Sprint has issued a statement regarding its previously slated June 21st release for the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III Android smartphone. Due to Samsung’s miscalculation regarding inventory allotments and quantities for each specific carrier variant, Sprint has been forced to delay the launch of the 32GB to a yet to be determined date for retail sales, while those that pre-ordered will receiove their devices as inventory is filled by Samsung for each version.
Due to overwhelming demand for Galaxy S® III worldwide, 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 begun shipping pre-orders for the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III and anticipate they will be delivered by June 21. We hope to begin shipping pre-orders for the 32GB version next week as we receive inventory. To check the status of your pre-order, please visit www.sprint.com/myorder.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this minor delay in availability. We know they are eager to experience the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy series on the only network to provide unlimited data plans. Should this situation change, we will continue to update this post as we have new information to share.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of Sprint’s flagship devices for the year as it follows the S II with major additions such as the Siri competitor S Voice, LTE support, a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display at 720p and Ice Cream Sandwich with a new version of TouchWiz.
Despite the reassurance that devices will be shipped as they are received, this has not stopped a few customers from becoming rather vocal in voicing their displeasure at the latest delay and even going as far as blaming Sprint for the issue rather than blaming Samsung for making a device that has proven so popular that the European version is on track to break previous sales records in the Galaxy S series.