Apr 24 AT 1:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Overwhelming demand for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 delays US launch on several carriers

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 was expected to go on sale this weekend in the US, but “overwhelming demand” has pushed back the launch for several carriers. As of this writing, only AT&T plans to sell the device this Saturday, April 27th, while Sprint and T-Mobile have pushed back their releases. Verizon also announced their pre-order would begin tomorrow, but the device will not be in stores for another month.

The latest US release dates for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 include:

In total, the Galaxy S 4 will be available on seven US carriers and sold at seven retail outlets.

We have had a review unit of the Galaxy S 4 for a week and we can say the device lives up to the hype, so it’s definitely worth waiting for if you have already made up you mind.

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  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I’m not sure if I should be surprised at this or not.

    On one hand, I am glad to see Samsung and Android doing so well with this type of demand. On the other I’m wondering why this many people are wanting this phone – sure the S3 was a huge success but did Samsung successfully get people to upgrade every year? I doubt that is the case – yet didn’t Samsung anticipate a decent amount of interest since so many people bought the S3?

    I guess what I’m saying is: S3 was a huge success, where are all these people coming from that are wanting the S4 (are they S3 owners, iPhone owners, what), or did Samsung underestimate the interest in the S4?

    On a side note: I wonder if Qualcomm decided to rename their Snapdragon chips in preparation of the S4 (since the S4 and S4 pro are in last year’s phones).

    • http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JO7b1Ck47aQEDj18KITtDo-UqYBOLeP6nzuQmVQDO8o?feat=directlink Gomez

      I will buy the S4 and I’m coming from the Nexus 4. My Nexus lacked the removable battery and a micro SD slot. I sold it on eBay and took a small lost. Plus the S4 has a bunch of cool features like the whole wearing gloves and still being able to work it. I’m a mechanic and wear my gloves, it sucks having to take my gloves off all the time.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        I can totally see the hands free operation (or gloves operation I guess) being a big plus for someone, especially in cold weather (or when you have to wear gloves like you).

        To me, lacking a removable battery isn’t a bad thing… as long as the battery is awesome. I haven’t heard too many complaints about the Nexus battery but I’m guessing it’s nothing compared to a MAXX battery.

        Lack of microSD card is a big minus but if it had enough storage (of course Nexus 4 only has 8/16 GB right now), like 32 and 64 GB, it would be less of an issue. Still an issue for some. If i could have a 64 GB internal memory phone I would probably forego a microSD card… but probably invest in that Kickstarter project with the microSD reader via micro USB. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andyfei/mini-microsd-reader-for-android-smartphones-and-ta

    • Breaking Moose

      After the Barcelona FC humiliation, now Borussia Dortmund slapped & crushed Real Madrid 4-1.
      Galaxy S4 is a great phone!

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    There were over 100 million Galaxy phones sold. You could have lots of people with the GS1 or GS2 ready for an upgrade.

    • Joel

      I can attest to this. Coming from the GS2. Not to mention the ability to go 99 down and make installments.

  • redraider133

    After how well the s3 sold I’m not surprised

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JO7b1Ck47aQEDj18KITtDo-UqYBOLeP6nzuQmVQDO8o?feat=directlink Gomez

    Hopefully T-Mobiles website doesn’t get overwhelmed like it did with the HTC One. Does any one know if the S4 will have wifi calling with T-Mobile?

    • Cwalden21

      Same question…will it be available for wifi calling on T-mobile? I’m still in debate over this or the htc one it is a very hard decision…i have the s2 right now but I still don’t know which way to go on this…any suggestions?

      • Jason Bourne

        HTC One. More premium device for your hard earned $$$.

  • jurey

    ordered online from sprint on the 19th. just talked to 2 reps at sprint. one said my order was back ordered and would be delayed. second said it was on time and everything looked good and to expect it on or before April 27th. hopefully the second one is right

  • Nathan D.

    My mom will be mad to hear this.

  • donger

    Doubt this is the case. Maybe hardware & software issues?

  • SGB101

    Probably artificial shortage to build the hype and gain more free marketing.

    I’m sure with the numbers Sammy have sold over the last 3 galaxies, they can get their estimates quite bang on.

    • Mark

      Blatantly is. Why would “overwhelming demand” push back the date anyway. Surely it would just mean that some people have to wait a bit when they’ve sold out.

  • Paul Atreides

    Hopefully it’s one available on Mother’s Day for whatever carrier my mom chooses. Getting her that icy white one, the airview and gloves on feature will blow her mind. She has lupus so it may come in handy.

  1. I’m not sure if I should be surprised at this or not.

    On one hand, I am glad to see Samsung and Android doing so well with this type of demand. On the other I’m wondering why this many people are wanting this phone – sure the S3 was a huge success but did Samsung successfully get people to upgrade every year? I doubt that is the case – yet didn’t Samsung anticipate a decent amount of interest since so many people bought the S3?

    I guess what I’m saying is: S3 was a huge success, where are all these people coming from that are wanting the S4 (are they S3 owners, iPhone owners, what), or did Samsung underestimate the interest in the S4?

    On a side note: I wonder if Qualcomm decided to rename their Snapdragon chips in preparation of the S4 (since the S4 and S4 pro are in last year’s phones).

    • I will buy the S4 and I’m coming from the Nexus 4. My Nexus lacked the removable battery and a micro SD slot. I sold it on eBay and took a small lost. Plus the S4 has a bunch of cool features like the whole wearing gloves and still being able to work it. I’m a mechanic and wear my gloves, it sucks having to take my gloves off all the time.

      • I can totally see the hands free operation (or gloves operation I guess) being a big plus for someone, especially in cold weather (or when you have to wear gloves like you).

        To me, lacking a removable battery isn’t a bad thing… as long as the battery is awesome. I haven’t heard too many complaints about the Nexus battery but I’m guessing it’s nothing compared to a MAXX battery.

        Lack of microSD card is a big minus but if it had enough storage (of course Nexus 4 only has 8/16 GB right now), like 32 and 64 GB, it would be less of an issue. Still an issue for some. If i could have a 64 GB internal memory phone I would probably forego a microSD card… but probably invest in that Kickstarter project with the microSD reader via micro USB. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andyfei/mini-microsd-reader-for-android-smartphones-and-ta

    • Breaking MooseGuest 2 years ago

      After the Barcelona FC humiliation, now Borussia Dortmund slapped & crushed Real Madrid 4-1.
      Galaxy S4 is a great phone!

  2. There were over 100 million Galaxy phones sold. You could have lots of people with the GS1 or GS2 ready for an upgrade.

  3. After how well the s3 sold I’m not surprised

  4. Hopefully T-Mobiles website doesn’t get overwhelmed like it did with the HTC One. Does any one know if the S4 will have wifi calling with T-Mobile?

    • Same question…will it be available for wifi calling on T-mobile? I’m still in debate over this or the htc one it is a very hard decision…i have the s2 right now but I still don’t know which way to go on this…any suggestions?

  5. jureyGuest 2 years ago

    ordered online from sprint on the 19th. just talked to 2 reps at sprint. one said my order was back ordered and would be delayed. second said it was on time and everything looked good and to expect it on or before April 27th. hopefully the second one is right

  6. My mom will be mad to hear this.

  7. Doubt this is the case. Maybe hardware & software issues?

  8. Probably artificial shortage to build the hype and gain more free marketing.

    I’m sure with the numbers Sammy have sold over the last 3 galaxies, they can get their estimates quite bang on.

    • MarkGuest 2 years ago

      Blatantly is. Why would “overwhelming demand” push back the date anyway. Surely it would just mean that some people have to wait a bit when they’ve sold out.

  9. Paul AtreidesGuest 2 years ago

    Hopefully it’s one available on Mother’s Day for whatever carrier my mom chooses. Getting her that icy white one, the airview and gloves on feature will blow her mind. She has lupus so it may come in handy.