Jun 04 AT 8:58 AM Anthony Domanico 51 Comments

U.S. Carriers announce plans for Samsung Galaxy S III


Samsung announced over the weekend that carriers in the U.S. would soon be announcing their plans for the Galaxy S III, and today they’ve started doing just that.


Verizon has announced that they will be offering the Galaxy S III for preorder starting June 6th at 7am via their online site. They will offer the 16GB variant for $199.99, and the 32GB model for $249.99. No word on when they will officially sell the Galaxy S III, but we’re expecting it to be in stores around the 20th.


Meanwhile, T-Mobile has announced they will begin carrying the Galaxy S III in retail stores on June 21st. They haven’t announced when or if they’ll be offering a pre-order for the device, nor the full retail price of the device, though similar devices go for about $199-$249 when they land on T-Mobile’s network. You can sign up to be notified of the release at the T-Mobile page.


Sprint’s variant will arrive on June 21st with Google Wallet in tow. The pricing will match the $199 and $249 price points for the 16GB and 32GB variants, respectively. Preorders will go live tomorrow, June 5th, ahead of the June 21st release date.


AT&T hasn’t announced official availability of the Galaxy S III, nor did they offer information yet as to a pre-order. You can sign up for updates from AT&T on their website, and they’ll likely offer more details over the next few hours. We’ll update this post as we learn more.

And just like that, boom! AT&T is adding an exclusive Red color in addition to the customary blue and white. Retail pricing will follow the $199.99/$249.99 for the 16/32 GB variants, respectively.

US Cellular

Finally, U.S. Cellular will begin offering pre-orders starting June 12th, with the device making its way to store shelves sometime in July. They will also have a 16GB and 32GB variants, with the former available in both color variants, and the latter available only in Pebble White. Pricing will be announced on June 12th.

Full Specs for the Galaxy S III include:

  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED HD display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.0
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with zero shutter lag
  • 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • LTE/HSPA+ 42 connectivity (varies by carrier)
  • S-Voice
  • 16/32 GB on-board storage
  • 2,100 mAh battery
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  • Alec Waddelow

    I would like to hear what the specs are for each carrier’s version

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

      They’re all S4 processors (1.5GHz) w/2GB RAM, removable battery, and micro SD Card slots. As mentioned, 16/32GB options will be available but since they have SD Card slots, the 16GB will probably be the most popular option. I’m not sure it’s worth $50 to upgrade the internal storage when you can buy a 32GB card for much cheaper.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        I would say the $50 is worth it to double your capacity, I mean it used to be at minimum a $100 difference between storage amounts in the past.

        • redraider133

          That was because of apple and charging $100 for double the storage. At least you can get a cheap SD card to increase storage with this.

    • Nate B.

      Are you serious. Its all the same. Only thing changed was quad to dual, increase of ram to support the dual, and carrier apps. Other then that, its the same as the international.

  • spazby

    i like that 32gb size make price go up only $50 from 16gb…

    • redraider133

      Or that it has expandable storage option also.

    • kazahani

      Pop a 32 gig card in there and you have 64 gigs on your smartphone…

  • redraider133

    Good to see Verizon is pricing this at $199, hopefully high end lte devices stay at that price.

    • kazahani

      I agree that $199 is right. This is not really that big of an upgrade from what’s currently available, so any more than that and it just wouldn’t sell.

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

      I totally agree! However, i bet we can also agree that if it had the “quad core” spec then VZW would be starting them at $299.

  • thaghost

    T-mobile, pls don’t require a mail in rebate. No one likes that silly thing. Other carriers will be offering it at the same price without the silly rebate.

    • Ang

      Buy it at Costco and you won’t have a MIR. Usually a cheaper price as well.

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

        Do they do full-price phones at Costco?

  • Dean Webb

    Nice phone, but with the U.S. versions only being dual core its not enough to pull me away from my GNex

    • Nate B.

      Would you rather loose 4G. Trust me, US would always the best of the best in everything. They’re greedy, but to make something work we are willing to sacrifice or work with what’s compatible. S4 allows 4G. Quad Exynos doesn’t.

  • Gabe

    Way to go Samsung! Now if only the next Nexus phone will be able to launch on all 4 major carriers on the same date as well…

  • Joel

    Damnit I wanted the Sprint Variant to have Exynos..the SII had it, why cant the SIII? Is it the LTE network??

    PS. Can someone tell me what happened to the hummingbird processors and why they didnt improve on that?

    • redraider133

      Yes because exynos and lte don’t play nice together sadly.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      I thought Hummingbird => Orion => Exynos? Hummingbird apparently was a code name or not final name:

    • Nate B.

      Yes its because of LTE. If Sprint would if had it then all carriers would. It would of just been logical. Exynos is an entire new platform. Why improve on hummingbird?

      • Joel

        Tmobile’s Variant of the S2 didnt have the Exynos like Sprint’s did, thats what I was basing my hopes on. And hummingbird just about topped iphone’s A4 and the snapdragon years back, it makes perfect sense to keep improving it.
        Anyway pekosROB seems to be right…pretty much boils down to a name change.

        Now we play the waiting game, praying Sprints LTE delivers.

  • triangle

    I’m glad that everyone is calling it the Samsung Galaxy S III and not making up their own name for it anymore.

    • Galen20K

      Plus one to that!

    • Steve Barry

      Eh, there’s still time. I’m thinking the Sprint variant will be the Epic LTE or something like that…

  • Ps3y3Ops

    Got the GNEX less than 30 days ago from Amazon…bidding it a fond farewell, though. Hello, SGS 3!

  • oddball

    Thrilled that Verizon preorder starts on June 6th but I am a little worried about this little nugget they slipped into their announcement

    Customers that purchase a Galaxy S III will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

    Now I’m not sure if that is just their standard you have to sign up for a data package with phone purchase statement or if that is different.

    • redraider133

      That is the standard for smart phones. Nothing new here, nothing to worry about:)

      • oddball

        Glad to hear it I had never seen them specifically mention a tiered data package need and was a little worried

    • KRS_Won

      Verizon says if you pre order and are grandfathered in with unlimited, you get to keep it. But no word on after pre orders, no mention of tiered plan pricing yet.

  • mnedunw

    lol dualcore…not a galaxy s 3

    • Nate B.

      People like this hear dual and quad. Without knowing real life use or the facts they assume more is always better.

    • Jake H

      The S4 is no joke. Do some research buddy.

    • crickerman

      dual core a15….. do some research

  • Rising33

    It may be a dual core but its next gen technology… 28nm technology on a cell ( smart ) phone… I think people are under estimating the capabilities of the S4 Krait… until the A15 chipsets come out this is top of the line…. and soon they will be rolling out quads so hold to your pants buddy, might be by the end of the year. Rather have this than an older quad core.

  • Nathan D.

    I really just want the original processor not the s4, it good and all but I still want an exynos in it though.

    • clocinnorcal

      Buy the international version

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    I’m already in line outside my Sprint store.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    This is how an Android phone should be released — standard spec/design across carrier, no carrier branded name. We may finally see an Android phone that will have many more cool third party accessories. Obviously, the size of Samsung’s market share helps them to convince the carriers not to mess up with their brand. Next, I wish they can make the carriers to stay out of the OS update.

    Google really needs to learn from the launch of the S3. The Galaxy Nexus’ launch was a mess.

    • Steve Barry

      I’m fairly certain Google learned their lesson with the GNex ‘launch’. I believe this along with the acquisition of Motorola, is the main driver behind the multiple Nexus devices coming around Thanksgiving this year. Word has it there will be five devices, but only three of them will be phones. I’m guessing Moto, Samsung, and HTC will all have a Nexus phone, while possibly two tablets, one of which I expect to be a top-notch tablet.

  • eallan

    Now we have to wait and see which carrier screws it up the least.

  • Tpaine

    Tmobile does not have LTE, I know they plan to launch an LTE service, but I am sure their version of the SGS3 does not even come with LTE radio, so they should be able to use the exynos processor with no issue

    as for the speeds, the S4 is a great processor, it competes with the tegra 3 but fails to come close to the exynos, having the s4 in the us version is a big downgrade, hopefully the 2gb ram will help,
    I was considering the htc one s, but lack of hi-def and no msd slot was a turn off, so I think I will wait for the sgs3, it is still a big step up from my LG G2X.

    • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

      The problem isn’t LTE, the Exynos only supports HSPA+ 21. Since the T-Mobile GS2 supported HSPA+ 42, they might feel that offering the Exynos with slower data speeds would be a downgrade for some customers.

  • David

    Important question regarding the Verizon GSIII: If I preorder on the 6th and use my upgrade, will I still be able to keep my unlimited data?

    • KRS_Won

      Verizon says if you pre order and are grandfathered in with unlimited, you get to keep it. But no word on after pre orders, no mention of tiered plan pricing yet.

  • cwjones4

    now the question becomes: GS3 or EVO LTE? deal breaker might be how good the radios are in the GS3….samsung has been somewhat suspect in the past but with the S4 won’t both phones be using the same qualcomm radios??

  • CTown

    Wow, these phones were only released internationaly like a week ago. That is much better than the 5 months it took with the GSII to come State side. Leave it to Samsung to show everyone how to do a global release!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Tmobile time…

    • jonathan3579

      T-Mobile doesn’t want or need you, dick.

      • redraider133

        At least then he would be whining every other day about verizon, he would just change his remarks to tmo just like he did with sprint and when he supposedly used at&t.