What is the reason for this ridiculous delay?
AT&T is stating they will ship their S3 on June 18th. Sprint and T-Mobile are promising June 21st. I pre-ordered an S3 this morning and the ship date was stated as July 9th.
It's getting a big old that Verizon is last to the party at everything. If anyone at VZW is reading this, your customers are unhappy. Offering pre-orders for something 33 days in advance, under the unstated pretext that the US release date is June 21, is absolutely ridiculous.
I placed my order shortly after 7am this morning and it says 'Ship By: July 9th'. It could be they will ship earlier and don't want to let the date out now.
Also, for those wondering, if you have unlimited data and pre-order, you'll get unlimited data for your new contract. But if you wait to order under after the new data plans are announced, you will lose your unlimited data.
the problem is that we don't know when the new plans will be effective. i'm in this dilema. i don't really want the sgs3, but i have an upgrade that i need to use BEFORE they change the plans. so i was considering the sgs3, until i saw the ship date. i'm not buying a phone today that i "might" have in a month and a half. i suspect you're correct though. they will likely be shipping as soon as they get them, which may be the same time as at&t and sprint. but if they say the 19th and then can't ship until the 25th, it would be a disaster.
That is simply not true. It has been reported all over the internet that you can upgrade your plan today. I bought mine today and it had all the plan upgrade details in the transaction. I kept my unlimited data for another 2 years. I just don't understand what all the complaining is about. It was reported a month ago we might not have this phone until the end of the summer. Now because it maybe 19 days after 2 US carriers (out of 5) is just petty.
on another note, maybe verizon was expecting this. http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/06/apple-calls-for-an-early-ban-on-samsung-galaxy-s-iii/
This is complete ** if I had known this I would have gone to Att, but now I get a whole month with out a phone instead of a couple of weeks. I am starting to hate Verizon as much as I do Apple
did you order it? didn't it tell you that the estimated ship date was july 9th?