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Verizon Galaxy Note 3s Begin Arriving Early, Here is a First Look

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Yesterday, we received word from a variety of DL readers whose Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders from Verizon had left the warehouse en route to their homes. Some of them showed estimated arrival dates of October 10 (launch day), which surprised us a bit since we often see pre-orders arrive a day early. Well, it looks like at least one has made the trek from Big Red back room to customer front door a full 24-hours before official launch. Reader Jason sent over a bunch of pictures of his Note 3, Verizon bloatware and all, for us to check out. 

As expected…it’s a Galaxy Note 3. But in case you didn’t believe Verizon when it said that this version of their Note wouldn’t sport a VZW-branded home button, these real life pictures of the phone should finally ease your mind. There she is, brand-free. The backside, of course, still includes two Verizon-related logos, but you expected that.

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And just for fun, here is a look at the bloatware setup. Verizon and Samsung were kind enough to toss all pre-loaded spam into easily accessible folders at the top of the app drawer. You have bloatware folders for Amazon apps, Samsung apps, and Verizon specific goodies. Settings>General>Application manager>TURN OFF.


Anyone else receive their order? Feel free to drop your first impressions in the comments!

Cheers Jason!

  • Such

    So what’s the general consensus on activating these? Coming from a N2 & I’m just planning on swapping my current sim into the N3. The receipt I got says 2gb but when I did the upgrade everything said unlimited email & Web. Don’t feel like arguing with csr reps right now so I haven’t done anything yet. Has anyone just swapped sims & they still have unlimited?

    • Art Vandelay

      I took the SIM out of my GNEX and put it in the Note 3. Fired it up and it worked. Didn’t have to go the website or do anything else.

  • 05

    my confirmation showed i still had unlimited, i receive my phone today and the receipt says 6gb max plan? i chatted with a rep who said i was switched to the max plan at the time of order so they will not honor it like they said.they would.

    • D3fault121

      I have the same issue. Only they put the 2GB plan on the paperwork included in the package. Very upset by this.

  • Mark Jensen

    Has anyone been able to remove the pre-installed SIM card? I want to try and activate it with the SIM from my Note 2

  • billjohnson777

    My heart is really set on the G2 but does anyone feel this will be a better device?

  • Armus

    Any word on bootloaders? I’m not getting one until it’s unlocked or the Dev edition is available

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  • Jay

    yup mine sat in memphis all fukin day yesterday .my fed ex guy cums about noon so..

  • itsacardigan

    Will they leave it or do you have to sign for it?

  • Dan

    I was at Verizon in Boston at 7:55am, Was active by 8:10am.. Love it!

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  • Razma

    Did anyone else read the title as the Galaxy Note 3S and get confused?

  • Scott

    Too bad I had to cancel my order I placed during the glitch 🙁


    Note 3s

  • Nick Bell

    I am sure the VZW version will be just as locked down as the S4 is? I loved my Note 2 and Beans rom. I really missed the ability to easily flash roms on this S4

    • Tim242

      Ummm my Verizon S4 is running Beans. I’m sure the Note 3 will as well.

  • Jeremiah Taylor

    Just ordered mine and it will be here tomorrow.. Verizon30 code still works. so i got it for 239 with the 30 fee they still charge

    • David

      How’d you order it if it’s out of stock?!

      • Jeremiah Taylor

        Idk it was in Stock for me. Guess i got lucky

    • KG

      Choose in-store pick-up. You can still get the discount, plus get your paws on the phone today

  • Ben Ninety-four Nunez

    So mine will arrive tomorrow… Hot mine during the Verizon glitch weekend… Biggest concern I’d losing my unlimited… Wondering if anyone has activated theirs and still have their unlimited, and if so, what route did you activate it? and did you keep your unlimited?

    • Jesse Blacklock

      ive talked to a vzw rep online and on the phone and assured me that since you ordered it during the “glitch” and your confirmation shows that, then the system already recognizes that you have unlimited

    • Tim242

      It has nothing to do with activating. The SIM is what is activated, not the phone. They assign the contract at time of shipment. If you look at your account online, you will see the contract extension and unlimited data still there

    • 05

      my confirmation showed unlimited, i received my phone today and the receipt shows 6GB max plan for $30? rep says i was switched to it when i pre-ordered it. to make a long story short they are not honoring it.

  • Johann Lee

    tracking says mine should be here tomorrow.


    I just hope BeansTown has a Jelly Beans ROM for it. I won’t buy it until then.

    • Tim242

      There will be, but it will probably be a month or two.

    • nina

      his rom is seriously the best rom i have tried out on my note 2. and i’ve stuck with it. it’s reliable and trouble free since i started with build 18.

  • chris

    Mine will be here tomorrow!

  • Twofourturbo

    Should be here on my door step in the morning

  • will

    Looks like that guys a cop. Check the spotlight to the left of the pic of the box. Lol. probly stopped a Fedex truck to get it.

  • Cody Engel

    I’m pretty happy I left Verizon for T-Mobile. I got the phone this weekend and it’s been great thus far. Not only that but I get insurance and can swap my phone for a new one every 6 months if I want to.

    • Tim242

      You just can’t use your phone anywhere you want

      • jbdan

        “You just can’t use your phone in some very (and I mean very) isolated areas” There, corrected 😉

        • Tim242

          They have HSPA+ 42 and LTE here. Some streets, including mine are EDGE. The suburbs are all EDGE. The EDGE coverage starts before you even leave the city. They need to be upgrading that sea of EDGE.

          • jbdan


        • Tweekex

          In my experience these “isolated areas” are very common. Like 4G on one street, EDGE on the next, go back to the 4G street and you have no service.

          I made the switch a year ago and I regret it, just hopped back on big red with the Note 3.

          • jbdan

            Nice. You should go with the carrier that serves you best

      • Cody Engel

        I have 4G coverage in all major cities and that’s all need 99% of the time. I do make long-ish trips several times a year where I’ll be venturing into areas without data coverage so we’ll see how the GPS keeps up then. I’d rather give my money to a company that gives me what I want than give money to a company that is known for doing the exact opposite of what I want.

        Verizon locks down their phones, they are the last ones to release devices, and they love bloatware. T-Mobile is $50/month + $22/month for the Note 3 and I’m paying $10/month for JUMP. $82/month and I get good coverage, Wi-Fi calling, insurance on my phone, the ability to get a new phone every 6 months (regardless if my phone is half way paid off or not), my phone isn’t locked down as much, and perhaps the best part, my phones are actually released on time instead of being delayed a week to several months.

        • Tim242

          I understand some of your points. Although, T-Mobile is restrictive as well. They block Google Wallet. A lot of things that T-Mobile is doing may be great in the short term, but is not sustainable long term for them. They need to work on that sea of EDGE as well.

          • Cody Engel

            Does anyone still use Google Wallet? I loved the free McDonalds when I got $10 for free but otherwise I don’t know enough brick and mortar stores that use Google Wallet to make me care. Verizon doesn’t allow Google Wallet either last time I checked; that’s what root and roms are for which Verizon and AT&T are doing a good job at restricting on the Note 3.

            I also think it’s fantastic that I get free data when internationally starting at the end of the month. I probably won’t use it anytime soon but it’s a nice gesture.

          • Tim242

            There are a lot of places to use Google Wallet. The MasterCard PayPass app will show you tons of places to use it. My point is, T-Mobile likes to block things as well. Free international data will do you no good, as it is EDGE only. T-Mobile loves them some EDGE.

    • jbdan

      I left VZ as well, in April, earlier this year, after 11 years. It’s been pure bliss. 3 lines on JUMP! 😀 Atl GA

      • Cody Engel

        I’m happy to see you’re enjoying T-Mobile. So far I don’t have any complaints and I hope it stays that way. I want to give this company my money and as long as they have decent coverage I’ll stay with them for the foreseeable future.

  • Trevor

    What should we do with such a large backplate on a phone? PUT A BIGGER LOGO ON IT!!!!!!!!!!

    • RaptorOO7

      Fortunately mine will be in a case and the logo will never be seen.

      • Mike Hilal

        They’ll sell doors on amazon soon enough, I will have the international version door as soon as I can get it

    • RoninX

      I’ll take that over putting the logo on the home button…

      • Trevor

        Very true.

    • blahblahblah

      Seriously? Still with the logo complaints?

      • Trevor

        As long as they keep slapping GINORMOUS logos on their phones, I will continue to complain about them. So, yes.

  • Kevin

    Sucks my pre-order with unlimited data glitch got cancelled due to their system. Glitch on top of glitch? Damn.

  • Phillies3429

    Got mine today.

  • clobberedchina

    The Fed-Ex guy came to my place today with a small package from Verizon. Wrong house.

  • Blue Sun

    That’s weird. The box contents in the top image don’t mention anything about a Verizon tramp stamp being included.

  • Rob

    Does the home button look crooked to you? I read that there was another one with a crooked home button.

  • Richard

    i’m buying this phone, but im going to have to do so many mods and tweaks to get just right. Action launcher, icon packs, disable / hide all bloat ware apps.

    • Tim242

      That’s half the fun. : )

  • Paul Christopher

    Mine was marked shipped yesterday as well, here’s to hoping that mine comes in tomorrow as my bionic is putting up a fit. It’s like it knows it’s being replaced..

  • jim

    The more I read about this phone , the more I want it, it clearly blows everything else away

    • sk3litor

      Come on in the water’s fine and the koolaid is great. We only have our “meetings” once a year 😉

  • triangle8

    Has anyone been able to figure out if this has LTE on the AWS frequency band?

  • wheres my note 3 fedex!!!

    Mine is somewhere on a FedEx truck for the past 24 hours even though it left from a hub 1 hour away from my house. If I knew where that truck was I’d GTA 5 that beeotch!

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  • imaletufinish

    It’s going to be a long 24 hours for me!

  • Will Carter

    Does it have blocking mode removed and the annoying persistent wifi notification?

    • Paul Christopher

      I’m curious as well to see if those are both there, although I hope to god the wifi notification isn’t there.

      • Adrynalyne

        I feel relatively certain that blocking mode does not work on Verizon’s network.

        • Paul Christopher

          @jasonwielgosz:disqus care to weigh in and let us know if it’s there for sure. I’m almost positive that it’s not seeing as vzw loves to take things out but with the change of a non overly branded phone who knows.

          • Jason Wielgosz

            Where do I check for blocking Mode?

          • Paul Christopher

            It’s in the quick toggle panel. 2 finger slide down notification bar

          • Jason Wielgosz

            Yes it does have blocking mode

          • Adrynalyne

            Next question.

            Does it work this time?

          • joder

            I’m sure VZW somehow disallows it… who knows though. I hope they actually have it working.

          • T4rd

            Proof/source? I’ll be very surprised, if true. But if it is, I hope they bring it back to Verizon Samsung phones in the 4.3 updates!

        • Stephen D

          It works for me on custom roms. I don’t see why it would work with roms, but not on stock.

          • Adrynalyne

            It might work on the phone end, but it doesn’t on the network end.

            You have a 50/50 chance of things being blocked with it usually siding with not blocking. You can literally take an international rom where it works, override the csc so it’s active, and it won’t work right.

          • joder
          • Stephen D

            Hmm. The number I blocked was 6250(was getting VZW:MNM 1 texts), and after blocking it, I never got them again. When I switched ROMs, they came back, so I know the texts didn’t coincidentally stop.

          • Adrynalyne

            Fair enough.

            I’ve had it work and not work. The thread that joder posted has success stories and some that weren’t.

          • T4rd

            It works perfectly in custom ROMs. But it was somewhat broken on the GS3 and Note 2 if you used that one trick (forgot how it worked, but there was a hidden way to access the blocking mode without root) to enable it; it still let calls or texts through. But I’ve been using blocking mode on my Note 2 for the past 9 months on Beans’ ROMs flawlessly. Blocking calls, messages, and notifications can all be done on the device without the carrier/network getting involved at all.

            The only reason Verizon removes it is to push their own (very twisted) agendas, whatever they may be. Their own call blocking service doesn’t do anything for notifications and message alerts through the night, so it doesn’t make sense for them to remove it just for that reason.

        • RaptorOO7

          Because Verizon likes to charge for services and not allow them to be included for free unless you are CrApple.

    • T4rd

      I came to ask this too. I’m very interested to see, but I’m going to assume both are there based off of the GS3, Note 2 and GS4. Though they did add the WiFi toggle back on a GS4 update! I was dumbfounded that they removed it in the first place even with the persistent WiFi notification.

  • Scott Willenborg

    Snap the back off of that thing and show us if there are wireless charging tabs!! I am spoiled with wireless charging now with my Note 2 and Nexus 7.

    • Justin W

      Unlocked version does, I’d be willing to bet this version does as well. You’ll probably need to get an alternate back plate, but that shouldn’t cost too much.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Man I hate att boxes.

  • Colin Huber

    That’s a pretty slick shot of the back there with the light. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Can’t wait to get mine! and also LOL at the groups for bloatware.

    • Justin W

      Those groups are present on the Unlocked version as well, though obviously not the same groups. Put all of them into one folder (the ones I couldn’t uninstall/disable), and now they are out of sight (mostly).

  • viewthis66

    “Settings>General>Application manager>TURN OFF” <—— LOL

    • tomn1ce

      I was going to post the same thing….I just burst out laughing when I read that in the article…lmao

  • Mine is coming tomorrow, but with how late Verizon always releases their phone what’s one more day..

  • guestguesser

    Will another back fit the VZW phone? Like one from AT&T or TMO?
    I really don’t mind the branding here, but just a bit curious.

    • Big e

      It should! I believe the s view case gives you a totally different back if you like those. Im gonna get the orange one to go with my black phone

    • Stephen D

      It did on the Note 2. I’m using a Sprint back on my VZ variant, because it has both the Samsung logo and the Note 2 logo(which the international one lacks), but no carrier branding.

  • EC8CH



      LMFAO! FO iPhone!

    • blahblahblah

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  • RaptorOO7

    So for those who got theirs, how many S-Pen replacement tips did you get in the box? The Verizon verbage seems to imply you get 1 but other carriers are including many.

    • Jason Wielgosz

      They included five (5) replacement tips.

      • jh

        Since it’s in your hands, I guess I’ll ask you for good measure: is the Note 3 too large to manage? And what was your previous device?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Pretty sure “too large to manage” depends on the person… And yes that is probably what she said.

          • jh

            haha, that is what she said. But I wanted to know what the previous device was because that’d be an indicator on your feelings for the size of the device.

        • Jason Wielgosz

          Its perfect for me, I have large hands and able to use it one handed. However for people with small hands it definitely a two handed use device. My previous device was a S3.

        • Justin W

          I don’t have too large of hands, but I find it fairly easy to manage one-handed. Just takes a little shimmying and you can reach pretty much the entire screen. Size/build-wise, the only thing I would change is moving the volume keys to the same side as the power button, but that’s the only thing I have a problem reaching.

      • Justin W

        I thought those were to help get the SIM out… You know, since they were in the same package as the what looked like SIM tool…. How long are those supposed to last?

    • Colin Huber

      I keep hearing no headphones, though.

      • Justin W

        I got headphones in mine, but it was an unlocked version. @jasonwielgosz:disqus, did you get headphones with your Vzw Note3?

        • Jason Wielgosz

          No headphones in the Verizon version!

          • Rian

            Your a ibitch

  • Bionicman

    I have my appointment set for the VZW store at 11am Thursday. Wish I already had it though 🙁

    • RaptorOO7

      Mine is in TN Fed Ex Hub grrrrrr.

      • Big e

        im in tennesse, yet mine shows being in indianapolis.. crazy aint it

        • Justin W

          They (FedEx) never seem to send my orders through the nearest hubs… Always way out of the way for some reason. Then, seemingly overnight, it makes it from a hub an the opposite side of the states to my local distribution center.

        • Sporttster

          I’m in Indiana and mine was in Tennessee, lol