Android Phones

Sprint is forced to delay Samsung Galaxy S III launch, Samsung unable to provide enough equipment

June 20, 2012 | by Natesh Sood

Android Phones, Carriers, Samsung, Sprint


In a sudden turn of events, Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III launch parade went from sunny skies, to an annoying drizzle, to a thunderstorm in a matter of hours.  Just yesterday, we got word from Sprint that the 32GB model will ship to those who pre-ordered it in about a week.  In addition, the 16GB model would only be sold online and through the phone, and not in retail stores for a week.

Today, however, Sprint updated its initial post with more bad news for its customers.  The 16GB model will continue to ship to those who pre-ordered it by tomorrow, but other customers who want to buy it now will have to wait until Sprint manages to obtain enough inventory from Samsung.  Directly from the Sprint post: “Samsung has informed us they will not be able to deliver enough inventory of Galaxy S III for Sprint to begin selling the device on June 21. We are working closely with Samsung on a delivery schedule to support our launch.”

We have also seen T-Mobile forced to split its launch into two separate segments — one that targets high traffic markets and the rest.  In the meantime, I recommend checking out Andrew Kameka’s review of the Samsung Galaxy S III as it may help you make a decision on whether to purchase the Galaxy S III on Sprint when it launches or to stay pat.