Oftentimes, when a carrier announces an upcoming smartphone, it will provide some vague range during which the phone will actually arrive, but give us a much more concrete date when it comes to the start of pre-orders. While we like seeing any new information on a phone, we’ve noticed that some of our commenters have been skeptical about the worth of pre-orders; after all, if we’re not talking about anything crazy like a new iPhone, there’s not really the expectation that a phone would be that hard to purchase. Granted, pre-orders can be unnecessary some of the time, but there’s always the exception that proves the rule. With still a couple days to go until its expected retail launch, the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint has sold-out of its pre-order stock.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to buy one in a Sprint store once the phone arrives, as a separate stock has been set aside for pre-orders, but if that resource has already been depleted, it certainly seems likely that we’ll see a correspondingly high level of interest at retail. Then again, maybe Sprint just didn’t reserve enough pre-order stock to begin with, and there will be a glut of hardware available come launch day; just to be safe, we wouldn’t recommend putting things off for too, too long if you’ve got your heart set on the model.