I think you're correct about that so-called patent. British Telecom was supposedly the first company to own the "clickable hyperlink" patent over 15 years ago. Apple just made a few working changes and incorporated it's use for a cellphone. Is that what "thinking different" means to Apple? This reminds me the history of Edison patenting everything they merely thought of "no matter how insignificant". That way they could corner the market by suing everybody that even came CLOSE to providing competitive products. This just slows down creativity, progress, and technology for ALL consumers!
I am NOT happy. I'm not really mad at Sprint. I could be if I found out Sprint knew about this and made a gamble on when they expected this customs issue to blow over. HTC may be partly to blame as well if they knowingly left the patenented tech in the HTC EVO 4G LTE even after being order to remove the infringing tech. (It's my understanding that it is related to phone numbers showing up as links in websites and texts so you can touch them to do an action)
I'm mad at Apple and their patent-trolling. Plain and simple: The consumer loses here. Apple is taking full advantage of the pathetic and in-need-of-reforming US patent system. Apple has lost my respect.. they are the nastiest patent trolls out there. As a result of their douchebaggery, they managed to block the import of better, competing phones. Apple used to be okay, and I have a few of their devices, but they lost my business for good. They've turned into the big bad corporate company they were slamming back in the 80s and 90s.
Many reasons to cancel. What if it becomes a long term saga and he has a phone on it's last leg of life?
A bit later could turn into the Fall of 2012 or later.
Well, time to get mad. They've known about the review for over a month... and they did take a gamble.
"The two models in question are the first devices to be delayed since the commission’s ruling, which said that HTC phones with the disputed technology would be barred from entering the United States beginning in April. HTC has said it has changed its new phones to avoid the technology but that the shipments still require inspection.
“It’s really hard to tell how much longer the phones will be held up at the customs, because the review has already taken a month,” said Bonnie Chang, an analyst at Yuanta Securities.""