Samsung Galaxy S III, sans contract, coming to Virgin and Boost; Boost Mobile Wallet is here
0. phoneArena 21 May 2013, 13:20 posted on
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the flagship Android model, the Samsung Galaxy S III is being made available off-contract to some pre-paid carriers; Sprint owned Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA both said on Tuesday that the popular model will be available for customers of the two pre-paid carriers starting next month. The device will give both Boost and Virgin another LTE enabled phone to offer...
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1. DarkShadow (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
and now it will be on boost mobile... great !!!!
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Wow, an amazing LTE device coming to a cheap unlimited data prepaid network like Virgin/Boost. Honestly, if you are in an LTE Sprint area, why would you need to be on Sprint anymore after this? Sure the SGS3 might not be the best of the best anymore but with a 4.8 inch 720p display, great camera, decent battery life, thin and light design, micro sd expansion, and of course LTE it's a really great catch on a prepaid network. Just a year ago I spent 200 dollars and signed a 2 year contract for that phone, spend a little more and you can get a 35 dollar a month plan with no contract.
15. lsutigers (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
While this is a great option for prepaid customers, you still don't get Sprint's unlimited data and it is an older but awesome phone. I'm sure this will be a big hit for Boost / Virgin.
3. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 964; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Its a good option for those who want a good phone, but not the 2yr contract that comes with it. This is a big step for prepaid carriers and the S3 will sell more then the iPhone
4. cabuya (Posts: 24; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
samsung s3 is already outsell the iphone way back and by the way maybe this is the official announcement because im using a sprint s3 on boost for a while now.
9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 964; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I was not aware of that. I stand corrected then lol
5. nexus4izlate (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Sounds perfect hopefully it will be allowed to use the $35 virgin plan.
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I dont see why it wouldn't considering there's already an lte device on vm.
7. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Don't forget the fisaco with Samsung Victory on VM. The Victory is released at $300 -- not a bad price for a LTE phone -- and the inital reviews were horrible.
VM then drops price to $250, and the reviews got better.
Then VM is selling the phone for 30% off (current promotion is 25% off). You can find the device for $200 at Targets.
Anyway, the moral is VM screwed the early adopters of the phone.
If people are smart, they should wait for the S3 to go on sale -- and if they can until the thanksgiving weekend sale, then the S3 will be heavily dscounted based on VM business practices.
I still own my Moto Triumph (bought it at $300 in July 2011) and saw VM dropped the price to $230 just a few months later to stimulate sales and that action destroyed the after sale (i.e. used phone) prices. My Triumph is practically worthless. However, at $25 a month, it still has some value.
8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
True but most already know the SGS3 is an amazing phone, it has Jelly Bean now and runs very smoothly with no problems.
Even if the price is high, it's still very much worth the purchase, but yes you are correct that some people who are patient and on a budget SHOULD wait for a price drop.
I think I saw VM release the SGS2 for 350 originally and dropped it down to 279 and the Victory has a special for only 179 online on VMUSA.COM
10. mydi.maus (unregistered)
i thought LG f7 was coming to boost,but turns out to be the GS3..congrates to boost and virgin.
11. mydi.maus (unregistered)
this is great for those don't want to be locked up by carriers yaay!
12. BREvenson (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Damn, and I just bought an SII on Virgin two months ago...ah well, can't win them all.
Either way, kudos to Virgin and Boost for giving prepaid customers another kickass choice of smartphone. I can't help but wonder about the price, though. Seeing how much the SIII is running without a contract right now (and how the SII is a little below $300 off-contract), I'm guessing it will be about $350-$400 at launch. It's at least reasonable, but I'm sure they'll do some kind of special on it to drum up interest and sales.
13. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
SII on VM is WiMax 4g, not LTE 4g.
Expect the S3 on Boost to match the price on Ting. For some reason, the SII was cheaper on VM than on Boost despite the same network and the same phone. I suspect with shrinkage on Boost, it had to charge a higher price.
If you want the S3, and can wait until Cyber Monday, you will get a good price.
16. BREvenson (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 May 2012)
I hear you about Boost. The SII is still more on Boost than it is on VM...as for the price of the SIII when it hits, that's why I said it should end up near the $400 price point.
Obviously a high-end LTE device isn't going to be cheap, but with it being prepaid, they usually cut a little off the price in order to get people to buy it from them. Otherwise, people would just buy it unlocked and take it wherever they want, cut out the middle man, you know?
Either way, it's a step up to have one of the top phones of the last year coming to prepaid.
14. tokuzumi (Posts: 237; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
The Sprint GS3, LTE enabled, is selling over on Straight Talk's website for $430. I would think we would see similar pricing on Boost/Virgin.