Some Samsung Galaxy S III units are dying young

Some Samsung Galaxy S III units are dying young
Something bad is happening to something good. A number of Samsung Galaxy S III handsets are crashing for no reason, and won't reboot. This horrible, horrible thing is happening about 150-200 days after activation and Samsung is doing the right thing by replacing them under the warranty, no questions asked. Even if your phone is rooted and you've installed non-standard firmware, the Korean based manufacturer will replace your phone.

One Samsung Galaxy S III owner whose phone passed away, speculates that the NAND is becoming corrupted which ends up with it failing. Samsung is said to be aware of the issue, but has yet to comment on it. While Sammy has played "mum," some working in the Samsung warranty call center have heard of the problem, saying that it has happened a lot lately.

Have any of our loyal readers suffered through this experience with their Samsung Galaxy S III? One minute it is a working high-end smartphone powered by the latest technology obtained by Samsung, and the next minute it is a brick. Let us know how it happened and whether or not Samsung took care of you by sending out a replacement.

source: Reddit via AndroidAuthority

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



97. SEFsung

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Knowing this, should I still root for this or LG 4x HD would be an option? HELP! :|

71. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Mine kept failing on Verizon in the States. Causing phone to freeze even during my business calls. So I have the black iPhone 5 & tho still the some look, no issues. Love it as I did the 4S.

91. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I heard Verizons version had bugs. I heard it was due to Verizons crapware. Even some developers claim their apps dont work on VZW versions. I dont know too much specifics. I havent run into one single problem. I only got ghosting in one game due to the game not being updated for support. I have the sprint version.

94. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I can believe it man. But since VZW has the best nationwide coverage & I'm trucker, I just went back to iOS. I'm no fanboy at all, well maybe just tech all the way around, but the apps I use for business works better with the iPhone any how. I miss the size but its not much difference. All high end phone nowadays are superb, just for me, business before live wallpaper pleasure.

95. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

& meant to include I'm really forced to stick with Verizon. I do however wish either AT&T or T-Mobile does something to improve nationwide service quality. The simultaneous voice & data, plus bring your own device experiences are much wanted my way.

96. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Honestly, the crapware is so bad on VZW and they troll their products so much it's annoying. If the iPhone works for you then that's all that matters. My girlfriend has the iPhone 5. Not a bad phone, but it's just not my taste. People tend to exxagerate on both ends. There are some things that really bother me about the company and that's why I dont like to purchase Apple products.

68. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Results of rushing to market! Why have a smartphone's predecessor be out on market within a year? What's the life expectancy of your smartphone, if you take care of it and has a removable battery it can definitely survive a couple years. These smartphone are coming out and outdating each other so quickly that by the time that first version of your smartphone's flaws or defects surface there's a better version coming out soon.

66. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Atleast they admit the problem and replacing the phone...unlike some company I won't mention (Apple) denies the issue and blame it on user error

64. gauravinvouge

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

hi,i'm gaurav from india i bought galaxy s3 GT I 9300 in june 2012 from's screen broke within ome month but the phone was working very on 18/12/12 it just died down the same way it's mentioned above.The service centre here in india says it's because of a water damage,they somehow convinced me by showing a small square on the back side which becomes visible when the battery is removed,they say that the color of the box has changed and it prooves water logging.....and hence i need to shell out Rs 7000/- indian currency.....i've no issues with the screen but the main board damage i'm sure i'm not responsible......i've left the phone with the service centre and i might get it vack on monday/tue ie may 24 or 25 december 2012 plz help......

63. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is big, i hope Samsung get around to fixing it. On the other hand, i find it quite funny that the One X fans and other fans are here to promote their fav phone, unfortunetly the One X and others simply arent as great as the GS3, One X+ gets close, but at the end of the day the GS3 is THEE flagship of 2012.

56. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

This has an uneasy similarity to a commercial lab device I once worked with, where a board supplier changed one of the chips so it added data to one of the chips, but could not overwrite what was there. When the chip filled up, the system failed.

52. logfalcon

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Unfortunately this happened to me also ....... I updated my rom lately but after two three days of update my cell wont just start... This article gives a relief as i had rooted my phone :P

39. MattGioff

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Funny enough, last night my phone froze and wouldn't restart. Once I took the battery out and put it back in the phone started up again. This was the first time that has ever happened to me. I was playing the game Granny Smith at the time so that could have been it. Granny Smith is kinda like a sonic the hedgehog type game that has nice graphics so maybe it just overheated or something.

45. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

+1 to you for Granny Smith. That game rocks! I've played it extensively on iPad and iPhone and never had an issue with it crashing, but it could be the port to android? I know the game "early bird" crashed 90% of the time on android a few months back, but it never crashed the phone...just the app.

35. saadgadit

Posts: 8; Member since: May 23, 2012

happened to me 3 days bak :(.. for no reason whatsoever my set is completely black now :(.. hopefully it will be replaced :(

34. II2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

While my G1 is still running perfectly fine after 4 years ... and it wasn't even so badly overpriced as new flagships tend to be.

58. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Summer 2010-2011 = 1 year Summer 2011-2012 = 2 years Summer 2012 - Winter 2012 = 2 1/2 a years, not 4.

28. thelegend6657 unregistered

IPhone 5 and galaxy s3 , what'as the difference anyway ? They're both electronic gadgets that are prone to failures . Just buy whichever you like :)

44. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

tbh i dont get why some feel the need to bring the iphone up in every single article......for once id like an article where the comments are reasonable and stick to the focus of said article......not the childish ''iphones crap your stupid android for smart people'' bs many on here spew

22. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

goes to tell u how cheap the material is

29. thelegend6657 unregistered

HTC > Samsung

49. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It has to do with the processor or the programing. It has nothing to do with the externals. What phone do you have?

21. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

I wanna hear MeoCao's take on this.

43. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

he will deflect the issue onto the iphone and slate that like he always does he's an unimaginative fanboy that follows all the others

50. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

and out of nowhere, he'll put the blame to MS and I can't even imagine how he could do it, but anyhow, he'll just bash MS. :))

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Gulp ..this just ruined the great pleasure of using this phone..: /

17. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It seems that my decision to bet on One X in 2012 was right...

23. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

dont know why so much hate on that phone, its on par, if not better than the gs3

30. thelegend6657 unregistered

Yup everytime my friend ask me is the GS3 the best android smartphone out there , I would disagree and say the One X is the best but it desperately needs some attention by smartphone buyers

33. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

For UI and design, HOX for me. For features, Samsung for me. But yes, HTC deserves some attention. However, they suck at post sale service. I bought Desire, didn't even get 2.3 update i guess, I had to root it. Works great though. One V, I got it for my girlfriend, she bricked it somehow. They were asking for more than half of the MRP for fixing it. Another one bought Desire C, now she isn't getting JB update. Recently, I wanted to suggest someone Desire X, but didn't. Coz I don't know when HTC can abandon their customers. So, I recommended Sony instead.

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