As expected, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 has begun arriving on the doorsteps of those who placed pre-orders, a few days ahead of its official release date which is set to take place this Thursday, May 23rd.
Yesterday, we told you that Verizon Galaxy S4 pre-orders, placed through Verizon, had started shipping to customers across the United States with some deliveries estimated to arrive as soon as Wednesday. According to several people we spoke to, while the device was indeed coming with two-day shipping, Verizon evidently put a hold on some of those devices so they wouldn’t arrive until Wednesday at the earliest.
Turns out, some devices slipped through the cracks and some people are now finding the Verizon Galaxy S4 sitting on a doorstep, ready to be turned on and used. Like most pre-orders, there is no method to the madness. Orders are going to pop up in random locations with no one region getting first dibs on the device.
My Verizon galaxy S4 just arrived. Can’t wait to start to play!!!!
— Adam Scott Wandt (@Prof_Wandt) May 21, 2013
While some of those who pre-ordered will be seeing their device arrive today, we also know that plenty of others will likely be seeing their device arrive tomorrow as they are still sitting at warehouses, many miles away. That said, the device will still likely arrive a day ahead of its release date for most or all of those who pre-ordered in the early days of Verizon’s offer.
Those who pre-ordered elsewhere may not get treated to the same speed. Thus far, we aren’t hearing of any pre-orders from Best Buy, RadioShack, Staples or Walmart getting through and this early arrival, for now, appears limited to those who placed orders directly through Verizon itself.
Best Buy and Staples confirmed to Gotta Be Mobile that they will have stock on May 23rd. RadioShack and Walmart have yet to confirm though we imagine that they may have stock on release date as well.
Verizon’s Galaxy S4 becomes the final big carrier Galaxy S4 launch, following in the footsteps of the arrivals on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.