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.

Comments

  • John

    Do you think there will be a line when the store opens tomorrow? I plan to get to my tmobile store one hour before store opening. Will that be OK?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.miller.9085 Ashleigh Miller

      I was at T-moible early this morning and they haven’t recieved their shippment in yet. UPS is behind on deliverying them to the stores but I was granuteed that they will be on sale not later than 4pm today. So I will make sure I will be the first one in line and the first one walking away with my new GS3 IN MY HAND BEFORE THE DAY IS OVER!

  • silver97rwa

    I ordered on June 5th from Sprint…32gb, so I am still up in the air as to when I will actually see my phone. I have heard everything from tomorrow, to some time in July. No one at Sprint seems able to keep the story straight. Seriously frustrating!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amadeus.klein Amadeus Klein

    I ordered a sprint 32gb on June 5… If the 32 appears in stores before mine arrives, I will be upset, I am very disappointed in the way the shortages have been handled, but honestly not surprised… I can wait until mid next week without getting too frustrated… After that I won’t be too happy, i’ve been waiting for S3 since rumors really started gaining hold a few months ago…

  • Jrdo410

    What time will I be able to order online? Midnight Eastern?

  • ajsims21

    I ordered the 16gb on June 14th through Sprint. According to my UPS Tracking, my order should be arriving on June 21st as scheduled. So it seems that Sprint is making the extra effort to pay for faster shipping for customers that have pre-ordered with them. That’s good for business, because i was pretty frustrated until today.

  • Dominque

    I ordered mine from the store. Does that mean I’ll get mine tomorrow?

  • SamsaraGuru

    Selling so many they can’t keep up. Oh my, I wonder how Apple likes dem Apples?! lol

    And this is only June, months and months to go before the iphone 5 even arrives and all that good word of mouth publicity to spread from friend to friend about how great the Galaxy S III is, with those same friends saying ,”Why on earth would you buy an iPhone and let yourself be forced to bow and scrape to Apple’s whims; when you can be free, free at last, to use your phone as you wish – not as Apple says?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.jones.9461 Benjamin Jones

    we have sprint, and just checked our tracking # from our pre order email,and it is on the truck in our town, ready for early delivery tomorrow according to ups. by what im gathering most (sprint atleast) pre orders should be received by fri but stores might be a bit behind. good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.miller.9085 Ashleigh Miller

    Well, I just came from a T-mobile store in Houston, TX and was told that they have not recieved the phone due to the delay of shipping by UPS. However, they are to recieve shipment no later than 4pm today. I’m really pissed because I was due for an upgrade on June 4 but I decided to wait until June 21st for the new galaxy s3. In May my galaxy s1 crashed on me and it was replaced with a HTC wildfire ( horrible phone) and just last week I dropped the HTZ wildfire and I’ve been without a phone ever since, trying to hold out for the GS3. I need a phone by the end of the day and I want the galaxy s3 by the end of today!

  • StevenVelez

    ONLY ( 1 ) STORE ( T-mobile ) IN HOUSTON HAD ONLY 75! ALL OF HOUSTON…..

  • mmkc

    Sprint said yesterday the S3 will be in store July 2.