T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S III is now available in limited markets
official launch date of the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S III for some of the stateside mobile operators. As we told you earlier this week, heavy demand for the Samsung Galaxy S III is forcing T-Mobile to split the launch of the handset in two with a launch limited today to stores in the carrier's top 29 markets. Online, the only model available is the 32GB unit in Marble White.
T-Mobile is selling the 16GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III for $279.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a signed 2-year pact. The 32GB model is $329.99 after the same $50 rebate and the signed contract. The carrier says it will broaden out the release of the phone on June 27th.
1. Birds (Posts: 957; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
T-mobile calls that a subsidy? lol Well you are paying for a phone about as powerful as a 2010 laptop or... maybe even more powerful.....:)
6. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
I know right! Why are they shooting themselves in the foot?
As much as I dislike AT&T, why buy this LTE-less GS3 at T-Mo when AT&T is selling the same phone with LTE for $80 less?
I guess T-Mo cheaper monthly, but still.. Maybe just taking advantage of high demand.
8. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
Its only really cheaper on the Value plan but that also means $629.99 plus tax. We all know which carrier will sell the fewest Galaxy S3s. Tmobile just keeps me shaking my head. First, they get the mid range HTC One as if that was going to entice Sensation owners to upgrade and now they get the S3 and price it higher than everyone else much higher than the competition.
20. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
But seriously, that price sucks. I wouldn't pay that much for a phone ON CONTRACT.
2. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Tmobile treaing its customers like the British Empire treated the colonists. lol
4. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
That's wallet rape at its best lol! Especially when all the other carriers are at the 199/249 price point for a contract. I have a Value plan so I am going to go check it out to see if it will tempt me to purchase.
5. guest (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Except their monthly tax is much lower than the colonists or other carriers ;-)
24. axeetech (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
em not worried about taxes.
7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Anyone complaining about the extra $80 that the T-Mobile version costs compared to the other carriers obviously hasn't thought it through. Any T-Mobile plan will run you at least $10 a month cheaper than any comparable plan from the other big 3 carriers. Even if it's just $10, that's a savings of $240 over the 2 year contract--a net savings of $160. Don't even get me started on how much money a single person could save getting the T-Mobile version rather than Verizon's when their new family plans roll out. You could probably recoup the $80 in less than 4 months! As long as you live in a city where you can take advantage of their HSPA+42 speeds (the coverage in terms of population is second only to Verizon's LTE network), then T-Mobile's version is by far the best deal.
9. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
Unless you go the Value route then the only carrier where you will see substantial savings against is Verizon. They are at parity with Sprint and ATT is only $5 more per month for much better coverage and consistent data speeds in my experience from using both. That coverage being second to Verizon is a bunch of cow chips and you know that lol!
10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I guess it depends on where you are, but there's no comparing data speeds between T-Mobile & Sprint. Until Sprint gets their LTE network up & running, T-Mobile wins, hands down. As far as AT&T goes, they don't have LTE in my area either, so there goes that. Also, AT&T is known for dropped calls. I have no issue with T-Mobile in this area.
26. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
hmm lets see i havent dropped a call on at&t since 2010 i also nvr drop calls on my att note over here in LA WERE i live not even in san fran (which is known as an att bad zone) dropped calls my man dropped more calls on tmo in san fran than i did on att same thing in atl, puerto rico, NY also known as an att bad zone dropped as many calls as ma man on tmo so yeaaaa.
11. Shemeck (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
According to my calculation, in 2 year run the T-Mobile offer is the cheapest option among other carriers to have Galaxy S III, which is 106.66 per month including plan, fees & device cost. AT&T 148.32 and Sprint 118.32
19. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
Actually, you might want to check out ATT and Sprints plan again. Tmobile only drastically bests them in price if you need unlimited to all phones (landline and cell). If you don't make many calls to landlines which most people nowadays do not, its a non-issue. Sprints bill would be 79.99/mo and ATT will be $109/mo. Also, it looks like they mixed the Classic and Value plan. If you are on the value plan, the phone costs $629.99 not $279 and that is the only way you are going to be able to get that $74.99 plan with 5GB. Other than that, the Classic plan need to apply which is actually $99.99 for 5GB. If TMobile works well in your area and you need unlimited to landlines then they are definitely the way to go but they suck in my area and many of the places I visit on a regular basis. I guess that's why I am giving them a hard time.
12. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
T-Mo is trying to ripe off your ass. Look at their Adv, Suggested Retail Price is $679.99. Other carriers don't advertise such kind of Adv. Everyone knows if you go for the contract the price is around 200-300. It is not instant saving. Plus, Even you take the value plan you do not save money, the contract is $329.99 but there is a montly fee on the phone $15-20 a month. Better get it from AT&T or Verizon while they offer LTE.
16. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
hope you weren't a math major read the other comments you pay full price over a period of time full cost 16g 629. 229 down 20 a month for 20 months thats 629 then your monthly service is $50 so monthly with a phone payment its $70 two people $140 cmon guys dispute that get at me with an ignorant comment oh ill give you one more plus unlockable phone n wifi calling
17. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
$50 for 100mb. No thank you. Like I posted earlier. Tmobile is only cheaper with the value plan option. Other than that, they are at parity or about $5 cheaper for the contract option. And for the most part, you are getting what you pay for from my experience but if your experience has been pleasant then GREAT! I have had nothing but subpar voice and data services along with over 8 other members of my family ranging from Texas to California.
28. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Come on guy come to the complaint table with some knowledge you're talking about prepaid on Tmo I'm talking about the value plan the price I quoted was unlimited talk text and 2gig of Web with out a cut off just slow down with options to go up to ten gigs then if you don't need unlimited its $60 Tmo its a hell of a lot Cheaper n as for lte if tmo doesn't work in your area if choose you won't get it but if it does hspa + its fast and my battery won't die mid day and again wifi calling no phone company does that
22. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
T-Mo offers is always confusing. Seems like you are getting cheap price, in reality I would say NO. Their offer is almost at the same price with other carriers. Come on man, $50 only give you 4G speed at first 100MB. 100MB is nothing. You need to pay at least $60 to get 2GB. That would be enough for any smartphone users.
33. retrokick (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
See my reply to #25... I don't know where people are getting these off the wall prices from.
14. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I think there dumb asses but lets see how it sells. My mother was going to get the phone but when she saw almost 300 dollars for the phone she said hell noooo. Talk about Verizon there the ones pushing that 300 dollar limit.
15. 9_2_5 (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
that unlocked iphone 3gs is looking pretty good right now...
18. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
So T-Mobile decided to sell the S3 for $329 w/ a 2yr contract when the other 4 CARRIERS are selling it for less?????..........................and you wonder why Tmobile wasnt bought out by AT&T??
although i dont agree with the comment that issa8 made, he/she made a valid point!! It read, and I quote:
"As much as I dislike AT&T, why buy this LTE-less GS3 at T-Mo when AT&T is selling the same phone with LTE for $80 less"
makes NO sense to me!!
32. retrokick (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
T-Mobile's 500 min + unlimited text + 2GB data = 69.99 on contract. AT&T's 500 min + unlimited text + 3GB data = 89.99. Now let's add it all together, shall we? $199 phone on AT&T with $89.99 for 24 months. That's $2358. T-Mobile's $279 price with $69.99 for 24 months comes out to $1958. Price difference? $400 extra goes to AT&T. Are you willing to pay an extra $400? T-Mo may not have LTE yet (although they're already working on it and will be deploying next year) but their HSPA+ network regularly gives me speeds between 3-6mbps. My HOME CABLE connection is only 6mbps! LTE may be all new and shiny, but T-Mobile's amped up network is still a gem.
21. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
The T-Mobile 32GB White Galaxy S III is NOT available online and won't be until nearly August. It is available for PREORDER ONLY. Put it in your shopping cart and you will get the bad news. I have been checking since 12:01am June 21st.
Only ONE store in San Diego had any at all. The 16GB version and ONLY in blue. No white available at all. I drove 40 miles, waited in line and was told the white version would not be available until the end of July! The associate told me the white version is SO popular it was pushed back until the end of July. JULY!
I don't get it. It is SO popular they aren't releasing any?!? Apparently there is such a high demand that they haven't sold (and delivered) a single one. Who is the marketing genius behind that concept?
23. Wildmanfan (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)
What I find amazing is the idea that T-Mobile is supposedly the 4th largest cell phone company in the country and yet they released the Galaxy S 3 before VZW, AT&T and Sprint. I'm not a T-Mobile subscriber but I say good for them! GO T-MO! It really makes the other 3 look stupid, especially Verizon who is supposed to be #1 and yet as usual, they have to make their customers wait as they are the LAST to release the S3. Way to go ass holes. Verizon SUCKS BALLS. Anyone who believes it doesn't, is an idiot.
25. axeetech (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
T-Mo offers is always confusing. Seems like you are getting cheap price, in reality I would say NO. Their offer is almost at the same price with other carriers. Come on man, $50 only give you 4G speed at first 100MB..
31. retrokick (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
Not sure where you're getting your pricing from, but it's wrong. T-Mo's Value will run you $49.99 for 500 min, unlimited text+data. Or, you can get unlimited minutes + text with 200MB for $54.99 or 2GB for $59.99. T-Mo doesn't even offer a 100MB option. In contrast, AT&T only offers the device on contract. Their cheapest voice plan with unlimited text and 3GB of data is $89.99 monthly. Still think T-Mo is more expensive?
So.... let's see what the total cost of ownership would be. With T-Mobile, $629 phone (229 down + $20 for 20 months) + $49.99 for 24 months = $1828. AT&T subsidized model $199 + $89.99 for 24 months = $2358. So, AT&T is roughly $530 more expensive. How is this NOT a cheaper price??
27. JunitoNH (Posts: 832; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Boy, Tmobile!!!! is no wonder they don't want to give you the iPhone, you're self destructive.
29. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
My favorite part is people saying they don't want to pay 600 for a phone but hey too bad you do it every two years since they basically roll the cost in if you don't understand hit me up we can sit and talk with a calculator I swear as Americans the us a reason we are like 40th in math
30. retrokick (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
TOTALLY AGREE! Everyone keeps complaining about T-Mo's price, but don't have the figures right...