When Rogers announced that they would be the first carrier in Canada to release an LTE-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy SII LTE, it was true – probably simply to beat Bell. Rogers started to ship the first batch of devices to those customers who reserved it through Rogers online “Reservation System”. Apparently there were well over 1,000 Canadians who stepped up and reserved it.
In a post on the company blog on October 25th, Rogers noted that “it’s this commitment to being first that has allowed us to secure a very limited number of Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphones that we’re shipping to a handful of customers on the Rogers Reservations System today… While we wish we could get this device to everyone who has reserved the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE on the reservations system today, we’re thrilled to be able to deliver on our first-to-market commitment by shipping Canada’s first LTE smartphones… We’re also excited to confirm that we’ll continue to fulfill orders for the device as early as next week and expect to have enough devices for everyone in the reservations system.”
This news was certainly exciting for early adopters. In the press release it was noted that there was “a very limited number” of devices to go around – rumour has it that there were only about 10 to 30 available. Those who signed up have been closely watching their reservation number slowly drop – very slowly – and they simply want to get their hands on the Android LTE device.
We’ve received several emails from people wanting a bit more info on what’s happening, so we reached out to both Rogers and Samsung. In response Rogers sent an email back saying that a shipment miraculously arrived today and customers can expect it shortly.
“We have received shipment from Samsung. As of right now, we still expect it will ship this week as we originally communicated to customers. If that changes, I will let you know.”
In addition, if you check out the Rogers site you’ll see that the device is now listed as available, but you have to click the “store locator” button. So the shipment must have been a big (still waiting to hear exact numbers from Rogers). Let us know if you see your reservation number drops today, or if you received your GSII LTE.
Update #2: Rogers sent us another note with the following info: “We are pleased to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE devices have arrived and we will begin shipping tomorrow to all customers on the Rogers Reservation System. Please note, as we are trying to get the devices to customers as quickly as possible, delivery status on the Rogers Reservation System will say “in progress” today and remain that way until Monday. The majority of devices will arrive next Monday with the potential for some to arrive as early as Saturday.”
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)