The HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE devices are stuck at the border due to a delay at the U.S. Customs for potentially infringing an Apple patent. The One X is also out of stock at AT&T’s online store and at many AT&T retail stores. Last December, Apple won a wide-range exclusion order that banned the importing of HTC Android devices at the International Trade Commission. The ITC said that Android’s messaging app and browser infringes on Apple patent #5,946,647, which allows e-mail addresses and phone numbers to be converted into links for actions.
The ITC order was handed down before One X was announced at Mobile World Congress, but the patent was stock enough to block the importation of any HTC Android device according to The Verge. Below is a statement from HTC:
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.