Apple probably needs a laugh about now, and this might be giving them one. After all, Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously said that "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." This Ann Arbor, Michigan woman didn't buy an Android phone for porn, but got it anyway, and preloaded to boot.
The reason that Rhonda Lee ended up with porn on her phone is that the HTC EVO 4G she bought wan't new. She bought it from a third-party (read: not corporate) Sprint store, and they said it was new, but that was obviously not the case.
There were five video clips on the phone, some as long as 12 minutes. Worse, Lee ended up discovering the clips when she was showing the device, which has been sold out for a great deal of its "lifespan," to co-workers.
Lee tried to return it to the third party store, but employees first denied that the phone had been used. Later, they 'fessed up and said it had been returned by another customer. Meanwhile, Lee is still looking for an apology from Sprint (realistically, it's unclear why as this is obviously not a corporate store), the Sprint corporate offices told her she could get a replacement phone at one of their stores.
This isn't the first such case we've heard of, about some electronic device being passed off as new, and coming loaded with some sort of dross from the prior owner (not necessarily porn, by the way). Not only is this a cautionary tale for buyers, it's one for people who might sell or donate their used electronics: make sure you wipe them of any data before you do so.
Of course, this isn't the type of porn Steve Jobs was referring to. The Apple CEO was speaking about complaints about the draconian App Store approval policies, which he said prevent porn and other such content from reaching the iPhone or other iDevice.
However, that totally ignores the fact that just as with the HTC EVO 4G, an enterprising person can easily load porn movies on it. Let's also not forget that the iPhone can readily surf to porn sites, if necessary. Heck, the porn industry will even support HTML5 soon, which is ideal for the iPad or iPhone since they don't support Adobe's flash, and never will.