Today I went to a Sprint store that's by my work (scouting a "plan B" store in case the one by my house runs out) and asked the following:
Q: Are you taking pre-orders for the EVO
Q: Will you be opening early on the 4th?
A: No. 9AM like usual.
(the one by my house IS opening early)
Q: How many phones will be here on the 4th?
A: Not sure but if you get here before noon you will probably get one. Probably not if you wait until 7PM.
Q: Really? Do you anticipate a long line when you open?
A: At the Palm Pre release there were 15 people already in line when I opened.
Q: Any advice?
A: (Laughs)If it ends up being like the Palm Pre release, which had as much buzz before it as the EVO, it will be crazy for a couple of hours and then dead.
If you come here around 11AM or noon there will probably be no wait.
So, it sounds like there's going to be more than 10 phones there on the 4th. This is a small store that's kind of off the beaten path so I imagine the larger stores will have more.
I've also got a guy at a Radio Shack that said he will put one aside for me if I call him in the morning of the 4th. He made it seem like I had nothing to worry about. I think I'm (sort of) covered but I am still worrying and obsessing about it
HTC's next super-phone should have a time machine built in to get me to the next upgrade.