It appears that the release date for the HTC Touch Pro from Sprint has been pushed back from October 19th to November 2nd. My employer is associated with Sprint’s Employee Value Program (EVP), which started taking pre-orders on the phone last week. I placed an order with them right away and just received an email informing me of the availability date change. Since the EVP program is essentially a mechanism for the company to reward their largest business customers, it is pretty unlikely that the phone would be available from the consumer mail-order or the Sprint stores earlier.
I did a little searching online and found this very long thread on the PPCGeeks discussion boards in which quite a few other people confirm from a variety of sources that November 2nd is now the expected release date. There is some discussion that Best Buy stores might get an exclusive on the phone one week earlier, although there is also a fair amount of speculation that the stores may have simply not yet gotten around to changing the release date.
Hopefully the date won’t slip any further and I will have my new phone some time during the first week of next month. I’ve already ordered several accessories (8GB micro-SD card, cradle, extra charger and sync cable, and a car kit) so I hopefully will be well prepared once it arrives.