Jun 03 AT 11:23 PM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to five major US carriers in June

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Tonight Samsung announced the Galaxy S III will be coming to five major US carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. The device will arrive in June and retail pricing will start at $199 with contract. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks.

As expected, the US version of the device will features a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and 2 GB RAM. All of the other specs will remain the same as the international version.  The addition of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor with integrated modem will allow the device to operate on the fastest LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

Rumors have suggested we could see the device launch on some carriers as soon as June 20th, so be on the lookout for the official dates and pricing any day now.

Update: Almost all carriers have announced launch and preorder plans for the Galaxy S III.

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  • Bryan Stoner

    OOOooo 2GB of ram. I feel the crushing of LG’s feelings as we speak.

    I can’t wait to see this on the streets!!

  • Fulaman

    I hope this phone sells like crap in the states. Samsung needs to wake up and stop using second rate tech

    • Lyman

      I don’t think that’s how it works…

    • Ned Stark

      Seems like you’re one ignorant guy. What second rate tech are you talking about? The tech that is present in your iSH!T? Which is made my Samsung? LOL!

      • Fulaman

        Use of the iPhone 4S camera – Check
        Use of Snapdragon S4 processor not on par with Exynos 5250 – Check

        the international version is even more of a joke. There is nothing innovative about the Galaxy S III.

        • JBStiles1942

          The Camera on the iPhone 4s is amazing, I’d imagine it would be better on the GS3, due to the better SoC (with either the S4 or Exynos 4412). But the downgrade to the S4 is a bit of a disappointment. Their is little to entice one to get a Galaxy SIII over the Better Built/Better Camera/Cleaner Bastardization of Android(Sense>TouchWiz) HTC One Series, Exynos would have sold it, but in the US, it’s just another “ME TOO!” S4 Krait based phone. Samsung, at least have the T-Mobile version run the Exynos 4412, downgrading that one to the Dual-Core was pointless, hence making the Galaxy S III pointless, compared to the HTC One series (again, the Exynos would have made the Galaxy S III worthwhile). I’m sorry Samsung, but 2GB of ram isn’t going to make up for the massive downgrade from the Exynos 4412 to the vastly inferior Krait S4.

        • Ryan

          what a moronic and baseless comment from a good little I sheep. Here’s what our so-called “non-innovative” phones can do and your Crapple phone cannot: Complete customization. Complete rootability. Exchangeable battery. Expandable memory. Flash in browsers. Any program I wanted to install. Any type of video or audio file I wanted to play. Multi-selecting of files. Different keyboards incuding Swype. True 4G speeds. HDMI out. NFC. Animated wallpapers. Multiple items in my copy/paste pallette. Sorting photos any way I wanted to. Reflowing text in browsers. Drag & drop without the bottleneck of iTunes. SpeakToIt Assistant controls ALL apps whereas Siri only controls calendar, stocks, weather, email, messaging, etc.. One tap kills off all running apps. Hmm. This is even before we get to SmartStay, SmartAlert, palm swipe screenshots, turn over to reject calls. And s billion more things. You think Crapple invented voice to text or Siri? You think they invented pull-down notifications? You think they even invented touchscreens?!?!?! Open your eyes, blind Fanboy. Good little ilemming…pat pat pat…good little liemming…follow your other ilemmings off your cliff…

    • JBStiles1942

      I agree with you, the lack of RESPECT that Samsung has for Americans is DISGUSTING. While the rest of the world gets the A5X-Killer Exynos 4412, we get saddled with the never-was Krait S4, we Americans always get screwed over, what’s more insulting is downgrading to the Krait S4 was pointless on the T-Mobile version, as the International Version would work fine on T-Mobile, so I’m guessing it’s Samsung who has decided to spit the Krait S4 in our faces and horde the Excellent Exynos 4412 for the rest of the world.

  • spazby

    This is faster than I thought… I do like the price as well…

  • jay

    I’ll wait for the white galaxy note for t mobile!

  • The_Diz

    The only question is:

    White or blue?

    • R.S

      I think it’s ridiculous not having the white one available at the same time as the blue one.

      With that said, I think I’d wait the three weeks for the white one.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      Originally I said white but after looking at that “brushed metal” look, I think I would go with blue.

  • skugern

    Nine months since their release of the S2 – I’m hard pressed to keep up!

  • oddball

    I wonder if Samsung is leveraging their power as the largest phone producer on the planet to force the carriers to release this on their schedule rather than what the carriers want

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Who the hell needs 2gb of ram?!

    At this point 1gb is perfectly fine.. I guess it’s just a way of attracting customers since dual core is nothing special but hey! We have 2gb of ram!

    Sad..

    • rond

      My understanding is the S4 processors uses some of the RAM for the display so the extra RAM is needed. That’s why the HTC Ones are having problems with multitasking. The HTC Ones should have shipped with 2GB of RAM also.

  • Hydra

    Its a pretty phone but not worth upgrading from a current gen phone. Everything about it is almost exactly the same as the Nexus asside from the extra 1 gig of ram and the .15” screen

    Honestly no one should buy this from the major carries and just go by this guide
    http://androidandme.com/2012/05/opinions/7-reasons-to-shred-your-wireless-contract-and-switch-to-pre-paid/
    Havent looked back since.

  • Galen20K

    This is Excellent all Major carriers with versions of the Galaxy S III that look exactly like the European model. Att already has their preview page for it up and its identical to Europe’s in looks which shows Samsung finally has some clout with US Carriers now, that in itself is quite amazing since we all know what control freaks they can be but seeing as we all got burned by the delayed launch of the S2(I bought a Sensation instead of waiting) they didn’t want to muck it up this time. The Pebble blue version on Magenta will my Poison of choice come June 20th. – )

  • uknowme

    So far it doesn’t sound too bad. I just upgraded to the Evo LTE and I’m not looking back.

  • Paul Atreides

    Nice, I had a hunch Samsung would pull it off this time around. I believe Sprint will announce theirs Mid-June. Can’t wait to compare this and the EVO 4G LTE. One or the other will be my next device. I’m hoping to see a white EVO before I make my final decision, but I’d go with the pebble blue SIII instead of white. It’s rather unique.

  • swazedahustla

    After having my EVO LTE, I can’t even say I am the least bit curious. Its a nice phone but I already have a nice phone. Hope there aren’t GPS and Signal issues.

  • spintrex

    There’s something about the S III that isn’t winning me over but I can’t pinpoint what it is…..hmmm….

  • Max.Steel

    Can’t believe Samsung would let such an ugly product out of its labs. Maybe a few more months and it could have been better.

  • Jorge Vieira

    I cant wait for this phone def using my employee line to get this!

  • aranea

    As I was afraid the US version has the dual-core cpu instead of the quad-core one to include LTE due to marketing concerns. Yet I like the 2gb ram. It will probably make up for the missing two cores. Now I’m even more excited about the next nexus as it must have at least 2gb of ram.

  • Nathan D.

    Why the s4 why not keep exynos for the T-Mobile version at least.

  • shadow

    Just read the headline to this feed. Sorry you guys in the USA. Don’t go for the GS3 in any other form than 16gig white cos you may be waiting til September for your phone. Here in the UK samsung have not just dropped the ball, they seem to have lost it or had it stolen. GS3 been out here for a week now with one carrier having exclusivity on the 32gig version for the first month. Guess what. Unless you know someone who works for samsung your chances of getting anything but 16gig white for first four weeks are almost zero. With colour and gloss problems for the blue battery cover maybe samsung should ship all GS3′s with the white cover and swap them when they get things right. Come on samsung get things moving cos you are losing hundreds or thousands of customers just in the UK.

  1. OOOooo 2GB of ram. I feel the crushing of LG’s feelings as we speak.

    I can’t wait to see this on the streets!!

  2. FulamanGuest 3 years ago

    I hope this phone sells like crap in the states. Samsung needs to wake up and stop using second rate tech

    • I don’t think that’s how it works…

    • Ned StarkGuest 3 years ago

      Seems like you’re one ignorant guy. What second rate tech are you talking about? The tech that is present in your iSH!T? Which is made my Samsung? LOL!

      • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

        Use of the iPhone 4S camera – Check
        Use of Snapdragon S4 processor not on par with Exynos 5250 – Check

        the international version is even more of a joke. There is nothing innovative about the Galaxy S III.

        • JBStiles1942Guest 3 years ago

          The Camera on the iPhone 4s is amazing, I’d imagine it would be better on the GS3, due to the better SoC (with either the S4 or Exynos 4412). But the downgrade to the S4 is a bit of a disappointment. Their is little to entice one to get a Galaxy SIII over the Better Built/Better Camera/Cleaner Bastardization of Android(Sense>TouchWiz) HTC One Series, Exynos would have sold it, but in the US, it’s just another “ME TOO!” S4 Krait based phone. Samsung, at least have the T-Mobile version run the Exynos 4412, downgrading that one to the Dual-Core was pointless, hence making the Galaxy S III pointless, compared to the HTC One series (again, the Exynos would have made the Galaxy S III worthwhile). I’m sorry Samsung, but 2GB of ram isn’t going to make up for the massive downgrade from the Exynos 4412 to the vastly inferior Krait S4.

        • RyanGuest 3 years ago

          what a moronic and baseless comment from a good little I sheep. Here’s what our so-called “non-innovative” phones can do and your Crapple phone cannot: Complete customization. Complete rootability. Exchangeable battery. Expandable memory. Flash in browsers. Any program I wanted to install. Any type of video or audio file I wanted to play. Multi-selecting of files. Different keyboards incuding Swype. True 4G speeds. HDMI out. NFC. Animated wallpapers. Multiple items in my copy/paste pallette. Sorting photos any way I wanted to. Reflowing text in browsers. Drag & drop without the bottleneck of iTunes. SpeakToIt Assistant controls ALL apps whereas Siri only controls calendar, stocks, weather, email, messaging, etc.. One tap kills off all running apps. Hmm. This is even before we get to SmartStay, SmartAlert, palm swipe screenshots, turn over to reject calls. And s billion more things. You think Crapple invented voice to text or Siri? You think they invented pull-down notifications? You think they even invented touchscreens?!?!?! Open your eyes, blind Fanboy. Good little ilemming…pat pat pat…good little liemming…follow your other ilemmings off your cliff…

    • JBStiles1942Guest 3 years ago

      I agree with you, the lack of RESPECT that Samsung has for Americans is DISGUSTING. While the rest of the world gets the A5X-Killer Exynos 4412, we get saddled with the never-was Krait S4, we Americans always get screwed over, what’s more insulting is downgrading to the Krait S4 was pointless on the T-Mobile version, as the International Version would work fine on T-Mobile, so I’m guessing it’s Samsung who has decided to spit the Krait S4 in our faces and horde the Excellent Exynos 4412 for the rest of the world.

  3. This is faster than I thought… I do like the price as well…

  4. jayGuest 3 years ago

    I’ll wait for the white galaxy note for t mobile!

  5. The only question is:

    White or blue?

    • I think it’s ridiculous not having the white one available at the same time as the blue one.

      With that said, I think I’d wait the three weeks for the white one.

    • Originally I said white but after looking at that “brushed metal” look, I think I would go with blue.

  6. Nine months since their release of the S2 – I’m hard pressed to keep up!

  7. I wonder if Samsung is leveraging their power as the largest phone producer on the planet to force the carriers to release this on their schedule rather than what the carriers want

  8. Who the hell needs 2gb of ram?!

    At this point 1gb is perfectly fine.. I guess it’s just a way of attracting customers since dual core is nothing special but hey! We have 2gb of ram!

    Sad..

    • My understanding is the S4 processors uses some of the RAM for the display so the extra RAM is needed. That’s why the HTC Ones are having problems with multitasking. The HTC Ones should have shipped with 2GB of RAM also.

  9. HydraGuest 3 years ago

    Its a pretty phone but not worth upgrading from a current gen phone. Everything about it is almost exactly the same as the Nexus asside from the extra 1 gig of ram and the .15” screen

    Honestly no one should buy this from the major carries and just go by this guide
    http://androidandme.com/2012/05/opinions/7-reasons-to-shred-your-wireless-contract-and-switch-to-pre-paid/
    Havent looked back since.

  10. This is Excellent all Major carriers with versions of the Galaxy S III that look exactly like the European model. Att already has their preview page for it up and its identical to Europe’s in looks which shows Samsung finally has some clout with US Carriers now, that in itself is quite amazing since we all know what control freaks they can be but seeing as we all got burned by the delayed launch of the S2(I bought a Sensation instead of waiting) they didn’t want to muck it up this time. The Pebble blue version on Magenta will my Poison of choice come June 20th. – )

  11. So far it doesn’t sound too bad. I just upgraded to the Evo LTE and I’m not looking back.

  12. Paul AtreidesGuest 3 years ago

    Nice, I had a hunch Samsung would pull it off this time around. I believe Sprint will announce theirs Mid-June. Can’t wait to compare this and the EVO 4G LTE. One or the other will be my next device. I’m hoping to see a white EVO before I make my final decision, but I’d go with the pebble blue SIII instead of white. It’s rather unique.

  13. swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

    After having my EVO LTE, I can’t even say I am the least bit curious. Its a nice phone but I already have a nice phone. Hope there aren’t GPS and Signal issues.

  14. There’s something about the S III that isn’t winning me over but I can’t pinpoint what it is…..hmmm….

  15. Can’t believe Samsung would let such an ugly product out of its labs. Maybe a few more months and it could have been better.

  16. I cant wait for this phone def using my employee line to get this!

  17. As I was afraid the US version has the dual-core cpu instead of the quad-core one to include LTE due to marketing concerns. Yet I like the 2gb ram. It will probably make up for the missing two cores. Now I’m even more excited about the next nexus as it must have at least 2gb of ram.

  18. Why the s4 why not keep exynos for the T-Mobile version at least.

  19. shadowGuest 3 years ago

    Just read the headline to this feed. Sorry you guys in the USA. Don’t go for the GS3 in any other form than 16gig white cos you may be waiting til September for your phone. Here in the UK samsung have not just dropped the ball, they seem to have lost it or had it stolen. GS3 been out here for a week now with one carrier having exclusivity on the 32gig version for the first month. Guess what. Unless you know someone who works for samsung your chances of getting anything but 16gig white for first four weeks are almost zero. With colour and gloss problems for the blue battery cover maybe samsung should ship all GS3′s with the white cover and swap them when they get things right. Come on samsung get things moving cos you are losing hundreds or thousands of customers just in the UK.