Best Buy has Samsung Galaxy S III for Virgin Mobile available for pre-order, $399
The Galaxy S III may be a year old, but it can still hold its own amongst the players in the field. Aside from the CPU and a quarter-inch in screen size, the major differentiators between the Galaxy S4 and SGSIII are mostly related to the S-Apps.
The good news is that many of those enhancements will be finding their way to the S4’s predecessor. Used Galaxy S IIIs for the major carriers are still fetching more than $300 on sites like eBay.
Virgin Mobile’s sister in the pre-paid realm, Boost Mobile (both owned by Sprint), announced that the Galaxy S III will be available beginning June 12th for $399. No official word has come from Virgin Mobile. However, now that Best Buy is offering up the SGSIII for pre-order for the same $399, we are thinking that Virgin will have the device available around the same time.
$399 for a device like this (new in the box), on a major carrier network is a good deal, considering they still retail for far more under other circumstances ($550 and up). Virgin’s pre-paid plans are reasonable as well. If you have been thinking of making the move to pre-paid to save a few bucks but were pensive about hardware selection, this may be what you were looking for.
Thanks Morris for the heads-up!
source: Best Buy
1. suneeboy (Posts: 149; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
Hey Maxwell - Virgin Mobile officially announced it on their Facebook page.
2. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Virgin Mobile has had difficulties selling handsets in the $300+ territory. Even with the iPhone at $30 a month, these expensive handsets really don't move.
If VM and Boost knock the price of the S3 to the $325 to $350 range, it's going to attract more customers. It's hard to justify a S3 at $400 when another LTE handset is going for under $200.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2887; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
The SGS2 is currently at 199, why would they allow you to buy the SGS3 for just 100 more?
Trust me, once the S3 has been out on VM and Boost for a while, they will cut the price(they always do) and they always do holiday specials as well. It's the people who rush out and buy it are the fools in the first place. Have patience and you shall be awarded.
4. indigo87 (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
you can buy this device today at radio shack why pre-order it from best buy when its already out at radio shack and its also available on boost mobile for the same price but ok go on pre-order a device that is already out in other stores