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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chimpy, May 17, 2010.

  1. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    This phone came out 19 days ago...and still NO ONE in the NY Metro area has it in stock.

    What the hell was Verizon doing before this phone launched? How many units were available at launch? Twenty? Thirty?

    It really is a joke how they can't get these phones on shelves. Not only did they not advertise this phone for shit, but when it finally comes out people have to wait over a month for it to arrive via "warehouse order".

    And Verizon doesn't have anything to gain for this. They aren't getting any money from ridiculous secondhand sales on eBay. They aren't attracting new customers if they have to wait to get the phone (at this point if you're thinking about VZW, why not just go to Sprint and get the EVO 4G? You're not going to get it until June anyway). And anyone on the fence could wait another week or two and the new Motorola Android phone will be announced...

    I really feel like this phone was rushed to the market. I've never seen a product launch this bad before...

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  2. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Well-Known Member

    Samsung can't provide HTC any more AMOLED screens, at least that's the excuse Verizon CEO is claiming... or they're busy producing parts for Apple to make any for HTC.

    HTC and Verizon probably underestimated demand quite a bit and didn't order enough to begin with.

    AMOLED is being obsoleted by Samsung anyway so I doubt Samsung is the actual choke point. My guess is that they simply didn't allocate enough production and HTC is busy readying other phones like the EVO.
  3. Zabii

    Zabii Newbie

    Obviously you forget the Wii and PS3 launches... and every other console launch... There are product shortages because they cannot get certain parts in stock. there were what, half a million of these put out in the wild?
  4. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    LOL. I just have to laugh. Expecially at those who did not take the time to preorder it. I warned people that it was going to be in high demand due to the nexus one not coming to verizon and that in itself created a huge demand for the phone. It was rumored they had 250,000 in the warehouse when it launched. I dont think there is anything more they could have done to build stock before launch, its just the nature of the beast. Its better to sell out vs not sell many at all. I know the other carriers would love to have verizons problems right now ;)
  5. Bobby9

    Bobby9 Member

    If I remember correctly the Storm launched and sold out pretty fast (and sucked as a smartphone to boot) so I would say that was a worse product launch. I'm willing to bet there have been much worse then that so don't really sensationalize this so much.

    According to BGR they sold 100,000 Incredibles in the first two days and the reason it's taking so long now is their is a shortage of displays from the supplier (Samsung)
  6. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    I don't think they are pushing the incredible production aside for the evo which won't appeal to that many people expecially since sprints 4g coverage is almost non existant to 98% of the market. They are not going to stop production on a proven winner to roll the dice on a device on the 3rd place network, its just not going to happen.
  7. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    In this day and age, there is really zero excuse for not having something on store shelves.

    With the Wii and PS3, units would get shipped to stores and then sold to customers happening to be there at the right time.

    With this phone they aren't even getting shipped to stores to begin with...
  8. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    I find it hard to compare htc to motorola, i mean the differences in hardware are pretty stark in comparision. I would take an HTC device over motorola any day of the week.
  9. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Pre-ordering any new piece of technology is one of the dumbest things you can do.

    For big products...most first batches of units have bugs and hardware errors. So if you pre-order, there is a high chance that you'll be stuck with a lemon and have to go through countless return/exchanges...
  10. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    Did you forget the wii was out of stock in most places even a year and a half after its launch? Trust me i know first hand about the video game consoles, it happens to be my day job (and no i don't work at gamestop). Check my qr code and you'll see why i happen to know alittle about the gaming industry ;)
  11. heyeaglefn

    heyeaglefn Android Enthusiast

    The shipment is coming, calm down.
  12. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

    You go right ahead and produce several hundred thousand phones.

    Yes they are. They are just being sold as soon as they arrive at the stores.
  13. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    LOL this coming from a guy who has no incredible speaking to a guy who is sitting right next to one? My phone works perfectly fine, no issues what-so-ever. So at least this time my decision to pre-order wasn't so dumb now was it?

    Do you honestly think that they have had time to revamp the hardware within a month of its launch? Hardware revisions take months to get completed, you won't start seeing any revisions for at least 3-6 months after its initial release. Trust me i know what i'm talking about when electronics are concerned, its been my livihood for the past 15 years. I've been involved in every aspect in electronics developement. From prototyping,developing,outsourcing, mass production,marketing, selling and everything in between ;)
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  14. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    No, they're not.

    Every Verizon store experience that I have or read about on here is "no we don't have the phone, order it at our store and it will be here in a couple weeks".
  15. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Member

    You might need to expand your search... I called all over the place, with the same story from all of them, out of stock, dont know when they'll get more, can put me on a list.

    Found store right next to my house that said I could order it that day, free next day air, and it was in stock. I rushed up there and ordered it and it came the next day!!

    I called Verizon customer service to confirm and guy told me, I don't know why they are sold out everywhere, we got plenty in stock.
  16. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Have you read this forum? People are having countless hardware problems...
  17. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

    So your evidence is relying on forum posts? LMAO!
  18. IcedTC

    IcedTC Member

    Now it's all about the hunt. There were several stores near me in NJ that were all out of Incred's but I called another 3 stores and found one place that had 3 left.

    Luckily, I got one.

    Try calling some stores off the beaten path and maybe you'll get lucky.
  19. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Can you read? I've had a ton of personal experiences...
  20. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

    Define "ton".
  21. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    LOL look at my post count, yes i've read this forum. I do so daily. I also know that because alot of these people have not had an android phone before that most of these problems are user error or just not knowing what they are talking about. If they had a previous android handset they would have been conditioned to what these phones are capable of and what kind of quirks to expect. So what problems concern you the most? The battery? The signal bars (which don't mean a thing), the pink hue to the screen on certain webpages (explained in antoher forum quite brilliantly i might add), the fact that if you drop it on concrete from higher than 2 ft it might crack the screen? What one of these non-issues do you think will be solved by the time you get yours? Spend some time reading, not just here but around the web in general. I visit about 4 android forums including xda on a daily basis. So what are you going to inform me of that i don't already know?
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  22. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    Personal experience? You don't even have the damn phone yet. Please save us all the drama and leave until you actually get one.
  23. andreezy

    andreezy Well-Known Member

    When I ordered mine on 5/6 the sales person told me there were 0 in any store in ohio, but had 21,000 in a warehouse. The item was overnited via fedex and I was in business.

    I think it was an undersight by verizon to not have any on hand shortly after the launch, or thought that it wouldn't be a huge seller.
  24. lmbgm

    lmbgm Well-Known Member

    I think they ARE instock in many places. My local verizon store had them in stock. I talked to someone at a random booth in the mall, they didnt have them, but they said they get a few every week. When I ordered online, I got it within a week. I guess it depends on the area.
  25. jwm2

    jwm2 Android Expert

    They did what they could, period. They aren't holding back stock in some secret warehouse in area 51. They are getting them out as quickly as possible and i would say thats pretty darn quick seeings as they got 100k+ units out within a week leading up to its launch. So unless they fired everyone who was involved in shipping those units out they have the man power to push as many units out the door as they come in. If they get 10,000 units a day they can push out 10,000 units a day, period end of story.

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