According to The Korea Herald, mobile carriers worldwide now want a taste of the early Galaxy S5 launch action, which South Korean telecoms directed behind Samsung's back (or so it's made to look). Allegedly, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and possibly Verizon are planning to ship their Galaxy S5 stock earlier than the official April 11 launch date, following in the footsteps of their Korean counterparts. Meanwhile, other carriers abroad are scheduling their shipments for "early April", without insisting on April 11 specifically.
While the increased possibility of an early launch is good news for impatient customers, it's a big headache for Samsung and its supply chain. It is said that its factories are running non-stop in order to crunch out the 5 million units needed for a proper global launch. The South Korean telecoms are also in a bit of a hurdle. Their hurried Galaxy S5 premiere, provoked by strict government sanctions, has them selling off preliminary supplies of 3000 to 5000 units each, while an adequate domestic release is said to require up to 40 000 handsets.
We'll learn more about the situation in the coming weeks. Either way, the buzz around the Galaxy S5's chaotic launch has gotten it worldwide media attention already, which is always helpful in the trade.