Amazon, Bluetooth SIG Help Confirm SGH-T999(v) As T-Mobile Bound Galaxy S III

I hope we’ve already passed the point of uncertainty as to whether T-Mobile will launch the Galaxy S III on their network in the near future. In fact, we’re already hearing rumblings of a mid-late June launch, which is right in line with other suspected launches in the US. Still, take any date you hear with a grain of salt until we see something a little more definitive on a launch date, like hopefully some kind of leaked image that verifies any such date.

In the meantime, if you were still on the fence asking yourself if the SGH-T999 really is the Galaxy S III for T-Mobile, Amazon.com and Bluetooth SIG are putting any lingering doubt to rest. On May 15th, the Bluetooth SIG approved the SGH-T999(v) as Amazon puts up a ton of accessories for the T-Mobile ‘Galaxy S3′ smartphone.

Also, if you had any doubt about just how popular the Galaxy S III will be, a new report indicates close to 9 million phones have been pre-ordered before the phone has even been reviewed or launched anywhere in the world. This is why Samsung is the world’s top Android manufacturer.

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  • Ghuayu

    Great T-mobile! Sign me on

  • lecie

    Still hope they release the Note

    • omnirep

      Note is coming in July.

      • Lani

        Where is that stated?  I am holding out for a Tmo Note

        • Edy6401

           I would love to get a Tmo Note, but I have to take a look and see if I like TouchWiz. I have only used HTC phones before and I am pretty used to Sense. If I can be ok with TouchWiz, then the Note should be my next phone. 

        • Wilma Flintstone

          I just don’t understand why they would release the Note in July. And especially after the GS3.  That just makes no sense. 

          Also if they expect the Note to be $299 on Tmo at release after being out this long, they are shooting themselves in the foot and I’ll grab an AT&T version, root it and make it run Tmo’s 4g for $300 Off Contract by then. 

          This will be a good laugh if they think they can sell the Note for $299 on contract after being out for half a year on AT&T and almost a full year Internationally.  Especially if there are no upgrades to the Tmo version.

      • Marc Klein

        Not sure that was confirmed..

      • lecie

         Awesome…

    • godrilla

      Why it has very slo s3 chip not Exynos?

      • lecie

         I keep hearing it’ll be faster than the S3 plus the screen is jumbofied lol… my friend has the AT&T version

  • http://twitter.com/alexduhgreat Oscar Chavez

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! (sorry about the caps)

  • Calvin
  • Lani

    Tmobile UK is expecting it on May 30th.
    https://www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop/coming-soon/

    My guess Tmobile USA won’t start selling a SG3 version any sooner than a June 30th.

    • Marc Klein

      What are you basing that on?

  • Izzybrexx

    I hope both color ways are released at the same time…stupid they release one color every so often
    .

    • MarcusDW

      It should be different this time because it’s actually being released in 2 colors from the beginning.

  • Dfireballwow

    Great new galaxy s3 and still no 4.0 for the galaxy s2. And honestly, I why would you want a note when this phone is coming so soon?

    • MarcusDW

      The Note is still very powerful and has 2 awesome things that you don’t get from the GS3.  A tablet sized 5.3″ screen and real stylus support.  

      Those phones are two different animals.

      A GS3 with stylus is a win though.

  • MarcusDW

    I think I’m going to go ahead and buy this phone just for the new software features.  If Samsung put out the GS3 running the current ICS TouchWiz then I wouldn’t even entertain the thought of buying it.

    Galaxy S 1, 2, 3, and then 4 with LTE!!

  • Ilyas_k15

    I kind of hope that all Galaxy S III devices are exactly the same for all U.S. carriers, with ALL of the same specs, display sizes, and all other physical aspects, so that no one would inferior because of the carrier preference. The only difference should be the LTE capability, because that’s just something that cannot be avoided at this point.

    • Marc Klein

      I doubt Samsung with change any of the features for the US version unless some carrier (AT&T) asks for changes. It wouldn’t be in Samsungs best interest.

      • jessejames111981

         but carriers do ask and manufactures comply

        • Marc Klein

          But not much. That’s where the bloat tware comes in I think.

  • Ben Hauck

    I get that the Note has a bigger screen. I’m an old Palm Pilot guy, so I’m intrigued by the stylus, but not certain why I care any more!

    What does “full stylus support” bring me in the world of Android, and what are some of the other pros and cons between the G3 and the Note?

    • mreveryphone

      I have the note and it is nice, the s pen is nice but the old processor compared to the new ones feels like a palm treo in comparison. The one s is the fastest android phone I’ve owned and I’ve had them all. If they could somehow put the s4 in the note then it would be a no brainer, and if they could put all the new software on the gs3 in the note, wow! I would wait for the note 2 if there’s going to be one. Or just go with the gs3. I’m selling my unlocked note for the gs3 as soon as we get a solid date.

      • Ben Hauck

        Does the note have handwriting recognition? That’s what I miss about my Palms (Tungstens, not Treos).

        Thanks

  • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

    if only i didn’t hate Touchwiz

    • TheReder

      Root. Rom. Be happy.

      • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

        if only i was a fan of rooting :)

        • TheReder

          That’s like saying you like watching TV but you’re not a fan of changing the channel.

        • mj

          Root. Custom ROM. Yeah, been there, done that. The problem with using custom ROMs is this: Wow, this ROM is awesome, well… except I just wish WiFi calling worked, or well, the camera crashes at a certain resolution, or well, the cell radio reception is worse.  Hmm, come to think of it, I’ll stick with stock.  At least on my Sensation ICS everything is working currently.

        • mj

          Root. Custom ROM. Yeah, been there, done that. The problem with using custom ROMs is this: Wow, this ROM is awesome, well… except I just wish WiFi calling worked, or well, the camera crashes at a certain resolution, or well, the cell radio reception is worse.  Hmm, come to think of it, I’ll stick with stock.  At least on my Sensation ICS everything is working currently.

        • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

          yep exactly .. not everyone is a fanboy of ROMs and rooting etc .. sometimes people just like the phone to be the way they want it to be stock.

    • J-Hop2o6

       Play Store > ICS Launcher (Apex or Nova). No more TW Launcher. But yes, you still will have TW elements floating around in the rom.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarkKent113 Kal-El

    August can’t come soon enough, I need my upgrade!

    • Marc Klein

      You might be eligible for an early upgrade .. Check with T MO

  • Enoel69

    Was abt 90% certain from way back when T999 will eventually be the Tmo GS3. It more and more looks like i will be getting this phone since there is no word yet if the rumored Tmo One X with vanilla ICS will come t fruition. The dilemma here also is the rumor of up to 5 Nexus devices with Jellybean coming up in abt six month. If i do get the GS3 then most likely i will be getting the HTC Nexus with JB unless Samsung’s JB Nexus blows the others out of the water. Pls pls pls just make a device that is about 130mm tall no more than 132mm. Also pls HTC a Nexus with ample internal storage 32GB plus a micro SD card slot, a bigger removable battery, an HD screen of 4.5″ to 4.8″ on a form factor similar in size to the Sensation XL. The Sensation XL at 132mm tall has a 4.7″ screen with a lot of bottom bezel to either accommodate a 4.8″ screen or maintain a 4.7″ screen and reduce the height of the device to abt 130mm by eliminating some of the bottom space. I went to Best buy to palm size  test most of the  huge screen devices for hand comfort…the ideal size i found for the average large hands was that of the Tmo GS2 at abt 130mm tall. After that u start experiencing diminishing comfort and u strain to use the device…i experienced that with my GNex at 135.5mm tall, even with  the One X u still experience a slight discomfort cuz of the how tall the device is. Therefore GS3 at 136.6mm tall and 70.6mm wide very usable but slightly large and not very comfortable in hand as well. PLEASE OEMs STRIVE TO MAKE THESE LARGE SCREEN DEVICES 130mm TALL..NO MORE THAN 132mm (sample form factor sizes for average large hands, that of Tmo Samsung GS2 or HTC Sensation XL).

    Anyone have an idea or rumor on which device is Samsung GT-i9800??? Could it be a Samsung JB device in the works with the Exynos 5250 and 1080HD screen??

  • Marc Klein

    Hope the Pre Orders Begin Soon. Fingers Crossed

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    Just hope that T-Mobile doesn’t ruin it with their own processor ect. Would much rather have that great processor that the European model has and suffer a little on the DL speeds if need be. The physical design hopefully will not change either, this way we can benefit from all the great extras that Samsung puts out for this phone. The SGS2 from T-Mobile is the ugliest of all of the models, I own one and I also own the AT&T model which is twice as fast and feels great in the hand. No comparison IMO. Love T-Mobile as my carrier, get fantastic speeds and service, just wish they would get great phones and when they do just don’t ruin the damn things. Take my money but don’t ruin great phones.

    • Marc Klein

      TMO isn’t getting the Exynos Processor. None of the US carriers are. Samsung already mentioned this. The Exynos doesn’t play nice with LTE yet.. But The S4 was compared with the Exynos in tests along with Tegra and S4 won with speed and Graphics.. 

      • Dumbazz

        Grass is always greener

      • severinj

        this is ridiculous and a flat out lie. the exynos absolutely destroyed everything it was up against in the benchmarks. the s4 did NOT win in speed and the weak adreno gpu got absolutely smashed as well. i dont understand why some people jump up and just claim bullshit they made up as fact.

        also samsung didn’t mention that every us carrier is getting the s4 chip. they mentioned it may change depending on area.

        • souggie

          Stop exaggerating. The exynos chip won, but not by much, and it’s gpu was a little better. The exynos is still based on A9 tech, whereas the dual core s4 is based on a design that takes from both A9 and A15, with 28nm so technically it is a better more updated chip. a better comparison would be a quad core s4 against a quad core exynos. That’s a better assessment

        • souggie

          You should Google the s4 specs and power and get an idea of what it really does….I’ve done my homework…..have you?

        • severinj

          the gpu is not just a little better, it is the best currently available in a smartphone. the architecture of the chip is not what i am mentioning – its the performance. 

          and a quad core s4 is a better comparison against a quad core a9 exynos? or do you mean a better comparison would be an s4 against the exynos 5250? because that wouldn’t even be close. my point here is not for comparison sake in “which chip is faster per amount of cores” but which chip available is the better of the 2. i know what the s4 is, i know the s4′s specs and i also know that the s4 is just as good if it’s powering a qhd screen but not a world beater when powering a 720p display.

          i admit i was speaking in hyperbole to emphasize the point but i just dont approve of people spreading lies like “the s4 and tegra 3 won in speed and in graphics.” that did not happen.

      • now_onTMO

        really? i saw different results.. the only test the s4 won was vellamo (of course) and linpak… but the rest , it’s exynos that won one against the other two..

    • jessejames111981

       I’d rather have the s4

  • mreveryphone

    Anyone else with a one s having trouble posting?

  • fixxmyhead

    HTC can suck it. u will ALWAYS be #2 

    • MarcusDW

      #3

    • Justin Lee

      Um, if you think this is a better phone then the HTC One S, you are sadly mistaken. Other then a larger screen, which includes a bump in resolution, the GSIII is in no way superior to the One S. Beside’s the hardware specs, I One S physically is built better then the GSIII, and of course HTC is FAR more responsive in updating their phones then Samsung is. So basically you’ll get a far better over all experience with HTC then Samsung! Don’t even get me started on how much better Sense 4.0 is to the new TouchWiz….

      • fixxmyhead

        u got a screw loose in ur head cuz the s3 is FARRRRRRRRRRRRR superior than the s4 chips in the one s or the tegra3 hands down. seriously take a look at the benchmarks and it kills anything currently out. im sure alot of people would agree with me when i say the s3 is superior than the “mid” range one s. just the specs alone kill the one s. even the cpu is better. where are u getting ur info

      • jerry

        I hate HTC fanboy! The one s feels like toy in my hand, the software sucks, and dont even get me started on how laggy Sense is!

        • now_onTMO

           HTC is not bad.. i like sense, i like their desings… if only samsung wasn’t better for me, i’d get an HTC..

        • jerry

          Lets share what Samsung is better for u?? I had stock Android ui (mytouch 3g, lg g2x), had sense (sensation), and only found out that I missed the long hold home button for task manager and short cut on the notification bar. And better Web browsing experience. Liked my s1 and love my s2, and looking forward to s3.

        • now_onTMO

           we’re on the same side.. :)

        • jerry

          Lets share what Samsung is better for u?? I had stock Android ui (mytouch 3g, lg g2x), had sense (sensation), and only found out that I missed the long hold home button for task manager and short cut on the notification bar. And better Web browsing experience. Liked my s1 and love my s2, and looking forward to s3.

  • Silk7412

    Well my overclocked and rooted g2 can hold me until after thanksgiving. Then i’ll  see what Google will do for me ( NEXUS wise) !!

  • mreveryphone

    Word is samsung might throw us a bone and give us 2gb of ram with the s4?!?!?! I’d take that all day! The s4 has already proved itself, and now it might get 2gb at its disposal?? I’m already in line!!!!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Only one model may get it, in Korea, if you are holding out for hope here for this upcoming release, you are going to be sorely disappointed!

    • Marc Klein

      The question is Will Samsung offer the 16/32/64 in the US? Or is that one being left up to each individual carrier?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

      Agreed.  I got 7093 on Antutu, and 5156 on Quadrant…WOW.

    • Kevinmarchibald

      Any chance of getting the S4 Pro instead of the base S4 SoC? Hearing about shortages of the S4. Not sure if that delays the introduction of the S4 Pro and/or decreases its supply, too.

      • now_onTMO

         unlikely… that’s reserved for other upcoming models.. htc phones for sure

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GWNMUFSFUWO2VH7T7CM4VPJHOY torrest

    Amazon did not list those accessories, a third party seller did.  Anyone can sign up and create those listings.  So I would not cite Amazon as definitive proof. They are probably generic accessories which would compatible with any version of the S3 and not specifically made for the T–mobile version

  • TMOTECH

    I cant get past the damn button on the bezel. Drives me crazy. makes me feel like they are going backwards. The nexus doesn’t have any buttons. why would  they go this way? 

    • Kevinmarchibald

      Yeah, not the most elegant design. The physical button shape flows with the bottom curve, while the left and right capacitive buttons visually get cut off by the flow of the corner curves.

      I usually don’t like white phones, but if I get the GS3, and T-Mobile offers the white one, that’s the one I may get because it hides the physical button better. I want to see in person whether white makes the capacitive icons harder to see, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

      • MarcusDW

        There will not be a middle hardware button on the US version, I guarantee it.

    • spartanjet

      I like physical buttons, one of the things that annoyed me about ICS was the onscreen buttons.  Why do I want precious screen space always taken by controls when they can be below the screen.  I also love the physical button, I pray they keep that as well on the tmo version (and hopefully the camera flash rofl).

    • MarcusDW

      There will not be a middle hardware button on the US version, I guarantee it.

    • Justin Lee

      I guarantee that touch pad/button on the front of the device will NOT be on any US version of the GSIII, let alone T-Mobile’s version. Both the Galaxy S and GSII world versions had the same button, yet the US versions did not. I believe it has something to do with avoiding a law suite with Apple, but I might be wrong…

  • Youngtexas_balla06

    Some of you folks kill me, you guys wouldn’t be satisfied if the phone did backflips and took the dog for a walk and clean up the dog mess….. Its a phone!!!!! OAN can’t wait to get it…

    • Mcclurej

      Hey Tex, it’s early adopters that drive down the price of goods and services we enjoy today! Capitalism may not be the best but it’s the best until then. Remember to vote but not for a democrat.

  • cellularcrazy09

    APPLE FTW!!! LOL…just had too…couldn’t resist!

  • cellularcrazy09

    APPLE FTW!!! LOL…just had too…couldn’t resist!

    • HeLLo

       So do you wan’t a cookie now for making a fool out of yourself?.

      • cellularcrazy09

        I would love one thanks…an iCookie!!

  • Jerry

    I bought the att galaxy Note.  Hacked into it and modified it to work with tmobile 4g.  The result was very fast 4g, but also very unstable.  So i sold the Note and will buy the S3 or the Tmo Note which ever will come out first.  Cant wait.

    • Scott Haefele

      I’ll most likely wait for the note and get that, then when the second version of the asus padfone comes out ill buy that and sell the note ;)

  • El_Twin

    Exynos should come to T-Mobile I think, remember T-Mobile isn’t ready yet for LTE until 2013.

  • now_onTMO

    please have a white version on launch day..
    either a middle button or all capacitive will do..
    please let it be the exynos quad core with its quad core mali gpu.. all that power will work real well with all the software features and sleekness of the phone..
    if we get the s4 krait that will do also as long as it gets 2gb ram.. i think samsung opted for 2gb because the s4 krait would need it for all the software features (?).. but if we only get 1gb , that’s fine too .. LOL, i just need a new phone ..

    but i still have a feeling we’ll get the exynos with hspa+42.. hopefully!! :)

  • now_onTMO

    oh… there are rumors stating that the new iphone /iphone5 will be LTE enabled… if this is true, then it means that the next iphone might be using exynos 5 that is compatible with LTE..
     

  • John

    Anyone know if TMo will be getting the 32gb version as well and how much? Not that it matters to much to me but it would be nice to have if its not to much more than the 16gb. I think that 16gb will be enough for me, along with a sdcard slot and  free 50gb from Dropbox, if TMo or Samsung will decide to have it for the US.