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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders start June 6th

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders start June 6th
The first photographs of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III have surfaced and it looks almost exactly like the international version of the SGS III. This, of course, confirms Samsung’s earlier promise of no significant outer changes, but under the hood there’s a whole different dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip with integrated LTE radio, so you can take advantage of Verizon’s 4G network.

A picture is worth a thousand words, though, and in this case, there’s a couple of them. Interestingly, there’s no Verizon logo up front, only on the back. An interesting development for the carrier, putting more stress on the handset itself. This will definitely help further establish Samsung’s Galaxy brand, given that other carriers are also expected to have a version of the SGS III that is modified little or not at all.

Verizon has announced Galaxy S III pre-orders kick off on June 6th at 7am EST. You'll be able to pre-order a 16GB SGS III for $199.99 on a 2-year contract and a 32GB one for $249.99. The phone requires an LTE data plan, but that doesn't surprise anyone, does it?

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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:22 4

1. dcgore (Posts: 231; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

I like Samsung, i had the SII international but gotta say, that's one ugly phone.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:45 4

3. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

The white one is not too bad though. Its actually growing on me a little bit. That pebble blue is hidious though IMO.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:33 1

14. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

Pebble blue all the way!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 17:52 2

29. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I agree, the white isn't looking as hideous. The pebble blue is a never for me.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:25

2. Cerberusa2a (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 May 2012)

FINALLY!! Must...wait... to pre-order

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:09

4. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Wait, they're letting you preorder on June 6th, but not telling you when you'll get it? Or was that just not mentioned in the story?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:12 2

5. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Don't order just, yet. Remember when the GNx came out and all the problems it had? Wait until several folks purchase the phone, then read the the reviews on Verizon's page; IMO average joes reviews is the most honest and comprehensive.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 13:47

21. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

I think the average joe has biased reviews for the most part. Its best to get bits and prices every where including from the people that hate it to get yourself an honest opinion then go get hands on with it

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:20

6. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Verizon is so full of crap. Now, I don't know if you guys noticed, but what happened to double the data deal? None, gone because a popular device is about to be introduce.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 22:49

31. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

It was a "limited time only" promotion that ran for like 3-4 months during the release of several popular phones...why are they full of crap for that? Some ppl just have to complain...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:24

32. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

dear lord, i hope you don't actually think Cricket ownz because they might be the worst carrier out there.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:25 3

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

The pricing is awesome. 249.99 for the 32 gig version? Sounds like Verizon has pulled their heads out of their asses on phone pricing.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:28 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yea, it seems to be standard across the carriers. Maybe samsung is FINALLY flexing some muscles back at the carriers to put them back in line. How awesome would that be.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:41 4

16. stjcripes (Posts: 27; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Yes and no. Carriers have little to no choice in the subsidized prices for iPhones. So to compensate, Verizon was charging up to $300 for LTE (Android) phones - before the iPhone launch, you could buy an LTE device for under $250 (I did). So Android buyers were paying an extra $50-$100 to offset Apple's rather steep subsidies. However, the high price point on 4G devices made it rather difficult to sell them against the cheaper iPhones (even if they only 3G devices). So now, we're back to sub-$250 LTE phones. The catch? A $30 upgrade fee. Verizon does not discriminate, though, as the fee applies to all (Android, iPhone, RIM, WP7, etc.). The good news: the cost has been spread out among all including iPhone buyers. The bad news: you're still paying to subsidize someone else's iPhone.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:29 1

33. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

i'm impressed, pretty spot on, Apple makes more problems for those who don't use they're overpriced stuff. EVO 4G LTE was supposed to come out on the 18th, the customers who preordered from my best buy, honestly didn't get it until a week later. if the machine we use to transfer contacts isn't fuctioning (which irritatingly enough is fairly often) then i have almost 0 ways to transfer someones contacts. Android, i could just export contacts to the sd card on the old phone, and import on new phone, or i could use gmail, or i could use bluetooth. Apple won't let me use any of those three ways. headaches galore my friend.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:41

17. DigitalBath (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

That's great they reduced the pricing, but I guarantee its because Verizon is trying to entice more people to get the phone on contract and opt out of thier unlimited data plans.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 13:37

20. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Is that such a wrong thing. At least it shows that though they are taking one thing away, they are trying to make up for it a bit. They know they don't have a good image right now.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 13:51

22. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Yes it is such a wrong thing. If you have always had unlimited data you would think its wrong

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:02 1

26. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Honestly, I can't tell what you two are bickering about; one would think this was a laundromat.
The reality is this: a 32GB equivalent of this phone with a different OS on Verizon would cost $299 plus tax and would be half the size connected only to 3G or Wi-Fi. Therefore, a $249 price point is more than reasonable. If you wanted unlimited data you should have thought about that prior to July 7, 2011; 'a day that will live in infamy'.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:33

34. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

first off, it hasn't been confirmed, so don't get your panties in a bunch. second off, i do upgrades on Verizon customers every single day who continue to keep their grandfathered unlimited data. the amount of people that over react to rumors is truly unbelievable, and probably, you don't use enough to complain about data usage. very few people use anywhere near 2, go to my verizon wireless or download the my verizon app, and go look and see how much data you use then come back and complain about how you feel safer having unlimited even though you probably use less than 2.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:42

9. Steviewy (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

So if I'm due for an upgrade and currently "locked" in an unlimited data Android plan.....if I upgrade to this, am I going to be forced to get their crappy 2GB data plan? Or am I still "grandfathered" in? All the news lately has been super confusing about this nonsense.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:55

10. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I'm still trying to figure it out myself. I guess we won't know till June 6th. You know the sad part is they won't even offer a "special" tiered data plan for those unlimited plan owners. At least give us 10GB or something.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:35

15. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if you upgrade after the date that VZW sets on the new granfathered unlimited plan deadline, then you must move to a new type of plan to upgrade. the only way you will keep your plan is if you buy phones unlocked from elsewhere.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 13:55

23. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

I haven't heard about the deadline yet but you don't need an unlocked phone. Just buy off of Craig's list or somewhere and make sure it works. You can get great deals if you wait a month I myself am either gonna get the sg3 without changing a thing or switch to sprint. There service is good enough

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:26 1

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

so who was saying it was going to be overpriced on Verizon? xD

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:44

12. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Samsung showing some muscle and there execution is lovely. I just hope the S4 chip can be just as good as the original. All Samsung has to do this time around is DONT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY UP!! This one phone will decide if they can dethrone the iphone.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:21

13. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

i might be the first to say this......but if they're going to pre-order the S3, what about the Note?? Ive had peopla on PA saying that they want to see the a variant of the Note on Verizon!! Im not sure they'll so that Samsung has already passed on a Verizon variant of one of their phones before and they could do it again with the Note

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:48

18. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Verizon has a freat network, but is awful at committing to release dates. Probably smart, but it's frustrating as a consumer; especially after watching other carriers release their versions of equivalent phones earlier time after time. Verizon's smartphone line-up sucks balls compared to the competition unless you prefer 5-month-old 'flagship' phones with huge bezels. Just sayin'

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:02

24. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

My galaxy nexus is mostly all screen what do you meen huge bezels and even though it turned out to not be a developers phone kinda and huge wait on updates it was out on verizon a hella long time ago

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:02

25. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

I found the nexus to be intriguing, initially. Very smooth for android, beautiful screen. But then found myself frustrated hunting for virtual menu buttons and with the general operation of the phone. Probably just a personal preference. Anywho, to answer your question: I find the bezel to be nice and small horizontally, but quite large vertically on the nexus.

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