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Sprint EVO Lines Snake Out the Door

The debut of Sprint's 4G HTC EVO drew a huge crowd in New York City.

NEW YORK (

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EVO debut has drawn a crowd.

Judging by at least one store in lower Manhattan, the 4G superphone from HTC has attracted more than a few eager buyers. The line outside the Sprint store on Broadway wrapped around the corner Friday morning for the EVO sales kickoff.

The rousing reception is good news for Sprint, which has seen millions of customer defections over the past two years as

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Androids and

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BlackBerries won fans.

The HTC EVO has caught the attention of gadget watchers with its industry-leading features like a huge 4.3-inch touchscreen, the fast 1-gigahertz

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Snapdragon processor and a WiMax-powered 4G data connection.

"It's not like Apple where you wait in line five days, but it should be good," said one would-be EVO buyer queued up outside the Broadway Sprint store.

Sprint needs a big initial showing since the

EVO has only three days of limelight

before Apple's expected unveiling of the newly redesigned iPhone Monday.

Sprint shares were unchanged despite a broad market selloff in the wake of a weak Federal jobs report Friday.

--Written by Scott Moritz in New York.