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Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2 have so far confirmed that the delay will affect them with a Vodafone spokesman saying: “All customers who have pre-ordered the white 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII should expect to receive their new phone on the UK launch date, May 30. However, we’ve been advised of shipping delays for the 32GB marble white and the 16 and 32GB pebble blue versions.
A spokesman for O2 has said: “Samsung has said there is a worldwide shortage of blue Samsung Galaxy S3s so they will be available in extremely limited numbers. The white version will be available from all O2 channels on 30 May."
T-Mobile has said: “We can confirm we have received stock of the white variant of the handset and expect to be able to fulfil all the pre-orders we've received for this device at launch. However, we've been advised by the manufacturer of a shipping delay on the pebble blue version.
“Although we expect to receive stock shortly, we are contacting customers who have pre-ordered this colour to let them know that there may be a slight delay, and to reassure them we will look to fulfil their order as swiftly as possible."
The S3 features a 4.8” display, one of the largest on the market, and the ability to automatically initiate a call to a contact onscreen when the phone is held up to its user’s face. Samsung has also added voice control, similar to Apple’s ‘personal assistant’ Siri, and will offer 50GB of online storage via a partnership with Dropbox.com.
Samsung has also announced that the device will be the official phone of the London Olympics, and said that “a limited edition showcase device enabled with Visa’s mobile payment application, Visa payWave, will be available for Samsung and Visa sponsored athletes and trialists”.
At an estimated figure of 9 million pre-orders, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the most popular phone of 2012 so far.