By Stephen Schenck | June 20, 2012 12:00 PM
Yesterday, we learned what effect limited Galaxy S III stocks would have on T-Mobile’s plans to begin sales of the handset, with the carrier delaying the start of retail sales in smaller markets until next week. It seems that Sprint, too, is running into problems of its own, revealing that shipping delays may impact some orders. Luckily, others seem to be going through just fine, with some users reporting that their phones have already shipped.
Sprint was hoping to get pre-orders out to subscribers who had ordered the phone by June 21, but it’s now admitting that it might miss that mark by a couple days or more. Customers who orders the 16GB edition of the GS3 from Sprint are in the best shape, and while those phones still might arrive a day or two late, there’s already evidence that at least some of them have shipped as of yesterday, setting them up to potentially arrive in time by June 21.
The outlook for 32GB Galaxy S IIIs fares a little worse, and Sprint doesn’t expect to be able to start making shipments on that version until sometime next week.
Everyone likes to see a launch go smoothly, especially with a high-profile phone like the Galaxy S III, but we can’t help but think that Samsung might be at least a little pleased to see how things are unfolding, with high demand from smartphone users exacerbating stock shortages; it may not be the same as people camping outside an Apple store, but it’s a start.