Samsung Galaxy S3 is finally available in Canada, carriers still having problems with supply and demand
After many months of feverish waiting and a couple of launch delays, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is now (sort of) available for sale in Canada. Yes, unfortunately, that “sort of” is completely called for, as most Canadian carriers are still facing major supply problems due to the already announced “unprecedented global demand” of the S3.
In theory, Canadian tech users have a bundle of choices of where to pick up the Galaxy S3 starting today and they could easily go for the Pebble Blue and Marble White versions with either 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage. However, in reality, things are far more complicated and you’ll have a tough job in even glancing at a dummy S3 unit in physical stores today.
Telus, Bell, Rogers, Virgin, SaskTel, WIND, Mobilicity and Videotron should all be prepared to start selling you Samsung’s latest flagship this morning, but, with only a couple of exceptions, you’ll most likely be requested to wait for a few more days.
In fact, neither of these carriers is listing the S3 as “available” or “shipping now” on their websites, with pretty much all of them still having it up for pre-order or listed as “coming soon”. Over at Mobilicity at Wind, things are even worse, with both carriers wiping off the S3 dedicated pages on their websites for some reason.
As far as physical stores go, you might have better luck in finding a couple of Galaxy S3s available, but your chances are still slim to get the phone right now. People across the country are saying that various Bell and Telus stores have already sold out their initial stocks of the new flagship phone and we’re guessing that things are equally as frustrating at other carriers’ stores.
Still, you shouldn’t get desperate just yet, because things might change soon enough. In fact, we’re willing to bet that, if you keep an eye on Telus, Bell, Rogers, Virgin, SaskTel, Videotron, Mobilicity and Wind’s official websites over the next 24 hours, you’ll get the chance to see the S3 listed as “available”, even if for a few short hours.
As always, we’ll be extremely grateful for any updates from the “crime scene” you can bring us, so if you’re living in Canada and you’ve pre-ordered an S3, thinking of pre-ordering it, or you’re waiting in line at a physical store for stocks to be refreshed, please drop us a comment below and tell us how things are going for you and when you think you’ll be able to prance around with probably the best Android smartphone to date.