Sprint is delaying shipments of Samsungs latest flagship phone, citing unexpected inventory challenges at the Galaxy S4s maker.
Staff and wire reports
Dan Hesse, Sprints CEO, said Wednesday that Samsung had informed wireless carriers that it was not able to provide as many phones as forecast.
Neither AT&T nor Verizon said they expected any product delays, although Verizion said the device wouldnt be in its stores until May 30. Verizon is accepting pre-orders starting Thursday.
A statement from AT&T said the company is on track with a Saturday rollout in stores.
Hesse said the inventory issues would delay when Sprint customer pre-orders could be filled and when the Galaxy S4 could show up in Sprint stores.
Sprints launch was scheduled for Saturday, and the Overland Park-based company still expects to sell the device on the Internet and by phone that day.
Retail stores and other distribution channels wont get them until later.
Sprint is one of Samsungs largest partners and we are working closely with them to launch in all Sprint channels as soon as possible, a Sprint statement said.
The S4 has a slightly larger screen than its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, but its lighter and smaller. The S4 sports new camera tools, an optical-reader app and the ability to perform tasks by waving a finger over a sensor.
Sprint charges $250 for the base model, or $150 if the buyer is coming over from another carrier.