As you know, most carriers have delayed the launch of their Galaxy S3 here in the states. Verizon was the only exception considering their launch isn’t until July 10th (subject to change, of course).
Sprint was keen on updating their official reasoning as to why they had to delay theirs, and it apparently came down to one simple thing: demand is outweighing supply.
Sprint says Samsung simply didn’t send them enough devices to support their launch. Most people who pre-ordered the 16GB version will see their phone shipping on the 21st, but 32GB orders are delayed until next week, as well as stock for their corporate stores.
We’re sure Sprint wanted this to be the very last thing that could happen considering the snafu with the EVO 4G LTE being held up at customs.
In any case, pre-orderers are the only crop of customers guaranteed to get their devices any time soon, and Sprint is saying it’s up to Samsung to determine the widespread launch date as they’re simply waiting on more devices. Read on for the full statement.
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. Customers can check the status of their pre-order at www.sprint.com/myorder.