Sprint, T-Mobile delay S4 phone, cite inventory

Sprint, T-Mobile delay S4 phone, cite inventory

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People check out Samsung's new Galaxy S4 during its unveiling on March 14, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The slim, feature-rich Galaxy S4 was introduced as Samsung's new champion in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena, scheduled to roll out in 155 countries in late April. AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 11:52 AM

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. In statements, T-Mobile said the delay is with "inventory deliveries," while Sprint said it's "due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung."

   Sprint's launch was scheduled for Saturday. Sprint Nextel Corp. says 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.

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

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