It is the new standard...... it's the Apple standard and Samsung seems to be replicating Apple in every way, including design and supply chain.
Can't imagine these large shareholder based companies missing targets year after year AND not seeing the CEO's held accountable...... unless the supply targets are intentional. It does create artificial demand ( as @ShakTiburon pointed out ).
Just like Rogers, and likely others, directing inventory to higher revenue streams ( new accounts ) first. As of last night at 5:30 pm, I could still walk into my local Bestbuy ( Kitchener ) and pick up a Note 5. There's supply, it's just directed to the highest return first.
It's the new standard which places the " reservation " system as a last resort if you want a new device and certainly if you want it on launch day.
Update: Acquired the Note 5 and the free wireless charger from Rogers Plus Store.
This is not the "fast" wireless charger, as advertised on Samsung website: EP-PN920TWEGUS / EP-PN920TBEGUS
This is the is the model #: EP-PG920IBUGUS - as found on http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/EP-PG920IBUGUS
It's good for the charge rate, I had the Note 5 at 35% and within approx. 15-20 minutes, it was sitting at 55% or so., using the supplied "fast charger" adapter and cable from Note 5.
The Roger Plus Store had the Spigen case (which works with the Wireless Charger, by the way!), and I got this off on 50% promo discount (reg price $37.99) .
Also, I had a concern: Note 5 with Rogers is not working with VOLTE (disappointing), I hope Rogers will enable that.
I setup the new suretap SIM Card, and connected my prepaid M/C from while back, when they were offering the free $100.00 promo, and used the Note 5 at Tim Hortons, works flawlessly.
Today after work, I'll try the tap payment at a gas station.... we'll see how it goes.
The unit is very good, and it has a nice feel to do, only downside (for me, anyways), is the capacity - 32GB, really? Come on, Samsung, need 128 GB ....
Eventually, when I go to USA, I might pop into T-Mobile to buy outright Note 5 - 64GB variant.
On other unrelated note :- here is a phone with 256 GB Internal Storage - http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/22/9191757/asus-zenfone-2-deluxe-special-edition
Mine still says open.
I am now at 34. When I first placed my reservation I was in the mid 50's if I recall (54?)
I really do hope to see my phone this week....