HTC Evo 3D pulled by Vodafone

It got the official launch at the end of June and we got a hand-on with the smartphone around the same time. In that latter piece, we reported that the HTC Evo 3D was heading to the UK in late August. Vodafone was the confirmed network, but not anymore it seems, as the handset has been pulled from the range.

That's good news for the LG Optimus 3D, which now has the 3D market to itself, but not so good if you had your eye on a HTC upgrade with added 3D goodness. Why the change of heart? All about timing it would seem. The Evo 3D would be 'coming out at the same time as other exciting handsets,' Vodafone told Crave. We're not sure what, but if the launch drifted into September (as was expected), the iPhone 5 almost certainly would have overshadowed it.

But the iPhone 5 isn't an Android smartphone. It's a different market. In a separate statement, Vodafone commented: 'We realise this will come as a disappointment to some people, but we already offer some fantastic phones, like the HTC Sensation and Galaxy S II, with some really exciting handsets in the pipeline and we'll continue to focus on bringing the latest and greatest smartphones to Vodafone customers.'

So in short, there are other Android phones out there, buy one of those instead. You can still pre-order the Evo 3D if you don't mind going down the SIM-free route. Although you'll be looking at around £500 if you pick one up from (for example) Amazon. Not an ideal solution, especially one you factor in calls and data. Maybe just sit tight and see what 'exciting' phones Vodafone releases in the next couple of months.

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