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Global shortage of Pebble Blue version at launch???

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NZtechfreak

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Multiple sources now starting to confirm this news...

Would this affect your decision to get an S3? Some are already taking about passing on it completely unless the blue is available ASAP!

[UPDATE] Samsung Benelux PR Manager confirms delay of Pebble Blue to the Dutch market, reported by tweakers.net. Several other markets now reporting delays in Pebble Blue, at present UK still looks to be receiving stock of the Pebble Blue. Apparently problems in production of the rear-casing as speculated - tweakers.net say Samsung have destroyed 600,000 of the rear-cases and made changes to production!
 
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rovex

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Its probably due to demand from what are considered premium markets, namely Europe. Its also possible Samsung underestimated the popularity of the blue unit.

Quite why people would not buy one just because of a slight delay i don't know, nothing else is coming out by the end of June. Its just posturing, they will still buy one of the want one.
 

mertzi

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it also might be because they've detected some flaw with the blue ones, and if that's the case samsung is doing the right thing with pulling those back. I'd rather wait a few weeks than have another One X experience, though I've pre-ordered the white one.
 

n-j-f

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What a ridiculous comment in the article - " the near-universally disliked Marble White version"! Where is there any evidence for that at all? Sure, maybe more people prefer the blue but I have seen virtually no comments that the white is a bad colour and a lot of people on XDA have chosen the white over the blue - not just me :p.
 

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I have heard rumours about this too. An employee in a local store said to my friend that they might not have the blue color available in 29th May. I ordered the white one.
 

IamIrene

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haiz same here
malaysia gonna selling s3 soon, and local telco start pre-order it
and just got white colour for the option =_=
 

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What a ridiculous comment in the article - " the near-universally disliked Marble White version"! Where is there any evidence for that at all? Sure, maybe more people prefer the blue but I have seen virtually no comments that the white is a bad colour and a lot of people on XDA have chosen the white over the blue - not just me :p.

I agree with you. I chose blue because negri guy told me that white will be available two three days late...

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I've just called the nice people at Clove.co.uk with whom I have my pre-order for a blue unit. They are currently not aware of any delays and are expecting to receive their first batch (including pebble blue ones) on Tuesday. Though obviously things can change between now and next week! But fingers crossed...

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Samsung Nordic has said that there will be no blue at launch without really giving a reason more than to say they were just more popular. Although they said this to a number of retailers in Sweden, they have said it is true of all the Nordic countries. One of the retailers got them to offer a "hopefully maybe" later in the same week, but other retailers are now backtracking on the blue, pushing dates back to 15-19 June.

This story from NZ sounds more likely than their failing to get the mix right as I'm sure the operator pre-orders should have given them solid data as to what to expect.

My only qualms with the white one is the risk of glare from the white frame around the screen outdoors. I have a Samsung Media Player 5.0 that's white and I quite like it, but the frame around the screen itself is actually black.

Still, faced with deciding between a white early next week or a blue 2-3 weeks down the line, I'll go with the white.

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Maybe Sammy should just release it in three colors: marble white and low-rider bondo multi-color at launch, followed by pebble blue next quarter. :cool:
 

NZtechfreak

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What a ridiculous comment in the article - " the near-universally disliked Marble White version"! Where is there any evidence for that at all? Sure, maybe more people prefer the blue but I have seen virtually no comments that the white is a bad colour and a lot of people on XDA have chosen the white over the blue - not just me :p.

Maybe you're being a little over-sensitive? I only made that comment to stir the pot a little, and also because here in NZ I don't know of a single person who wanted the white (going of a few different NZ tech forums), everyone wants blue (I think we're fairly conservative in our handset selection here in NZ quite frankly).
 

NZtechfreak

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I've just called the nice people at Clove.co.uk with whom I have my pre-order for a blue unit. They are currently not aware of any delays and are expecting to receive their first batch (including pebble blue ones) on Tuesday. Though obviously things can change between now and next week! But fingers crossed...

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As mentioned hopefully higher priority markets like the UK will be unaffected by this.

Not sure it's the wrong ordering mix here, since the Warehouse Stationary pre-ordered for both colours but have only now learnt they cannot get the white yet. There is also now confirmation from Malaysian and Thai buyers that only white is available to them...
 

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i have a blue siii on pre order from play.com - they havent stated anything about lack of blue handsets on website - emailed them as well - dont seem to have any issues

Will keep cheking (as its getting quite close to release date now)
 

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This is really quite annoying. I have paid upfront for one from warehouse stationary in nz - blue of course. I've no interest in a white one. How could Samsung stuff up like this?

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NZtechfreak

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This is really quite annoying. I have paid upfront for one from warehouse stationary in nz - blue of course. I've no interest in a white one. How could Samsung stuff up like this?

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Sorry to break the news :(

Not sure how affected all markets will be, but it seems certain that NZ will only have the white available (updated article to reflect that even JB HiFI, who were saying they are getting blue ones as recently as this afternoon are now also stating white only).

EDIT: Now seeing buyers in Finland, Sweden, and Austria reporting their enquiries about delivery of the blue units are in doubt...
 
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FISKER_Q

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Ugh, got a micro-sim waiting at home (no adapter) and blue version preordered and if i preorder the white one i'll just be last on that list. (Not that i would want it)

GG :(
 
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    Blue, white, it's still a great phone, if they don't have blue when I go to pick mine up and offer me white, then I will just go with white.
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    [UPDATE] Samsung Benelux PR Manager confirms delay of Pebble Blue to the Dutch market, reported by tweakers.net. Apparently problems in production of the rear-casing as speculated - tweakers.net say Samsung have destroyed 600,000 of the rear-cases and made changes to production!

    Apple releases faulty phone to the market, can just offer a silly rubberband as a fix several weeks/months later.

    Samsung has a problematic backplate, pulls the entire shipment

    I would much rather have a blue version with a white or semi-broken blue backplate, and then get the fixed one a few weeks later, than wait a few weeks for the phone :(