Even without Apple trying to block its path, the Samsung Galaxy S3 isn’t having the smoothest of roll outs in the US. Presently across the four major carriers, only one can offer availability to its potential customers of the much sought after handset.
The S3 has seen record pre-order sales and received positive reception across numerous markets, but the US launch is a little late to the party. According to information collated by the Eastern Morning Herald in the US, T-Mobile is the first and only carrier to stock S3s right now and availability is confined to select regions.
The US’s largest and oldest carrier in the list, high demand and limited stock for in-store purchases has meant delays. Some customers received their S3 by the 25th. We've heard from AT&T who said: 'We don't have any info to share regarding in-store dates right now, but manufacture supply constraints of the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S III have caused a delay to pre-order shipments. We estimate pre-orders to arrive within 10 business days based on available supply.
The 16GB ($199) edition of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is available now online, via Sprint Telesales and in-store. The 32GB ($249) version is only available online and via Telesales. Prices exclude taxes.
Available from retail outlets in L.A., New York, Houston and San Francisco, T-Mobile is offering some of the pricier contracts for this device, with the 16GB model retailing for $279.99 on a two-year tariff and $329.99 for the 32GB variant. This price includes a $50 rebate for new activations. Other markets outside of these key areas will have to wait for their local stores to stock the S3 following June 29th, later this week.
Those looking to pick up an S3 on Big Red will be presented with both capacity versions of the phone priced at $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GBon a two-year contract respectively. The carrier says that shipping won’t commence until July 11th, so be prepared to wait a little bit.
UPDATE: Customers who pre-ordered the S3 have started to receive their handsets. Shipping confirmahion emails have been sent out, with deliveries planned for July 5th. (via: Phandroid)