Some Verizon Galaxy S IIIs arriving early, but having problems with activation

Some Verizon Galaxy S IIIs arriving early, but having problems with activation
Those of you who preordered the Galaxy S III will want to watch for deliveries today, as there are multiple reports coming in of people receiving their units this morning. On the other hand, those early recipients may not be as lucky as you would imagine, as Droid-Life is reporting that at least some customers haven’t been able to get the Galaxy S III up and running on Big Red’s network.

Verizon’s Galaxy S III doesn’t officially launch for a few more days, so it could be as simple Verizon not being ready for them, although surely there are people testing the units already on Verizon's network. More information would help - there is some disagreement as to whether this is a persistent problem, or whether it’s mainly impacting customers that are upgrading from a 3G contract to a 4G LTE line. If happened to receive your GS3 early let us know how activation works for you (or doesn’t).

Meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted if we learn more, or if Verizon provides some official confirmation.

source: Droid-Life

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34 Comments

1. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is why GSM is king... pop the SIM in, get on with your life.

5. Steve.G

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Being an LTE device, you would also just pop in the SIM and go. Unless there is some issue on the network whereby the provisioning can't take place.

6. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

CDMA carrier greed at work. Why is there not a SIM-like system in their sandbox?

19. latinfirepr

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Since it's LTE, it's a Sim based technology. You do just pop it in and go. Mine S3 has been activated since Monday the 30th when I got mine. I just put the sim in and it was active. GSM/SIM are not the same thing. Why don't people understand that? SIM's are used to activate thousands of things besides phones and have rolling codes. I have a SIM on my credit card. lol GSM = A Wireless technology CDMA = A Wireless technology LTE = Another type of wireless technology (Not GSM as many kids on this site think it is) SIM= A portable module that activates a mobile device when matched

28. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yes, LTE is a SIM Based technology, but the ESN still needs to be registered with the network. CDMA is not a SIM based technology, and I would imagine there are those who have upgraded from the Incredible two (CDMA) and other 3g/CDMA phones, to the SIII. Doesn't matter what phone you have on T-Mobile or AT&T, you just pop the SIM and move on.

2. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I got my Tmobile S3 last week I love it.

3. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Galaxy S3 is going to be banned soon. Enjoy iWorld

7. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

The Judge already denied Apple's request to possibly ban the S3. Fail, Trollface.

4. hahahahaahahah

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because the esn's are not registered with the network yet

8. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I just got off a 45 minute call with Tech Support. It cannot be activated until 7/10, which is the official launch date (apparently)….

26. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

False, I activated mine by following the directions.

9. AtomicMe

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I'm also having issues with my activation. After speaking with level 1 and level 2 tech support, they explained that since the phones weren't supposed to be activated till 6/10, many of the phones ID tags aren't in the Verizon database yet. She took my phone's IMEI # and sent it to another department where it's going to be added manually. She instructed me to try activating again in about 2 hours...

17. AtomicMe

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Activation went through about 30 minutes ago. Everything seems to be working great now!

10. tehalley

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Mine did not work, called & device was not loaded in their system. So have to wait as they put in a request to add. Now wait until they get back with me. How does a big company do such things???

11. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Same thing here except I missed the call and got a VM. I'm on hold right now...

12. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Oh the wonders of the cheap plastic Samsuck

13. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Activation Complete!

14. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

WOOT! Oh wait. im still waiting. aww...

15. techman01

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

its ok youlll get your activated too even though i didnt pre order it any ways good luck

20. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Thumbs up if youre GS3 didn't come today ='(

22. creiss74

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I just got my S3 today and cannot activate it :( I am upgrading from my Droid X and Unlimited Data.

23. vzw_customer

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

activation went smoothly for me. been playing with since about 4:30 or 5:00. LOVING IT!

30. kealii987

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

How'd you activate your phone? By putting your sim card in or by calling?

24. hessphx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I ordered mine the minute it came out for fear that it would be sold out....but somehow my friend who ordered 3 weeks after me has already has his shipped, and mine still hasn't. The Verizon reps both told me that no phones would ship until the 9th, so I read them his order number and they confirmed it was shipped, but again said the Galaxy SIII will not ship until the 9th. They really have no idea what they are doing....ever

25. wazzy

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

My white 32g came today, activated fine and is amazing. Ordered on 6/6.

27. Ezmooch

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

55min start to finish on the phone today at lunchtime to get mine activated. Apparently some of the phones were not propperly logged into their system before being sent out to customers. The rep that helped me said he was waiting on another team to get it fixed. All data/phone functions working fine, just took a while.

29. kealii987

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

So then how will we know if ours was logged into their system?? Like how will I know that I won't have an issue?? Do I just put my sim card in the slot?

32. Ezmooch

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I tried following the booklet directions, but that did not work so I called Verizon. If you have to call, be ready to be on hold for a while, but it all worked out.

37. kealii987

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Okay thanks! So, how will I be able to check that my plan is still unlimited?

31. jbjr43

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Follow the activation booklet that comes in the box. I originally called because the data plan on the packing slip/receipt wasn't unlimited, which was incorrect. They corrected it. I was about to send it back. All is good now and I'm loving my white 32GB SGS III!

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