Carrier launch details for Samsung’s Galaxy S III started-off with Sprint and T-Mobile revealing their plans to begin sales of the phone on June 21. It took a little longer to learn what Verizon and AT&T were up to, but eventually we saw AT&T open up pre-orders for the handset with the note that units would start shipping on June 18. With that date creeping up on us, could AT&T be changing its tune just a bit? Users pre-ordering the GS3 from the carrier have noticed some slightly-modified expectations for just when the GS3 will be available.
On the carrier’s website, AT&T Premier customers trying to place pre-orders for the GS3 are reportedly being told that the phones will ship on June 21. Regular customers get the message that the phone will ship “on or around” June 21, instead. We’ve also seen the note that pre-orders for the GS3 will arrive “on or before” June 21.
These may be minor changes on the surface, but it’s interesting to see that AT&T’s bothered to modify things at all, as well as how inconsistent it now seems with its message. If it’s still getting started before June 21, this may just mean that the company’s feeling less confident about being ready to start shipping on June 18, and could be looking to something like June 19 instead; any later, and meeting that June 21 target could be tricky (and expensive). This also might mean that shipments could arrive a day or two later than expected. Frankly, AT&T’s not making it easy to keep track of things; we’d hope that all pre-orders get their phones by the end of next week, at least.