1. Lord_MiL's Avatar
    So, I got out of work way early today and decided it was time to head down to the sprint store and get my E4GT and also have my wife check it out so she can decide between that and the NS4G. My son was still napping, so I figured I should call the store, just to make sure they hadn't sold out (this was around 10:30 am)

    To my surprise, the guy on the phone said that location didn't receive any E4GTs because there was a huge shortage and he didn't expect them until maybe the middle of next week, but that it wasn't certain so I should call early next week for an update.

    So, I called the other 3 sprint stores in my area. The first told me they had sold out immediately upon opening and already had a decent size waiting list. The second had all sales people busy and after 10 min on hold dropped my call (haven't been able to get through still!) The third said their shipment was late and to call back later. When I called back later, he said they received only a single boxed unit and no display unit, so we wouldn't be able to check it out before buying and it would likely be gone by the time we got there anyway.

    I'm planning on using the port-in credit, so I need to buy from Sprint, but I thought maybe Best Buy at least would have a demo unit we could check out so my wife could make a decision. I called and asked if they had any and they said they did have them in stock and had a demo we could play with. We headed over there and after waiting almost 30 min for the lady working there to finish with a customer, were told that oops, the person on the phone made a mistake and they didn't have any and that we were crazy for thinking they would have a demo on launch day. They said to try back in a few days.

    So, I suppose I'll have to play the waiting game on this. One store told me that they thought they might get a limited restock tomorrow, but they are already taken by people on a waiting list and the next shipment won't be til sometime next week. Sounds like, at least in my area, they shipped very very few of these phones for the launch.
    09-16-2011 01:05 PM
  2. tom299's Avatar
    That's really weird. I had already ordered online, but I wanted to play with the phone, so I went to my local Sprint store today around noon. It's a very low-foot traffic store and never has more than 3-4 customers in it.

    When I asked about the Epic 4G Touch, the Sprint employee pointed me to the display phone. Then she commented to her co-worker "Hey, maybe we'll sell some of these today after all!"
    09-16-2011 01:07 PM
  3. BRIVERS73's Avatar
    Why not buy online or via Telesales?
    09-16-2011 01:08 PM
  4. Lord_MiL's Avatar
    Yeah, I was surprised as this didn't seem to be a hugely hyped release in general, so I expected somebody would have them. As for ordering online or telesales - it's definitely an option, but my wife wants to check the phone out first but I can't even seem to get my hands on a display unit!
    09-16-2011 01:25 PM
  5. BRIVERS73's Avatar
    As for ordering online or telesales - it's definitely an option, but my wife wants to check the phone out first but I can't even seem to get my hands on a display unit!
    Oh, I got you now. Seems strange no one doesn't even have a demo on display either...
    09-16-2011 01:29 PM
  6. locationman52's Avatar
    The manager at my Sprint store (Clarksville, IN) said they had "plenty". I'm not sure what's going on with distribution/promotion of this phone. I really think Sprint has dropped the ball on this amazing phone.
    09-16-2011 02:11 PM
  7. Luker3's Avatar
    That's really weird. I had already ordered online, but I wanted to play with the phone, so I went to my local Sprint store today around noon. It's a very low-foot traffic store and never has more than 3-4 customers in it.

    When I asked about the Epic 4G Touch, the Sprint employee pointed me to the display phone. Then she commented to her co-worker "Hey, maybe we'll sell some of these today after all!"
    When I read the part about what the employee said, it made me sad that no one was picking them up. Like a box of puppies that no one wants. I want a puppy!
    09-16-2011 02:51 PM
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