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April 26, 2013

Samsung Shortages, Hampered by Their Own Success

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Samsung’s next flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4 due for release on Saturday in the UK is being hampered by supply shortages so you may not be able to it up at most Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U stores.
Samsung said

“Due to overwhelming global demand for Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfil inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks,”

Pre-orders online have exploded leaving availability in many shops and networks having zero stock. Shipment delays could lead to a slow start for the device in the UK and the US, where Samsung hopes to overtake Apple as the leading mobile phone brand.

Phones4U said:

“All available stock will be used to fulfill pre-orders before going into our stores and we are working with Samsung to ensure that all pre-orders and sales across our other channels are fulfilled as quickly as possible, we anticipate that handsets will be in store next week but cannot confirm an exact date.”

Most Carphone stores will not stock the device for the launch weekend”.

“We have seen huge customer interest in the Samsung Galaxy S4, our number one priority is our customers, and we are working hard to ensure that we fulfil as many pre-orders for the handset as possible. We will ensure that every customer impacted by any supply issues is contacted and informed of the likely delivery of their new handset.”

Meanwhile,American networks are suffering the same shortages,
Verizon Wireless will not stock the S4 available until 30 May;
T-Mobile will begin taking online orders only from 29 April.
Sprint will take online orders starting Saturday as planned, but the phone will be sold at retail outlets only as it becomes available.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini