Los Angeles, CA
*shrugs* You can always wait 1 month and ride the soon-to-be-realased newer 4G phones from Sprint. You could also hop on any of the newer Android 3G phones that Sprint offers and skip the $10/month fee for the (nonexistant) 4G network.
I mean, my sister was due for a phone purchase since 2006 and just went this weekend. While they did have HTCs in stock, given her needs and phone uses (email, streaming video/MP3s, cloud access, MiFi), she still walked out with a Palm Pre. Video conferencing just wasn't enough to for her to justify biting a ~$300 bullet.