After several manufacturer delays we’re pleased to report that Rogers has received our first shipment of the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate smartphone. This morning, we began shipping these units to retail locations and a limited supply of inventory will be in stores over the next few days.
Here’s a message from Paul Brannen, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.’s Vice President, Mobile Communications, regarding the delay:
Due to a worldwide shortage in Super AMOLED technology screens, we regret that Samsung was unable to deliver the Galaxy S Captivate to Rogers in time for the scheduled launch. The continued shortage has resulted in repeated delays. We know this is a widely anticipated device and apologize to Rogers customers. We’re pleased to say that we have begun shipping the device to Rogers, though shipments will be limited over the next few weeks. Samsung is committed to supporting Rogers with further notices, on the Rogers blog RedBoard and via Samsung Mobile Facebook and Twitter pages.
Until Sunday, October 24, the Captivate can be pre-ordered exclusively at www.rogers.com/captivate for the promotional price of $149.99 for new customers with select three-year term voice and data plans. Starting October 25th, the Captivate will be available for new customers at $179.99 with three-year term voice and data plan.
Existing Rogers customers who fulfill hardware upgrade eligibility requirements can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate for the promotional price of $149.99 with select three-year term voice and data plans until November 2, 2010. To upgrade to a Captivate, please visit an authorized Rogers retail location near you.
Meanwhile, as part of our RedBoard video series, my colleague Miranda MacDonald spoke with Rogers’ Michael Nguyen about the Captivate, the built-in Social Hub feature, memory size and the OS upgrade path. Check it out below. You can read a full transcript of the video here.
Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.