Delays and staggered releases for the Sprint and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3

June 20, 2012
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If you thought Samsung’s marketing campaign ahead of the Galaxy S3 launch was crazy, wait until you hear about the complete madness surrounding the US release of the new Sammy flagship device!

Sprint and T-Mobile, two of the American carriers expected to have the S3 up for sale on June 21, are experiencing issues with “overwhelming demand and limited supply”. In other words, many of you might have to wait a few extra days to get your grubby hands on what has been called the greatest Android phone ever.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 release delays

Sprint has been the first of the two carriers to come forward with the supply issues, and, while some of you may be disgruntled for having to wait longer for the S3, it’s still nice to know something official beforehand.

32 GB Galaxy S3s from Sprint will be shipped “next week”, according to official statements, while 16 GB pre-orders should be fulfilled “by June 21 as anticipated”. However, Sprint said that it “may be a day or two late” in shipping 16 GB models, so prepare to deal with a real waiting game!

As for those of you who haven’t yet pre-ordered a Galaxy S3, but were hoping to get one from Sprint stores this week, you’ll probably have to load yourselves with some patience too. The carrier is keeping completely quiet on this front for the moment, which is not a very promising sign. Then again, we’re almost certain that by next week you’ll be able to spot some S3s in Sprint stores across the US, so the delay might not be too serious after all.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 release delays

T-Mobile is having even bigger problems with answering the demand for the Galaxy S3, so the carrier has decided to take what we could describe as a controversial decision. You’ll only be able to get a T-Mo branded Galaxy S3 on June 21 if you live in one of the 29 cities that make up the first wave of the launch.

The full list of the “top 29 markets” to get the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 on June 21 includes the following cities:

  • LosAngeles,CA
  • Chicago,IL
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Houston,TX
  • SanDiego,CA
  • NewYork,NY
  • Seattle,WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale,FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth,TX
  • SanFrancisco,CA
  • SaltLakeCity,UT
  • Denver,CO
  • Minneapolis,MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg,FL
  • Philadelphia,PA
  • SanAntonio,TX
  • Portland,OR
  • Austin,TX
  • Atlanta,GA
  • KansasCity,MO
  • Boston,MA
  • Sacramento,CA
  • Orlando,FL
  • Detroit,MI
  • WashingtonDC
  • Cleveland,OH
  • Jacksonville,FL
  • Charlotte,NC
  • McAllen,TX

If you’re residing in any other city across the US and you fancy a Galaxy S3 from T-Mobile, you’ll unfortunately have to be patient for six more days, the second launch wave being scheduled on June 27. Furthermore, only “select retail and branded locations in the top 29 markets” are expected to have the Galaxy S3 for show and for sale starting tomorrow, so even if you live in DC or New York, you might have to wait a bit.

As for online sales, T-Mobile has announced that it will have a “limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S3 devices available” on its official website, and, as you might have guessed, there’s no news on the exact number of phones to be sold this way.

Hoping that Sprint and T-Mobile locations will not be stormed by angry mobs of tech fanatics over the next weeks, we’re wrapping up this post by asking you if you pre-ordered the S3, if you think you’re going to get it tomorrow, and how long you can wait before getting really, really pissed.

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