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Official: Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Launches July 10


Verizon announced moments ago that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be available in stores and online starting July 10. Both the 16GB and 32GB versions will be available, however, the 32GB version will only be available online for the time being. If you were planning to purchase the 32GB version in stores, it will be available in the “coming weeks.”

It’s tough to tell if some pre-orders will be arriving after the 10th or not, especially with estimated shipping dates of July 10 and 11 appearing for those that pre-ordered over the last week or so. I’m not sure if you can cancel or not, but if you had pre-ordered the 16GB version, you may want to look into it and then just head into a store to grab one day of launch.

If you haven’t already, be sure to read our full review of the Galaxy S3


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S® III will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 starting July 10.  Galaxy S III customers will have access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network which is available in 304 markets across the United States.  Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will be in 400 markets covering 260 million people by the end of this year.

Customers can take advantage of 4G LTE-optimized apps like Color to share live video broadcasts of life’s special moments with their Facebook® friends.  Sharing live video with audio is an exclusive feature of the Color app on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.  Customers can broadcast real-time footage of a newborn’s first step with family members who are miles away or share a beautiful view of a vacation spot to make friends at home jealous.  Combining America’s largest 4G LTE network with the Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display creates the perfect duo to watch movies, television shows and other video content with apps like viewdini.  Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources.  The viewdini app can be downloaded from Verizon Apps and Google Play.

Additional features:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM
  • Share Shot – Create a 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
  • S Beam – Share pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Galaxy S III devices’ backs together
  • S Voice – Featuring natural language recognition, you can control the apps and services used most with words instead of touch
  • 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
  • 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
  • microSD card slot for expandable memory

The Samsung Galaxy S III is available in 16 GB and 32 GB models for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively with a new two-year customer agreement.  The 16 GB model will be available in stores and online starting July 10 and the 32 GB model will be available online starting July 10 and will be in stores in the coming weeks. Customers will also have the choice of the Galaxy S III in two colors: Marble White or Pebble Blue.  Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 for more information on the Samsung Galaxy S III for 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.

  • whooleeooh

    Just got a phone the last day before shared data could I return this and just swap it out ?

  • lieffring

    kind of a joke you pre order and you get your phone a day after release date just talked to vzw rep and ship date is july 9th and wont get it till 11th so whats the point of pre order then?

    • achaff86

      I pre ordered because I didn’t want to lose my unlimited data other wise I would’ve just waited until it was released.

  • RadYOacTiVe

    I’ll gladly take mine a day after the release date to keep my unlimited plan with my pre-order.

  • ElectricCoil

    Where is the source for the article?

  • mjs1124

    My card as been charged, though there is still no shipping info yet. But it does seem like these phones will be shipped out early. So if you pre ordered it looks like we will get them before the stores!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    My white 32GB says “Expected Ship Date: 07/09/2012”

    • achaff86

      I called verizon and they said july 9th for my white 32GB it would be NICE to get it sooner but I won’t hold my breath 🙂

  • Nick Milanov

    So will mobile hotspot be free then? Or do you have to pay to share 4G to other wifi devices?

    • Immolate

      If you have a share everything plan, hot spot will be no extra charge. You still have to worry about the data usage however.

  • Sp4rxx

    Official release July 10th.

    Is that like the official release of June 19th or whatever it was?

    I will believe it when I see it!

  • Greg M

    Verizon just charged my account! (ordered first day)

    • achaff86

      I also ordered mine on the first day and haven’t been charged yet hopefully I will soon…

      • Same here. I preordered the first day and still no charge, yet. Hopefully soon. July 10th would be awesome.

  • jdrch

    Better get one quick before Apple wins an injunction against it :/

  • Kuba

    Awesome, I’ll be getting the Note 2 in two months.

    • Wongjo

      And I’ll getting the Note 3 in four months LOL

  • maxx

    my cc was charged just now

    • Annie

      My CC was also charged this afternoon for the phone.

  • apple must be getting a little worried about Jelly Bean and the s3, normally they are very quiet about new things, now the are letting folks preview ios6

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      To be honest previewing iOS versions is pretty normal. Devs need to update apps before launch.

      • about everything they are talking about is old news on android,they are going to have navigation with voice directions,face time over a cell phone etc etc lol

  • Trevor

    Look at Verizon changing things up and going with a Tuesday launch date. Our little mobile carrier is all grown up!

  • Immolate

    Where’s your puny “always launch on Thursday” now?

    Verizon really needs to get a better handle on the whole pre-order timing thing. Someone who pre-orders a phone should get theirs as early as or earlier than anyone who gets one at a store. That means order ship and are delivered the day before the stores begin to sell them.

    They had us over a barrel this time, so we have to grin and bear it, but it’s bad business.

  • Was deciding between S3 and GNex, finally just decided on GNex and got a new one off ebay. Got disappointed when the quad core s3 is unlocked version only. GNex arriving next week with N7 possibly arriving not too long afterwards.

    Anyone think I made a mistake getting GNex over S3? Big thing for me was the price difference between the two for the off contract price.

    • zorak19620

      I think you made the right choice. If worse comes to worse, you could resell it on ebay.

    • Julian Coronado

      Yeah, I’m getting the S3 next week, and I’d prefer the S3 unless you can’t wait until JellyBean comes to the GNEX.

  • Aryeh Hersh

    @Kellex – you were wondering what kind of person pays $1825 for a nexus 7 2 weeks before it goes on sale for $199? Just read the whining about preorders and you see people who would pay $1000 to get the damn phone today if they could.
    Seriously – the amount of whining and complaining about not getting your pre orders before the stores is ridiculous. What the hell kind of difference does 3 days make? I guarantee that a week after you get it you won’t care if you had it first.

  • fauxshizzl

    Full retail price?

  • mini-me

    Looks like the S3 will be in the stores before it reaches my apartment. How lame is that. I better get a tracking# email to me on the 5th. This is B.S. I ordered june 6th exactly @ 7am soon as the pre order page went live. smh

  • Aardvark99

    I don’t understand why everyone panties are in a bunch over pre-order. Isn’t the idea that you’re guaranteed to get one vs taking your chances on supplies in store? If they couldn’t commit to all the pre-orders for the 9th (mine is,
    fffllbbbblblblblblppph), I’d have to assume that there isn’t a huge amount of stock ready for the stores either.

  • droidftw

    Not sure if I should buy the GNex or the GSIII

    • LionStone

      You are kidding right!?

      • droidftw

        No, I’m not.

        • LionStone

          Hmm, ok well if that was my dilemna I would certainly get the GN since Jelly Bean is available now. It does not matter to me however because I will be getting the Nexus 7.

    • Snowcrash

      Why, because of Jellybean? I’m sure a *stable* JB ROM will be out for the GSIII soon.

      • droidftw

        The Xoom’s lack of physical buttons has spoiled me. I’m not sure if I want a phone with physical buttons 😛

  • I tried to do a few things on the phone with Verizon today.
    1)Alter the shipping address
    2)Change from the 16GB to 32GB model
    3)Cancel the preorder

    I was told that they couldn’t do anything of these things. wtf.

    • js

      Doesn’t the S3 have a microsd slot? Why upgrade to 32GB?

      • Yeah it does and I’ve thought about it a lot. The internal memory is just faster. Also I’m having trouble with the card in my current phone just “disappearing” and I don’t really feel like dealing with that.

  • Sagellih

    Just got off the phone with Verizon and they told me that my pre-order will be shipping out on July 9th!

  • BigB

    Good job VZW, put the device in others hands before you fulfill your pre orders that have been basically waiting a month now.

    • Your guaranteed a spot that your getting one, not that your first…

  • EvanTheGamer

    What about the Nexus 7? Or has Nokia screwed up that launch for everyone?

    • Immolate

      Nokia isn’t seeking an injunction. They’ve just pointed out that the tablet uses one of their patents and that Google needs to pay for it. I assume Google will simple try to get a reciprocal patent agreement so no money has to change hands.

  • sith77

    i smell another Rezound style launch here …… promises promises on pre orders and the OOPS SORRY thats not REALLY what your gonna get or that not REALLY whats gonna happen . that unlimited data ….. yeaaaaaa dont think so ………… you watch . verizon is out for its users for some reason.

  • Mike_Cook7

    But what time will Fedex be at my house??? LOL :)~

    • Snowcrash

      When you’re at work. 😉

      • That’s why I setup the ship to as my work address 🙂

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          YOU WIN SIR!

  • Just got a raging chubby in mah pants.

  • So seriously, when do you guys think the SIII will get jelly bean?

    • autoverse

      Officially? Decemberish.

      Unofficially? Right now if you so desire Mein Fuher.

      • PC_Tool

        Best answer.

      • cool, wouldn’t it make sense for Samsung to launch Jelly Bean ahead of the iPhone 5 launch? that would put it in Sept/Oct 🙂

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          To be honest…I don’t think samsung is worried about getting JB out before the iphone

  • Paradisimo

    I was looking forward to picking up this phone but now after getting JB on my Nexus I don’t know if I can part with the buttery goodness.

  • I have no doubt that the early pre-orders will arrive before if not on the launch day. No sense in hype beasting disappointment already.

  • Temp

    Verizon would not do any upgrade overrides for me to keep unlimited data and preorder this phone. Waiting to see what pops up in the nexus store.

  • BTR75

    Status checked moments ago of online pre-order.
    Here is the status of your Pre-order:We received your order and it is in process.

    Expected Ship Date: 07/11/2012

    • Riot

      I’m really hoping pre orders will ship sooner than that.

  • Riot

    I think you might want to mention if you cancel your preorder you would likely lose your unlimited data.

  • The day I was waiting for. Verizon told me since my upgrade was only a month away they would do a Manager Overide Upgrade. July 10th can’t come any faster!

  • Alex Colodner

    My preorder date still says July 9th as estimated ship date. Hope thats true, otherwise I guess I will be at the store bright and early on the 10th!

    • If it says the 9th right now, it WILL ship the 9th and you should receive the 10th 🙂

      • Shawn

        mine is the 9th as well. hoping very much it ships early which would be cool

        • Won’t ship early.. just be happy it’s almost over 🙂

          • Shawn

            i am. but i can dream

      • Christopher Fullenkamp

        No, Verizon changed there overnight shipping to two day shipping, so you should receive it on the 11th. Comfirmed by Verizon rep at 3:44pm.

    • how do you find out when your estimated ship date is on your pre-order? (apologies for a possible silly question) haha

  • WilliamJE

    Can’t wait to pay full retail!

    • Much sarcasm in you, I sense

      • michael arazan

        Might get one at full price in 6 months, by the time the new nexus phones come out, the s3 should be half off in case I’m not impressed enough with the new line of nexus phones it will be nice to have this to get or fall back on. Its going to take a lot for the new nexus phones to top the S3 imo. But i do like stock os too.

  • Does this mean the online pre-order for the 32gb is delayed as well? Or will it still ship 7/9 normally?

  • I would caution your readers to be sure that cancelling their pre-orders and picking one up in the store still allows them to keep unlimited data. I suspect it will not.

  • toosurreal01

    So the stores will have the phone before the pre-orders get into the hands of people. BIG FAIL here from VZW…

    • how am I supposed to sell my S3 for $700 now?

      • El Big CHRIS

        The only reason I preorder was to do just that. I still haven’t gotten it! 🙁

    • zepfloyd

      The point of preordering was to assure yourself of upgrading at discounted pricing AND keeping unlimited data. If it comes a day later…so what?

      • Nick

        Exactly thats why I preordered. I waited this long..so i don’t mind waiting a bit longer.

  • So none of us who preordered will have our phones on launch day?

    • My preorder ships the 9th and will arrive the 10th, so I’m set

      • You are getting overnight then? I got whatever the standard is and mine ships the 9th. It just seems rather ridiculous that those of us who ordered a month ago will get phones after people who walk into a Verizon store

        • Your’s should be overnight at no charge.. this is normal

          • Alix8821

            How sure of this are you?? Because my Bday is the 8th, and was all excited for the 9th/10th. Plus I agree. NOT getting it by launch day is nuts

          • You should hopefully see a ship date if you check status, The pre-orders are shipping next day… so unless there is some error (which is bound to happen to someone) you will be one of most with it the next day.

          • Alix8821

            status says 7/9 … jus asking about the overnight part. I had it shipped to office. But jw if thats true. Cause overnight would be AWESOME. haha

        • PC_Tool

          It generally only takes a day, for me at least. The 2 replacements I’ve gotten have only taken one business day.

        • You would think we would get ours a few days before stores

      • Aardvark99

        The longest part of waiting will be waiting to get hone from work on the 10th. Maybe I’ll be sick that day? *cough* *cough*

      • mine still says the 11th

    • autoverse

      If you’re shipping on the 9th, Verizon phones often take only one day to ship. Chances are you’ll get your phone on launch day.

  • Ryan Ball

    Just as my Bionic begins to get ICS, oh well still looking forward to getting this phone!

  • when will it be available in stores?