As you might found out by now, with merely a couple of days before the Samsung Galaxy S3 launch in the US, the two carriers that seemed the most confident about the device’s release so far, Sprint and T-Mobile, announced that they ran into a bit of trouble, not much different than what the Canadian Samsung Galaxy S3 carriers are experiencing.
Samsung Galaxy S3 at T-Mobile and Sprint
As reported previously, both Sprint and T-Mobile were supposed to launch Samsung’s latest flagship phone on June 21st and in that regard things have not changed, thankfully. However, according to T-Mobile, there’s a shortage of Galaxy S3 units and that will affect the release date of the handset to some extent.
T-Mobile has announced that due to a stock shortage they will have to split the launch date in two – some retailers in select markets got the device, as planned, on June 21, while other retailers will hopefully follow on June 27. This statement corresponds to what Samsung had to say concerning the Canadian launch of the Galaxy S3, where they have delayed the launch by 7 days until June 27, supposedly due to high demand.
Sprint on the other hand are selling the 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S3 via Telesales and online, via their website, since June 21, just as expected, but as far as the 32 GB version goes things are a bit fuzzy at this point. Pre-orders for the 16 GB variant will ship this week, but the 32 GB versions will apparently be shipped next week, and to make things even more confusing there’s no information as to whether or not the beefier variant will be available in Telesales stores on 21 June.
It’s all quite unfortunate, but the truth is neither Sprint nor T-Mobile can be blamed about this. The problem is clearly at Samsung’s end and we still can’t figure out why they’re experiencing these shortage issues even before the handset has seen the light of day.
We’ll keep you up to date as soon as the story develops. In the meantime feel free to drop us a line and let us know whether or not you’re planning on picking up the SGS3 (or maybe you’re already the proud owner of such a beast).
Thanks AndroidCentral for the heads-up regarding the Samsung Galaxy S3 at T-Mobile and Sprint.