Question: what’s better than one Samsung Galaxy S III? Answer: five Samsung Galaxy S IIIs!
Five US national carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon – announced today their plans for making the phone available on their respective networks. Before we go any farther, I did say “phone” for a reason: there isn’t going to be a separate version for each carrier with its own name. Unlike the past, when we had phones like the Verizon Samsung Fascinate or the Sprint Epic 4G Touch, we are going to have a very similar device across all networks – just with finely-tuned internals to work on each provider’s network.
AT&T will offer the Galaxy S III for $199.99 for the 16GB. You won’t find a 32GB device on AT&T, but that’s because it’s offering a 16GB microSD card for $39 – making its “32GB” variant just $238.99. The carrier will also offer an exclusive red color alongside the white and blue, but none of the three colors received a release date. There is a preorder date, though: June 6th.
Next up is Sprint. Sprint does indeed have both 16GB and 32GB varieties that will sell for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively. Surprisingly, the 32GB model will only be available through Sprint’s online store. It will be selling both on June 21st, with preorders starting tomorrow.
T-Mobile’s taking a similar route to Sprint by offering 16GB and 32GB variants on June 21st, but it won’t be offering a preorder for its customers. At the time of this writing, pricing for either model is unavailable, too.
US Cellular also has its own Galaxy S III. Like Sprint, it will be offering preorders for the 16GB and 32GB blue and white phones on June 12th. US Cellular didn’t provide prices for either models or even release dates, though.
Finally, Verizon will be serving up two models – 16GB and 32GB – in the non-exclusive colors of white and blue. Pricing is similar to Sprint’s, with the smaller capacity phone ringing up at $199.99 and the larger at $249.99. Preorders will start on Wednesday, June 6th; unfortunately, Verizon hasn’t provided a release date just yet.
That’s it for now, folks. You can hit up the press releases that are linked below if you want to find out more – but honestly, that’s all the information regarding the release that carriers have provided. In my opinion, AT&T, US Cellular, and Verizon will release their Galaxy S III models on June 21st, as well, so they aren’t lagging behind any of the other carriers, but I guess we’ll find out in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, are you saving up to purchase any of these models? Or, have you decided against Samsung’s latest flagship for something else?[AT&T | Sprint | T-Mobile | US Cellular | Verizon]