Jun 06 AT 11:32 AM Sean Riley 38 Comments

Galaxy S III pre-orders live on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon


The Samsung Galaxy S III is shaping up to be the most uniform non-iPhone launch across U.S. carriers in recent memory and certainly in Android history with all four major carriers releasing identical hardware (AT&T’s odd Verizon-red option notwithstanding) within just weeks of one another.

In keeping with this lock step launch plan we had three of the four put their versions of the Galaxy S III up for pre-order in the last 24 hours with Sprint, AT&T and Verizon all ready to take your money. While the hardware is virtually identical there are a couple minor differences depending on the carrier that you may want to pay attention to if you are shopping for a carrier as well as the phone. It’s also worth noting that the price on contract is the same across all three, but if you want to pick the Galaxy S III up off contract it’ll cost you extra on Verizon as their retail price for the 16GB is $599 versus the $549 that Sprint and AT&T are asking.

Sprint was the first to throw their hat in the ring with pre-orders going live yesterday afternoon. Sprint’s claim to fame with their Galaxy S III will be having Google Wallet installed and operational when you receive it. It does of course also support Sprint’s LTE network, so if you are in one of the six locations that will have it soon or if you just want to future proof yourself that’s a nice touch. Sprint is vowing to do their “best to get it to you before others get a glimpse on Thursday, June 21.”

AT&T got into the act this morning and you can pre-order the white or blue models at the moment, but if you have your sights on that exclusive red version you’ll just need to wait as apparently it’s still fermenting. The AT&T model does support their whole host of network options so you can enjoy whatever is fastest in your area be it “4G” or 4G. If you are a crazed digital hoarder you may be a little upset by AT&T’s lack of a 32GB Galaxy S III, but with the microSD slot it shouldn’t be a problem for 99% of you. AT&T is going to try to just edge out Sprint by shipping on June 18th.

Bringing up the rear is the Verizon pre-order. Why do I put it that way you ask? Well yesterday’s rumor proved true and they are planning to ship “by July 9th” which for those keeping track at home puts them over two weeks behind everyone else. Does that wording leave a flicker of hope that it will ship earlier? Sure it does, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

Moving on there is some positive news for potential Galaxy S III owners on Big Red and that is that global roaming will be enabled on the phone in the future with a software update. Verizon’s incredibly dominant LTE coverage map isn’t of course unique to the Galaxy S III, but it seemed worth mentioning when comparing the three.

That’s all the current Galaxy S III pre-order news that’s fit to print type at the moment, but US Cellular will be getting in on the pre-order act on June 12th with a ship date sometime in July and while T-Mobile isn’t doing the pre-order thing for now, they do share Sprint’s June 21st release date.

Have you already gotten your pre-order in and what carrier did you go with if you did?

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • halo0

    $549 doesn’t seem too shabby for non-contract (AT&T)!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I agree, I’m frustrated with Verizon (what else is new) for inexplicably jacking up the retail price.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        I noticed that, $50 more for Verizon! I’m still sold on it though, hopefully will be my last phone for 1.5-2 years, unlike the last 3 (1 year/2 months/11 months)

  • joseph

    I went to order one today on Verizon and was told that the free upgrade from 2GB to 4GB expired yesterday. How convenient!!!

    • John

      This was know at least a week ago – no surprise if you’ve been paying attention to the android blogs. I was able to lock in dbl data on June 5 at 9pm :D

  • KT

    I already preordered the Marble White 16GB S3 from AT&T. It cost $249.99 after taxes and the upgrade fee. I’m so happy to finally be dropping the iPhone I own. iPhone hasn’t changed much since 2007. 90% of it looks exactly the same. I’m tired of having to rely on jailbreaking in order to make the phone act the way I want it to. I’m moving away from Apple’s closed system and moving on to the open world of Android. iPhone is overrated.

    I was 100% Apple up until last year. When the 4S was released, I was so extremely disappointed. It was basically an updated iPhone 4. Apple hasn’t done anything revolutionary in years and seem to rely mostly on customer loyalty who stay faithful to Apple even though their handsets have “new” features that other manufacturers have had for years (remember when Apple said that Copy/Paste was revolutionary!? LOL!!!!) My eyes have been opened. No one can call me a fanboy of either Apple nor Android. I’ve simply done my research, compared the specs, played with Android (I’ve been an iPhone owner for 3 years), and come to the conclusion that Android is better in many aspects. Yes, iOS has a certain polish and lower-learning curve than Android, but power users cannot deal well with STOCK iOS.

  • thaghost

    So tmobile has not officially released any important details outside of the release date. How silly!

    • Y314K

      It is worrying me a bit that TMobile is still wrestling with what it will cost…

      I need to upgrade one of my accounts with a White SGIII on 06/21 for some one going on a trip a few days later… So I hope we don’t get sucker punch by a price higher then ATT, Verizon, or Sprint…. But the longer it takes for TMobile to release the official price the higher the chances of the sucker punch…

  • McLovin

    WIth a removeable SD memory card slot what is the advantage of getting ( or waiting for it to be available) the 32 Gb internal memory version versus the 16 Gb? What’s the difference between internal memory and the micro SD flash memory?

    • yankeesusa

      I myself am liking internal memory more and more. It is easier to remotely erase internal memory than risk someone taking the memory card out of the phone before you have a chance to wipe it. So for security and privacy I prefer to have only internal memory.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Internal storage is accessed faster, but considering the most frequent use for storage space is either music or video that is basically irrelevant. The only real advantage is that you have a higher potential amount of GBs with the 32GB internal + microSD.

    • redraider133

      Im getting the 16gb for this very reason. You can get a cheap SD card to boost storage

    • McLovin

      The only difference between the 16 Gb and the 32 Gb IS the micro SD flash card you get. I kept thinking there was some internal non-removeable flash somewhere inside the phone.

      I wished they would sell me one without any flash so I can use my own card. (cheaper)

      • McLovin

        I stand corrected.

        My 32 Gb phone arrived and it has no micro SD card with it. And the phone is reading 28 Gb internal memory.

        I’m glad I went with the 32 Gb version.

  • RocketDroid

    I pre-ordered the S3 from Verizon this morning and I was surprised that I was able to keep my unlimited data plan.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I’m hoping that holds out for another 6 days as that’s when my upgrade is available and I’d love to use it one last time.

    • yankeesusa

      If you preordered and used the subsidized price then you will lose unlimited once they activate your phone. Only way to keep unlimited is to buy phone at full retail price.

      • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

        Verizon hasn’t actually said that they are doing that yet. The quote was from their CFO and was tied to the roll out of their new data share plans which we still haven’t seen.

      • steveanderson1357

        Better to remain silent and be thought a fool rather than speak up and remove all doubt. –Abe Lincoln

      • David

        False. They haven’t begun phasing out grandfathered plans yet.

      • RocketDroid

        They cannot retroactively change my agreement once I accepted the terms without voiding the entire contract.

      • redraider133

        False. Check droid-life it showed the option when ordering to keep their unlimited data.

  • yankeesusa

    This phone is looking nicer and nicer every time.I just love htc sense and will probably wait to see if htc comes out with a new phone by december which is when I am forced to use my upgrade.

  • David

    Ordered from Verizon at 7am sharp this morning. Got to keep my unlimited data, too. I was a little pissed at that ridiculous $30 “upgrade fee” that brought my $50 upgrade discount down to $20. $192 w/ tax isn’t too bad, though. Less than I paid for the Droid X I’m upgrading from.

    • RocketDroid

      For some reason, I only got a $30 upgrade discount which was of course cancelled out by the new “upgrade fee”.

      There is effectively no more incentive to remain loyal to your carrier when your contract is up.

      • redraider133

        Well getting the phone for hundreds cheaper I would say is some incentive, although not much

        • David

          That doesn’t require any loyalty. Anyone could walk in off the street and sign a new contract and get the exact same subsidy.

        • RocketDroid

          Yes, but I can sign a 2-year agreement with any carrier to get the phone for hundreds of dollars cheaper.

          There is no more added incentive as there was when you could get an additional “New every two” Verizon discount on top of the lowered contract price.

  • spazby

    i am eligibile in about 7 weeks, perfect

  • redraider133

    Well I bit the bullet and ordered a white one on Verizon. If I get it and do not like it I can always return it. Can’t wait to get it and see how it performs.

  • BigCiX

    Call me crazy but I’m passing up the One X & GS3 for the next Nexus.

    • classic_hero

      Do u know when that might be comin out?

      • BigCiX

        Most likely at the end of the year.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Not crazy at all, my Galaxy Nexus has been my favorite Android phone to date and I’m sure the next version will be another leap forward.

  • Hillemary

    I ordered the white 16gb s3 at Sprint yesterday for $216. Hope it ships as planned!

  • dfrertet

    2.3.1 Android, Mobile phone with dual SIM, TV Telephone
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