I know that Share Everything has sort of taken over the wireless airwaves over the last couple of weeks, but today, T-Mobile almost trumped it when news of its Galaxy SIII launch plans leaked this afternoon. If you were looking for a confusing carrier move, this may be the ultimate one.
Through Verizon, AT&T and Sprint,the 16GB version of the GS3 has been priced at no more than $199 on new contract. Hell, I think even small time carriers are announcing it at that price. T-Mobile on the other hand, had initially decided to hold back on announcing pricing and we now know why. For customers that are renewing contracts, you could pay upwards of $279 after a $50 mail-in-rebate for the 16GB model. So actually, you are paying $329 for a device that every other carrier is charging $199 for, but then you have to deal with a rebate on top of it. I probably don’t need to remind you of this, but there isn’t an LTE network in sight for them either. Crazy.
Also according to the latest leak out of Magenta, their plan is to launch the Galaxy SIII in two phases. On June 21, they will have a limited supply available online and then instore availability through their top 29 markets. Then on June 27, they are hoping to have enough inventory to branch out to other locations. Demand is obviously high, so you can’t fault them for this move.