Samsung Galaxy S3: AT&T Customers Still Waiting for Preorder to Arrive
Samsung Galaxy S3 has turned out to be one smartphone that every Android lover is talking about. Packing groundbreaking hardware and software technology, the device is receiving preorders like a bonanza sales item. On the other hand, network carriers are not able to fulfill the demand for Samsung's latest flagship model resulting in increasing frustration among customers.
Most AT&T customers who have preordered the 16GB model of Galaxy S3 before June 21, have received the smartphone, but some customers are still waiting for their preorders to arrive. On the other hand, there is no particular release date for 32GB version of Galaxy S3 on AT&T.
AT&T was originally believed to deliver preordered handsets "on or before June 21". However, on June 21, AT&T released a statement that the preordered devices should not be expected before June 25. The Galaxy S3 preorders arrived on June 25, but for some users only.
Earlier in June, the carrier had also announced that Samsung Galaxy S3 will be available through its stores on June 28, but the date came and went without Galaxy S3 hitting the shelves.
It is no longer a secret that Samsung is unable to handle the demand of Galaxy S3. According to a previous report, the delay in shipments have cost Samsung at least 2 million Galaxy S3's in sales. Among all the U.S. network carriers, T-Mobile is the only one to have in-store availability of the Galaxy S3, albeit, in select cities only.
Verizon Wireless appears to be the only major network carrier in U.S. to pre-estimate the supply crisis vis-a-vis demand for Galaxy S3. According to various sources, the Big Red will launch both 16GB and 32GB variants of Galaxy S3 on July 11.
Sprint is also facing the same supply crisis as other U.S. network carrier. Sprint has stated that the 16GB version of Galaxy S3 will be available for in-store purchase starting July 1.
U.S. Cellular will also carry the Galaxy S3, but the carrier hasn't announced any release date so far.