UPDATE 1-EVO sales still strong, outpacing Pre
* EVO launch sales still outpacing Instinct, Pre
* Launch day sales six times Instinct, almost twice Pre
* EVO launch day sales equal first 3 days of Pre, Instinct
NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) said on Tuesday that the EVO phone from HTC Corp (2498.TW) continued to outpace launch sales of its previous hit phones four days after it went on the market.
Sprint said that on its June 4 launch date, EVO -- the first US phone to support a high-speed fourth generation (4G) network -- sold nearly twice as fast as Sprint's next most popular smartphone, the Pre from Palm Inc PALM.O.
The No. 3 U.S. wireless service provider said it sold six times more EVO phones on the launch date than it did Instinct phones from Samsung Electronics (005930.KS).
It said that the total number of EVO phones sold on launch day was in line with combined sales of Instinct and Pre devices in their first three days on the market.
Sprint is hoping EVO will help it stem customer losses and give it a head start in selling 4G services. Its biggest rival, Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L), plans to launch 4G services later this year. (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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