T-Mobile Galaxy S III Now Available Online, In Select Retail Stores

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III is now live on T-Mobile.com and in limited retail store locations, and the pricing is exactly what we thought it was going to be. With a two-year contract and Classic voice/data plan, the 16GB version will cost you $279.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate. The 32GB version will set you back an extra $50, for a total of $329.99 and that’s after a $50 mail-in rebate as well.

Remember, we’ve got a lot of intel on where and when you’ll be able to grab your Galaxy S III if you want to pick it up in a local T-Mobile retail store.

  • National Retail Launches: Limited inventory at Walmart and Costco beginning June 21st at all locations
  • T-Mobile.com June 21st: Pebble Blue in 16 and 32GB sizes, only Pebble Blue ships at launch, Marble White in 16GB and 32GB launch details are to-be-determined
  • myT-Mobile.com: Target is june 27th for availability , pending inventory levels
  • Telesales: Said to have “higher” levels of inventory

“As for T-Mobile retail locations, both corporate branded and third-party, 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.”

Reminder, select stores in the top 29 markets are available today:

  • 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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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Walker/1838199082 Corey Walker

    chicago buyer-i got mine at 10 oclock this mornig after wating a hour an half in line. i paid $329 for it. with tax and everything else it came out to be $389. Too high i told them and paid the bill. Nice phone anyway

    • exeot

      Call and get the upgrade fee waived. Shouldn’t be much of a hassle and i’ve always done it for mine before. Not that it makes up much of the price anyway.

  • smiley47

    Costco says they can’t sell no contract, full price phones.

  • Unkeebill

    I got a 16gb pebble blue gs3 in Charlotte. It definitely is a welcome upgrade from the g2. I got to get acclimated to a bigger phone now though lol.

  • Joey1718

    Can anyone tell me the difference between starting a new contract at Walmart vs a tmobile corporate store? Advantages and disadvantages?

    • Dumbazz

      the only glaring difference I can think of is that if you have an issue with your phone you have to deal with whatever procedure Walmart has versus the ease with T-Mobile.
      Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but if your phone has an issue and you call T-Mobile you can’t trade it out with T-Mobile. 
      also what is the warranty on the phone with Walmart is it a year like T-Mobile?
      HAHA I got my Samsung galaxy S2 through target so I have no idea if my phone even has a one-year warranty like through T-Mobile

      • sharklover

        Warrantee is through Tmobile returns are back to Walmart.

    • GS3

      I would like to know as well.. I just called best buy and the lady said they’ll get it next week for 199.99… What is the difference from doing an upgrade to best buy or any other retailers than at tmobile..?

      If im going to run into issues then i’ll just go to tmobile

  • Dumbazz

    for those of you that are distraught over T-Mobile and the Samsung galaxy S3 there are many support groups out there including suicide prevention hotlines you can call to deal with this traumatic event in your life. 

    • LoyalGuest ;)

       LOL This has got to be the funniest post I’ve read today. Silly “loyal” T-Mo customers! hahaha. They’re bashing on their own company, threatening to switch..but they have yet to realize ALL carriers have backed up their date to the 27th. Idiots, I tell ya.

      • Dumbazz

        Some guy above us is angry that they didnt publish the EXACT STORES in each area that will carry the phone. 
        As if you cant use your PHONE and CALL THEM! 
        MIND BLOWING some of the base stupidity on display here today. 

  • s10shane

    i called customer loyalty since they have to overwrite my upgrade and they said they wont have any until the 27th.. that freakin sucks! i guess i will go without a phone for another week since i took back my one s. 

    • cm

      The same thing kind of happened to me – returned my One S and had to wait until today for them to reset my upgrade tenure – so frustrating! at least it’s sorted now. 

  • unfaix

    Dallas/Fortworth is a big place with many t-mobile stores, it would be nice to actually be specific as to which stores in the DFW has them.

    • Dumbazz

      it’s pretty crazy. Google maps allows you to search and even includes phone numbers. 
      In fact those phone numbers are even clickable so you can dial. CRAAAAAAAAAZY

      • unfaix

         You make it sound like I did not use google map to look too T-Mobile and click on it to dial, and that once I got the rep on the phone that I didnt ask if they have it or not.

        I actually called six stores and non have them and they wouldn’t tell me which one has, but wanted to get me on their list for next week.

    • Dumbazz

      when you eat does someone hold your fork and sippy cup?

    • Joshuat Roland

      I live in dfw too. Walmarts have them but apparently can’t sell them yet. Costco will sell tomorrow. No luck finding a tmobile retail store that has them.

    • Alxn

      i got mine in mckinney this morning, plenty in stock

  • luis alvarez

    hurry up get your galaxy s3 today because tomorrow it will be old school.  pictures leak of the new galaxy s4 android 5.0 jelly bean and 8.5 screen same design different number    hurry dump fuks 

    • Guest

      lol

    • Luis

      Thanks, Luis. Good post.

  • Dumbazz

    you know in a situation like this it helps if you fire off a few rounds from an AK-47 over a matter like this. get that anger out buddy! That mean ole Samsung Galaxy s3 HURT YOU!

    • unfaix

       didnt think this one would actually be approved, thanks dumbass, you’re cool

  • Harddude5

    The 399+ tax /shipping for a Galaxy Nexus from Google seems like a better deal and they are supposed to be offering several more new phones on their website in November. Patience.

  • Kmetzi01

    In Los Angeles, one store in Hawthorne got SIII’s today. That is BS!

  • Guest

    Called 
    North Richland Hills, TX Walmart and they have it in stock

    • Josh

      Are they selling it though. They told me they could not.

      • Bybochka

         My walmart sell them.he has 2 more,$650 each,16gb only

        • Josh

          Which one?

        • Josh

          Wait. Ny. Nevermind. I went to my local store. They had it and had no way to ring it up. He even called a neighboring store. I’m over this.

    • Erc2003

      Did they mention price by any chance?

      • Erc2003

        I’m wondering the price if I have a full upgrade available. I called but the electronics guy just said that he is selling a laptop and put me on hold then I got rerouted to pharmacy :/

    • Bybochka

       Yes,Long Island(NY) Walmart also have it,but full price of the phone is $650(T-Mobile-$630)

      • Bybochka

         Iam interested in full price T-Mobile galaxy S3,and Walmart-$650,T-mobile-$630.
        Walmart salesman told me,that $650 price is gonna stay for a while.

    • unfaix

      I called, they have it in stock, but cannot sell them as they are not in the system for upgrade and new lines. They however, could sell at full price.

      • Cyclone

        they told me same thing, contract price not in the system for staring new account,new line,upgrades. They can only sell at full price 650

  • Cyclone

    They tell me next week stores will be flooded with galaxy s 3s

  • Taron19119

    Im geting one for 199.99

    • Bybochka

       And after 2 yars of your service(just the data),you are going to end up paying over $700 for the phone.Do your math.

      • imsuperjp

        and a lot of people use data and you will pay that with any carrier, so your point is stupid. Grow a brain

      • Taron19119

        How when im geting one from t-mobile for 199.99

      • Arvin

        that 20 dollars you pay is for a SERVICE not for a PHONE go back to school. 

        • Taron19119

          What are u talking about im geting it from t-mobile for 199.99

  • guest

    just called the costco in fullerton and they told me that they will be getting the phone tomorrow for 199.00. 

    • Traviedwards

      Bastards didnt tell me the price when i called the one on clybourn. Whats the difference between costco, retail store, and 1800tmobile? Other then cost

  • Jared

    T-mobile should have just delayed just like every other carrier. There are 29 “major” markets, i have a feeling they shipped roughly 2 phones per market if the availability here in sacramento is any indication. (there is some sarcasm in there, so don’t blow a gasket)

    • http://twitter.com/badbob001sub badbob001sub

      Being the first carrier to have it in the stores allows them to lock some people into contracts and to collect a little extra from the higher price. If released at the same time as other carriers, those same people may just skip to another carrier.

  • Eric Pederson

    I’m in the Portland, OR market and only three T-Mobile stores here received this phone.  I got mine today in one of those three (SE of Portland in a suburb called Gresham).  This store claims to have 70 of them in stock as of this morning.

  • Bybochka

    Costco might be the only place,where the Galaxy S3 full price could be lover,then $630(T-mobile price)
    Lets see it tomorrow…

    • ETphoneHome

      nope, Walmart is $599 as well. At least in Naperville, IL it is.

      • Cyclone

        they told me it is 650 without contract

        • ETphoneHome

          Yeah it was wierd, they had a label saying it was 600 but it rang up 650

    • Scapegrace

      You cannot buy phones off contract at Costco

      • Arvin

        this is true 

  • Jdmap1

    just went to my local costco in phx, nothing! told me next week

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

    I was pleasantly surprised today when my store called (I was on the list) and said they had them in. Indianapolis isn’t on the 29 markets list.

  • edub1906

    Can anyone confirm the price for the 16GB at Costco?  I am hoping for $249.00 w/ no rebate.

    • avengerzx9

       $199 in Long Beach, CA

      • edub1906

        Is that the upgrade price?

        • SGSIII

          No… it’s the full retail price STUPID.

        • edub1906

          Look you clown, my question is that the price for an upgrade or the price for NEW T-Mobile customer.  I see all of the idiots are out tonight in full force.

        • Grammatica di Polizia

           Wow… in all caps too, I guess you meant it.

      • Remote_help

        I am assuming you meant the one in Signal Hill, right?  

    • TheReder

      I just called my local Costco, and I was told $249 for the 16GB with no rebate. It comes with the accessory pack including screen protectors, leather case and car charger. I know where I’m going tomorrow.

      • Mm33

        they told me 199.99

        • Jdmap1

           $199 in Pheonix

    • spraynard

      Called the local Costco and they said they’d be getting 10 of the 16GB Pebble Blue tomorrow morning…also told me that 30 people had called today asking about them so I doubt they’ll last long. The sales rep could not give me any information on pricing.

  • Josh

    Really tempted just to buy the galaxy nexus due instead. My nexus s is getting laggy and just spent a ridiculous portion of a day off looking and waiting for a phone.

    • GS3

       you guys ever wonder why they stopped making a 32gb version for the gnexus? to get more data plans maybe? if the gnexus came with both 32gb and 16gb in the US, it’d be a relevant device, it doesn’t make sense otherwise..

    • Paul1427

      My Nexus S has been lagging lately too. If they hadn’t removed EIP for Value Plus plans I would have tried to buy one online today.

  • Jim Jiang

    Let me say this, a store having these in stock is hit or miss,as they have  a wait list for people to first get the phones, then they are free to ell the remaining phones, so some store may sell out of all of them just by calling its wait list, soc heck a couple stores, and im 90% sure they will add alike a 80$ credit later at the full launch, as they are the ONLY carrier to have them ready to ship. So, If you want it first, pay 80$ or just wait, there will be a  price break.

    • GS3

       yah most likely true.. i checked bestbuy website last night , their gs2′s were 249$ , i checked again earlier and the price went down to 149… same thing will happen on tmobile maybe next week..

      tmobile will drop the price of the gs2, they need to… coz it’s an older device

      • GS3

         it means the s3′s price will drop as well , hopefully.. lol

      • Arvin

        or they will raise the price of the gs3… oh wait… they raised both compared to other carrier.

  • B-Mobile

    i have to say I’m a little disappointed: living in Richmond, Va i knew the t-mobile store wouldn’t have the phone in stock today. but not to have any dummy phones, or posters/pamphlets was very disheartening.neither did the local Walmart (no type of advertisement???)

  • Blklig

    Got mine today at lunch and it’s amazing. Paid the 330 price tag but I’m satisfied. Cost about 390 after Tax and upgrade fee. Sd store had about 35 at each store so a total of 70 at that mall alone. Also, all the b.s. About no rebate for existing customers kid just that b.s. I got many mail in rebate soon as I paid for it

    • Arvin

      What language are you using here ? It’s not English….

      • Blklig

        one, i was using my phone and auto correct changed some words without me realizing it but whatever. if thats all you got out of what i said you must be a very disgruntled person anyways.

  • Blklig

    Also, the screen on this phone is far better than the s2. If I notice any downfalls with it, which I haven’t thus far ill update you guys

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      I think the screens can only get so good. But this is coming from someone who thought the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant screen was great, and my SGS II screen was excellent.

      To each their own I guess. I would not pay $400 and sign a two year contract for a display that is supposedly “far better” than my SGS II display.

      I don’t think it is far better anyway. I have not read any reviews that have said the SGS III display is “far better” than the SGS II screen. In fact, most reviews I have read said that if one has the SGS II it is NOT worth the money to upgrade to the SGS III.

      But I am envious of your purchase. Before I went prepaid and on the “buy used phones only” route, I would have been right there with you, buying the SGS III and losing a night’s sleep using the phone.

      I will have to be satisfied with walking into a T-Mobile store in about a month, to see what all the fuss is about. :(

      • Blklig

        trust me there is a noticeable difference. also, there is so many cool features such as being able to take still photos while video recording, the cloud inbox with 50gb of space just to name a few. you’ll see once you have  it in your hands. i am honestly satisfied with the 390 i forked over. 

        • Spanky

          “there is so many cool features such as being able to take still photos while video recording”

          That’s an ICS feature. With the recent ICS update, I’m pretty certain that the GSII will be able to do this as well.

  • Taron19119

    SO WHAT ABOUT PHILLY I CALL 25 T-MOBILE STORES AND THAY ALL SAID THAY DON HAVE IT SO WHAT T-MOBILE STORE IN PHILLY HAS IT

    • Guest

      I did the same thing here in Phoenix. No store had it. I called customer service yesterday and told me what store. They said they were getting it. I called them today to confirm and they never got it.

      • Jdmap1

         Only one store in Phoenix got 3. All other stores don’t have it until next week.

      • Taron19119

        customer service told me just one store in philly had it but did know what store it was but its ok cause cause next week im geting one for 199.99

        • Taron19119

          from the retention department

    • phills

       You’ll be better off.  I know it suck but wait a few days and the target in south philly will most likely have it for the lower price (what im hoping for anyway)

  • Bkidko

    So we are ok with paying close to $400 for a phone on a two year contract now?

    • Arvin

      whos we. 

      • Bkidko

        Tmobile customers. Why sign a contract and pay full price for a phone? Can you not get a plan without buying phone through Tmobile any longer?

        • Cyclone

          Lets organize street protests in front of t mobile stores with signs” we want $199 back”

        • Bkidko

          Haha. I think not buying yhe phone should do just fine. At least don’t waste an upgrade and buy phone elsewhere, make Tmobile give you a reason to buy hardware from them. I see people vuying screen protectors and cases and other,accessories as Tmobile store and I just cannot wrap my mind around it.

        • Spanky

          ” I see people vuying screen protectors and cases and other,accessories as Tmobile store and I just cannot wrap my mind around it.”

          Ditto. Who in their right mind would pay $20 for a pack of 2 screen protectors when the same can be purchased on Amazon or eBay for about $2 (if that)?

        • 21stNow

          No more postpaid month-to-month. You either have to do prepaid or sign a Value plan contract.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      Not me, not on a two-year contract. And it is $400 PLUS the additional amount one pays for the service. If I recall right, T-Mobile’s lowest individual plan is $80, plus $8 in fees and taxes. With other sign up fees, sales tax, etc. might as well say $90 monthly. That works out to $2560 total for a phone, or as some have said in here “just a phone.” That’s a lot of coin to pay for “just a phone” that has no computer functionality.

      Post-paid carriers are like printer manufacturers. Sell the phone cheap, then nail people on the 24 month contract. Is it any wonder why carriers love post-paid contracts. Lock people in to draconian terms, and get them all caught up on avoiding payment of an ETF penalty (even if paying that will save them hundreds on the phone bill).

      I am real curious what Verizon and AT&T make on TALK OVERAGE charges, and now with AT&T’s new AUTOMATIC DATA OVERAGE charges, they have to be making billions on that alone.

      All a customer has to do is go over once or twice on talk and on data every year, that has to push up the monthly cost of individual service to $150+ (I remember when on my T-Mobile account my GF went over on her talk minutes twice in one year, I paid something like $400 in overage charges.)

      That’s why I don’t mind paying $400 for a phone on eBay. I pay that and I am done with it. No overage charges on talk or data where I am at now, at Straight Talk prepaid. With prepaid there are no overage charges.

    • Factor24

      Naw i walked out the store when they said 400

    • Spanky

      My sentiments exactly. The fact that T-Mobile’s monthly fees are lower than those of other carriers is not the point. The $400 price point for a subsidized device is.

  • trackman1

    Went to a T-Mobile store in Seattle today, they said that Seattle was pulled from the launch for the S3, and had it pushed to next week.

  • Traviedwards

    S2 is now free on the tmobile websiteS

    • Scarfacemario

      You are correct its now free

  • Eunae Park

    Hi, i am a big fan of tmonews!! :)
    There is only classic plan about GS3 on your article.
    And also in the tmobile website, only classic plan.
    Why? I guess about 70~80% two-years contract customers are using value plan.  
    I am just wondering.

  • Semi977

    Is tmobile only selling the pebble blue right now?

  • Thecityboy781

    sold out in Boston *sad face*

  • Sdaisy824

    Just came back from Target, will be picking my galaxy s3 16 gb in white about 3 days for $199 upgrade for T-mobile, because I wasn’t going to fork over $280+ in the T-mobile retail store

    • Ashido480

      Target has it?! Tell me more please

      • Sdaisy824

        They ran out this morning ,but definitely they will have more in about 3days, if you up for upgrade for T-mobile, I suggest you go to Target, the Representative from Target also suggested me to trade my phone and will be less $ and if you have a Target pre-paid  or Target credit card if will take 5% off, this was in Queens, NY 

        • Ashido480

          Which target in Queens, because I live in Brooklyn and I would be more than willing to travel to Queens. :D

        • Sdaisy824

          you can try any Target or best buy for $199, I went to Queens Mall

        • Ashido480

          Thanks bro, my full 2 year contract is up for my Vibrant, so this is exactly what I was looking for. I def wanted to get the White one too, so this is good news.

        • Sdaisy824

          I’m not a bro, (female here) 

        • Ashido480

          Thanks Sis :D

        • http://www.facebook.com/MMontanez347 Michael Montanez

          im in the bronx and wouldnt mind traveling to queens either…im up for a 2 year upgrade, when you went to target, were you able to keep your data plan and everything exactly how it was when u got the gs3? thanks

        • Sdaisy824

          I will have in about in 3 days, if should not affect your data plan, if just upgrading, we are grandfathered in my t-mobile family plan, when my son upgraded earlier this past March for the samsung sII , it didn’t change anything. But just in case tell them do not change your data plan

        • http://www.facebook.com/MMontanez347 Michael Montanez

          thanks for the response…so $200 if upgrading on a 2 year contract through target…ill be on the first train to queens mall tomorrow, thank you very much :)

        • Sdaisy824

          but why travel far when you can go to any Target store in any borough?

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      Target is a good place to pick up phones. I think they are trying to compete with Wal-Mart so they keep prices competitive.

      • Sdaisy824

        I agree with you, early my son upgrade in march for T-mobile the samsung galaxy sII through Target for $99.00

    • WW

      FYI for anyone in Atlanta.  There’s only 1 Target store in Atlanta that carries T-Mobile (all the others carry only Verizon, AT&T and Sprint). 
       
      I think it’s the one at 2600 Holcomb Bridge Rd in Alpharetta GA. 
       
      I don’t know if they have the GS3 but if you want TMo from Target (on contract; they all have pre-paid), this is the only one (based on info from a wireless seller in the store) in the Atlanta area.

      • Daisy

        Here in NY it’s not also prepaid  you can also get them by contract and upgrades,, my son did the upgrade  through Target because T-mobile retail was asking to put down $280 for the samsung galaxy II and that same day he went to Target in got for $99.00 in white, without changing our plan

  • Taron19119

    this is y t-mobile should of did a  preorde

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Well here’s hoping that the SGS III buzz causes the SGS II to plummet down to  $200 on eBay. :) Right now ones advertised as mint are $300.

    Also looking at the Note, but those prices remain high. :(

    Anyway, IMO the SGS II is not that much different from the SGS III, certainly not enough to pay $200 to $300 more for a III (I have to pay full price for my phones, that I use on Straight Talk prepaid. T-Mobile or AT&T 4G, 2.5 GB data, unlimited talk and text, $41 month).

    • Blklig

      actually i had the gs2 and picked up my gs3 today and there is actually a world of difference. i would gladly spend the money again for it. plus after i sold my gs2 for 275 i only actually came out of pocket a hundred and some change

  • Traviedwards

    Its free on the tmo website after 50 dollar rebate, ends at 11:59 tonight

    • exeot

      WOW. They’ve been lying about the stock the whole time. 
      OK.. tmobile, you got me this time. Awesome move.. i’ll take two. Too bad the upgrade fee still applies:(

      • Taron19119

        what are u talking about itsthe gs2 thats free

        • jhoff909

          looks like it’s only free for new customers – tried going thru the upgrade and they still want $250 for it :(

        • exeot

          Nobody caught the sarcasm?!?!!! REALLY>!

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    A search of Costco indicates it is selling the Verizon, Sprint or AT&T SGS III for $200.

    And I am not sure if I am reading it correctly, but the Verizon SGS III is $175, after $25 mail-in rebate.

    Like some said in here, perception is everything to consumers. Pay $175 or $280 for the phone. Given the choice, I think people can’t resist paying $105 less. They won’t pencil out who has the lower priced plans, they go for that up-front price. And in these hard times $105 is a lot.

    • sharklover

      Tmobile only being sold in stores for now. my local store was meant to hve them this morning. Does not seem like they will have it tomorrow. I want it already.

    • jhoff909

      Local Costco here in Seattle is selling them for $250, no rebate required.  They’re only getting 3 tho…

  • Grammatica di Polizia

     Hmm… I just thought of something, maybe T-Mobile priced this at $280 because it is the first to get the phone on sale, that is, instead of pre-orders which is what everyone else has.

    Does that mean when it actually goes on sale elsewhere that T-Mobile will lower the price?

    Just a thought. Why not make an extra million while no one else has the phone.

  • Dumbazz

    OF COURSE ATT and Verizon can sell the SG3 at a lower cost considering they will CHARGE YOU MORE each month PLUS they can buy in GREATER VOLUME since they have a a larger customer base than Tmobile!
    So those of you whining STFU

  • Taron19119

    what is tele-sales

    • Angelboy66

      Calling tmo sales rep over phone is call Tele sales

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640591166 Julio Piedrahita

    cool down people. its a phone, not the end of the world…you have been waiting for this months..do you mind waiting a few days more?..behave like adults, rational human beings..no like monkeys anxious for getting the last banana available. TMO and Samsung are doing their best to make it possible….JEEZZZZZZ

    • Nemichoco

      I know right… and ill wait another few more months for the GS4. I perfectly fine with my GSII running the official ICS.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      You remind me of that tortoise in the station wagon, in the Xfinity commercial. :)

    • Spanky

      Again, this is just Samsung creating artificial demand. Remember what Nintendo did with the Wii? Six months after it was originally released, it was still very difficult to get. I remember waiting online at my local Best Buy (prior to the store opening) in June 2007, wich only got 25 systems and was issuing tickets to those wishing to buy the system. I was number 23, with about 30 more people waiting online behind me.

      Samsung knew exactly what kind of demand this phone will generate, and are using it to increase the hype. Don’t think for a second that they don’t have warehouses full of GSIIIs. They are strictly controllining the amount of phones that are released for sale, that’s all. Want proof? Just take a look at the number of comments on this blog’s GSIII-related posts.

      • Spanky

        *wich = which, before the grammar police arrives.

      • None

        you waited online?  dump the dial-up!

  • Scapegrace

    Anyone have luck with Walmart, Target, or Best Buy with upgrading and keeping preferred data plan?  I was able to at Costco, but wasn’t sure if they would do the same at the other stores.

    • Scapegrace

      To clear up, I didn’t guy the S3 at Costco but another phone on another line a while ago.

    • Ikhtiaralam

      I bought mine at Wal-Mart for 198 plus tax. Came to 214.34. Plus my $18 upgrade fee which will be implemented in my bill later.

      • Ikhtiaralam

        They let me keep my data plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melvin.alliowe Melvin Alli-Owe

    Walmart, Costco, & Target all have it online for $199 but only for ATT, Verizon & Sprint..Costco gives you $25 back..i don’t really get what tmo is doing..they didn’t give us the chance to pre order..nobody is carrying the tmobile version..and the big markets stores basically had nothing to sell today

    • jbreyno

      The reason they didn’t have preorders is because only new contract customers are getting the phone right away. Go online and try to do a upgrade and it will tell you that its not currently available, you will be able to purchase but it will give you a anticipated arrival date of the 29th. If you go to the website and go thru as a new customer before you checkout it will ask you want to express or ups ground. Im sure the cutoff time has passed to get it tommorrow but new cus that ordered before 8 pm tonite will have it tommorrow. Customer care handles upgrades and they dont even have access to the systems to order till the 27th. The department that has inventory is telesales who handles new customers or if your adding a new line only. Customer care isnt even aware that telesales is selling to new customers,theyre trying to keep it queit cause it doesnt look good if your using your inventory to sign up contracts before other carriers launch and making upgrades wait.With all these blogs and surface articles written, its ridiculous. Get the real story.Do a little homework and see what lies beneath. Well in my letter I told T-mobile I will hold them accountable and i’m a man of my word, remember other carriers are sending there inventory to preorders ala Sprint, Tmobile is likely holding the majority of handsets, they said there would be limited quantity in stores but in the Chicago market there where 5 stores with about 5 handsets each. Other carriers didn’t release cause that’s stupid, they decided to use limited inventory to satisfy pre-orders,  T-Mobile they only sold to new customers it would be to obvious, so they sprinkled a few in stores to detract from that. They never said how many were going to be in stores, just that it was limited. did it cause available in stores but its so limited it doesnt make sense. Its just to detract from the fact that besides a few devices in stores the only tmo customers getting the phone before the 29th are new contract customers via telasales or that set up new line of service on tmo site.Dont believe me try to proccess an upgrade and then go and try to order as a new customer.Or call telesales and say your new and ask if you can get it in one day. Tmobiles promoting being the first in stores but theyre really being shady whereas sprint sent there limited inventory to all preorders which is a new and upgrades and everyone has a fair shot at. People dont get it but I wrote that letter to tmobile executives and words coming out writers on these tech sites dont know much, they got sources that feed them info but they dont get the scoop. Everyone ran around looking for phones today calling customer care and thinking they had a chance to get one of the 5 devices available in every major market. Tmobile knew they were doing and I know what i’m doing.

      • Scapegrace

        What.

      • xSAVAGEx

        Can you explain this again? You wrote a letter?

      • None

        too many words

  • dazed&confused

    Tmo has a cheaper plans than other providers, therefore they charge more for phones.   As for today’s “pre-launch” I think it was a complete gaggle f*ck.  I went to my local tmo store and they said they will have 5 s3′s. all local corporate stores were to have 5-10 phones, all blue.  I changed my contract around and was told I was good to go and I can pick up my phone first thing in the morning.  I was called 1030am by my local store and they informed me that they did not get the phones because only 2 stores in my area were allowed to sell it.  I found one of the stores rushed over and got my s3 (amazing phone btw).  I later went back to that same store to buy a screen protector and was informed that they were allotted 100 phoness but only sold 13 on day one…. EPIC FAILURE on tmo’s side.  5 phones scattered around the city, OR the two tmo stores with stock publizied would have caused a sale out, but nope, they messed up…

  • rwc1792

    I’ll say this, this phone is in demand.  Walked into a T-mo store in the Bay Area that didn’t have the phone, and while I was there, they received 3 phone calls from people asking for the phone.  What other phone has had that kind of demand?

    • Spanky

      That other phone does….y’know, from the fruit company.

      • babalo

        juicy fruit?

    • dazed&confused

      if you’re willing to drive to sacramento there might be some left.  call the tmo store 916 681 5077

    • dazed&confused

      if you’re willing to drive to sacramento there might be some left.  call the tmo store 916 681 5077

    • None

      Come on… that question is waaay too easy!

    • rwc1792

       should have clarified, what other Android phone has had this kind of demand?

  • GinaDee

    Ripoff regardless of plan savings. 

    T-Mobile still sells the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for $299.99 while many online outlets give it away for free on a 2 year contract.

    Should be $329 w/o a forced data plan or $199.99 with a forced data plan. 

    • Jose Hernandez

       It still amazes me how some people just refuse to understand how they have chosen to do business. It is not a ripoff is you are told before hand how much you need to pay, and how much you will safe with the plan after. Now, I am not happy that they are charging more, but I still choose to stay with them because I do safe a ton of money. You are not being forced to stay with them. If you are not happy, go to another carrier. Complaining here is not going to help you. And you seem to know that you will be saving money on the plan anyway. Why are you saying this is a ripoff? You have all the facts, how could they possibly rip you off?

  • Blklig

    the reason t mobiles is so much is because if they let it go for 200 and the etp is only two hundred people would buy the phone and just quit their  plan spending only 400 for a 630 phone. the other companies can do this because they can risk it because they have a larger customer base and they just subsidize the cost by charging you far more for data and things like wifi tethering which come standard with the 5 gb plan from tmobile. just do the math on the plans and also check out verizons upcoming family plans and you’ll understand tmobile is not too shabby

  • billy padilla

    Anyone got their hands on the S3? Please post whrere you got it and how much?

    • dazed&confused

      I bought mine in sacramento it was 229+arm and leg, used the value plan..   call 916 681 5077 (store) to see if they have more.  they had 100 yesterday and only sold 13

      • billy padilla

        im trying to find out if anyone has purchased it at a walmart/bestbuy/costco/target etc, they seem to have much better deals than tmobile store. thanks for the reply.

    • dazed&confused

      I bought mine in sacramento it was 229+arm and leg, used the value plan..   call 916 681 5077 (store) to see if they have more.  they had 100 yesterday and only sold 13

  • http://twitter.com/dholmstock Daniel Holmstock

    anyone know when the WHITE models are going to be released?  Ordered mine last night on the web, but says backordered and thats it.

    • Ydeavilas

      I think the WHITE looks a bit too feminish and the blue I consider it more elegant… just saying

      • http://twitter.com/dholmstock Daniel Holmstock

        lol – had the white radar and iPhone 4s – all my other phones that i had have been black or blue or gray – and in certain cases the points moot anyhow. Besides I am secure in my manhood that i am not worried what color my phone is.

      • None

        You are worried about a phone being too feminine when you use words like “elegant”?

    • dazed&confused

      probably 6/27.  this was considered a pre launch