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Pre-order For Verizon’s Galaxy S3 is Live Now, “Ships by July 9”

It’s live! For those looking to get in on the most hyped Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, you can pre-order yours today through Verizon. As a reminder, the device comes in either blue or white and in 16GB and 32GB models at $199 and $249 respectively. If that extra $50 for an extra 16GB of internal storage seems a bit much to you, remember that the phone does have a microSD card slot, so you could essentially save yourself $50 and just slap in one of your existing cards to expand it above 16GB.

During the checkout process, we noticed that it certainly says “ships by July 9,” a date we first reported yesterday. We have actually been told that warehouses are expecting devices during the last week of June, so there is always the slightest of chances that we will see this shipped before July. Otherwise, you have exactly 1 month to go before naturistic technology is in your hands.

Update:  Verizon realized that they screwed up in their confirmation emails, having said 6/6/2012 as a ship date. They are now sending out “Oops!” emails to let everyone know that July 9 is still their expected ship date. 

And yes, as we also told you on Monday, pre-ordering will lock you into unlimited data. For those not familiar, Verizon’s pre-order process is not the $50 deposit method that retailers like Best Buy use. With Big Red, you actually purchase the device and extend your contract.

Here is the unlimited data proof from checkout:


*Note – We had originally reported that a confirmation email said it could ship by July 6, but it actually says “6/6/12” which is today. That is clearly not happening.

Cheers interstellarmind, Taylor and Tim!

  • Jeff

    If you currently have grandfathered unlimited data plan; you can keep your unlimited for one more upgrade( 2 yeasr). Not sure about people who do not have unlimited data plans at the time of this upgrade. I have talked to many different Verizon reps and they all acknowledge that you keep your existing plan past the two years for as long as you want(buy your own phones) or until you use a subsidized phone in two years.
    Good luck to you..

  • Bleeds

    Also, that choice to Keep unlimited is NO LONGER in the kiosk. Go try.. Just went thru it, and thats why I called in.

  • Bleeds

    I just got off the phone with Verizon, and they confirmed to me the (after calling me back so they could talk to the Head account manager) that all these people that were told they would get to keep the unlimited plans are not. In fact, when you go to activate the phone after receiving it (after the 28th) it will not activate and will make you connect to customer service. At that time you will be required to choose a tiered plan. I know this goes against everything we have been reading, but I am telling you I was just told this. That is why the official release date is the 28th. All prepays will ship after July 10th. Just FYI. Take it or leave it..

  • terich22

    If I order the white but end up liking the blue, is it possible to switch?

  • Jeff

    Is everyone still gettting this message when they check their Verizon order on line?
    Just curious to not get anything more after placing our orders..Thaks
    Order Status
    Here is the status of your Pre-order:We received your order and it is in process. Expected Ship Date: Not available at this time. Another Order Status? Review your order history in My Verizon Is everyone still gettting this message when they check their Verizon order on line? Just curious to not get anything more after placing our orders..Thaks Order Status Here is the status of your Pre-order:We received your order and it is in process. Expected Ship Date: Not available at this time. Another Order Status? Review your order history in My Verizon
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  • Mike S.

    Can you preorder and buy it without a contract renewal? As in pay full price? I plan on buying it out right but would like to keep existing unlimited data.

    • Either way you do it you will keep your plan no worries. However, yes you can preorder at full price.

  • Hey everyone…if you used the “Ship to Business” option, the Line 2 of the address will not appear on the order and is NOT in their system.
    If you need this in the address, you will have to jump through the same hoops as me…
    Call VZW, they cancel the order, then the order has to be remade. In my case they did it for me.
    Good Luck

    • Oh, and put the LIne 2 content into Line 1
      I had the friendly VZW rep put my office number in Line 1, Line 2 AND the APT box, and only Line 1 made it to the order.

  • nitsudstems

    Pre-ordering will lock you into unlimited data even though ther advertisement says “data paq req’d”?

    • Yes you will keep your plan. It dsnt say a new plan is req’d .. just says you have to have one.. which you already do. They ask if you want to keep or change your plan during checkout.

  • Sky_Guy

    i can’t justify needing more than the 16 gig model when you get another 50 gigs of dropbox as well as any previous sd cards you have..

    • Exactly .. Get the 16gb, $25 32 sd card, plus the 50gb of dropbox .. your good to go !!

    • Dannyboy2

      Sorry but no 50gig dropbox for Verizon.

      • Sky_Guy

        thanks for trying to appear smart by reading news later than this article. All the same, 48 gigs is way more than I will ever use. (16 internal + SD card)

  • bchampnd

    Saddest email of the day:

    Important information about your Samsung Galaxy S III Congratulations and thank you for your Samsung Galaxy S III purchase. We know that you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your new phone. Unfortunately, our original confirmation email to you contained an incorrect Ship By Date of June 6; the actual ship date for your order is July 9. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We recognize that you have a choice in wireless service and thank you for choosing Verizon Wireless.

  • kevin

    I have no idea if someone can answer this question to put my mind at ease but ill give it a shot. Just about an hour ago i paid full retail price for the phone and im really excited! now supposedly the phone might arrive as soon as june 28th according to the articles that are being posted. My question now is will i get the phone by the day of release which is supposedly june 28th or will that be the day they start shipping it out thus i get the phone about a week later?

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  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Nice!!! I have an upgrade on my second line today and I *WON’T* be blowing it on a Sammy 😛

  • 18footJ

    Not really the phone I was waiting for, but I had to lock in the 2-year Unlimited Data contract. Well played Verizon, well played.

    Now the 1-month wait.

    • It showed on mine only 1 yr contract or month to month.. I was pleasantly surprised by that. This time next year the next big thing and the Jelly Bean updates will barely be rolling out anyway so no complaints here. #Winning

  • Can I just say that I am EXCITED for this. This will be what the galaxy nexus never was/should’ve been. I love my GNex, don’t get me wrong, but this just seems like a better deal all around (radios included! haha). Agreed?

  • Bob

    WoW! 9 million Pre Orders and now look @ the Train of Pre Order comments on a phone that is HardWare Challenged, Compared to EU Model and was dangled @ you all since it was rumored to be released in May, than June and now July 9th. Samsung can just about abuse Americans any ol way it wants and we just reward Samsung with PreOrders to the Maxxxxxx. When did having a Cell Phone become so important that people sell there body parts to own one? WoW!

  • Am I the only one who got white?

    • Cheryl

      Nope I did as well.

  • Shawn

    how does the unlimited plan effect people who are on family plans in terms of keeping unlimited. my father got the maxx couple months ago and renewed the contract for unlimited then. does pre-ordering this or not effect that existing plan?

    • It should effect each line individually, depending on who has/doesn’t have unlimited data already; and also who has an upgrade available.

      • Shawn

        i have the upgrade and im the main number in the plan

  • Mayneman

    Just bought a Gnex yesterday and don’t have any regrets. If the GSIII Didn’t have touch WIZ I would be all over it.

    • This why we have the ability to ROOT !! I’ll take the upgrade in specs and be able to go back to stock ICS. Can say the same on a GNex.

  • slops

    anyone notice how the verizon picture is 12:45 PM and the att/sprint picture is 7:00. does their version not know whether it’s morning or afternoon?

  • Are discounts just not being counted during this preordering stage?

  • PC_Tool

    Pre-ordering the Blue 16GB for the wife tonight.

    • LionStone

      You are definitely gettin laid! 😉

      • PC_Tool

        Don’t know about that, but after the last phone (LG Spectrum) I might actually be allowed back into the bedroom, at least. 😉

        (FWIW: I like the Spectrum, great specs and nice screen, but almost *zero* dev support…AOKP would fly on that thing if we had some ICS source for it.)

  • SMD

    Question …Does storage space affect a phones performance? With computers its often recommended that you leave enough hard drive space otherwise the computer can slow down. Are phones affected in the same way? This would help me decide on 16gb vs 32gb for the s3.

    • Yes it can. You can get the 32gb for $50 extra w/ your current sd card and have everything on your phone .. or get the 16gb pay an extra $25 for the 32gb sd card and have more external storage and move apps to your sd. Going the 16gb route you’ll be saving $25. However just comes down to personal preference.

      • SMD

        Thanks! I figured that, but wasn’t 100% sure. Much appreciated.

    • florious80

      i could be wrong, but i think Android uses the RAM for that (2gb in this phone). It’s not exactly like a computer where windows need a section of the HD to run properly.

  • e_droid

    Happy I got my Preorder in!! If VZW changes up anything with the unlimited in between now and the release date…. I’m outta’ here!

  • Sean

    I am not seeing the unlinited data feature in the data packages section. I already have it but the “existing feature” is not there.

    • Snowcrash

      Go into your “My Verizon” account
      (then click on “upgrade phone”). Don’t try to preorder from Verizon’s main page
      (where the SIII is advertised). When I tried to preorder from the main page, it
      didn’t have the option for me to keep my unlimited plan (like you). When I went
      through my actual account then clicked on “upgrade phone”, it had the option
      “keep current plan”.

      • Sean


        • Snowcrash

          No problem!

  • iceburgh

    I wonder with all the emails and mail that I’ve been getting to upgrade to any 4G phone and get $100 off, if I’ll be able to take advantage of the offer or not.

  • Adam

    Definitely finished with the Galaxy S phones after 2 years with the Fascinate. Happy with my Maxx. Enjoy the phone though, I could still return this one and get this S3, but I’m content.

    • yellowcanary73

      I hear you had the G/N traded for the Maxxt last Friday. The Maxx has been running great and the battery life is amazing. Had thought about returning the Maxx and reorder the SIII but once the Maxx gets ICS think it will be the perfect phone for me.