Due to an inadequate supply of parts there has been a widespread shortage of HTC Unlocked (Incredible) Android devices according to Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam. While having been unable to stockpile enough key components such as the WVGA capacitive display assemblies manufactured by Samsung, entire shipments of the HTC-made Android smartphone are selling out within hours of their arrival at retail stores. According to McAdam the shortages are so severe that Verizon Wireless has had to pull way back on the number of deliveries in order to focus on online sales. If there had not been such a shortage of handsets the Incredible would have easily outsold its predecessor the Motorola DROID. Roughly 100,000 units of the Incredible were sold in the first two days this device was on the market. Verizon’s website claims that orders for the Incredible will be fulfilled by June 3rd.
It appears that the demand for the Droid Incredible has far exceeded Verizon’s expectations. This is good news and bad news for the cell phone manufacturer. Of course it is great news that their new Android device is such a big hit with consumers but it is unfortunate that they are unable to keep these smartphones in stock due to an inadequate supply of parts. The HTC Google Nexus One Android gadget was predicted to be one of the hotter Android devices on the market when it was released but I am willing to bet that many industry experts did not foresee this shortage of units. Nor did they ever think these devices would be selling out within hours of being delivered to stores. Hopefully Verizon gets their act together quickly so that everyone who is eagerly waiting to get their hands on one of these new smartphones can do so before June 3rd as Verizon mentioned.