Sprint has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S III release date as July 1st.
The carrier has confirmed the news on its website saying that the 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 will both be available starting next month. This news comes shortly after the carrier said that the original Galaxy S III release date of June 21st had been postponed due to supply issues.
Samsung has been having trouble meeting demand for the Galaxy S III and thus, the launches in North America have seen delays.
The delay means that those who are looking to get the device on Sprint’s 4G LTE network will have to wait a few days to do so. It also means that the release will be closer to the launch of Sprint’s 4G LTE network which is scheduled to go live on July 15th.
Sprint has already shipped out 16GB and 32GB Galaxy S III models to pre-orderers but those that didn’t put in a pre-order have been left wondering when the device would launch in-stores.
Those looking to get the phone on AT&T have been met with the same type of delay although a release date for the Galaxy S III has not yet been revealed.
It appears that Sprint won’t have the 32GB model in retail stores though. Here is Sprint’s full message and an in-store confirmation for the 32GB Galaxy S III is suspiciously absent:
Good news. Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.
So it looks like those trying to get a 32GB Galaxy S III will have to do so online, at least for now.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is currently available on T-Mobile, which is the only carrier that currently has the device in-stock at its retail stores. AT&T has yet to reveal a release date and Verizon won’t be shipping the device until July.