Samsung Galaxy S III

The roll-out of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun in earnest. From its announcement in London a month ago to release in Europe and elsewhere, and now with preorders well under way in the United States, the GSIII certainly has positioned itself as the phone to be reckoned with in 2012. 

Following is a quick roundup of where you get preorders, and when we expect phones to ship.

AT&T

AT&T

Currently available for preorder from AT&T's website for $199 on contract ($549 outright) in both white and pebble blue. Currently showing arrival on or before June 21. Do note that AT&T's only offering 16 gigabytes of internal storage, whereas other U.S. carriers have 32-gigabyte versions. [Preorder from AT&T]

Best Buy

Best BuyThe big-box retailer has begin preorders at its retail locations and standalone stores nationwide. You fork over $50 now and pay the rest when the phone becomes available. (Though some folk are reporting they weren't made to buy the $50 gift card up front.) Sizing and color options should remain consistent with what the individual carriers have available on their ends. [More at Best Buy]

Radio Shack

Radio ShackThe Shack this week announced that it's taking preorders for the Galaxy S III on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. It's using its standard preorder process in which you fork over $50 in exchange for a gift card and the promise of a phone later. You can use the gift card toward the purchase price of the phone. Preorders currently are in-store only.

Sprint

SprintPreorders are under way now, arrival and general availability expected is June 21. The phone runs $199 on contract, or $549 outright. Available in pebble blue or white, in 16GB or 32GB versions. Also comes with Google Wallet officially installed and working. (The same likely won't be said for other carriers' versions.) [Preorder from Sprint]

The Sprint version of the Galaxy S III also is available for preorder from Best Buy Mobile Solutions and ShopAndroid.com. [More at ShopAndroid.com]

T-Mobile

T-MobileThe Galaxy S III will be released June 21; TMo currently isn't accepting preorders online. It will have the white and pebble blue colors in both 16GB and 32GB options. T-Mobile hasn't officially announced pricing, but its version of the GSIII will have Wifi Calling available, same as on other T-Mobile Android devices. [More at T-Mobile]

US Cellular

US CellularUSCC is the smallest carrier in the initial U.S. launch. It's got the 16GB version in white and pebble blue, and the 32GB version in white only. The 16-gigabyte version will cost $199 on contract, and the 32-gigabyte version is $249. Preorders start June 12, with delivery sometime in July. USCC's Galaxy S III is one of the carriers newest LTE-enabled device. [More at US Cellular]

Verizon

VerizonBig Red's Galaxy S III is available for preorder in both colors, at 16GB and 32GB storage options. It'll cost you $599 outright, or $199 on contract. Verizon's currently got the shipping date at July 9, some two weeks after other carriers. (Some folks have gotten e-mails upon ordering their phones listing a June 6 shipping date. We'd ignore that.) [Preorder at Verizon Wireless]


We'd expect to see more regional carrier announcements in the coming months, along with other retail availability. So stay tuned for that. In the meantime, be sure to hit up our Galaxy S III forums with your questions.

 
There are 41 comments

Viper says:

It should be noted that when I pre-ordered through Verizon's website (upgrade line), it had me choose my plan as well. My unlimited data was still an option. So it *appears* that you can keep your unlimited data when you preorder this phone, since technically you are resigning your contract when you place the preorder and you choose your plan then and there.

markbo2000 says:

From what I have heard, there is a short term offering for upgrading to a new device and keep the unlimited plan for now. This is good for the term of contract. If no device upgrade is done, then unlimited will cease for 4G. My understanding anyway.

Viper says:

That isn't correct. Once they change the plans, you will only lose your unlimited data when you renew your contract in order to get a new device at the discounted rate.

If you let your contract expire, and don't upgrade to a new phone, or pay full retail for a new phone if you do, then you will still keep your unlimited data.

So to recap, once the plans change, you will only lose your unlimited data when you do a device upgrade at contract price (and so far, reports are saying this only applies when you upgrade from 3G to 4G. 4G to 4G might still keep their unlimited data).

ggr says:

Yup! Ordered 2 of these, yes, it kept my unlimited email and data plan.

However, I saw that the $30 upgrade fees was waived and no other discounts were shown.

To add salt to injury, it said my wife's employee discount will not be applied if I did a pre-order

If only they had buy one get one free, it would be heaven.

Viper says:

Yeah I got the same warning, though I think that just relates to equipment, which they don't give employee discounts anyway.

I did get charged the upgrade fee.

I also have an employee discount on my plan and then a couple $20 data discounts. None of those showed up, so I'm willing to bet it was just showing me the actual plan rates and the discounts will get applied later. I didn't change anything on my plan, so I see no reason why that stuff would go away.

tmax1964 says:

I also preordered my phone on verizonwireless and got the white 32g gave me a huge discount only cost me 139.06 was total after tax and that included a 30.00 upgrade fee..which i dont know why they charged me that cause it said i was eligible for an upgrade, WIerd. but it also showed me to keep my plan the same and have the unlimited data for 29.99. im on a family shared plan so I dont know if that makes a difference on the discount, but Im not complaining

skindoc says:

I stopped by the VZW store near my office and did this in person. Sales dude said that my unlimited 3G would carry on as unlimited 4G. He wasn't sure what the dealio would be if i did not pre-order. I wanted this phone anyway, so I dove right in.

flashpanda says:

Radio shack. Seriously Android central. They are taking preorders too.

bnewt says:

But only in blue (for Sprint anyway)...why?

movieman742 says:

I pre-ordered at Best Buy and they have a release date of June 28th. I'm assuming this is a place holder if Verizon says July 9th?

This is a very helpful list. Thanks Phil!

frobie#AC says:

What about unlocked? What are the best options for that?

SoreAintya says:

http://www.expansys-usa.com/

I ordered my Nexus and Note from them, 100% satisfaction both times.

icebike says:

I got my HTC One from Negri Electronics in Vegas, who have pre-order available.

Pebble Blue and Marble White. They also have 64gig version and 16gig version pre-order pages.

For GSM customers, this is a nice way to go if you can afford it because you can take your phone to any network. Especially if you don't live in LTE area.

joebob2000 says:

It sounds like Samsung is really learning from their past mistakes on this launch, they have all the carriers on board, they have (nearly) the same phone options going out to all of them, and the carriers seem to be pretty well in sync with the release. Time will tell if the software builds and updates are similar enough to really call this a "universal" handset the way the (gasp) iPhone is, but we are definitely on the right track. I hope Samsung sells 100 million of these things and Android is finally in the leadership position it has fought for these past couple of years.

serpa4 says:

yes, big selling point against the iPhone. I hope with that many phones on the market all the same, there should be a huge supply of accessories available.

How much for the 32gb version on contract?

Viper says:

$249 on Verizon.

wilfreb says:

why did you not included the unlocked global version? some people [me included] wont buy a carrier phone.

icebike says:

Far too much carrier advertising revenue is at risk for AC to link to off contract unlocked resellers.

sly says:

So this may be a stupid question. I'm thinking of going the prepaid route with either Straight Talk or TMO's Monthy4G. If I buy the phone outright, say, from AT&T, will an AT&T Straight Talk SIM work without the phone being unlocked? Same thing if I buy from TMO? I'm currently on Sprint so will AT&T or TMO let me buy a phone outright without signing anything with them? Thanks for any input.

Jimmy_Jo#AC says:

I've been contemplating the same thing

icebike says:

As far as AT&T, theirs is locked to their network, but you may find a way to unlock it, or they may offer to unlock it if you pay outright. But you are still locked to their LTE bands.

If you want to go with HSPA/GSM version, don't buy from any carrier. Go get an unlocked version from one of the retailers listed in the comments above.

Understand that LTE is not yet as portable as HSPA because of different radio bands, etc. And or course the Sprint Verizon phones are not going to travel to T-Mo/ATT very well.

In short, if you are able to pay full price there is NO REASON to buy from a carrier at all.

ratsttam says:

Well, if your carrier of choice offers a much lower price for the phone in exchange for your promise to stay with them for 2 years, but do not offer a lower priced plan if you pay outright for the phone, and you are not planning on leaving your carrier, what reason would you buy the phone for more? In my experience, most users don't jump around carriers unless they are dissatisfied with the service (example: recently moved to less covered area), or the device they really want is only available on the "other carrier" (example: at&t exclusive iphone when it launched, tmobile first/only android at the time). It's a very rare event when the coverage in an area goes downhill, since all carriers are building their networks out. Nextel would be one example where coverage is going down in all areas, but it's a known move, and nextel users were warned it would be happening for some time now.

eracer001 says:

Wonder when amazonwireless will carry it?

Rrennick says:

It seems the local best buys sometimes offer deeper discounts.

CR6 says:

Verizon customers, if you're still on the fence about pre-ordering I would do it now. You don't have to come up with ANY money down. Verizon does not bill you until the phone actually ships on July 9th. (not sure if the other carriers do this as well, just going by my experience this morning when I pre-ordered two)
I also got a 30 dollar upgrade discount, but I wasn't able to use my 21% company discount.

angiebugg says:

Got this today "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."

fascinatej says:

I feel like my preorder at best buy was a huge mistake. I'm afraid I'm gonna lose my unlimited plan. Thoughts?

fascinatej says:

well I'm screwed too late to preorder from verizon they are out of white phones, not interested in pebble blue.I'm going to have to stick to my best buy preorder and cross my fingers. wth

you will be fine. 100% guarantee

fascinatej says:

bleh i'm a dope ,I just had to click on white, ordered my white 32 gig on verizon, although I will say when you read the contract it says verizon has the right to change the prices any time they please, I feel better anyway knowing I've already renewed my contract, I'm finding the best buy people to be uninformed and rude anyway, I'm sure to have a blast tomorrow when I try to get my fifty dollars back from them.

fascinatej says:

Also I received no discount.

djkinetic says:

For those wondering about amazon wireless, they have it available for preorder for ATT at least..Just put my preorder in 199 no tax on a 2 year upgrade... estimated ship is june 21st and estimated delivery is june 26-28

SamOliver says:

wirefly.com usually sells phones for a little less than anywhere else. Once it's up on their website I'd check them out. I bought my Thunderbolt from them for $100 less than I would have paid at Verizon or Best Buy, and best of all I didn't have to deal with the incompetent Verizon employees!

ybcthanerd says:

I c no one mentioned target mobile???

SaraParker says:

I ordered from Verizon Wireless and got a good deal. So no complaints.

Sara
http://www.hiredotnetprogrammers.com/

Marc11218 says:

Why is everyone but Tmo offering up pre orders? Doesn't T Mobile know there's a high demand for it?

And why is Verizon shipping differently then everyone else?

I'm on VZW & after my upgrade discount and my employer discount my GSIII 16gb only cost me $100!!!

moo53 says:

You can officially scratch the preorder of the 32g models from Sprint as both colors are sold out!

theandroid says:

I think I would choose T-Mobile, from here I would defently buy my phone.