Demand is so high for several of the cutting-edge smartphones that debuted this summer that customers have to wait weeks to get them. Other newly-released models are available without delay.
Unfortunately for Verizon customers, this device has been on backorder for many weeks. Orders placed today won’t ship until August 31.
On the other hand, Verizon still has the Motorola Droid 2 in stock. This Android OS smartphone debuted last week, and has been continuously available since then.
The Droid 2 has a 3.7-inch display and a relatively large sliding keyboard.
Last spring, Verizon released the HTC Droid Incredible, which has a tablet shape with a 3.7-inch AM-OLED touchscreen.
This model was on backorder for the entire summer, but HTC recently managed to get caught up with demand.
The Apple iPhone 4 launched as an AT&T exclusive in June, and has sold in large numbers ever since.
Demand has been so high that Apple has been unable to keep up with demand — AT&T warns that a unit ordered today won’t be available for 5-10 business days, so the wait could be as long as two weeks.
Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone is a significant upgrade from the previous one, offering a much higher resolution display, faster processor, and a new front-facing camera.
AT&T also introduced the Samsung Captivate this summer. This is is AT&T’s first high-end Android OS smartphone, and it includes a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480), Super AMOLED display, as well as 3G, Wi-Fi, and many other features.
So far, AT&T has had no problems keeping up with demand for the Captivate.
Sprint’s flagship product is the HTC EVO 4G, but this model has been out of stock almost since the day it launched.
Customers have been drawn to this device’s high-end feature set, including a very large, high-resolution touchscreen, fast processor, and 4G cellular-wireless networking.
At the end of this month, Sprint is going to release the Samsung Epic 4G, a second model with WiMAX. It’s possible this will relieve some of the pressure off the EVO 4G.
The only carrier not having problems keeping its top-of-the-line smartphone in stock is T-Mobile. The recently-released Samsung Vibrant has been immediately available since it was released last month.
The Vibrant is a cutting-edge model with a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480), Super AMOLED touchscreen, plus 3G, Wi-Fi, and a long list of other features.