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Samsung Galaxy S3 delayed in Canada due to “unprecedented global demand”

June 15, 2012

In just a short paragraph, Samsung has just crushed the dreams of countless Galaxy S3 fans in Canada. OK, not really crushed their dreams, but still, I bet it’s irritating to have to wait an extra week to get the S3.

Here’s the full statement:

Due to unprecedented global demand for the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S III, with more than 9 million carrier pre-orders to date, the date of availability for purchase of this device in Canada, is now June 27th. In advance of the GALAXY S III availability date, most carriers and retailers are offering customers the chance to register on-line for updates, and some partners are offering their customers the option to pre-order the Galaxy S III. We expect any shortages to be short lived as we ramp up production to meet this unprecedented global demand.

Notice how they said “unprecedented global demand” twice? I know that Samsung has all the reasons to exaggerate the demand for the Galaxy S3, but a slew of independent sources have confirmed that the S3 is selling unlike any other Android smartphone had sold before.

Samsung’s superphone was supposed to come on June 20 to Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, Rogers Wireless (SGH-i747 model, with LTE), as well as Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity (SGH-iT999 model, no LTE).

Now, the question is could the delays extend to the US? The phone is supposed to come on June 21 at AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile and July 9 (then changed to July 10) at Verizon. The United States is a much larger market than Canada, but the two have something in common – the prevalence of LTE networks.

So far, there are no signs that the US launch of the Galaxy S3 will be postponed, but we’ll keep you posted if anything develops.