Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S 4 inventory problems, it appears that Sprint is having some issues of its own. Sprint had originally planned to launch the Galaxy S 4 online and in stores on April 27, but the carrier just announced that now it will only offer Samsung's new handset online and through telesales on that date. The reason given for the delay is "unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung."
Sprint hasn't specified when its in-store Galaxy S 4 launch will take place, saying only that stores will receive stock as it becomes available. Sprint's full statement on the matter is as follows:
"Sprint is excited to launch the new Samsung Galaxy 4. We had planned to launch this next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy line-up on Saturday, April 27. Unfortunately, due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung, we will be slightly delayed with our full product launch. Sprint is one of Samsung’s largest partners and we are working closely with them to launch in all Sprint channels as soon as possible. We expect to make Galaxy S 4 available at www.sprint.com and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) as planned on Saturday with Sprint retail stores and other channels receiving devices as inventory becomes available."
This news is definitely a bummer for Sprint customers that were planning on waltzing into their local retail store to pick up a Galaxy S 4 on Saturday. The good news here is that Sprint will still be accepting online and telesales orders of the Galaxy S 4 on that date, so at least Sprint customers that are interested in the device will be able to purchase a unit on that date. We'll be sure to pass along more details on Sprint's Galaxy S 4 launch as we get 'em, but until then, you can pass the time by checking out Aaron's review of the Sprint Galaxy S 4. Part one is below, part two can be found right here.