have a couple, which is what would be customers are clamoring for — more choice of premium). 

    • Get_at_Me

      Those two devices are too similar….Sure the same can be said about the tmo gs2 and amaze as they have the same guts, but different “shells” and UI.  Looks like TMO dodged a bullet by getting the S (early)….As far as carrying more highend phones, choice is great but i dont think its absolutely necessary.

  • None

    Why just the One X and not our One S?  Do they not use the same lock screen?

    • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

      T-Mobile doesn’t carry the iPhone. That’s why.

  • souggie

    First and foremost, more than half of Apples patents were not designed by them, they were BOUGHT. Secondly, Apple uses a pull down notification menu note that is EERILY similar to the Android notification menu. You don’t see Google trying to sure the pants off of apple for it. Competition breeds innovation, but by Apple looking to stifle anything that might resemble something from their “products” which have of have not been developed by Apple anyway, they are hurting innovation. I’m sure if you look through Apples designs, you will find things that resemble other companies creations. Apple needs to pull it’s head out of its ass and realize that all these bogus and frivolous lawsuits need to go. all those patents they got from palm, and they have the nerve to bitch

    • souggie

      half of which were not originally designed by Apple* I meant

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

         Don’t matter if apple did not designed them or not.  Apple legally brought the patents so by law it theirs. The judge has to follow the law.

        • souggie

          Doesn’t mean it’s not bullcrap though. That’s why the patent situation in this country is screwed now

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547940103 Whitney Danielle Pyant

           Buying Patents is like buying copyrights of movie. If a studio buys the rights to an film the studio owns the rights. Apple brought the patents for the iphone or ipad so by law it their regardless you think it bullcrap or not. If the judge found that HTC infringement then it HTC fault. The judge has to follow the law regardless of you say. DEAL WITH IT

    • Nick

      Doesn’t matter if Apple designed the patents or not.  All that matters when it comes to the law is ownership of the patents.  The rest is just emotions.

      • souggie

        Then google should jungle f$@K Apple for that notification bar then, since they wanna be some hoes

    • Nick

      Doesn’t matter if Apple designed the patents or not.  All that matters when it comes to the law is ownership of the patents.  The rest is just emotions.

  • Get_at_Me

    I wonder how ATT and Sprint feel about this both being “IPhone carriers”?  I’m sure they cant be thrilled, but to me its kind of ironic.

  • brimante

    yet another reason to hate Apple.

  • brimante

    yet another reason to hate Apple.

  • ROB

    HTC ONE S is a JUNK! inferior phone compared to hTC ONE X. why you guys are promoting  hTC ONE S? no wonder tmobile always gets the  inferior phones of same company.
    I NEED HTC ONE X and am getting out of TMO

    • http://twitter.com/GalaxyS_JayJ Jay J.

      Enjoy your phone then, your going to lose either way it goes.  I would never buy a andriod phone that doesn’t have a microsd card slot or a non-removeable battery.  The battery has its plus though in the event the phone get stolen. But overall I wouldn’t get that phone and with AT&T high prices heck no ! but good luck with that !

    • http://twitter.com/CloudStrata Cloud Strata

       Each of those phones is great for their intended market. If you want more, buy more.

    • 16309A

      I love my One S–It’s a badass phone! Hope you can get your One X–have fun with it and AT&T!

    • Cort1969

      It is the same phone except for the screen and made by the same company…..and you have to pay double the price for the service on At & t. What evidence do you have to support your statement?

    • Khalints

       I wouldn’t leave TMO to get the One X but yes I agree the bigger better screen would be awesome. I’ll just wait for the GS3 at this point.

  • trife

    I <3 Apple. Sue me.

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    Fuck Apple.

  • Get_at_Me

    Why do some ppl keep crying about tmo having the s vs the x??? Is there really that big a difference between them???  Can someone please educate me?…What makes the ATT X so much better than TMO’s S????

    • None

      People here will cry about color choices if they have too. 

  • souggie

    Thank you! Exactly my thoughts….apple is trying to stifle competition man

  • Guest

    only difference between the U.S. Version of the S and X is that the X has a bigger screen.

    • Get_at_Me

      Thats what i thought!!!! So why are ppl crying about it???? The Note is coming….ppl need to calm down.

      • None

        When is the note coming?  I have heard people keep saying it but all I get is the popular “real soon now”. 

  • patentcrazy

    Excellent piece on NPR there. Really opened my eyes.