Sprint has finally officially confirmed what we already knew: the official launch date for the HTC EVO 4G LTE is Friday, May 18. According to Sprint, if you order it online today, "we'll do our best to get it to you before others get a glimpse…"
However, one person who did complete the preorder through Sprint got the following message, which makes it seem like he'll get the phone after May 18:
Thanks for pre-ordering a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE, an email will be sent the second it ships. Delivery will begin within 1 to 3 business days starting May 18th. Thank you for your patience. You may continue to track the status of your order on this web page. If you have questions, check out sprint.com/preorder for more info.
Personally, my Best Buy preorder went from shipping as early as this Friday, to "backordered." I was also presumably one of the first to preorder through Best Buy, as I completed the order almost immediately after the preorder page went live.
So, it seems some people might get it early, some people might not, but most of us just don't know for sure. I guess this means that we'll just get it when we get it.
[Sprint] Thanks to Kevin, Anonymous, Chris, Nick, Eric, and everyone who left comments letting us know!