Samsung Galaxy S III for Sprint to launch June 21 for $200, with LTE radio and unlimited data plan
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 04, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, will offer Samsung Galaxy S® III beginning on Thursday, June 21. Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide2, Galaxy S III is powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and boasts a brilliant 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network when it launches later this year.
Sprint is the only national U.S. wireless carrier to offer Galaxy S III preloaded with Google Wallet™ enabling the phone to act like a personal wallet using Near Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at more than 100,000 participating retailers.
Samsung Galaxy S III will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com). The 32GB version will be available exclusively through Web Sales.
Customers can pre-order the device beginning Tuesday, June 5, at www.sprint.com/galaxysiii. It will be available in two color options – Pebble Blue and Marble White.
“Sprint and Samsung take another leap forward together in bringing our customers the best in mobile technology with Galaxy S III on the Sprint 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to offer this device with the simplicity of unlimited data plans. Our customers will appreciate being able to use the robust features and capabilities of this device without worrying about data caps, throttling or silly overage charges.”
Galaxy S III offers the speed of a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM for multitasking, amazing graphics and rich HD multimedia content. It also has two cameras – an 8-megapixel rear-facing zero shutter-lag camera with LED flash, 1080p video capture, intelligent camera features and facial recognition and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. New features designed to make the phone easier to use include:
- S Voice™ is the advanced natural language user interface that enables search and basic device-user communication. It can be used to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”
- Motion simplifies the user experience by understanding the motion of the user. If the user is messaging but decides to call the person instead, they simply lift the phone to the ear and ‘Direct Call’ will dial the phone number. Motion includes quick camera access, missed event alert, double tap to top of list, screen shot, quick pause, quick rotate, turn over to mute, shake to refresh and raise phone to ear to make a call from messaging.
- Smart Stay uses facial recognition technology and the front-facing camera to identify the user’s eyes. Smart Stay disables screen timeout if the device detects the user’s eyes are looking at the screen. Galaxy S III is “smart” enough to recognize the user is reading an e-book or browsing the web and maintains a bright display for easy viewing.
Galaxy S III also takes sharing to a new level by making it fast and easy to share pictures, videos and presentations between devices or with friends and groups of people.
- S Beam expands on Android Beam™ to enhance device-to-device sharing through NFC technology by adding the ability to share photos, videos, documents and other DRM-free content to Android Beam. This allows a 1GB file to be shared within minutes and a 10MB file within seconds by simply touching another Galaxy S III phone.
- AllShare® Play allows users to wirelessly connect Galaxy S III to their PC, tablet or television to immediately share files, stream music, user-generated videos, photos and other DRM-free content to AllShare-enabled devices using Wi-Fi®. It also allows the user to remotely access files on up to six Samsung devices.
- AllShare Group Cast lets the user share a presentation or photo album in real time with multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network.
Share Shot allows photos to be easily and
simultaneously shared with a group of friends directly from the camera
using device-to-device Wi-Fi Direct.
Samsung Galaxy S III customers enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web, or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB web (excludes taxes and surcharges).
Sprint announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year 2012. The anticipated launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas should soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Android, Google Wallet, Google+, Google Play, Android Beam, YouTube and
Google Voice are trademarks of Google, Inc.
Samsung, Galaxy, AllShare, S Voice and Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. 4G used in connection with the Samsung Galaxy S III refers to the fact that the device is capable of operating on Sprint’s 4G LTE network.
1Everything Data Plan with no data overages or throttling
2 Samsung is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide claims according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2012 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipment and Global Smartphone Shipment Reports.
1. kshell1 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:56 6 0
damn is all i can say. The US carriers and samsung are on a major roll today and for the last month. The sgs3 will sell like the HP Touchpad did during its magical little fire sale
2. QWIKSTRIKE posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:57 3 1
Sprint picking up its pace with new high end technology phones....when LTE drops look out. This or the Evo, or wait for a Nexus branded phone....decisions decisons
17. sniperace posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:50 1 0
I feel you but for some reason i never feel the nexus phone. no Sd card slot and google sucks at lunch windows. The phone always seems to be behind the curve of technology by the time it launches.
3. iamcc posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:02 3 0
Ahhh... $199. Yes. Thank you. :)
Not that i'm buying it but spending $670 on two Galaxy Nexus' last year was painful... regardless of how much I love the phone.
18. sniperace posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:52 1 0
For only $250 you can get the 32gb version...you know you want it..lol
4. nmerry77 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:03 2 0
I have the origional Epic 4g (with keyboard) and my upgrade isnt until July 1st!!! I cant wait!!!!!!!! Ive never had a phone with out a keyboard...but for the GS3...im deff. gunna check it out!!
5. Allen3697 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:12 2 0
Google Wallet* Nice to see all the models so affordable.
6. QWIKSTRIKE posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:32 1 0
I read that this will have SVDO on S4GRU....does other carriers besides AT&T have this feature.....just let this have a good antenna ok!
7. skidrain41 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:47 1 2
I'm so torn on getting an gsIII. Why do I want last years camera sensor and a slightly better dual core processor? I may be waiting to see how the LG superphone pans out or keeping my fingers crossed for a Galaxy Note2.
8. archangel9 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:04 3 0
Well this is why I passed up on the Evo 4g LTE and the GNexus. Now I can do a early upgrade ASAP!!! I like the fact that it's shaped like the GNexus and plus the S4 SnapDragon processor is incredible!!!
I can't wait to get my hands on it.I have the Epic 4GTouch but it's not the top dog ,but a damn good phone,anymore and Samsung is bringing the noise esp since they come in 16/32 gb w/MIcro SD card.BRILLIANT!!!
Pre order here I come
11. phoenixpr posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:38 1 0
Agree, Let's not forget the best part ever a removable batterry. Which means no plugs to carry ever, just a extra tinni tiny spare battery in my pocket. Not like those iPhone or non-removable Andriod device, running around the entire city looking for an outlet like a chicken with it's head cut off. LOL!
14. archangel9 posted on 05 Jun 2012, 01:17 1 0
PLus a Sprint rep said that I CAN BUY OUT for a early upgrade which is 160 to add to my bill and just get the SGSIII for 199
9. archangel9 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:08 2 0
Plus let's not forget about the camera that can sense when you're not looking at the screen and it turns off and S-Voice
10. networkdood posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:19 2 0
All carriers who have the phone will call it the same name: SGS3
12. theBankRobber posted on 04 Jun 2012, 18:07 2 0
Wow , I think I will open a 3rd line to get this then swap it to my wifes line. I save like $25 a month with my wife's discount, so it pays for itself for paying for a add a line fee. I can trade in my OG evo with her 3d and only pay $50 for the 16gb or $100 for the 32gb. Then put my 3rd line on my super old Samsung Instant, lol I knew I had a reason to keep that sorry ass phone around Hahaha.
20. sniperace posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:04 1 0
Wow you really are a Bank Robber... brilliantly diabolical!!
15. durag1 posted on 05 Jun 2012, 01:50 2 0
Just Pre Ordered Samsung Galaxy S3 from Sprint online!!!!!!! Won't get here soon enough. Thanks for the memories HTC Evo 4G!!!! Didn't like new Evo 4G LTE because of not being able to change to extended battery, (Non removable battery). Why I would never have a iphone. Moving on to better things!!!!!!!
16. phoenixpr posted on 05 Jun 2012, 02:19 0 0
Agree with you durag1 100% I was interested in the Evo as well, love my first Evo, and the ability to swop batterry. So passed on the new Evo just order GS3 32GB Pebble Blue, I can not wait. Cheers!!!
23. durag1 posted on 05 Jun 2012, 20:54 1 0
Yea, I sent email to HTC and told them they ruin the evo 4G LTE for me because of battery.Told them they should always allow they customers the option to upgrade battery or memory themselves if they choose. They said they would pass it on to research group. A little late for me. All my phones have to have changable batteries and memory cards. No exceptions!!! I pre ordered the 32GB but was going to get 16GB then buy 32gb card on ebay but turns out they were only $50 more so just got it. Samsung is not as greedy as iphone. Believe iphone is $100 for each 16gb upgrade. Anyway, Hope we all get S3 before June 21. After purchase, it said they would try to ship before they reach store. Have a good one phoenixpr!!!
21. sniperace posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:34 0 0
My skin is itching I'm starting to jones for this phone.
Galaxy SIII thoughts won't leave my me alone.
Everything about this phone is pop'n ya dig?
I just wish Sprint had baught it out in the 64 gig.
It's got my mind all zombied like and Isheep to the slaughter.
Got my finger on the talk button bought to place my pre-order!!!