T-Mobile Announces Galaxy S III Retail Availability For June 21st

Well, this week is certainly starting off right as T-Mobile announces their own Galaxy S III variant for a June 21st launch. T-Mobile’s press release indicates the Metallic Blue and Ceramic White color will both be available at T-Mobile retail stores, select retailers nationwide, and at www.tmobile.com on Thursday, June 21st. I have to say, that while our information indicated a June 20th launch, I can’t remember the last time T-Mobile launched a phone on a Thursday so they are really pulling out all the stops for this one. Unfortunately, no pricing or size information is available through the press release though we expect T-Mobile to announce those details as we get closer to the 21st.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of T-Mobile’s fastest 4G smartphones, taking full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 network. Combining a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor with 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core CPUs and lightning-fast network speeds on America’s Largest 4G Network, customers can quickly and easily share photos and videos to a compatible TV or other Galaxy S III devices.

Delivering a powerful entertainment experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III features a beautiful 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, which allows customers to watch HD quality movies on their device. Additionally, making “capturing the moment” even more amazing, the device is equipped with an advanced 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and zero shutter lag as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Full Press Release:

T-Mobile to Debut the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 21

Latest in Galaxy S series brings fast group sharing and on-the-go entertainment all running on America’s Largest 4G Network®

BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 4, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., the No. 1 mobile operator brand in Samsung Galaxy S sales, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide,1 announced the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III. Starting June 21, T-Mobile® customers will have the opportunity to own one of the most innovative smartphones in the market to date, joining the popular Galaxy S family of devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42 technology) smartphones. With an intuitive design, the Galaxy S III enables customers to share photos, videos and more effortlessly to a compatible TV or other Galaxy S III devices. Featuring a beautiful 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, the Galaxy S III packs a powerful entertainment experience allowing customers to watch HD movies and TV shows, download apps and securely browse the Web at lightning-fast speeds on America’s Largest 4G Network®.

“We have a tremendous history of working with Samsung to bring cutting-edge devices to market, and we know our customers are excited to get their hands on the Galaxy S III,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “As we continue to aggressively compete, this device is yet another example of how T-Mobile delivers amazing devices and 4G experiences to our customers.”

Galaxy S III Key Features

·         Connecting and Sharing: Imagine shooting a video with a group of friends and being able to share it immediately with others in the group. The Galaxy S III enables group sharing via Wi-Fi Direct so that content such as a video or photo on one device can easily be shared with up to five other Galaxy S III devices. That same video or photo can also be viewed by the group on a compatible big screen TV, such as a SmartTV, using  AllShare®. With an advanced 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and zero shutter lag and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, the Galaxy S III will capture beautiful HD videos and photos that are perfect to share.

·         Entertainment: Whether waiting for an appointment or commuting on the bus, customers can take in the latest action movie in full HD from Samsung Media Hub or catch their favorite TV show with T-Mobile TV in Mobile HD2. Images appear crisp and clear on the Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, bringing entertainment to life on the device. In addition, customers can choose between 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, and have the option for expandable memory via a MicroSD slot, providing plenty of storage for downloading movies, music, games and other apps. Featuring Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon S4 Processor with 1.5 GHz Dual-Core CPUs and 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy S III also offers a large, 2100mAh battery to power hours of on-the-go entertainment.

·         Productivity: For customers who want to use the device in their business and personal lives, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III offers a suite of security features delivering enterprise-friendly capabilities. From syncing corporate email, calendars and contacts to providing on-device encryption, the Galaxy S III makes it easy to maximize efficiency and productivity for enterprise users. T-Mobile customers also have access to Wi-Fi Calling and the Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature ensuring easy and reliable connectivity while on the road.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to arrive in a metallic blue or ceramic white color at T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers nationwide, and at www.t-mobile.com starting June 21.

To learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S III, visit http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-s3.

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  • GinaDee

    Sprint is selling the 16GB LTE version for $199.99

    I hope T-Mobile doesn’t pull the ridiculous Bold pricing of $299.99 for the same model and $399.99 for the 32GB version with a new 2 year contract. 

    And how different is “Metallic Blue,” vs. “Ceramic Blue?”  

    • Getsome

      Phone price is only part of the equation, and plan pricing is a consideration as well, and sprint is more expensive

      • MarcusDW

        T-Mobile can’t be having an easy time with explaining that to folks.  

        You may pay $100 less for that Verizon phone but that’s pointless when you spend over $20 a month more for their service.  

        I will be disappointed to see this phone less than $269 after a rebate because TMO needs to get paid.  Why on earth would they charge $199/229 for the GS3 when that’s the same price as the SG2 and it’s worth every dollar STILL.

        • Johnny Brown

          Very true… I’m not one to complain.. I’m just gonna shut up and let them take my money for this bad boy.. Heck, I just might even pay full retail. haha

        • MarcusDW

          TMO has shattered the “standard” $499 price with the GS2/Amaze at $599… I wonder if they will do it again?

          Would you cash out at $649???

        • Johnny Brown

          I’m a T-Mobile supporter and they could use every dime they get, so yea I think I would. Granted, $649 is a little steep, but it’s still not as expensive as if I was splurging on an import.

        • None

          Without the bloat, I would pay $649 for this phone!!

        • Johnny Brown

          Tell me about it! It looks like Samsung has more control over it’s product now that they are the King of Android, so hopefully there virtually none this go around…

        • sharklover

          They would do it to help them stop losing customers and possibly even gain a few. Time will tell but I doubt more than $229. Hopefully it was also be $199 like the other carriers.

      • Spanky

        I am not a fan of Sprint, but their pricing seems to be in line with T-Mobile.

      • THICKPP

        Search online for the employee referral discount code on Sprint and you can get everything unlimited for only 69.99 – thats real cheap but Im worried about Sprints data network…Theyve said LTE will be up m id-2012 but aren’t we in mid-2012 and don’t think they’ve announced that yet.

    • Johnny Brown

      I’m calling $249 and $299 after $50 rebate for 16 and 32GB. That would be suicidal to charge 300 bucks… But I wouldn’t put it past them to do something like that…

    • WIll

      If they go $100 more than Verizon and Sprint, they’re gonna get whacked

  • Legend_Gamer

    david, I am deaf guy and my deaf wife but I am have confuse how much SGS3 upgrade cost? and I am ready upgrade now and my wife got full upgrade want to buy new smartphone since she got too old samsung belond 2 long time year. But I was dropped in water my mytouch slide 3G red. I was called to tmobile serivce and they told me “mts3g was dead” that I buy new smartphone. I am stuck with this mytouch slide 3G red -_- i want to know how much SGS3 upgrade cost? I still think SGS3 upgrade $199 or $250? however My friend woman work in tmobile when I text to her. help me explain please thanks for your understanding.

    • MarcusDW

      The price hasn’t been announced yet but it is more than likely going to cost between $250-300 with a full upgrade.

      My guess is $250 for the 16GB model and $300 for the $32GB model.

  • Legend_Gamer

    how much sgs3 16gb and sgs3 32gb different upgrade cost? thanks….

  • Damiza88

    I wish I could upgrade to this phone right now but I gotta wait until next year to upgrade but I’m waiting for the next nexus phone.

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Yes!!!! I’m in. I sold my Samsung Galaxy S II so I could get this phone. Got $375 for the SGS II, so that money will help on the hit (I am on Straight Talk that has a Bring Your Own Phone program. So I have to pay FULL “eBay” retail on phones. I can use either a T-Mobile or AT&T SGS III.)

    That’s another nice thing about Straight Talk prepaid, in addition to my paying only $41 monthly for 2.6 GB 4G data, unlimited talk and text, I can choose either a T-Mobile device or AT&T.

    Some things to note: 

    – Everyone who in February predicted a June-July SGS III launch, great job! Turns out those predictions were accurate. Back then I said the SGS III would be what I call T-Mobile’s “summer phone” and it would be launched in conjunction with the Summer Olympics.

    – Care to guess on price, now? I said a few years ago that the “default retail price” for flagship phones is no more than $550, and that the “default subsidized price” is $200.

    Since A) the economy remains tanked; fuel is $4++ a gallon; B) the carrier war is not only the post-paids against each other, but now post-paid v. prepaids; C) Samsung wants to retain its new crown, #1 cell phone manufacturer in world; and D) Samsung wants to actually do battle against the iPhone, my guess is:

    $550 average price full retail; $200 to $250 subsidized. Price will be influenced by carriers seeing what its competitors are charging.

    – I am pleased that T-Mobile (and others) did NOT go the route of HTC, specifically with a closed battery and memory. The phone has a user-replaceable battery and a memory slot. I don’t know about others, but those are two critical items for me.

    Since year 1999 I have been totally wireless at home (no land line) so I always have three to four batteries for my phone on hand. (Fully charged, of course.)

    And I love being able to keep files on a number of microSD chips and simply transfer them around from phone to phone. For example, I have about 300 ringtones collected from time to time, wallpapers, file backups, games, apps, and other data. I simply insert the chip into the SGS III and I am good to go.

    – IMO dual-core is PLENTY FAST for a cell phone. So it is good to see all U.S. carriers are going with it. I was concerned that people would dis T-Mobile’s version because it would have a dual core, while others had a quad-core.

    – 2GB of RAM! That is AWESOME. Dual core with 2GB RAM will make this a smoking machine.

    – Absolutely fantastic that it comes with the option of 16 or 32 GB internal memory. Added to a 32 GB microSD, man that’s a lot of memory (I figure about 60 GB usable!!) 60 GB on a cell phone?! That’s more space than some notebook solid-state drives.

    - And a 4.8″ display, pardon while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. I absolutely love Samsung’s SAMOLED displays, starting back when I bought the SGS Vibrant.

    - On the camera, IMO it is good to see the carriers no get caught up on that phony megapixel number we see so often. A good quality 8 MP digital camera is plenty on a cell phone, and IMO 720p true HD recording capability is fine for a camcorder.

    • Mostinterstingmanintheworld

      It’s refreshing to see a good review full of positives instead of the normal hate mail that gets posted here.

    • Mostinterstingmanintheworld

      It’s refreshing to see a good review full of positives instead of the normal hate mail that gets posted here.

    • Hem

      What data speeds are you getting on Straight Talk – They told me they would only support 3G speeds

      • ArcticWolf91

        I believe it goes up to about 10mbps, which is not bad. For a phone do you really need more?

  • Keenan K Stephens

    Hey David, I’m curious. In the last paragraph it states “The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to arrive in a metallic blue or ceramic white color at T-Mobile retail stores…” The “or ceramic white” has got me worried. I was under the impression that both colors would be released on the 21st. I really don’t want to wait until July to get the white one. Any thoughts on that?  

    • jdm4u

      It means both colors will be available, so people can choose the metallic blue or the ceramic white color, not that only one color will be available.

      • Keenan K Stephens

        Sweet! Thanks man for clearing that up for me! Now I’ll just wait for the pre order page to come up! :-)

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    LOL… looks like there is a launch war on the SGS III, each carrier trying to outdo the other (as expected).

    Verizon has announced SGS III preorders commence this Wed., June 6, 7:00 am EDT.  16GB for the “default subsidized price of $199.99, (24 month K) only $50 more for a 32 GB model.

    Like when the iPhone debuted in 2007 with a 4GB or 8GB model, everyone opting for the 8GB, my assumption is that 99.9% of U.S. customers will go for the 32 GB SGS III.

    • Slinky

      Where is Tmobile’s pre-order for the SGS3? 

      • vsukid

        I heard they weren’t doing pre-orders on this phone which really sucks…however they are suppose to have both white and blue colors ready for purchase simultaneously 

        • Brubawil

          Tmob not doing preorders cause instore upgrades are better

    • Slinky

      Sprint’s pre-order starts on June 5th for the SGS3.

    • sharklover

      I very much doubt that. My guess is more than half will buy the 16gb one. Why do you need 32GB in th ephone when you can add a 64GB card for a little more than $60 and a 32gb card for under $30. I will most likely be getting the 16gb one but will have to see what Csotco will sell.

    • PRMaven

      So why does Tmobile not mention price?  If they’re waiting, they better beat the 199 to get some attention…Do a 149 launch weekend promotion and drive some traffic

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

    I guess we don’t get a preorder, :( hopefully they put one up. I’m on it if they do, in pebble blue.

    Anyone looking forward to a new color, instead of the boring white. I have enough phones that are white.

  • vsukid

    Last time i checked my “full upgrade ” for a samsung GS2 was 279 but heard it dropped to 249. For a 2yr contract  the GS2 cost 229 which is crap because att is selling it for 99. Moral the of the story …T-Mobile will probably have some ridiculous  upgrade price but I need a new phone so I Guess Ima just suck it up.

    • Spb314

      Different places that carry tmobile phones like best buy usually have better prices. That might be your best bet.

      • Bruthon

        T-mobile has pulled out of the retail store business for now.

        • IRIE4IPIER

          Not in my area.

        • IRIE4IPIER

          Not in my area.

        • ProFlo

          What do you mean? They still sell phones in store and at retail? This is the most inexplicable comment made all month. Right now its a blank nonsensical statement… Care to clarify?

        • ProFlo

          What do you mean? They still sell phones in store and at retail? This is the most inexplicable comment made all month. Right now its a blank nonsensical statement… Care to clarify?

        • None

          Maryland Best Buys do not carry TMO instore.  Neither does my Target and WalMart looks to be fading but not sure.

        • Kevin Orbaker

          Was in Best Buy this weekend. T-Mobile was proudly displayed. You sir, are incorrect…

      • THICKPP

        Amazon usually has the best prices and often has great sales like the frequent .01 sales

      • THICKPP

        Amazon usually has the best prices and often has great sales like the frequent .01 sales

    • Brubawil

      you could migrate to their value plan. and then it will be the standard $200. if thats the release price. It is only because your are on an older plan that the phone is more.

    • THICKPP

      Thats one reason I didn’t sign a  new contract and am hovering on prepaid weighing my options – maybe going to the new iPhone and be done with Tmo once and for all.  Its a lot more expensive to get a new customer than keep an existing one – thats business 101 – yet they refuse to offer existing customers upgrade prices that are comparable to the new customers…And their PR people are boneheads releasing this press release with no price information.  The other carriers said 199/249…this phone supposedly is going to be the same on all carriers – ala iPhone – so customers are going to be looking at price.  (I know they hope to get a second bump maybe with a second price only release but it just seems like yet another bonehead marketing move)…and with them not having LTE, to the casual customer, it gives a perception that Tmobile is LESSER THAN the other major 3…Same with iPhone issue – I even read an article on CNET about this- with every carrier – and now prepaids and small regional ones getting iPhones, it just gives the casual customer the perception that something must be wrong with TMobile when even something like Alaska Mobile gets an iPhone.  And with the new iPhone being LTE, Tmo won’t be compatible anyway.  Maybe in 2014?  Its hard to buy the “Apple is forcing us to buy billions of dollars worth of iPhones” excuse when small regionals and prepaids are getting it

      • Chatter

        I would have disagreed with your comment BUT when a small prepaid carrier gets the iPhone for $900M, you have to wonder what is going on between Apple and Tmo. Perception that “something is wrong with Tmobile” already exists and that is sad.

        • Farhan

          What point are you trying to make? Apple also got $15 billion from Sprint for the iPhone. TMobile has a better strategy in my opinion. They’re upgrading the frequency the AT&T iPhone uses on the TMobile network to HSPA+ by the end of the year giving the AT&T iPhone users an option to move. Plus they don’t have to pay Apple a dime.

      • Chatter

        I would have disagreed with your comment BUT when a small prepaid carrier gets the iPhone for $900M, you have to wonder what is going on between Apple and Tmo. Perception that “something is wrong with Tmobile” already exists and that is sad.

      • Taron19119

        ok first t-mobile dont have the iphone cause there 3g/4g network is useing aws (witch t-mobile is fixing this by end of the year) and apple wont add aws chip to the iphone so affter t-mobile fix this then we well see a iphone on t-mobile and if not then something is up wit t-mobile

      • Acnd

        Tmo is going LTE in 2013 if you bothered to do any research before opening your mouth. As for the iPhone, it is a significantly lower end device than the new S3. Slower, thicker, smaller screen, etc… I can’t believe you fanboys. You cry and cry then you cry some more when your “new” iPhone is the same crap apple has been putting out for years now. So what if Tmo charges a couple bucks more for their phones, I for one can do math and I like my low monthly bill compared to everyone else. So please take your crap to a Verizon, AT&T or sprint site and talk with their fanboys.

      • Acnd

        Tmo is going LTE in 2013 if you bothered to do any research before opening your mouth. As for the iPhone, it is a significantly lower end device than the new S3. Slower, thicker, smaller screen, etc… I can’t believe you fanboys. You cry and cry then you cry some more when your “new” iPhone is the same crap apple has been putting out for years now. So what if Tmo charges a couple bucks more for their phones, I for one can do math and I like my low monthly bill compared to everyone else. So please take your crap to a Verizon, AT&T or sprint site and talk with their fanboys.

      • http://twitter.com/Docavelli Lance G.

        I don’t happen to think anything is wrong with Tmo for not having the iphone. I’m not into phone bashing but I don’t think they absolutely have to have the iphone or “something is wrong with them.” Maybe they just don’t want to play ball with apple??? I don’t see that as a negative.

        If so many people on t mo want the iphone why aren’t leaving to go get one so they can stop wasting time saying the same thing over and over.

      • None

        Seriously, you name is thick p p??  Too funny

    • Seanmmvi

      ATT plans are a lot more expensive, thats why they can charge less money for their phones, cause they know they have you bent over a barrel and are going to get the money back that they didnt charge you up front for on the phone. Where T-Mobiles plans are cheaper, they have to charge a little but more for the phone. In the end, T-Mobile is a ” for profit ” organization…

  • J-Hop2o6

    Great! Can’t wait to get this. Now the biggest question about the Tmo version is will it support LTE 1700/AWS? If so, it’ll future-proof this device for Tmo’s upcoming LTE network in early 2013. Any info David?

  • J-Hop2o6

    Great! Can’t wait to get this. Now the biggest question about the Tmo version is will it support LTE 1700/AWS? If so, it’ll future-proof this device for Tmo’s upcoming LTE network in early 2013. Any info David?

  • James

    Uh, no quad core then Iphone

  • James

    Uh, no quad core then Iphone

    • IRIE4IPIER

      Shut up you lame.

    • IRIE4IPIER

      Shut up you lame.

    • Alpha

      Haha since when does that make the iPhone a better phone? Like the other commenter said LAME!

    • Seanmmvi

      LOL… you dont even know the difference between a quad core and a dual core, other than quad means 4 and dual means 2….

      you know what, an iphone is perfect for you ;)

    • George

      go ahead, don’t forget to buy a car charger :)

  • Lgbl7192

    Can anyone tell me if this phone will work in Europe… Specifically Croatia. The HD2 works fine but I want to be able to unlock the s3 and put in a croatian sim. Thanks in advance for the help.

  • Lgbl7192

    Can anyone tell me if this phone will work in Europe… Specifically Croatia. The HD2 works fine but I want to be able to unlock the s3 and put in a croatian sim. Thanks in advance for the help.

    • George

      If the same frequencies are used in Croatia, than I would say yes, the only thing you have to do is call t-mo and ask them to unlock your phone for you, otherwise it won’t take a Croatian sim card.

    • George

      In case you haven’t unlocked your sim before, unlocking it on your phone is free service and won’t effect your phone warranty…all you have to do is just call the customer service and ask them to open a sim unlock request for you.

  • JMccovery

    So, performance-wise which would be better, the GS3 or the One S? I’m not trying to start a flamewar or anything, I’m just curious. I was on AnandTech, and the information they have says the GS3 will use the 8960/8260A.

    I was hoping that Qualcomm could’ve brought out the S4 Pro sooner (Adreno 320).

    This leads to another question, since the S4 Pro is launching this quarter, will it power the next Nexus?

  • JMccovery

    So, performance-wise which would be better, the GS3 or the One S? I’m not trying to start a flamewar or anything, I’m just curious. I was on AnandTech, and the information they have says the GS3 will use the 8960/8260A.

    I was hoping that Qualcomm could’ve brought out the S4 Pro sooner (Adreno 320).

    This leads to another question, since the S4 Pro is launching this quarter, will it power the next Nexus?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWOCIYMX64U6TYAUMI5NSK2O5A chris meyers

      They should be pretty similar in performance. Essentially the same processor, S III has more RAM, but that’s a negligible issue for most people who won’t max out applications usage. S III also has to drive more pixels, a lot more, so the One S would be about the same on the GPU front too, since they have the same GPU.

  • MITCHY

    YOU ALL MAKE ME LAUGH.  you’re signing 2 year contracts & by next fall, you’re all gonna be drooling over the new Google Nexus with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWOCIYMX64U6TYAUMI5NSK2O5A chris meyers

      It’s a never ending cycle. When Android 5 and Jelly Bean come out, there will be another series of flagship phones right around the corner. It becomes a non-factor, you have to decide on something at some point. Technology always progresses, there is no proper time or proper product, only the right one for you at the time.

    • Seanmmvi

      if we all waited for the next best thing before the ” current best thing ” is out, we’d all still have flip phones…

  • MITCHY

    YOU ALL MAKE ME LAUGH.  you’re signing 2 year contracts & by next fall, you’re all gonna be drooling over the new Google Nexus with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

  • Kevin Orbaker

    Where the hell is my Galaxy Note!!!!???? I don’t care about the S3. I just want the Note. Common T-mo!!! Get with it! I am getting ready to break out of my contract and go to AT&T just for the note.

    • Abc

      You sir are a moron! If you even bothered to read ANY articles on this site you would see that Tmo is supposed to launch it on July 11th. But an idiot like you go ahead and got to AT&T. Enjoy your 300 bill.

    • Abc

      You sir are a moron! If you even bothered to read ANY articles on this site you would see that Tmo is supposed to launch it on July 11th. But an idiot like you go ahead and got to AT&T. Enjoy your 300 bill.

  • Ne0

    Hopefully i can buy 1 in craigslist under $500 after it come out, i got a samsung vibrant just 1 month after launch for $350 in crainglist, i doubt i can get in that price without wait more than 1 year. since phone now cost a lot more retail than it used to despite is still $199 2 years contracts.

  • Bluerave

    PRICE?!?!?!?!?! Where is the fooking price?!?!?!?!?! Big Red and the Not-Now network already have the prices for their phones!!!!! WTF Tmo!!!! COME ON!!!!

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    As I said in the other thread, I predict the full retail at $500 for the 16GB, $550 for 32GB.

    Verizon just announced pre-orders will start on June 6, 7:00 AM EDT. Its pricing on a 24 month contract is $200 – 16GB, $250 32 GB.

    Since T-Mobile is in heavy competition with the other carriers for the same post-paid accounts, and since there’s no variants on the phone between all the carriers, I can’t see T-Mobile pricing the SGS III at higher prices, unless it is just plain ol’ stupid.

    • Farhan

      Sometimes stupid is what stupid does. Check out the pricing of the HTC One X on AT&T ($549) and the HTC One S on TMobile ($599). TMobile is charging more for the One S even though it is not the flag ship HTC One series phone.

    • Khalints

      I paid 500 for my G2X on release day. People back then didn’t know you could pay for the phone full retail with no interest and they would only up your monthly payment 20 or 30 dollars more per month with the chance to pay off the balance on the phone whenever.

      Flash forward to when the GS2 came out, it was 500 retail. T-mobile realized that plenty of people would do the “pay full price but in payments” for a phone and guess what? They RAISED the price of the GS2 from 500 to **600** for no reason at all.

      Moral of the story, t-mobile knows it can make money off its customers one way or another, and that “another” is definitely raising the “retail” price of the phone even above competitors because this product installment plan is gaining popularity due to the value plans.

      I really hope your pricing is correct, but my prediction is 600 for 16gb 700 for 32gb, ala iPhone pricing……

      • UMA_Fan

        From carrier perspectives, they make almost NOTHING on raw phone sales.  The majority of that is going to the MANUFACTURER.  

        If T-Mobile ups the full retail price it’s primary motivation is more than likely to minimize their loss, not so much to PROFIT from it.  Operators make their money from SERVICE REVENUES.  They take losses on hardware in the hope to recoup and profit in people paying their service bills for many many months.

        Your analogy is kind of flawed anyway.  The G2X was still a $500 phone when the Galaxy S II came out.  The T-Mobile GS2 had the dual core S4 and 4.5 inch screen and was one of the first phones ever with HSPA+ 42 AND it had 16gb of internal storage.  The att Galaxy S II skyrocket was priced for about the same which had equivalent specs to the Tmo version but it had LTE.

        • None

          I will not be convinced that they were taking a loss on the G2X, so they raised it to 600.

    • Jaygqitalia

      The galaxy s2 is 599.99 NOW full retail with T-Mobile. Your out of your mind if you think this phone will be 500

      • souggie

        The s2 price retail is going to go down when the s3 hits, all the previous smartphones do

  • now_onTMO

    there really is a trolling loser stalker here…!!

    im leaving this site.. fuuuuck off you crack addict loser!!

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    IMO info that just came out (see below) shows why you will not see any carrier price the SGS III any higher than what the competition is doing. In fact, having the SGS III is kind of a wash. Everyone has the same exact phone.

    So plan pricing and fair polices/procedures are the only enticements a carrier has to win a customer over the competition. In this regard, making the phone available to prepaid customers might make a difference since there’s some of those who will gladly pay $500++ for an awesome 4G prepaid handset.

    Anyway, this just in:

    “Less than 300,000 U.S. consumers turned in their feature phones for smartphones each week in May 2012, estimates analyst Horace Deidu after studying comScore’s latest data. That is DOWN SHARPLY  from the 1.5 million weekly who “traded-up” in November 2011.

    Along with the carriers’ disappointing Q1 smartphone sales, this suggests that U.S. demand for high-end smartphones (and their COSTLY service plans) is finally cooling off. Also of note: Android’s
    smartphone share fell to 50.8%, after months of rapid growth.”

    As I keep saying, prepaid is the way of the future. People are WAKING UP that U.S. carriers are now ripping them off with, for example, by loaning them $300, and getting $1000 to $2000 in interest for that loan.

    (In other words, a major carrier will sell you the SGS III at a $300 discount (the loan) , but then proceed to charge you $1000 to $2000 (the interest) for that loan, that is, ADDITIONAL pricing for the same plan and services that would cost you $984 for 24 months at Straight Talk prepaid.) Even people who don’t pay attention to this kind of stuff can understand those numbers, over a 24 month contract pay $1800 to $2800 at AT&T, or $984 at Straight Talk.

    And people are tired of putting up with, for example, AT&T’s money grab machinations which they see as greedy overreaching. (For example, AT&T has imposed automatic overage charges when you exceed your data plan limit. So AT&T hits you with overage charges on talk, and now data.)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWOCIYMX64U6TYAUMI5NSK2O5A chris meyers

      I don’t know what kind of pie-in-the-sky dream world you live in, but the vast majority of customers who would do prepaid aren’t sitting on $500-$1000 of cash that they can throw out at one time. It just isn’t the demographic of a prepaid customer today. There are some that do this yes, but it’s a miniscule percentage. Regardless of all of the calculations of savings throughout the life of the contract. Regarding AT&T, neither AT&T not Verizon are hurting for customers or for profit. They both have over 100 million customers each, and they have low to almost no churn. Especially true for Verizon.

      • Grammatica di Polizia

        I notice ALL your comments in here are argumentative and bellicose. You love to disagree with everyone and everything. You obviously fancy yourself as some sort of 21st century digital high seas swashbuckler.

        That’s OK I guess. except that your posts are non-responsive and mostly a compendium of meaningless, irrelevant phrases.

        *end touché*

        • None

          …and your posts are LONG and full of words I have to look up.  :)

  • Taron19119

    i wondet if this phone well come in a t-mobile branded box or a Samsung branded box

  • Doug

    With news that ATT is launching a special RED edition this summer, Tmobile’s marketing department would have been smart to have done a limited edition Magenta version for its loyal TMO customers.  Reading how many of you are blindly loyal to Tmo, I bet you’d buy a Magenta phone.  They better do something to stand out

    • Taron19119

      yeah but att only has 16gs and not 32

      • Johnny Brown

        Right, I’d rather have a 32 gig option than a special red color all day long… 

    • Johnny Brown

      It makes sense that ATT would have a red one, being they are the official telecommunication sponsor of the Olympics.. if I want red (which I find to be a “meh” color for a phone of this stature anyways) then I can just slap on a cover. Outside of white, I’d want black or grey one.

    • Getsome

      Yeah, for I’ll be get righting on a pink phone…..

  • Tlinthagr8

    First of all, the why do people complain about 16gb to 32gb. I guarantee half of your shit on your phone you don’t use. The the average person probably uses only 10 apps occasionally.maybe your upset cuz you can’t get as many songs or movies on your phone but are u gonna listen to all those songs. I probably not I guarantee u skip most of them. If anything, but complain about how the camera is the same or that the front facing camera is only 1.9. With technology the way it is, it should be a 12mp with a 3 or 5 mp Camera.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWOCIYMX64U6TYAUMI5NSK2O5A chris meyers

      Megapixels mean absolutely nothing in smartphone terms. It’s all sensor size and optics.

    • Santiago Burgos

      ONLY 1.9?! Almost all the other phones on T-mobile have VGA ffcs. 
      A feature phone has the amount of MPs for its main camera. 
      Besides, I saw a video online that says that the ffc can shoot 720p video! 
      I’d say that’s pretty fantastic for a ffc.

  • ABC

    Wth! All the other carriers offer pre-orders except Tmobile. Where’s the love Tmobile?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      What difference does it seem to make? They aren’t getting the phone ahead of you, it’s just a pre order.

      • Taron19119

        true the last time t-mobile did a pre-orders was in 2010 for the g-2

      • MarcusDW

        He thinks they’ll run out.

        There was NOBODY in line when I bought my GS2 on day one.

        • Get_at_Me

          yeah ppl wont be camping out like they do for iphone launches…i would like to see that however

        • Taron19119

          I well be at t-mobile store at 8 am so I well be first in line for the gs3

        • None

          take a picture of the “line”

        • Taron19119

          i well do that wit my g2 and if it is a line i well send it to dave so he can post it here but i ben wanting this phone for a year befor it was announce i dont want to take any chances of this phone being sold out i got 300 dollars i put up for this phone in february i well be useing my upgrade to get this phone

  • Wantareal4G

    There are no pre-orders plan at T-mobile, per T-mobile corporate employee. I email the customer rep this afternoon about plan to do a pre-order to secure one on the release date. Maybe Amazon preorder then…..

  • Arvin

    im just glad they didnt customize these phones keep the phones looking the same
     

  • CS252

    Should I sell my unlocked samsung galaxy nexus to get this phone?

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      I sold my unlocked and rooted Samsung Galaxy S II to get this phone. So, based on what I did, I would. :)

      And you need to get that thing listed on eBay NOW, while you can get the best price for it.

      • mreveryphone

        I sold my unlocked and rooted note for this phone so I say go for it. Plus there are rumblings of the note 2 so this s3 might get sold for that as well.

  • yonipGS3marblewhite

    yes! uprade my is mid july!

  • josue cifuentes

    what amazes me is that it will retain the “Home” button as its international counterpart..anyone else has thought about that?

    Say No to Bloatware!!!

    • Arvin

      i kinda like it. That means alot of the accessories will be same for all the phones. Its great news. I remember i couldn’t get an otterbox phone cover for SII for tmobile but i could get one for  ATT.

  • Getsome

    I’m sure he lack of customized versions for any of the carriers is not by choice for them, but something pushed by Samsung.. Sort of like the iPhone.. Same basic phone wherever you go. Definitely nothing wrong with it as android phone needs something with some brand and name recognition

  • Liversausage

    i dont know if it is Samsung’s doing, but if it is, i sure am glad that Samsung is pushing for an uniformed phone across the carriers. it annoys the heck out of me that each US carrier has to customize the phone somehow (and not necessary for the better). Google should do the same thing about android OS to the carriers & manufacturers. Google has more power than it realizes. 

  • BigMixxx

    Why must we bitch, whine and moan….lets not forget…

    Samsung has released this device on all of the major networks at the same time.  This is HUGE (IMO).  This is the new standard for devices, now as long as they don’t flood the market with crap devices, then this is a very good move for samsung and manufactures as a whole.

    Imagine, HTC (Sorta) premium device and a Samsung premium device.  This is a good move for T mobile.

    IF you want the device, it’s up to you to pay full price.  I, for one, may actually pay retail for the device, but I’d rather wait to see ‘what’s next’  Will Google Release a nexus device that is on par?  What’s next steps for them.  

    IDK, I don’t think we should whine, I think we should be happy that our carrier is carrying a wanted device….

    • Auser72

      What would a online forum be without bitching, whining, and moaning……LOL. And you are right, this is a major move for manufacturer and all U.S. carriers to be one same page for device release. I see this as a major 1st step in the resolving of fragmented updates also. I am expecting all other manufacturers to follow suit with the release of their premium(flagship)devices.

      • MarcusDW

        I hope with the US phone releasing within a month of the I9300, that will mean our Jellybean update won’t be 3 and 4 months behind either.

    • Get_at_Me

      its about damn time…the timing of the gs3′s launch is perfect b/c there aren’t really any other high profile devices out there to compete….This sorta sux for ATT and Sprint though bc their One X launches got delayed due to being held up at customs….Still not too bad…Perfect launch window for Magenta.

  • Adam Raian

    BIG NEWS: Starting in June, the
    highly-anticipated Galaxy S III will be coming to AT&T, Sprint,
    T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, AND Verizon, with prices starting at $199! http://smgm.us/RLy

  • Acbikerpilot

    So I would assume if no preorder you can order online same day? I will be out of the country that week would like to have one waiting for me.
     

  • http://tmonews.com David

    It’s not a new color, it’s the lighting in the room.

  • Luizx2004

    meh..still waiting for the HTC One S in ceramic black with red trim….

    • sharklover

      Why? This phone blows it away. I have a One S and I am returning it.

    • niftydl

      The OneS screen is mediocre. I see no reason you would get the OneS, it lacks a microSD slot and easy to replace battery. Also HTC makes it harder to flash custom software, after they stop updating the phone (if ever).

  • Brianb

    Aren’t phones getting a bit too big to be phones?  Might as well make it a tablet if you make it this size.

    • vict0rjr

      I know WTH with these phones so daaamn big specially that NOTE GALAXY so big man. how you put that in your pocket lolz… but again SGSIII I will def compared it to the HTC ONE S and make a desicion ASAP I still have the TP2 since 2009!! need android in my hands alreadii

  • Marc Klein

    It;s funny how AT&T is offering a phone that will have the colors of Red, White and Blue.. So patriotic :)

    • Johnny Brown

      I think it was deliberate because they are an official sponsor of the Olympics this year. This next part is me guessing, but I think because of the exclusive color, then they don’t get a 32GB option… which is a bummer for those who have ATT…

      • Marc Klein

        That would make sense seeing that Samsung is also an official sponsor however the phone could be different colors seeing the Olympic Rings are not just red…

        • Johnny Brown

          To clarify, AT&T is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team. Which explains the red exclusive color. 

        • None

          It would be marketing genius to tie it all together, offering all the colors of the olympic rings.  Need black, green, and yellow and some fancy photoshopping.  Voilla..

        • Johnny Brown

          That would be pretty genius! Though part of me is thinking ‘AWESOME!’ the other part is thinking how well would the green and yellow (and even the red) ones would sell?… I love the color red, but for something like the Galaxy SIII I feel it’s kinda ‘meh’ because I would imagine the sophisticated look of it would be gone and look more like a toy. Though I’d be all over the black one!

          On the other hand, if they made them in very limited numbers, I could see a niche of customers going for it. Heck I still have my Fender Edition myTouch 3G that I paid full retail for because I thought it was cool (at least at the time) and then when they finally updated it to Froyo, it slowed to crawl. But that’s a whole other story. LOL

  • Victor

    The S3 is optimizes for the HSPA+ 42 network but would the same phone work on the proposed TMO 4G LTE of the future ?

    • Y314K

      The LTE ? won’t be answer till some one takes one apart & check the
      structure of the internal antenna…  Since TMobile is not advertising
      it as being future proof…  I would say we will probably be
      disappointed on the LTE end…

  • Y314K

    Great news… Guess I’ll be upgrading a Family member to the White 16GB/32GB before they go to Europe…  Just hope they will unlock it for the trip for free since we are on our second contract…

    Has Samsung confirm full optimization like the Exynos version for smooth software???

    Come one TMobile…   Confirm the $199-16GB/$250-32GB price for us…  The longer u wait…  The worst it looks for TMobile to up the price although everybody else is starting @ $199…  Wonder if they are just trying to sell a few more One S’s & SGII’s at current price before sharing the info…  But is not like not announcing the price is gong to stop those uninformed peeps not upgrade before the SGIII comes out…

    Any new scoops Dave ???

    Once the TMobile SGIII gets unlocked any Sim in Europe should work on it for both Voice & 3G right ???  Since TMobile-Europe makes them include their bands???

  • Y314K

    Those of u waiting for the SG Note might want to either pick up a SGIII to tie u over or just wait till October for the SG Note II….

     http://www.technobuffalo.com/companies/google/android/samsung-allegedly-releasing-galaxy-note-ii-in-october/

    Hopefully Samsung will reproduce this years SGIII launch for the SG Note II & no exclusivity or delays between the Europe & US launch…

    I think I am going to get the SGIII & then sell it once the SG Note II gets confirm for release…  Can’t wait for a 5.5″ Phone Tab… Just hope the SG Note II is a full update… Exynos 5…etc…

    • Jdmap

      The Note 1 is plan to be released in July, makes no sense for tmobile to release note 2 in Oct.

      • Y314K

        It does make sense for TMobile to release the SG Note for about 4 months…  Those can be a good deal for 4 months for TMobile…   It’s just a ATT SGII with a modded antenna…  Cheap & easy release for TMobile…  It will help their enterprise/business revamping…

        It would be very bad if TMobile has the chance to release a SG Note II at the same time as any of their competitors & drops the ball….  It will be the opposite of what TMobile is doing with the SGIII release(Sure it might be Samsung forcing TMobile to do the smart/profitable thing)…  TMobile customers left for the SG Note to ATT…  Being late to the party on the SG Note II will just be a reverse course to the good things TMobile is finally doing now…

  • Station

    Since Tmo SGS III will use the S4 chip inside, does that mean it will be compatible with their HSPA+ and T-mobiles LTE (when its up)? 

    Thats how at&t SGS III will work… 

    • Y314K

      It will fully work with 42 HSPA+ USA but the LTE ? won’t be answer till some one takes one apart & check the structure of the internal antenna…  Since TMobile is not advertising it as being future proof…  I would say we will probably be disappointed on the LTE end…

  • souggie

    finally it has fm radio

  • gpt2010

    Why are there Verizon ads on TMONEWS? Isn’t there something wrong with that picture?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Ugh, so tired of explaining this. Ads are served based on topic, Google doesn’t distinguish between this being a niche carrier Site.

      • Y314K

         What do u mean this is a niche carrier Site..  I come here for the Gulag…  lol

        Any idea why TMobile is delaying confirming the $199/$250 price for the 16GB/32GB SGIII’s ???  When Samsung hinted @ starting price being $199 on their release ???

  • Samer

    Will this phone have reply all SMS/MMS capbility?
    My ancient WM6 HD2 could do this, but Galaxy S2 can’t.