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Did you pre-order a Galaxy Note 3 through Verizon? Chances are that your device has already shipped and should arrive right on time for the Thursday, October 10 launch. In the past, we have seen pre-orders arrive a day before devices hit store shelves, but Big Red seems to have timed these shipments just right. At least one reader is showing an estimated delivery day of this Thursday. 

We’ve already posted our Galaxy Note 3 review which featured nothing but positive remarks for the device outside of our ongoing distaste for Samsung’s tired TouchWiz skin (which can mostly be covered). We also aren’t personally fans of the size, but if you pre-ordered, you clearly don’t mind using two hands with your phone. It really is a great product with an amazing camera that will surely be a joy to use for those who ordered one early or plan to pick one up in the near future. If you want an oversized phone, Samsung’s Note products continue to lead the way.

I guess now we sit back and see how Verizon handles the flood of Note 3 pre-orders that came with the unlimited-upgrade-extravaganza that went down a couple of weeks ago. They did confirm to us that they would honor upgrades.

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Cheers Michael and Kevin!

  • Frederica Rosario

    Just got mine and it’s been sitting here all unopened and sealed. I’m a little freaked out to open it.

    Does anyone know when the Samsung flip wallets will be available?

  • Tom Huynh

    getting mine tomorrow.. same as screen shot above.. Mine is coming from Nashville, TN

  • Cooper Schuham

    On the way! Seems as if everyone’s delivery times are the same??

  • Jason Wielgosz

    FedEx just dropped off my Verizon Note 3

    • Scott Niemczyk

      Lucky. Mine says tomorrow at 8pm as the delivery time

      • valerie

        h0w did u find when u wi be getting it?

    • Cooper Schuham

      Wow. How did you manage to pull that off?

    • mmm

      Around the time mine showed up!

  • Phillies3429

    Just got my phone. A little upset that I see a 2GB data plan instead of Unlimited. I ordered it during the unlimited upgrade period. Hope they don’t give me a hard time.

    • Justin Fosco

      Great…that just brought my anxiety level up a little bit…lol

    • Pdewet

      Did the change take place after you activated it?

      • Phillies3429

        I didn’t activate it yet. But just got word that they will honor the unlimited but I had to show them my original confirmation e-mail with unlimited and I showed them the chat rep who assured that nothing would change. Took all of last night to get someone who would actually help. Ridiculous but happy that I can keep it.

  • Marco De Paulis

    “Package not due for delivery”…Seems like Verizon made sure they don’t ship before the release date…sigh

  • Phillies3429

    Checked this morning. It says on truck for delivery! It is coming from PA and I live in NJ so that may be why.

  • two juegos

    samsung forefront of smart phones, and its quality was confirmed users. with a great new product, I think it’s time I buy yourself a Note 3, I was bored and used galaxy s4

  • Chris Mejia

    So best buy will have it on Thursday also??

    • Bootleg Zani

      This is what I need to know as well.

  • Pdewet

    I saw this post and immediate went to Verizon site and it just said shipping on 10/10. Needles to say I was disappointed and about an hour after that I got an e-mail saying it shipped. Come on Thursday!! Now lets just hope my unlimited data stays in tact after activation. I don’t want to go into Verizon and raise hell.

    • cg

      Don’t upgrade the phone directly to your unlimited data line or you will lose it. Upgrade it on a basic line first, then do a device swap, making sure you bring the basic phone back on the upgraded line first. That’s what I’m doing assuming Best Buy gets the Note 3.

      • Pdewet

        I did the upgrade during the system glitch weekend and Verizon said they would honor those upgrades so my unlimited data should stay. That being said my wife is already on the 2gb plan. To be on the safe side should I activate the phone with her sim and then swop sims after its activated?

        • cg

          Negative…proceed with how you planned.

          If you ordered the phone during the glitch, then they must honor the ugprade. Since Verizon itself stated they would honor your unlimited data, just proceed to activate it normally. In your case, if there is a problem with them giving you 2GB, then you should proceed to “raise hell” to get the unlimited back. Just make sure you state that you ordered between 9/29-9/30, you have documentation stating you kept unlimited data, you have a memo from Verizon that states Verizon will honor the unlimited, and you should be good to go. Hopefully, you shouldn’t have to.

          Normally, what I said earlier would stand. But if you’re a glitch guy, you are good. I was too afraid to perform that risk. You gambled and won big…I tip my hat to you, sir. :)

  • timz04

    Bought my 64gb sandisk class 1, have not found a case but otterbox finally started advertising their cases. Some do not like otterbox, but has saved many of phones in past!

  • Chris Ibarra

    I’m okay with my Note 2 specially when the Note 3 home button is not aligned and slightly wonky..LOL a wonky home button might be a cosmetic defect but it sure will bug the hell out of me considering it’s a new device. As reported by android police

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/05/behold-samsungs-shoddy-crooked-galaxy-note-3-home-button-did-anyone-qc-this-thing/

  • crazed_z06

    Just got a shipment email… Looks like THursday’s the day..

  • James Hill

    There’s a Verizon store in phoenix that’s giving away the watch to the first 25 people who buy the Note 3 in store on Thursday.

    • Brandon Parvin

      Which location in phoenix? I’ll be picking up near norterra

      • James Hill

        I heard it on the radio this morning. If I remember correctly it was in Paradise Valley. It was a store that was having a grand opening. I’d call the phoenix area stores to find out, I’d be worth the free galaxy watch.

        • Jeff McLean

          Probably the store at Tatum/Shea. They had a store there previously but rebuilt a different one that’s like 10x larger. Technically business-wise they call that area PV although we all know its not…

        • Brandon Parvin

          Called a few stores today, no info. Just wanted to see if you heard anything else today man? I’d hate to miss out on such a great deal. I didnt hear anything on the radio today and nothing on google searches. Not sure which station was promoting the location.

  • bholden

    I just got my shipment notification email…..YEEESSS!!! 10/10/13

  • Justin Fosco

    Anyone able to customize there shipment through fedex? I want to have it shipped to my nearest fedex store cause I won’t be home for delivery, but it’s grayed out on the tracking page

    • Tim242

      They won’t hold it at store, until after a failed delivery attempt. You can call Verizon and have them submit a ticket to FedEx for an address change. (866) 338-7390

  • JK

    Is the Note 3 on 4.3? Is this the first Verizon device to have a newer version of Android than the Galaxy Nexus?

  • kempsterx5

    Did anybody get the Galaxy Gear Watch to go with the Note 3

    • Tim242

      Hell no! It serves no real purpose, and is priced waaaay too high.

    • SoDroid (Eli)

      Reviews were horrible. Waiting for the Google Smart Watch to come out, no clue when that will be.

  • David

    I called and canceled my preorder (because I wanted to buy in store) and they canceled it, but in two hours I got the shipping email with the tracking number lol. So I called again and demanded a $10 credit for wasting my time and got it! Still gotta hate Verizon though.

  • curiousmonkey

    WHY does it seems droid life is hating on the note 3 so bad for ???? every other article that comes our about it on here , they seem to have some kind of a sarcastic remark about the size ……. ” outside of our ongoing distaste for Samsung’s tired TouchWiz skin (which can mostly be covered). We also aren’t personally fans of the size, but if you pre-ordered, you clearly don’t mind using two hands with your phone. “

    • flosserelli

      Every blogger has their favorite device(s), and the Note 3 is simply not on the DL staff’s list. When people write about something that they don’t particularly like, they often insert a lot of caveats, and DL staff comments about the Note 3 are no exception. If you preordered it or you are set on buying one, then you have already made up your mind, and comments like that should not discourage you from buying what you think is the best phone for *you*.

  • http://gregorydean.net/ midimench

    Just got notice from Verizon that my Note 3 just shipped from Memphis and is coming to Los Angeles 2 day FedEx, so it’ll be here on Thursday.

  • HerbieDerb

    Just got 3 emails from Verizon. 1st saying they cancelled an order (the unlimited data). 2nd email was a new order for 2GB data plan, and 3rd to call or log on to agree to the new terms. What should I do?

    • CasperTFG

      You pre-ordered on that unlimited upgrade day? I’d call them. They made an announcement to honor those orders.

      • HerbieDerb

        Yup, on phone with them right now

        • jaloha

          I also got the same emails and I’d like to know how your phone call goes!

          • HerbieDerb

            ok. called customer service. I stressed the poor lady out with questions she wasnt able to answer. end result she said i have to call 877-807-4646 (automated), or log on to accept the terms and conditions of the new order (2gb). After I receive the phone, they will honor the unlimited. the operator said they are aware of the unlimited glitch and will honor those orders placed that weekend. I assume I have to call them again when i get the phone.

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

    Word is that the stores have a limited quantity, there were reports of the white one being backordered, but vzw changed that on the site yesterday.

    My point is, looks like a lot more people are getting the Note 3 than DL and many other sites believed!

  • HryPop

    For VZW it is a choice, a 13 year acct walks away with 3 lines or I get unlimited data when I upgrade to my Note 3. Simple really. Now to find one of those fake leather repair kits were I can cover the verizon on the back and texture it so it looks untouched. I guess I could do that. As far as loyalty there is a limit. Like HTC I have been with them since the Incredible and then the SDRam slot got in their way.

  • Tim242

    Hey Verizon…fix your ordering system already. Leaving off line 2 of the address is not cool.

    • Chris

      Same things happened to me. Cut off the last digit of my appt number. Gonna see if FedEx can update or hoping they’ll just leave it with the front desk because I believe it requires a signature.

      • Tim242

        To update the address, you have to call (866( 338-7390. Verizon has to submit a ticket to FedEx. FedEx will not hold the package for pickup, until after a failed delivery attempt. Not sure if they will leave it at the office with an incomplete address.

        • Chris

          One easy call and that worked, thank so much!

  • coolsilver

    That’s nice. Still like to activate my Nexus 7.

  • T4rd

    Can’t wait to see what features they stripped out of the phone this time!

    • Marco De Paulis

      What do u mean?

      • flosserelli

        You must be new around here.

      • T4rd

        Blocking mode, WiFi Toggles, camera scanner, etc. These are some of the things that Verizon stripped out of the their GS3, Note 2 and GS4 so far. I’m interested to see what they stripped out of their Note 3 so we can hate them more.

        • flosserelli

          ..

  • Erik McCullough

    I did a preorder but as of this writing it doesn’t say it’s shipping yet. I ordered it with the Gear, could that be why?

    • LWC

      Just keep checking. I tracked my preorder number through their website and I got my tracking number that way. It just showed up for me. 2 day shipping.

      • Erik McCullough

        Thanks for the tip!

  • Benjamin Mackie

    Im so mad I missed that upgrade bug. Furious

    • WalterWhite

      Same. :/ Besides opening another line for 9.99 a month, is there another method to keep unlimited data?

      • Bigwavedave25

        Family member or friend willing to give up their upgrade? Not much other than that…

        • WalterWhite

          I have 2 lines with upgrades, mine and my bro’s. We don’t want to lose our data.. I guess I just have to pay full price.

          • Bigwavedave25

            I’m in the same situation. Wife and I have unlimited, so I went ahead and started the $9.99 line 2 months ago in preparation. The other bonus to paying the additional fee is we now have 3 upgrades to use.

          • WalterWhite

            My brother did that for his S4 a few months ago, but now he wants to give his s4 to our mom and grab the note iii. So we’ll see.

      • T4rd

        Read this article and esp. the comments in it. Lots of good info and input (from me too on a recent upgrade that let me keep unlimited).

        http://www.droid-life.com/2013/09/17/keep-unlimited-data-verizon-upgrade/

        • WalterWhite

          Thank you!

    • Chippah

      Verizon are a bunch of Faggots engaging in extreme levels of faggotry to the max. They are liers and scumbags and I hope they end up with non stop explosive diarrhea.

  • http://bane-tech.com/ Josh Bane

    My money was taken out of the account and the order status page changed format, but still says “will ship by 10/10″

    I wish Android got the same love as iPhones do…

    • tomn1ce

      That’s one thing that most of us want. It’s like they want to announce their device before everyone else but don’t have it ready until a month+ after they unveil the device.

    • SoDroid (Eli)

      Same thing happened to me. Their system updated about an hour ago and I received the shipping confirmation email. Its probably coming.

  • Jim890

    Just two more days left. I’ve already bought my case and screen protectors. Woo-hoo!

    • s0uth

      me too! lol.

    • Shaunwin

      What case and screen protectors?

      • Jim890

        I bought the SPIGEN SGP Ultra Fit Case (black color). With the screen protector I went with the EZguardz Clear Screen Protector Shield. Got those two right of eBay.

    • Spotmonkey

      No need for screen protectors!! DON’T USE CONDOMS!! It just doesn’t feel the same!

  • Manbearpig

    I love this phone but I have the note 2 and didnt use most of the features not to say they we bad. The LG G2 is looking like the choice for me. Plus that screen is gorgeous!

  • Diar

    I got the Droid Maxx last week and kept unlimited. But I’m really thinking of returning it and getting the Note 3 on Thursday. I’m not a tablet guy. I have had a Galaxy Tab 10.1 for two years but never really used it (other than to put Cyanogen on it). I may use it once or twice a month. But I’m always on my phone. So I figured I’d split the difference and get a phablet to split the difference. I think I just talked myself into…lol. I could sell my tablet to help pay for it.

    • Diar

      The only flaw in my plan is TouchWiz……uggghhhhh

      • crazed_z06

        It’s not that bad. It really isnt. It even adds some pretty useful enhancements too.

      • Bigwavedave25

        Agreed. Kids are always using our tablet, so this would be “my tablet” :)

        • Bionicman

          i let my kids use my transformer or the ipad mini. but my note 2 and soon note 3 — off limits!

    • Defenestratus

      I picked up the Note 3 on T-mobile because I wasn’t about to pay for Verizon’s extortion scheme – but I’m trying to to get used to the Note 3 from the Galaxy Nexus and its taking some getting used to. I have huge hands and I can barely use it one handed…

      It actually fits in the pocket better than the Gnex due to it being lighter – but I’m not going to lie, its a behemoth.

      • Tim242

        You get used to it quick. It will feel normal before you realize it. You have to get used to the fact that it is mostly a 2-handed device

      • Bionicman

        I’m able to use my Note 2 with one hand on most things. obviously there are times when i got to use both hands but my understanding is the Note 3 is easier than using the Note 2 so I’m excited :)

      • Mike Hilal

        They’re the same price on TMO and Verizon…

        • fallacies

          TMO was charging 199 @ one point…

          • Mike Hilal

            I never saw that, but good to know.

      • flosserelli

        It’s a 2-handed device for most people, but you will get used to it before you know it. It took me 3-4 days to get used to my Note 2 but once I did, it was second nature.

  • ebony

    I still have my Droid razr & my Gn3 is coming with a new Sim card so i should use the one they are sending right

    • Marco De Paulis

      Also curious which SIM to use

  • WCM3

    West Chester, PA REPRESENT! !

    I thought I was the only nerd in these parts

    • zepfloyd

      hardly.

  • Tim242

    Yep, both of mine have shipped! (I’ll only use one of them).

  • 07aspnex

    My preorder had an error and when I called they said that the SIM on my Galaxy Nexus is not compatible with the Note 3. The rep said he would need to cancel my current order and reorder with a SIM card. He noted my account to change my plan back to unlimited once I activate the phone. We will see how easy that is when I get the phone.

    • s0uth

      i was in a similar situation. my card i originally placed the order with got lost so i had to report it lost. verizon charged it last night but of course it got declined. so i called. the person had to cancel the original order and place a new one. but i asked plenty of times to make sure i wouldn’t lose my unlimited he said i wont…. so im hoping so as well…

    • RisingFist

      I also got a similar error. The rep said they’ll try to fix it without having to cancel my current order and reorder to keep my unlimited data. I’m crossing my fingers it goes through.

  • schlanz

    West Chester? Hell, I should have mine tomorrow then. Philly burbs represent!

    • zepfloyd

      Dude I am 20/30 mins east from that West Chester DC, Fedex always holds it anyway so I never make much of it. It’ll sit at my local hub tonight, tomorrow…zzz.

      • schlanz

        Bummer. I’ve gotten shipments from vzw in one day before, though
        Keeping my fingers crossed.

        Btw, where at? Main line?

        • zepfloyd

          Yeah it’s just preorder stuff that they go anal over.

          Used to have a place on the Main Line, not anymore, little further NE from there.

          • schlanz

            On vehicle for delivery! Woot!

    • Marco De Paulis

      Philly all day!! Hopefully we’ll get it soon!

    • mmm

      Chi representing! This sucks if it don’t come tomorrow, mine is like two miles away in Linwood right now gonna be pissed if Verizon don’t let them deliver it!

  • Ben Landwehr

    I cancelled my order like two hours before they started processing, oops. Lol, but I mainly did it because there seemed to be no point in it. I’ll hopefully be sblrvto pick it up Thursday morning.

    • Scott Niemczyk

      I was going to cancel mine and just go pick it up in store tomorrow. But when I was on the phone asking to cancel they said the order was processed and would get tracking number shortly. Now I have to wait till tomorrow night to get min.

  • crazed_z06

    It’s Happening!

    Thanks Verizon and DL for hooking up the Unlimited Data and Subsidized Note 3!

    • nickyb

      I literally read DL every day and check it several times a day. AND THE ONLY DAMN DAY I DON”T……verizon lets you upgrade with unlimited. Sad…

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

        It was a Saturday… when there are usually no posts. I’m just lucky I follow the DL Twitter account, or I would have never seen it either.

      • Chris Spells

        Me too Nicky…me too :(

      • Scott Niemczyk

        Same here. I chatted with a rep that told me that I could transfer my upgrade to another line and keep my unlimited that way. But now they are telling me I might not get to keep it. I’m so mad that I missed that glitch. Going to be upset if I can’t keep my unlimited.

        • Tyler Harris

          I did that but I had to do it at a verizon store that was actually owned by a company other than verizon. The verizon store here in Honolulu is owned by Diamond Wireless and their system is a tiny bit different and they can still do the swap upgrade trick.

  • Korey Page

    Didn’t preorder it. About 15 minutes prior to this post I was in Verizon and asked them will they have the Note 3 in stores on Thursday. Both reps said no, they don’t tell us anything. This is somewhat frustrating but is the norm.

    I’m pretty sure it will be in stores on Thursday.

    • Jeff C

      i pre-ordered mine for in store pick up and the guy said it would be there saturday. so maybe the reps you spoke to will have the same availability

    • Chad

      If you’re a regular reader of Droid-Life or any similar site, you are about 5x more knowledgeable than Verizon reps. Either they really don’t know anything or they all play dumb.

    • Scott Niemczyk

      I’ve been told by a couple different verizon reps that it will be in store on the 10th. The only reason I pre ordered was the hope I would get it a day early but they made sure that wouldn’t happen.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Nope, didn’t pre-order, but I will be seeing if Costco has the GN3 on Thursday(doubtful, they’re always late to the launch party) since if I buy it at Costco, tax is way less. We’ll see.

    I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to get the GN3, because damn, the thing is colossal, but the more I hear about it and the more I see it the more I want it!

    Plus I love powerful things and the GN3 is as powerful as they come!

    Sorry SGS4, better luck next time!

    • Bigwavedave25

      When you think about it the GN3 is a bigger and better S4 with additional functionality. So, no loss. :)

      • EvanTheGamer

        That’s a very good point! :) Didn’t really think of it that way either. Now I’m even more excited to get my GN3! hah

        And good timing, too, considering that my Galaxy Nexus is nearly on its last leg. It’s an aging dog and one that needs to be replaced by a much better, younger, and bigger dog! A Great Dane!

        Sorry Galaxy Nexus, no offense to you, you’ve been a great dog, but even great dogs need to be retied at some point. :)

        • Bigwavedave25

          I couldn’t agree more. If I go to BestBuy or an ATT store and play with it one more time I’ll be on the Vz site ordering a GN3 myself… hang in there a little longer GNex!

  • discstu37

    Received the exact same email, down to the location it’s picked up from to the estimated delivery time and date.

    • zepfloyd

      haha, clearly we’re on the same truck. :)

      • discstu37

        If you’re not home I’ll sign for yours lol

        • zepfloyd

          hahaha that’s exactly why I made sure to white box out that tracking number before sending it in.

  • Warwick

    The faux leather doesn’t look/feel bad in person imo.

    • JustinD2473

      75% of people are going to put a case on it anyways (like me!). The back isn’t going to prevent me from getting this phone….Already got my shipping email as well.

      • Shaunwin

        What case are you going to use?

        • discstu37

          Would love to know opinions on this as well.

        • JustinD2473

          I ordered a Matte Black TPU from http://www.diztronic.com
          Not to expensive, but much better quality than those $3 eBay TPU cases.

          • Shaunwin

            I was looking at Spigen cases. What are your feelings on tempered glass screen protector?

          • j

            Worthless with these new screens.. they are harder than a rock.

            Diztronic cases are exceptional.

          • Shaunwin

            With a screen that big, I was thinking of protecting the screen if it fell.

          • Adrynalyne

            I disagree. My wife finds a way to scratch every damn phone I get her.

            One speck of sand > every screen out there on smart phones.

          • fallacies

            that’s because the glass is hard, yes, but the real protection is from a coat the apply to the glass… this coat eventually be worked through, and scratches will emerge…

      • Chippah

        A different back maybe slim bumper, but not a case,
        how much more bigger you want to make it ffs?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Good to know.

    • schlanz

      Also the black apparently has a softer feel than the white or pink.. wonder which color DL reviewed.

    • @GoogleGoliath

      I have heard the black back is vastly superior to the white

      • michael arazan

        I heard the pink will get you laid because it is a conversation starter with girls

  • s0uth

    mine just shipped as well! muhahaha!

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Well one thing Samsung didn’t copy was Apple’s moving away from skeuomorphism. That back cover and its faux stitching just makes me roll my eyes.