Sprint, T-Mobile delay S4 phone, cite inventory

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm •  Published: April 24, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint and T-Mobile are delaying shipments of Samsung's latest flagship phone, citing inventory issues.

The delays in the Galaxy S4 appear to be the result of supply disruptions from Samsung, rather than heavier-than-expected demand seen by the U.S. carriers. In statements Wednesday, T-Mobile said the delay is with "inventory deliveries," while Sprint said it's "due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung."

Samsung Electronics Co. cited overwhelming demand from around the world and said it expected "to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks."

Sprint's launch was scheduled for Saturday. Sprint Nextel Corp. said it still expects to sell the device over the Internet and by phone, but retail stores and other distribution channels won't get them until later. The company didn't say when.

T-Mobile had expected to start taking orders online on Wednesday. That's now expected to start Monday. There was no word on whether T-Mobile still planned to start retail store sales on May 1.

The S4 has a slightly larger screen than its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, but it's 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.

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