T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S III is now available in limited markets

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S III is now available in limited markets
Last night, on the eve of the U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the manufacturer hosted a party that included 500 Samsung fans who came to test out the Samsung Galaxy S III, meet rock star Ashley Greene and a number of NBA players like  former MVP Steve Nash. Kevin Love and Stephen Curry. The highlight of the event was the $1.5 million donation made by Samsung to the WWF.

So that brings us to Thursday, June 21st, a date that has been chiseled in stone for the last few weeks as the 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.

source: T-Mobile

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Galaxy S III T-Mobile
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10.00h talk time)



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: Jul 26, 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: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

42Mbps HSPA+>LTE But seriously, that price sucks. I wouldn't pay that much for a phone ON CONTRACT.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Tmobile treaing its customers like the British Empire treated the colonists. lol

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Or still treats Ireland for that matter.

4. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Except their monthly tax is much lower than the colonists or other carriers ;-)

24. axeetech

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

em not worried about taxes.https://www.facebook.com/AxeeTech

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

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: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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 unregistered

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: Apr 02, 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.

12. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 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: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 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: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 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: Feb 27, 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: Jul 19, 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: May 20, 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: Jun 21, 2012

that unlocked iphone 3gs is looking pretty good right now...

18. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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: Jul 19, 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: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 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: 238; Member since: Jul 15, 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: Jun 21, 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..http://axeetech.wordpress.com/

31. retrokick

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 19, 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: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Boy, Tmobile!!!! is no wonder they don't want to give you the iPhone, you're self destructive.

29. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 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: Jul 19, 2012

TOTALLY AGREE! Everyone keeps complaining about T-Mo's price, but don't have the figures right...

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