Update at 11:17 a.m. EDT: Just heard back from Sprint again, and it's still referring any questions to HTC.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE won't be available Friday, its scheduled launch day, the WSJ reported this morning, following up on Tuesday night's bombshell that the AT&T HTC One X and Sprint's new EVO were being held at customs as part of a review by the International Trade Commission over issues with Apple patents.

On Monday, Sprint published a series of 10 press releases announcing that some stores would open at 8 a.m. Friday for the EVO 4G LTE launch. A Sprint spokesperson on Tuesday night referred questions about the delay to HTC. We've reached out for further clarification in light of the WSJ's report. The AT&T HTC One X has been listed as out of stock for several days now.

Reaction in our EVO 4G LTE forums has been bouncing from frustration for HTC, to Sprint to outright hatred for Apple and continued dismay over the way patents are granted for software.

For now, though, it certainly is looking unlikely that the EVO 4G LTE will be available on Friday morning, and there's no word of how long the ITC review will last. 

Don't touch that dial.

Source: WSJ; via The Verge