May 29 AT 8:32 AM Nick Gray 49 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III now available

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That’s right, despite rumors of delays, the Samsung Galaxy S III is now available in 28 different countries scattered across the globe. The handset is now available in the United Kingdom, France, UAE, Saudi Arabia and a handful of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – but things will heat up in July when the Galaxy S III will be available in 145 countries around the world and will be found at 296 service providers.

The U.S. debut of the Samsung Galaxy S III has yet to be announced, but Samsung is rumored to be working with all major carriers to bring its new flagship device to as many customers as possible. If you’re not willing to wait, you can order the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III, but be prepared to pay a hefty price.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S III in your future or will you wait to see if Google officially announces its new Nexus strategy at I/O next month?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • mdawg924

    I live in the US so I’m guessing I’ll have to wait until I/O whether I want to or not.. *tear*

  • triangle

    I’d love to get this phone in my hands to test it out, but I’ve already gone ahead with the Evo 4G LTE. The new evo is a pretty nice phone that just feels great in your hand and has a top notch build quality. Looking forward to reading the A&M review.

    • txbluesman

      Evo is a great phone. It’s hard to hold out when there is great phones to choose from now.

      • droilfade

        +1

    • Andrew

      I Agree the new EVO has totally renewed my faith in HTC, I am torn between stock Google and Custom UI overlays because the Custom UI’s really are getting better, and aren’t slowing down the phone as much. plus I have always liked HTC’s integration with Facebook. I like seeing peoples faces when they call.

      • lilmoe

        “plus I have always liked HTC’s integration with Facebook. I like seeing peoples faces when they call”

        you can do that on any android phone… it’s called contact integration (sync)

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          Actually, Android dropped Facebook contact integration a while back. It works for Google Plus, but that’s simply not good enough since most people in your contacts list probably use Facebook more often.

          HTC’s Facebook integration also pulls in birthdays and status updates for your contact when they call. It’s not a killer feature, but it’s nice to have.

  • h0ruza

    The latest reviews of this phone have made me feel better about this phone. Hype is a terrible thing :)

  • rovex

    Like hell its available. try actually getting one, not going to happen this week. I pre-ordered mine 3weeks ago, it will not be delivered this week.

    • Rovex

      Wow -6 rating.. Really? I guess you guys dont realise what a complete mess Samsung made of this launch. There are NO Blue units in the UK at all and thousands of unfulfilled pre-orders. How much notice did we get of this? less than a day, which is the worst thing. This morning there were ‘no issues with stock’, this afternoon there were ‘no units coming into the the UK’, with no known stocking date. There is a thread on XDA all about it.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        It’s not uncommon for a specific color to be delayed, but Samsung could have done a much better job of communicating the issue or not taking pre-orders for the color they would not be able to deliver on.

  • droilfade

    I hope they have some live phones for display at the mall soon!

  • fletchtb

    Just looking forward to where and when this phone is going to show up in the US. Congrats to the rest of the world. You now have another great option to consider now that the SIII is available in your market(s).

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    FYI, you can get the 16GB Blue SGS3 for MUCH cheaper at Negri Electronics (not fully T-Mo compatible – doesn’t support the 1700MHz band that T-Mobile uses in some areas).

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Give me this with Verizon’s LTE and I’m good.

    But since I will have to pay full MSRP, anyone think the Galaxy Nexus will drop in MSRP once this is available? I’m sure the contract price will drop but I’m interested in MSRP…

    But who am I kidding, the GS3 is worth the extra money!

    • Lolita

      The galaxy nexus is available on the google play store for $399..can’t get much cheaper than that for a unlocked gsm beast!

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        But that version of the GN doesn’t work on Verizon, right? So I’m assuming the price on the Play Store for the GSM GN isn’t going to change.

  • Steve Nutt

    The blue version is having a few “supply” issues, due to the new covering:
    http://www.slashgear.com/is-this-the-pebble-blue-galaxy-s-iiis-big-problem-29230609/

    p.s. I was going to make some wise crack about the US carriers, but I don’t think I’ll bother…

  • Nathan D.

    I have no choice but to wait for I/O and I don’t mind since I get to see what coming up next for android =)

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Yeah, waiting for I/O is probably the safest bet at this point. My guess is that Google will unveil its new Nexus strategy and give us a glimpse of what’s on the horizon.

  • skyflakes

    It’s already available in our country for around ~US$700 without contract or ~US$60 on contract for 24 months.

    Not getting it though because I just got a GNexus last week and am happy with it :)

    • ondore

      60 bucks with contract? Lucky you, I expect that in my country the lowest price with 2yrs. contract will be above 300EUR :-( Maybe I should move – where are you from? ;-)

  • cthonctic

    I still feel good having chosen the Galaxy Nexus in January over waiting until now to get the GSIII… but I still can’t wait to play with it. Such a sleek device, Samsung did a good job once more.

  • CloudyMoose

    Is the Galaxy S3 better than the upcoming iPhone 5? Please be objective
    http://apple-iphone-5-guides.blogspot.com/

    • ondore

      At first – Apple is different, and the second – information about iPhone 5 is still only rumours…

    • clocinnorcal

      Wow, is that supposed to be a real article? It claims that the SIII can’t hold up to the iphone 4. Really?

    • Se Hee

      Do you believe everything you read? The article yo linked has no real comparison whatsoever. iPhone 4s is better, not even iPhone 5 because…

      MISSING Entire comparison..

      “Just trust me”.. type of blog..

      I wouldn’t put my buying decision on such comparison.

      BTW, I am using Apple iPhone 4.

  • oddball

    I want this phone and I hope it comes before we are forced onto tiered data if we upgrade to it

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      Let’s be honest VZW isn’t about to give customers what they want…they are out for the share holders. They will coincidentally release the S3 just after they go to forced tiered.

      You could always buy it unlocked, then could keep the unlimited data plan. I know my next phone(s) will be having a pretty penny dropped on them when i upgrade. Just yesterday I went through 411 MBs DLing GTA3. I don’t think I can monitor myself and my data usage well enough to go to a tiered plan. I hot spot as well which has been a life saver for working on the road. I don’t abuse the ability, but I do utilize it.

  • thaghost

    Im waiting for you guys to review it and compare it to the One X. A Cnet reviewer seems to think that the One X is better. Im just curious as to what AndMe’s reviewer thinks.

  • spazby

    can’t wait for I/O…

  • NasLAU

    I’m in the market for3 phones for my fam right now. I want this to hurry up and come out so that the GNex drops in price. As tempting as the GSIII is I’m done with delayed carrier updates. Mine is a Nexus household.

  • Leo Young

    Sigh. Here in Canada, I still have to wait. Soon.

    • Paul

      Telus Canada already has it advertised on their site ..
      Available before summer it says .. Hmmm

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        The Canadian variant of the SGSIII features the same S4 processor as the HTC One XL (AT&T HTC One X). We’ll have to wait to see how the S4 powered version fares when compared to its EU counterpart.

  • defeasto

    this very nice phone… very dashing and slim ?? but it’s battery :(

  • MoSDeeb

    This will be a pleasing phone for many people. I’m just curious as to how it performs with CM9 installed. If I come across a good price for the unlocked version then I will surely find out.

  • HackNet

    It’s only available in white. The blue pebble version is no where to be found as of right now.
    I am assuming that the blue version will be launched during the US release. How Apple of Samsung to hold off on a color. -_-

    • Steve Nutt

      As per my comment somewhere above, the blue version is having supply issues, as the finish is getting streaks, so basically they’ve pulled it in places.

  • Ardrid

    I’ll be waiting on Google’s anticipated Nexus announcement at I/O next month. The Samsung Galaxy S3 just doesn’t do anything for me. There was a point where I was clearly eying the HTC One X, but all the reported problems have changed my mind on that one (no pun intended).

  • DroidPower

    just saw some pictures of customers in Germany holding their GS III’s… definitely jealous.

  • aranea

    I know someone who had SII switched to iphone4s and back to SIII today and is very happy with the phone.

    Personally, I’d wait to hear about the new galaxy phone, partially because my 2 year slavery to ATT is still going on and partially because I want to see what did motorola did with ICS on my atrix and more because I don’t the money right now :)

  • BigCiX

    If its made out of plastic like all the other Samsung phones I’ll pass.

    • Rovex

      Its made of polycarbonate, just like the One X, except that it doesnt stain.. unlike the One X

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Polycarbonate is simply a fancy word for plastic. The HTC One X features a soft-touch polycarbonate case while Samsung’s Galaxy S III has a ultra-glossy polycarbonate case which does not look much different than the SGSII.

    • dVyper

      What’s wrong with plastic?

  • jeff

    Glad I went with the EVO. No LTE yet but still much better hardware than Samsung.

  • Daniel
  • Ch

    Gotta get this off my chest: THIS PHONE IS UGGLY AS F*! ok… I feel better now.

  1. I live in the US so I’m guessing I’ll have to wait until I/O whether I want to or not.. *tear*

  2. I’d love to get this phone in my hands to test it out, but I’ve already gone ahead with the Evo 4G LTE. The new evo is a pretty nice phone that just feels great in your hand and has a top notch build quality. Looking forward to reading the A&M review.

    • Evo is a great phone. It’s hard to hold out when there is great phones to choose from now.

    • AndrewGuest 3 years ago

      I Agree the new EVO has totally renewed my faith in HTC, I am torn between stock Google and Custom UI overlays because the Custom UI’s really are getting better, and aren’t slowing down the phone as much. plus I have always liked HTC’s integration with Facebook. I like seeing peoples faces when they call.

      • lilmoeGuest 3 years ago

        “plus I have always liked HTC’s integration with Facebook. I like seeing peoples faces when they call”

        you can do that on any android phone… it’s called contact integration (sync)

        • Actually, Android dropped Facebook contact integration a while back. It works for Google Plus, but that’s simply not good enough since most people in your contacts list probably use Facebook more often.

          HTC’s Facebook integration also pulls in birthdays and status updates for your contact when they call. It’s not a killer feature, but it’s nice to have.

  3. The latest reviews of this phone have made me feel better about this phone. Hype is a terrible thing :)

  4. rovexGuest 3 years ago

    Like hell its available. try actually getting one, not going to happen this week. I pre-ordered mine 3weeks ago, it will not be delivered this week.

    • RovexGuest 3 years ago

      Wow -6 rating.. Really? I guess you guys dont realise what a complete mess Samsung made of this launch. There are NO Blue units in the UK at all and thousands of unfulfilled pre-orders. How much notice did we get of this? less than a day, which is the worst thing. This morning there were ‘no issues with stock’, this afternoon there were ‘no units coming into the the UK’, with no known stocking date. There is a thread on XDA all about it.

      • It’s not uncommon for a specific color to be delayed, but Samsung could have done a much better job of communicating the issue or not taking pre-orders for the color they would not be able to deliver on.

  5. I hope they have some live phones for display at the mall soon!

  6. Just looking forward to where and when this phone is going to show up in the US. Congrats to the rest of the world. You now have another great option to consider now that the SIII is available in your market(s).

  7. FYI, you can get the 16GB Blue SGS3 for MUCH cheaper at Negri Electronics (not fully T-Mo compatible – doesn’t support the 1700MHz band that T-Mobile uses in some areas).

  8. Give me this with Verizon’s LTE and I’m good.

    But since I will have to pay full MSRP, anyone think the Galaxy Nexus will drop in MSRP once this is available? I’m sure the contract price will drop but I’m interested in MSRP…

    But who am I kidding, the GS3 is worth the extra money!

    • LolitaGuest 3 years ago

      The galaxy nexus is available on the google play store for $399..can’t get much cheaper than that for a unlocked gsm beast!

      • But that version of the GN doesn’t work on Verizon, right? So I’m assuming the price on the Play Store for the GSM GN isn’t going to change.

  9. The blue version is having a few “supply” issues, due to the new covering:
    http://www.slashgear.com/is-this-the-pebble-blue-galaxy-s-iiis-big-problem-29230609/

    p.s. I was going to make some wise crack about the US carriers, but I don’t think I’ll bother…

  10. I have no choice but to wait for I/O and I don’t mind since I get to see what coming up next for android =)

    • Yeah, waiting for I/O is probably the safest bet at this point. My guess is that Google will unveil its new Nexus strategy and give us a glimpse of what’s on the horizon.

  11. It’s already available in our country for around ~US$700 without contract or ~US$60 on contract for 24 months.

    Not getting it though because I just got a GNexus last week and am happy with it :)

    • 60 bucks with contract? Lucky you, I expect that in my country the lowest price with 2yrs. contract will be above 300EUR :-( Maybe I should move – where are you from? ;-)

  12. I still feel good having chosen the Galaxy Nexus in January over waiting until now to get the GSIII… but I still can’t wait to play with it. Such a sleek device, Samsung did a good job once more.

  13. CloudyMooseGuest 3 years ago

    Is the Galaxy S3 better than the upcoming iPhone 5? Please be objective
    http://apple-iphone-5-guides.blogspot.com/

    • At first – Apple is different, and the second – information about iPhone 5 is still only rumours…

    • Wow, is that supposed to be a real article? It claims that the SIII can’t hold up to the iphone 4. Really?

    • Se HeeGuest 3 years ago

      Do you believe everything you read? The article yo linked has no real comparison whatsoever. iPhone 4s is better, not even iPhone 5 because…

      MISSING Entire comparison..

      “Just trust me”.. type of blog..

      I wouldn’t put my buying decision on such comparison.

      BTW, I am using Apple iPhone 4.

  14. I want this phone and I hope it comes before we are forced onto tiered data if we upgrade to it

    • Let’s be honest VZW isn’t about to give customers what they want…they are out for the share holders. They will coincidentally release the S3 just after they go to forced tiered.

      You could always buy it unlocked, then could keep the unlimited data plan. I know my next phone(s) will be having a pretty penny dropped on them when i upgrade. Just yesterday I went through 411 MBs DLing GTA3. I don’t think I can monitor myself and my data usage well enough to go to a tiered plan. I hot spot as well which has been a life saver for working on the road. I don’t abuse the ability, but I do utilize it.

  15. Im waiting for you guys to review it and compare it to the One X. A Cnet reviewer seems to think that the One X is better. Im just curious as to what AndMe’s reviewer thinks.

  16. can’t wait for I/O…

  17. I’m in the market for3 phones for my fam right now. I want this to hurry up and come out so that the GNex drops in price. As tempting as the GSIII is I’m done with delayed carrier updates. Mine is a Nexus household.

  18. Sigh. Here in Canada, I still have to wait. Soon.

    • PaulGuest 3 years ago

      Telus Canada already has it advertised on their site ..
      Available before summer it says .. Hmmm

      • The Canadian variant of the SGSIII features the same S4 processor as the HTC One XL (AT&T HTC One X). We’ll have to wait to see how the S4 powered version fares when compared to its EU counterpart.

  19. defeastoGuest 3 years ago

    this very nice phone… very dashing and slim ?? but it’s battery :(

  20. This will be a pleasing phone for many people. I’m just curious as to how it performs with CM9 installed. If I come across a good price for the unlocked version then I will surely find out.

  21. It’s only available in white. The blue pebble version is no where to be found as of right now.
    I am assuming that the blue version will be launched during the US release. How Apple of Samsung to hold off on a color. -_-

    • As per my comment somewhere above, the blue version is having supply issues, as the finish is getting streaks, so basically they’ve pulled it in places.

  22. I’ll be waiting on Google’s anticipated Nexus announcement at I/O next month. The Samsung Galaxy S3 just doesn’t do anything for me. There was a point where I was clearly eying the HTC One X, but all the reported problems have changed my mind on that one (no pun intended).

  23. just saw some pictures of customers in Germany holding their GS III’s… definitely jealous.

  24. I know someone who had SII switched to iphone4s and back to SIII today and is very happy with the phone.

    Personally, I’d wait to hear about the new galaxy phone, partially because my 2 year slavery to ATT is still going on and partially because I want to see what did motorola did with ICS on my atrix and more because I don’t the money right now :)

  25. If its made out of plastic like all the other Samsung phones I’ll pass.

    • RovexGuest 3 years ago

      Its made of polycarbonate, just like the One X, except that it doesnt stain.. unlike the One X

      • Polycarbonate is simply a fancy word for plastic. The HTC One X features a soft-touch polycarbonate case while Samsung’s Galaxy S III has a ultra-glossy polycarbonate case which does not look much different than the SGSII.

    • What’s wrong with plastic?

  26. jeffGuest 3 years ago

    Glad I went with the EVO. No LTE yet but still much better hardware than Samsung.

  27. ChGuest 3 years ago

    Gotta get this off my chest: THIS PHONE IS UGGLY AS F*! ok… I feel better now.