Phones 4U has started selling the pebble blue model of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The firm has made the announcement after Samsung said the phone would launch on 22 June. The marble white model was launched as planned in May but the pebble blue version was delayed because of its 'hyperglaze' coating.

Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone

Phones 4U said the pebble blue Galaxy S3 is: "Available now on the Vodafone network. All orders placed will be dispatched on the next working day subject to stock availability and credit check."  See also Apple fails to ban Samsung Galaxy S3 in US

However, it said that orders placed on the O2 and Orange networks will have to wait between two and three weeks for delivery – confirming the model is still is short supply.

In a statement sent in May, Samsung said: "Samsung's Galaxy S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue colour and special hyperglaze material."

"In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality Galaxy S III to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks."

Phones 4U is selling the Samsung Galaxy S3 from £31 per month with the handset free. Check our Samsung Galaxy S3 UK price and release round-up for more deals.