Sprint Galaxy S3 not selling on launch day due to ‘overwhelming demand’

by: Chris SmithJune 21, 2012
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 should be available in the U.S. starting today from certain mobile operators, but it looks like the problems continue for some of them. Sprint had already announced that its Galaxy S3 would be available only online and via telesales today, but it looks like the company returned with more details for its subscribers.

Sprint has confirmed that it won’t have the handset in stock today due to “overwhelming demand.” Furthermore, only the 16GB model will be shipped to those customers  that have pre-ordered it, with the 32GB version scheduled to arrive next week. Apparently Sprint is saying that Samsung is to blame for the delay, here’s the full statement from the carrier:

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.

We’ll be back with more details about the Sprint Galaxy S3 launch, meanwhile let us know what you think of the smartphone in case your pre-ordered unit has been shipped to your door.

  • Gary

    It sucks Sprint can never seem to get it together on their launch dates… The customer always gets screwed…

  • AppleFUD

    I think this is all a bunch of BS and marketing spin by Samsung. Same thing apple does all the time — “our device is so popular that it’s sold out in the first day and now back ordered by ____ weeks”. . . like they didn’t know they would sell a few million right away.

    Nothing more than Sammy taking a page form apple. Prior to this Samsung was always delaying their devices and it was just “ah. . . it’ll be out by summer”. . . then “it’ll by out by late summer”. . . .now “it’s late due to demand.” OKAY ;)

  • On one hand this doesn’t make much sense. If they get 5K phones and Sprint user demand is (hypothetically) 5K phones, they would launch but if they get 5K phones and demand is 500K they don’t launch? They should just launch with the amount they get.

    OTOH, they many mean the European demand is so high it’s impacting the US supply.

    • jaysann22

      “Due to overwhelming demand for Galaxy S III worldwide…”

      There’s your answer…

  • Innovator23

    Time to get the HTC EVO LTE, Samsung blew it.

    • cbm

      Don’t do it! I returned the EVO LTE..lots of glitches..service drops..phone freezes up..apps really slow to load and to use.
      I have the s3..and it is AMAZING! Try to wait it out.

  • jaysann22

    ALERT! Just heard from a Verizon insider that the SIII is delayed again to July 13!!! I hate you Verizon!!

  • Andrew

    I pre ordered my 16 Galaxy S3 from Sprint and it showed up today! Can’t wait to activate it at lunch.

  • GoBlueDevils95

    I pre-ordered the 32GB phone and I was just told the same thing from their 800 support number. She said they shipped out the 16GB versions, but they don’t have the 32GB versions yet. She was told that they hope to ship them out next week. One of the stores also confirmed that they have postponed the in-store launch indefinitely, and they are trying to ship out all the pre-orders before the in-store launch.

  • bakron1

    What a crock!!!! Typical blown launch of the most anticipated android device to come out in a while. This is why T-Mobile is in trouble. I received an email from them today saying the your Galaxy S3 is officially here “where the hell is it”. Nobody has any for sale??????

    They knew dam well there would be a high demand and they could have set-up their production schedules to make sure they where able to have a successful launch. Just goes to show why these companies are in trouble, clueless idiots running them.

    • jaysann22

      no joke! totally agree! they should have anticipated this! Is it that difficult to fill orders based on the amount of time to produce them??? I thought Asians were good at math…. lol

      • jaysannisfuckup!

        Hey you!!! Jaysann22 dont squeeze the named asian here, thats racist stupid boy! Good or bad please do not mention asian u stupid niggah..

  • jeckl

    Looks like I’m getting the HTC EVO 4g LTE enough messing around with Samsung.

    • cbm

      I wouldn’t do it..I had it..and I have the s3 now..NOOOO COMPARISON!! WELL WORTH THE WAIT.

    • Steveo4g

      Good idea, Samsung SUCKS when it comes to Android. Locking up, random rebooting, not to mention your touchscreen will just stop working periodically. Im a tech at Sprint so I do know this for a fact. Or maybe customers are just to hard on their Samsung phones. They do make great TV’s though, same thing with LG. Terrible phones, but I love my LG fridge=)

  • bookey

    If ur a t mobile customer look for the

    five top selling stores in ur area ,that’s how I got mine

  • crystal

    I got my S3 but can’t seem to get 4g lte. Anyone know how?