Sprint Also Announces Delayed Retail Launch Of Samsung Galaxy S 4


With the late-night announcement yesterday that T-Mobile was delaying the launch of the Galaxy S 4, many were quick to point blame at T-Mobile. As it turns out this morning, the problem may truly be with inventory as Sprint also announced a delay with retail availability of Samsung flagship.

Sprint had intended to launch the device through all channels on Saturday, April 27th but announced availability would instead be limited to Sprint.com and telesales channels.

Sprint is excited to launch the new Samsung Galaxy 4. We had planned to launch this next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy line-up on Saturday, April 27. Unfortunately, due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung, we will be slightly delayed with our full product launch. Sprint is one of Samsung’s largest partners and we are working closely with them to launch in all Sprint channels as soon as possible. We expect to make Galaxy S 4 available at www.sprint.com and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) as planned on Saturday with Sprint retail stores and other channels receiving devices as inventory becomes available.

Sprint says “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung” will cause a slight delay. Let’s hope these inventory issues are worked out smoothly and quickly to make sure everyone who wants to get their hands on Samsung’s newest Galaxy all-star can do so in a timely fashion.



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  • Kenan Jackson

    Grr… They can still order online though, so they at least have some inventory available.

    • Chris Drudge

      No, online and telesales are just better equipped to handle back orders is my guess. If you order one through those channels, you expect a delay before you receive your phone. If you visit a store, you want to walk out of the store with it in your hands.

      • Kenan Jackson

        We’ll see if phones start shipping on Monday. By saying the phones will be available, not pre order, suggest they have some inventory. I think it’s the same premise as T mobile with the HTC One. They have some inventory, but not enough to deploy to all stores. And as soon as they had them in hand they began selling/shipping orders and stocking a few select stores. You could order Friday, have it as soon as Saturday or Monday, or be lucky enough to be near a store that has then in stock today.

        I’ll be watching their message boards.

  • Bud

    htc one or iphone ftw!

    • sincarafan247

      Oh look an immature fanboy.

      • Bud

        thanks ssheep!

  • GwapoAko

    Sprint who??

    • kalel33

      The company with over 66% more customers than T-mobile. You say that type of remark to a lower company, not one who is much larger.

  • Ordeith
    • Wilma Flintstone

      There never was a 512. There was however, a 521 :D

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Hey David, just wondering, I haven’t been following the S4 that much but does it actually come in all those color choices above or is it just White and Dark Blue/Black?

    • Trevnerdio

      It’s just for the flip covers.

    • TechAce01

      I wish! I’ll grab that blue one quick.

  • sloanie

    It’s totally the iPhone 5’s fault. ;)

    • Wilma Flintstone