(Updated With Top 29 Markets) T-Mobile Breaks Up Galaxy S III Launch Into Two Phases, Pricing Info Revealed

Here we go, some new information including price:

Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Update

To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.

Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.

Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.

Pricing will be as follows:

$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)

The top 29 markets are as follows:

  • LosAngeles,CA
  • Chicago,IL
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Houston,TX
  • SanDiego,CA
  • NewYork,NY
  • Seattle,WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale,FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth,TX
  • SanFrancisco,CA
  • SaltLakeCity,UT
  • Denver,CO
  • Minneapolis,MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg,FL
  • Philadelphia,PA
  • SanAntonio,TX
  • Portland,OR
  • Austin,TX
  • Atlanta,GA
  • KansasCity,MO
  • Boston,MA
  • Sacramento,CA
  • Orlando,FL
  • Detroit,MI
  • WashingtonDC*
  • Cleveland,OH
  • Jacksonville,FL
  • Charlotte,NC
  • McAllen,TX

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  • jarjar2007

    Why is the price so high for the classic plan?
     

    • Aaron Tant

      only $50 more than the prior price for the SII.  $130 for the new price gap ($200 vs $330).  Seems valid to me.

      • How is charging $80 more for the same phone that every other carrier has reasonable?

        • GwapoAko

          Tmo has lowest plan on call, text and data. You will still save more with Tmobile. Just divide $80 by 24 months and you will only be paying $3.33 more on your phone.

        • Chihli Dog

           As has been stated repeatedly, we pay less for less coverage. The fact is that T-Mobile has less coverage than any other major carrier, so we SHOULD pay less. Unless you live in a major city, T-Mobile simply isnt an option because their network doesnt cover anything else. So we pay less for less coverage.

          What TMO is doing here is ridiculous.

          -We get less coverage
          -We pay less for the bill, but a lot more for the phone
          -We have to jump through hoops and HOPE we get the rebate back to still pay more than any other carrier, ALL of whom have a larger network.

          A big up-yours to you, T-Mobile. I used to be a fan. Now I regret ever paying you a dime. This is how you reward loyalty.

        •  Exactly.  I’m at a loss…  This is complete BS.  ESPECIALLY if that’s for the 16 gig version only.   WTF T-mobile?  

    • Arvin

      because t-mobile does not know how to keep customers

  • Freydnot

    Any sign of a 32GB model?

  • BoricuaBoy88

    Great. And this means that we won’t get any more news about the Note until after the 27th now, since T-Mo wants the spotlight on the GSIII. (Don’t hate on me for wanting to hear about the Note rather than the GSIII, fanboys. I’ve wanted the Note since January, re-upped my contract in April, and held off on a phone upgrade because I was willing to wait for the Note. Also, I would rather hold both phones in hand before making my final decision, so I will keep waiting until July 11th.)

  • TMO Corp Sales

    i think its way too over priced. 

  • Marc Klein

    WTF? Everyone’s charging $199 and T Mo is over pricing? Who’s running the show there now Flying Monkeys?

    • None

      Do not degrade monkeys like that.

  • Toon Killer Envy

    WTF

  • GwapoAko

    What??? $279???

  • Why is the full retail price $80 more than AT&T?

    • GwapoAko

      Tmobile has the lowest plans compared with AT&T, VErizon and Sprint. That’s why :0) Divide the $80 by 24 months and you are only paying more than $3.33 on the phone per month.

      • Arvin

        T-mobile has the cheapest plans because they have the weakest products, they simply spin their mediocrety in a way that seems like ” they planed to offer cheaper plans”. If they raised their prices they would be eaten up like cheap pizza in a frat party…

      •  The other carriers generally have better coverage as well.  That’s why they can justify higher costs.  Generally I’ve been ok with receiving less coverage because the price IS cheaper, but T-mobile is trying to have it both ways now. 

      • Still, why would the retail price be more? It’s not the subsidized price. The price of their plans should have nothing to do with it. I thought T-Mobile wanted more people to buy phones un-subsidized. This is not the way to do it.

        • whiteiphoneproblems

          I agree — that is odd. I know Samsung dictates pricing, and that retailers can’t sell certain products (phones, TVs, etc.) for *less* than a certain amount — but I didn’t think that TMO would set a RP that’s *higher* the other guys’. Maybe AT&T “subsidizes” their RP to a certain extent (though why would they do that if they don’t have you under contract)? 

  • biggerguy_sf

    What they completely forget to mention is that these prices are only for the 16gb unit!  I called in and got the shock myself, with the sales guy saying, “Well the plans on the other carriers are more expensive so that will make up for the price.”  Are you freakin’ kidding me???

    • GwapoAko

      If you summed it up for 24 months Tmobile plan is still cheaper :0)

      • GShawn

        This didn’t make any sense the first time you said it, and it still doesn’t make any sense a minute later. Are you going to keep replying the same thing to every post that mentions the price is higher than the competition, for the same phone?

      • biggerguy_sf

        My plan is fine since I have a grandfathered plan from way back.  My issue is that they are overcharging for the 16gb unit and, from what I could gather from the clearly uninformed sales guy, have no plans to carry the 32gb unit… which you can get cheaper with the other carriers.

        Why on earth am I going to pay more to get a lesser unit?  Answer:  I’m not.

      • JRobles

        Yeah right keep telling yourself that. I pre-ordered (2) 32GB models with Sprint and paid $541.23 for both phones and will be paying $120 a month for 2 lines with 1500 talk time minutes and there Trademarked Any Mobile Any Time (which means i can call any cellular carrier Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and more) and it is all unlimited and I will have 4G LTE here in Houston in just 2 more weeks when it launches and I am getting unlimited data. Can’t beat that at all. T-Mobile phone alone is $329.99 for (1) 16GB model rather than the 32GB models I pre-ordered and should be receiving tomorrow, June 20, 2012.

      • JRobles

        Yeah right keep telling yourself that. I pre-ordered (2) 32GB models with Sprint and paid $541.23 for both phones and will be paying $120 a month for 2 lines with 1500 talk time minutes and there Trademarked Any Mobile Any Time (which means i can call any cellular carrier Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and more) and it is all unlimited and I will have 4G LTE here in Houston in just 2 more weeks when it launches and I am getting unlimited data. Can’t beat that at all. T-Mobile phone alone is $329.99 for (1) 16GB model rather than the 32GB models I pre-ordered and should be receiving tomorrow, June 20, 2012.

  • Toon Killer Envy

    Wait whats a classic plan and value plan difference?

    • GwapoAko

      Classic Plan you ge the subsidized phone but higher call, text and data plan. Value Plan you get to bring your phone or buy it at full price but you get a lower plan on call, text and data.

      • Toon Killer Envy

        I am guessing I got the Classic plan.. I been with tmobile for about 8 years…. Got the 5 lines with data and a pretty decent price…

        • GwapoAko

          Good for you :0) …You can try calling retention if you want a good deal since you are a lowyal customer :0)

        • GwapoAko

          Good for you :0) …You can try calling retention if you want a good deal since you are a lowyal customer :0)

        • 21stNow

           You probably have a grandfathered plan.  If you didn’t change your plan in the last year, you don’t have Classic.

      • thepanttherlady

        And if you currently have the Classic Plan and go to the Value Plan, you CANNOT switch back.

      • thepanttherlady

        And if you currently have the Classic Plan and go to the Value Plan, you CANNOT switch back.

  • Wow, really TMo?  I mean, I’m gonna buy it…but dang.  Give us a small break.Trying to get an extra $50 on the top is silly, and people HATE..I MEAN HATE mail in rebates.  Because there is always some kind of issue with it.  DANG you TMo ! ! ! 

    I’m still getting it though. lol

    •  I thought I was getting it too, but I only had so much money budgeted for it.  So who knows now. 

  • whiteiphoneproblems

    It’s a good reason to get on a Value plan. Do the math for your plan of choice; but you will likely save more than $350 over 2 yrs., making the full-price phone/Value Plan combo the better deal.

  • Marc Klein

    I guess we all need to switch to Value if we want the cheaper price… 

    • thepanttherlady

      How is it cheaper? With the Value Plan you have to pay retail value. $249 down and then the rest at $20/mo for 20 months.

      With the Classic Plan you will be paying the “Cheaper” price because you won’t be paying full retail value.

      • whiteiphoneproblems

        With Classic, you pay a cheaper price for the phone itself, but likely more over the length of the contract (depending on the details of your particular plan). Also, for what it’s worth, you pay less upfront for the phone on a Value plan (for those to whom that matters…).

    • thepanttherlady

      How is it cheaper? With the Value Plan you have to pay retail value. $249 down and then the rest at $20/mo for 20 months.

      With the Classic Plan you will be paying the “Cheaper” price because you won’t be paying full retail value.

  • MikeOlson

    That really hurts the part of me that was really excited to get this phone on Thursday. Then there’s another part of me that says “Chill out, man, you’ve been using your phone for 2 years. One more week isn’t going to kill you.” You can guess which part is louder.

    • Marc Klein

      Maybe if we’re lucky T Mobile will make the GS III available online at Midnight Wedensday

  • Man fuck T-Mobile with this shit. Why the hell are they charging $80 more than every other carrier for the same damn phone?

    • Marc Klein

      Because since their marketing chief stepped down flying monkeys took over and while every other carrier has it for pre order at $199 T Mobile feels that doing nothing will help them in the long run

    • Ambiguous02

      Just remember that you are paying  a lot less for your service than you do with the other carriers who are going to be selling the phone. So the $80 is not that much of a trade off.

      • GShawn

        Oh look, GwapoAko is back under a different name. Same stupid argument.

        So what’s your position at T-Mobile anyway, VP of Spin?

        • GwapoAko

          After being ripped off by Verizon for 24 months (family plan 700 mins for $80), I brought 2 iphones 4$ and 3GS to Tmo (1,000 minutes and 200MB (for my 4$) and no data on the 3GS we are now paying $65.

          I might apply for a position in Tmobile in the future VP for Finance :0) that is a very good idea :))

        • GwapoAko

          After being ripped off by Verizon for 24 months (family plan 700 mins for $80), I brought 2 iphones 4$ and 3GS to Tmo (1,000 minutes and 200MB (for my 4$) and no data on the 3GS we are now paying $65.

          I might apply for a position in Tmobile in the future VP for Finance :0) that is a very good idea :))

        • Ambiguous02

          I think your position is the CTO (Chief Tool Officer) 

      • GShawn

        Oh look, GwapoAko is back under a different name. Same stupid argument.

        So what’s your position at T-Mobile anyway, VP of Spin?

      • GwapoAko

        I agree with you! :0)

      • GwapoAko

        I agree with you! :0)

      • 21stNow

        In most cases. In my case, my T-Mobile bill is the most expensive of my carrier bills.

    • Ambiguous02

      Just remember that you are paying  a lot less for your service than you do with the other carriers who are going to be selling the phone. So the $80 is not that much of a trade off.

  • Is this price for 16GB or 32GB?

    • Arvin

      16 lol 

  • OMG $629.99 off contract? that’s insane..

    • Lubbalots

      Yep, save your money for the MS Surface.

    • GwapoAko

      iphone 4$ is $649 off contract :0)

    • remister

      Sadly, it isn’t much off from the international unlocked version. It’s just too bad that one isn’t T-Mobile “4G” compatible!

    • remister

      Sadly, it isn’t much off from the international unlocked version. It’s just too bad that one isn’t T-Mobile “4G” compatible!

  • Joelgarrard

    Okay, so gimme a list of the top 29 so I can’t get even more frustrated than I already am ab the dang pricing..

  • TMOEngineer

    Any word on SGSIII employee availability?

  • rwc1792

    So does that make the 32 GB version $329? If so, I’m going to have to wait for a sale, hopefully Best Buy, to offer it cheaper.  I’ll wait a few weeks to save a $100, especially to avoid the whole rebate mess.

    • Toon Killer Envy

      I am hoping walmart has it.

  • Toon Killer Envy

    So really its 279+50 ( 50 mail in rebate ) = 329 + Tax (21Ohio) = 350… and hope we either mail it in or they accept the mail in rebate . 300 if we are lucky

    • MarcusDW

      Don’t forget your upgrade fee.

  • ROZCO

    WHAT ABOUT COLOR AVAILABILITY!?

  • John Washabaugh

    I’m not up for an upgrade until September, so hopefully it will be cheaper by then.

  • Khalints

     No way t-mobile just fucked this up royally. $629 Off contract I don’t know what they are smoking. Guess im waiting a couple of months for this phone.

    • GwapoAko

      iPhone 4$ is $649  and iPhone 3GS is $375. These are off contract prices :0)

      • whosaidwhat

         There’s no Apple logo on this phone. It shouldn’t have the Apple tax. Your argument doesn’t hold water since the bigger carriers are charging less for the same phone.

        • GwapoAko

          So you are willing to pay for Apple tax but not on Samsung tax? :0)

        • 21stNow

          I can see that.  Where is the closest Samsung store with a Smart Desk and 80 people in bright colored shirts waiting to help me?

        • niftydl

          Correct. The reality is simply that Apple phones always have higher perceived quality and carry better resell value. I am sorry but the retail pricing for this phone is just way too high.

          AT&T has this phone for $549. Guess I will have to wait for the next Nexus.

        • whosaidwhat

           No, I don’t own any Apple products. My point was that Apple sells themselves as a premium brand so you pay for the name and the hardware. Samsung doesn’t have the premium brand thing going. Besides Samsung isn’t charging T-Mobile more per phone than they are charging the other big names.

        • GwapoAko

          So you are willing to pay for Apple tax but not on Samsung tax? :0)

      • whosaidwhat

         There’s no Apple logo on this phone. It shouldn’t have the Apple tax. Your argument doesn’t hold water since the bigger carriers are charging less for the same phone.

  • Uslynnukandrew

    such a shame T mobile decides to do this….   Alienate more people who have been waiting for this phone.

     $279 after mail in Rebate means $329 before upfront cost ??????     Sprint on sale for $179 ????????   

       Oh dear TMOBILE

  • Tim

    Wow this makes me REALLY happy that I decided to keep my S2 for a few months longer. At least until the devs get root and stable roms working. 

    • MarcusDW

      ICS on my GS2 with ROM support is all I need now after seeing this price. Man…

    • MarcusDW

      ICS on my GS2 with ROM support is all I need now after seeing this price. Man…

  • Arvin

    T-mobile has the cheapest plans because they have the weakest products, they simply spin their mediocrety in a way that seems like ” they planed to offer cheaper plans”. If they raised their prices they would be eaten up like cheap pizza in a frat party… this whole “we offer cheaper plans for more expensive phones” is horse shit…..have you looked at T-mobile plans lately ? they are not that much cheaper ..

  • Really disappointing Tmo.

  • B-Mobile

    killing me that BestBuy isn’t offereing the SGIII for T-Mo: paying $279 and waiting on a MIR while Sprint & ATT customers can buy the SGIII for $199 outright doesn’t sit well with me at all 

    • guest

      Sprint and att speeds are crap and manufacture selects price for each carrier not the carrier

      • B-Mobile

        I don’t disagree with you on Sprint and/or At&t’s network but that’s irrelevant to my angry rant. The lower pricing of a phone that I want compared to the pricing of the same phone on my carrier is what irks me.

      • B-Mobile

        I don’t disagree with you on Sprint and/or At&t’s network but that’s irrelevant to my angry rant. The lower pricing of a phone that I want compared to the pricing of the same phone on my carrier is what irks me.

    • Ambiguous02

      Your mistaken in you though about the outright purchase of the phone on Sprint and ATT

      • B-Mobile

        Paying a subsidized price of $330 for a 16GB phone (before MIR) no matter what carrier it’s on is ridiculous. Especially when BestBuy is offering the same exact phone for alternate carriers for $199 (no MIR)

        • Ambiguous02

          Personally i would rather pay a little more for the phone upfront and a lot less a month compared to carrier A and S. Why do you care what T-mobile sells the phone for you dont even sell it at B-Mobile (i assume you work for best buy)?

  • It’s clear that T-Mobile is intentionally trying to go out of business.

  • gr8skilz

    Back when the HTC One S launched Costco had it for Value plans for 349.99 which i thought was interesting. I wonder if they will do the same with this phone. 

  • whosaidwhat

    Who runs T-Mobile US again? I was going to buy the phone at full price and stay on their lousy network while I  wait for the next Nexus device but at this point I must as well switch to ATT or Verizon.

    And please don’t tell me they have the best rates. What good is my cheap rate if I don’t get signal 80% of the time. I can’t complain at home because I have the WiFi calling app which works great but I don’t have WiFi at work and on the road so cheap plans mean nothing to me at this point. This is a shame. Just when I thought they were finally getting the top phone on the market just like the other big 3, they find a way to keep people away.

    Only way I stay is if I find someone selling this phone brand new on ebay or craigslist for $550.

    • GwapoAko

      Individual – UnlimitedValueClassicPhone629.99279.99Unlimited talk and text  (2GB)59.9979.9924 months       1,439.76         1,919.76 Total after 24 months       2,069.75         2,199.75

      • whosaidwhat

        Please stop with the price of the plans. I stated why the plans mean nothing to me since I have crappy signal. I rather they charge me $10 and give me better signal and better phones at competitive prices. I don’t want crappy signal bundled with cheap plans and jacked up prices for phones.

        • Ambiguous02

          then go to a carrier where you can get the phone you want $80 less and get better signal. Then you can stop bitching on the tmonews site!

        • whosaidwhat

          Guess what, if all the happy customer leave, where does that leave you? You end up paying more not less. Some people just don’t get it.

      • whosaidwhat

        Please stop with the price of the plans. I stated why the plans mean nothing to me since I have crappy signal. I rather they charge me $10 and give me better signal and better phones at competitive prices. I don’t want crappy signal bundled with cheap plans and jacked up prices for phones.

  • Lgbl7192

    Am I the only one who finds this price to be outrageous?? 279 after rebate for a 16gb. There gonna be requesting an arm and a leg for the 32gb. At least be a little competitive for god’s sake. 

    •  No you aren’t the only one.  It’s outrageous.

      • Lgbl7192

         I’d like to hear what David has to say to this pricing. Maybe we can get it cheaper at Target or Walmart. I just don’t understand how they can sell the exact same phone for 80 dollars more than the competitor AFTER mail in rebate.

      • Lgbl7192

         I’d like to hear what David has to say to this pricing. Maybe we can get it cheaper at Target or Walmart. I just don’t understand how they can sell the exact same phone for 80 dollars more than the competitor AFTER mail in rebate.

  • The price is definitely disappointing. But what can you do, it’s just the way it is. Plus, why not just buy the phone elsewhere and not from T-Mo stores? I’ve always bought my phones from Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, or even Costco rather than T-Mo stores. It’s wayyyyyy cheaper buying through them, the price is at least 50$ cheaper, and even more a lot of times. Plus, the tax that you get charged on will be based on the price you bought it for, not the $600 price the phone is supposed to be. Just buy it from one of those stores guys! Plus, if you buy from Costco, they always give you a free bundle (leather case, car charger, Bluetooth, etc) with it. :D

    • Marc Klein

      No one is saying if Best Buy will be selling it or Amazon or Let’s Talk. Details are very sketchy

    • gpt2010

      That is exactly what I will do now. All other carriers are selling it for $199 to start for the 16mb version. I could wait for phone to drop in price, or get it from National Retail chains like Wal-Mart when it becomes available. TMO, this is not how you treat new or existing customers by ripping them off in equipment cost when all other carriers are selling it for much less.  

      • gpt2010

        Now I am starting to think $280 is the cost of the 32gb version. At least I hope so!!

      • gpt2010

        Now I am starting to think $280 is the cost of the 32gb version. At least I hope so!!

    • gpt2010

      That is exactly what I will do now. All other carriers are selling it for $199 to start for the 16mb version. I could wait for phone to drop in price, or get it from National Retail chains like Wal-Mart when it becomes available. TMO, this is not how you treat new or existing customers by ripping them off in equipment cost when all other carriers are selling it for much less.  

    • 21stNow

       Other stores charge more for the retail price than T-Mobile does.  Even if I were a Classic plan customer, I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, and joining Sam’s or Costco to get a phone wouldn’t make financial sense (I have no interest in Costco otherwise).  Amazon and some of the others have their own contracts on top of T-Mobile’s, so I wouldn’t go those routes either.

  • Jill

    I have been a T-Mobile customer is 2007. I am loyal and always defending them especially since everyone I know has the IPhone but this is ridiculous. I have been due for an upgrade for 2 months but I can’t see myself staying with T-Mobile when they blatantly do not treat their customers right after this pricing debacle.

  • GS3

    this is corruption tmobile, just because there’s a high demand for it you shouldn’t charge more for it… sprint isn’t expensive but not overcharging for the phone.. 

    this is ridiculous.. how greedy

    • Christopher Roberts

       they shouldn’t but we all know it’s supply and demand….

      • MarcusDW

        That’s not what this is. 4 other carriers will carry it for $199. Tmo just wants to make up for their low cost plans.

    • Christopher Roberts

       they shouldn’t but we all know it’s supply and demand….

  • Uh, how about no.  This is entirely different than what the store reps told me.

  • gr8skilz

    Tmobile doesn’t understand that consumers mainly react to up front costs. That’s why so many people buy an iphone on verizon or att for 200 bucks or less and worry about the bill later. Theyve been trying this model ever since Even More Plus but its just not working. I am almost positive att and verizon customers aren’t bitching about the same thing we are regarding this phone. 

    Oh well…

  • dkbnyc

    Of course the first carrier to offer this device will up the prices.  I’ll wait until September.  I’m in no rush.  Also provides time for the first batch of beta testers [you people getting it at launch – I learned my lesson with the G2x] to work out the bugs.  By September, it should be perfect.  

    • Comparing G2x to anything is a terrible comparison.  Samsung and HTC are veteran teams with proper plans of action.  LG and the G2x was just a disaster.    Completely different situations.

      • dkbnyc

        Every phone I’ve purchased in the last 8 years was on launch day. That includes 5 HTC phones.  Each and everyone had problems that required updates.  I’ll wait until the bugs are worked out.

        • Ickster

          Hear that! Like the commercial says We’re all beta testers LOL. But what I said still applies. Thia thing is pretty much fully supported already by the dev community and wait a few weeks it’ll be even better!

    • Comparing G2x to anything is a terrible comparison.  Samsung and HTC are veteran teams with proper plans of action.  LG and the G2x was just a disaster.    Completely different situations.

    • MarcusDW

      Sprint has it same day for the $199.99

    • Ickster

      But the difference between this and the G2X is that the SIII is already fully supported by devs. Source is released as well. No tegra either.

  • MarcusDW

    Well I just take back my comment…

    $279 AFTER REBATE!?!? That can’t be right for a 16GB phone.

    • Scapegrace

      I wish it was only $29 more, its actually $79 more.  $279 AFTER $50 MIR

    • Scapegrace

      I wish it was only $29 more, its actually $79 more.  $279 AFTER $50 MIR

    •  Yeah i’m hoping someone got their wires crossed and this is for the 32 gig model.  Because otherwise wtf? 

    •  Yeah i’m hoping someone got their wires crossed and this is for the 32 gig model.  Because otherwise wtf? 

      • MarcusDW

        That better be the case.

        I have 4 classic lines and am not about to convert them to Value just to get the phone $50 less. Smh.

        • Same here.  I have 4 classic lines as well, and that pricing STINKS compared to the competition.  

    • whosaidwhat

       $280 – $200 = $29? hmm…Okay

      or is it…

      $630 – $550 = $$29. I’ve been out of school for a long time. My math must be sketchy.

  • GS3

    i hope that’s for the 32gb pricing..

  • Sanman202

    Ah the Galaxy SII is so nice. I’ll keep it, thank you.

  • now i need to drive to San francisco to get it! 

  • now i need to drive to San francisco to get it! 

  • LOLZ

    Don’t forget the upgrade fee on that classic plan!

  • LOLZ

    Don’t forget the upgrade fee on that classic plan!

  • matth9

    If that’s for the 32GB version, I’m on board. I want it. Now.

  • matth9

    If that’s for the 32GB version, I’m on board. I want it. Now.

  • fixxmyhead

    ill wait for demand to go down and pick it up on the cheap on craigslist

  • Cedman498

    This is a stupid move…

  • Cedman498

    This is a stupid move…

  • Cvette83

     At least I’m in the top 29 markets. That’s the only positive news I’m getting from this post.

  • Cvette83

     At least I’m in the top 29 markets. That’s the only positive news I’m getting from this post.

  • Heisenberg

    Not that I like this pricing, but I can’t say I am surprised.  The GS2 has been (and still is) $229 after rebate on Classic pretty much since launch and it has been the #1 seller of top tier Android phones.  Anyone who thought the S3 would be less was just wishful thinking.  The $50 separation between Value Down payment and Classic after rebate, is just purely to push Value.  They probably see this as the perfect opportunity to flip some users to Value and they have been very vocal about wanting things to switch that way.

    Fact of the matter is, T-Mobile is hoping users will pay $79.99 more to get the phone in order to save money per month versus the competition.  I’ve always assumed they would do this same thing if/when they get the iPhone.  

    • Rif

      The didnt reduce the price for SG2 on purpose! i think its bunch of BS why its costing so much smh

      • Heisenberg

        I don’t like it either, but I do understand their position a little bit.  They’re not doing well at the moment, and they are expected to compete with their subsidizing with Verizon/AT&T/Sprint but yet their plans are much less.  But perhaps this will backfire on them and cause them to lose more customers than gain.  

        The T-Mobile version may also have a couple things (albeit, not worth $79.99 more) the other variants don’t, like the 50GB space on DropBox that Verizon and AT&T already stripped.

  • Heisenberg

    Not that I like this pricing, but I can’t say I am surprised.  The GS2 has been (and still is) $229 after rebate on Classic pretty much since launch and it has been the #1 seller of top tier Android phones.  Anyone who thought the S3 would be less was just wishful thinking.  The $50 separation between Value Down payment and Classic after rebate, is just purely to push Value.  They probably see this as the perfect opportunity to flip some users to Value and they have been very vocal about wanting things to switch that way.

    Fact of the matter is, T-Mobile is hoping users will pay $79.99 more to get the phone in order to save money per month versus the competition.  I’ve always assumed they would do this same thing if/when they get the iPhone.  

  • mike

    So is it Gong to be available in stores on the 21st????

  • mike

    So is it Gong to be available in stores on the 21st????

  • MarcusDW

    Kansas City BABY!!!

    Still not getting it…

  • MarcusDW

    Kansas City BABY!!!

    Still not getting it…

  • Kim

    If I have been with T-Mobile for about 6 years and am eligible for an upgrade do you think the retention department can get me a good deal for this phone?!

    • Heisenberg

      I would bet the most they would do for a phone in this high of demand is skip the rebate and/or waive the upgrade fee.

      • Rif

        Do you know if the stores would do that

        • Heisenberg

          No probably not.  Stores have become basically locked on upgrade pricing. Any deal based on tenure would be done via Loyalty/Retention dept.

        • Hoopcrazytr

          A store can only override pricing if T-Mobile memos the account saying we can.

    • Heisenberg

      I would bet the most they would do for a phone in this high of demand is skip the rebate and/or waive the upgrade fee.

  • Kim

    If I have been with T-Mobile for about 6 years and am eligible for an upgrade do you think the retention department can get me a good deal for this phone?!

  • T&C

    TMO said they cant give a price at 611 number?
     

  • All of you complaining about whether or not this is the 32gb model, it’s not.  The reps at the store I spoke with only knew of one confirmed model, 16gb, in blue at release.

  • All of you complaining about whether or not this is the 32gb model, it’s not.  The reps at the store I spoke with only knew of one confirmed model, 16gb, in blue at release.

  • sharklover

    Wow tmobile is really run by a bunch on fools. They are bleeding customers left and right by the millions. Now they want to sell the hottest phone ever sold besides an iphone and charge almost 50% more. Amazon is selling it for $149 for ATT. I really hope costco gets it at launch and sells this at a decent discount. I have another month to return my One S and I may just wait. This is just insane. It really leaves a sour taste in your mouth with tmobile.

  • sharklover

    Wow tmobile is really run by a bunch on fools. They are bleeding customers left and right by the millions. Now they want to sell the hottest phone ever sold besides an iphone and charge almost 50% more. Amazon is selling it for $149 for ATT. I really hope costco gets it at launch and sells this at a decent discount. I have another month to return my One S and I may just wait. This is just insane. It really leaves a sour taste in your mouth with tmobile.

  • Ghylton8713

    Where is the source link? Where is this word coming from

  • Ghylton8713

    Where is the source link? Where is this word coming from

  • de1

    Dunno how valid all this information is.. live in the phoenix az area and none of the stores that I have called have said that they are getting it in by the 21st.  All say either the 27th or july 1st and they say its because of shortage on samsung’s end…

  • de1

    Dunno how valid all this information is.. live in the phoenix az area and none of the stores that I have called have said that they are getting it in by the 21st.  All say either the 27th or july 1st and they say its because of shortage on samsung’s end…

    • It’s valid, I don’t post info like this if I’m not sure. It’s not EVERY store in the market, it’s certain stores in these particular markets.

      • de1

        Sorry David, not saying that your info wasn’t valid, but talking about the 21st availability of the 29 top markets.  Have called a lot of stores in this phx to see if any are available and so far none -_-

      • de1

        Sorry David, not saying that your info wasn’t valid, but talking about the 21st availability of the 29 top markets.  Have called a lot of stores in this phx to see if any are available and so far none -_-

      • deeznutz1977

         David, what does the asterisk  next to Washington d.c. mean

      • How valid is the $279.99 After MIR?  Does that mean $329.99 Upfront?

      • Tony!

        Valid to a degree, I was told one store in Michigan will get them on the 21st that store is not in Detroit and it currently is under construction kind of like half way open no display models of any phone are on the floor at this time in that store. Remodeling? Really? The $280 price is a slap in the face plus the sneaky way they went about taking away our Hotspot and Tether. To sell it back to us. 

        Still currently wondering how the hell I have a unlimited Data plan with a 5gb cap? FOH

        I have 2 phones so I only use 100 mins a month on my sgs2. (1500min plan) They said if I switch to 500 mins and get hotspot back I will be paying MORE than what I am paying now. lol 

        They told me that the phone is 280 because the screen is bigger and it has a better processor hahahahaha ….. BTW that is 280 after a mail rebate so you are most likely paying close to $350 in the store. 

        But the network is fast as hell lol. 

          

  • Guest

    Tmobile sucks, They can never do anything right. They cant even get a pre-order on this phone smh!!

  • Guest

    Tmobile sucks, They can never do anything right. They cant even get a pre-order on this phone smh!!

  • Can’t think of a time I’ve been more disappointed. 

  • Can’t think of a time I’ve been more disappointed. 

  • Humberto Rubio

    Also the sprints version is coming out on the same day !! 

  • Humberto Rubio

    Also the sprints version is coming out on the same day !! 

  • Jaygqitalia

    Oh Geez some of you need to stop complaining. If you cant afford the extra 80 then you shouldnt be buying a brand new phone in the first place. Go ahead and jump to another company where the phone is cheaper.. Add your more expensive monthly payments and then you’ll be complaining. Just pay the extra 80 and deal with it.

  • Jaygqitalia

    Oh Geez some of you need to stop complaining. If you cant afford the extra 80 then you shouldnt be buying a brand new phone in the first place. Go ahead and jump to another company where the phone is cheaper.. Add your more expensive monthly payments and then you’ll be complaining. Just pay the extra 80 and deal with it.

  • 21stNow

    What does the star next to Washington DC mean?  Also, why is the retail price $80 higher than AT&T’s?

  • xSAVAGEx

    Thank you tmobile for making my mind up for me. Your gimmick launch supply and ridiculous pricing makes you look like a fool.

  • None

    Baltimore is not a top market?  BS.

  • UMA_Fan

    There really isn’t much of a justification for a premium price for the device on T-Mobile.  However T-Mobile is still the only national carrier not to charge people a $30 upgrade fee.  So you could see it as taking away money from one place and adding it to another.

    People should really be looking at what they pay in a 24 month period instead.  Phone + plan for 24 months. T-Mobile’s cheaper plans make it longer for them to recoup device subsidies but T-Mobile’s asking for a lot to have different pricing that ALL their competitors. Especially at a time when they are struggling to win customers in the US market.

    I think the real reason for the price increase is that if they subsidized the phone to $199 on Classic Plans, people would end up being cheaper going with a Classic Plan versus Value. Which is something T-Mobile seems to not want while trying hard to make non subsidized devices attractive.

    • $18 dollars is ridiculous enough as an upgrade free.  It’s not like it’s to cover some sort of work they need to do on their end.  You can upgrade through other retailers and you’ll still get hit with the fee.

    • archie53

      They do charge an $18 upgrade fee

      • in2android

        Yes they do! Tmo plans might be a value in the long run, but there will be many ppl with 250 & will go to another carrier instead of paying Tmo almost $400 after taxes & fees. I’ll pay it, but I’m a little disappointed here.

    • 21stNow

      I think they raised the retail prices to get more out of the Value plan customers.  T-Mobile wasn’t satisfied with the contract noose around full-price-payers’ necks.  Now they have to get them on the retail price, too.

  • Rif

    Does anyone know which store are getting in Orlando???

  • Jmotley69

    Wow this phone out the door is going to be approaching 400 dollars with a 2 year contract may just get the galaxy nexus

    • VegasDude73

      Right!?! ridiculous

  • Jmotley69

    Wow this phone out the door is going to be approaching 400 dollars with a 2 year contract may just get the galaxy nexus

  • Humberto Rubio

    ha im amazed my city SLC is on the list lol 

  • Humberto Rubio

    ha im amazed my city SLC is on the list lol 

  • DeadPlasmaCell

    Going to call some more stores, but the first store I called I asked “Hi, Do you know if you’re one of the stores getting the Galaxy S 3 this Thursday??”  She said “umm.. let me check,  Heard her ask a guy in the background and he said “Nah it’s been pushed back to July”  Guess I’ll keep calling around.

  • MorphiusFaydal

    I have to agree with all the other commenter, $330 before a mail in rebate of only $50 is a ridiculous price for a phone that’s effectively identical to the other 4 US carriers offering the phone. And the other carriers are offering it for $199 (admittedly, US Cellular is $199 after a $100 MIR). But for a carrier that is positioning itself as a challenger, offering the same phone for $80+ more is, in my opinion, a terrible idea. Consumers really do react to upfront cost, and that price is enough to drive new and existing customers to other carriers. I know that I, who has been with T-Mobile for 10+ years, feel this is a huge kick in the face and am considering switching to AT&T or Verizon, who have much better service in my area.

    • agreed. <- 6 year client.

      • Disagree/Agree<—- 6 years
        Compare your plans before you guys go and switch contracts. A 2 year contract on Verizon SG3= 450min (no text) 39.99+ 1000 text @10+ 2 gig of Data @ 30= 79.99×24(2 years)=1919.76 +phone SG3 199.99= 2118.76
        Tmobile
        SG3 279.99-50rebate+500min unlimited text @ 49.99+ 2gig @ 20=69.99*24=1679.76+279.99=1959.75-50=1909.75
        You would pay 209 dollars more on this plan if you switch to Verizon. If cash is really the issue.

        • MorphiusFaydal

          That $50 rebate yields the price of $279.99. For Classic subscribers (like me) that means an up front cost of $329.99, then minus the $50.  So your T-Mobile two year cost is actually $1959.75.  So the Verizon plan is actually only $158.41 more expensive. But that $158.41 gets more coverage and true 4G(LTE).  The AT&T option of Nation 450, Unlimited Messaging and DataPro 3GB is $89.99/mo, add $199 for the phone, and it’s $2356.60 for two years. $396.85 over the T-Mobile plan.  But again, you get more coverage and true 4G service.  T-Mobile’s DC-HSPA+ service (HSPA+ 42 mbps) is nice, but it doesn’t have the same coverage area as the Verizon and AT&T LTE.  And while T-Mobile is launching an LTE-Advanced network in 2013, I don’t really have the faith that it’s going to be built out that quickly.  The 3G and HSPA+ rollouts have seemed really slow, so I don’t have faith that the LTE-Advanced 4G is going to go any quicker.  Also with AT&T and Verizon you get, in my opinion, a better selection of phones for better prices on the devices themselves.

          If you really want to look at all Sprint, it’s $79.99 for 450 minutes, unlimited messaging and unlimited data. That’s $2119.75 for two years after the phone. So only $160 over the T-Mobile cost.

          So if TCO is really the case, yeah, T-Mobile is the better option.  But you’re only looking at $6.60 a month in difference from the Verizon plan, and $16.54 a month on the AT&T plan.  The Verizon plan is also nearer to the AT&T plan if you bump it to unlimited messaging.  Both plans also become more favorable if you drop the data allowances to a lower amount.  So you’re not paying *that* much more if you were to switch.  Also not factored in is company discounts.  AT&T and Verizon both offer discounts to employees with a lot of companies, and I’ve never seen one with T-Mobile, so that works in the bigger carrier’s favor as well.  To throw the Sprint comparison in there, that’s $6.67 per month more than T-Mobile, but you do get truly unlimited data (no throttling). And, if Sprint ever gets a good LTE coverage, you get that too. I’ve also seen company discounts offered on Sprint as well.  Now, I wouldn’t switch to Sprint as their service in my area is relatively poor, but for some people, it’s an option.

          And just for comparison, US Cellular is selling the same phone for $199.99 (after $100 mail in rebate). That’s the same net cost for the phone as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.  Monthly plan is $74.99 for 450 minutes, unlimited messaging and 2GB of data.  $1799.76 for two years, plus $199.99 for the phone is $1999.75 for 24 months TCO.  $40 for two years over T-Mobile, all of $1.67 per month.  Now, if you live in a US Cellular area, that’s fine.  And bear in mind they’re launching a real 4G LTE network this year as well, and their SGSIII gets service on that as well.

    • Arvin

      agreed <– 8 years 

    • Agreed <— 12 years (since Voicestream)

    • Guest 2012

      Agreed <– 11 year client

    • UglyPete

      agreed! <—- former tmo employee!  I already preordered mine on verizon for 32gb pebble blue for $250 and NO REBATES!!!!

      • UMA_Fan

        But Verizon is counting on you not being able to do simple math and they will get another $1,000 from you during your 2 year contract because you fell for the low price on phone shtick.

        • UglyPete

          Or I work there and don’t pay that much

    • UglyPete

      agreed! <—- former tmo employee!  I already preordered mine on verizon for 32gb pebble blue for $250 and NO REBATES!!!!

    • Samsunguy

      Lol your comment just lost tmobile subscribers

    • rtechie

      Even with the higher price, it’s still cheaper (about $300) if you calculate the cost of the plan.
      You need to weigh that $300 of savings vs the much better coverage (and to a lesser extent, data speeds) of Verizon.

      Sprint’s coverage isn’t much better than T-Mobile, and more expensive, but they do have the fastest data speeds in certain areas (basically Dallas and San Antonio) so Sprint is a good option there.

      AT&T is a joke. They’re more expensive than Verizon, have worse coverage, and their data network is completely gimped and broken.

  • MorphiusFaydal

    I have to agree with all the other commenter, $330 before a mail in rebate of only $50 is a ridiculous price for a phone that’s effectively identical to the other 4 US carriers offering the phone. And the other carriers are offering it for $199 (admittedly, US Cellular is $199 after a $100 MIR). But for a carrier that is positioning itself as a challenger, offering the same phone for $80+ more is, in my opinion, a terrible idea. Consumers really do react to upfront cost, and that price is enough to drive new and existing customers to other carriers. I know that I, who has been with T-Mobile for 10+ years, feel this is a huge kick in the face and am considering switching to AT&T or Verizon, who have much better service in my area.

  • Julia

    So in my city, it will be $374.81 out the door with tax and upgrade fee included before MIR for the SIXTEEN GB MODEL?!!?
    Are TMobile marketing execs high or something?!? 

    • sharklover

      I guess they are hoping some people will buy it on other carriers which will happen. Sprint is very close to tmobile pricing and they give you unlimited data. Someone or several people should be fired over this.

    • niftydl

      Yes they are. At these prices might as well get the Galaxy Nexus for ~ $430 no contract.

  • Phases huh?  

    Phase I: Rip off first wave of buyers
    Phase II: Compete with the rest of the carriers once they have it too
    Phase III: Still lose people to the iPhone and not know why

  • Guest

    My city is not in the top 29 markets! Damn u Tmobile!

  • Krca21

    Glad my upgrade is in October when all the initial drama and excitement dies down. Maybe they’ll drop the price around x-mas like they usually do after a phone has been out for 6 months or so. 

  • Marage3601

    18 for upgrade (even if you at retail price) and 35 for new customers. They are higher on phone price, then throw in “free activation” promo. I’m getting tired of their games. They made customers wait for pricing just to find out they are 279 vs 199 everywhere else? I hope this information is wrong.

  • Erijoe88

    Wow, I was seriously considering buying this phone on EIP for my value plan and pay off my HTC Amaze, but the pricing and the ridiculous “shortage” launch has helped me make up my mind.  I’ll wait for units to hit Craigslist instead and buy from there.  It’s really sad that T-Mobile is charging such an obscene amount of money for this device, when other carriers are charging much less.  It’s not a matter of “having the money” but the fact that I’m being ripped off that extra money for an identical product that can be bought elsewhere.

    Thanks anyway T-Mobile!

  • andrewmi

    My wife and I got new phones 4 years ago at the same time.  Even though my phone is the primary, they keep giving her early upgrades and free phones.  She got the SII in Feb for FREE a full 6 months prior to my upgrade date.  Now I have to pay nearly $375 out the door with only a $50 rebate?  No thanks TMO….

  • Hahafis

    wait how much will it cost to upgrade

    • Hoopcrazytr

      280 with 50 back on a classic plan

    • Hoopcrazytr

      280 with 50 back on a classic plan

      • Pagan_Ranger

        Incorrect.  $329.99 with $50 back on a classic plan for a net of $279.99 (not including taxes).  Or did you mean $280 after $50 back?

      • Pagan_Ranger

        Incorrect.  $329.99 with $50 back on a classic plan for a net of $279.99 (not including taxes).  Or did you mean $280 after $50 back?

  • It really is sad that as an existing customer I can abandon T-Mobile and get this phone anywhere else for $199 and the same monthly rates, with better 4g coverage.

    • Arvin

      why are you here ? go to verizon now lol i am

      • gpt2010

        Yea there is no plan that is the same monthly cost, especially not with Verizon. Good luck on that one Dave. I really do think the costs of the 32gb is $280 and 16gb is $199 which should be on par with all other carriers. 

  • UMA_Fan

    Its funny T-Mobile would have been better off from a perception perspective by not giving every phone for free for two days and just price one of the most anticipated phone releases of the year with their major competitors.

  • baopham

    Are these price for 32gb or 16gb?  If it’s 16gb we might have a big problem…

    • Pagan_Ranger

      16 gb

  • carcomptoy

    I WOULD be back in El Paso for the summer instead of here in Philly the day before launch day…UGH!

  • jobber99

    why is everybody calling this a rip-off? tmobile’s monthly fees (and the use of throttle instead of overages on data) means you’ll probably save a bit monthly. so in the long run (or rather, the 24 months life of the contract) you’ll probably still come out ahead, even with the $80 surcharge tmobile charges

    • No Way

       My Buddy has Verizon, and pays the same for the same service I have.  TMobile isn’t cheaper.

      • jobber99

        i guess it depends on what you are paying monthly, my wife and i have the $20 5gb android plan, and $59.99 for 700 min + $10 unlimited family messaging + $40 for data is cheaper than what my cousin is paying for at&t family plan

        • No Way

           69 (1000 min) + 50 (2 data) + 10 (unlimited text) + 8 taxes ~ 138

          Verizon, exactly the same +- small variances.

        • jobber99

          isn’t that $20 less a month, depending on how much you value the extra 300 voice minutes? the extra $80 would totally come back over the course of 24 months

        • Pagan_Ranger

          $110

          $95 (unlimited Everything, Voice, Text, Internet) + $8 Insurance + Taxes ($7)

  • NardVa

    I guess Vigina Beach, VA is not a top market. Everybody around here has Verizon.

  • No Way

    For something so great, TMobile ruins the experience.  It is all about the +$80 from the other carriers.  At this point, it is more a matter of principle than a matter of finance or convenience.   Like many others, I have been a tmo customer for many years, and the reward is 50+% out of pocket…  No thanks Tmo…

    • Pagan_Ranger

      I tend to agree.  Much of it is Principal.  I have been waiting for them to come out with a phone that I actually want, and here is the reward.  I have been off contract since last October (2011).  I can leave anytime……  They are really not going out of their way to keep me………

  • Guest

    I’m done with tmo after 9 years. seriously this is crazy, what kind of marketing strategy  is this?

  • guest

    Wow, this is bs! Iv’e been following everything on this phone and super excited but this price for 16 gb sucks. I’m an 8 year tmobile user, still using vibrant that was never updated. my plan is $100 a month unlimited everything with insurance. I live in Mobile AL and tmobile speeds suck here. Would I be able to get a comparable plan with another carrier? I haven’t looked in forever

    • Lgbl7192

      Small world I’m from mobile also.

    • Pagan_Ranger

      Very similar situation.  I have been off contract since October 2011.  I have a Galaxy S (I got for free from a friend)  I am eligible for full upgrade.  I pay around $102 per month with the insurance.

      Honestlly, I would like to stick with T-Mobile however, they have really taken the last 1 1/2 years off, so it is difficult to stay with them.  For them to come out with pricing plans for the phone so much higher than their competitors is going to make even more people leave.  I may be one of them.  I have even though of buying the phone out right, however, what is the point?  Just swith can go with a service that isn’t constantly “playing catch-up”.

      We’ll see.  They keep offering me “2 months Free” to re-up my contract.  Maybe if I can upgrad AND get two month free.  Otherwise, I may as well just switch.  I am in a Top 29.  We’ll see.

      I prefer the 32GB version.  I can get that elsewhere for the price they are charging for the 16gb version.  Sort of lame……..

  • Pete Sutton

    Seems like Tmobile doesn’t have enough stock and is trying to scare people from buying this phone.  Pretty stupid move though especially if this price is for the 16gb version which I haven’t see anywhere if it is or not.  I can see paying $300 up front for the 32 gb version and get a $50 mail in rebate but not $330 for the 16 gb version. Just another reason why Tmobile doesn’t seem like they are really trying to compete.  On one hand their network improvements and expansion make me think they are moving in the right direction again, then they do this.  They are the only carrier to not offer the iphone and now they charge more than any other carrier for a phone that every other carrier will also sell.  Are they trying to shoot themself in the foot?

  • NardVa

    This phone should be 199.99 after rebate on a 2 yr contract. How does Tmobile expect to compete when Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will have their  GSIII for 199.99 on a 2 year contract  Then on top of that if you are not in a top 29 market you will have to wait. Don’t be surprised if Tmobile loses more customers in the 2nd and 3rd quarter.

    • Getsome

      Well. You pay more for those services…. so if forty more per month for two years is worth an eighty dollar discount go right ahead

    • Getsome

      Well. You pay more for those services…. so if forty more per month for two years is worth an eighty dollar discount go right ahead

  • Joelsky

    I’m on the Value plan with HTC Sensation at 12mos. Do u think I can I swap my HTC with this Galaxy SIII and pay any equivalent balances. Will Tmobile allows this? Appreciate any reply here. Thanks

    • Justin

      No. Best bet is to sell the Sensation elsewhere and use that money to pay off the remaining balance you have on it, then you’ll be able to put the GSIII into installments when it launches ($229.99 down + tax)

      • Joelsky

        Thank u Justin.Yah most probably Im inclined to your suggestion just to own this GSIII. Thanks bro.

      • Joelsky

        Thank u Justin.Yah most probably Im inclined to your suggestion just to own this GSIII. Thanks bro.

    • Most likely you will need to either pay off your remaining subsidized amount, or they will make you pay the amount up until you’re allotted subsidized reached its approved max. For instance if you purchased the Sensation on the subsidized plan and qualified for a $400 allotment, and you still owe money to T-Mobile, let’s say $200. Then you will pay $229 plus an additional $200 upfront to T-Mobile. Which in turn puts you at your max allotment of $400, in which you pay off as a subsidized monthly amount. 

      • Joelsky

        Thank u Clark. Appreciate your reply here.

    • Hoopcrazytr

      Depending on your credit class when you signed up, you have a set amount of EIP financing available per line. However much is available will determine what you’ll pay for the S3. Due to your 12 months of payments, let’s just say you have $200 available for EIP. When you go to add the S3, you’ll pay $429.99 down because the remaining $200 will take off from the $629.99 price. You’ll then be making EIP payments on the Sensation and S3.

    • Hoopcrazytr

      Depending on your credit class when you signed up, you have a set amount of EIP financing available per line. However much is available will determine what you’ll pay for the S3. Due to your 12 months of payments, let’s just say you have $200 available for EIP. When you go to add the S3, you’ll pay $429.99 down because the remaining $200 will take off from the $629.99 price. You’ll then be making EIP payments on the Sensation and S3.

  • fenderbender

    I just spoke with a sales rep at Costco and they are selling the GS3 for $199.99 (16GB version) on the 21st. I do live in one of the “top markets” so I am not sure if it applies to all locations. Looks like I will find out this Thursday if it is true!

    • Marc Klein

      But if your not a member of Costco this is a moot point.

      • rwc1792

         You can always get a free one day membership (I think), or you can sign up to be a member, and have your membership fee refunded at any time.

      • Kirbdaddy

        You don’t need to be a Costco member to buy from their wireless web shop.  I bought my Vibrant from them on the cheap.

      • fenderbender

        True, just thought I’d share what I had found out. Sam’s club should also have the same pricing.

    • Lgbl7192

      T-Mobile Galaxy S3?

      • fenderbender

        That’s what I was told. I really hope the sales rep knows what he is talking about.

    • Scapegrace

      I hope this is the case, have had good experience buying from Costco in store and was able to keep my preferred data package.

    • No Way

       Confirmed with Costco in Portland Oregon Area.  His selling point was it was 199 + accessories.  (No taxes in Oregon ;)

  • MARGYVER

    In Denver,CO and want one…..wish they had for the fathers day sale!!

  • Arvin

    lets do some simple math here guys correct me if im wrong

    330 x 10 % = 33 $ tax

    330 $ + 33 $ tax + 35 $ activation fee = 398 $ out the door 

    – 50 whenever that happens to come 

    just buy a gnex ….. or switch 

    • Justin

      Tax is always charged off the full retail price. And activation fees are not charged up front, they’re paid on your first bill.

      Best idea is to go on a Value Plan and only pay $230 + tax up front.

      • Jared

        When i looked into changing to a value plan it said there would be a $200 plan migration fee. 

        • Arvin

          really ? i havent looked into that… that would be amazing where did it say that ? 

        • Jared

          In my.t-mobile.com page, if i look at changing plans (i am still under a 2 year plan) and click on the value plan option it gives the warning of ”
          You will incur a one-time Rate Plan Migration Fee of $200.00 with this plan choice.”

        • Hoopcrazytr

          You can migrate to a classic plan at anytime. There is a migration fee of $200 to go to Value though.

        • Hoopcrazytr

          You can migrate to a classic plan at anytime. There is a migration fee of $200 to go to Value though.

        • Arvin

          really ? i havent looked into that… that would be amazing where did it say that ? 

      • Arvin

        i didnt account tax on activation fee if thats what your saying but either way….. the phone is over-priced not matter how you cut the cake 

      • 21stNow

        I think that there’s only three states that charge sales tax on the full retail price, and that depends on the situation in MA.  Most states charge sales tax on what the customer pays.

    • Man, you have made a good point…damn.  I can just continue to use my current device, if they keep this pricing.  WOW.

  • Ktwist

    Just because your city is on that list doesnt mean they will have them. For example, only five stores in Chicago Will be receiving the s3 on the 21st. My suggestion is to call your local store if you live in those markets just to be sure.

  • Landotheripper

    Super psyched about us (Cleveland, OH) being one of the “Top 29” markets to get first dibs!! Can’t wait till Thursday to get my hands all over this phone!

  • Ktwist

    Select locations only in those markets, i would call the location your going to ahead of time. Chicago market has only five stores that are getting it so im sure the same applies to the other 28 markets.

    • jeff

      Which 5 stores???
       
      How did you get this info??

      • Ktwist

        51st and Pulaski, Brickyard, harlem and irving, river oaks and lincolnwood. those are the stores in chicago. The main list was sent in an email to employees.

        • jeff

          Thanks

  • Bryan18_starr

    Wow!!! I guess I am keeping my One S. 

  • Jamille Browne

    I knew it would be 629 plus tax out of contract… sigh… too expensive

  • GS3

    i think i’m gonna call some stores to confirm which stores will have them.. i am a real tmobile customer by the way. hmmm

    • GS3

      ok theres gonna be limited supply,not in my area, price is more expensive compred to the competition.. might as well wait for other retailers to sell it in my area and not much expensive..
      i’ll see, 

  • I have the GS2 and I would be angry at this price if I were looking to upgrade, what does TMO think they are Verizon?

  • Jamille Browne

    I hope this is false The off contract price should be no more than the gs2 as it is now… phones are being sold way too expensive now.

    • secano

      Inflation, buddy. Inflation.

  • Jamille Browne

    How is this carrier going to advertise cut the contracts and then price the devices like this? 

  • Marc Klein

    Hmm well, I just checked T Mobile’s site and it seems the S II is also $279 when you upgrade

  • Still wondering why Tmobile doesn’t become a full contract less carrier no subsidized phones can make plans even cheaper than before and still be a good company. If they keep working on their network.

    • Arvin

      contracts are good for customers too it means your prices stays what it is. i wouldn’t want a contractless plan with any wireless carrier

      • Huh??? Your prices don’t change because you’re off contract. Was off contract for years. Just re-up’d to get the $75 unlimited value plan. After this is up, I’ll still be paying $75 off contract.

  • Jrv116

    Does anyone have word as to whether we’ll be getting google wallet on this phone?

  • Jrv116

    Does anyone have word as to whether we’ll be getting google wallet on this phone?

    • 21stNow

       It should be available out of the box.

  • Scapegrace

    Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/u8N0r.jpg

  • Scapegrace

    Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/u8N0r.jpg

    • secano

      Is the white version gonna be available?

      • Scapegrace

        No idea, not my screenshot.

        • deeznutz1977

           k thanks buddy

      • Scapegrace

        No idea, not my screenshot.

    • secano

      Is the white version gonna be available?

    • deeznutz1977

      if you dont mind me asking did you take the pic if u did can u get any more if u look at the top of the pic of the attached list

  • secano

    Oh, well…gonna have to skip the strip club this week! 34th Street in NY, here I come!

  • Rif

    OK I HAVE HEARD ONLY 3 STORES IN ORLANDO ARE GETTING IT. WATERFORD, SANDLAKE & FL MALL OR THE LOOP….

  • Rif

    OK I HAVE HEARD ONLY 3 STORES IN ORLANDO ARE GETTING IT. WATERFORD, SANDLAKE & FL MALL OR THE LOOP….

  • Guest

    Too expensive, whinge, whinge, whinge… I’ll keep my grandfathered $10/mo unlimited data, thank you.

  • sorry guys im really slow when it comes to this stuff…heres my plan, i have unlimited weekend and weeknight minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile minutes, unlimited myfaves minutes, and i pay $69.99 (along with the $30 android internet and $19.95 for unlimited domestic messages for familes), i think its important to point out i share a plan with my brother. how much will i be paying if i use my 2 year upgrade of the GS3 16gb model??? sorry that im slow with this i just want to know an estimate of how much i will be paying?

  • sorry guys im really slow when it comes to this stuff…heres my plan, i have unlimited weekend and weeknight minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile minutes, unlimited myfaves minutes, and i pay $69.99 (along with the $30 android internet and $19.95 for unlimited domestic messages for familes), i think its important to point out i share a plan with my brother. how much will i be paying if i use my 2 year upgrade of the GS3 16gb model??? sorry that im slow with this i just want to know an estimate of how much i will be paying?

    • Uslynnukandrew

      one thiong you need to do is call a csr and stop paying for the texts……

    • Uslynnukandrew

      one thiong you need to do is call a csr and stop paying for the texts……

  • Cant you see whats happening here… They are strategically making this an Apple-esque event, so that there will be lines at the T-Mobile stores. And everyone will be wondering what all the commotion is all about, and it looks like a product in high demand. Pretty smart if you ask me. I can guarantee that there is no shortage of devices. The only problem with their strategy is that their using T-Mobile as the first carrier. I will be getting this phone, but in July.

    • 21stNow

      I had heard that there were shortages on Samsung’s end and the whole Canadian launch was delayed for a week to concentrate on US sales availability.  I also heard that there were production concerns with the blue, then the white, then the blue again models.

  • Cant you see whats happening here… They are strategically making this an Apple-esque event, so that there will be lines at the T-Mobile stores. And everyone will be wondering what all the commotion is all about, and it looks like a product in high demand. Pretty smart if you ask me. I can guarantee that there is no shortage of devices. The only problem with their strategy is that their using T-Mobile as the first carrier. I will be getting this phone, but in July.

  • Auser72

    I think I’ll hold on to my SGS2 for a while longer. I will have a line eligible for full upgrade in November, might be the perfect time to catch SGS3 at a discount!!!!

  • omnirep

    Why are people talking about a conspiracy here ? The phone is so popular Samsung cannot deliver them fast enough. So you have to pay $229 for a badass phone big deal. Go pay $199. at Verizon in July and pay an extra $40 per month. I have seen this phone and you WILL buy it. I’m sorry,But some of you people need a chill pill. This phone is worth the wait and the hype.

    • Scapegrace

      *$279

    • Teddy_Ruxpin

      Check your math.  It’s $329, lowered to $279 with a $50 rebate.  So essentially, I have to pay $130 more day of, and then deal with the hassle of a $50 mail in rebate I can hope to receive 2 months down the road.  This is a joke.

      • Heisenberg

        Are you sure it’s $130 more day of?  I’d be surprised if AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint don’t also have a rebate of at least $50.

        • 21stNow

           I don’t upgrade often, but I have never had a rebate situation at AT&T.  I know that VZW used to do them 10 years ago, but I don’t know if they still do that now.

        • I received no rebate from Verizon. $199 for 16GB & 249 for 32GB. Some people got lucky and received a $100 bucks off instantly (switching from 3G to 4G). That discount seemed to be area specific.   

      • omnirep

        Then get on a Value plan.

    • Teddy_Ruxpin

      Check your math.  It’s $329, lowered to $279 with a $50 rebate.  So essentially, I have to pay $130 more day of, and then deal with the hassle of a $50 mail in rebate I can hope to receive 2 months down the road.  This is a joke.

  • omnirep

    Why are people talking about a conspiracy here ? The phone is so popular Samsung cannot deliver them fast enough. So you have to pay $229 for a badass phone big deal. Go pay $199. at Verizon in July and pay an extra $40 per month. I have seen this phone and you WILL buy it. I’m sorry,But some of you people need a chill pill. This phone is worth the wait and the hype.

  • Get_at_Me

    it is somewhat surprising that tmo’s pricing is higher than the other carriers, but look at it this way….:They don’t want new customers on the Classic Plan, so the higher price is a deterrent (current Classic customers who are fully eligible for discount kinda bet boned here as they’re “trapped” on Classic.  Value pricing is still $30 more, but you recoup that and then some with lower service cost….I think tmo went out of its way to make the phone cost more to accommodate its Value Plan payment structure and the current GS2…the GS2 is dropping in price on the 21st ($150 on Value, $200 on Classic)…Do i agree with TMO’s pricing???  Heck no, but i thought id atleast try to make “sense” (for lack of a better word) of it

    • 21stNow

       The difference is $30 if compared to VZW and $80 compared to AT&T.  The other difference is that with those two carriers, you get the benefit of LTE.

      • GwapoAko

        And the benefit of paying higher data plan and overages :0)

        • 21stNow

           You don’t get charged overage fees if you don’t go over your data allotment.  Believe it or not, there are some people out there who know how to manage their data use to stay within their data plan of choice.

    • Sharklover

      They don’t want more on classic plans? They have lost millions of contract customers and they want to stop the losses.. I have a feeling they will lose alot more with this stupid pricing.

  • Blaine

    So the price is $80 more than every other carrier & thats after rebate? Knew there was a reason they didnt annouce price…Unlocked is onky $20 less than iphone 4s so dont understand why pple say iphone is so much more expensive. I know plans after 2trs may be cheaper but many potential customers will be turned away by high price of entry when even regionals r selling for less.

  • Tmo-Fan!!

    too much money.. Im keeping my Touch Pro 2 for now.. upgrading to a Windows 7 phone than this expensive phone for no reason when Sprint and AT&T are so cheap and offering better prices

  • BOO!

  • GS1-2-3

    I am keeping my SGS II this S III was my dream but T-mobile is killing it with those prices 

  • Blaine

    Sg2 should be drpped more and made the flagship prepaid phone

  • Rob A.

    I have the GS2 – got it the day it came out, and love it. I’ve seen the specs on the GS3. Frankly I don’t see any big reason to UPG to it at this point no matter what the price. There just isn’t that much of a positive difference from my GS2 to make it worth it. I may get it eventually, but I see no need to rush out like I did when I upgraded to my GS2, which was worlds better than other phones out at the time.

    • No Way

        768MB vs. 2GB Ram
      800×480 vs 1280×720  217 ppi vs 306 ppiWhen selecting one or the other, these three here make a huge difference to me.  If I were deciding to upgrade (partial upgrade) from my 1yr old s2, I wouldn’t be too excited either.I am upgrading, and this is worth the additional $s

    •  yeah if I had a GS2  i’d stick with it too . Not much of a reason to upgrade , especially since it just got ICS.  Now since I’m still rocking a vibrant,  I’m definitely upgrading to something soon.  And then I’m going to set my vibrant on fire and smash it into a million pieces like I’m Jimmy Hendrix at Woodstock. 

  • VickyGS1

    Omg are you serious Tmobile? this is way too expensive.. for classic customers? smh.. AT&T here I come after 7 years with tmobile and this is how you trying to keep me in the company

    • Jasonmancuso

      And pay outrageous monthly prices….. idiot

      • VickyGS1

        are you jealous? go sign up too they take people like you too
        I bet they will offer a big deal for me

        • Nunya Beeswax

          yeah, I’m sure they won’t charge you twice as much like they do everyone else and have plastered all over their website. Hell, I bet they give you a pallet full of s3’s for free and pay you a monthly fee to use their service. You go get ’em, Tiger!

  • It’s good to be on the value plan. I’m salty about the extra wait but I’ll pay my $229 down, pay the rest off in a few months and be ready for the next Nexus.

    The phone is just hot folks. Just seen that Sprint has delivery delays as well and will “hopefully have all pre-ordered phone delivered by the 21st.”

  • Chad w

    Las Vegas Nevada is shuddering at the sheer size of McAllen TX and Cleveland OH markets… Seriously tmo? I’d pay your outrageous phone prices if I could get it the day of, so I’ll just hold on to my Sensation

  • Wait a second. I don’t see two price points. Shouldn’t there be two, considering the two different models?

  • Spartanjet

    I would love to know whats going on with the 32gb version.  I’d wait a week or two for it if I knew it was coming down the pipe. 

  • $279 (not including the rebate)?  You have to be kidding me.  We’re stepping into uncharted waters with these huge down payments.  I’ll be damned if I throw down almost $300 subsidized for a piece of plastic with a crappy screen.

  • jeff

    Which 5 stores???
     
    How did you get this info??

  • So I misread.  It’s actually OVER $300 before the rebate.  That’s ridiculous.

  • jeff

    reply fail

    Which stores in Chicago?

  • mreveryphone

    All I needed to see was Kansas City MO

  • ;P

    So. I can upgrade every year because my dad has a company and we also have someone that can hook us up, you know, I give us discounts. Hopefully I’ll
    get it cheaper. :P

  • Z146315

    This is ridiculous. How do they expect to gain customers with that pricing? This could have been a huge moment for T-Mobile. I know there will still be many that purchase it regardless of price, but they could have gained so much more. Even now I’m debating holding out for a sale or making the switch elsewhere. I’ve put up with a lot with in the past but this might seal the deal.

  • chadd astronomo

    I guess I have to hold on to my Samsung Galaxy S 4…… G.. for a while.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Really Tmobile???? No Las Vegas???? We have CES here every year and one of the higher end Android phones isn’t being released here on day one? Pathetic.

    • JBLmobileG1

      I just noticed the price point too…. not good. That’s also AFTER mail in rebate. No thanks…. I think I will hold onto my upgrade and hopefully my long time loyalty will be rewarded down the line.

  • What a joke! Verizon here I come

    • mrsbelpit

      Yeah, just get screwed on the monthly plan instead.  Great idea.

  • UserinTmo

    these prices are ridiculous r u serious Tmo?
    well I guess Iphone 5 will  be the next phn to have..

  • Ejamin73

    Great screw-up Tmobile. Every carrier will have it at $199 on contract. 

  • DominicanDanny

    If history is any guide, you will be able to get this phone cheaper through a third party (e.g. Walmart, Sams Club, Targetmobile, etc) if you’re patient. Unlike some who have to have the latest phone on the launch date, I can and will wait until a better deal (and there will be) comes along. 

    • Tmo_Fan

      this is the right thing to do.. Domicans we all smart as hell lol 
      Target will be my place a few months ago when the S II was 279.99 Target had it for 99 in a mega special.. I tried to buy it but I decided to wait for this new beauty.. Im hoping to hear a price like this on Target =]

      • Ickster

        Made me laugh when you said that, then harder when you typo’ed Dominican ha ha

    • Tmo_Fan

      this is the right thing to do.. Domicans we all smart as hell lol 
      Target will be my place a few months ago when the S II was 279.99 Target had it for 99 in a mega special.. I tried to buy it but I decided to wait for this new beauty.. Im hoping to hear a price like this on Target =]

  • Count me OUT T-Mobile. I had the 21st circled on my calendar and expected to drop $199.99 and sign a 2 year deal since I’ve been month to month for the past 2 years. Well since I live in such a small market (Vegas) and the price is insanely high then I’m going to bid farewell to my T-Mobile experiment. I’m going back to Big Red and hop on my parents unlimited plan before the new tiered data kicks in. I don’t even want to know what they are going to ask for the Note. $349.99 after $50 rebate when you sign a 2 year contract? I just dropped my phone and shattered the glass  few days ago so I really need an upgrade ASAP.

    • JBLmobileG1

      If you mean the BIG RED as in Verizon… well sorry to burst your bubble but there is no unlimited and it’s already tiered data. As for Sprint…. that’s a different story.

  • Stupid

    Again, this is STILL what’s wrong with the company. Way to screw up a great opportunity, embarrassing indeed. Everyone has a right to be upset, this is moronic.

  • Stupid

    Again, this is STILL what’s wrong with the company. Way to screw up a great opportunity, embarrassing indeed. Everyone has a right to be upset, this is moronic.

  • KillerZed

    Ha!…and I was plannin on switching from ATnT to Tmo….Bye Bye Tmo, I am not falling for this scam….

  • KillerZed

    Ha!…and I was plannin on switching from ATnT to Tmo….Bye Bye Tmo, I am not falling for this scam….

    • UserinTmo

      I know!! im signing up to AT&T ASAP tmobile is an embarrassment 

  • Piff

    For all the idiots complaining about pricing, you abviously don’t understand math and should enroll at the your nearest institution and sign up for classes. T-Mobile provides value with their value plans. So yes phones are full price with an equipment installment plan. So for all you that are complaining, port your number over to verizon/ at&t , pay 200 for the phone and pay a lot more for your service every month and when you realize that you didn’ t a good deal i hope T-Mobile doesn’t allow to comeback.,

    • UserinTmo

      if come to it you still paying the same.. are you doing math as well? 
      whats the point of paying 20 more at AT&T with a 200 phn for a year = 440
      when Tmo comes with a 330 + amazing taxes or 630 for customers that have been with tmo for over a year of contract? and I am pretty sure if you open a new account with Tmo it wont be less than 440 with the new GSIII

      • Piff

        how is it the same? T-mobile offers a plan which includes unl talk text and 5gb for 74.99 a month vs att unl talk text and 5gb for 139.99. Did i mention that t-mobiles plan includes hotspot for free and att doesnt. So lets do the math. 74.99*24 months + 629.99 for a GS3 costs over the 2 year contract = $2429.75. At&t- 139.99*24 months +200 for a GS3= $3559.76. So who’s cheaper? Of course T-Mobile is. So you save $1,130.01 over 2 years which equates to $47.08 in savings each month. Do your math over. I give classes everyday to every t-mobile customer who doesn’t understand basic math. 

      • Piff

        how is it the same? T-mobile offers a plan which includes unl talk text and 5gb for 74.99 a month vs att unl talk text and 5gb for 139.99. Did i mention that t-mobiles plan includes hotspot for free and att doesnt. So lets do the math. 74.99*24 months + 629.99 for a GS3 costs over the 2 year contract = $2429.75. At&t- 139.99*24 months +200 for a GS3= $3559.76. So who’s cheaper? Of course T-Mobile is. So you save $1,130.01 over 2 years which equates to $47.08 in savings each month. Do your math over. I give classes everyday to every t-mobile customer who doesn’t understand basic math. 

        • 21stNow

           AT&T’s 5GB data plan does include mobile hotspot.

        • Piff

          Ok but its still 139.99 vs 74.99. Rethink gs3 on att

        • 21stNow

           Everyone’s situation will not be the same.  All of your arguments seem to put everyone in the same pricing situation.  All of these posts have me reevaluating my positions now and I realize that it doesn’t make as much sense for me to stay with T-Mobile. 

          There were several reasons that I came to T-Mobile back in 2010.  I was wrong about at least one and at least two of those reasons don’t exist anymore.  I pay $60/month for AT&T with subsidized phones (discount included) and $70/month for T-Mobile with unsubsidized phones.  If I had gotten the service features as close as I could have in 2010, the difference would only be $5 instead of $10.  Because I’m grandfathered on T-Mobile, I can’t make changes to my account.

          My choice should be obvious based on the above numbers, seeing as the non-monetary features of T-mobile have changed for the worse for me over the last two years.  Considering that I get excellent LTE performance from AT&T at my locations, I do think that my days with T-Mobile are numbered.

        • UserinTmo

          are a manager in T-mo? u r pretty nice.. but please stop embarrassing yourself because tmobile is not paying you for defending them on a Post Comment.. I mean 139.99 in AT&T for 2 yrs thats not their best plan you might as well calculating the price of Verizon right there… of course is going to be worse and more expensive with that made up data plan you just invented.. take life easy my friend go for the phone and enjoy it I will do the same with what ever decision I make..

        • Piff

          I compared apples for apples not some any mobile anytime scam where you dont get unl mins to any number. I defending t-mobile because moron customers believe atg and verizon are cheaper. If you go att.com you will realize that there plan is 139.99 a month. I will be laughing all the way to bank with my non lte phone that gets up to 26mbps while att customers will have lte with slower speeds. In south florida no carrier touches t-mobile when it comes to speed and cost. Its the best value period.

      • Piff

        oh but wait you must be comparing atts 700 mins plan with no texting and 300mb of data since your going to connect to wifi everywhere that you go with your mobile device. Smart thinking!!! I should of thought of that. 

    • No Way

       Not True, Verizon has similar plans.  I have compared my tmo plans with many of my friends verizon plans, they’re all comparable including the price.

      • urmom

        T-Mobile is the cheapest.

        • 21stNow

           As with anything else in life, that depends on circumstances.

      • Piff

        verizon is not comparable. Maybe you didn’t catch the news when verizon switched to family data plans. if you go to verizon.com right now and look at individual unl plans you will find out that UNL talk text and 5gbs of data costs $139.99. How is 74.99 and 139.99 similar? Again what crack are you guys smoking??? Another Moron. You deserve a “C’mon son” for that one. Get the f@#$ outta here with that bull sh*t!!!!!

      • Piff

        Go to verizon.com and check for yourself unl talk text and 5gb of data cost 139.99 vs t-mobile for the same plan equates to 74.99. how is that similar? I feel less intelligent for even responding to this question.

    • No Way

       Not True, Verizon has similar plans.  I have compared my tmo plans with many of my friends verizon plans, they’re all comparable including the price.

  • The Oppo Finder is only $393 off contract, and it pretty much has some GREAT specs too. Oh yeah, it’s only 6.65mm thin. Has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, and Android 4.0 ICS.

    OR a Galaxy Nexus is $399

  • The Oppo Finder is only $393 off contract, and it pretty much has some GREAT specs too. Oh yeah, it’s only 6.65mm thin. Has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, and Android 4.0 ICS.

    OR a Galaxy Nexus is $399

    • That phone also doesn’t support T-Mobiles bands and is only going to be released in China.

    • impasse

       doesn’t work on t-mo’s 4g, i believe..

  • GS3

    i don’t mind getting the phone. i really have mixed reaction about this phone and the pricing, i wasn’t as excited about the phone because of the s4 and now the pricing..
     
    still,i called one store in my area, closest one, the lady said that our area won’t have it available yet, but will be in a another city ,sf, im not willing to go to that city early in the morning because they might get sold out.. LOL

    uggh i’ll just wait or whatever.. but hopefully they won’t be downgraded to an s3 soc for the next flow of batches..

  • GS3

    i don’t mind getting the phone. i really have mixed reaction about this phone and the pricing, i wasn’t as excited about the phone because of the s4 and now the pricing..
     
    still,i called one store in my area, closest one, the lady said that our area won’t have it available yet, but will be in a another city ,sf, im not willing to go to that city early in the morning because they might get sold out.. LOL

    uggh i’ll just wait or whatever.. but hopefully they won’t be downgraded to an s3 soc for the next flow of batches..

  • secano

    All you guys are switching carriers for a mere $80!?!?!?!? SMH

    • Tmo_Fan

      to start off a phn those are good prices.. I mean after 1 or 2 months new phns will come out and the SIII will def be cheaper..

      • Guest

        R u kidding me? SGS2 is free w a 2yr contract w other carriers and w tmobile its $279.99! SGS2 was released back in May 2011.

  • Dubriddin

    Next nexus phone with pentaband here I come. This is a joke

  • Piff

    Plus right now a galaxy s 2 cost 599.99. On value its 199 down plus 20 bucks a month for 20 months. The gs3 is 30 bucks more you cheap scumbags. So whats a better deal At&t gs3 $200 For the phone wi the an unlimited talk text and 3 gbs of data each month for $119.99 a month or t-mobile value plan unlimited talk text and 5gbs plus free hotspot for 74.99 a month with a gs3 priced at 229 down plus 20 a month? Do the math t-mobile gives you more value. Its not about how much you pay for a phone, but more important how much do you pay for the service over a contract. America is full of morons, they would rather get the phone cheaper than the rate plan plus get ass raped for data overages.

    • GS3

       just random question.. do you play SSF4AE on pc? i’ve played against that username quite a few times.. just wondering .. LOL

      • Tmo_Fan

        lol ^

      • Tmo_Fan

        lol ^

  • Jayfire

    HTC One S came out and it costs the same as the better HTC X. I was hoping they wouldn’t do the same thing with this. Now they release the prices after the Fathers Day all smart phones are free sale. Had a feeling they were holding off for a reason like this. Now I cant get the HTC or the S2 for free and they want us to pay $30 more for a 16gb S3 than ALL other carriers are selling their 32gb S3’s. Really, again, less phone for more and now 16gb for 30 more than the 32gb… ahhh! My wife was looking at going elsewhere after an incident with the ins coverage we had shes gonna say see ya for sure now and I think I’ll have to agree now. Not thrilled with Sprint but LTE and only a couple bucks more, just might have to, damn you Tmobile and all the times I’ve recommended and stuck up for you, this makes no sense to your loyal and possibly new customers!

    • Tmo_Fan

      Well said my friend this Tmo just pissed the F up of me! and about 800+ ppl and wait to see the people that will come to the stores on Thrs and yet do not know about this Sh*t

    • urmom

      Sprint is horrible. Speeds are weak. There lte is garbage. Have fun being a dumb ass

      • JBLmobileG1

        Their speeds aren’t the greatest but I read somewhere that their LTE isn’t too bad. Only thing is who knows if it will cost more and the coverage is probably horrible.

    • urmom

      Sprint is horrible. Speeds are weak. There lte is garbage. Have fun being a dumb ass

  • Santiago Burgos

    $229? BULLSHIT.
    & it isn’t even an LTE phone which everyone expected to be a higher price but managed to stay at $200

  • Santiago Burgos

    $229? BULLSHIT.
    & it isn’t even an LTE phone which everyone expected to be a higher price but managed to stay at $200

  • Starscr3am714

    wtf,,,i saw verizon already promoting it for 199 with 2yr….this sucks 

  • Starscr3am714

    wtf,,,i saw verizon already promoting it for 199 with 2yr….this sucks 

  • Santiago Burgos

    lmao if they get the iPhone they’d probably price it at $280 too

  • Santiago Burgos

    lmao if they get the iPhone they’d probably price it at $280 too

  • Daddym469

    The  16 gb vs 32 gb  argument  can be easily solved with four letters….
    FRY’S!! THEY KEEP AT LEAST A CLASS 4 16 GB SD CARD ON SALE FOR ABOUT  12 TO 20$$ EVERY WEEKEND….JUST GET ONE AND SHUT UP!! THIS IS THE BEST PHONE EVER OFFERED BY TMOBILE……CAN WE JUST BE HAPPY  FOR THAT.

  • Daddym469

    The  16 gb vs 32 gb  argument  can be easily solved with four letters….
    FRY’S!! THEY KEEP AT LEAST A CLASS 4 16 GB SD CARD ON SALE FOR ABOUT  12 TO 20$$ EVERY WEEKEND….JUST GET ONE AND SHUT UP!! THIS IS THE BEST PHONE EVER OFFERED BY TMOBILE……CAN WE JUST BE HAPPY  FOR THAT.

    • Pagan_Ranger

      That is not really an arguement.

    • Pagan_Ranger

      That is not really an arguement.

  • ROZCO

    WHAT COLOR!?

  • ROZCO

    WHAT COLOR!?

  • urmom

    As an employee I’m extremely disappointed. Crazy ass price for a phone not but better than the 2. Someone kick T-Mobile marketing in the nuts right NOW!

  • urmom

    As an employee I’m extremely disappointed. Crazy ass price for a phone not but better than the 2. Someone kick T-Mobile marketing in the nuts right NOW!

    •  No need, it seems they are kicking themselves in the nuts.

  • predation

    geez.. someone call the waaaammmmbuuuullllance. 
    everyone complaining should go ahead and move to another carrier, you’re gonna get raped in the long run. or just wait it out until the price drops….. pay to play bitches. 

    • urmom

      True about the pay to play but it will never go down this year

  • in2android

    Well, its not the news I wanted, but if you’ve been w/ Tmo a long time then its still not a bad deal. If I went to att or Verizon w/ my 4 lines I would easily spend $100-$150 a month more! My prices are amazing, and I’ll give up my plan for nothing! I like to get the best phones on launch day, that’s what hurts the most, but hey, it won’t kill me if I have to wait a week or even two. I know Tmo has their snags, and as does every carrier, but I’ve accepted it. I fully understand why ppl are upset, and especially if its a little out of reach for some that have set money aside for this device, and I don’t blame them. I’m definitely gonna catch some flack from the wife, but I’m still buying, lol. All in all, I’ll be happy every month when I look at my bill, and that can’t be said for ppl I know w/ other carriers who envy my grandfathered prices & additional discount! So they’ll just have it a week or two before me! Damn!

  • Ickster

    I have to defrend Tmo a bit here.  My service sucks ’cause I’m in a hole with towers. I had a horrible experience with the G2X. And issues with the One S. But Tmo has really stood by me. The phones sucked, but Tmo took care of me whenever I complained. And I can always get a live person who always helps me.
    I had a lot of bad experiences with Sprint. Two different contracts. And just try to get help on MetroPCS. There isn’t even a phone number. Can’t afford the other two.
    I definately think the price is high esp. when you factor in out the door.
    And I think there is something else going on here. Chip scarcity? As someone said, how can they gauge demand if they’re not even taking preorders?.

  • mike

    Called tmobile and a rep told me that samsung was still under a lawsuit from apple and that’s why there are complications releasing the galaxy s3 i thought that was over???

    • They don’t know what they are talking about. Apple tried to stop the release, but the judge said no. They do still have a court date, but it’s not until after the launch of the phone. 

  • Justinreynolds98(The Truth)

    I understand the frustration, but most of you wont go anywhere. When you crunch the numbers you’ll see how much cheaper Tmobiles service is. My loyalty is too the dollar, ive been with Tmobile for 12 years and as long as they remain the cheapest im not going anywhere, especially not to save $30 on a phone. With that said TMobile needs to hire new customer relations and marketing people. First and foremost they need to get rid of Carly, and from a new customer standpoint what theyre doing doesnt make sense. Theyre losing hundreds of thousands of contract customers every quarter, I dont understand how they think charging that much for the second most popular phone on the planet will help there cause. The reason why Verizon and Atat discount the phone is cause the number one focus of buyers is how much they have to spend today. TMobile would be better doing this and adding a additional fee, having customers irrate like on this forum isnt good for business. But by far the number one reason they should be cashing in on the S3 is cause they dont have the frickin IPHONE to fall back on.

    • Dumbazz

      maybe you are not aware but you would lose your grandfather data plan if you got this phone.

      • in2android

        What’s this about giving up grandfathered data? Why? I’m on the 5gb for $20, old plan I’ve had for a long time that I want to keep. Are they taking our grandfathered plans when we upgrade to the gs3?

    • Think your math is off. More like $130. 

    • urmom

      Yep got to get the new data plans.

    • Ray

       True, TMo is cheaper but for me i can also get 19% the others from my work. That will help offset it.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      You say “I understand the frustration, but most of you wont go anywhere.” I thought T-Mobile lost 2 million subscribers in 2011 and in Q1 2012 it lost 510,000 post-paid customers.

      And I’m real curious how Q2 looks.

      I think those numbers qualify as people leaving T-Mobile and going somewhere.

    •  I think Carly is fine as marketing tool.  They just need to be honest with their new commercials. In the spirit of this poorly thought out pricing blunder, the next commercial Carly can be a stripper at a strip club and the camera can cut away and show her snatching money out of peoples hands and stuffing it in her bra.  I would at least respect their honesty. 

    •  I think Carly is fine as marketing tool.  They just need to be honest with their new commercials. In the spirit of this poorly thought out pricing blunder, the next commercial Carly can be a stripper at a strip club and the camera can cut away and show her snatching money out of peoples hands and stuffing it in her bra.  I would at least respect their honesty. 

  • GinaDee

    T-Mobile continues to lose on the marketing wars and it appears they refuse to learn their lesson. 

    Verizon and AT&T have proven that US customers care more about up front hardware costs even if it means they get screwed on the monthly pricing.

    T-Mobile is nuts to sell this phone at $279.99 after MIR for contract plans when everyone else is selling the 16GB version for $199.99

    If T-Mobile is not getting the new iPhone they have no business selling this unit at prices the majority of their customer base cannot afford. 

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Monkey is not pleased Tmo… 

  • Taron19119

    well cc have this phone on the 21 first

  • Jteng044

    most stores will get it July 1. I asked someone at a T-Mobile store today so it may be a three-phase launch

  • CarlosC

    Talk about a slap in the face to Tmo customers with that price-tag. This was Tmo’s opportunity to gain a ton of new customers, I guess they’re trying to shake off a few instead.

  • Ray

    This was a great chance for T-Mobile to pick up some more customers since they (i assume) are still giving the 50GB of Dropbox(which i dont really care about) and they are having both the 16GB and 32GB phones.
     However, now they come up with this bullsh** pricing with a mail in rebate to even get it that low. I hate mail in rebates with a passion and my market (Las Vegas) isnt getting the phone on June 21st?  Tell you what, ,..i have 5 lines with T-Mobile and have been with them since 2003. Maybe its time to think about going to another carrier and im eligible for upgrades on 5 lines now.

    Christ even i know an great opportunity to cash in on a customer base when it is there for the taking when they arent offering the Dropbox space and AT&T opted to only offer a 16 GB device.

    Time for me to start looking at the other carriers plans and prices.

    • Ray

       Id also like to say theres no way im paying $279 with a MIR for the 16GB phone. Not when  two others are selling the 32B for $249. No way!

    • Tbyrne

      Yeah, and once you start lookin around you’ll no doubt be stayin with T-Mobile. Right Ray?

      • Ray

         Where i work i can get 19% off my bill at Verizon and AT&T so it wont be that bad. Ive stuck with T-Mobile thru it just because ive been with them so long but this time since im not obligated, im going to look around,  yes. Or…ill call T-Mobile and see if i can get a better deal …also again since ive been with them so long. If not, ill very well might be leaving.

      • Ray

         Where i work i can get 19% off my bill at Verizon and AT&T so it wont be that bad. Ive stuck with T-Mobile thru it just because ive been with them so long but this time since im not obligated, im going to look around,  yes. Or…ill call T-Mobile and see if i can get a better deal …also again since ive been with them so long. If not, ill very well might be leaving.

    • drivethruboy168

      Dude, just go on the Value Plan, thy are cheaper upfront and the plans are cheaper to even out or be cheaper then the classic plans. Value Plans are the more logical way to go. All though you are paying $630 for the phone, with the phone split in payments it still ends up working out cheaper or about the same as classic plans. Go Value Plan bro, then you only play $230 plus tax up front.

    • drivethruboy168

      Dude, just go on the Value Plan, thy are cheaper upfront and the plans are cheaper to even out or be cheaper then the classic plans. Value Plans are the more logical way to go. All though you are paying $630 for the phone, with the phone split in payments it still ends up working out cheaper or about the same as classic plans. Go Value Plan bro, then you only play $230 plus tax up front.

  • Tmo_Fan

    well this phone wont be in my hands from what I read so far… not just YET! lol I’ll wait to see what offers Tmo can come up with to convince me and not changing my 5 yrs data plan to something I cant afford.. I proudly pay 50 dollars every month unlimited everything + tax and it’s been thanks to how I’ve calculated all their offers..

  • Nitefallz

     patiently waited and passed on all HTC One S deals, including a 99.99 upgrade from Best Buy, and FREE after MIR this past weekend ONLY because they hadn’t announced pricing for the SG3. Had they done this earlier, and you knew they had pricing then, I would’ve made arrangements to get a different phone. Their moronic secrecy is now costing me more money if I want to upgrade.

  • Guest

    Im still waiting for the good news. Whats the good news David?

    •  That they are putting Avatar on the phone like they did the Vibrant?  Totally worth it?

  • Guest

    Im still waiting for the good news. Whats the good news David?

  • phills

    Ugh…this is outrageous classic plan customers (aka typically the customers who have been with the company for a longer period of time) should be treated better than this.  After all, the only benefit to the classic plan is that you get the upgrades every two years.   And the idea of having a rebate is just a joke…this is not a sale price by any means there should be no rebate involved.  I already ordered (and received) a case and screen protectors for this phone anticipating a $199.99 launch day buy…but honestly I am now second guessing getting the phone at all.  I know it’s only $80 (after rebate) but it’s the fact that they think (as a by most accounts not top tier carrier) they can get away with charging more than everyone else.  VERY FRUSTRATED (and a bit drunk from day drinking which does not help)

  • phills

    Ugh…this is outrageous classic plan customers (aka typically the customers who have been with the company for a longer period of time) should be treated better than this.  After all, the only benefit to the classic plan is that you get the upgrades every two years.   And the idea of having a rebate is just a joke…this is not a sale price by any means there should be no rebate involved.  I already ordered (and received) a case and screen protectors for this phone anticipating a $199.99 launch day buy…but honestly I am now second guessing getting the phone at all.  I know it’s only $80 (after rebate) but it’s the fact that they think (as a by most accounts not top tier carrier) they can get away with charging more than everyone else.  VERY FRUSTRATED (and a bit drunk from day drinking which does not help)

    • phills

       OMG I just checked and the iPhone is only $199 as well (thought it was $399 for some reason)…I’m not going to pay more for a galaxy phone than the iPhone, I’m sorry

      • Ray

         Well the iPhone 4S is a year old and not near as good as the GS3. That, i can say and feel good about.

        • phills

           I agree but I don’t think anyone would argue that the iPhone is still the more “premium” brand at the moment.  It would be like Samsung charging more for a laptop then the cost of the macbook pro.  The fact of the matter is that most of the money we pay is for the brand, not the product, and apple is the stronger brand.

        • phills

           ***Also just to clarify my frustration isn’t with Samsung (they recommended $199.99 which is fair) it’s with T-mobile.  I didn’t know companies actually charged MORE than the recommended retail price???

        • phills

           ***Also just to clarify my frustration isn’t with Samsung (they recommended $199.99 which is fair) it’s with T-mobile.  I didn’t know companies actually charged MORE than the recommended retail price???

        • Skilled_1

          KMart used to. But we don’t want to follow their example, do we?

        • Nunya Beeswax

          Congratulations! You win the award for most ridiculous statement ever. “Most of the money we pay is for the brand” …. Yeah, screw the better product. Who has the prettier logo?

        • phills

           I’m not saying that you or I are more concerned about brand, but yes the average consumer is more concerned about having that apple on the back of there phone than having the best specs.  I don’t think anyone would argue that.

        • phills

           I agree but I don’t think anyone would argue that the iPhone is still the more “premium” brand at the moment.  It would be like Samsung charging more for a laptop then the cost of the macbook pro.  The fact of the matter is that most of the money we pay is for the brand, not the product, and apple is the stronger brand.

    • Dumbazz

      giving you the ability to keep a grandfathered plan paying less than the average t mobile customer is it enough for you

    • Dumbazz

      giving you the ability to keep a grandfathered plan paying less than the average t mobile customer is it enough for you

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Agree with GinaDee. This is stupid pricing. Since this is a non-exclusive launch, T-Mobile needed to do something to set itself apart from the competition. And that something was to give people a better deal than Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, et al.

    If the motive is to spread out limited supplies, that is not a reason to have hiked up the price. To be sure, since T-Mobile is the first to sell the SGS III, the smart marketing move would have been to sell out, and the faster, the better.

    For example, if T-Mobile sold out of SGS III handsets within 30 minutes or an hour, THAT event would have made the nightly news… “Samsung’s new and heavily anticipated mobile phone went on sale today at T-Mobile and the company sold out of all inventory within an hour.”

    Isn’t that what T-Mobile needs, to make the headlines, to put themselves back into contention, as a carrier who is a big player.

    Now there’s not going to be any headlines. T-Mobile will be a footnote, as the carrier who is charging the most for the SGS III.

    And in line with what GinaDee is said, I can’t believe T-Mobile is selling the 16GB model at this price. That means it will be selling the 32GB for at least $330 to $350 on contract.

    True, there’s financially not a big difference between $200, $250, and $280, especially when talking about a 24 month contract. But as T-Mobile knows, public perception is everything when it comes to phone pricing. That’s why over time what I call the “default price” has settled at about $199.99 for the highest-end phones, on contract.

    Just like people expect “As Seen On TV” junk is sold for $19.95 with a “but wait, there’s more” at the end of the commercial, people won’t pay more than $200 for the best phone (even Apple has come to realize this).

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Agree with GinaDee. This is stupid pricing. Since this is a non-exclusive launch, T-Mobile needed to do something to set itself apart from the competition. And that something was to give people a better deal than Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, et al.

    If the motive is to spread out limited supplies, that is not a reason to have hiked up the price. To be sure, since T-Mobile is the first to sell the SGS III, the smart marketing move would have been to sell out, and the faster, the better.

    For example, if T-Mobile sold out of SGS III handsets within 30 minutes or an hour, THAT event would have made the nightly news… “Samsung’s new and heavily anticipated mobile phone went on sale today at T-Mobile and the company sold out of all inventory within an hour.”

    Isn’t that what T-Mobile needs, to make the headlines, to put themselves back into contention, as a carrier who is a big player.

    Now there’s not going to be any headlines. T-Mobile will be a footnote, as the carrier who is charging the most for the SGS III.

    And in line with what GinaDee is said, I can’t believe T-Mobile is selling the 16GB model at this price. That means it will be selling the 32GB for at least $330 to $350 on contract.

    True, there’s financially not a big difference between $200, $250, and $280, especially when talking about a 24 month contract. But as T-Mobile knows, public perception is everything when it comes to phone pricing. That’s why over time what I call the “default price” has settled at about $199.99 for the highest-end phones, on contract.

    Just like people expect “As Seen On TV” junk is sold for $19.95 with a “but wait, there’s more” at the end of the commercial, people won’t pay more than $200 for the best phone (even Apple has come to realize this).

    • Axekick

      And I’m sure that price applies only to new customers. My contract has expired and I am eligible for a full discount yet when the HTC One S was released they said the best price I could get was $324 with a 2-year contract. I told them I will switch to ATT before paying that price on that phone and they didn’t seem to care. Just kept talking about what a great phone it was. I started walking out and the guy tried handing me his business card “in case you change your mind.” at which time I assured him I wouldn’t be changing my mind.

      I kind of hate to leave after 10 years and because I still use their home telephone service for $9.95/month that will be lost when I do . . but enough is enough.

      They use to be great about working deals, even over the telephone but better in their retail stores. Apparently I have been there so long they are taking my business for granted.

      • Nunya Beeswax

        They didn’t seem to care because they don’t care. For every one like you, there is another coming in because ATT jacked their bill sky high and they are doing the same thing you are (supposedly) just in reverse. The cell phone market is very near 100% saturation and all the companies just play musical customers at this point. Everybody expects “Loyalty” but the same people will switch companies over ANY percieved savings of a dollar.

        • Axekick

          No other US carriers is losing customers at the rate of T-Mobile. The last I read T-Mobile is the ONLY carrier who is actually losing customers and revenue. Since the failed attempt to sell to ATT people have fled in droves.
          I won’t switch over the “perceived savings of a dollar” but over a $30/month savings for my service and $50 upfront difference on the phone I will jump ship in a heartbeat. ATT is much faster data in my area also. ATT & T-Mobile
          were very competetive with T-Mobile being less expensive but that just isn’t the case any longer.

    • Dumbazz

      wait giving people a lower monthly bill isn’t a good enough deal?
      they should sell the phone the same as the other carriers and give you a lower monthly bill?
      seriously?

      • 21stNow

        Yes. That’s what they did for the original Galaxy S.

        • The original Galaxy S didn’t have a flash or a front facing camera, but it did on every other carrier. So do you want them to pull out features so that you can afford it? Or give us the best phone they can give us?

        • 21stNow

          The Captivate and the Vibrant were very similar phones. The other variants came later on their respective carriers, so at least T-Mobile customers had a two month jump on them.

        •  Hey we Vibrant owners gave up a flash so T-Mobile could instead use the money to pay the licensing fees for Avatar! Money well spent right!?  Who needed to take pictures in low light settings when they could instead watch blue aliens run around a forest ?   And who says T-Mobile makes stupid marketing decisions.  Not me.  Not me at all.

  • xmiro

    $629.99? When the Nexus is $399.99?
    Come on

    • secano

      GN is more than 6 months old…

    • urmom

      I have the nexus and I want a s3 for three reasons. Need more ram for more apps to stay open. Need better camera features. And 3 need a better music app/speaker be louder

    • Nunya Beeswax

      I know! And you can get an original Motorola Razr for like 5 bucks! What are these people thinking???

  • Nicholas

    Will it run on the 1900 MHz? Does anyone know heard @ the T-Mobile store that in Chicago and California and some other states will just wondering if anyone knows 100%

  • Chris

    As nice as this phone is, $630.00+ taxes is ridiculous. I don’t understand where Samsung gets the these prices from, its an android phone, the OS cost Samsung nothing, they “enhance” it with their shitty skin and that’s it. Are we paying for their shitty skin or the Android OS that comes free to them? I’ll pass on this, as prices for rate plans increase, so do the hardware for phones. Stupid, I highly doubt it cost samsung much money to make these plastic phones.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      I hate to burst your bubble, but look around your house…. the clothes you wear….the car you drive…. the food in your fridge…. somebody (and probably several somebodys) made a handy profit getting the items to you. Unfortunately, there are no non-profit phone manufacturers either. Perhaps you should suggest a cellular program to the Red Cross?

  • Johntaajacobs

    I have 48gb on my gsii with ics andriod 4.0 im good :-)

  • Johntaajacobs

    I have 48gb on my gsii with ics andriod 4.0 im good :-)

  • ceedubmn

    T-Mobile really missed a chance here. I think we all understand that even with the higher price, the generally lower monthly charges eventually make up the $80 difference (and more). However, from a P.R. standpoint this was a swing and a miss.  People see the big up front numbers while ignoring the “nickle and dime” differences in fees — hence all the pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth over the price.   There’s a reason companies charge $19.99 instead of $20…  The Galaxy SIII is one of the most anticipated phones of the year and out of the gate it appears that T-Mobile is at a disadvantage by charging a significantly higher price.  I say appears because, again, over the course of a 2 year period, T-Mobile customers will generally pay less in monthly fees. 

    However, what T-Mobile SHOULD have done is promote the heck out of the phone on TV, have Carly tell us how awesome the phone is and that it’s the same price everywhere. But then, at the end have her turn and smile at the camera and tell us that, “Oh, by the way over the course of 2 years T-Mo customers will save $300 (or whatever the difference is)” over Verizon/AT&T/Sprint and ask why anyone would willingly pay more.

  • ceedubmn

    T-Mobile really missed a chance here. I think we all understand that even with the higher price, the generally lower monthly charges eventually make up the $80 difference (and more). However, from a P.R. standpoint this was a swing and a miss.  People see the big up front numbers while ignoring the “nickle and dime” differences in fees — hence all the pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth over the price.   There’s a reason companies charge $19.99 instead of $20…  The Galaxy SIII is one of the most anticipated phones of the year and out of the gate it appears that T-Mobile is at a disadvantage by charging a significantly higher price.  I say appears because, again, over the course of a 2 year period, T-Mobile customers will generally pay less in monthly fees. 

    However, what T-Mobile SHOULD have done is promote the heck out of the phone on TV, have Carly tell us how awesome the phone is and that it’s the same price everywhere. But then, at the end have her turn and smile at the camera and tell us that, “Oh, by the way over the course of 2 years T-Mo customers will save $300 (or whatever the difference is)” over Verizon/AT&T/Sprint and ask why anyone would willingly pay more.

  • IRIE4IPIER

    Don’t buy this phone right away guys, make T-Mobile feel it. In two months this thing will be going for free to get rid of supplies. T-mobile not a smart company.

    • Dumbazz

      seriously put down your crack pipe. I am so sorry that you cant for the phone maybe a part time job is in order instead of crying about t mobile.

      •  Look “Dumbazz”.  We get it.  You’re a T-mobile fanboy.  I like them too, I’ve been with them for eight or nine years now .  But that doesn’t mean you have to get all butthurt because people are justifiably upset over a pretty idiotic decision on T-Mobile’s part.   It’s ok.  No one here has a crack pipe. (unless you have one.  You don’t right?  If you do, its ok, I won’t judge you.)  Just breathe a little bit and think happy thoughts.   People aren’t talking about your Mommy or Daddy when they are being critical in this thread.  Just relax.   Relaaaaaaaax.

  • nateynuclear

    What are the chances this is in accurate? I’ve heard something else on XDA developers… 

  • nateynuclear

    What are the chances this is in accurate? I’ve heard something else on XDA developers… 

  • jian9007

    $330 before rebate?! AT&T has it for $189.99 with no rebate and Sprint has it for $199 with no rebate, Verizon has it for $199 with no rebate. So $80-$90 more than the other 3 major carriers and that’s AFTER a $50 mail-in rebate. Poor form T-Mobile. It’s a non-starter for me at that price. I’ll wait until I see what’s coming out later this year or see what upcoming Nexus phones will be out and just pay full price to Google and not re-up my contract. Then I’ll be paying the same monthly fee but I can leave anytime without any penalty fees.

    For the record I’m on an unlimited loyalty individual plan and was planning on switching to a family plan since I want my 2 daughters off their Metro PCS phones. That may not happen now. I’ll just wait and see if this is the kind of pricing to expect from T-Mobile in the future and look at the other carriers and see what they have to offer. I’m not worried about how much I pay per month but quality of service and subsidized phone prices do concern me. I’ve been here since Voicestream days so I’ve been a loyal customer for quite some time. This pricing is not the way to entice new customers or keep the old ones.

  • jian9007

    $330 before rebate?! AT&T has it for $189.99 with no rebate and Sprint has it for $199 with no rebate, Verizon has it for $199 with no rebate. So $80-$90 more than the other 3 major carriers and that’s AFTER a $50 mail-in rebate. Poor form T-Mobile. It’s a non-starter for me at that price. I’ll wait until I see what’s coming out later this year or see what upcoming Nexus phones will be out and just pay full price to Google and not re-up my contract. Then I’ll be paying the same monthly fee but I can leave anytime without any penalty fees.

    For the record I’m on an unlimited loyalty individual plan and was planning on switching to a family plan since I want my 2 daughters off their Metro PCS phones. That may not happen now. I’ll just wait and see if this is the kind of pricing to expect from T-Mobile in the future and look at the other carriers and see what they have to offer. I’m not worried about how much I pay per month but quality of service and subsidized phone prices do concern me. I’ve been here since Voicestream days so I’ve been a loyal customer for quite some time. This pricing is not the way to entice new customers or keep the old ones.

    • Dumbazz

      so go buy it at 1 of those carriers and pay more per month.

    • Dumbazz

      so go buy it at 1 of those carriers and pay more per month.

  • Marafice Eye

    Well, I’ve been eagerly waiting for this phone, and now, I’m sad to say I’ll be jumping ship. Been a loyal TMO customer for years now, enjoying the benefits such as a cheaper bill, well priced unlimited plans, good deals on phones, as well as being able to ‘subsidize’ them and pay half up front and the rest on later bills. It’s all been great, until today.

    I decided a week ago to get the GS3 to replace my aging Blackberry, and couldn’t wait for the 21st. I kept my fingers crossed that TMO’s pricing would be in line with the other carriers (because why wouldn’t they be, they want to be competitive right?) SO imagine my dismay to find out I’d have to pay $280 (and that’s AFTER a $50 MIR), even though I’d be re-contracting for 2 years… It honestly shocked me that they went this route.

    Also not to mention that 2 days before release,m they decide to essentially say ‘screw the small town folks, they’re not making us enough money to give them the phone on our stated release, we’re going to make them wait 6 more days.’

    I would have had no problems waiting the 6 extra days, if the prices were at least the same as the other carriers. But no, I’d have to (realistically) pay an extra 130 dollars to get it.

    Sorry TMO, You’ve been great to me in the past, but you’ve lost me as a customer after this.

    • Below

      look princess we all know you aint leaving so get a box of tissues and cry your heart out because all the effort to change just to save 70 dollars?
      and pay more per month?
      your reasoning is retarded.

    • Below

      look princess we all know you aint leaving so get a box of tissues and cry your heart out because all the effort to change just to save 70 dollars?
      and pay more per month?
      your reasoning is retarded.

      • phills

         It’s more about the mindset.  We are all well aware that $80 isn’t much in the long run.  But by leaving she (and many others) are telling the company that this kind of pricing in general is a slap in the face to loyal customers.

        • Nunya Beeswax

          And for every one that leaves, they’ll sign up 1 or 2 that are pissed at some other carrier for whatever reason. Blah blah…. the world keeps spinning

    • Herb

      You say you enjoy a cheaper bill, but you’re leaving over $130 (realistically $80 after rebate)?! How long on a higher bill is it going to take you to waste more than that $130? You’re leaving due to an emotional reaction and it’s going to cost you in the long run.

    • WW

      So you’re happy with TMo all the way around except their price for the GS3.  Wherever you go, if your bill is $6+ higher than with TMo, you’d have done better to stay (and pay the extra $130 TMo wants).  
        
      It sounds like it’s anger at TMo’s price that’s driving you away but in hurting them (taking your business elsewhere), you’re hurting yourself too (unless your bill rises by $5 or less).

  • BigMixxx

    Wait for Walmart….better deal there. And they wil absorb the taxes (in Nevada). Since I’m inVegas,,,imma wait……

  • Robertp5072

    dont forget $36 dollar activiation charge !

  • Dumbazz

    david thank you for the obnoxious pop ups especially the corning 1 which you cannot get rid of.

    • Herb

       Don’t blame David. He provides us with an unmatched service and needs to make money some how. Download an Ad-Blocker if it’s really that big of a deal.

  • Jvf251991

    Ok since I’m near Los Angeles does this mean all of Los Angeles county will get the phone or just one store?

    • SuperTMO

      no some of the store won’t even get them, only high sales store and premium store. 

  • Dumbazz

    if you are seriously going to complain about an 80 dollar price difference especially given lower cost for t mobile you obviously can’t afford the phone no matter which carrier you’re on

    • Another sad TMO customer

      False Dumbazz. $80 dollars up front is a lot even to those that can afford it. Key word is up front. Perhaps the delayed gratification of saving in the long run is enough for some with a purchase this hefty, but not for me. Having planned to purchase two for my family, I can’t see myself dishing out $560 + tax even if I can afford it.

      • Herb

        Dumbazz is on the right track. If you can’t spare $80, you probably shouldn’t be buying a $600 phone in the first place.

        • It’s not $80 more, its $130 MORE to spare out of pocket initially because of the MIR.   That’s on top of the 200 dollars that the other carriers are charging.  $330 is a lot of money these days. Even if someone has that laying around, $200 is a lot easier to justify than $330.

        • It’s not $80 more, its $130 MORE to spare out of pocket initially because of the MIR.   That’s on top of the 200 dollars that the other carriers are charging.  $330 is a lot of money these days. Even if someone has that laying around, $200 is a lot easier to justify than $330.

  • Dumbazz

    if you are seriously going to complain about an 80 dollar price difference especially given lower cost for t mobile you obviously can’t afford the phone no matter which carrier you’re on

  • Derail Doax

    Lol… Super fail! T-Mobile you’re crazy if you think you can ask so much for this phone. I’ve been holding off on my upgrade for 6 months to get the next flagship phone. I’m not paying $80 more after rebate than I would to other carriers. I’m going to seriously think about moving our small business over to Verizon. It’ll be $30 more per month, but I’ll get more data, unlimited minutes, a faster network, and a bigger network… Unbelievable… Jerks…

    • Sayhit

      dumbass i hate customers like u, bitching abt 80 dollars but willing to pay verizon 10times more…

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Right…. well, you call telesales on Thursday and tell us how long you have to wait to talk to a rep. That 2 hours you spend listening to hold music won’t be because nobody wants to pay for this phone. And btw, Verizon is implementing a fairly large price increase on the 28th of June, so enjoy paying twice as much for your service. Hope that works out great for you.

  • edub1906

    I cannot believe TMobile’s prices.  I’ve been waiting for this phone and passed up getting an HTC One S for $99.99 (with no activation fee).  Basically $329.00 less the $50 MIR, REALLY??   C’mon Tmobile.  You easily outprice all of your major competitors by $80.00 for your upgrade.  Wow.  I guess I’ll have to wait to see what Costco sells the phone for (hopefully no more than $249), but still this price point is not good at all for loyal TMobile customers.

  • Marafice Eye

    Ha, monthly bill doesn’t factor into my decision to leave. I work for Home Depot and we get a discount on our ATT bills, so switching to ATT is a whopping 6 dollar difference in price, and that 6 extra dollars gets me another gig in data compared to my TMO plan. It still comes down to TMO deciding NOT to price competitively and deciding that anyone who didn’t live in or near their ‘top markets’ wasn’t worthy of getting it on their original announced release.

    • Herb

      I doubt think the company is actively deciding not to mass-release the phone. This is probably a consequence of the manufacturing issues the phone experienced around the time of its worldwide release.

      • Mike Leverton

        Qualcomm told investors that the problem is down to their subcontractor, TSMC, who is unable to keep up with the industry’s demand due to problems with ramping up production on the new 28nm process. The chip maker is exploring other avenues to secure additional chip production capacity and expects to return to normal production levels in time for the Christmas shopping period.
        “We have taken [the] approach to spread the supply across all of the customers as best we can, and so I think everybody is dealing with this issue,” said Qualcomm president and COO Steven Mollenkopf. “We’re really focused very much on getting additional supply throughout the year.”
        To counter the chip shortage, Qualcomm is suggesting device makers use their Fusion 2 units where possible, but they openly admitted that the shortage will result in some OEM’s turning to competitors in a bid to avoid delays. “In any constrained environment, people look for any alternative they can in order to solve the problem,” said Mollenkopf. “We do expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used to solve that issue.”
        According to PC World , more than 370 Snapdragon-based devices are currently on the market, with over 400 currently being developed. Of those in development currently, 150 designs are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC design.

  • Dumbazz

    wow it’s like a 12 step meeting today for the cry babies on this forum. Typical childish behavior. As if a company owes you something. Morons.

    • Dbjc62

      Appropriate name ! DUMBAZZ ! IT’ S CALLED COMPETING ! THEY WONDER WHY THEY’RE LOSING CUSTOMERS ! BECAUSE THEY DO THINGS LIKE THIS!

    • I think you’re onto a great business model !   Fail to price your product competitively in a hyper competitive market, and insult the customers when they dare have the audacity to get upset about getting screwed.  In fact, why stop there, since you love calling people morons, name your company Moron-Mobile.  What could go wrong !?

  • Herb

     I hate the “loyal” customer line. Loyalty is not leaving because you have to wait 6 days and pay $80 extra. Loyalty is staying because even with that $80 extra out-of-pocket you still will save HUNDREDS by the time your contract is terminated.

  • Herb

     Specific stores only.

  • Herb

     Specific stores only.

  • Qwwqeeeqwwe

     Anyone know if people are gonna be camping out of tmobile stores on the 21st for this?

    • Taron19119

      yes i well be at a t-mobile store on the 21 first and wel take a pic and well send it  in to dave aka tmonews  if its a line

  • Ne0

    why is t-mobile one cost $30 more than other carrier. 

  • Ne0

    why is t-mobile one cost $30 more than other carrier. 

  • Chris

     Talked to three different customer service reps after the price was announced. Three different replies – first, they told me they would give me one month free service to subsidize the cost (while also telling me they weren’t sure of pricing yet)…THEN, the next rep tells me he’ll cut $15 off my monthly bill and give me the SIII for free (!), but I have to call him back Friday, and if it’s not back ordered, they’ll honor that offer. The last “loyalty” rep tells me they don’t know what the prices will be.
     Their heads are really up their behinds. The marketing department should be fired from top to bottom. If this is an indication of how T-Mobile will be run from now on, they will cease to exist within two years. Like any sensible person, I realize with the relatively lower rates you’ll pay less over the long haul, but that is not what this is about. A cellular company that is not top-tier needs to entice new customers, not give them sticker shock. Mail-in rebate? Is this 1985?
     Been a loyal customer for over 10 years. Waited to upgrade until the SIII came out. Instead, I walk into Apple tomorrow and but an iPhone. Bye, T-Mobile.

    • Guest911

       You won’t regret it! And in a few months you can sell the iPhone for approx 70-80% of the purchase price and get the latest model. Good luck man.

      • Chris

        Thanks, appreciate that. It just boggles my mind the way T-Mobile is handling this. They should be trying to court early buyers, that’s what spreads the good word. A shame. 

  • Jvf251991

    Ok since I’m near Los Angeles does this mean all of Los Angeles county will get the phone or just one store?

    • thepanttherlady

      It’s selected locations. I would suggest you call the stores nearest you and ask if they’re part of the 6/21 or 6/27 launch. The store I was going to get mine at is smaller and told me they’re part of the 6/27 launch. Called another store closer to my house and they’re part of the 6/21 launch.

      Problem I’m having is no one knows or won’t reveal what inventory they’re getting. e.g. 16gb and/or 32gb. *sigh* I’ll know when I get there at 9:59 a.m. on Thursday morning. :)

      • Dude

        16 gb only in stores at launch

  • I’m really mad right now!  I was ready to pay $279.99 for the 32 GB version, but now I have to either pay $329 or live with 16 GB, and the second choice isn’t really an option!

    • Herb

       … SD card much?

      •  Some people prefer the faster read/write speed of on board storage vs SD .  Consider pertinent technical details much?

      • I plan to buy 8GB+ SD card for a 32 GB S III.  Installing apps on SD card is annoying, and not all fit there.  I want all 32 GB for apps, and only apps, with the SD card for photos, videos, music.

  • Mueller2051

    maybe they should change there name to t-cricket (for thous of you dont know cricket it a pay as go plan where nice phone are expensive) I cant believe tmobil going to expect people to pay this price. I wonder what the note will bee 1000 dollars and 500 after 10 dollar rebate. maybe they will sell the the note pen as a option for 100 more   lol  

  • Rickknowlin

    I agree with you guys t-mobile drop the ball this time. I my self can certainly afford to buy this phone at 
    what ever price but how do you justify being a $130 more than the other carriers. You give it in one hand and take it in another. Its time to move on

  • SuperTMO

    Just wait for a week, Walmart and Costco will get them too.  Tmo do this because they do not have enought stock, especially for Pebble blue.
    I suspect that each store will only get 10 to 20 depends on how big they are.  Also wait until the other store such as Amazon carries it, you will have a better price.

  • fqcharly

    Here is my humble guess as to what is going on. Tmo is “cheap” at the corporate level. That’s why they got the One S and not the One X, etc. Being cheap, they only bought a limited amount of gs3 units, only the 16g, no Dropbox, etc. That decision was months ago. Now, they see they will run out of the small amount of phones, so they are throttling sales with the pricing. Just be patient and Wal-Mart will have it for $229, no re ate required in a few months.

    • SuperTMO

      True, but they didn’t do this on purpose, all the carrier will only have a little amount for launch.  Wonder why Verizon push back their release? It have to do with the production process.  Just wait it out, everyone will be good

      • Mike Leverton

        qualcom will face supplier shortages well into 2013…SoC qualocom inside this device

    • Mueller2051

       maybe there making up for the father day sale by having the bend over sale  lol

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Actually, you get 50 gb dropbox for 2 years and then 5 gb for as long as you own the phone. Some of you folks just invent things to complain about. LoL

  • Jay

    Everyone saying that it’s cry baby behavior to complain about the price tag is plainly naive. Every marketing study ever conducted has proven that introductory cost is the most significant factor in purchasing any kind of subscription service.  T-Mobile doesn’t owe it’s customers anything, however, charging 40% more (65% if you forget to mail that silly rebate in) than your competition is just plain bad business. People will see the price tag and never bother to investigate how much cheaper the plans are. Swing and a miss by T-Mobile.

    • Herb

       Sorry T-mobile doesn’t see the need to baby customers not willing to do their research. I HATE the kind of unintelligent customer you are describing.

      • CrustyHerb

        Good point. And once even more customers leave, you and your fellow “intelligent” customers can hang around waiting for the doors to shut. You are a genius!

        •  Not sure I follow your logic here.  More customers leave if they had priced it the same as the other carriers?     Because they are angry they didn’t have to pay more?  Huh?

        •  Not sure I follow your logic here.  More customers leave if they had priced it the same as the other carriers?     Because they are angry they didn’t have to pay more?  Huh?

      •  Yeah why should they follow basic Marketing 101 logic?  It’s not like the mobile industry is competitive or anything right? 

  • Guest

    Following the success of the original “phablet,” Samsung is reportedly readying a sucessor for its Galaxy Note smartphone. The South Korea manufacturer will release the handset in October to compete directly against Apple’s next-generation iPhone, according to MK Business News. The smartphone’s display will be larger than 5.3-inches and will reportedly feature an unbreakable plane (UBP), which is a precursor to the flexible display. The Note II will also be equipped with a slimmer design and a quad-core processor according to the report, and it will run the upcoming Android Jelly Bean operating system.

  • Fujitsujeff

    T-Mobile at times seems to forget these factors:

    1. Customers are not fond of Mail In Rebates. The discount needs to be up front. The rebate money needs to be easily accessible not on a card.

    2. When you are fighting for customers, it is not the time to introduce new pricing points. The market is $199.99 contract $599.99 full retail. These new prices scare customers away.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      Per my earlier post, in total agreement with you. All things being equal (and with T-Mobile things are NOT), T-Mobile needed to give people a reason to sign a contract with them.

      So what does T-Mobile do, charge $80 more than the competition, require more money up front, and put people through the hassle of a mail-in rebate. (In these horrible economic times you don’t make people cough up more money up front, you give discounts.)

      Makes no sense to me.

      I remember when T-Mobile did this before, when all carriers were getting the Touch Pro2 in 2009. There was a lot of talk and speculation on what T-Mobile would charge and we were all floored when T-Mobile wanted $350 on a two-year contract, $429 on a one-year deal.

      Any T-Mobile employees in here who can explain what T-Mobile is thinking and reveal the strategy?

    • David Levy

       the whole point of rebates for the vendors is that some people will forget or make a mistake, so some proportion are never paid out. Also the vendor can claim higher gross sales, with the rebates being part of promotion expenses – and Wall St. likes to see rising sales…

  • JohnGTJohnson

    Yes the price is high. it’s way more than I’m willing to pay. And while tmo has high prices for all its phones, it has sales all the time for those willing to sign away 2yrs. e.g. the s2 has been free after rebate at least four times this month during online after hours sales. the one s was free at least once, and was $50 AR for a few days. there also was the Fathers day free deal, which wasn’t as good because it required an unlimited plan. it may be a bit until the s3 is free but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on sale in the next month. plus what android handset has ever been ready at launch? waiting until a few updates/custom roms are out can save a lot of frustration.

  • souggie

    You know what, I’d even pony up the $280, if it was the 32GB model, but not just for the 16 GB. Can’t do it.

  • Santiago Burgos

    I don’t understand..$220 with value plan  (w/ out contract) but $280 w/ contract??? 
    Is the PR release mixed up or is the phone really cheaper w/ out a 2year commitment? 

    **Edit: Does it only mean that you need to pay $230 up front for value plans??

    • sdk4

       Yeah you pay less up front but end up paying $20 a month through the end of the contract.

    • Yes, and value plans still require a contract with that price.

    • thepanttherlady

      As others have answered, yes. You still have to sign a 2 year contract and pay the full retail price (plus applicable tax) for the phone. The cost is a small amount “down” and the remaining portion of the retail price is paid $20/mo for 20 months.

  • brimante

    Why are you assuming it will cost $329? You know you get a $50 rebate right?  In this article, it says:
    “Pricing will be as follows:
    $629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)”
    QQ some more.  If you aren’t smart enough to figure out that the slight increase in the initial investment is far outweighed by the reduced monthly bill (compared to other carriers) then you can fail financially like the rest of the economy.

    • Marafice Eye

       $329 is the price before the rebate, maybe YOU need to re-learn basic math before telling folks they should fail financially. But aside from that. the lower monthly bill (at least for me) is completely negated by the fact that I can 22% off my monthly bill at ATT. I pay $64.64 at TMO right now. At ATT for a duplicate plan (with an extra gig of data) I’ll pay $70.20. Less than a 6 dollar difference and with extra data. So no, it’s better for me financially, to switch.

      • brimante

        Yeah, I just don’t understand why people are assuming they don’t get the rebate??  I understand that you have a special circumstance and wasn’t directing this at you.  However, as you know, T-Mobile has unlimited data and they will work with you to give more high speed data if you just ask for it (assuming you have been a customer for a long time).

        • Marafice Eye

           Yeah, been a customer since 06 and haven’t had any issues with them until now. I for one have no real problems with MIRs, but in this day and age, most companies (if you ask nicely) will actually take the MIR off in the store. That happened in 06 when I got my first phone with TMO, I had a set budget, the rep called the manager, it was approved, and they dropped 50 off the price right there.

          But honestly, MIRs need to be a thing of the past, they need to do it electronically, especially since MIRs take up to 4 weeks to come back to you.

          Either way, MIR aside, the price is still higher than all the other competitors, and unfortunately, with how everyone is in need of instant gratification these days, telling them they’ll save more in the long run, doesn’t mean squat to them, the number up front is the one that matters most.

        • dazed&confused

          last time I checked t-mobile doesnt have unlimited data with new plans.  I have unlimited data right now due to my grand-fathered plan. I’m upgrading from a BB so I don’t know if my plan will stay the same

        • Vim

           You don’t have unlimited data with old plans any more either, at least not 4G data.  Soft caps have been instituted, and you may get throttled once you exceed your soft cap.

    •  The reduced monthly bill is a result of reduced coverage. The other big 3 carriers typically have better coverage overall.  Normally don’t complain about that too much since the service IS cheaper.  ( However it does get frustrating when friends/coworkers with ATT and Verizon have a signal in most places where I don’t. )  So to me that whole “lower monthly bill” argument is flawed. Hiking up the cost of a phone 80 dollars more than the other big 3 carriers who have better coverage only serves to piss off the customers that you currently have. 
      Also:    “…then you can fail financially…” – Tone down the angry rhetoric there bud, you’re coming off as a douche. 

      • Nunya Beeswax

        Depends on where you are and what you need. No company has 100% coverage in the USA. At my house, Att and verizon get ZERO signal, but Tmo works great. It’s all about who has better coverage WHERE YOU SPECIFICALLY NEED IT. I could give a shit if I can’t get a signal in a cornfield in Iowa where a Verizon phone gets 4 bars. My phone works great everywhere I need it to AND it costs me less per month than the same service with any other carrier. For me, that’s winning. If another carrier works better for you and it’s worth paying more for your service, I don’t fault you for that at all. If that were the case with me, I’d go somewhere else too. It’s not a one size fits all world.

    • thepanttherlady

      The UPFRONT cost is $329.99. Everyone understands there is a $50 MIR that will make the net cost $279 IF they receive it.

      The net cost is still higher than the competitors. That’s the main point.

      • Grammatica di Polizia

        That’s correct. The T-Mobile SGS III is $80 more than what some other carriers are charging.

        And to me where the real hassle is, the mail-in rebate. I don’t know about other people, but I refuse to buy anything where there’s a MIR.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      You should not be branding anyone as “not smart enough” when all we are doing is chit chatting on a blog. I mean, come one, it is a blog, not a place where financial geeks talk up stock purchases.

      Back to cell phones: I think the $329 is what we assume T-Mobile will charge for the 32 GB model.

      Regardless of price, IMO the word “investment” does not belong anywhere in a discussion between geeks about cell phones, especially since a handset is one of the fastest depreciating assets on the planet. It depreciates faster than your new Mercedes SL (an SL loses about $7,500 in value as soon as you drive it off the lot.)

      In any event, all over the Net they have mentioned that carriers are charging $50 more for the 32GB model. T-Mobile is the only carrier who has not announced the price of its 32 GB SGS III. That leaves it open to speculation what T-Mobile will price the 32GB model at.

      The T-Mobile price announcement for the 16 GB model is $280 AFTER MIR.

      Assuming other carriers are charging $50 more for the 32 GB model it is fair to assume the 24-month contract price of the 32 GB model will be at least $50. $280 + $50 = $330.

      All this does not matter anyway since any SGS III post-paid phone is a lousy deal. The financially intelligent thing to do is wait, then buy it in a couple months on eBay (for $400 to $450), and after that switch to Straight Talk prepaid. (Sidenote: I duly not that using this method requires patience and discipline. It took me a few phone debut cycles to get over my phone addiction, where with this phone, for example, I had to be one of the first to get it. Now I can wait. But at times it has been tough, watching others have all the fun.)

      At Straight Talk you can opt to use T-Mobile or AT&T towers. For $41 monthly you get unlimited talk and text, and 2.5 GB 4G data. And although they don’t advertise this, if you use an unlocked GSM T-Mobile  or AT&T SGS III, the phone switches from AT&T to T-Mobile depending on which has the better signal.

      That is the definition of financial success. $41 monthly (taxes and fees INCLUDED) for the same services T-Mobile provides, and not being under an onerous 24 month contract, that makes more sense, don’t you think.

      • cutienoua

        Prepaid does not have the same coverage as postpaid and for sure not the same internet speed

        • Nunya Beeswax

          Actually it does. Exactly the same. This is basically an urban legend.

        • cutienoua

          you are not allow to roam. how is the  same???

  • Jvf251991

    Ok since I’m near Los Angeles does this mean all of Los Angeles county will get the phone or just one store?

    • thepanttherlady

      Why do you keep reposting this same question? It’s been answered at LEAST 2 different times!

  • brimante

    What do you guys do with that much storage?  I have 8G that I can never fill up even with multiple nandroid backups and titanium backups.  Besides, the phone has an SD card slot and SD cards are dirt cheap now so who cares what the internal storage is?

    • Marafice Eye

       Might be true for you, but some people like to carry a lot of media around. I’ve got over 100gb of music alone. Not to mention movies and TV shows. Perhaps I’d like to carry a bunch with me and not have to constantly swap cards or transfer files back and forth every few days?

      • brimante

        Upload your music and use Google Play Music.  Problem solved. I get your point about movies and stuff. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think most people are going to put a bunch of movies on their phones internal storage…. But, maybe I’m not the typical user.

        • Marafice Eye

           No, actually you’re more the typical user, and folks like me are the minority, but the point is still valid. There are some of us who would use the 32gb and would rather not be charged more for it. As for uploading to Google Play, that’s a possibility, but I’d be having to stream it on a daily basis (going to and from work 6 days a week) and eventually, when combined with Youtube, Netflix and other streaming media (especially with an HD screen) streaming my music is going to eat away my high-speed data cap, so in my case, I’d rather have 32gb internal, plus a 64gb MicroSD to carry the stuff I watch/listen to most often, then use up my bandwidth.

        • Nunya Beeswax

          You could put a 2000 terabyte internal drive in it and some people would still fill it up. Hell, I could carry around 600 HD movies and bitch about lack of storage space. What’s the point? No matter how much there is, people will whine about wanting more, and until the Salvation Army comes out with a phone service with unlimited everything and a free, “Latest and greatest” device to go with it all for $0.00 per month, people will still complain. So get your phone where you want and pay whoever you want for your service and STFU.

        • Slide

          How about a 2gb movie smart-ass? How about 10 movies, or five hour of HD videos? Space is never enough smart ass and for all the cloud storage alternatives – we’re not there yet to afford store everything online. Stop being an asshole I read your comments and you are just irritating. People here are really frustrated with the T-mobile’s announcement and you are not helping.

        • Grammatica di Polizia

           You are not the typical user. Whenever a phone comes out there are people who say “Why do you need that much storage?” It is as common as some people asking “What is the battery life?”

          Actually, what I like about having that much internal storage is that I can install many, many, many apps without having to be concerned about running low on space. (Of course, eventually I do run out of space because I get too lazy to uninstall apps I am not using. :)

          And in regards to the SD slot, I like having all my files on a 16 to 32 GB microSD card and not having to uninstall files to make room for more.

          For example, on my current card I have ringtone files from back in the BlackBerry Pearl days, September 2006. It tool me a long time to make those files (e.g., for Yahoo mail I have the “Yahoo hoooooooo” guy. And I have Sgt. Ermy saying all kinds of nasty things when he tells me I have mail. Like “Who the fcuk said that? Who is the ….” or the annoying frog. I think my ringtone file is over 1 GB now.

          And I also use my microSD card as a “thumb drive” to tote around some office files (e.g. Word templates). Lastly, I have about three to four movies at all times, that are DVD conversions. I like having movies on my phone so I can watch them when at the airport, for example. Each movie is about 1.5 GB (when I convert my DVDs I set it to make the movie HD quality, that results in a larger file.)

          My current card has about 14GB of data on it.

    • Matlock

      I root my phone, so I usually have a few copies of my backups on the memory card/phone memory with me at all time. Also, I always have a good portion of my music on my phone, also. Yes, I do use Google Music, but it uses a ton of data and Im not always around wifi. I do use emulators, and watch videos that I’ve downloaded. Right now, Im struggling with my Galaxy Nexus; the whole not having expandable memory is killing me. So, I would be fine with a 16GB GS3, but I would also throw in a high speed 32Gb micro SD.

  • John

    I guess its my time to ramp and vave and give my 2 cents. I totally agree with everyone on here about the pricing…totally BS. I have been waiting for some time to see what the price is and I nearly fainted when I seen the price and thats not even the 32gb price. I am up for a early upgrade late July/early Aug. Now I may wait and see what T-Mobile has up thier sleves for the Note on July 11th. I gave my wife a good example of the pricing earlier. This is what I came up with. For ex…Nike has a great new shoe coming out that everybody wants. Target, Foot Locker and Dick’s Sporting Goods has it at $49.99 and PayLess has it at $59.99, for the exact same shoe. Who will buy at PayLess when you can get the same thing else where $10 cheaper. Same thing goes here. I’ve been with T-Mo since 2004, right after leaving Verizon for the same reason haere. Hoping this price is a ploy to get people talking and reveal the rel price on June 21st (wishful thinking) . Ok I’m done here…for now..

    • brimante

      You totally forgot that 
      Target, Foot Locker and Dick’s Sporting Goods will also charge $30 per month to use the shoes where PayLess only charges $20 per month.  You have to think about more than just today….

  • Mike Leverton

    Qualcomm told investors that the problem is down to their subcontractor, TSMC, who is unable to keep up with the industry’s demand due to problems with ramping up production on the new 28nm process. The chip maker is exploring other avenues to secure additional chip production capacity and expects to return to normal production levels in time for the Christmas shopping period.
    “We have taken [the] approach to spread the supply across all of the customers as best we can, and so I think everybody is dealing with this issue,” said Qualcomm president and COO Steven Mollenkopf. “We’re really focused very much on getting additional supply throughout the year.”
    To counter the chip shortage, Qualcomm is suggesting device makers use their Fusion 2 units where possible, but they openly admitted that the shortage will result in some OEM’s turning to competitors in a bid to avoid delays. “In any constrained environment, people look for any alternative they can in order to solve the problem,” said Mollenkopf. “We do expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used to solve that issue.”
    According to PC World , more than 370 Snapdragon-based devices are currently on the market, with over 400 currently being developed. Of those in development currently, 150 designs are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC design.

    explains why there is a “shortage” of the US version of this device
    GS3 US version is a snapdragon SoC dual core chip

  • GuestMan

    ATT here I come. This pricing was the deciding factor!

    • brimante

      Enjoy.  I hope you like paying $109.99 per month and a $36 activation fee.
      By the way, that’s based on 900 minutes, 3GB data, Unlimited Text. However, if you look at lower options, they are so low you probably wouldn’t want them.

    • urmom

      Wow what a complete dumb ass. Bye jack ass and have fun paying more for less data and same everything else. Moron

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      Oh please, people can’t be that financially inept. Switching to AT&T, $70 being the deciding factor.

      Are you aware that just a few months ago AT&T implemented AUTOMATIC data overage charges! What that means is just like people suffer significant AUTOMATIC overage charges when they exceed their talk limits, now that will happen with data too.

      Yeah, rush over to AT&T. Here is the fine print in an asterisk on June 12, 2012, announcing the Sony Xperia ion. I assume the SGS III will have the same:

      “The AT&T Sony Xperia ion requires a new 2-yr wireless agreement with minimum $20 monthly data plan. Activation fee $36/line. Geographic, usage and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in service termination. Taxes and other charges apply. Early Termination Fee up to $325. Restocking fee up to $35. Other Monthly Charges/line may include a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge, a gross receipts surcharge, federal and state universal service charges, fees and charges for other gov’t assessments. These are not taxes or gov’t req’d charges.

      Data: If usage exceeds your monthly data allowance, you will automatically be charged overage for additional data provided. Automatic Overage Fees: On $20 300 MB plan, $20 per additional 300 MB; on $30 3GB plan, $10 per additional 1 GB.”

    • Reallyme07

      I’m with GuestMan. I’ve already preordered mine and switched and they sold it to me for $174.99 thru Premier. I don’t use the minutes just a few texts and data.. My area has so many hotspots and free wifi, So i got the cheapest plan across the board. To each his own I guess. I doubt anyone swtches to pay more.

    • Reallyme07

      I’m with GuestMan. I’ve already preordered mine and switched and they sold it to me for $174.99 thru Premier. I don’t use the minutes just a few texts and data.. My area has so many hotspots and free wifi, So i got the cheapest plan across the board. To each his own I guess. I doubt anyone swtches to pay more.

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Congratulations to TMoNews. It has been cited in national publications as THE source for T-Mobile’s SGS III pricing announcement. That’s quite an achievement.

    • John

      Where did you hear or see that at?

  • Durandal_1707

    So here I am, still wondering what the heck the point of the Classic plans is.

    Pay $60 more up front, then keep paying the $20 extra per month even after the phone’s been paid off? *Why?*

    • Durandal_1707

      Typo alert: that should have been $50 more up front. Point still stands, though.

      • urmom

        And if you compare T-Mobile unlimited talk text and 5gb plan its still 20 bucks less than anyone else…

      • urmom

        And if you compare T-Mobile unlimited talk text and 5gb plan its still 20 bucks less than anyone else…

    • brimante

      I’m not 100% certain, but the way it’s worded, it looks like the classic plan does not have $20 per month extra, just the value plans.

      • Durandal_1707

        The Classic and Value plans are not new, and you can look them up on T-Mobile’s site. The Classic unlimited talk/text/2GB data is $79.99 per month, and the Value unlimited talk/text/2GB data is $59.99. So with the extra $20, the Value plan is the same price as the Classic plan for 10 months. Then it gets cheaper.

        I can’t imagine any reason why anyone would ever want a Classic plan under this system.

        • Durandal_1707

          Er, that should be 20 months. It’s not my day today, is it?

    • brimante

      I’m not 100% certain, but the way it’s worded, it looks like the classic plan does not have $20 per month extra, just the value plans.

  • TrevorMadden

    This is how much the Galaxy S II cost…what are people going on about?

    • Santiago Burgos

      Didn’t both GS2 & Amaze 4G cost $229 at launch? 
      GS3 costs $320 ($280 after mail-in rebate).

      • Matlock

        No, The GS2 was 229 after a $50 MIR, while the Amaze was 279 after a $50 MIR! It was pretty stupid! I like T-Mo and all but the phones are way too high in price! If it was priced at 200 after a $50 MIR then I would understand, but seriously that price is outrageous!

  • TrevorMadden

    This is how much the Galaxy S II cost…what are people going on about?

  • A52012

    It’s funny, everyone wants something for nothing these days. I think US carriers should do away with subsidies, and make customers pay full retail prices. Stop complaining about prices, if you want a flagship device, your gonna pay a flagship price, get over it. Can’t wait to get mine on Thursday!

    • I wouldn’t say people were complaining.  More like concerned why TMo is jacking the price up so high, when ALL other carriers are releasing it at a FAIR price.

  • Asdfasdg

    Seattle,WA cut from list

  • Asdfasdg

    Seattle,WA cut from list

    • J-Hop2o6

       Are u blind? Its the 7th one on the list. Seattle is a top market.

      • Asdasdffasdf

        employees at Seattle’s TMobile store said they are cut from the list, and won’t get any for another week, on the 27th

  • vsukid

    I would greatly appreciate , TMO NEWS, if you keep a close sharp eye out for S3 deals thank you … would greatly appreciate.

    • fenderbender

      I was told by a Costco sales rep that they are selling the GS3 for $199.99. Might be something to look into if you are a member!

  • Benjamin Force

    Isn’t all of this speculative until TMo releases a press report?

    • Taron19119

      no

  • dazed&confused

    WTF? 229 for value, and 279 for classic and AFTER THE $50.00 mail in rebate?  You got to be kidding, especially when I’ve seen other carriers have it low as $179!!!!!  This price is INSANE!!! Need to re-consider my contract with T-mobile.  

  • dazed&confused

    WTF? 229 for value, and 279 for classic and AFTER THE $50.00 mail in rebate?  You got to be kidding, especially when I’ve seen other carriers have it low as $179!!!!!  This price is INSANE!!! Need to re-consider my contract with T-mobile.  

  • John

    I’m thinking about putting my My Touch 4G slide on ebay and getting that money towards the GS3. I have seen upwards $175 and up. Considering I have had this phone for about 4 months on a device exchange from T-Mo. They sent me a 4GS in place of a defective G2. Worth a shot thou.

  • Dude

    Tmo is heavily invested in Value Plans. If you consider the down payment as your discount on the phone and add the installment into your plan as a monthly cost then the gs3 is just $30 more than other csrriers and STILL COST LESS PER MONTH. Youll make up that $30 in what 2 months compared to att or verizon plan? Your$59.99 unlimited plan becomes$79.99 (the same price as a classic plan.) Do math, phone nerds. Be smarter.

    • GinaDee

      Dude:  As long as you T-Mobile employees keep your head in the sand you will continue to lose customers quarter after quarter.  

      It’s like T-Mobile is trying to sell watered down soda at twice the cost of their competitor who is selling a better tasting one.  

      Of course T-Mobile is cheaper because they don’t offer the same network as their competition. 

      When T-Mobie’s executive spoke a couple of months back complaining about smartphone subsidies he wasn’t kidding.  Publicly he was admitting he’d rather screw over the customer. 

      • Sorry man, subsidies screw over you MUCH more than the company itself.

        • Andrew Baxter

           @David what do you mean?

        • Because of subsidies, wireless carriers charge more per month in order to make up the lost money they dole out for equipment. In T-Mobile’s case, it’s usually between 20-40 dollars per month that the company has to build into rate plans in order to make up money lost on subsidizing equipment. This is standard industry practice, but there is a reason why Europe has a significantly better market for buying wireless.

      • Dude

        So paying $120 a month on AT&T and Verizon vs $80 a month on TMO (Value w/ EIP) is the equivalent having my head in the sand? Or to put a monetary value to it, $3080 ($120 a month for 24 months plus $200 for phone) vs $2070 on tmobile ($60 a month for 24 months plus $630 for the phone.)  $1000 in your pocket is more than enough to make up for a few minor network performance differences. 

        This comments section eagerly awaits your “$1000 doesn’t mean anything to me” reply.  We do so enjoy you lying to us and yourself.

        • Arvin

          1000 is not in your pocket go back to school kid. 

  • sharklover

    Wow just reading these comments I am sure Tmobile with be losing tens of thousands of customers over this phone not to mention that they will not be gaining any new ones from it. Tmobile has no problem giving phones away for free and then a few days later they gauge their customers. It would be good if there are a few articles in the newspaper about this.

    • No, honestly, there wouldn’t be. It’s really disappointing to read how uninformed people are about subsidies and why you pay a little more for the phone to pay a little less month to month. It’s a lack of understanding on the consumers part that’s truly to blame here, not the money hungry corporation.

      • vsukid

        Hey David…I understand the whole Low rates v higher phone prices and was wondering if you had any ideal on if tmobile still does the trade in your phone deal

      • I disagree David…It’s not.  And the people here are not really saying that they are MONEY hungry.  They clearly don’t know why TMo feels they can jack up the price, when others have it priced at a reasonable number.  It appears you are basically calling your readers ‘dumb’  I’m just saying.

      • GS3

         …or can’t tmobile compete with sprint first first  and try to attract more customers than try to concentrate on making more money from its customers?

  • sharklover

    Wow just reading these comments I am sure Tmobile with be losing tens of thousands of customers over this phone not to mention that they will not be gaining any new ones from it. Tmobile has no problem giving phones away for free and then a few days later they gauge their customers. It would be good if there are a few articles in the newspaper about this.

  • vsukid

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER ME….DOES TMOBILE STILL DO THE “TRADE IN YOUR PHONE”  PROMOTION…

  • Everyone in this thread complaining about the price and saying that “they’re done with T-Mobile because of the $80 needs to read the following.

    T-Mobile:Classic UNL Talk, Text, 2GB Web:$79.99 x 24months = $1,919.76 + $279.99 (after rebate) = $2,199.75 Net before taxes over two years.Value UNL Talk, Text, 2GB Web:$59.99 x 24months + $20 EIP x 20months + $229.99 (down payment) = $2,069 Net before taxes over two years.Monthly 4G (no contract):$60 x 24months = 1,440 + $629.99 (full retail price) = $2,069 Net before taxes years.Sprint:Unlimited Talk, Text, Web (EV-DO, LTE markets not lit up yet)$109.99 x 24months = 2,639.76 + $199.99 = $2,839.75At&t:Unlimited Talk, Text, 3GB LTE ($10 Per GB overage)$119.99 x 24months = 2,879.76 + $199.99 = $3,079.75 Net before taxes over two years.Verizon:Unlimited Talk, Text, 2GB LTE ($10 Per GB Overage)$119.99 x 24months = 2,879.76 + $199.99 = $3,079.75 Net before taxes over two years.Galaxy S III Total Cost of Ownership (two year agreement):T-Mobile$2,069Sprint:$2,839.75*At&t:$3,079.75Verizon:$3,079.75*Note – Customers should note that Sprint will only have 6 markets with LTE in 2012. Sprint customers with the GSIII will be running on EV-DO with speeds averaging below 1mbps until their market is lit up with 4G LTE.

    • While I appreciate your effort, it’s nothing new.  We all know that TMo has the best plans for the money, good bang for your buck.

  • Danny

    Just ordered one for $149.99 through AT&T Premier.  

    I like T-Mobile but what are they thinking selling the GS3 at $329.99 for new 2 year contracts for a 16GB model?  That can’t be right?

    Even if the other carriers sell their 32GB iPhone 5’s for $299.99 T-Mobile will continue to insist their 16GB device that isn’t LTE capable is worth more than every other phone in the industry.  

    T-Mobie management needs a bigger shake up.  I understand they want greater ROI but it’s a completely bonehead move to make more ROI on the equipment if your competitors can sell it for much less up front.  It doesn’t matter if T-Mobile customers pay more or less in the long run.  Perception is everything and T-Mobile fails with this concept again and again and again.  

    • So why order, and come back over here to tell everyone? lol, like what is your point?  We all know the pricing for the other guys…but we are concerned about OUR pricing.  NOT AT&T.

      • Danny

        Because I have 5 business accounts with T-Mobile…  That’s why I care.  ;-)  

        Bonehead equipment pricing affects us all… big or small.  

        The only pricing advantage for T-Mobile business customers (with a valid tax id) is that we get an instant rebate so there is no MIR required.  

        I get the whole “annual savings,” comparison to the other providers.  It’s great.  I’m talking about how T-Mobile is perceived from a marketing perspective.  They don’t win the battle by having lower monthly pricing.  There is already a market for that and it’s called Metro PCS and Leap.  

        It’s pretty obvious what T-Mobile is doing here in case everyone doesn’t get it.  They are basically charging their customers for the 50GB of DropBox storage and masking it into the hardware cost.  Verizon and AT&T are not offering free DropBox storage on this device.  

        At the very least Magenta should include a 16GB SD card for the exhorbiant hardware costs but somehow I doubt it.  

    • Taron19119

      ok by dont get mad when u get your bill

  • nycplayboy78

    I live in DC but WTF is with the * by DC?

  • For all the people complaining about people complaining about $80; It’s not $80, it’s $130. It’s a mail in rebate, not instant. How many people are going to want to shell out $330 dollars (classic plan price) for a phone that they can get elsewhere for $200? I know I wouldn’t. To walk out the door with the phone you would have to pay $380.32 for the phone at 8% sales tax. If I’m going to have to pay that up front, I might as well save up the extra $300 and just buy it outright and go to a pay as you go plan. 

    It seems T-Mobile is trying to force customers to the Value plan.

    On top of that, most customers that aren’t already a T-Mobile customer aren’t even going to look at overall cost for two years. They are going to see the upfront cost of the phone and walk away. 

    This is not a way to attract new customers, or retain current ones. They wonder why they keep losing customers the way they are. Crap like this is why. 
    I’m really hoping this is a typo and it’s $279.99 BEFORE mail in rebate. That would make it the same price as the S2. 

    • pinto

      agreed. unless you wait until bestbuy gets the device and goodbye mail in rebate :)

  • TMoFan

    T-Mobile kind of screwed up here. It would have been better if they offered the 32GB SIII for $300 with a $50 rebate, making it $250 with classic. I think that’s reasonable given that TMo doesn’t screw you over like the others. They are asking too much for the 16 and it makes them stand out in a negative way.

    But keep in mind that Verizon and at&t are significantly higher, and Sprint has a hidden $10 fee. Just saying that something has to give somewhere and in this case it’s the phone. I just wish TMo was a little more realistic.

  • GinaL

    So I heard that T-Mobile is going to have this phone run on the 1900 MHz in places where they already put it up secretly they have been working on the towers. I heard that Chicago,California,Florida and some other states are going to have the 1900 MHz up and running for the GS3 it says on the specs.. Kind of surprised T-Mobile is going to put the 1900 band up. Also I would rather pay 300$ for the gs3 but have unlimited data! AT&T doesn’t have unlimited data and remember Tmo does!!

    • Santiago Burgos

      sounds pretty good, will have better coverage

  • GS3

    value plan and classic plan are the same… they are charging more for the phone to make up for the lower monthly rates compared to the competition… except for sprint, low monthly rates and only 199$, but of course there’s a trade off for being on sprint, slower network..

    take it or leave it..

  • You know what this tells me? The pricing, I mean. It means they know when they are in a hyper-competitive market with all four carriers getting the a top superphone at the same time, that they can’t possibly compete with the others, so they are pricing high to offset that, and just gouging everybody who can only really afford T-Mobile and nobody else. It’s a sad state of affairs when they know their postpaid customer strategy is so flawed and so piss poor that they are basically willing writing off competing on this phone in the postpaid market. It just comes down to the fact that because it’s being released just about the same time for everybody, they don’t take think they will get anybody coming in the door that wouldn’t go to AT&T or Verizon if they were shopping for this non exclusive phone. Hence the pricing: Charge high, get some renewals, and try to keep whatever postpaid customers you have left. They need some serious help in restructuring postpaid. It’s a damn sad statement for the company to admit it doesn’t compete in postpaid, so much so that they can just tier prices higher than everybody else and forget about any real postpaid gains because they didn’t expect any anyway.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Jesus H. Christ, Chris…. try some decaf buddy. It’s just a phone. I mean, it’s a very nice phone, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal. You rant like Tmo has 15 customers left. They have millions. Sure, the market is competetive, but there’s plenty to go around. Tmo offers plenty of choices. If Joe Customer can’t or won’t do math, then what difference does any of it make? None at all. Have a contract… Don’t have a contract… Pay full price… Pay half price… want to pay a few dollars less for the phone and pay more in the long run? Go to Verizon, ATT, or Sprint. Whatever your choice, at the end of the day, this is just a freakin’ phone. In a few months, it will be on the, “free” list and you will be here popping veins in your forehead over the Note 2 or whatever the flavor de jour is and Tmo will still not care about your opinion, nor will they have gone out of business.

      • Grammatica di Polizia

        I’m with you, it is just a phone.

        I think for a spell people got all caught up with the iPhone, and a cool phone was a must have. Now that every (other) carrier has the iPhone and the market is saturated with it, even the iPhone has lost its cool factor. People have come back to the ground and realized, as you say, “it is just a phone.” Why on earth pay computer prices for a phone that has only a miniscule functionality of a low end netbook.

        I admit that for years I too fell prey to the cool factor. Back in the 1990s I used to buy phones (mostly Motorola) for $400 to $600 and the main feature I was buying was that the phones were the smallest on the market, phones such as the Motorola Elite, StarTAC, or Vader, or the Sprint Sanyo SCP-6400 (which I still have on display on my desk because that remains a cool looking phone, even by today’s standards.

        Anyway, thanks for reminding me, it is just a phone. Pardon while I search the Net for the best deal on a Samsung Note.

  • Johnny Brown

    Wow.. a lot of comments on this post! I don’t get what the big deal is.. I, for one will be in line come Thursday (if there’s even one at this point) the pricing is totally fine with me either way, Value or Classic. T-Mobile’s not smoking anything, they put some thought in this.  Just some perspective:

    ATT and VZW: $140/mo over 24 months is $3360 add the phone it’s $3560 over the course of the contract.

    Sprint: $110/mo over 24 months is $2640 add the phone it’s $2840 over the course of contract

    T-Mobile: Classic $95/month over 24 months is $2280. Add the phone w/reabte it’s $2560 if someone screws up on the rebate, you’re still coming out on top at $2610

    With the Value plan $95/mo over 20 months is $1900. $75 for the remaining 4 months which brings your total contract price to $2200 add the initial down payment, it’s $2430 total.

    No matter which way you go, you’re still SAVING with T-mobile regardless… the only thing wrong is that marketing failed to deliver us a chart showing the overall savings you’re getting… if they did that, I’m sure that would quell some confusion and outrage.

    Don’t get me wrong, I know upfront pricing is important to a lot of people, but it never hurts to look at the overall picture.

    • All your math doesn’t matter to the average consumer. That’s it, bottom line. The postpaid market EXISTS in a state in a hyper competitive market. All other carriers have pricing and a contract structure. T-Mobile has to atleast offer a competitve product in order to keep or attract postpaid customers. They can keep their Eurotrash plans as well, and keep hoping they will stick in the American market (they won’t). But who, in their right mind, is going to buy a phone from an already marginal wireless company when they see $330 before rebate, versus $199 or $250 at most from everyone else? They have given up on the postpaid market, simple as that. This pricing reflects their pessimism in it.

      It’s basic German arrogance and stupidity. They misunderstand the American market. How many average American families, soccer-moms, etc shopping for a postpaid line would do ANY math whatsoever to determine the real value in those complex calculations it takes to reveal them? Nobody. All they will see is 1) more expensive phone up front for the exact same phone, or 2) for the value plans, they will see $250 AND you want me to pay an additional $20 per month over the cost of my plan? I mean it’s the height of German stupidity. They don’t understand the market, and the day Humm got off the plane, he should have been sent back. These Germans might be analytically correct, but Americans don’t even have basic math skills in most cases, and nobody is doing cost benefit analysis in large numbers. As I said, piss poor foreign leadership in a market they don’t understand. Robert Dotson got it better in concept.

      They’re left pandering to lower credit classes, pre paid markets, and demographics who no other carrier would even serve. So for them, what the heck, charge high, charge whatever they want. Just totally give up on the postpaid market. That’s their flawed idiotic policy.

      • Iamcorrect

        Sweet! It took just over 500 comments before we had xenophobic comments from the  misinformed. It is clever that you started your rant with what the “bottom line” is especially since what that phrase actually means. Sure phone prices are a little expensive up front but net cost after 2 years is MUCH more expensive. Bottom Line.

        • That strategy is working so well isn’t it? Like I said, keep the Eurotrash plans it they’re so wedded to them. They won’t work in American market. Having said that, if every other postpaid carrier has a rate structure and certain terms, you better damn well compete, or they just really don’t care about postpaid, and are taking the last paragraph of my posting above as a strategy. Your bottom line strategy ain’t working in postpaid. And it is a basic cultural misunderstanding. I’ll let you try to explain to me how it’s working.

          The Germans are doing your kind of math, while the average American consumer is saying $350 plus a contract, or $250 plus WHAT? $20 more to my bill each month? That’s what they’re saying. And there in amount of math that changes that perception that is out there, and why they keep losing postpaid customers. So keep on with your math, and see how successful it turns out.

        • Iamcorrect

          Ah, I see you’ve polled the country about “what they’re saying.” You must be exhausted. So now we are talking about losing customers and let me get this straight…you really think T-Mobile is losing customers en masse due to pricing structure?!?! You can attribute the majority of tmo exodus to three things: 1. no iphone 2. ineffective marketing 3. no iphone.  If you believe that US consumers are not capable of seeing the difference between $120 a month vs $60 a month (when presented and all phones being equal) then you have as much as much credibility as t-mobile’s gs3 launch date announcement. I get it though, if I am correct them why isn’t t-mobile the #1 carrier…please refer to my 3 previous reasons.

      • America…F#ckYeah!

        You sir are a douchebag

      • dbcad7

        Well, when that soccer mom is checking out.. she can see the monthly charge.. no math required.. Anybody would (or should) be more concerned about a recurring monthly bill that you are committing to for 24 months.. That initial outlay of funds may be of concern, but if you have that money at the time it should no be as stressful as it would be to imagine month after month of a high bill, and whether or not that is going to impact you. “month after month”.. for years..

      • #truth

        So basically you’re saying that people only look at upfront pricing and initial costs and that people spontaneously buy phones without thinking ahead? You’re saying the average consumer is stupid because they don’t take 30 seconds to do the simple multiplication? You’re stupid, dude.

      • Grammatica di Polizia

        I think I disagreed with your comments and whatnot about two weeks ago, but some of what you say here is accurate.

        IMO the smart money is on prepaid, the European model. I see the current U.S. carrier post-paid machinations as nothing more than a desperate money grab before the “the great shift” from post-paid to prepaid.

        IMO U.S. consumers are wising up and refusing to continue paying ridiculous prices for what all intents and purposes is simply a phone with BlackBerry functionality. (Most people use their smartphones for making calls and a data connection to simply check e-mail).

        I have been saying it for two years now, with the economy in the toilet, people barely able to make ends meet (even those considered middle class), and gas at $4 a gallon, gone are the days of people buying cell phones with reckless abandon. People simply don’t have the money to throw around for the premium cable
        TV package, the coolest  cell phone, a supermarket cart overflowing with over-priced treats, snacks, and meats, premium grade fuel for the car, and two snack bar trays full of goodies at the movies.

        Word is getting out that the current U.S. consumer model of buying a phone and having service is a gyp. Subsidized phones are deals for suckers or the impulse buyer (and those caught up on being cool).

        While consumers still won’t do complex calculations when shopping for a phone(s) (who has the time, really) they are starting to question the line item recurring charges on the bill. And what really gets people is when they get dinged for not only talk overage charges, but now for going over on data limits too. 

        Anyway, your statements about T-Mobile pricing on this phone are accurate. I would love to know what T-Mobile is thinking. (God knows I was wrong on my predictions, posted in here a month ago. I said T-Mobile would price the SGS III at $200 and $250 for the 32 GB model. Oh well, once again T-Mobile made me look like a dunce. Sigh… no rest for the weary.)

    • Santiago Burgos

      Now all we need is a commercial where Carly explains all of that to the consumers in 30 seconds or less..Which doesn’t sound like too hard of a task if the consumer is engaged.

    • Omar

      Impressive :)

    • TheReder

      Your math is fine for a single line, but bump that up to a two line family plan.

      Sprint: 1500 minutes, unlimited text/data = $150/month, $200 per GS3. Over 24 months that’s $4000

      T-mobile Value plan: 1000 minutes, 5gb data, unlimited text = $110/month, $40/month EIP (for 22 months), $360 for phones. Over 24 months that’s $3880.

      That’s a savings of a whopping $5 per month over Sprint. This also gives you less minutes (granted people really don’t use minutes anymore), and a soft cap of 5gb of data where Sprint gives you full speed truly unlimited data. 

      Just for fun let’s look at Classic.

      T-mobile Classic plan: 1000 minutes, 5gb data, unlimited text = $150/month. Phones are $560. Over 24 months that’s $4160.

      All things considered, Sprint’s winning this fight.

      • Slooooow

        Enjoy your 3g

      • Nunya Beeswax

        Wow! That WAS fun!!!! ……… still don’t care though. An awful lot of folks on here making a mountain out of a molehill.

        • Johnny Brown

          I don’t disagree with that at all…. :-)

      • CRT24

        Nice try……unlimited value plan with 2 gig is 100.00/mo and unlimited classic is 140.00/mo for 2 lines bringing the total for plan and phones to $3660 for value and $3820 for classic…..which gives you unlimited minutes compared to 1500 with sprint and you still get unlimited data with T-Mobile as well…..no need to go 5 gig unless you use more that 2 gig, which most people never do. You people keep trying to say that the other carriers prices are less than T-Mobile but it just isn’t so………good effort though

        • TheReder

          The problem with your reasoning is that you’re comparing 2gb data to true unlimited. That’s a HUGE difference. I only used 5gb as a middle ground. If I was trying to skew the results I would have used the 10gb model as a basis for comparison, but I chose the more reasonable 5gb.

          Maybe 2gb is good enough for you, but I don’t think I’ve ever come in under 2gb on my current (legacy unlimited) plan, and that’s with a two year old 3g phone.

        • CRT24

          The Problem with your logic is you only want to compare unlimited data but dont want to compare the unlimted minutes, which is what sprint does with its advertising as well.  First of all sprint data is slow. But lets compare Sprints unlimited plan with unlimted minutes to T-Mobile shall we.

          Sprint Simply Everything family 2 lines (with 10.00/line “4G” charge whether you can use it or not) = $210.00/mo X 24 = $5040.00 just for the plan

          T-Mobile Value Unlimited Family 2 Lines W/5GB data = $130.00 x 24 = $3120.00 + $1260 for phones gives you $4360.00 total

          T-Mobile Classice Unlimited Family 2 Lines W/5GB data = $170.00 x 24 = $4080.00 + $560 for phones gives you $4640.00 total

          So once again the numbers dont lie…..Value is always less than classic on T-Mobile and both are always less than the other big 3 carriers, Sprint is the closest but still not even close.  How’s my logic now?

        • TheReder

          You make a compelling argument for unlimited minutes, which is a completely moot point if you use Google Voice for calls which only uses minutes. I personally haven’t gone over 20 minutes on my plan since Google Voice came to Android.

          So if you want to assume the users don’t want to install an app and use it to make their calls and still rake up over 1500 minutes, then yes, you’re absolutely right T-Mobile is a better deal. However, if you’re a savvy user and consume more data than minutes (which includes me, and I’d venture to guess most of the posters on this blog), Sprint is arguably the better value. Once they launch their LTE the argument gets stronger, but it’s impossible to judge what’s just an idea at this point.

          TL:DR version: T-mo wins in minutes, Sprint wins in data. What’s more important to you?

        • CRT24

          Just as moot is the issue of unlimited data for those that dont go over 2 gig or 5 gig…  If you are on a 2 gig plan and dont use 2 gig, do you get throttled?  The point which is not moot and what you seem to miss is than when you compare price you need to compare apples to apples and anything else is just dishonest.  Of course there are ways to not use as many minutes but if you have unlimted it doesnt matter, does it?

        • TheReder

          There is no possible way to compare apples to apples in this exercise as T-Mobile does not offer an unlimited data plan.

        • ransack

          Well could you even get over 5GB a month with sprints slow speeds? From what I’ve read sprints lte is a joke too so what’s the point of unlimited when the whole network sprint has seems to be throttled

        • Ickster

          I had Sprint twice. Both times they changed my contract end date. I had multiple CS reps tell me “Well you can always buy out your contract”. Tmo is much more customer friendly. Good luck w/ Sprint………….

        • TheReder

          To set the record straight I’m not moving to Sprint, merely pointing out that the argument that T-Mobile is considerably cheaper in the long run enough to justify a 65% markup is a poor one. The math is all there.

      • Johnny Brown

        Touche! But let’s not forget T-Mobile also throws in hotspot for free with their 5GB plan.. so hopefully you or whoever else is on your account have no use for that feature…

        • TheReder

          That is true. I can’t remember the last time I connected to a T-Mobile hotspot myself, but that’s because I still have unlimited data, so I don’t pay attention to that sort of thing. Good point though!

        • Ian Harrington

           Hmm tell you what, I will pull this article up on my phone from T-Mobile and you do the same for your Sprint phone. After an hour I will check back with you and see how it is loading for you while I do some more comments

        • WW

          Johnny Brown is talking about using your phone as a hotspot for your laptop, tablet etc.

        • TheReder

          You mean the feature that’s built into Android and doesn’t cost anything if you know how to root? If you pay for that service I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

      • tmo-manager

         Sprint speed sucks. Why switch to pay $5.00 more.
        I think tmobile wins this fight.

      • WW

        EIP is for 20 months, not 22.  
          
        You forgot to add the $20 or $50/month tethering/hotspot charge (2gb & 6gb data cap respectively) for the Sprint pricing.  

  • Tmorep

    it’s really sad..tmobile wants you to buy the phone at full price..they dont care anymore

    • kahlayoh

      what makes you say that?

    • Kevi123

      Paying full price for a phone is actually cheaper than paying 199.99 on two year contract on any carrier.
      Two contracts costs about 25-35 more per phone per month and total 600-840 more over the course of the contract. So Yeh TMobile unsubsidized pricing is the way to go.

    • Ian Harrington

       My Bill with T-Mobile Value Plan with 2 lines and insurance plus Slacker radio Unlimited everything including internet About $130 a month

      Average Bill from my neighbor who is on At&t has two iPhones 1000
      mins a mouth and 2 gb of data on both phones $160 after company discount

      Explain to me how they don’t care again?

    • TMOTECH

      Full price is $630.00.  You only have to pay that if your not due for an upgrade. 

  • Calziel

    Sure the pricing is a little steep, considering i bought the s2 less than a year ago., but what really gets me is the release of the damn phone! I’ve been counting down the days to the 21, now i have to add a few more. This sucks, but I’m still getting it…guess you all that are able to get can rub it my face on YouTube! Enjoy you jerks ;-)

    • Calziel

      I just saw McAllen, TX on the bottom of the list. How is that a premier market and not El Paso?! What a joke!

      • SkullNBones19

        woot im from mcallen, lol im not getting it.

      • Phonehoney

        How would u know it’s not a premier market?

      • TMOTECH

        It is where we have a bigger customer base

  • xSAVAGEx

    Sorry tmobile but no thanks! This phone will only be the latest and greatest for a couple months. If it was the Note2? Then yes, you can get as ridiculous as you want on price.

    • JsboogieTaj

      Couple months….. for a year think about it nothing top the galaxy s2 until now

      • Arvin

        htx one x topped it and this phone… 

        • When you can buy a HTC One X from T-Mobile….let me know

        • Ian Harrington

           You do all realize just just because a new phone comes out it doesn’t suddenly make all phone before them obsolete?

  • souggie

    Anyone want a two month old galaxy nexus straight from google for $329.99? No tax. in mint condition n comes with included gel case?

    • souggie

      I was being sarcastic btw

      • MarcusDW

        Sarcasm Fail.

        • souggie

          Oh? So that means you did think about it? Lol.
          *marketing ploy*
          But I’m serious now though, I’m putting it on Ebay for that price today.

        • MarcusDW

          You lost me man! But GL with keeping or selling your G’Nex lol

  • Taron19119

    well what about the white one

  • Greg

    This phone will be free by Sept. Minus well enjoy ur summer and get this as a free back to school purchase. By that time iphone 5 will soon be out and everybody will jump ship as usual! 

  • Mobile Tech review just upload a video review, and in the video she states that ALL carriers will sell it for $199.  We shall see…oh, and she is reviewing the TMobile version.  So sexy, 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNGVW-oi95w&feature=g-all-u

  • DavidCraig

    Can anyone confirm here that if the GS3 will run on the 1900 band? I know some not everywhere T-Mobile has put the 1900 MHz up but won’t have it on working till Thursday? I know La, chicago, NY, Ca have the 1900 MHz and the phone is capable of being on the 1900 band as it says on T-Mobiles page. Just curious if it’s really going to be on the 1900 band I want faster speeds I live in Chicago IL.

    • Mike

      I heard the same thing also I think it is true because I was researching online and it shows it works on the 1900 band but I am not sure if T-Mobile will right away turn it on so that hasn’t been yet confirmed but hopefully it does work by Thursday it would be nice. So let’s ask David here does he know anything about this?

    • TMOTECH

      The Phone will work in the 1900 MHZ band. So will the Vibrant, Sensation, Amaze, Lumina 710, GS2, and a couple others. I dont know what you are hearing but we have not launched 1900 MHZ HSPA+ is any markets yet. We have a few test cells in a couple of cities but no entire network has been launched. Out of 37,000 sites we will have about 400 of them done by the end of this month.  It will continue at a quicker pace from there with 2500 done by the end of July but I can tell you that in my market we haven’t even started yet. 

  • Aisha Naqvi

    Oddly enough…its going to be cheaper for me to cancel my current contract with T-mobile and get an S3 with a different carrier than to upgrade my current HTC on T-mobile ;-)

    • tmo-manager

       No it wont. Dont forget your monthly bill will cost you more on another network. So your upfront cost may be less. But you will spend hundreds more over 2 years. Dont be stupid.

      • people are so stupid. They dont add up their total cost in the long run.

  • bruce_leer0y

    Silly T-mobile…making the upfront price so expensive.

    • Ian Harrington

       How is this upfront price any different then what they have been doing for years. Besides that do you guys not realize that this go up in price

      • bruce_leer0y

        I’ve never paid $330 for a high end T-mobile phone.  So “any different then what they have been doing for years”, i think you’re a lot wrong. I’ve been with T-mobile for 8 years. Go spread your lies elsewhere. Your last sentence…have no idea what you’re trying to say.

        • MarcusDW

          I have.

          “As we count down the days to the wondrous release of the Touch Pro 2 there has been muchdebate surrounding the price.  It just so happens that patience IS rewarded and the pricing has been uncovered, for better or worse.  The HTC Touch Pro 2, diamond encrusted with T-Mobile 3G, will run you exactly $349.99 if you sign a 2 year death wish contract (with no rebate, sorry), and about $400 for a one year sentence.”

          Source: TmoNews August 10, 2009

      • Drew

        I, like bruce_leer0y  have been with TMo for 8yrs and what you’re saying is complete nonsense. They didn’t pull this pricing bullshit until the merger/acquisition proceedings were going on and then, they may have a reason but why now?? Before then, all high end smartphone upgrades (Blackberry/Android) were at the industry standard $199. I will never walk into a TMo store to get my upgrade phone… Btw, what the hell was that last sentence?? Does what go up in price??

  • Jc5465

    Lol I’m getting it no matter what. :)

  • nico

    If they are going to be using the 1900 band, for those of us in the area that it is up, why wouldn’t we opt for the quad core international version? I mean yes you are going to get the krait processor and 2gb ram but the international ones generally get more love from the manufacturer than the carrier bloated ones right? That means quicker, besides ROM and rooting, Jellybean right? This is a tough decision now at this retail price. I’d like to hear others input on this.

  • Kevi123

    I switched from sprint to TMobile.
    5 phones on family plan
    49.99 1000 min
    $5 for lines 3,4,5
    $10 for unlimited txt.
    $10 for unlimited data per line
    Plus 18% work discount comes to 100
    Bucks total. TMobile is clearly faster on average and shear speed than sprint and value.

    • tspx23

      you get the work discount on value plan?

      • WW

        Yep.  I think military gets the discount too.  TMo’s work discount is smaller than the competitors (they’re usually 25%, if your employer has discounts with them too) but the other 3 only give you the discount on your base plan.  Text, data and additional family plan lines don’t usually get any discount.

    • MarcusDW

      Sounds like you switched about 6 years ago?  U rockin’ T-Zones?

  • Guttless

    Okay TMo…it’s official you are run by a band of idiots.  

    First, you could have opted for the true international version with the quad processor because it can run on your network.  This would have avoided the Qualcomm processor shortage, giving you a heads up in the game with a full stock of phones in store before anyone.Second, your pricing is stupid all in an effort to possibly try and push people to your Value Plan.  If this was your goal, all you had to do was set the down payment to $149 (w/ $20 EIP) or $199 without a rebate for Classic Plan.  You probably would have converted a lot of Classics over to Value just with the perceived up front discount.

    Last, who came up with the limited release plan.  Although I live in a release market, this was plain stupid in the fact that you may loose customers in your already “weak” markets, because they don’t want to wait for the phone AND pay through the nose for it.

    Hopefully these are just rumors and you are not as stupid as you appear to be in Marketing 101….but I feel that you just may be.

    • Nsparks

      I agree! And it would of been better, so they are using the 1900 MHz right? I should buy the international one wow kind of disappointed w/ TMo if they are using the 1900 band then get the quad processor!

    • bruce_leer0y

      Just one thing, limited release because of shortage of phones. I mean….it makes sense.

  • noob

    what does EIP?

  • Joeh353

    funny how I live in the 27th largest city in the US but yet we are not on here yet cities that are down around the 50th largest are in the top 29 for T-Mobile.  Oh well not like I was going to waste my money on another phone that will be supported for a couple of months before they replace it with a slightly revised version.  Nexus or iPhone is my next phone I’ll take a phone that will have true support for the life of my contract.  

    • annon

      I’ve had all three Nexus so far, and I can honestly say I love them.  Stock Android is the way to go.  ; )

  • Dave Lima

    I had worked a way to sneak in to a Tmo store from work on friday. I called the Tmo store on Monday and she told me that the release date was the 22. I cannot believe that I am going to have to wait for another 6 days.

    • Floyd2green

       boo who.. nerd

    • MarcusDW

      lol What? It’s that critical huh?

  • Sunny Alam

    I just hope amazon has this day one of release so i can order it online.. Full retail fuck t-mobile and there stupid plan pricing and upgrade charges..

  • ransack

    All the people that buy this phone for this price will help future phones be more expinsive. You don’t have to be the 1st person to have the latest and greatest phone to be cool. Just be your self. Don’t buy this phone and watch the price drop real quick. Tmo is testing us to see how much we are willing to pay for a phone up front. Just say no and see what happens. It won’t kill you to wait a couple weeks.

    • MarcusDW

      I want to agree with you but the GSII came out in October at $229 and it’s still $229 today.  The GSIII is super premium compared to the GS2 so I don’t see a price drop honestly anytime soon.  Maybe just maybe they will do away with the rebate.

      • ransack

        I know that’s because it will stay 229 as long as people keep paying that much for it. When sales drop off the price will drop too. I’m saying as a protest no one buy the gsIII for this price and the price will drop. Let’s say tmo plans on selling 100,000 gsIII’s in the 1st month but we protest by not buying it and they only sell 1,000 gsIIIS that could make the price drop.

        • MarcusDW

          I actually stand corrected.  It looks like as of today, the GS2 price has finally dropped obviously as a result of the Galaxy S III release.

          You’re right and with the GS3 price being so high and seeing so many people in here disgusted by the price, a boycott of the device is almost a given.  

          I would recommend that anyone chooses the GS2 over the GS3 at this price.

  • Drew

    With this ridiculous pricing scheme that was used when the S2 launched, in place and as long as there is a Wal-Mart or a Best Buy, TMO has insured themselves that no one will buy these phones from their stores. How f’n stupid. I got my S2 (upgrade) in November from Wal-Mart for $199+ sales tax on $199 and not the unsubsidized price of the phone. By all means, continue to shoot yourselves in the foot…

    P.S. Dear TMo, mail-in rebates are so 2008, why are you bringing them back??

    • TMOTECH

      it does not matter to T-Mobile if you buy it from them because they have to subsidize it. If you buy it from someone else and still pay TMO your bill every month it works out better for them.  

      • Nunya Beeswax

        Very true.

    • MarcusDW

      I proudly spent my money on the Vibrant and the GS2 inside a TMO store but this time I’ll be waiting to see what Walmart is selling it for.  

      No day 1 purchase for me this year.

    • sharklover

      Tmobile loves rebates. the number of peole that dont send them in are huge. Even the ones that do cost them less then $50 that why you get a gift card and not a check. Dont forget you also have to pay tax on the rebate amount.

      • jhoff909

        which doesn’t help tmo (the tax).

  • Looks like the wife may finally get her wish. I may be headed to AT&T. She has been with them for 7 years. I may finally have to leave T-mobile after 14 years.

    • TMOTECH

      Over 6 days? We will still have it before AT&T

      • ajm0416

         for $80 more!!  That’s a little outrageous.

  • Campbell Jordan25

    Can anyone please tell me if the this phone will require a micro-sim or regular sim?

    • tommy

       they all use micro these days and include the sim with the phone when you get it. I would assume it’s micro.  You can also buy an adapter to use the new micro-sim in an older phone with a regular sim, I hear, and one of these days i’ll try it.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      It is a micro sim. 100%

  • RSG

    No thanks.  This device will only be marginally better than the GNex in performance, but locked to TMO with a 2-year contract for an out of the door cost of $380.  For $400 you can get the GNex directly from Google Play.

  • Dchablal

    I will be leaving T-Mobile over this BS

  • Dave

    And Verizon is offering it for $199. No mail-in rebates. So why is TMO setting the price higher??

  • Tom

    Now DEFINITELY dropping TMo, and getting Iphone 5 when it comes out, after 10 years ! Ridiculous!

  • Jvalenz1980

    Haha, are they crazy?!  Now I am upset i passed on the HTC One for $50 this past weekend.  I am not paying $280 for a contracted phone.  Your slipping T-Mobile.

  • Runlikthewind

    I went to T-Mobile store when they had free smartphone day last week,when all was said and done they told me my free phone was going to cost 320.00 up front I then asked what is free here? I then walked out they are not what they used to be

    • Bajamin

      they are the same, you just can’t read. 

  • Tom

    The worst part of this, is that more people will now be sucked in to a Verizon or AT&T scam plan of $110 (pre-tax) a month, because T-MO’s stupidity!

    • Nunya Beeswax

      No, they will be sucked in because of their own stupidity and inability to do basic math. That’s fine though. They’ll be bsck in a year or so, a bit lighter in the pocket and hat in hand wanting to know what they can get for free to come back.

      • Chris

        best comment yet

  • @%$$%^%^$$&$$#@!@^t&&*

    BYE BYE  MAGENTA ;(

  • MarcusDW

    Price drop on the Galaxy S 2

    It’s now $549 full price and $199 after $50 rebate.

    • jhoff909

      where do u see $199 – it’s not the upgrade price online that’s for sure.  $249 is what I see…

      • MarcusDW

        It is $199.

        New customers online shows $199 after $50MIR but upgrades show $249 and doesn’t show anything about the MIR.  SUPPOSEDLY according to two reps I spoke with on 2 separate occasions, the $50 MIR does show up at checkout but I can’t verify that.

        I could have actually upgraded one of my lines over the phone and got it for $249 before the MIR though.  So yeah it is $199 now.

        • goo649

           That is for the GALAXY S 2. YOU RETARD

        • goo649

          bravo

        • MarcusDW

          Next time read the conversation before spouting such ignorance.

      • MarcusDW
      • goo649

         250-50=200

        idiot

  • ThaDocKAF

    Where did this information come from? Is there any citation other than “developing”? This could be for the 32GB for all we know. We ought to wait for the official word from T-Mobile I think.

    • I think you know that this information comes from somewhere that isn’t going to be acknowledged, anyone reading this blog should know that ahead of time. I’m waiting for official word from T-Mobile as well and I sure hope they listened to feedback, but when people are posting official internal documents with pricing info, that’s pretty concrete.

      • guest

        Dave I talked to customer service and they gave me the price range you mentioned. Around 275-300. Its annoying but what can you do. I don’t think they will change it.

        • AllThingsD and Walt Mossberg, quoted the same price in their review and I added a picture into the post to help verify the pricing.

      • MarcusDW

        Is there any info on the 32GB model?  What’s that gonna cost, $379 before a rebate??

  • Therealmikebrown

    $330! Thats over $100 more than everyone else.
    This price for the 16gb or the 32gb? Hope it’s the 32gb, if not that’s stupid.

  • Rock

    Can someone please explain to me why everyone is so pissed that the phone is slightly higher than Big Red/Big Blue?? I don’t understand why people are so upset. Yes, UPFRONT you are paying more but comparatively, you are saving an assload (yes, that’s a scientific quantity) in the backend. Do the math. Unbunch your damn panties!

  • that’s unexpectingly high when compared to what other carriers are releasing it at .. maybe there’s a perk for TMO customers . something that sets their version apart?

    • Guest

      Substantially lower monthly bill?

      • lol low bills have done little in terms of being a “perk” .. consumers obviously don’t care about lower monthly bills.

        • Corey21

          as many people that complain about not being able to pay their bill each day, i believe it’s a perk.

        • that’s just all it is .. complaints .. otherwise you’d see flocks of people moving over to TMO for this “perk” lol .. no one cares about the lowest bill as much as common sense says they should. 

  • Vbear

    They can kiss my ass. I will wait for IPhone 5 and change carriers.

  • Peace

    Can someone start a petition?

  • So really they just made it $20 cheaper than the cost of canceling and getting att upgrade.

    T-mobile Price: $329
    at&t Switch: $200 (cancellation fee) + $149 = $349

    I have never been so annoyed at a business decision.  T-mobile for years was the “family” network and low priced company.  But they do this?  lol  

    • Bajamin

      What are you talking about. The phone cost what it cost. the prices are mostly dictated by what Samsung sells them for. The monthly rate is still roughly HALF of what ATT charges. 

  • Citycrazed25

    Well i just called up to tmobile in Philidelphia and he said that only two stores up there are getting it and they are only getting about 5 phones until the 27th

  • dodgerfan26

    i know that walmart/best buy/sams club or costco usually sell their phones for a bit cheaper. after speaking with the best buy tmobile reps, they think the phone would be $199 with 2 year agreement (but thats not concrete fact). i know the S2 was $100 more at a tmobile store than walmart. and at least in california, only walmart taxes you on the sale price vs the retail price wich saves you about $50 on average for the the high end phones. also they usually price match each other prices. i just got an S2 price matched from best buy for $99.98. somthing to look into.
    i too am very disapointed in tmobiles pricing. i like many others have been waiting for this phone. makes you wonder why they didnt have pre-orders….perhaps this outrage gets back to tmobile and they change their minds or they will loose alot of customers.

  • Idegtev

    Just called a T-Mobile store in Boston to ask them to hold a GSIII and ask about price. They said that the store doesn’t even know what the price is as of now. They said it can be anywhere from $200 in best case scenario to $250 max. This obviously doesn’t match up with what the reported price is. My guess is they are either totally clueless as T-Mobile employees are wont to be, or this price is for the 32G model. I guess I will find out tomorrow morning…

    • Khalints

      it says 16gb right there in the piture

      • Idegtev

        I know what it says, I was just relaying what the T-Mobile rep told me. From the sound of it, they did not get the final price themselves yet. Maybe they were trying to cover it up, but the guy on the other end sounded pretty honestly confused. In fact he called me back about 15 minutes later to tell me the store was not getting their shipment until the 27th after all. Found another store nearby that should be getting their stock around 4, so I will make another attempt to confirm the price then. 

    • Citycrazed25

      Yea, T-Mobile employees are totally clueless. I called T-Mobile here in Maryland and she told me that they are selling the S3 tomorrow, and I asked, “are you sure?”. She then told me to “hold on” and she came and said “yea, you’re right”.

      • Haha1111

        Do you want to know why? They do not tell reps jack shit. Reps come here to find out news. Secondly, don’t you think if the reps knew they would tell you the right information just so jack assessment like yourself won’t go in and call them out for telling a lie or trying to get that person to change it to the price they told you?

      • 21stNow

         I don’t know which part of Maryland you are in but I heard that the Silver Spring and the Waldorf stores would have the GSIII tomorrow.  I’m not saying that those are the only two, but that those are two of the stores that will have them.

  • Josue Polanco

    You guys are all a bunch of cheap butts! People like you just means better chances of me getting my phone!
    booooohooooo……tmobile this……tmobile that! why tmobile……….. Go with verizon, at&t, sprint. Pay them loads of cash because your not willing to pay a hundred more with tax up font!

  • Travis edwards

    I’ve heard different costs for this phone all week. I rather pay more for the phone then $100+ for a service plan with Verizon or ATT..

    • secano

      *than – It makes a lot of difference.

  • ChadBroChillz

    320 up front for a device other carriers are selling at 200. Mail in rebates? Wtf tmobile. What happened to the value mantra. How can other carriers change 199 and you cannot? Even US cellular has it for 200 on contract.

    • The value mantra is that you are still paying $20-$50 less PER MONTH. Everyone is focused on the up front cost but that’s not where you save, you save over 24 months.

      • phills

        I think most people understand this.  The issue is that it feels like less of a “deal” when you’re paying more up front.  When you pay the same for the phone as the other carriers AND pay less on your monthly bills it’s a deal.  When you pay more for the phone up front in order to pay less on your bills it feels like a trade-off.  It’s about psychology not numbers.

        • goo649

           It may be true that it is more upfront to save down the road, but what you are missing is that amazon, best buy, wirefly, radio shack, walmart will all be selling this phone for $199 within two weeks of launch. So there really is no reason for T-Mo to expect customers to pay $320 up front. It is a terrible plan that will kill initial sales. So the argument over long term savings is moot.

      • Chris

        What people dont realize is that it IS about numbers, go get your galaxy for 199 somewhere else and pay more per month. Like David said everybody is focused on the upfront cost, if youre so focused on “feeling” like youre getting a deal youll probably miss out on the deal thats right in front of you.

      • googlephone

        Money in pocket is worth more than money saved in the future. T-mobile CEO should take some economic classes.

      • ChadBroChillz

        It is possible to pay the same price on other carriers if not only 10 dollars more. 
        If you compare a plan with 500mins, unlimited any mobile, unlimited txt, and at least 2GBs of data.Sprint’s plan cost 80 dollarsTmobile’s is the same price at 80. ATT’s comparable plan is 90 dollars, but you get 1 extra GB.People will not feel happy about having to pay 120 more upfront compared to other carriers. 

        • Corey21

          in reply to you , you get unlimited minutes 2gb and text for 80 at tmobile.

    • deeoh1084

      Sprint has it for $200 as well and Sprint’s rate plans are not that bad either so i don’t mind switching over to Sprint if this is true (it seems like it’s true but it’s too expensive) i think T-Mobile is the only carrier that’s going to offer SGS III for more than $200 which i think it’s pretty stupid idea 

  • all the t mobile reviews of this phone i saw today had a price tag of 199 for 16gb model. 

    • Ikhtiaralam

       Where have you seen this?

      • That would be false, at least partially, I’ve seen some not mention price, some mention the same pricing we had and that’s it.

      • cnet.com

  • Josue Polanco

    Here is an idea for all you cheap butts who are complaining,

    Currently i’m on a Family classic plan,
    I will upgrade two of my lines that are eligible for the full upgrade costing me
    – $329.99 x 2 = $659.98
    -pay $200 each for a migration fee each for the value plan making it a total of $400
    -but you pay $20 less on the value plan which mean 24months x 20 = $480 savings

    $659.98 + $400(mig fee)= $1059.98 – $480(Value Plan saving) – $100 (mail in rebate for two phones) = $479.98 total for both phones!

    Compared to:
    $659.98 + $480(more on classis plan) – $100 rebate = $1,039.98 for both phones!

    or compared to people getting it on the value plan
    2 X $629.99 (retail price) = $1,259.98 – ($480 value plan savings) = $779.98

    ALL PRICES EXCLUDE TAX!

    Do some math and stop being a bunch of girls who complain!

    • jhoff909

       you’ve got some math issues there – you’re both subtracting the 480 from the value plan and adding it in to the classic plan totals – do one or the other.  Still, it’s cheaper for you to switch to the value plan…

    • Relikk356

      I’m not sure exactly how this will work but I disagree with your math. I will use a $60 per month phone bill as my example and 10% tax for easy math. 60 x 24 = $1440. Classic is 80 x 24 = $1920

       You pay $229 down + tax on the full cost of the phone and then $20extra a month on your bill for 20 months. Also, I’m not sure why you think you get a rebate. The rebate only applies to the classic plan as far as i can tell. 

      Example one.
      Phone Bill = $1440 + $229.99 + 62.99 (tax at 10%) + $400 (20 X 20months) = $2132.98.

      Example two. Classic

      $279.99 + $27.99(10% tax) + $1920 (80 x24) – $50 (rebate) = $2177.98

      Example 3
      $629.99 + 62.99 + $1440 = $2132.98

      • Josue Polanco

        I dont think you understand, I have a classic plan, i will do the upgrade on both of my lines, and then a week later pay $200 migration fee for going down to the value plan, i still would get a $50 rebate on each phone i get because i wuld be upgrading the plan on my current classic plan. thats why i said a migration fee to a value plan. its a bit confusing but a good frien that works for tmobile should me this trick. I also did say tax excluded

        • Relikk356

          I get it Now. So you are paying the existing classic customer upgrade of $329 + 200 migration fee  – 50 rebate, or $479 without tax (phone only). I thought they charged you the migration fee and the difference in phone cost but what do I know. Let us know if it works. I’m sure a lot of people would like to do that.

  • guest 123

    WOW!  What a firestorm over a phone!

  • One more week…(hopefully)

    I bought my case and screen protectors ahead of time anticipating this launch…so in other words I’m totally ready for a day one purchase, but as much as it sucks (after waiting so long to begin with) I think in the long run I’ll feel better waiting another week and hoping it is available through amazon or wirefly cheaper.  I have a feeling this higher price may not be permanent, and may just be to deter mobs when they only have 5 phones at some locations (as someone previously mentioned).  Hopefully the phone will “go on sale” in a week.

    On a side not my work is going to kill me because I told them I would have a new phone a month ago (my current one barely functions) and I’ve been holding out for this.  But really if they expect me to have a functioning phone to do my job they should be providing it…so they can stfu :)

    • No Way

       Me too, Broke Galaxy S 6 weeks ago, and have been using my G1 since.

  • dodgerfan26

    anyone thinking of buying at tmobile walmart or tmobile best buy….i think it will be somewhat the price people want to pay for the s3. as far as paying more upfront vs paying more in the long run, i agree with david, its a fu#%n mind game that is against tmobile.

  • Travis edwards

    I just talked to a person at the Chicago store by my house. Pricing above is correct.

    The top 29 markets are as follows:  MEANS THEY WILL ONLY BE SELLING A LIMITED AMOUNT OF PHONES TOMORROW, ONLY 2 STORES IN CHICAGO ( the stores with most sales)…this was also confirmed…

    I was able to put my name on a list for the second launch date on the 27th…. lady did mention shipments might be in earlier. So call your local stores now and get on the list. Buying over the phone is not the way to go…

    • which chicago stores are going to be selling them? 

      • Travis edwards

        She didn’t say. I’m not about to Christopher Columbus it and drive around.  :) … My store is on north ave and clybourn. I was # 5 on the waiting list ( color choice is not guranteed) ….

        • Josue Polanco

          there is a waiting list?

        • Travis edwards

          That’s what I’ve been told by the rep, I believe that’s what it said in the review as well. Call a store and ask to put your name down. Seems like chances of getting it on day one are slim, again they will have a limited supply from what I’ve been told….

      • Travis edwards

        tomorrow?

  • Truthseeker

    Get your heads out of your ass and do the math. at&t and Verizon can afford to heavily subsidize this phone because they rake in so much cash ($$$$$) each quarter. Their plans are outrageous compared to TMo – they laugh at those who are willing to walk away from TMo because they get to screw you each month, again and again … just how they like it. Thinking of Sprint … good luck with that. Their plans seem okay until you tack on the ten dollar fee. Add to the mix slow 3G, locked in CDMA tech and that makes it a bad deal to me. I’ve been with all of them and settled with TMo last year. They are revitalizing their network, deploying release 10 LTE, and are trying to climb out of this hole they got themselves into with this at&t nonsense. They can’t do all of this on low monthly rate plans. I’ll be the first at my TMo store to get this awesome phone and I’ll have no problem paying a little extra knowing I won’t get a monthly screw job from the others.

    • Chris

      their plans are okay, actually and ill take $10 for unlimited data which bring my base plan to 79.99 still not high bro, their data speeds are another thing but i guess im lucky because mine are bareable. Most people complain about a phone being locked to the network but when u take your phone to a new network u get limited support, no warranty or insurance (pointless when youre not a customer who spends $500+ for “freedom”). TMo has the best deals but Sprint comes in a close second when it comes to value and i would love to see the comparisons once both companies launch their LTE networks. Tmo gives it up easy, sprint makes love to you, and att/vzw will tag team that a$$ lol

  • Kylie

    If you buy from Target, Costco, Best Buy etc can you still get insurance on the phone?

  • I just talk to a rep at the t mobile on a 119 st off 94 in chicago and he said his list shows 230 after A mail  n rebate for a 16gb model.

    • he going call me back after he get off the phone with a samsung rep

      • Travis edwards

        there are 2 types of plans for new customers, look at the screen shot in the review. 

  • billy padilla

    Kylie, yes yo can get insurance thru them, its all the same. your still buying from tobile. they have acces to all 4 major carriers systems. you can upgrade there too. its pretty fast and easy. walmart was the cheapest for me. they also have the 30 days (california) to return phone or 14 days elswhere. and also have the one year warranty. if they dont offer the ins there on the spot you can call tmobile CS # and request it. no problem.

  • For those of you getting all mathy comparing classic to value plans and suggesting people switch, it’s not that simple.  T-Mobile charges a MIGRATION fee of $350 to switch from classic to value.  Throw that cost into your calculations.

    • Josue Polanco

      200 is the migration fee. its on there website and i spoke to a rep to confirm!

      • Josue Polanco

        it is easy just do the math, for my family plan its worth it!

      • TBN27

        That’s before the contract is up right?

    • Chris

      its 200 bro

    • Well, you’re all wrong.  When I login, and speaking on the phone I was being charged 350 to migrate, this was NOW and last September.   I’ve been eligible for a full upgrade for over half a year now.

      • Josue Polanco

        just google tmobile migration fee. you’ll see on there website, for somereason they dont let me put this link up here in the posting,

      • P T

         Perhaps the thing you are not telling us is how many lines are you changing over. The fee is PER LINE. So for $350 I am assuming you are talking about more than a single line, correct?

        • Tortionist

          The size of the migration fee is based off of how much time you have left in your contract. A good case in point is my line. It’s not due for an upgrade until October 21st. My migration fee right now is $150, as quoted by a tmo employee. My wife doesn’t get her upgrade until December and hers is about $250. Just something to keep in mind.

        • P T

           Understood. The issue is Dave Gomez keeps trying to tell everyone that we are all wrong and is implying there is a $350 migration fee period. As you pointed out, it depends on your own account if and how much of a fee there will be. But Dave wants to leave out all that and base our fees on his account I guess.

    • P T

      Migration fee is ONLY if you are still under a contract and it STARTS at $200 (per line) and drops the closer you are to being out of contract. $200 is only if you are 7 months or less into your contact. If you are 18+ months into your contract then there is no migration fee at all.

      Reference: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3282

  • Latinchick_213

    How do we know which Los Angels, CA stores will have them?

    The City is posted but not the direct stores…

  • Josue Polanco

    Migration Fee Information
    The Migration Fee applies for each line being migrated to the Value Plan in which less than 18 months of the current contract term has been met. A migration fee is a charge for moving to a Value rate plan prior to completing your existing contract. This fee is charged to your monthly bill and will be due on your next statement following the change. Migrations fees are assessed based on time remaining on your current contract. Current contract status may be a result of a contract change or handset upgrade.
     

    Months Completed on ContractMigration Fee Charged per Line0-7 months completed$2008-11 months completed$15012-15 months completed$10016-17 months completed$5018+ months completed$0 
    Note: Months shown are approximate based on 30 days per month.
     

  • Josue Polanco
  • NickK

    Okay just talked to a rep it’s going to be 279$ and 50$ mail in rebate and it comes down to $229.99 and they said anyone can get this deal if they are eligible to upgrade and are on the plan that lets them upgrade to get the low price on the phone it will be the same price for every plan that lets u upgrade!! I talked to a store here in Chicago. And yes they said most likely tmobile will put there 1900 band up that’s why they said by the “end of June” meaning for the GS3 he said.

    • NickK

      Forgot to mention not everywhere will have the 1900 band just some locations Chicago will be one of them.

      • Travis edwards

        what’s the 1900 band mean?

        • JennyQ

          Okay so the lincolnwood and highland park location will have the gs3 but not a lot just some. The 1900 band is supposed to be faster and it makes the iPhone get 3G as a benieft. It does a lot google it. Good luck to everyone who gets one. And yes $229.99 after mail and rebate.

    • sharklover

      Lets hope it’s $229. thats what is thought is may be. I never thought they would charge more than $229.

    • Oliad27

      For which vesrion is the 279? 16GB?

  • Josue Polanco
  • Dennis Petros

    Just called local tmo store here in Chicago. They not getting till 27th either ;(

    • Travis edwards

      The lady from the north and clybourn store said there are only 2 carrying them tomorrow. I put my name on the waiting list.

      • NickK

        I called the store by my house and they said they will have the GS3 but limited. Here in Chicago.

        • Travis edwards

          What area?

  • sharklover

    I assume stores like costco and bestbuy probably wont get it until the 27th either.

  • Batterydead

    it shows online my full upgrade isn’t until july 21.  Does that mean i/d be paying the 449.99 to get it a month early?  Also I’m still on the g1 $35 unlimited text and data plan.  Will they try to take that off if i upgrade in store?  My gf upgraded to the g2 in store and they removed it whereas i upgraded online a few yrs back and got to keep mine.  thanks guys

    • Latinchick_213

      How were you able to find out which stores will be carrying the device?

    • No Way

       I have called tmo and you will not have to upgrade your dataplan, you can stay with what you have.

      • Batterydead

         thanks. the thing is it’s a plan no longer offered so i wasnt sure if i went to the store they’d tell me they would have to take it off. It happened to a friend of mine with a different grandfathered plan

  • BOOBEAR

    Grrrrr this sucks!!! why tmo why? I’m in minneapolis and I found only one shop that is selling the phone tommorow but they told me they have very few phones available for tommorow. I guess i’m going to wait for next week and see if the prices go down somwhere else. The funny thing is one of the biggest Tmo store didn’t get the phone lmao.

    • Latinchick_213

      How were u able to find out which TMobile store would carry the S3 tomorrow

    • mpls00

      I’m in MPLS too. Which store will have them?

  • sharklover

    I just called the store by me near Miami. They said they are getting them tomorrow and th eprice is $329 minus $50 MIR. Very sad. I have to wait for costco in any event.

    • guest

       which store in miami?

  • P T

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but on my family plan we have a lot of OLD phones, so all the newer phones look great to me. So I am hoping that the main thing that comes out of the Galaxy S III hitting the stores is that hopefully the price of the S II will drop or will be on frequent blow out sales. The S II is still light years ahead of what I use now.   :)

    • sharklover

      Could have got most phones for free last weekend.

      • P T

         Yes put only for the fully unlimited plans which are $$$ especially on a 5 line family plan. So price difference to upgrade 5 lines that much would easily outstrip any cost savings on the phones.

        • Nunya Beeswax

          As with most of the posts here, you are wrong. Some of the phones required the 5 gb data plan, but most only required the 2 gb plan. I don’t know what you mean by “Fully unlimited”, as there are no plans called that or that would fit that description.

  • Christopher

    Why does T-mo have to charge more than Verizon for the phone?  And VZW’s phone will have LTE chip along with the CDMA chip which should make the cost of that phone more.  And before any says anything about outright costs, the VZW one outright is 599 while T-mo’s is 629.

    • Travis edwards

      How will no LTE chip affect the phone?

      • Batterydead

         a year from now when tmobile starts rolling out lte ur not gonna be able to take advantage of it with tmobile’s gs3

        • Travis edwards

          Hmmmmmmmmmm, interesting….. isn’t LTE coverage limited in the US anyway?

    • P T

       Because VZW phone plans are a lot more expensive. So they make up the difference in your monthly plan costs and can let the phone go for cheaper to rope you in. I can only speak for myself, but the main reason I have been on T-Mobile for so long is that their plans are always the most affordable. If I pay a bit more upfront for a phone, as long as my costs over the year is lower, I end up ahead financially.

      • Christopher

        VZW Samsung Galaxy S3 16 GB = 199.99
        AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 16 GB = 199.99
        Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 16 GB = 199.99
        U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S3 16 GB = 299.99 then $100 MIR = 199.99
        T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 16 GB = 329.99 then $50 MIR = 279.99

        Yes, T-mobile’s plans are cheaper, but getting phone prices in line with everyone else is needed when the same device is available elsewhere especially with an extremely popular device and a wide release.  Even outright, T-mo charges more than everyone else – $629 compared to $599 for VZW, $549 for AT&T/Sprint.

  • JB

    So I’ve never had to call or deal with a branded T-mobile store about anything until this morning.. naturally I was inquiring about the availability of the GSIII tomorrow.  I called one of the newer stores in Kansas City, MO.. and got a manager. He said his location wasn’t getting any (at least not until next week) and that right now, the only stores in MO that were are getting any (as far as he could tell) were as far as St. Louis! (mind you they aren’t even on the top markets list) 

    He did say he was going to do some digging and see if he could nab a few and he was going to call me back in a few hours to tell me if he was successful or not. And if he was, then he’ll put my name near the top of the call list to come pick up one since I live practically right down the street! I posted this because the level of service I got was outstanding! I’m sure most of the calls he has taken is about this very issue and he was SUPER nice about it. You don’t get that most places anymore!

    Though if any other KC folks on here knows about any locations in the area that’s receiving stock, please inform. Thanks!!

    • Brandon

      St. Louis is not getting them until June 27th sadly.

      There are only 3 stores in KC that are getting them on the 21st.

      119th & Blackbob, Olathe, KS
      Zona Rosa, N. Kansas City, MO
      Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS

      • MarcusDW

        Raytown, MO(Southeast KC) will have it on the 22nd.

    • JB

      Thanks guys! Actually the Raytown store happened to be the one I called… But I’m sure I’ll end up at the one in Olathe since I travel that way daily anyways!!

  • Travis edwards

    Chicago peeps

    The T mobile store carrying the phones:

    Brick yard mall

    Harlem and Irving store

    92nd street store

    Good luck, as I will be waiting until the 2nd launch, or watching the S2 prices…

    • TheReder

      What about the other two?

  • Lost another customer

    Why the f**k are they pricing soo high as an upgrade as a loyal customer over 5 yrs is just ridiculous ..everyone else is $199.00 shit is crazy..i’d like to know where my other $80.00 is going to…hello Sprint!!!!!

    • Nunya Beeswax

      And helloooooo slow ass 3g!

  • souggie

    Ok. Called retention/loyalty, and these are the official prices according to the account specialist: $279.99 after mail in rebate for 16GB , $329.99 after mail in rebate for 32GB. oh, and for the folks in the Atlanta area, the only stores that have it in stock tomorrow are the bulkhead store and the snellville store. Sorry guys, might I suggest selling some stuff if you really want it. TMobile is playing no games with this one

    • souggie

      Buckhead I meant

      • souggie

        But they swear on their mothers graves that it’s worth every penny, so….

  • Batterydead

    maybe tmobile was able to do some last second ninja tweaking to the device to make ours superior to the other carriers’ and worth the steeper price tag???  More likely they just determined the highest amount of money we’d be willing to pay. Damn I’m gonna pony up the money but this is definitely a disappointment.  Almost like they knew with its wide release they wouldn’t attract any new customers with it so their plan is to milk us current customers out of as much as they can.

    • TechHog

      Nope. They’re just ripping people off yet again.

      • Nunya Beeswax

        So, would that be why the plans are so much lower than the other carriers’, ‘o whiney one?

        • TechHog

          The unsubsidized price is too high as well, so yes, it’s a rip-off.

  • RiversideGS3

    Anyone knows which store in Riverside County California will be carrying the phone tomorrow? I called a couple and none of them will have it.

    • Latinchick_213

      Ive called so many in the LA, CA area and not one knows which is the selected store that would carry the S3…. Can someone plz post if they find in LA area..

      • Nunya Beeswax

        Just call telesales and order. Even if you find a store that has the s3, it will be a 16 gb version.

  • gpt2010

    I just called two Costco locations in Houston, TX and they said that they will be getting the S3 tomorrow! They could not tell me how much it would be until tomorrow. So not holding my breath if it is legit or are they just trying to get me in the door. But I will go and check it out anyways. I am sure Costco will sell it for cheaper. At least hope so. 

    • Batterydead

       damn in the houston area too but i let my costco card expire a few months back.  how much are they these days

    • sharklover

      Did you ask about Tmobile version?

  • Travis edwards

    I wonder if all stores will have Demo’s ?

  • MarcusDW

    This thread is nearing 800 comments.  It would have been half as many if the phone was $50 less.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Makes no difference. Everybody wants something for nothing. 98+% of customers only want whatever is free anyway and would sooner take a free Wildfire than pay $99 for an S3. I KNOW that to be fact. That tells me that these 800 posts are either liars or an extreme minority. Either way makes the price of a single phone on launch day unimportant.

  • GwapoAko

    Samsung GII is now $549.99 (full retail) and$199.99 on contract .. Tmobile.com

  • jarjar2007

    I’m already seeing ads for Verizon. Why cant T-mobiles ad department do anything?? Someone needs to get fired!! It’s 199.99 at VZW WTF? Whats the extra $80 for?

  • GwapoAko

    Samsung Galaxy S2 is now $549.99 (Full retail) and $199.99 on contract!!!

    • Travis edwards

      for an extra 80 bucks you can get the S3 on contract, not impressed with that  s2 cost yet. I wanted to wait on pricing, that’s why I didn’t take advantage of the fathers day sell….

      • GwapoAko

        Yup you are right their initial pricing of GS2 was originally $529.99 then suddenly they changed it to $599.99 :0)

      • Shane Peden

        Well, the Father’s Day sale was a little wonky anyway. They wanted me to “upgrade” my plan, which basically took me from 1000 min/400 texts and 2 gig data to unlimited talk/text and 5 gig data for a whopping $30 more a month.

        I said no thanks. What I have now is good enough. At those prices I can go to Verizon and get superior coverage.

        • Travis edwards

          I agree, that is why i waited for the pricing of the S3. Stipulations was unlimited everything which was 99.99 a month, I don’t need unlimited talk…. compared to the 69.99 pricing i believe for the 500 min unlimited txt and data ( 2 g).. 

  • What?!
    $80 more than the other carriers?
    And AFTER a $50 rebate.
    My plan is done in September, and so am I.
    For that much, I can go back to Verizon or over to Sprint and get an iPhone I’ve been wanting.
    $280, after rebate, insane…

    • GwapoAko

      You will be paying more with Verizon every month :0) Do your math before you decide :0)

      • Angryshortguy

        Not sure what the pricing is on these.
        $230 or $280 after $50 rebate.
        It’s looking more like $230.
        That’s a bit more easier to stomach.

    • Shane Peden

      My initial reaction was same as  yours, then I actually priced out similar plans with Verizon and ATT. $30 more a month for few minutes and no text messaging. OUCH!

      Tmo owns me with their much more competitive pricing.

      • MarcusDW

        I really hope T-Mobile informs people that very same bit of information.  

        I will just skip the phone but I will NOT skip the carrier just to pay more elsewhere.

    • MarcusDW

      But you will make up the $80(and then some) in about 5 months time by staying with T-Mobile.

      Think about it.

      • deeoh1084

        but the network is so dang crappy

  • Enoel69

    Interested to know the price for the 32GB version…both full price and also classic plan option.

  • TechHog

    That contract price is BS.I’m leaving T-Mobile if they think stuff like this is okay.

  • Jmotley69

    T-Mobile store told me in jax,fl they were getting a limited amount and was told to sell to new customers or add a new line of service, wtf!?

  • Forgottenking50

    too much,and i was thinking of going with t mobile this year 

    • chris

      you are right

  • Bye-Bye T-mobile. Hope you become like Sprint, you greedy basterds!

     I’ve been holding for this phone for two months after my plan ended, and I’ve been on monthly 4G.

    Now I’ve made up my mind and I’m moving to AT&T on a family plan with my girlfriend who owns Iphone. Especially after seeing the PC Mag 4G tests. ATT rocks in NYC! The only question is now whether AT&T stores will receive the phone tomorrow. Is there a similar forum like this for AT&T?

    One must be a real sucker to swallow this price ripoff.

    • I live in New York City at&t drops calls at the most busiest places.

  • are those pricing for the 3 GB model of for the 16GB model?

    • 16Gb

      There’s no word on the 32Gb versions anywhere. probably it’s going to come with the SAFE version.

  • Simple math: for every customer lost, T-mobile will lose approx $1200 a year.

    For every SGS3 sold, they’ll make about $80 extra.

    That means it takes 15 new phones sold just to cover one lost customer or 30 phones to cover for the full two-year cycle loss

    Suck it losers!

    • Tmo_Fan

      imagine 20 unhappy customers goin to AT&T or Sprint.. nice going Tmo for one little mistake in price you losing 20 people..

  • Bounty92

    Come on T-Mobile, hold true to your standards of being the practical and reasonable network. Don’t become like one of those other greedy bastards out there by charging an arm and leg for your phones. YOU’LL END LOSING A HUGE AMOUNT OF YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS!!!!!!!! Just ask NETFLIX….

    • Tmo_Fan

      hahaahha True look at NETFLIX they just went dumb and Tmo following for one little thing you can lose alot.. 

  • edub1906

    I just called a retention rep who advised that while they haven’t officially released the price to their employees, but it is his understanding that the phone will be priced at $279.00 before a $50.00 MIR (basically $229.00) for the 16GB phone and the 32GB would be $329.99 before the MIR.  He said that they will not know for certain until tomorrow.

    So the wait begins.  $279.00 before the $50.00 MIR for a 16Gb phone makes more sense to me (and most people)  versus $329.00 before the MIR.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

    • sharklover

      I hope this is the case. I think everyone would be fine with $229. David you should send a link to these comment to Tmobile. It may wake them up if they really are going to sell it for $329. I cannot recall any phone in years being sold for $329 under contract.

  • Aaron Todd

    I have talked to almost every store in KC.  None of them have the phones yet and almost everyone i talked to said they are being pushed back until next week.  I get that this is a popular phone but man this is crazy.  someone really dropped the ball here.

  • Guest

    $279.99 after the $50 mail-in rebate. Are they insane?!?! Every other carrier has the phone for $199, no rebate required. Not to mention, the off contract retail price is higher, meaning you will pay higher sales tax depending on the state you live in.

    I have been waiting MONTHS for this phone, and now T-mobile has given me the perfect reason to leave them for another carrier. And NO T-Mobile monthly rates ARE NOT significantly cheaper for me to continue to stay with them. 

    Verizon’s new share everything plans and At&t’s plans come out exactly the same price as my grandfathered T-Mobile plan. Heck, for the same price on Verizon I’m getting 10GB of LTE with tethering included, and unlimited voice! For the same price on T-Mobile I’m paying for spotty coverage and unlimited data throttled at 5GB. Bye bye T-mobile.

    • Guest2

      Have fun paying more on ATT!!  114 for t-mobile with 10gig web and phone and unlimited everything….or a wopping 180 on ATT for 10 gig web and tethering…just cause you think your grandfather plan is better for you… switch to value…. Get facts straight and then post.

    • Travis edwards

      the new verizion plans are not ideal for single lines. i talked to the rep last week and he said I was a fool if I waited until they released new data plans.

      Pre plan change.. 450 min unlimited txt, 2g of data  (not unlimited ,overage fees of apply) 99.00 not including taxes..

      tmobile – 500 talk min, unlimited txt, 2g of data – no over limit fees, speed slowed after 2 g hit… 59.99

      seeems like a no brainer to me… approximatley $30 savings a month betweeen the 2 carriers….

      24 mths ( 2 yr contracts) * $30 = $720 saved on plan before s3 expense

      $720 – 229 (s3 cost ) $491 overall savings with t mobile..

      This is an estimate, could be more could be less. But you will save over the length of the contract with Tmobile…

  • i meant 32GB model

  • Donkeypunch242

    Meh, as usual again I’ll wait a week or two for walmart to get the phone and buy from them for $40-$70 cheaper AND not have to deal with mail in rebates (they are already deducted from price). Been using walmart for phone purchases for years.

    • S3drool

      I’m paying $20 for 5gb data if get from walmart will they change it to $30 or not?

  • YESSSSS to all my chicago people i got the list of stores thats selling them tomorrow. i got one ready for me a 10 o’clock am. i’m number 3 on their list for pick up

    • Travis edwards

      Nice, I want the phone, but not bad enough to hunt down stores and miss work until I get it… Who knows they might change a few things until the next batch comes out.

  • Alex

    And there you have it folks, $329 BEFORE MIR for a 16GB phone. I’m out.

    • Tbyrne

      Hi Alex. Did you factor in the lower monthly rate you’ll be paying than on the other networks? Didn’t think so.

      • Spanky

        That still doesn’t change the fact that $329 before MIR is a very high price point.

      • Why do you people keep saying stupid things like this?  I can switch to ATT, get the phone for $199 and pay $10 more a month, get 3gb more data per month, and have faster, more coverage. 

        • deeoh1084

          i agree.. people keep saying lower monthly rate plans but i would rather pay little bit more for better, and faster network i live in Chicago and lately tmo’s crappy network has been driving me nuts it goes in & out every 30 min to an hour i called T-Mobile and they already know about this issue since MARCH!!!! and they still can’t fix it even though they know what the problem is (this is true story i talked to a Tmobile tech support rep and he told me personally that it’s been going on since March of this year)

  • Sniper1087

    I wonder if you order it online by when it will ship out? The next day?

    • Rif

      id like to know that as-well

  • Does anyone know of a 3rd party seller that might be selling this phone for a normal price?

    • Tmo_Fan

      hahahah normal price? lolz you mean 199? I heard Costco.. Target they will for sure.. Tmo are something tryna steal..

  • Aja Marie

    Does anyone know if they will be coming out with the White phone tomorrow as well?

  • chris

    $279.99 after the $50 mail-in rebate. Are they insane?!?! Every other carrier has the phone for $199, no rebate required. Not to mention, the off contract retail price is higher, meaning you will pay higher sales tax depending on the state you live in.I have been waiting MONTHS for this phone, and now T-mobile has given me the perfect reason to leave them for another carrier. And NO T-Mobile monthly rates ARE NOT significantly cheaper for me to continue to stay with them. Verizon’s new share everything plans and At&t’s plans come out exactly the same price as my grandfathered T-Mobile plan. Heck, for the same price on Verizon I’m getting 10GB of LTE with tethering included, and unlimited voice! For the same price on T-Mobile I’m paying for spotty coverage and unlimited data throttled at 5GB. Bye bye T-mobile.

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    • Travis edwards

      family plans are cheaper and better with other carriers, but if you have a single line it’s better to be with T mobile…..

      • Andrew Baxter

         what carrier is cheaper and better for a family plan my girlfriend needs unlimited data

        • John

          Sprint is about the same for unlim talk, text and 2gb per line for a fam plan of 4 phones

      • CRT24

        you either haven’t even looked at the cost or you are just dishonest……this is simply not true

    • guest

      Actually Costco has a $25 rebate for the SGS3 with both Sprint and AT&T, so it would be $179 after rebate.

      • guest

        They also offer the same rebate for Verizon and also u get free accessory bundle and free activation for any of the 3 carriers.

  • in2android

    I’m in north east Ohio, and in a city not listed, when I just called my buddy @ the Tmo store he said they have 17 & I can come in now & he said he’s able to ring it up!

    • Nomadd212

      Where u located?

      • in2android

        I’m in. Cantton ohio & their selling them at the west tuscararwas St. Location. They sold 3 while I was there! Call them, I think their open till 9 or 10. He said all the stores around here have them. Its 369.xx out, the door.

  • 30014

    This is just my opinion but you would be better off just dropping $400 and getting the galaxy nexus.

    • If the nexus tablets are $200. You could get a nexus phone and tablet. At the retail price of the galaxy s3.

  • Guest

    I have to agree with all the other commenter, $330 before a mail in rebate of only $50 is a ridiculous price for a phone that’s effectively identical to the other 4 US carriers offering the phone. And the other carriers are offering it for $199 (admittedly, US Cellular is $199 after a $100 MIR). But for a carrier that is positioning itself as a challenger, offering the same phone for $80+ more is, in my opinion, a terrible idea. Consumers really do react to upfront cost, and that price is enough to drive new and existing customers to other carriers. I know that I, who has been with T-Mobile for 10+ years, feel this is a huge kick in the face and am considering switching to AT&T or Verizon, who have much better service in my area.

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    • Tmo_Fan

      I have to agree here 7+ yrs in Tmo and yes for 80 dollars people would go to  other carriers that would offer them phones at a cheaper price. people look at whats cheaper first not at the long run right away… hope T-mo either drop the price a little or make some offer that can match what other carriers are doing.. I’m really thinking AT&T and Sprint will sell the phone more than T-mo for sure.. peopler will just buy the AT&T and unlock it for 20 dollars..

      • Dumbazz

        Intelligent people ewho know how to budget and ddon’t buy when rtthey shouldn’t look at the big picture . Idiots leave a low cost carrier because a higher cost carrier sells a phone slightly less .

      • Nunya Beeswax

        Then those people are idiots. And Tmo could care less where you get your phone. In fact, it would be MUCH better if you get it elsewhere and just come to them for the service. Tmo is a SERVICE PROVIDER, not a phone retailer. The only reason they sell phones at all is to be able to provide tge service. Why do you think they won’t sell you a phone without service? Don’t you thonk that they would if they were making all this bank off of the phone sales? Of course they would!

  • Jim Jiang

    In my opinion, when other carriers launch their versions, tMo will cut it to match their prices with MIR, or $229 classic, as it was stated, there aren’t enought to go around.

  • Tom

    They just made my decision for me. It’s iphone 5 time! Bye Bye T-Mobile!

    • Dumbazz

      BOO HOO HOO

    • Nunya Beeswax

      That will teach them! You go get a crappy iPhone with no expandable memory, no video out, and a squatty little screen. Say it ain’t so! I hope Tmo can manage to stay in business! Bwahahaha

  • If I upgrade to the Galaxy S3, will I have to pay the full retail price or the Value Plan price? 

    • Nikolai T

      The subsidized price assuming you’re completely eligible for an upgrade. 

  • NinaKanstolgs

    So wait… is TMO using the 1900 band for this phone or no? I can understand if they are in some locations but its not worth it if there not I live in chicago and the store is telling me they are going to use the 1900 band but I don’t believe it I think its a scam to get the phone…. time for a #iPhone

    • Nikolai T

      This phone supports the 1900 band (most T-Mobile smartphones do, even ones that came out awhile ago, e.g. HTC Sensation, Amaze 4G, etc.). As soon as T-Mobile’s 1900MHz network lights up (outside of the current limited areas), you’ll be able to use it.

  • CRT24

    You people that are harping on a $30.00 price difference for the phone, are your brains crosswired or something??? Are you all really that ignorant to realize that the extra $30 you spend on the phone going with T-Mobile service saves you hundreds up to thousands of dollars for the rate plan? So if T-Mobile lowers the price of the phone to $200.00 then do the charge $140.00 for the plan as AT & T and Verizon do instead of $95.00…..55.00 x 24 = $1320.00 in savings with T-Mobile………is that worth paying $30.00 more up front you fools?

    • Andrew Baxter

       It’s not $30 difference dude its over $130 difference the phone is $279 after $50 MIR meaning it’s $330 plus tax and tax is off the full retail price also this price that I just said is for the 16GB

      • CRT24

        Sorry, 80.00 difference on the phone….(that was a typo) but the main point still stands dude

        • Sizzle

          Can I ask, are you a T-Mobile employee?  The only people supporting this on the T-Mobile Facebook page are store employees. 

           While you’re point about it being cheaper in the long run is valid… T-Mobile generally as a tradition of offering phones at competitive prices relative to other carriers.  That’s one of their best-selling points – same priced phones, but cheaper service.  It is therefore not surprising that customers would be irate with a change, especially one that is so mysteriously detailed.

        • Dumbazz

          You friggin whiners need tto get a life . it’s $80 more but monthly service is much much lower . You idiots will always complain .

        • Jim Jiang

          So, its better to save $80 first, than about $25 (estimate)per month for 24 Months?

        • You only save about between $5 to $7 per month over the course of a contract if you went to sprint. 

        • CRT24

          No you don’t….sprint’s plans are higher price

        • Nunya Beeswax

          And on a slower network.

        • CRT24

          Yes i am…….and? Does that change the facts of what i said? Do you work for Att, Verizon, or Sprint?

  • yahoo

    SGS3+Costco+Verizon+$25 MIR+Free accessory bundle+Free Activation – Tmobiles $330 for SGS3 = WINNING!

    • tmo_rocks!

      spending $30 times 24 months more on verizon’s plan = $720 = LOSING!

  • Ashido480

    Any stores in NYC getting it tomorrow, my local store in brooklyn said the 27th

  • ROZCO

    Owned..

    People who want to switch just cuz the phone is cheaper by $80 read….

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R-GsBVRfWmhyXD8sw689765Sr5nCbGlypF5KyCMs7AI/edit?pli=1

  • Tom

    When the new iphone is announced, they’ll be giving these away, like they are the htc one s. And if you are near the end of your contract, they’ll practically pay you to take one. They are just gouging while the gouging is good! 

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Little Bo iPeep is missing an iSheep…..

  • Sherif

    I tried to get on the reservation list at the store near my apartment, but the rep said the ONLY stores in the nearby area to get them tomorrow are the 34th STREET store in Manhattan and the Staten Island Mall Store in Staten Island. I called around just to confirm. No one else has them until the 27th. Why won’t they launch to all the stores?

  • Thepinkplanet

    The same folks crying over pricing are the same peeps who cry about TMo not getting any high end Androids.  I wish TMo would’ve gotten the One X, so we’d already know what to expect from these whiny boys n girls.  High End = You get what you pay for.  Now, shut up and reach for that free Wildfire.

    And stop threatening to leave!!!!!  You will all be back once the refarming is completed.  Especially, you Isheep.  You’ll be back for the same reason I don’t mind paying more up front for devices,…  The super affordable rate plans….

    Ha

  • Guest

    bad pricing 

  • Mark

    Is there any stores in el paso that will have them?

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Did you even read the article that you posted under?

  • CRT24

    It’s all correct, but I and.others have posted those figures on this site a thousand times and people still don’t get it

  • tmo_rocks!

    HOLY F*CK!!!   Some people are just ignorant…

    SG3 = $280 after rebate add that two unlimited 2gb plan, $80×24 months= $1920…total cost of owning this phone at T-Mo is $2200

    Go to Verizon or AT&T and you’ll get the phone for $199 after rebate.  Similar plans are at least $110 a month at both those carriers and they charge overage on data.  $110×24 months = $2640.  Add the $200 for the phone and you’re spending $2840 at Verizon or AT&T over two years. 

    $640 is huge chunk of change…and this is for new activations.  Upgrade fees at Verizon and AT&T are at least $30, last I checked, compared to $18 at TMO. 

    So what you’re paying up front for the phone, look how much that saves over 2 years!  $640!!!!!!  Think about it!  It’s even cheaper on value plans….switch to a value plan and that savings jumps to $720 over two years!!

    • tommy

      Thanks for some logic! Don’t call it ignorance call it insanity.
      I got my One-S for 200 OFF a week ago, I’m a happy camper on the value plan. I pay 180 a month for a blackberry (a new one) with plan, two android data plans, one 5GB, and another old fogey phone. My one-s is great except I want a bigger screen so I’m envious of you S3 guys except I’ll wait for my sale and see if my bank account can take it.

    • T-mobile said it before your better off save up for the phone and buy it off contract. Subsidies add cost to carriers. Also the phone would be even cheaper if you were on monthly 4g. I wouldn’t be surprised if T-mobile made value plans cheaper in the future. People take subsidies for granted.All the money you save on prepaid or value you could just buy enough accessories to protect your investment and still have money left over.

  • Guest

    I understand that T-Mobiles network is very fast despite not being “LTE”. In your guys opinion, does the SG3 on T-mobile lose value because of the fact that it will never run on their LTE when its up and running?  Any danger of having an outdated phone after 2 years?

    • Nunya Beeswax

      2 years? Are you kidding? What 2 year old phone is not outdated by today’s standards? Anyone? Anyone?

  • DeafNYC

    I guess I am not buying it. it’s worth selling too high from up. it’s not good sell. 

    • Nunya Beeswax

      All your base are belong to us….

  • ransack

    Its funny how everytime a top of the line phone comes out it gets more expensive. So I’m guessing when the gsIV comes out it will be $329 after rebate if the trend continues. And yes I know the plans are cheaper but that doesn’t. Mean its ok to mark up the phone the msrp is set by samsung and tmo think its ok to charge more. I guess all us complaining are the smart ones. The ones that will run out to buy this for 80 bucks more sound like the isheep lol droidsheep samsheep tmosheep

    • Nunya Beeswax

      I know! It’s almost like the price keeps inflating or something.. They should come up with a new word for that phenomenon.. Hmmmmmmmm

      • ransack

        Wow I hope you are not dumb enough to think inflation is when one company raises its price above the msrp. But I can see from your other posts on here your probly just a company troll.

  • Well i got one i think hopefully on hold for me in Ridgewood new york hopefully i can get it tomorrow buying it out right forget a contract.. ill pay 630 and be on my way..

    • Ashido480

      Do you know if it’s gonna be the White one or not because I don’t want to go to the stores and expect the one I want when it’s not there.

      • From what i know or heard blue only i dont really care about color but i would love the white one i can prolly tell you tomorrow after i get it..

      • Nunya Beeswax

        I can’t imagine the horrible disappointment you would feel at finding only a blue phone was available and not a white one. Perhaps you should reach out to some sort of support group. For God’s sake, don’t do anything rash! You poor, tortured soul…….. The humanity……

  • Scarfacemario

    I understand the pricing on Tmos part is outrages but those people switching carriers because of this is what I don’t understand you’ll get that money back and save more if you were to stay with T-mobile. Dont get me wrong i’m pissed at T-mobile but if your your seriously gonna change carriers for $80 I think its ridiculous on your part as well.

    • 21stNow

       Everyone’s situation is different.  Don’t paint everyone with the same brush.  Some people have discounts available to them that may not have been available when they first joined T-Mobile (i.e. they recently got a new job with an employer that has a corporate discount at VZW).  Other people can hop onto someone else’s family plan and save money from the individual plan that they are on with T-Mobile.  If you don’t know what the situation is, the “ridiculous” accusation is unwarranted.

      • Nunya Beeswax

        He said, “If you’re going to switch carriers over $80, I think that is ridiculous”….. Your examples do not fit into that description, as the people you describe would obviously be saving more than $80. Not only are YOU wrong, but but you actually called his opinion an accusation for some reason and decided that he is not entitled to an opinion.. Aren’t you special?

  • Batterydead

    it’s online! marble white, 329.99 and i’m not eligible for full upgrade until 7/21. Damn should i do it or wait

    • Batterydead

      also that’s with an instant discount and not mail in rebate so i wonder what the full upgrade price is?

      • Guest

        382

  • Guest

    damn i can upgrade,it keep telling me to try later 

    • Batterydead

       did the same for me i had to refresh several times before it came up

      • Guest

        yea did that too,but they dont got the 16gb blue one,guess ill wait

        • Guest

          wow a 16gb white goes to 400,even with my upgrade,cause you got to add shipping and the upgrade fee,plus tax,not worth it.

  • Brfield

    It’s up on T-Mobile’s site finally. These prices are, unfortunately, correct.

    • Batterydead

       are they correct though? bc according to the image i should be getting the early upgrade plus price of $449.99 but instead it is 329.99 after $300 online discount

      • Brfield

        Then take that if you can. I am eligible for an upgrade so it is pricing me at $329 then a $50 MIR to bring it down to $279

        • Batterydead

           ic so i’d be giving up the $50 MIR to upgrade early…thanks for the info

        • Brfield

          Actually, on my upgrade it isn’t offering the rebate either. I logged in to check. 
          It doesn’t have a 16GB Blue available and there’s no rebate for upgrades. 

        • Batterydead

           i don’t see the 16gb blue either. so is it showing u 329 or 279?

        • Brfield

          329

        • christian

          yea my went to 400 dollars,did not buy

        • Guest

          you got to add shipping and the upgrade fee,plus tax,not worth it. andd it was 402 for me 

        • Batterydead

          383.18 for me. Still deciding and really want this phone but damn that’s a lot of money

        • Brfield

          I’ve been dying to pick up this phone for months now. My G2 is not responding half the time, I need an upgrade. 
          At $400, they go screw themselves. Been with T-Mo since the mid 90’s and this is the worst I’ve ever seen in them. 

        • Guest

          same iam not paying the 400 for the 16gb, that’s, basically paying for the 32gb  

        • Brfield

          That is BEYOND the  cost of the 32 GB on other carriers for out 16GB (before fees and taxes).

        • Guest

          the thing is i got the money,but still 400?
          what are they smoking over at tmobile 
          need some of that lol

        • Brfield

          Same here, I can spend it, not going to. They lost my dollar (all 400 of them)

        • Guest

          maybe they lower it down a bit in 2 weeks,i buy it,but i know they not going to 

        • Brfield

          Even if the don’t someone else will. Bestbuy Walmart, Costcco, Amazon. Someone will, and when they do I’ll be there.

        • Brfield

          But after taxes and fees, it’s almost $400!

        • christian

          yea no 16gb blue and i not seeing the rebate for my upgrade?

        • The Jerk

          If you are eligible, call customer loyalty see if they have it. They can waive the rebate part most of the time.

  • tired

    I’m flippin pissed.. I think the least tmobile could do after laying off so many people is at least let the people they are letting go have a fair shot at getting the damn phone before tomorrow like seriously… I log into my sister’s account and it’s there.. log into my employee account and it’s not.. nice way to stick it to us one more time!! you know tmobile you can count on me because family sticks together.. go blow yourself up ugh

  • Guest

    380 for the 16 white in t mobile, hahahaha
    iam not paying that 

  • Guest

    at Brfield
    the thing is i got the money,but still 400?what are they smoking over at tmobile need some of that lol 

  • Upgrades are live now, and they have the blue and white version 32gb in stock for 379, white 16gb…but NO blue 16gb on my upgrade. HMMMM

    • Fo2945

      saw that too.. i went back from the beginning again and on my second round, i saw all 4 (2 blue and 2 white)

  • Nitefallz

    $379 due up front for 16gb model. Hah.

  • s10shane

    called customer service and they said, they wont have any until the 27th. damn u samsung for not shipping out enough devices for carriers. lol

  • Kylie

    432 upgrade price including taxes and upgrade fee on T-Mobile.com…looks like I will have to go to Best Buy or Costco!

  • John

    Funny..I went to Costco website and no SG3 for T-Mo all others had them and the price…$199..went to Wal-Mart..no SG3 others do, SG2 $99.98 on Sprint and $249.99 T-Mobile,,,what gives?? Just proves that T-Mobile is the highest price carrier of them all

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Yes, John, and that proves it all right.. Unless you might mind your monthly charges being nearly double.. Then, not so much…..

  • John

    Target has them as well….but for only AT&T $189.99 and Sprint $199.99…again..WTF?

  • Travis edwards

    The stores and 
    1-800-T-MOBILE customer service are running two different promotions.. At the store you have to pay half for the phone and a additional $20 a month for the remaining portion of the full retail price. Specialist at the 800 # said if I order from them I will only pay the 329.00 and have it shipped today for tomorrow delivery….. 

    • Vjballa21

      the 20.00 on the monthly is if you go to value plan. You can get the classic plan and pay the 329.00 also in store. fyi.

  • Soicyboy

    Has any realize that even if you pay full retail for the phone you would still have to extend your contract 
    for another 2yrs

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Or……. You can buy the phone somewhere else.

    • None

      No way?  That cannot be correct?

  • Duckman

    Even though I saw the upgrade amount, ill wait and see how it filters out. Did any of you notice the specs? The european model has a QUAD CORE processor, while the US version has only a dual core. Too bad folks, i think ill find it online to buy from the European market and pay the extra money. SMH, Tmobile you really haven’t utilized the money ATT gave you to start with bigger spectrum, let alone kept with the times and offer a greater phone like it was in the UK. Don’t know if i will upgrade with this yet…. Good luck to the rest of you too. 

    • Guest

      Are you really that niave?  First of all AT&T didn’t give T-Mobile USA a dime, DT was the benifactor of the break up clause money.  Second you really think they’d be able to build and launch a new LTE network that fast?  T-Mobile is already ahead of Sprint as far as a launch goes.  You go ahead and blow your money on the European version that wont be 4g capable in the states so you can have that quad core processor that you will probably never use.

      • ransack

        I thought the one tmobile is getting wasn’t 4g. If it was tmobiles 4g isn’t up yet any way. Just their fake 4g. and tmobiles service has been going down hill in my area too. Places I use to have service are full of dead zones its like being back on sprints network

  • iphone 5

    At first , I didn’t believe it, but yes, T-Mobile is actually charging more for current customers. My contract is up on July 12th, and I can upgrade for $330, with no rebate. Are they really that stupid, or am i missing something?

    • Fo2945

      for 16GB, it’s $329 and you’ll get $50 rebate

      • WRONG!
        EXISTING customers, out of contract, DO NOT GET ANY REBATE. Go try to buy an S3 as a current customer @ tmo.com and the price suddenly changes from $279 to $329 (rebate GONE)

        Yes thank you for your loyalty.

  • Really Cleveland Ohio over Columbus Ohio? Lies

    • None

      I think they are wrong about DC over Baltimore too.

  • None

    I wonder if this is the “most commented” thread on tmonews?  SOOOOOO close to 1000 comments.  Impressive.

  • None

    Why is there a “*” after Washington DC? 

  • Ugottabkiddingme

    $799.99 @ Fry’s Electronic for the S3 i9300..1.2 Ghz Quad Core – white only. I am not digging the bait and switch using the model S3 to fool the consumer. It’s not the same phone, I need a replacement but am not going to whore out.

  • Slopez12342

    Nobody buy this phone. T-mobile has exposed the phones to the T-Virus.

  • Pnina_evans

    Just called a Target in the LA area and the cellular rep told me that noone got the phone and that it was tied up in customs.  Yes, I almost laughed out loud in his face.

  • tommy

    Tmobile is cheaper but why buy this phone? just wait for the next sale. sheesh. family plan unlimited for 2 lines is still under 100 no? (value of course).

  • Apleofhiseye

    so what’s the word on the 32Ghz being sold in the stores…right now it’s online only?