Galaxy S 4 US Carrier Availability Update

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Last week we learned that, in spite of Samsung creating multiple hardware versions of the Galaxy S 4 in an effort to avoid Exynos 5 Octa shortages affecting stocks, US carriers were still feeling the effects of a GS4 shortage, and a number of them were scrambling to adjust launch plans. T-Mobile, for one, had to push back the start of online sales, while we heard that Sprint was going to have to kick things off online and phone-only, with not enough units available to also get them in Sprint stores. Today, we get an update on both those situations.

For T-Mobile, there’s not much news. Indeed, last we heard was that after the delay, the carrier would get online sales going today, and that’s just what it’s done. Perhaps the good news here is that we’re not seeing any additional delays.

In fact, the (relative) good news continues, as it sounds like Sprint has worked out its own stock issues. In an update, the carrier confirms that new inventory has entered its sales channels, and that should now finally includes stores as well as online options.

Even as they resolve themselves, what do all these delays mean for you, the consumer? Do you wish that Samsung took its time to get its act together, or is this just what we have to put up with for the launch of an über-popular smartphone?

Source: Sprint, Android Guys

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!