[Update] Since this article was written, Samsung has confirmed the delays in an official statement that you can read below.
Heads up, UK folks! There’s some bad news about the Samsung Galaxy S3 that you’d definitely want to know about. Some UK carriers and retailers are now reporting a possible shipment delay of the flagship phone.
Vodafone said that customers who pre-ordered the 32GB Marble White model of the phone aren’t likely to get the phones tomorrow. The carrier also mentioned the same delay will be faced by those who pre-ordered the 16GB and 32GB Pebble Blue models of the phone. It might take between two weeks and a month for customers for customers to receive those variants. Yikes!
This leaves the 16GB white variant of the phone as the only one that isn’t affected by any shipments delays. According to a Vodafone spokesperson, said model will be sent out to pre-ordered customers on May 30.
Online retailer Clove has also announced that they will delay the shipment of the Samsung Galaxy S3 for pre-ordering customers. As seen on its website, shipment of the first stock of the Marble White Galaxy S3 will only be done on June 1, instead of the planned May 30th date. Things are looking even grimmer for the Pebble Blue model, as the retailer will only ship the first stock on June 5. Note that the date for the later is still tentative.
It’s hard not to link the shipments delay to the recently reported manufacturing problem that Samsung is apparently facing for the blue Galaxy S3, but that doesn’t explain why some retailers are forced to push back the release date of the white model as well. Perhaps, in the words of a Vodafone spokesman, the pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 have just been too overwhelming for the supply to keep up with the demand.
To our UK readers, are any of you affected by the shipments delay of the Samsung Galaxy S3? Feel free to vent out in the comments below.
[Update] Here’s Samsung official position on this issue:
“Samsung’s GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material.In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality GALAXY S III to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks.Samsung is working hard to ensure that customers will get the Pebble Blue colored devices as soon as possible.”