Momentum this week has been building up towards retail availability of the Samsung ATIV S Neo for Sprint, only the second Windows Phone 8 handset to grace the carrier. After an early appearance on Samsung’s site, we got confirmation from Sprint a couple days ago that sales of the ATIV S Neo would begin today, August 16. The thing is, Windows Phone fans who have long been waiting for this phone are walking away from Sprint stores empty-handed; what’s going on?
When checking out Sprint’s announcement on Wednesday, we noted that sales of the phone would be available online, over the web, and also in Sprint stores. The problem, though, is that while stores are all too happy to take your ATIV S Neo orders today, they don’t actually have any stock on-hand; instead, the phone will ship directly to you, just like with an online order.
Even third-party retailers like Best Buy that plan to carry the ATIV S Neo don’t seem to have any stock yet. None of this is the end of the world, and with a little patience you should still be able to get your hands on an ATIV S Neo, but we’re just saying: Sprint’s already this late to the WP8 party – if stock was an issue, wouldn’t it have been better to just wait a little longer and do the launch right?