Vodafone has begun sending out pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphones in pebble blue, as further signs emerge that availability of the colourway is improving.
Voda served notice yesterday via email that 16GB versions of the handset pre-ordered before May 29th are being despatched today.
Those who ordered the top-end 32GB edition, which is exclusive to Vodafone in the UK for a limited period, aren’t so lucky, though. For reasons that aren’t yet clear, it seems that supply shortages mean the carrier is still waiting on stock.
Vodafone’s e-missive states: “We have now received stock of the pebble blue 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3, all customers who pre-ordered this device before 7pm on Tuesday 29 May will start to receive their phones from tomorrow (8 June).
“We’re continuing to work closely with Samsung to secure stock of the 32GB pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S3 as soon as possible, and will update this thread as soon as we have more information.”
Supply constraints of the blue Galaxy S3 are thought to have been caused by unspecified manufacturing problems that saw Samsung scrap 600,000 backplates.
Reports have surfaced that complications with a special 'hyperglaze' coating the colour variant uses might be to blame.
However, some tech conspiracy theorists have claimed that the shortages are down to UK carriers failing to anticipate demand for the blue edition and opting to pass the blame on to Samsung.