Samsung Galaxy S III just $49.99 at Best Buy for Sunday only
0. phoneArena 15 Dec 2012, 20:54 posted on
How would you like to buy the phone that is considered the best Android handset around for just $49.99 from Best Buy; of course, you will need to sign a two-year contact with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T and we do need to tell you that the offer is available tomorrow only, December 16th, at the big box retailer...
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38. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
$399 currently at Metro PCS.
If Metro can sell the device for this price -- so should the big boys. Buying a discounted phone to save a few hundreds and locking oneself to a huge monthly bill over 2-years with hefty ETF is just plain dumb.
My advice: Buy the phone outright and then shop for no-contract service and save $$$ over the same 2 years.
47. minteke (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)
Ok, let's do a math.
I pay for 550 min family plan from AT@T $112 AFTER tax and employer's 23% discount for 3 SG2, which I got from Amazon's last year Thanksgiving sale for free. Just compare with case when you need to buy those 3 phones for full price AND still to pay for the service.
That's why I mentioned Amazon here - no such generous offer this year.
Probably what you said makes sense if you care about individual plan.
2. MeoCao (unregistered)
Good job SS
8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Good job SS for the phone and good job BB for the price.
13. MeoCao (unregistered)
Stop playing the juge and give some value to the discussion will u?
17. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Stop kissing SS's butt and give some value to tech.
19. MeoCao (unregistered)
Haha, I know kissing Apple ass is you favorite passtime and don't think all people have the same taste as yourself.
I don't remember you talking about tech, all you can talk is fanboy warfare.
do you know what quad core is? LOL
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
My favorite passtime is watching my sons baseball games, and as far as kissing, only my fiancé. And yes I know what quad core is... Please find, copy, and paste any article that shows me to b a fanboy, and I'll do the same for u. I'm sure your article will out number mine whatever to zero.
22. MeoCao (unregistered)
angry aren't you? lol
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not angry at all I jus want u to find, copy, and paste any article that shows me to b a fanboy. In other words put your money where your mouth is please. And tell your fellow droider bro, and dude r universal words for addressing men u don't know personally. And wireless charging that uses a cord isn't wireless.
25. MeoCao (unregistered)
What do u think wireless is? total lack of wire?
Do you think then there is anything wireless? Damn Verizon, it's not wireless according to your definition.
Man, you are going to turn tech on its head.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Find, copy, and paste any article that shows me to b a fanboy please. Put your money where your mouth is. Please.
28. MeoCao (unregistered)
C'on, this wireless discussion is getting more exciting
31. MeoCao (unregistered)
Now you can change your name into "wireless darkkjedii", Oh wait even you may not be wireless Hahaha
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Actually I remember when he was talking about technologies, he was claiming that Nokia Lumia 920 wireless charging is actually not wireless...
Also don't forget that he often use very "intellectual" words such like "bro", "dude" and I think it very well represents him...
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
U put the phone on the base and its charging, unplug the base and it stops. That's wired not wireless.
26. MeoCao (unregistered)
Genius ROFLMAO hahahahaha
29. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
So according to you, the only real wireless charging is if there was a way to have electrical currents radiate from...idk since no wires can even be involved (do power lines count too?), but I guess radiate from thin air and keep your phone charged at all times while keeping you safe from any hazard? It sounds like you almost want a system where we get rid of power lines and the power grids would just radiate electrical current throughout every city.
P.S. - I copied and pasted that into Dictionary.com and ridiculous came up...weird, huh?
32. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
This is what wireless charging is. The base is plugged in to only charge the batteries when they r low. Once charged up the base no longer requires the cord nor does it require the phone to b on the base. It emits a small magnetic field to charge the device. The base can b on the table and the phone on your lap on the couch and as long as its within a certain proximity to the base it charges. This is what apple patented as true wireless charging. Again the base only requires the plug to charge the batteries from time to time, not to supply the charge to the phone thru the base. The phone doesn't need to b on the base just n the required proximity. Wireless charging as it stands requires the base to constantly b plugged into the wall and requires the phone to b n constant contact with the base. That's not wireless that's wired.
36. MeoCao (unregistered)
Here's the definition (from Wikipedia)
Inductive charging (also known as "wireless charging") uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
37. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
That's still not "fully" wireless because in that scenario the base acts as a middle man. The base still must be plugged up and charged in order to pass that along to your phone wirelessly. Just because the base has a rechargeable battery doesn't make it any less wired than what you're trying to convince me that it is.
I do want to point out that I only challenged you on this because you don't see how sitting your phone on a base isn't wireless charging, but having your phone near the base is. While laying your phone on a base is restrictive as to where you can charge it, it's still wireless because you could come home from a long day and place you're phone right on that base and rest assured that it will charge.
The system that Apple has patented requires 1 rechargeable battery in your device, 1 rechargeable battery in your base, and............a wired charger for that base. While the concept may seem cool, it definitely will cause a user to have to replace more batteries that way. Eventually that battery in your base will become less effective and will die, ending your proximity based charging until you can get a new rechargeable battery that will have to be charged up with a wire to an outlet. So unless you have a spare battery lying around you'll wind up pulling out your phone charger. Don't forget a system like that from Apple will be marked up to a premium price.
39. MeoCao (unregistered)
There's no need to argue with him on this b-c what he claims is dumb.
A technical term does not mean something literally, it's has the meaning as agreed by the community and not some or a single person,
especially when it's Mr. "wireless darkkjedii"
40. darkkjedii (Posts: 21262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Quakan I appreciate the conversation with u as it shows your intelligence and maturity. U as am I r a techie, doesn't matter what camp ur from. We can agree, or agree to disagree with knowledge, maturity, and respect. While I don't agree totally with ur assessment I whole heartedly respect it. Good post bro
48. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ummm. The generally accepted definition for wireless charging relates only to the final connection between charging device and the phone. Using your pedantic definition would preclude any wireless charging, since electricity is transported from the generating source by wires (even the solar chargers use wires to transport the electron from the solar panel.
51. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
LOL What about WiFi then? Connect to your router and you're wireless, unplug the router and you're not. Does that mean WiFi isn't true wireless?
53. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I was hoping someone with some sense would step in. Wireless is wireless when the product doesn't have a wire.
Wireless charging is not supposed to replace at home charging. It's meant to replace the hassle OF PLUGGING YOUR PHONE TO A CORD. So yes, it's 100% wireless charging. Without a doubt. You set it down without plugging it in and the next time you pick it up its charged. All while you never plugged in a charger to you phone. This isnt rocket science.
How dumb you would look if you actually took that argument somewhere.
5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
they need to do this for the Note!! I'll upgrade if they have a sale for the Note
9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
that would be the steal of the century...
49. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Wait until just before the Note III is released, and you might get a similar promotional offer. GS IV is just around the corner and Sammy would like to clear as much of the pipeline as possible. Holidays is a convenient excuse.
50. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
as fast as technology is concerned, it changes as fast as a baby changes his/her diapers! Im just tired of the phone I have and ready to upgrade to another one. I want the Note II and the price will drop once the SIV and Note III comes out in a few months.
the only way i'll change phones is if my phones just doesnt work anymore
6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Samsung has improved their updates and this is a great deal for an awesome phone.
7. rawmustard (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Nov 2007)
And since it's still within the return window of my purchase, I'll be calling to get $53 back. And I thought it was a good deal at $99.99.
10. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
just wondering since you're a new user of gs3, how do you feel about the build quality? i have heard alot of mixed thoughts about it from online and from ppl in person. i'm thinking of getting my son one as an add a line on my account, he is 16 and i dont want to get a phone thats plastic and easy to break as you know how teenagers are. so i would appreciate your honest answer or anyone elses, that doesnt include fanboy'ism.
14. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Build is fine. People just dont like the smooth feel. If he were to break this phone, he would probably break another. If youre that worried, buy a Nokia Lumia.
At 16 he should have protection anyway. High School is a hive for thieves and broken phones.
16. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
thank you for your reply. i have a lumia 920, but he likes android more so thats why i'm inquiring about this phone's build quality.
46. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Honestly, being an owner of one and having a dozen of phones before it, I think it's and excellent quality product.
It MAY be a bit fragile, but a good protective case should turn it into a VERY durable, reliable gadget.
..also, don't believe the guy who talks about the screen being prone to scratches.
I don't use a screen protector simply because in a three month of heavy use I'm yet to notice a single, tiniest scratch on it.
52. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
thank you all that responded. i did get my son one yesterday with a case and the case does make it feel more solid. the phone surprisingly was a little heavier than i thought. but not as heavy as my lumia 920. he is enjoying it. the primary reason he wanted the gs3 is because he has other friends with the gs3 and they all like to s-beam each other things so he wanted to be in the crowd also.
18. rawmustard (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Nov 2007)
The build quality is solid. There seems to be plenty of latch points for the battery cover, as it goes on very tight. If he's prone to dropping it, a protective case would be a good investment. The glass front looks amazing, but you certainly wouldn't want it to hit a hard or jagged surface.
41. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Coming from an iphone, the build quality I think is below par. The back is very scratched and it squeaks because a latch fell off the battery cover. The screen is also prone to scratches more than usual I found.
43. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Scratches > Broken
I doubt you had the iPhone 5, so I will assume it was the 4 version. It was glass. That is the worst material to call sturdy.
Also, NO Apple product has comparable protection coverage insurance compared to the rest.
So, if its ever stolen, be prepared to fork some cash.
15. rawmustard (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Nov 2007)
Or maybe not, since they're running a special test promotion on the low price guarantee, and that specifically says they will not price match during the return/exchange period. Still happy with the purchase, of course.
44. QuikZilvr (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 May 2009)
I wish I could get in on this deal without losing my unlimited data plan.