By Stephen Schenck | April 24, 2013 10:56 AM
The time has finally come for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to start descending upon US shores, and from the announcements we heard from carriers last week, everything seemed to be all ready to go. We first started getting hints that carriers were feeling some uncertainty as to just when they’d be able to get the GS4 into customer hands late last week, after seeing AT&T start to play with the date for its own GS4 pre-order availability. While it was ultimately able to confirm that it was actually getting its GS4s out a little early, the situation isn’t quite as good elsewhere, and this morning brings news of delays for both T-Mobile and Sprint.
T-Mobile’s plan was to start taking Galaxy S 4 online orders today. Instead, it’s now pushing things back to April 29. The carrier blames “an unexpected delay with inventory deliveries” for the change.
Similarly, Sprint shares news of “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung” and its own delay. Sprint was intending to begin sales on April 27, and while it still will to some extent, it’s hit a snag. Online and phone sales will start this Saturday as planned, but Sprint stores won’t get GS4 themselves until “inventory becomes available.”