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Verizon’s Galaxy SIII to be $599 and $649 at Full Retail

Verizon told us early this morning that the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be $199 and $249 at launch on contract for the 16GB and 32GB models of the device. What they didn’t give us was the full retail price, which as many of you know, has become increasingly more important knowing that shared data plans and the end of unlimited data will soon be upon us.  

We still aren’t sure when Big Red is going to announce these plans, but as a reminder, once they do, the only way to keep your current unlimited data package is to buy phones at full retail. If you decide to purchase at a subsidized price, you will be forced off of your unlimited data plan and into a shared tier. Depending on if Verizon launches these before the phone comes out, this may be the way you have to buy the phone.

So how much? According to info we received from our sources, the 16GB version will launch at $599 with the 32GB version dropping in at $649. These prices match up to current offerings in Verizon’s store and we believe them to be correct and not just place holders. No additional info was given, like an actual release date, but once we have it, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

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  • James Jackson

    what if i only have 3g? can they make me go tiered if i add 4g on an unsubsidized handset??

    • Gr8Ape

      No, see my post above

  • Adam

    Speaking of upgrading…I upgraded to the Razr Maxx 10 days ago from the Fascinate. But I really want this phone…however, I really want to keep my unlimited. Should I return the Maxx and wait for this? Can I go back to my Fascinate without a problem then upgrade to this phone and keep unlimited?

    • Larizard

      same question here. i got a GNex two weeks ago, so anyone who can answer this question would be appreciated!

  • hfoster52

    I was told by a rep over the phone last week the only way they are going to get you out your unlimited data plan was when upgrade your phone.

  • Fun With Drugs

    I’m not complaining about price. This is reasonable for a smartphone these days.
    It’s more powerful and useful than most computers now.
    But I feel bad for all the people who are like “Fuck you! you won’t take my unlimited, i’ll buy full retail!” No matter how you buy a new phone, your unlimited will be gone once your contract is up. So you’re just paying hundreds of dollars more, thinking you’re going to keep it.
    Then you’ll be ripped off even more in the long run, like Verizon has done and plans to do in the future.
    My contract with them is ending in September. I’ll get the GSIII when I move to AT&T.

    • guest

      “your unlimited will be gone once your contract is up.” —- WRONG!

      • Fun With Drugs

        How is that wrong? You may have unlimited data now, like I do, but when your contract is up, it’s gone. You can upgrade your phone now, by buying full retail and keep that unlimited, but your plan isn’t going to last forever. You’re going to either have to renew your contract, or leave Verizon. Either way, unlimited is gone.
        They make you think you’re going to keep it, but you’re not. Because like it or not, your contract will eventually run out, then it’s time to upgrade and bam, tiered data.

        • Fuzz

          What? Just because your contract is up doesn’t mean you lose service. They won’t change your plan for no reason. You will keep unlimited as long as you do not use an upgrade and get into a new contract. Getting a new phone at full retail is not getting a new contract.

          • Fun With Drugs

            Do you know what a contract is? When your contract is up, then it’s up. You either have the options to renew it, or go somewhere else. Durr. You don’t sign up for Verizon once and keep the service forever. You have to keep renewing the contract. That’s why it’s for 2 years. Then another 2 years. Then another 2 years.

  • Faber

    I’ll be holding my current device longer, then when time comes only buying a device outright. Congrats verizon, you successfully gaurenteed il never sign contact again. Thank you!

    • Ardy

      Good thinking, BUT if you buy a 4G device at full price aren’t you still forced to get rid of the unlimited plan? The key word is “if you upgrade to any 4G phone!”

      • Gr8Ape

        Not true as of last week. I just got a GNex off Craigslist upgrading me from my OGDroid. I walked into a certified Verizon store (not a corporate one) and walked out with a gnex 4g phone (with a brand new 4g sim) on my same unlimited data account.

  • Maddingo

    Is this phone Global?

    • Snowcrash

      That’s what I’d like to know…

  • the real wayne brady

    GSM Galaxy Nexus, $400 of contract and unlocked. Dump Verizon people.

    • the real wayne brady

      *off

  • Destroythanet

    Would Verizon have the nerve to let grandfathered customers pre-order this on Wednesday then turn around and tell them they’re getting rid of their unlimited data right before they ship them out at the end of the month?

    • hkklife

      Yes. Yes, Verizon would have the nerve to say and do that. I would love to pre order these puppies but I’m scared of what I might be getting myself into.

      I might just wait and see if Costco’s wireless kiosk offers it and of course, wait for Verizon to announce a date for the start of shared data plans. My guess is that they will begin shared data sometime between June 19th and July 5th.

      • mini-me

        Lets say Verizon does drop the bomb on us after we pre order & cancel all unlimited plans. can i cancel my order then. This will be my first pre order. I usually walk in and come out with a phone. I’m afraid this thing will sell out by 8am.

  • Darster

    Considering the Razr Maxx 16gb is $649, I highly doubt the 16gb S3 will cost $50 less.

    • shadowdude777

      I don’t doubt it, the most expensive parts in a phone are the screen and battery, and the Maxx’s battery is huge. If you look at any phone’s bill of materials, the actual processor and RAM are a very very tiny part of the cost.

      • hkklife

        Don’t forget the actual materials themselves. The RAZR has that snazzy Kevlar backing and is a very high-quality piece as far as assembly and materials used. Samsung’s plastics are much cheaper and they have greater purchasing power than Moto for buying components. And let’s not forget that TONS of GSIIIs are going to be produced for nearly every carrier globally.

        I would not doubt that Samsung may sacrifice some of their margins because they know they will make it up on volume. And the bssic GSIII tech and tooling will lead to many cheaper “mini” and “R” variants, at least in other markets, helping to quickly amortize their R&D expenditures.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    please let this drop before the new tiered data plans
    please let this drop before the new tiered data plans
    please let this drop before the new tiered data plans

    I’ve been itching to use my upgrade and this might be the best option to hit before new tiered data plans so I can keep my unlimited data. That is, unless Moto gets on the ball and officially announces the specs for the new HD RAZR MAxx

    • RadYOacTiVe

      I have an upgrade on my wife’s line I was saving for the new iPhone but looks like i’ll be using it on this instead.

  • Richard

    Seeing how the discounted phones will be obsolete soon by VZW how will they expect to sell phones for 400+ for phones? would anyone buy them at that point? knowing that tiered data will screw you in the end also…

    • SMH@u

      how much data do you really use in a month that would make tiered data a bad thing?

  • Michael Franz

    Ummm…whats that NE2 pricing mean. Wasn’t that the abbriv. for “New Every 2″. Is that like a discounted pricing they will offer to people after their contracts expire and the price being the number of days after?

    • SMH@u

      some people still have new every 2 discounts if they havent upgraded since that promo was taken away.

  • Kisuk3

    Wonder if the Verizon version will have significantly less battery life than the others like on our Gnex

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

      This has a 2100mAh battery with an S4 processor which has lte radios on chip and is 28nm vs. The 45nm of the omaps used in the gnex/razrs. The gnex also had a standard 1750mAh battery. Strictly by the sheet I think we’ll see some solid battery life out of this.

  • OfficerMoneyBags

    Your a TOOL and a SUCKER if u pay full retail price for ANY phone. Phone are NOT worth that kind of money. Your paying 100% mark-up. No matter what. No excuses. No stories. I mean every last one of you who do it FAIL as a consumer. You make the carriers LOL all the way to the bank. Sorry if the truth hurts.

    • 4n1m4L

      Agreed. Paid $400 even for my vzw g-nex in February. EBay baby.

    • chris125

      You’re* dumbass at least use proper grammar. Idiot.

    • LionStone

      Are you with Verizon’s new data share implementation program?

  • WinstonLu

    Still too high a price for a last gen Crapdragon processor.

    • chris125

      S4 isn’t last Gen.

  • Ken Bosse

    Is the 16gb expandable to 32 with a new SD card?

    • chris125

      Yes can be up to 32 gb SD card

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I believe it’s a 64gb slot…. if you can find a card.

  • kevin

    seeing how most phones off contract coast this much im actually pretty pleased by this price

    • Liderc

      Cost kevin, it’s spelled cost.

      • kevin

        lol sorry and thanks for catching me on that =)

  • lovehate

    After my contract runs out I will get a mid tier Android on boost 50.00 unlimited everything

  • MrEnglish

    I don’t see 650 dollars worth of phone there AT ALL. I’m sure many people will but it won’t be me. That’s just insane. 300 off contract tops.

    • MKader17

      You’re funny. I don’t know about the SIII because it hasn’t been out long enough, but the iPhone 4S cost $207 just in parts (no LTE radio), then you have manufacturing, boxes, shipping, etc… Not to mention you have overhead cost, engineers, administration… These people have to be paid as well.

      I’m not saying that $650 is the most competitive price, and I’m sure Verizon gets a cut of the pie from the sales, but saying it’s only worth $300 is insulting to the people who spent their time designing it.

      • MrEnglish

        I hear what you’re saying but just because those figures are thrown about doesn’t make them justified (or true). The phone is 650 off contract to guide people into contracts. The mere fact that its more than half off on contract quantifies that. Its also because there is always someone who sees value where others do not and is willing to keep paying no matter what they charge. Its whatever the market will bear. There is nothing in that phone that justifies the prices to me but as I said, I’m sure there will be plenty of people who find the value. As for insult, charging me that much for plastic and silicon is the insult….especially in this day and age.

        • wow

          I had to make my first post on Droid Life because this comment is just so ignorant. Calling a smartphone “plastic and silicon” with the intention it’s not impressive and is just a heap of materials shows yourself to be a complete ignoramous. Do you know all the research and technology wonder that goes into these products? Do you know how many hundreds of MILLIONS of transistors are on the CPU in this phone? Do you know this hunk of “plastic and silicon” communicates with Global Positioning Satellites that are around 20,000 Kilometers above the Earth? Do you understand how the camera scans your retina to see if you are looking at the screen and responds accordingly? Do you understand how the electricity flows from your fingertips to the screen to cause it to change and morph according to your wishes? Do you understand the complexity of microphones that transfer your voice to another persons ear thousands of miles away with incredible clarity while using another microphone to catch and filter out ambient noise to make the conversation more pleasant? Do you even know what Polycarbanate is? Do you know anything about cell phones? Do you understand new technology always cost more than old technology (SGS3 compared to GNEX)? Or do you just like to whine?
          The explanation above you was better than mine showing you the bill of materials. You can’t just say “it’s not true” or “it’s not worth it”. That bill of materials cost is not based on the “what the market will bear” at all. It’s based on labor costs to MINE THE MATERIALS FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH!
          Sorry, but your ignorance and arrogance were so fierce that I almost had a brain aneurysm. My only outlet was to type this post.
          Carry on.

        • wow

          I had to make my first post on Droid Life because this comment is just so ignorant. Calling a smartphone “plastic and silicon” with the intention it’s not impressive and is just a heap of materials shows yourself to be a complete ignoramous. Do you know all the research and technological wonder that goes into these products? Do you know how many hundreds of MILLIONS of transistors are on the CPU in this phone? Do you know this hunk of “plastic and silicon” communicates with Global Positioning Satellites that are around 20,000 Kilometers above the Earth? Do you understand how the camera scans your retina to see if you are looking at the screen and responds accordingly? Do you understand how the electricity flows from your fingertips to the screen to cause it to change and morph according to your wishes? Do you understand the complexity of microphones that transfer your voice to another persons ear thousands of miles away with incredible clarity while using another microphone to catch and filter out ambient noise to make the conversation more pleasant? Do you even know what Polycarbanate is? Do you know anything about cell phones? Do you understand new technology always cost more than old technology (SGS3 compared to GNEX)? Or do you just like to whine? The explanation above you was better than mine showing you the bill of materials. You can’t just say “it’s not true” or “it’s not worth it”. That bill of materials cost is not based on the “what the market will bear” at all. It’s based on labor costs to MINE THE MATERIALS FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH! Sorry, but your ignorance and arrogance were so fierce that I almost had a brain aneurysm. My only outlet was to type this post. Carry on.

          • fartbubbler

            best post I’ve seen in a while.

          • MrEnglish

            Awesome. I’m glad you were inspired to post a response as a FREE and PUBLIC OPINION forum is only as strong as its level of participation. I may have been inclined to engage your comments were they not tainted with your obvious need to inslut me personally. None of what you posted is any less “opinion” than my post and none of it makes that phone “worth” any more than what the individual purchaser feels it is. Thanks for your response.

          • wow

            sadly, your response is an excellent reflection of the postmodern thought many people are subscribing to. And you’re right, I can’t argue with someone like you because your mantra is “what I say is right, is right and what I say is fact, is fact.” My hope is that I encounter less bull-headed and self-focused people like you and more people that hold on to an awe and wonder in what humans have created in this point in history. I don’t think Socrates or Josephus or Abraham Lincoln or Albert Einstein would have called a SGS3 a hunk of “plastic and silicon.” Just because there are many smartphones out today does not mean it is any less amazing what they are capable of. It just means you have allowed your soul to be desensitized, deadened and selfish.

          • MrEnglish

            I can’t type, too busy laughing. Please try decaf and get off your high horse. That is all. Feel free to respond to empty air, as I’m now moving on. Peace and happy thoughts.

  • roberthenderson

    That’s supposed to be, ‘if we preorder’ and ‘takes effect’.

  • kristian tzokanow

    Damn, so now what? Keep Nexus or SIII??? hah

  • MrEnglish

    650? Yea. Not happening. Staying with Gnex.

  • lovehate

    That price sucks.you could get either a laptop,ps3,xbox for less,what a joke smart phones ate becoming.

    • lovehate

      Ate becoming? How about are becoming

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Seriously. A device that is nearly as powerful as a laptop, yet super tiny with a gorgeous, ridiculously high dpi screen and constant internet connection is a joke? I agree they’re expensive, but there is some amazing tech in modern smartphones. I don’t own or even need a laptop because I own a smartphone.

      • http://www.youtube.com/MKBHD Marques Brownlee

        Agreed! I’d actually rather have a high end “super phone” in my pocket than a collection if single-purpose devices for the same price.

      • lovehate

        No the joke is google can sell their nexus for 399 so why is this almost 300 dollars more dont get me wrong I’ve been on board since d1 but its just getting silly now

        • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

          I’m pretty sure the Gnex was $600 (or $550) full retail when it first came out nearly 6 months ago. It’s dropped in price since then.

  • MagnaCartaHG

    I always thought the end of contracts for me would be a bad thing, but I actually feel liberated. Since I plan to keep my unlimited, I now get to evaluate each phone as it comes out and decide if it’s worth it to trade / sell my Galaxy Nexus, no worrying about if I’m up for renewal.

    • capecodcarl

      Nothing stops you from buying your phones used either. Just wait 6 months and this phone will be around $300. If it’s a good phone now, it should still be fine in 6 months right?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Righttt…. Like anyone on this website thinks like that…. 6months from now no one is going to buy this phone over whatever the new SHINY phone is

        • JoshGroff

          I do, got me a Rezound last month. (then again I don’t really care about shiny or new.)

  • Not A Name

    On the topic of shared data, does anybody know if I keep my unlimited data no matter how someone upgrades their line on my family plan? Could VZW force me in shared data even if I am not the one upgrading?

    • JoshGroff

      I believe if they did, it would be a breach of contract.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

      They can since the family plan is one plan and any upgrade would require a new contract

      • SMH@u

        each line has it’s own contract and its own early term fee. so it would only be the one line.

    • LionStone

      Depends if you are the account holder or not.

  • roberthenderson

    I’d we pre-order before the ‘screw or unlimited data customers’ changeover Thames effect, will we still get to keep unlimited if we don’t take actual possession or activate before that date?

  • schoat333

    Looks like my wife will get a new phone for her birthday…. I may have to borrow it tho.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      make sure you flash a good ROM on that thing, like AOKP or CM9. You don’t want to subject her to Touchwiz.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        There’s nothing wrong with touchwiz for the average user… especially this new version… it works just fine… and is simple enough

  • bgeek1

    I’m not sure how to interpret the verizon “all customers will need to purchase a data plan” stipulation. Is this just the normal it’s a smart phone and we force you to have data or is it more your old plans are void and you must have a new (limited) data plan.

    • chris125

      This is normal wording for smart phones.

      • capecodcarl

        I never understood this. What if I don’t want a data plan? I love my phone, but I could live with it being WiFi only just as I do with my iPad, but I still want to use it for voice and SMS. Why isn’t the FCC investigating this practice of forcing us to buy a data plan?

        • chris125

          Because if you want a smart phone you need a data plan. Been like that for years.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458670467 Tyler Cameron

          It really makes no sense. If I buy my phone off-contract, I should be able to opt out of a data plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=82600131 Vinnie Allard

    How can they charge 699 & 649 for a phone when a tablet with the same specs costs several hundred less? The tablet has a bigger screen which requires alot more glass and screen tech, which I thought was the expensive part…. Is it just to keep us buying and locking into agreements, or is there somehting I’m not aware of and/or overlooking?

    • JoshGroff

      You’re paying largely for the mini LTE modem imbedded and smaller parts and what not, also for the convenience of a smaller more portable device. (same reason laptops cost more than PCs with the same specs)

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      They want you to buy phones ON contract… prices are a bit inflated if you chose not to get another contract… Cost isn’t always about parts and labor. And its $599 and $649 . . . this is pretty comon pricing over the last few years… You may get by on Sprint with a full price of $550 at best

    • MKader17

      I’m not sure which tablets you are comparing but if you look at any LTE tablet they are about $50 more off contract. I think screen tech is actually less on a tablet because they are normally using a much smaller DPI on tablets.

      When comparing to wifi tablets you do have to scratch your head, but I think LTE is the common denominator here. If I remember correctly a LTE radio cost about $40 but it raises the price of the device $100-130. Similarly, there is not much difference between 16gb and 32gb of storage but it raises the price of devices $50-100.

    • Dave

      Could be lots of factors…

      Smartphones are in much higher demand than any tablet, so prices will be high comparatively speaking.

      Also it’s no small feat to put together to what amounts as a nearly full featured computer into a 5 x 3 x .3 inch frame. In addition to mark up, costs of components, the salaries of engineers, designers, and programmers have to be taken into consideration which can reach into the millions to simply make one phone.

      Then you also have to take into consideration on how carriers would like to make their contract prices a much more attractive option here in the U.S., so thus you have high full pricing.

      • hkklife

        It’s definitely a combination of factors but I think the carriers’ overwhelming desire to push contracts and subsidies (ie greed) is far and away the overwhelming factor. To a much lesser extent, you have to take into account support costs, testing, and the development of bloatware that shouldn’t be there in the first place.

        Case in point: Google is selling the unlocked GNex for $399. It has a 1-year Samsung warranty. Other than lacking the LTE radio and only having half the storage and a slightly smaller battery, its identical to what VZW is selling for $599. $399, not $499 or $599, is exactly the sort of price point that a modern new smartphone should be sold at with no exhorbitant carrier mark-up or subsidy or collusion. $450 for 16Gb and maybe $475-$500 tops would be fair full retail pricing for the SIII gives its improved specs in all areas over the GNex.

        I do agree that more R&D $ for engineering, testing, network certification etc goes into an LTE smartphone than a wi-fi tablet…but going by the $399 (street prices are even less) price for a 32Gb Asus Transformer TF300, a $100 premium for a comparably spec’d smartphone seems very reasonable.

    • jr2201

      You can’t make phone calls from a tablet. So they kind of have you over a barrel

  • EC8CH

    GSIII-LIFE.COM

    Two more GSIII posts and it will be official

    :-P

  • http://twitter.com/BlackTaxi2d Henry S

    come on, galaxy nexus is $399 at the google play store. i like what google is doing, i hope they keep it up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/imajinaxn Biggie Quan

      the nexus on the play store is also GSM only.

  • picaso86

    Oh Verizon! I don’t even know what else to say about you…

  • sgtguthrie

    As long as this launches before the data cutoff (and I can weasel an early upgrade) Verizon will get 2 more years out of me. If not, when my contract ends I’ll get a NEXUS and switch to Red Pocket Mobile.

    • El Big CHRIS

      hahaha weasel! that comment reminded me of an old college roommate. Good times.

  • Go Hawkeyes

    Hmmm, I have 2 days to convince my wife I need to upgrade from my Thunderbolt and that it is not absurd that it will cost $650+tax to do so. Suggestions?

    • Fattie McDoogles

      a spa day jewelry and hot sex…

    • Gamer28

      Call Verizon and then complaint relentlessly until they change it for a new one. Call twice more and ask for a replacement. By the third time, they’ll usually offer you a different phone. See if you can get a RAZR or just a newer model. Once you get the new phone, sell on SWAPPA or eBay and you will likely get at around $150 more than you would’ve gotten for your Thunderbolt. Buy your wife some flowers and convince her that after all the trouble you have gone through, you’re still not satisfied and need to get that phone.

    • Kevin

      Don’t tell her.

    • EC8CH

      Tell her it’s not her job to worry about such things, and to go make you a sandwich.

      I keed I keed

      • Snowcrash

        Winning!

    • Liderc

      Kill her.

    • Chris Hollenbeck

      Once I installed the extended battery, kept up on the updates, and I keep a case on it, I plan on keeping this phone for a long time. It has 8MP camera, 4G, and those little speakers underneath the “kickstand” aren’t to shabby either.

    • sk3litor

      Put on a leopard skin briefs some oils and Barry white. If that doesn’t work just spend twice as much on her

    • mike

      Get the Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store for $399 and get rid of Verizon

  • chris125

    $599 isn’t to bad. Gonna see reviews and then decide

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

      Samsies.