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Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy S III is now available in 28 different countries. Except, it's not. Well, not according to the chatter we're seeing on Twitter and other places around the web. Many retailers are claiming that  they don't have inventory yet, but hopefully they'll get it soon.

There's also a "shortage" of Pebble Blue units, according to Samsung. Apparently, the "newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material" is having some issues that causes a the unit to look splotchy beneath the surface. And it looks pretty bad.

Samsung's GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material. In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality GALAXY S III to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks. Samsung is working hard to ensure that customers will get the Pebble Blue colored devices as soon as possible.

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Image from Mobile Bulgaria

Aside from this minor mishap and some retailers not receiving their stock, the GSIII is still officially available in most of Europe and the Middle East today, so you can begin the hunt to find one. Samsung also plans on pushing the device out to a total of 145 countries and 296 carriers by the end of July; of course, there's no word on whether the U.S. is actually on that list or not.

[Samsung Tomorrow, The Verge]

Cameron Summerson
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  • XxXDroidRocXxX

    Samsung always has an excuse

    • Guest

      yeah they were holding it wrong.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I want it in pebble blue.... is there something wrong with me?

    • mesmorino

      I want it in black actually, and I suspect so most of the other people getting it in blue

      • LTame

         I want it in black too. What's the point on that awesome AMOLED black when you have a blue/white phone? :

        Too bad i can't wait until the black one is released. Eldar Murtazin told me on twitter that i'll have to wait until Christmas. ;

      • Qorse

        Why black wasn't an option at launch is a mystery to me. Actually, why Samsung thought ANY of the aesthetic choices they made with this device were a good idea is a mystery to me. The specs are pretty nice and it looks like they've slapped some novel functionality on top of TouchWiz, but they've got it wrapped in cheap-looking glossy plastic. They're certainly not making at an easy sell when the HTC One X appears to have actually had a competent design team and solid market research.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500668026 Ionut Costica

        Can't wait for someone to make a screen protector that's transparent on the screen and black around it... That would be something I'd definitely buy... That and a black-ish case, and I'm all set.

  • Psych4

    reminiscent of apple with white iPhone...

  • epitomia

    just got it! singapore here :D

  • Spatchcock

    That's not the reason they're giving us pre-orderers (?) for the delay. I received the following text message from Carphone Warehouse this morning... 

    "Due to the exceptional global demand for the Samsung Galaxy S III, the blue variant is currently in limited supply across the UK. Unfortunately, this means your pre-order will not be available for launch as originally intended on 30th May. We will contact you as soon as we have an update on the expected delivery date of your Blue Samsung Galaxy S III. Please be assured that Carphone Warehouse is looking at the best alternative to suit everyone - if you would like to discuss the options open to you, please call us on 08000491473"

    That to me looks like they actually want people to buy something else (HTC One X?) so that they don't have to deal with the fallout when there are still unfulfilled orders in mid July.

  • Munsoned

    If they keep this up, I'll become a THX1138 number and flip over to the iPhone, or go to the HTC One X competition. Samsung has been at least consistent at pissing me off... typical delays on all fronts when it comes to the cell phone market. I think they are trying way too hard to outdo Apple, and any other competitor that they screw up there product. It almost sounds like someone was threatened to push this out to production so they can get Q2 profit margins up and out in front of the up and coming iPhone 5 this fall, and compete with the HTC One X. Especially since they dropped the release of the Skyrocket HD when HTC One X was released.  IMO

  • ohrlymanbro

    It is available in Oman for 647 dollars ;)