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Samsung: Galaxy SIII Coming to 5 U.S. Carriers Starting in June


Samsung just dropped news of U.S. availability for their brand new Galaxy SIII and yep, it’s coming to all 5 carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. They said that the we will start seeing them in June, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will all arrive in June. That could mean that AT&T’s will launch first and that Verizon’s will launch in July for all we know. But we do have a “June” time frame to start looking forward to. Big Red’s version did just cruise through the FCC, so we at least have that as a good sign as well.

Prices will start at $199, but again, we could see T-Mobile’s at $199 and Verizon’s at $299 or so. Samsung has said that each carrier will announce their own variant individually over the coming weeks. Pricing will then be confirmed everywhere, so for now, we’ll just have to speculate. 

One thing we do now have confirmed (assuming these are final), is that the physical appearance of the device will mimic that of the international version with the full-blown hardware home button with menu and back keys along side it.

We also now know the official specs which match that of the Canadian variants. We have a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor (no quad-core), 2GB of RAM, 2 colors (white and blue), 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, 16GB and 32GB models, expandable storage, and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Update:  Sprint is hosting a party on 6/12 which has to do with Samsung, so you can guess the topic. AT&T’s landing page is already up, confirming the look of the phone. Verizon seems to have a page ready, but it’s blank at this time.

And, please feel free to share your thoughts on this fine Sunday evening.

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Five Major Carriers Beginning in June 

In an industry first, Samsung delivers the same iconic smartphone design and premium content sharing experience with customized AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular services starting from $199 

DALLAS — June 4, 2012 — U.S. consumers on five major service providers will now be able to own the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III. Galaxy S III, optimized for peak performance on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks, will be launching with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular starting in June. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks.

“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.”

With the Galaxy S III, Samsung is setting a new standard for smartphones. This device was designed to be lightweight, durable and powerful. The Galaxy S III weighs 4.7 ounces and is 8.6 millimeters thin, making it lighter and sleeker than other leading smartphones, including several competitor models with smaller displays. The brilliant 4.8 inch display extends to an ultra-thin bezel to maximize the viewing area. The Galaxy S III delivers impressive processing power to allow more applications to be accessible simultaneously.

The Galaxy S III goes far beyond content consumption to content sharing. Continuing its history of innovation, Samsung has simplified how consumers share content and control the device with a single touch, through enhanced gesture technology or the simple movement of the eyes.

Sharing Made Simple

 The content sharing experience on the Galaxy S III addresses the sharing needs of consumers, whether it’s sharing and editing a presentation with a large group in real-time, sending digital images to several other smartphones at the same time or transferring large files within seconds from one phone to another. Further, these sharing experiences are simple and require little, if any, set-up.

Sharing With Multiple Devices

–      The Galaxy S III introduces the next evolution of Samsung’s content sharing service with AllShare® Play. This service automatically notifies the Galaxy S III to Samsung HDTVs, mobile tablets, laptops and other consumer electronic devices on the same network that are ready to receive video files. Users can also remotely access files from devices on other networks.

Sharing with Groups

–      With AllShare Group Cast on the Galaxy S III and a Wi-Fi network, users can share and collaborate on documents, presentations or images in real-time with multiple friends or co-workers’ without loading the file separately.

–      With Share Shot, become the official photographer for a group of friends. There’s no need to send photos and video via email, MMS or a USB drive. Users can quickly and seamlessly share pictures taken with the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away. Once the Galaxy S III is synched with chosen devices, the pictures are automatically shared.

Sharing Smartphone to Smartphone

–      S-Beam is an industry first, providing fast, easy transfer of large files, such as videos and documents, with a single touch of the Galaxy S III without needing a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal. A 1GB movie file can be shared as quickly as three minutes and a 10MB music file can be transferred in seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone.

Smartphone Simplicity

–      The S-Voice™ feature on the Galaxy S III offers much more than just asking and answering questions.  S-Voice allows users to control the applications and services used most with words instead of touch. Use S-Voice to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock, or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”

–      Smart Stay puts the “smart” in smartphones. With Smart Stay, the Galaxy S III tracks the user’s eye to ensure the device screen is always on while you’re looking at it. By knowing when you are looking at the screen, it doesn’t dim the backlight or timeout to an idle screen.

–      Motion simplifies and short cuts many common functions including converting a text message to a call by simply raising the phone to the ear, tapping the top of the phone to go to the top of an email and list of emails or contacts, and alerting to missed call or text message.

–      The capabilities of the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera are far beyond point and shoot. Burst Shot captures still pictures at a rapid-fire pace at three images per second with zero shutter lag; and Best Shot recommends the best picture to keep based on colors, lighting and clarity. The Galaxy S III shoots and plays back 1080p HD quality video with a backside illuminated sensor that improves performance in low light environments, and provides the ability to capture a photo during videoing

–      Watching video while downloading a large file or service is seamless with Pop Up Play. Pop Up Play allows you to watch any side-loaded video content while operating any application in full-screen, background view at the same time. Video running on Pop Up Play can be moved anywhere on top of the full screen, much like picture-in-picture capabilities on large screen TVs.

Powerful Performance 

The Galaxy S III includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with TouchWiz enhancements, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM to provide high-speed performance enabling efficient and seamless multi-tasking. The dual-core processor offers competitive speeds and performance as leading quad-core processors without sacrificing valuable battery life. The brilliant 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display brings content to life, without compromising the device’s true pocketability. The expansive display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.0 to guard against cracks and scratches and provide enhanced touchscreen responsiveness.

The Galaxy S III, which comes in Marble White and Pebble Blue, is powered by a removable 2100 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store large libraries of photos, videos and music onboard the Galaxy S III with expandable memory to compliment the standard 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

“The Galaxy S III is the most innovative smartphone on the market today. It is an industry first to see five major carriers align behind the launch of a single device virtually simultaneously,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. “To support the immense excitement for the Galaxy S III we will execute our biggest marketing campaign ever. Consumers won’t be able to miss why this device is the must-have smartphone.”

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  • SkamikazeKO

    Nice looking phone, nice specs (wait, no quad-core?)…..sticking with my G-Nexus.

  • Johnson!

    Verizon page is live. June 6th

  • Knlegend1

    Are they all the same?

  • Liderc

    Too bad it still looks like sh*t.

  • Michael Johnson

    T-Mobile’s page is up too, for the few of you who might’ve been wondering:

  • Andrew Elliott

    Verizon Page in now live…$199 and pre-orders start on the 6th of June? Is Verizon really not screwing this up? Who woulda thunk it?

  • e_droid

    Seems you may be able to start pre-ordering on VZW on June 6 (16GB@ $199 | 32GB @ $249 – 2 year contract).

  • ajd88

    Preorder on June 6th. It’ll be out around the end of June I would think.

  • Greg

    Preorder for Verizon starts June 6th!

  • Sp4rxx

    If VZW’s release is anything like Bionic, it will be announced in June and released in November

  • PC_Tool

    Please tell me the VZW SIII will have on-screen keys….


  • Verizon’s isn’t blank any more. $199 and pre-orders begin 6/6

  • As long as we have different radios in the gs3 than the GNex, I’m very interested!! …next up, to get Touchwiz off.

    • wickets

      Im going to bring the phone home and if there is no 4g its going straight back….razr is 3 bar 4g in my house, galaxy nexus 1 bar 3g if I’m standing in the right spot LOL

      • PC_Tool

        Bars are, for the most part, meaningless. If you base your judgement solely on “bars”, I am sure I can find a dev who can make sure your Nexus gets 4 bars … even when you have it in airplane mode. 😉

        • wickets

          Oh, didnt know that, but what about 3g/4g… is that a fiction too?

          • PC_Tool

            Usually not, but speeds are always more “telling” than bars… What kind of speeds are you getting on your RAZR vs the Nex?

          • PC_Tool

            Usually not, but speeds are always more “telling” than bars… What kind of speeds are you getting on your RAZR vs the Nex?

          • Nick weber

            No one here is going to argue that the nexus doesn’t have worse radios than the razr. All he was saying is the nexus actually displays your 4g signal strength while the razr displays 3G signal strength even when on 4g so it’s possible that the razr is just barely holding a signal as well. However it probably has a much better signal than the nexus as I know as a nexus owner that the nexus has awful radios.

  • wickets

    Can you customize the notification light on this phone like you can on the galaxy nexus? One X wasnt customizable….hopefully the s3 is, Thanks

    • Ya, look on Youtube for Galaxy S3 notification LED.

      • wickets

        thanks…,,,looks a bit bright, but at least its customizable unlike the One X

  • kevin

    Well is there really any reason to think Verizon will delay this phone just for their new data plan? I mean think about it the only phones they seem to praise are the droids and iphones so if anything wouldn’t they just under advertise as they did the galaxy nexus and just make a big deal about everything else?

  • Julian Coronado

    Really? No quad-core. I’m mad, I don’t think I’ll need 1 extra GB of RAM! My contract ends June 15th! Cmon Verizon!

    • JoshGroff

      They did say only 4G Devices would be released this year, so obviously no quad core until it’s playing nice with LTE.

    • Bionic

      this is old news, where you been? Thats why a lot of people will be passing on this phone.

  • I’m getting more and more interested. Anyone else liking the 2GB of RAM?

    • SeanBello

      the ram and the design are the only appealing things. everything else about it is terrible

    • Bionic

      sure, but not on this phone

  • Buckoman

    Is anyone else’s CDO kicking in because the back, home, and menu buttons aren’t vertically centered?

  • Really hope it doesn’t get the home buttons….

  • I’m sold. FU take my money now! 🙂

  • Apostrafee

    Beh..I’m gonna pass on this one

  • First thing Im doing, is rooting and throwing CM9 on this baby ( Not AOKP after the crap they pulled on reddit today)

    • SeanBello

      what’d they do on reddit?

  • loosecannon

    I doubt Verizon does anything to their data plans until the very end of summer. The new iPhone will be due out in the fall and if its lte like people think that’s what they want yhe changes for. I would be suprised if they did anything with data plans until then and I would be willing to bet you won’t lose your grandfathered unlimited until after the iPhone so relax people.

  • TD

    Verizon, if you screw up this release I will personally take a dump in a box and mail it to you.

    • MrEnglish

      Please don’t. They’ll just repackage it and sell it back to us at a premium.

    • Do you have your box ready? I’ve been with Big Red for a decade now and in the past 2 years it went from The Absolute Best carrier to greedy, shady, unethical, penny pinching, fear mongering, unfaithful, jack holes.
      I promise they will find a way to ef this up.

    • LiterofCola

      You do have to give them some credit though, when this phone was announced everybody was so sure that Verizon wouldn’t carry it.

      • PC_Tool

        Um, no…not really. We don’t have to give them credit for being “normal”, when everyone was so sure they’d be “jackholes”. We don’t want VZW to start thinking “doing what every other carrier in the world does” is somehow deserving of praise.

        …but we can laugh at all of the people who thought they’d be “jackholes” because of *one* skipped device. It was amusing watching FortVinny, for example, state over and over again how he *knew*, without doubt, that VZW would not get this device. 😉

    • WinstonLu

      Crapdragon last gen processor, no thanks.

      • The S4 processor is most certainly current-gen, as its the only processor currently available (or even announced) running on the latest ARM A15 architecture and utilizing a 28nm production process.
        Not only that, but the LTE module is baked into the SoC, which makes the LTE radio a much smaller drain on battery.

  • I think the S3 will be 200 for 16gb and 300 for 32gb on verizon

  • Jon

    I just bought a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon a week ago. I got it for $150 though. The S III is sure to cost $299 on Verizon. Oh well. I would enjoy the better camera of the SIII, but other than that, I see no reason to upgrade. The S3 will probably be my next phone in a year or so when I can buy it used for a decent price. I intend on keeping my unlimited 4G plan until Verizon takes from my cold dead hands. 🙂

    • John

      did you sign a 2 year contract for the nexus? i just did with the maxx last week. just wondering how you’ll upgrade next year?

      • Jon

        Yes I did get it on a 2 year contract. I’m on a family plan with a total of 4 lines. My parents never get new phones, so I just use their lines to get new phones once every 6 months or so. Verizon sh*t on my parade though with their new scheme that will kill grandfathered unlimited data as soon as you upgrade to a new phone. That hasn’t actually gone into effect yet, but it will probably when the SIII is launched, or when the iPhone 5 is launched for sure.

        So I got myself and my wife new 4G phones before that kicks in. Now here’s the thing, I can continue to get phones using my family’s lines, as long as I don’t get a renewal that counts towards my line. Verizon doesn’t seem to care who’s line you actually activate a phone on, but they do count a 2 yr renewal purchase to a given line and that line will be locked in for 2 years.

        • This is exactly my story.. My parents have “dumb” phones because they don’t care about smart phones. So I’m lucky.

    • As much as I love the Nexus, the Galaxy S3 is a better phone on most levels. Better processor by a mile, better camera by 100 miles, and hopefully won’t have the issues that have plagued the Nexus. As far as it being a dev type phone, Samsung in the past has not locked their phones up. I would assume that won’t change with this phone.

      • Jon

        I agree totally. Anyone that is shopping for a phone should clearly wait for the SIII. A) Because it’s a great phone if you wannna spend $299. B) Because it will likely cause other phone prices to drop and you can save some money if you go with another option after the SIII releases.

        I’m largely happy with the Galaxy Nexus camera after I found out that using Camera Zoom FX and HDR Camera really kills the soft focus problem that has plagued the Nexus camera.

        My 3800 maH Seido battery and simply turning off 4G and using WiFi or even 3G whenever I can has made battery life a non issue on this device. My phone has been on for 13hrs on Wifi all day, and I’ve used it with Skype, 15 minutes of gaming, and general moderate use, and I’m still at 51% battery life.

        All that to say I’m very happy with my Nexus 🙂

    • Dave

      And look at that, it’s announced at 199, pre-orders begin June 6th!

  • Adam

    I REALLY want this phone but I just upgraded to the Maxx last week because I want to keep my unlimited data. Should I return it and get this when it comes out in June, or will there be shared data by then?

    • We still aren’t sure when shared data is coming. They told us “summer” which could technically be part of June. You have 14 days I believe to return your MAXX. Just stay close to the site and we’ll let you know the minute we have a date. 🙂

      • Adam

        Thank you, sir. I have until the 6th to return the Maxx (which I like but the specs on the SIII are crazy), and it would be helpful if Verizon could just cut to the chase and tell us when they’ll start shared plans instead of teasing.

        • You can just get one of the 5 nexus phones from 5 different manufacturers in the fall straight from google after you sell your maxx.

          • Adam

            I think I’m going to return it within the next couple days, go back to my Fascinate, and wait until the this phone comes out, HOPEFULLY before tiered plans. If not this phone, atleast the RAZR HD.

      • Melvin

        Thanks for this Kellex! Definitely depending on it!

  • DontBeConfused

    I want. I’ve held on to my Droid X long enough. Come on Verizon.. I know you love screwing with us. All I ask is that you give me this phone in 2 – 3 weeks.

    • Same i am debating between this and the razr hd

      • DontBeConfused

        Yeah, Im on the same boat. It was either galaxy s3 or droid razr hd. Motorola is taking too long to announce. Unless they announce it quickly im jumping on the galaxy 3

        • michael arazan

          Why would motorola take so long, all they changed was the screen

          • Stew

            And the processor. And the potential RAM upgrade.

        • Stew

          It’s probably Verizon doing most of the waiting

  • TJ


    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Surprised Sprint is so Quick to challenge it’s baby… The EVO.

      • 27 million Galaxy SII’s sold lol

    • Thank you, added to post. 🙂

  • Tommy Thompson
  • StephanC

    “Shared Data Coming to One U.S. Carrier Starting In June”

    • If shared data comes pre release im buying a nexus at costco to secure my unlimited 4G, and using their 90 day return policy to exchange it for this beast. Big efff uuuu to Verizon.

      • Roddy

        what phone do you have now? i’m thinking of doing something similar. i need to keep my unlimited but this phone looks dope. When are you thinking of copping?

        • I have a Droid X. The moment they announce the date they are ending unlimited data im driving to Costco that very day. It would suck if suddenly one day, they say as of today Unlimited data is over.

          • Adam

            do you think verizon will actually give a definite date though? or be sneaky about it and end it like that? i don’t know what to think of verizon honestly…but yeah, i gotta make use of my costco card on that day

          • Well they said unlimited is gone as soon as shared data is introduced. So hopefully they give a date for the beginning of shared data. At least one would hope

          • michael arazan

            Its been stated, you can keep unlimited, for the time being, as long as you forgo subsidized devices and pay full retail on your devices.

          • evltwn

            Or buy a phone from Ebay or craigslist.

          • JoshGroff

            Or Swappa.

      • MikeCiggy

        The retail price at Costco and Verizon will likely be the same. As long as your paying full retail either store will allow you to keep your grandfathered plan. Just no upgrade discounts. Best bet for cheaper retail price is probably somewhere online but don’t expect that to be rite away.

        • No. Im buying a subsidized phone on contract from Costco before unlimited data is dropped, and returning it for the GS3 ( that is only if they remove unlimited data before they release this phone)

          • tim

            can you do that though? buy a nexus and get a gs3? is costco that joog lol

          • Yes. People did that with the Bionic as they were waiting for the Nexus (or Razr or rezound). You have 90 with each device. Theoretically you could do that every 3 months and upgrade.

          • michael arazan

            I applaud costco for allowing satisfaction for their customers, something verizon has forgotten about. I would like to join costco but it is over 10 miles away and really out of the way.

          • MikeCiggy

            Ah! I understand now I thought you were counting on Costco selling it cheaper for retail. Sounds like a good plan. Good luck on getting it to work though. Have you reviewed the actual contract? Is returning the original phone voiding the contract thus them making you sign a new one when the GSIII comes out.

          • 4n1m4L

            Unlimited has been a thing of the past for new customers for a while now

          • I have unlimited data on my X

  • Yeah! Too bad Verizon, for all we know, will get it in December.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Have some faith man! . . . Let’s go Verizon!

      • tiptop

        Verizon will be late. They will want their new data plan in place first.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Why are folks hell bent on thinking Verizon is so sure about this phone that they’ll hedge their New Plan Structure on it….And if they do July is next Month the summer is already here it can’t be that far away.

          • loosecannon

            They won’t change anything until the iPhone is announced or released just like before when they quit giving unlimited data.

          • Many many people would be surprised if the next iPhone drops before September/October. Verizon definitely wants their shared data plans in place when they push out their big summer releases, at the very latest for “Back to School” in August.

      • I’m trying! I want this phone! Need to add it to my collection. I’m REALLY hoping it will get released this month or at least early July. And before the shared plans so I have nothing to worry about for two years(GNex, Droid 3, Rezound, iPhone 4w, and GSIII).

    • Jon

      I have a feeling that Samsung is really pushing for this phone to be released ASAP. That being said, Verizon will probably be the last of all the carriers to release it. I gotta think that the Nexus gives them no reason to hurry.

      • LiterofCola

        I feel the opposite, I don’t think that Verizon cares much about the Nexus due to poor marketing and the pushed back release. With the S3, this phone’s going to be marketed to death, especially once the olympics start. I have a feeling they’ll push this phone out and join in on the marketing as well.

  • meh. This phone has me underwhelmed given they consider it a flagship.

  • Quad core PLEASE?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      /S? . . .

    • dsass600


      • Dude does do some of the best videos in Android. Keep it up Sir Brownlee. 🙂

        And sorry about teh lack of quadz.

        • His videos persuaded me to get the Transformer Prime. Love Marques!