Galaxy S3 32 GB version appears to be in very short supply.
We are continuing to hear of growing problems with the launch of the Galaxy S3 here in the US. And with recent revelations from various carriers about changes to the launch dates has things are starting to look grim for many who have pre-ordered their phones. With all the delays being reported over the past 7 days, it is starting to look like there are going to be big problems with supply when the phone goes on sale starting today at some wireless carriers. And that is even if it does go on sale today as scheduled.
We already know that Sprint is going to be delayed and there is continuing information to support the delay. All of this is very strange for the Galaxy S3 which has seen so much hype and advertising to now be delayed in North America. Inventory seems to be the big problem right now and looks like it is going to be getting worse and not better. At the moment, Sprint is saying they will have 16 GB versions of the Galaxy S3 when they launch next week, but for how long is not know. Best guess is that they will run out very quickly. As for the 32 GB version, that does not have anywhere near enough inventory for the launch of this version to meet demand. Sprint is shipping 16 GB pre-order Galaxy S3 now, but will wait a week before starting to ship 32 GB versions of the Galaxy S3.
We are hearing of Galaxy S3 shipment confirmations for AT&T today, so things are moving forward, but it sure looks like inventory is going to be a problem. And for the 32 GB Galaxy S3, it is much worse. Pre-orders will be getting the priority, so if you have an order in, you should get priority over retail sales. But the problem of inventory is going to remain and get worse in the short run. Samsung is only talking about the huge demand for the Galaxy S3 and not providing much else as to the reasons for the delay. The defective battery covers really impacted their ability to get phones to wireless carriers and this may have a big part of the current delays. We expect to hear of more inventory issues and delays for the next few weeks.