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Verizon Announces Their Samsung Galaxy SIII for $199 and $249, Pre-order on June 6

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Last night Samsung spread word that the 5 biggest U.S. carriers would all carry the Galaxy SIII, some of then starting as early as June. This morning, Verizon confirmed theirs, by announcing a pre-order for June 6 at 7AM EST. An actual launch date has not been given, but we have heard rumors of a June 20th (or around there) targeted date. Pricing is $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for the 32GB version. 

As you can see from the pictures, it has the physical button, only Verizon branding on the back, and is essentially the same device that was announced a few weeks back aside from the some internal spec tweaks. We’ll get the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE, 2GB of RAM, expandable storage, 8MP camera, two color options (blue or white), and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Here is Verizon’s landing page for the devive which we found last night.

VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCES SAMSUNG GALAXY S® III COMING TO AMERICA’S LARGEST 4G LTE NETWORK

The Next Generation Smartphone with the Power to Share and Intelligence to Make Everyday Life Easier

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S® III is coming to America’s largest 4G LTE network.

Galaxy S III customers can use Share Shot to create their own temporary photo sharing network with a group of friends who are nearby at the same party or event. Photos can be taken by any member of the group and shared with the entire group. One touch sharing with S Beam allows friends to share pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Galaxy S III devices’ backs together. Galaxy S III customers can take advantage of 4G LTE to share live video broadcasts of life’s special moments with their Facebook® friends using the Color app. As an exclusive feature for Verizon Wireless, customers can live broadcast video with audio when using Color.

The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch a video while texting friends or surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds with Pop Up Play. Videos can be played in a small window while customers use the rest of the display to complete other tasks such as typing emails, organizing calendars and updating their social networks. Multi-tasking is seamless with the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM paired with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Customers can also interact with the Galaxy S III in simple and fun ways thanks to Motion Gesture. With Motion Gesture, customers can initiate a phone call from a text message by simply raising the phone to their head, or they can pause a video by covering the display with their hand, and even get to the top of an email message and contact list.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in 258 markets, covering two-thirds of the of the U.S. population. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will be in 400 markets covering 260 million people by the end of this year.

Additional features:

  • Smart Stay – So intelligent, the display only dims when the customers’ eyes are closed or no longer facing the screen.
  • S Voice – Featuring natural language recognition, you can control the apps 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.”
  • AllShare® Play – Share HD videos and your favorite songs by streaming multimedia content from the Galaxy S III to a compatible Samsung Smart TV® or home audio system when connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and remotely access files on up to six Samsung devices.
  • Evolved camera capabilities – Burst Shot mode instantly captures 20 continuous shots and Best Photo feature selects the best shot to display.
  • Enhanced camera – 8-megapixel rear camera with zero-lag shutter speed and a 1.9-megapixel front camera so customers can capture pictures and videos of themselves or video chat with family and friends.
  • Mobile Hotspot – share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
  • microSD card slot for expandable memory.

Pricing and availability:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III will be available online for pre-order starting June 6 at 7 a.m. EST atwww.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online in the coming weeks.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB models for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will also have the choice of the Galaxy S III in two colors, Marble White or Pebble Blue.
  • 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.

Customers can visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 to sign up for more information and availability details on the Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow@VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Mobile

Samsung Mobile (Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC), a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

Samsung, Galaxy S, AllShare, S Voice, Samsung Smart TV and Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. 4G used in connection with the Samsung Galaxy S III refers to the fact that the device is capable of operating on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

  • skant153

    “in the coming weeks” whatever that means

    whenever this is actually available, shared data will be introduced the tuesday before launch

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    WHY are we not talking about the root situation?

  • aaCharley

    I sure would like to see and hold this in comparison to the Moto Razr Maxx HD. The display on both will be pretty nice. I’m just not sure about this GS III with a 4.8″ screen size. That is going to be pretty large to hold and is pushing it for pocket size.
    Then, without any actual user feedback, it is impossible to know now if the thing will actually hold signal well enough to make calls. Moto has always been very good at having the radios with best reception.
    Pre-Order sounds interesting but I’m a bit wary of jumping in on the preorder. Why pay a lot of cash to be a beta tester and get locked into this for two years?

    • Josh Nichols

      4.8” isn’t that big when it’s basically the same size as a Galaxy Nexus overall.

  • H2Oyeah

    I just cannot get excited for this phone. I don’t like the physical home buttons or touchwiz and the screen (while good looking) is a little to big for my liking. Might have to wait for something else for my July upgrade.

  • fartbubbler

    can’t remember seeing somewhere, but what size battery will come with the GS3? was it 2100?

  • Destroythanet

    We need a definitive answer from Verizon about whether we can pre-order this and keep our unlimited data. That will make or break this deal for so many grandfathered customers.

  • PC_Tool

    Welp, I’m out…

    Hope the wife likes hers. Would have actually paid full price for this thing if it had on-screen keys.

  • nightscout13

    WILL I BE ABLE TO KEEP UNLIMITED DATA!

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    Do we have confirmation of differing radios in this than the GNexus?

    • Josh Nichols

      Not likely. It’s the same company, why would they do anything different? If they can’t get it right right now why would they have it right in two weeks?

  • nightscout13

    YAY! I’m definitely going to pre-order!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Ready and waiting for an apology from all of the haters that got pissed & down voted me when I said that this logically would keep the physical home button in last weeks post.

    Where are you all at now?

    • PC_Tool

      You first?

      Who was it that spammed *every* *single* SIII post on this site with “VZW won’t be getting this” BS?

      Oh yeah…that was you, wasn’t it?

      Verizon got the SIII.

      Some of our memories aren’t as short as you might hope.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Guess you do not hang out here much… as I did step and say I was wrong and damn glad to be wrong. So there… best you do some searching before you bash me since your memory is not to good.

        • PC_Tool

          lmao…

          You said you were wrong. Well, all better then. We can forget the months of trolling…

    • Josh Nichols

      Logically.. it wouldn’t have. In fact, going against EVERYTHING from Samsung on EVERY other phone they’ve brought to the US, you weren’t “logical” at all.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        I was 100% logical. They touted the shizzz out of the design of this phone. Did you really think they would drop then any “design” element?

  • Koneesha

    Would I be better getting this or the Razr Maxx? I prefer moto, and my contract expires the 22.

    • MKader17

      I wouldn’t get the Razr Maxx, I would just wait for the Razr HD at this point if I was going to stick with Moto.

      • Koneesha

        i currently have the unlimited data though so it is kinda urgent for me to get the new phone before i will be switched

        • MKader17

          I’m almost 100% sure you will know at least a week in advance. If the time comes you can buy a Maxx instead and maybe return it for the SIII or the Razr HD in the 15 day window.

  • http://twitter.com/DroidKl0wn Droid Kl0wn

    If this allows me to extend my contract another 2 and keep my unlimited. I’m there.

  • MKader17

    Does anyone know the status of this phone being developer friendly? I may have to get this, but if it isn’t open like the GNex then I’m not going to waste my time.

    • Josh Nichols

      Samsung phones are generally pretty open.

  • http://AndrewNatoli.com/ Andrew Natoli

    And that means amazon wireless will probably have it for $149. :|
    Anyone else buy a Nexus recently and are now stuck questioning their move because they saw the SIII launching at $299?

    • boiiii

      Yup. Returning that (second) Nexus b/c I’m complaining about it. It really does have issues even after 4.0.4. Waiting for reviews of the S3 before I even think about buying it.

      • http://AndrewNatoli.com/ Andrew Natoli

        I’m mostly happy with mine that I got two weeks ago… but I did have to flash a different ROM and Kernel on it. Still has its flaws but AOKP m5 and Franco.Kernel are working out to be a decent combo. I’m just hoping we get some real reviews in before Amazon’s gracious 30 day return policy expires for me.

  • Corey Marrier

    While I’m not a fan of the physical home button, I am impressed that the Verizon branding is on the back of the device and not plastered on the face of the phone, hopefully other manufacturers will follow.

  • Stew

    Glad it’s at $199… maybe this will start a trend. Hopefully this marks the end of $299 top-tier phones.

    • LionStone

      Ya ‘member when the Samsung Charge launched at $299? That was ridiculous!

  • Brian

    Can you preorder in store? And can I use a $50 off flyer online?

  • boardjnky4

    To all the people praising the 199 price, that is for the 16GB version. To more closely compare it to a phone like the Galaxy Nexus, you have to compare the 32GB prices. Which, with the $30 upgrade fee, is $299 vs. $279 … not much of a difference. Glad to see you all being dooped by good marketing though.

    • skant153

      except that with the GNex you don’t have expandable storage.. so you can compare the $199 price with the 32gb GNex and use a microSD to get the other 16.. which you already have from one of your many other smartphones.
      glad to see you being dooped by senseless “upgraded hardware” prices though

    • DontBeConfused

      A cheaper price for a better phone is a good amount of difference. At least in my book

      • Liderc

        The Gnex will be 8 months old by the time this comes out, why exactly are we comparing them?

  • wasteofskin

    ahhh yes and why should I spend my money on samsung’s plastic crap?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Isn’t this the day after the double data ends?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511433303 Maz Siddiqui

      day of

  • TLufsey

    And that’s a day after the double the data promotion ends …

  • Chris Kendall

    Sammy has some serious pull at Verizon these days. The GS3 is here already, and well below the $300 par for previous 4G phones. Meanwhile, HTC still hasn’t been able to push a One variant through.

    • Steve Thornton

      with samsung selling more phones then apple currently, that will get you enough pull for carriers like verizon.

    • RobMorris

      incredible 4g is a one s variant …sort of

      • Chris Kendall

        I realize that, but the “sort of” is the problem. They lopped off screen size, dumped the beautiful unibody, and axed the ImageSense chip and f/2.0 camera. At what point does it cease to be a One S variant?

        It was also based around the fact that, until today apparently, there had been no talk about when the Inc 4G would finally materialize.

  • kevin

    So how much off contract? I know that it will coast a lot so im selling my old droid bionic and possibly my galaxy nexus. I figured that since the iphone 4s is only $650 this phone cant be THAT much more…

  • KreeTerry

    So does this mean VZW isn’t getting the next nexus?

    • Droidzilla

      The next Nexus push may be very different than what we’ve had heretofore; multiple manufacturers, all unlocked, no subsidies, etc. I would love it to go in that direction, especially if that means more Nexus choices and more Nexus carriers.

      • KreeTerry

        well i was being funny lol. but i really hope it will be completely unlocked, i dont mind waiting a few months to nab one off ebay if i can hop carriers with a single phone. especially if there will be multiple nexi

  • Matt Gondek

    As others have mentioned, great to see a 4G LTE device not retail at $299

  • A.C.

    It makes sense that they’re returning to $200. They’re wanting to push grandfathered plan holders into wanting to trade that in as well.

  • justaddh3o

    QUESTION: Are there additional fees associated with buying this device from a 3rd party such as Costco?

    • Josh Nichols

      No.

  • http://twitter.com/rbrtwillis Robert Willis

    Don’t forget you have to pay the additional $30 “upgrade fee” now so its not exactly $199 & $249.

    • ezpotato

      I’m sure wirefly or something will have a nice little discount to offset that at some point within a month of the launch

      • FortitudineVincimus

        And/or Amazon will as well

    • Butters619

      Go to Best Buy. Pretty sure it’s waived. (At least for AT&T it is)

      • Adamania

        Best Buy can’t waive activation fees. There’s just no workaround for it.

        • Butters619

          I know for AT&T there is an activation fee but if you go through best buy there is not. Best buy covers it to give you a reason to buy in their stores and because they get major kick back. I just got my One X there a couple weeks ago

          • steelcity1

            Best Buy does NOT cover it. It is charged by the phone company on your next bill… once the contract is activated. Best Buy is probably the worst place to buy a phone. Slow shipping and horrible customer service. Take a look at the BB forums if you don’t believe me.

          • Butters619

            Oh crap. Best Buy did me a little dirty then. I always prepay my bill and I did not notice that. Wow. Besides that I have never had an issue with BBY. And because of a price match and a promo I got my One X for $99.99 and I picked it up in store so I didn’t have to wait for shipping. But that was dirty of them because they told me their was no activation.

          • http://twitter.com/trophynuts Jeremy

            don’t forget that this price doesn’t include quality radios

  • ezpotato

    amazing to see what power samsung seems to have. a simultaneous launch like this in the US (with tmo and sprint announcing it too) for release all in one month for 4 major carriers is quite an accomplishment. and a damn good change in direction for our market as well!

    i want this thing, but I will give HTC and Moto (even though we know what basically is coming out for moto) a month or two to provide a rebuttal, and then make a decision.

    • ezpotato

      btw, why would you NOT spend the 50$ more for 32gb? 16gb sucks!

      • skant153

        why spend $50 more when you can use expandable storage?

        • Butters619

          Internal storage has faster I/O though

          • Josh Nichols

            But for most people it won’t make a difference.

          • Butters619

            Yeah. For most it won’t matter. I always do music on internal storage because I use my phone constantly for music and I’ve noticed on a lot of phones the lag in indexing music when you first launch a music app and a delay in changing songs.

      • cw

        Because it has a microsd reader.

        • ezpotato

          oh shit, i was thinking one x… sorry brain fart

      • Steve Thornton

        because amazon had a 32gb microSD card last thursday for 20 bucks. which is WAY cheaper!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

    When will Best Buy be doing the pre-order? I got $50 off on a new phone comin my way and $149 for this thing sounds amazing….Dropbox includes 50GB so idk why I’d shell out $50 for the 32gb version

    • Josh Nichols

      Plus it has an SD slot..

    • Droidzilla

      The problem with streaming from DB (or similar) is that it costs data, requires a good connexion, and eats battery. It also hurts performance of anything you’re concurrently doing over a network. I utilise a lot of cloud services and have an unlimited plan, but I prefer to go onboard/SD when I can if for nothing other than battery savings.

  • http://twitter.com/umiwonder CODEMAN

    I bet this is just pre order pricing

  • ezpotato

    your move, htc and Moto. now.

    • Josh Nichols

      HTC already made their moves if you haven’t noticed..

      • ezpotato

        waiting for something to get announced for verizon!

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    Well that settles it…going to return my week old Galaxy Nexus to Amazon!

  • Dave

    I wonder if this is the start of them pricing top shelf LTE handsets at $199 or will they continue pricing based on brand (especially with the Droid moniker) at a premium $299.

    I know cheaper LTE handsets will be inevitable but I didn’t expect it to be this soon.

    • Stew

      I think the reason LTE top-tier phones were at $299 was because there were still so many nice 3G phones (X2, D3…) priced at $199… but with Verizon making LTE a requirement I think maybe they’ll bring top-tier prices back down to $199… that’s just my theory

  • BSweetness

    Give me global roaming capabilities out of the box, and Verizon just might convince me to sell my RAZR MAXX for this…maybe.

    • chris125

      If it gets good battery and doesn’t have issues like the nexus ill most likely sell my maxx and grab this

  • maratu

    So I really get to use my upgrade for something at least a bit worthwhile before the tiered data plans? Alright, I’ll take it.

    • Stew

      I’d wait till the RAZR HD is announced

      • Josh Nichols

        Why? It’ll be a Razr Maxx with an HD screen.

        • Stew

          If he has an upgrade coming that means he’s probably had a phone for 20 months… and it’ll most likely have ICS and an upgraded processor. RAZR Maxx with HD Screen, ICS, better processor sounds good to me

  • http://profiles.google.com/sergiobridgett Sergio Bridgett

    unlocked bootloader?

    • John

      hah!

    • chris125

      Samsung doesn’t lock their bootloaders.

  • Brian

    So unlimited is still grandfathered in?

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      only if you buy it without renewing your contract (i.e. pay full retail price)

      • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

        ONLY when tiered pricing is announced as well as a rollout date; otherwise it’s business as usual.

        • Droidzilla

          Yeah, but it looks like that’ll be done before this is released.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

        data is unlimited for grandfathered people until Verizon switches to a tiered family data plan..until the day that those start all those with unlimited will keep it.

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          Oops, I forgot it hasn’t technically been official yet (the tiered data rollout).

    • DW

      As long as you get it before July 31. After that you will lose your unlimited for a subsidized phone.

      • Stew

        July 31? Verizon hasn’t announced anything besides “summer”

      • florious80

        Do you have a source for the “July 31″ date? I haven’t seen an exact date listed anywhere.

        • DW

          Yes I do. And a good one at that. July 31 is the date. Get your new phones now!

          • florious80

            Is this a source you can share? Or else this make your statement quite unsubstantiated…

  • durangojim

    do we know full retail pricing?

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      This is what I want to know!

    • marty jones

      You’d have to think it’ll be 649.99. Isn’t that what gnex is? Gnex is 399 in the android market, but only for…every network that isn’t Verizon. Am I really gonna spend 700 on a phone? Maybe. (Typed by LG Ally)

      • Josh Nichols

        It’s only on the play store for GSM carriers..

  • kretz7

    Good for them

  • Scott Meyer

    Physical home button.

    Gross.

  • whiteblazer00

    Wow, $199 for a top shelf Verizon lte smartphone

  • chris125

    Wow see what competition does for prices? Great to see it at 199. That with ics so you can disable all the Verizon bloat, will be interesting to see how battery does.

    • xFenixKnightx

      And this phone let’s you hide the bloat too! TW is working it!

    • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

      I wouldn’t call it a price based on competition. Its just going to be on every carrier so vz can’t call it “exclusive” and mark up the price. While technically it can be related to carrier competition, its just a normal price. Still the design is ugly enough to me to take away all interest.

      Everyone has different opinions of beauty but this phone.just isn’t attractive, visually, at all.

      • http://AndrewNatoli.com/ Andrew Natoli

        Agreed. I like the look of my GNex far more

  • Joel Gautraud

    Now… which comes first, the GSIII or family shared data?

    • Jason Smith

      Shared plan by a day

    • e_droid

      Yeah, I don’t know if I should wait for an announcement on that or go for this bad boy day 1.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joel.gautraud Joel Gautraud

        If this is the phone you want, go for it. If the shared data doesn’t come 1 day before this phone, it will certainly come soon after. It IS coming this summer, no question about that. The only question is, “What does Verizon consider ‘Summer’?”

  • GotSka81

    I haven’t been following closely, but I NEVER thought Verizon would get this.

    • Josh Nichols

      Why? They passed on the SII because of the Nexus. So they skip one phone and everyone thinks they’ll skip them all?

      • Droidzilla

        They gimped the SGS, skipped the SGSII, and the Fascinate and GNex came out a significant while after the overseas release of the SGS and SGSII, respectively. I’m very surprised to not only see it coming to VZW this soon, but also this unadulterated.

  • http://twitter.com/robkein Rob Kein

    How much off-contract?

    • e_droid

      You probably don’t want to know….

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      To be fair US carriers aren’t that bad with off contract prices…. I’d say $550 Max…

      • JoshGroff

        G-nex was 700-ish off contract on VZW? So probably there or higher on release.

        • chris125

          Gnex was 649 so this won’t be anymore than that most likely

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I hope the fact that the GNex was a 300 dollar phone means the Off contract price will be less lol… I’ll definitely have to sell my current device… not sure If I really want to.

          • JoshGroff

            I was fairly sure it was 729.99 or something along those lines.

          • chris125

            Nope it was 649 at vzw

          • JoshGroff

            Must have been one of those best buy bundles or something that got me mixed up.

          • Josh Nichols

            It was probably 729.99 at Best Buy. Best Buy charges more for off-contract phones because they make more money if you sign a contract.

    • zepfloyd

      $649.

    • Snowcrash

      $599 & $649

  • http://twitter.com/thehammerofthor Jeff Helget

    2GB of RAM… o_O

    • JoshGroff

      Almost a year and a half ago the first phone with 1GB came out, so it’s to be expected that we would see 2GB.

      • mog386

        Moore’s Law hard at work.

        • JoshGroff

          :)

  • Matt Blank

    Pleasantly surprised this isn’t $299

    • Joel Gautraud

      I’m completely surprised as well. If I had to bet, I’d have been sure it’d be $299.

    • http://twitter.com/One3OneKing Malik

      They knew that they could not pull that off with a phone coming to 5 separate carriers. They’ll only rip you off with exclusive phones.

    • palomosan

      I’m surprised by the fact that the phone is unchanged from the released one.
      Now decisions, decisions.

    • Android

      I know I’m excited about that to

  • http://twitter.com/DCBenson7 David Benson

    I could do $199. I will wait for a review of the battery, Dual-Core and bloatware.

    • user311

      Bloatware can be disabled with ICS, But yea, I want to see how the dual-core performs with 2GB of ram.

      • Zacharypt

        S4 is 28nm architecture isn’t it? That would imply better energy performance I believe.

        • http://twitter.com/StBurke Shawn Burke

          Yeup. Plus built in lte radios, I think we’ll see some great battery life from this thing.

      • picaso86

        Big question is: Battery life.

        How big is the battery in this baby?

        • Droidzilla

          I think it’s 2100mAh.