Will The High Price Of The Galaxy S III Stop You From Buying?

Now that the Galaxy S III is officially for sale on T-Mobile, I thought it worth wondering just how much the price is affecting your buying decision, thanks in no small part to your incredible amount of feedback about T-Mobile’s price. T-Mobile is clearly not concerned about the “standard” industry price of $199.99/$249.99 for the 16GB and 32GB varieties. So I have one small question in three parts, will the high price stop you from buying the Galaxy S III or will you buy it at any price OR will you wait till the price drops? How badly do you want it?


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  • yes it will ….   not going for it … waiting for note 2 or  s4 

  • If I was in the market for the GSIII, the price wouldn’t have stopped me. However, I just bought a GNex ealier this year and am happy with it…for now. Hard for me to buy anything but Nexus devices at this point.

  • TheReder

    It’ll certainly stop me from buying it at a T-Mobile retail store when I can get it for $130 less at a third party outlet.

    • gpt2010

      Exactly. Just buy it at Wal-Mart or Costco, or just wait. You have to be crazy to buy it from corporate. No benefits from doing that, but getting your phone early. Just not worth $80 more. T-Mobile did that to really see what people are willing to pay for the phone. When you buy it from indirect, you will get more of a discount and hopefully not deal with a mail-in rebate. 

      • whiteiphoneproblems

        If you have problems with the phone (during the warranty period), and need to swap it out for another one, I know that TMO will handle that if you’ve bought the phone from them (they’ll ship the new out via UPS, with a label for sending the old one back, etc.). Would they still do this if you buy it from Walmart or Costco?  Thx

  • Brass Balls

    Nope, the fact that there are none is going to keep me from buying it.

  • mobilehavoc

    This is absurd given it’s the exact freaking phone that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are selling for $200. 

    • jawash22

      But you will pay more monthly with them, so in reality, TMO is still cheaper, thus the higher upfront cost. I think all phones should be unsubsidized and then let me pay less monthly.

      • vondomitz

        That’s not necessarily the case for all of us.  My employer has discounts with most of the major carriers that makes Tmo and Sprint very cost competitive with one another.  Both my wife and I are up for renewal (22 months), and a $130 price spike per phone is enough to justify the ETF and jump carriers.  We have been customers since 2005.

  • I was definitely anticipating buying this phone for months before it came out. Now I’m holding off until the price becomes more reasonable.

  • Mvaughan06

    yep, waiting to see what Wally world or Costco can do. I’m not paying $350+ with a 2 year extension for any phone. numerous gadget websites are commenting on TMobiles price a well…

  • sharklover

    Any smart person will buy it for $199. Maybe an exception would be if you have a grandfathered data plan and they wont allow to keep it if you buy from a retailer. Costco just dropped the price of the HTC 1 S to $129.

  • Adam

    Will just stick with the gs2 and wait for lte next yr before getting a new phone.

  • I ordered the 16GB white S3 (overnight shipping) yesterday on tmobile.com for a whopping $395.36.  The only way I could justify paying that is because I convinced the retention department to credit my account $118, plus I can still retrieve my mail-in-rebate. When it’s all said and done, I’ll be paying $227, which is still $30 more than what I’d like to pay, but it is what it is.

    Unfortunately I woke up this morning to an e-mail from TMOBILE stating that the phone is back ordered, which sucks, but isn’t all that surprising. Oh well!

  • BigMixxx

    I say that about the high price, but at half the cost of a subsidy, may as well buy it outright…

  • Cashman

    Yes it will……I’m sticking to my One S, I refuse to spend the same amount I spend on a car payment on a cell phone with an upgrade. It just doesn’t make sense, If T-Mobile is looking to get more people on their network, this is not the way to go.

  • I asked the Costco rep yesterday. They said they will have 5 GS3 tomorrow in stock. 
    And all he told me that Costco price will be lower than T-Mobile’s price of GS3. SO GUYS GO ASK YOUR LOCAL COSTCO

  • farfromovin

    I could care less about subsidized price as I’m on the value plan. I learned basic math a long time ago. The only thing that bothered me is San Diego only got 75 units of blue 16gb, all at one store, and they sold out before I got outta work at 3pm. I think all U.S. carriers should all raise the price on “subsidized” phones and transition more towards plans where you pay for services and devices separately.

    • gpt2010

      That day is coming, and google play will help make that happen when they start selling various phones. Imagine a phone with no bloat ware and no contract! People will just start having to get used to the idea that you will pay more for a phone up front, but the lower monthly plans offset that. Got to give credit to T-Mobile for launching Value Plans, and giving you that option. 

      • 21stNow

        Even More Plus plans offered this before Value plans came along and there was no contract.

    • GwapoAko

      I’m also in value plan and paying $65 (1,000 minutes and 200MB (on  my iPhone 4$) and no data on my wife’s 3GS :0)

      • Derail Doax

        You’re bragging that you pay very little per month to have a phone that only gets edge speeds for 200 MB per month, and your wife has a smartphone that is good for nothing… Sorry but I don’t think you’re smart at all… In fact this borders on retardation…

        That’s like saying I have a Mercedes Benz at home, but I don’t put gas in it… I save so much money. What good is it?

  • GSII

    I’ll stick with my SII and wait to see the 5 galaxy nexus Jellybean devices in the fall. 

    • dev19

      Keep waiting for the better device….

      • 30014

        No, you mean keep waiting for the more realisticly reasonable priced device. If you can afford it i say go for it, if not then find the better option for yourself.

  • farfromovin

    One more thing, I think the $700 price tag after tax on the 32gb version is a little steep. Those are iPrices lol. I can’t remember a carrier branded Android device that has ever been this expensive in the states. Granted, I paid in that range for my GN back in November, but that was a bleeding edge international import, not a carrier based device in the states. My HTC Sensation was only $549 when it was new. I think new devices should carry the $549/$599 pricing structure for outright prices.

  • It sort of insults customers to price it this high and then cite the plans as reason for it.  When the phone doesn’t have LTE (yeah, yeah I know Tmo HSPA+ is faster…. right now, not long term), the coverage in Tmo has always been spotty compared to at&t and Verizon, and there is absolutely no benefit of this phone above the other variants.   It’s obviously Tmobile’s opportunity to fund their new network changes and raise capital.  When you have one of the hottest phones in the world, you might as well make money off it right?  Fine, but stop with this cheap plan excuse. 

  • It sort of insults customers to price it this high and then cite the plans as reason for it.  When the phone doesn’t have LTE (yeah, yeah I know Tmo HSPA+ is faster…. right now, not long term), the coverage in Tmo has always been spotty compared to at&t and Verizon, and there is absolutely no benefit of this phone above the other variants.   It’s obviously Tmobile’s opportunity to fund their new network changes and raise capital.  When you have one of the hottest phones in the world, you might as well make money off it right?  Fine, but stop with this cheap plan excuse. 

  • ETphoneHome

    I got mine last night at Walmart. Took like 3 hours because they didn’t have subsidized pricing set up in there system. I told them I talked to Costco and was told $199, but they couldn’t confirm when they called. I couldn’t really get a price from Costco either, but I was going off of some of the comments on here. Lucky for me the kid working there was really cool, and lied to his manager so they could price match Costco’s imaginary price. They couldn’t perform the upgrade either through their system and I actually did it myself with Tmo customer care over Walmart’s phone, and just put them on with each other when all was said and done to confirm. This was probably a real lucky instance that would be hard to recreate, but I for one am super happy with the results!

    • ETphoneHome

      Also, I got to keep my grandfathered Unlimited Android data plan and everything, even though every one I talked to tried to tell me I couldn’t, lol. I just told them I talked with retentions previously and they told me it would be no problem, and that that was the whole reason I was upgrading in the first place. Where there is a will there is a way people!

  • Jimneezy

    I purchased the device at full $685 after taxes and guess what? it didnt hurt me one bit, and why do you ask? Im not made of money so the price is high but all I pay is $30 a month with no contract….you have to think about the long run

    • RedHotStinkyPoo

      You also get only 100 minutes of talk with that ghetto $30 plan. Why even have a cell phone, just get a tablet at this point in your life.

      • Jimneezy

        Is it “ghetto” even if its still offered by T-mobile? I hardly use minutes so because you use more than 100 minutes a month doesn’t apply to me. Plus if I need more I use voip apps that work just fine. Do some research, you might learn something

      • Jimneezy

        Is it “ghetto” even if its still offered by T-mobile? I hardly use minutes so because you use more than 100 minutes a month doesn’t apply to me. Plus if I need more I use voip apps that work just fine. Do some research, you might learn something

      • GwapoAko

        He is just being smart in buying  the phone at full price and using it on the $30 plan.

      • AM3RIG

        RHSP, Yes that’s true! Person can buying GT-P3113 for 249.99 and save their $435.01. 

  • Olographics

    The higher price don’t stopped me from buying this beautiful device yesterday, I will explain why.
    I just receive my rebate cards from T-Mobile for some devices I bought a few weeks ago,I got $300 back from them, and since I will get another $50 back as a rebate for the purchase of the GS3 I will be paying total only $30 for my brand new Galaxy 3.
    I paid $380 total yesterday minus $300 I got in cards minus $50 in a few more weeks= $30 real out of my pocket.
    I have to say I am really happy with my device and no matter what they say for me it worth the money.

    • RedHotStinkyPoo

      not really $30, as you used prior rebate cards towards this phone. Meaning you paid a higher price for the other phones as the rebate money is going back to T-Mobile. Guess you don’t understand basic logic.

      It’s like buying a car with 10k cash back, then buying another car from the same dealership that is overpriced by $10k. At the end of the day they got their $10k back from you.

      You don’t realize that? lol

  • rschauby

    It did for me. I canceled my order last night when I sobered up and realized I was about to pay $450 for a SUBSIDIZED phone! I’m going to wait and see if I can get it for $200 or less.

  • Something

    I was only considering this device because it was going to have a quad core processor. Since that’s been stripped from the version coming to the states, there is not much here worth my attention. I’ll wait for fall releases.

  • the GS3 is too damn high

    Definitely.

    You’re paying $630(outright or via Classic/Value plans) for a GS3 with TMo 1700 MHz band.

    The AT&T Galaxy Note only costs $600 outright. I’d rather buy that and flash the TMo HSPA band

    • dkbnyc

      How exactly do you flash an HSPA band?

      • TMOTECH

        The Note has a radio in it that supports AWS bands but it is locked out by software. If you root the handset and install a “patch” ,for lack of a term that escapes me, it “unlocks the AWS bands and it allows it to work on T-Mobiles HSPA+ network. But it is only single carrier 21 Mbps. If you wait for the T-Mobile branded one it will support 42Mbps

    • xSAVAGEx

      I would love to know to do that.. Lol!

    • TMOTECH

      That is possible but it will not support 42Mbps, Only 21. T-Mobiles branded one will support 42…

  • dkbnyc

    $692.42 seems a tad excessive.  I will most certainly wait for a better price.

    • Spanky

      I bought my Galaxy Nexus (imported) back in December 2011 and paid a total of $720. I really wanted the phone and switching to Verizon wasn’t an option, so I laid out the money and haven’t looked back since. However, the GNex was an imported, top of the line (at the time) phone. $700 for a domestically available phone? No thanks.

  • Batterydead

    i stressed over it for a whole day. Then I told myself it was ridiculous and I couldn’t afford it so I would wait for a deal at walmart or something.  Then I woke up in the middle of the night and said screw it and ordered it with my early upgrade discount for 329 (no MIR). Then I saw the estimated delivery date of 7/2 and chose next day air delivery for 20 bucks more for 6/25 delivery.  All in all cost me a crazy $403 but surprisingly I feel a lot better.  Should get about $100 back when i sell my old g2 on craigslist

  • Crystal77

    When the pricing details were first released I said “No way. I’ll wait a few months for it to come down.” Then yesterday morning rolled around and I couldn’t help myself… Hey, it’s been a months long wait. $454.71 (white, 32gb, full upgrade… taxes, fees + next day delivery) later, I’m in chillout mode waiting for backorder to clear and my beautiful new phone to be on it’s way.

    • RascoChilliPepperRoad

      $454.71 after full upgrade? Yikes, you should have just purchased a Galaxy Nexus off Contract from the play store. I would never pay 450 for a contract phone. But to each their own.

      • Crystal77

        I know, right. But it’s already been a wait. I am considering cancelling the order and buying off contract if i can find a local store with it in stock. Will be checking around at lunch time :)

    • ChadBroChillz

      What the hell. 450 is 200 more than the other carriers are charging for the 32gb model. I hope your bill is considerably less than the competitors. Also is tmobile even subsidizing the device when they sell it for 450?

    • ChadBroChillz

      What the hell. 450 is 200 more than the other carriers are charging for the 32gb model. I hope your bill is considerably less than the competitors. Also is tmobile even subsidizing the device when they sell it for 450?

  • Dennis Petros

    I ended up buying it. But im still pissed at Tmo.

    But…..

    Im over it now that I have my phone lol

  • Honestly I could care less about the phone. I’m not a big Samsung fan when it comes to Android. I want a newer myTouch branded phone though.

    • Jose Hernandez

       I wish you the best of luck, I have owned nothing but MyTouch devices since I became a TMobile customer and have had nothing but problems. I am done with HTC and will give Samsung a chance.

      •  HTC is not the only vendor that makes the myTouch branded phones now. Samsung is not well known for doing the best job of updating their phones or tablets. They mainly make a new device with the current OS. So don’t expect too many updates coming from a Samsung phone. Best of luck to you as well with Samsung.

  • DES

    I was planning on jumping ship and going back to Tmobile, but sprint is offering me this phone at $199+tax … and I have 5 lines on a family plan. You think they want more costumers like me, but I guess they dont.

    • urmom

      Have fun being a dumb ass! Sprint coverage is worse and slower speeds. Way to go moron!

      • DES

         i can deal with the network until they upgrade. But I can’t deal with overprice phones on a company that their own german mom is trying to get ridoff.

    • Dumbazz

      I heard sprint has really really good upload and download speeds. Enjoy the higher bill

      • DES

         higher bill at $196 5 lines unlimited all, i think not even tmobile ceo would get this deal from the company he runs.

    • Dog

      Haha you sir are an idiot! The phone costs $80 more at Tmo, that’s it and you are saving probably 30 to 40% a month on your bill with Tmo. You will recoup that $80 in one month. But as everyone else said enjoy your great upload and download speeds on sprint’s very expanded 4g network.

      • ChadBroChillz

        Sprint and tmobiles plans are pretty comparable. You might even save money if you use a lot of data, but of course their speeds are putrid, but them gettin lte should at least put them in a competitive position with the other 3.

        Also if he upgraded all 5 lines. It would be 80 dollars more times 5 Lines, which is 400 dollars. That could erase the savings he would see with tmobile.

      • DES

         Tmobile is estimating my 5 family at $210 … sprint 5 lines unlimited all $196/moth including taxes and fee’s .. so no i wont be saving those $80 like you said.

  • Johntaajacobs

    Im waiting until 2013 when tmobile starts to release lte phones, im happy with my galaxy s ii rocking andriod 4.0 :-)

    • Crystal77

      Does anyone know if the current S3’s on T-Mobile are forward thinking LTE compatible? Or are the phones we buy now going to be worthless when it’s rolled out?

      • Guest

        They are compatible

      • TBN27

        They won’t be worthless when LTE comes out but they are not LTE capable. It will be straight HSPA+ 42 capable and i believe will run HSPA+21 on the refarmed frequency.

        • Crystal77

          Thank you Both! T-Mobile’s data is excellent in my area so I’m not all that worried about having, or not having LTE capability, I just didn’t want to be stuck with a 450.00 paperweight next year. Thanks again! :)

      • TBN27

        They won’t be worthless when LTE comes out but they are not LTE capable. It will be straight HSPA+ 42 capable and i believe will run HSPA+21 on the refarmed frequency.

    • Crystal77

      Does anyone know if the current S3’s on T-Mobile are forward thinking LTE compatible? Or are the phones we buy now going to be worthless when it’s rolled out?

  • MarcusDW

    It already has.  I owned the first two Galaxy S phones on day one but it’s already day two and I don’t have it lol.

    BTW where’s the Note? Note with S3 proessor = flop. S4 processor = something I might buy. Since it is as old as the TMO GSII, it should be $199 after rebate.

    • Yeah i think it will have the s3 processor. Honestly not worth buying they might as well recall it and get the note2 ready. I really wanted a note as well its perfect size for me. Also saves me money if i don’t have to be a tablet. Though if the nexus tablets are $200-$250 its a bargain.

      • MarcusDW

        I’m pretty confident it will be s3 and yeah they should scrap it ESPECIALLY since they just got the GS3.

        TMO Note for sale just a few months before Sammy reveals the 2… smh.

  • I flashed a custom rom on my galaxy s2 stock ics. Downloaded two apps super video which is a pop up video player better than the galaxy s3 built in one and iseeyou which is basically smart stay. I’m not impressed at all with the galaxy s3. A new Nexus will be coming out end of the year as well as the nexus tablet soon. Next year we will see lte and a15 arm cortex Quad core devices. If this was like the galaxy note 2 then i would get it since it can serve its purpose as a tablet and a phone. It is incremental upgrade at best if your coming from the galaxy s2.

  • Dumbazz

    All of the cry babies need to calm down. Target, walmart, best buy, excetera will eventually have it for a lower price.
    It is rather embarrassing to see how these cry babies are acting here on the forum
    if some of you get this pissed off over an inanimate object like a phone I can only imagine how horrible you must be at your job, school, relationships, excetera

    • MarcusDW

      I assure you that my passion for (Samsung)phones does not reflect how I perform at my job, your moms bed, etcetera*.

      • Dumbazz

        Well she swallows but since you’re black she would pass. No offense.

        • MarcusDW

          I won’t bog the blog down with any more vulgarities.  Trolling adjourned.

        • Dumbazz

          Well I was being honest after your implication about banging my mom.

        • blue720

          She should have swallowed you

    • Daddym469

      What you fail to realize is a LARGE portion of T mobile subscribers are value customers who pay full  price for the phone. Here in Dallas that comes to $281.96, and thats just the  down payment with tax. Then were having to consider adding an additional 20$ to whatever were already paying for almost two more years. 
      I think they could have lowered the Gs 2  more. They could have made the Gs 2, $529.99 instead of $549.99 and priced the Gs3 $599.99, the lower the One S to 549.99 or less because that phone is more hype than it is a great phone IMO!
      Also  being on Value means you cant purchase phone outside of tmobile.

      • Dumbazz

        Maybe people need to take responsibility for themselves and realize they can’t afford the highest of high end phones instead of blaming the carriers.

        • Spanky

          Contrary to what you may think, looking around for the best price is a very responsible thing to do.

      • GwapoAko

        YOu can still buy phones from other sellers e.g. expansys, walmart, newegg,apple and use it with your value plan.

        • Daddym469

          Do you know how the Value plan works….So, are you telling me T mobile can access my EIP credit line as well??

        • Daddym469

          Correction..What I meant to say was, CAN WALMART ACCESS MY EIP CREDIT LINE???

      • Herb

         Value means exactly the opposite. Value plans mean you can and SHOULD purchase your phone outside of T-mobile. No contract extensions, no monthly payments. Pay one flat price for your phone (the real price) and don’t get gouged by the carrier. The subsidy model is broken model and T-mobile is trying to escape it.

    • dkbnyc

      You need a hug.  

  • I spoke with a reseller at Costco last night and they said they have a limited number (5) going on sale today (they weren’t even allowed to setup the display until this morning).  He wasn’t positive, but he “thought” Costco was selling them for $199 starting today.  We’ll see….

    • Sizzle

      My Costco said $249, but also said the stock was 5.  UPS is supposed to deliver it between 12-1pm today (Friday).

  • I don’t really care about the price anymore, because in the end…I’m saving on my price plan like crazy.  This phone is amazing…DAMN!  I didn’t think I would be this impressed…wow.

  • LTEstyles

    With prices like that the phone should come unlocked. I mean we are paying full price..

  • Xavier

    price doesn’t matter much to me…at one time iphone was the head of the pack in this department or did we forget.

    the only thing holding me back is this micro sim card…..if i get the gs3, i won’t be able to switch back to my G2x…and i love my G2x also…  :(

    me, torn…

    • d3mon_fx

       You know you can get a “micro sim card adapter” (google it) so you can use a micro sim on a “normal” sim card phone right?

      • Xavier

         !!!!! like from the original pokemon theme

        OOOOOOOOOHHH YOU MY BEST FRIEND!!!

        ok, getting the phone…REGARDLESS OF PRICE!!!

    • d3mon_fx

       You know you can get a “micro sim card adapter” (google it) so you can use a micro sim on a “normal” sim card phone right?

  • iamg3

    I’ll wait for a while. 

    If a lot of people end up waiting, this may backfire on T-Mobile. There may be lots of new phones that will be coming out in the next couple of months, e.g. new Nexus, iPhone 5, new Windows phones, etc. that people can compare with the S III.

    We shall see…

    • RedHotStinkyPoo

      100 percent agreed, this will backfire. By the time this phone comes down in price, iPhone 5 will be out, and MORE people will leave T-Mobile for a different carrier to get the iPhone 5.
      If T-Mobile was smart, they would price this right to lock people into a 2 yr contract before iPhone 5 is released in Sept.

      I sometimes wonder why someone like me isn’t the CEO of T-Mobile, because the current CEO is making horrible decisions.

    • RedHotStinkyPoo

      100 percent agreed, this will backfire. By the time this phone comes down in price, iPhone 5 will be out, and MORE people will leave T-Mobile for a different carrier to get the iPhone 5.
      If T-Mobile was smart, they would price this right to lock people into a 2 yr contract before iPhone 5 is released in Sept.

      I sometimes wonder why someone like me isn’t the CEO of T-Mobile, because the current CEO is making horrible decisions.

      • rschauby

        Agreed. You need to sell when you have people’s attention. In another few weeks iPhone 5 and the new Google Nexus phones will make everyone forget about Tmobile and the SG3.

      • Exactly! Lock them in while you have their attention. It’s like louring a rabitt with a carrot on a stick; tempting!

  • No Way

    Is TMobile Setting the “New Standard” for TMo Phone prices?  Waiting for this to come down or other new phones to be cheaper doesn’t seem to be happening in the future at TMo.  goodenss, the S2 is Still $200+ last I checked.

  • No Way

    Is TMobile Setting the “New Standard” for TMo Phone prices?  Waiting for this to come down or other new phones to be cheaper doesn’t seem to be happening in the future at TMo.  goodenss, the S2 is Still $200+ last I checked.

  • Mnaz105

    I bought my SGS2 at full price, a month later it was discounted and a few months later after that, it was for free. I think I’ll wait this one out.

    • smylax

      If you can wait, this is what happens with nearly every single item being sold in our economy. It will ALMOST always go down over time… phones included…

  • Mnaz105

    I bought my SGS2 at full price, a month later it was discounted and a few months later after that, it was for free. I think I’ll wait this one out.

  • WTBFlagship

    I’m still waiting for Google I/O, Galaxy Note release date, and all S III models being in stores. Even though I’m still saving money in the long run, I don’t like the pricing model and will most likely avoid the S III.

  • Need an additional option.  “T-mobile gave me a good deal”.  Getting the phone for $80 so I can’t complain.

    • TheReder

      Explain?

    • TheReder

      Explain?

      • Factors to consider:  I’ve been a T-mobile customer for 10 years.  I haven’t been on contract for over 3 years.  I have a 3 line family plan.

        Scenario:  I call customer care (611), asked to be transferred to retentions.  I told them I wanted to upgrade from my Vibrant, but the pricing was shockingly high compared to every other carriers and I wanted to know if they could give me a better deal than what I see on the website.  I was nice and did not threaten to cancel service or anything.  The following was offered without my prompting:

        1.  rep apologized for my disappoint in the current pricing and offered me $200 credit on my account to offset the cost.  So with a 279.99 price, I’m out $79.99 plus tax with the credit.

        2.  upgraded my plan to give me 500 additional minutes and save me $15 a month at the same time.

        3.  wiped out the overage I have on my current bill (over $100 worth)

        I’ve always had amazing service from T-mobile, so it’s definitely a YMMV. Of course a 2 year extension was required for this to happen and I happily agreed.

        • Daisy

          That’s good it work out for you,  maybe a will try calling T-mobile I a have a family plan w/4 lines I’m grandfathered w/3000 minutes , unlimited data, unlimited text, 5gb etc… but in 3 days I will  be getting my sIII for $199 at Target, 

        • I’ve got the same thing with five lines, so I might try that.

  • Tmo_Fan

    it’s crazy why Tmo would do such a thing is only one phone.. is not like their last phn ever.. the Note then Iphn will be there so there’s no point of giving this amazing phn for such a high price.. But I dont really care so far who ever who wants it should just buy now.. I will just wait and get it when the price drops and see how people feel and how it works so far before I make that decision.. pretty nice phn from what I’ve heard lately

  • John Washabaugh

    I’m not up for an upgrade until the end of September. As cool as I think the GSIII looks, I’ll wait and see what’s going on then.  My G2 still does everything I need it to do for the time being.

    • Gabriel

      I love my G2 as well. My upgrade will not kick in till January, even then, I may get myself a One S, since I really love the one I just bought my wife a few days ago.

  • Marc Klein

    I’m gonna wait till it’s available at 3rd party retailers like Amazon which hopefully will be on the 28th.

    • googlephone

      Only watch bestbuy. Amazon only deduct $50 off the non-contract price which is rdiculous. I think amazon is dumping t-mobile like radio-shack.

      • Marc Klein

        I’m eligible for an upgrade… But wouldn’t BB already have it on their site as a pre order if it’s out on Thursday? Walmart, Let’s Talk and Wirefly are cheap also but they only list the Sprint and AT&T version

      • Gabriel

        Just checked with Amazon about an hour ago, they have NO tmo phones listed at all under a plan, only if you plan to but the phone outright.

  • Mr P

    as a rep, it’s a hard sell to the main stream consumer who wants a good quality phone nd feels they deserve a good price(most of what we do are upgrades) so when yu have to tell a customer the phone will cost yu $348(upgrade fee included) plus tax(throw in accessories) nd there spending over 400.00 for a 16GB version. I know monthly were cheaper than other carriers but a lot of those main stream consumers I was talking about just want the phone for a cheaper price since they feel they deserve it for being a loyal customer. There already used to our monthly rates so they don’t look at that as an advantage compared to other companies because there spoiled with what they’ve had for awhile now. Look at the Blackberry 9900, it’s $368 on a classic plan…it’s impossible to sell that device(and in my area, Blackberry is still popular because we deal with a lot of business customers) but $368? it’s ridiculous

    • Brass Balls

      Your dumb. LOL            I’m a rep too and I’m sick of these stupid customers that walk in and the first thing out of their mouths is “I’ve been with you guys for 30 years so what is T Mobile going to offer me?” People are becoming worse than Indian customers. LOL ……I’ve been going to the same Mc Donalds for 30 years and I don’t ask for free hamburgers. People want the best coverage, the cheapest rates, the lowest equipment cost, and the best phones.  How in the hell do you stay in business under those circumstances. Goes to show that ignorance is bliss.

    • Gotta Be

      Your dumb.     I’m a rep and T mobile customers have to be the worst things ever. First thing that comes out of their stupid mouths is ” I’ve been a customer here for 30 years so what is T Mobile going to do for me?’ I’ve been going to the same Mc Donalds forever and they haven’t given me a free burger. I do get discounts on cheeseburgers when they have promotions but I don’t cry that I deserve one when there isn’t a cheeseburger sale. LOL  that’s how pathetic these people sound.  They want the best coverage, cheapest monthly bills, best phones, cheapest prices on phones, and best customer service for acting like toddlers.  Can’t wait till T Mobile goes out of business and they are forced to go to at&t or verizon and pay $200000 dollars more where at least they will get their free phones they are entitled to.

    • Herb

       I hate the “loyal customer” line. Loyalty does not mean you threaten to leave the second you feel slighted.

      • Bkidko

        You pay a lot more than the $629 out right price if you sign 2 year contract on classic plan. So as a tmobile customer I would punch you in the face for pushing that on me. As a rep you should be fully aware of this and are trying to rip me off and you don’t even work on comission. You are a loser who gets to call people dumb for no reason, it majes you feel like a big man.

  • The high price of this phone gets added to the list of reasons why it’s likely I will be switching carriers when my contract expires early next year (poor coverage in my area remains firmly at the top of that list)

    • Spanky

      Likewise. The high price of the GSIII doesn’t really bother me (although I think that T-Mobile is stupid for pushing the price point so high, when other carriers are selling it for considerably less), but the lack of data coverage in my area does. In fact, it’s the sole reason why I’m leaving T-Mobile next month.

  • The high price of this phone gets added to the list of reasons why it’s likely I will be switching carriers when my contract expires early next year (poor coverage in my area remains firmly at the top of that list)

  • in2android

    I paid it no question, with my rate plan I wouldn’t leave Tmo for anything! As a near 10 year customer, the savings is too incredibly large. I love my service, I always get great customer service, and my last wish from Tmo is about to come true, high speed data on my unlocked devices! The long term price is where my concern is, and if it costs a little more upfront to save in the end, then that’s fine with me.

  • in2android

    I paid it no question, with my rate plan I wouldn’t leave Tmo for anything! As a near 10 year customer, the savings is too incredibly large. I love my service, I always get great customer service, and my last wish from Tmo is about to come true, high speed data on my unlocked devices! The long term price is where my concern is, and if it costs a little more upfront to save in the end, then that’s fine with me.

    • Jc5465

      Couldn’t agreed more.

  • AndrewSingleton

    including the actual price of the phone would have been helpful.

  • AndrewSingleton

    including the actual price of the phone would have been helpful.

    •  http://www.tmonews.com/2012/06/t-mobile-galaxy-s-iii-now-available-online-in-select-retail-stores/

      It was about 3-4 articles down from this one.

  • Psaux

    I was thinking I’d go for the SGS3, but it wouldn’t be a perfect fit for me, given how much I need qwerty.  So, when the SGH-T699 data and the pricing info for the SGS3 came out, it really made me rethink it.  It’s too much to pay for something that’s not an exact fit for my needs.

  • I wouldn’t mind paying $350+ for a 1 year contract like T-Mobile used to do, but to pay that price & still be under contract for 2 years ill past my GS II is ok for now.

  • Golfreak88

    My biggest gripe is that other carriers have this at $199/$249.
    Not only that its $329 – $50 rebate.
    Alot of people will not want to pay that much out of pocket initially.

    • ExitPain

      Yes people would rather be bent over the tables by ATT,Verizon, and Sprint for 24 months than once by TMO. Perfectly logical. 

  • Guest

    I am not in the market for a new phone, so that price is irrelevant to me. 

  • Dawnoffaith2000

    If you have to ask how much is it? That means you can’t afford it simple as that!

    • WordToYourMutha

      WORD! 

  • vsukid

    Everyone is complaining about the 249 but the upgrade price is a extra 100.  2 days ago price justifiable because of little we pay and as “consumers” we didnt understand how “it” works. Now the article is like phone is too high. 

  • cellularcrazy09

    I think T-Mo is really pushing customers to their value plans. The benefit for them to do this is that it doesn’t matter how expensive the phones get because you will be paying full retail. It won’t effect their bottom line. So what if they get faster too because customers will just buy more and more data!

    • Bongbillawong

      Its funny that u made that comment cuz yesterday when i was on the phone with CSR about upgrading my phone to the SGS3 and switching from classic plan to value plan she said that it would be basically be the same as what i am paying now so there would be no reason to switch only if i wanted to put 229 down instead of paying the 448.24 with the upgrade. 

      • Jose Hernandez

         While you make your monthly payments to pay off the phone, your price would be the same as a classic plan, the moment you are finished paying the phone, (how ever long that takes if up to you) you enjoy a lower monthly bill. The CSR person you got obviously had the wrong information.

    • Spanky

      I was just about to post the same, but then I saw your post. However, what incentive is there to sign a 2-year contract when there’s no subsidy? I can understand T-Mobile’s reasoning behind implementing the contract for value plans – if a customer purchases a phone with the payments broken down over 20 months and cancels their service 2 months into the contract, T-Mobile would at least recoup some of the money. But why should a customer who pays for the phone outright be locked into a 2-year contract? Doesn’t make any sense.

      • smylax

        Monthly 4G would be an option in that case. If you are willing/able to pay for the whole cost of the device up front, $70/month gets you unlimited talk, text, and 5GB at 4G speed. Downside = no PHP for that expensive ass phone…

      • Jose Hernandez

         Subsidies are a way the company can trick you in to paying more money, you will always end up paying more (and in essence pay the full price of the phone) for just about the same service. You can go prepaid, still pay the full retail, but you would not be under a contract.

      • whiteiphoneproblems

        The incentive to sign a 2-yr. contract with a Value plan (even w/no phone subsidy) is that you may save enough over the cost of a comparable Classic plan that you’ll come out ahead, even when you factor in the cost difference btw. subsidized & unsubsidized phones. Did in my case, anyway…

  • Ari

    I’m not too thrilled about the price but I still have to see the phone before I decide between the One S and the GS3. If I go GS3 I may just switch to Monthly 4G and save the extra cash in the long run. 

    The question I have is the home button also a trackpad? I love that I have one on my G2 when I need to pinpoint something so that would be a plus. If anyone knows please post as I can’t seem to locate anything that mentions it.

    thanks

    • J-Hop2o6

      Nope, just a home/recent apps button.

  • Why would I spend $350 (before MIR and after taxes) to use my upgrade when I could just as easily spend $530 on an ATT version, unlock it and not use my upgrade.

    It just makes no sense.

    The rumor is that Walmart and Costco will be selling the T-Mobile variant for the standard $199 though, so if that’s true I will just shop there.

    • MarcusDW

      Ah man I didn’t know ATT is selling it for that FULL price!($549 from ATT) 

      Whey in the hell is the LTE-less model more expensive??  I can already see the price of the LTE/HSPA+ TMO GS4 price shooting up my veins and bursting a blood vessel lol  

      Seriously though, the GS4 will probably cost $299 after a $50 rebate for the 16GB model.

      • smylax

        Because ATT doesn’t really care about the handset pricing, they’re income stream from MRC (monthly recurring charges) makes it up in their revenue. They could give the phone away free and it wouldn’t be a better deal for customers because of the high monthly bill. They are relying upon that! AT&T is thinking long term revenue and don’t care too much about how much the handset brings them in income, it is trivial by comparison.

        • MarcusDW

          Makes sense. Thanks for putting it into perspective for me!

  • oryan_dunn

    I think everyone is missing the boat here. It’s only $30 more upfront than any of the other carriers, and much less in the long run.  Why anyone in their right mind would buy this on contract from T-Mobile on the Classic Plan need to go back to 3rd grade math.  $230 on the value plan is clearly the right choice.

    • Yeah right, then pay $20/mt for 20 months and thus basically pay for the full price of the phone plus the monthly subscription.
      Gee… how stupid you have to be to fall for this scam. But I guess there are many idiots in this country if Tmo can get away with it.

      • Your an idiot right? you pay 20 until you pay off the phone, then no more what scam are you talking about you moron..its a cheaper plan i think its like 60 a month on value plan. and 80 a month on classic. ok do the math stupid. and if you want to buy a phone the value plan finances FINANCES you the money if you want to and you can get it at the same price as the classic and pay off the rest later it equals 60+20 for 20 months is the same as the classic EXCEPT that after 20 months your plan on the classic remains at 80 forever..while your plan on the value goes back down to 60 YOU sir are a huge moron

        • Zanefbanks

          Dont forget you can upgrade at 18 months with the classic plan though. That’s two months cheaper if you do that. (Relatively speaking)

        • smylax

          No, you can upgrade at 22 months. Right now they are running a promo where only “select” accounts can upgrade at 18 months, but it is a limited time offer. Facts, they’re grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

        • Dumbazz

          If you have a valid reason to upgrade they will lower that down to 18 months. They did that for me over the issues I had with the Mytouch 4g. Of course they also did that for them because that meant another 24 months contract

        • You are the one who’s moron, my friend.

          Don’t your realize: YOU STILL PAY $80.00/mt, even with the cheapest plan including data! That’s for 20 months. And that’s before any taxes. Are you going to own the phone after two years — who cares? you will want to upgrade or buy another phone anyway. In the meantime you’ve forked the bill for T-mobile’s phone at retail price.

          And that’s after you pay $230.00 for the phone. Before taxes.

          The scam is in the fact that it make you believe that you are getting a  deal, when in fact you are paying the same money. And that’s why you’re in the same pool of idiots, because YOU DON”T SEE IT.

          The best option I’ve found to beat the networks is to go on family plan with two or three phones.

        • UMA_Fan

          Plan times 24 MONTHS plus full price of the phone.

          THAT’S what you are truly being charged by the carrier.

          Go to any other carrier and take their plan times 24 months plus subsidized price of the phone plus upgrade fees.  That’s ALWAYS more expensive.

          You need to take a class in basic math. Value plans are cheaper upfront and cheaper in a 24 month period. Plus you can ‘upgrade’ at the 20 month mark rather than the usual 22 month mark.

        • smylax

          Don’t feed this troll, he seems clueless…

        • Jose Hernandez

          For those of us on the Value Plan, we KNOW we are paying for the full price of the phone, we pay over time, or we pay it early. Then we are done and enjoy lower monthly rates, we can upgrade as often as we can (because we will always pay the full price of the phone) we can  again, do it on the monthly interest free payments or pay it off at any time we like. The point of the Value Plan is that we enjoy the lower monthly bill, while everyone else TMobile’s Classic plans, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint charge you much more and in fact, because the charge you more, they get the full price of the phone paid back to them anyway. We are all paying full price for these phones, the difference is than when we are done on the Value Plan, we are done. Everyone else continues to pay more a month, and gives the carrier more of their money for, really no good reason at all.

        • ExitPain

          Really hoping come November we see some SWEET phones sold by Google that will work with TMobile. That $399 Galaxy Nexus is looking pretty sweet! 

        • oryan_dunn

           On the bright side, it’s guys who do buy in to the classic plan that give TMO a bit of room to offer the value plan to the savy customers.

      • SanFranguy

        Ya I guess a company allowing you to make INTEREST FREE payments on a phone is a scam. Maybe you should lower your BWM wants down to your Hyundia budget. TMO has PLENTY of decent mid range phones. It’s not a companies fault you cant afford something. 

      • guidomus_maximus

        ura dmbass  you are paying for the phone.  one way or the other, you are paying for the phone  its al a matter of how you pay for it.  Pay in full upfront, buyit on EIP and make payments or get a classic phone.  One thing I absolutely can assure you, you will pay for it.  the people that made it have to be paid so they can feed their families.

      • Jose Hernandez

         Oh dear lord, here we go again. If you don’t understand what you are talking about, please don’t talk about it. In general the Value plans at Tmobile (even with the extra $20.00 a month payment) are less expensive than the other carriers. What you refuse to understand is that when you get that subsidized phone for $200.00 upfront with the other carriers, you are paying the rest of it twice over with a higher monthly bill. There is now carrier out there, NONE that will let you have a free phone, you will either pay for it up front like you do with Tmobile (and mind you they let you make the monthly payments interest free) of you pay the $200.00 up front with the other guys and still pay the phone off with the higher monthly phone bill. THINK about it, they only reason they let you get the phone so “cheep” to begin with is because they will get their money back while you make your payments. I pay $60.00 less a month than my brother for the same freaking service because I am with TMobile. This is not a scam when they tell you everything you need to know upfront. Now, if you can’t get it, then that is on you.

        • ExitPain

          I am letting my contract expire for this very reason. Either buy the phone outright or wait. I am tired of this contract treadmill. 

  • C A

     Why bother?  They neutered the phone again for the US market. No quad core = fail. Might as
    well stay with s2 or wait a bit an get the note. I’m still pissed about S1 Vibrantwithout the
    flash and failed GPS.

    • The failed GPS was an issue with international Galaxy S models as well. The problem stems from the fact that the company providing the A-GPS system to Samsung went out of business shortly before the Galaxy S launched. Samsung can’t be blamed for it. Nor could they change the A-GPS provider post-launch, because it was apparently hard-wired into the GPS module.

    • Jamille Browne

      Get over yourself and stop trolling, they fixed their issues with the new devices there is nothing samsung can really do to salvage to original galaxy S gps issue.. Its a HARDWARE issue. Anyways you bought the Phone knowing it doesn’t have a Flash for the camera and obviously there is some reason you are still rocking it maybe because you like it because there are many ways to get a new device and cheap options that work. So what the phone doesn’t have exynos? ok… so what? The chip in this is just as good. 

  • Bgeelez2000

    Just got mine at walmart for $199  in the seattle area

    • Bgeelez2000

      And they had 1 more in stock, Auburn WA walmart

    • Scapegrace

      Do you know how walmart is with keeping your old data plan?  I have the preferred $20 5gb data package, I was able to keep it when I bought a phone at costco on my other line, was wondering if walmart can do the same.

      • Bgeelez2000

        This is my first smart phone, so I just got the 200MB plan. I’ll try this plan and see if I need to change to one of the higher 2/5 GB plans.

    • John

      How? According to the website they don’t have the S3? I was looking for it and didn’t see them listed.  Unless they don’t advertise that phone. Or just sold out online.

      • Bgeelez2000

        The sales person didnt even have them out on display yet. I called ahead and confirmed I could get it.

  • Mgmessner

    I really want this phone but Ill stick with my Nexus running a variant of the S3 rom, we aren’t getting 42mbps any time soon. My Nexus is finally getting about 8mbps here in Tempe so im pleased with it on tmos network. 

  • Fish

    Its not a Nexus so why would anyone want it?

    • Jamille Browne

      Because its a Galaxy the Best android phone next to a nexus.

  • THIS PRICING IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!! 

    IF IT WAS $200-275 ID BE ALOT MORE INCLINED! BUT LETS GET REAL, AFTER TAXES, ACTIVATIONS, UPGRADE FEES ETC IM DAMN NEAR PAYING 400!

    Which is why Im now considering getting the Google Play Store’s Unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus. Not the greatest in specs but hey its gonna do what I want it to do, PURE google, & it will definately be getting Jelly Bean before any Samsung phone…

    Tmobile is slipping in terms of incentives to upgrade phones at these costs… smfh

    • AKBOY

      Go in with guns blazing and OWN THAT MOTHERF***ER!

  • John

    Can anyone please tell me what exactly is T-Mobile retention? And how can I get ahold of them? Becuase my local T-Mobile store says they can push our plan so we can get full upgrades at 18 instead of 22 months and through the webiste it states 11-9-2012. We want these phones before our vacation in Aug. Plus maybe they can make a deal so I can get the 32 gb online and still get full discount. Or tell them I can get the same deal at Walmart or Costco for $199. Also will Coostco or Walmart honor early upgrades or or do they have to be full upgrades? 

    • Nitefallz

      Retention does not have any phones to work with at this time.  They don’t have the phone in their “System” as they told me until the 27th.

      • Taron19119

        yeah but they can give u a  credit the can be use just for this phone and by the way if they say they are going to give u something have them make a not of it on your account and then have them read it back so next time u call it wont be no confusion

    • Taron19119

       retention is a department that t-mobile has that is use for doing what that can to keep u to stay wit t-mobile and based on your level of how good of a money maker u are for t-mobile they well try to do what ever to keep u wit t-mobile to get to them call 611 from your t-mobile phone and ask for  retention department when u get to the retention department be nice the the person on the phone cause they well be more then likely to help u more i got my upgrade move up by one month and im geting 100 dollars off of the gs3 next week when retention department well be selling it

      • Shane Peden

        God, I hope you aren’t a native English speaker. Your grammar is beyond bad.

        • Taron19119

          your a troll for that im just trying to help someone and u want to talk about the way i type not talk but type get a life

        • ExitPain

          The 80’s called and they want their beard back. 

        • GwapoAko

          No one is perfect!!! May be you are just here to correct everybody’s grammar inlcuding David’s!!!

          David :0) Troll alert!!!!

        • oryan_dunn

           I think the internet and our inept school system have sped up the end result prophesied by Idiocracy by a factor of 100.  If that movie were to be made today, it’d be set 5yrs in the future.

    • Dumbass

      I can vouch for retention. They got me the 250mg data plan WITH NO OVERAGES. I do get throttled but THE REGULAR 250mg plan charges overages. You have to press the reps to get it!

  • J-Hop2o6

    No poll? But i’l waiting for a price drop/sale whenever that’ll happen.

    • i remember reading 2 articles ago that a girl got it from target (in queens) for $200 on a 2 year contract so ima try my luck there because theres no way im spending over $300 bucks for a phone

      • J-Hop2o6

        Let me know how it goes.

  • Taron19119

    Im geting one for 199.99 from t-mobile

    • Nitefallz

      No you’re not.

      • Taron19119

        yes i am the retention department  gave me a 100 dollar credit plus it well have the 50 mail in rebate

        • Nitefallz

          The phone is 329, your math doesn’t add up.

        • Taron19119

          how  wit taxes it well 199.99

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even find a White 32gb in stores, how can I buy it?

    • smylax

      32GB models will only be available online/through care… retail locations will only have the 16GB versions

      • Anonymous

         that’s what the guy @ the store told me, and that’s also the problem! Why should I need to go out of the way to get a phone? It should be easy to buy, even if it’s costly.

  • Au132

    Anyone in the mobile, al area had any luck getting the phone?

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    It is hard to justify the 600+ dlls, since the Galaxy Nexus is 399.
    Also Gnexus will get soon jelly bean, so I’ll keep my Galaxy Nexus.

    Also the 4.8 inches is too big for a phone IMO.

    • Arvin

      i was thinking the same thing. this is not that much better at almost twice the price. And good luck getting updates  on it.

    • Jamille Browne

      4.8 inches in a 4.5 form factor at most is all it is thats about the same size of most droid phones by just cutting the fat.

  • Deadeye37

    I’m glad that I’m not due for my upgrade until the end of the year!  I want this phone, but hopefully by the time my upgrade is ready, I can snag this phone for $100 or less.  Or maybe there will be a newer drool worthy phone from HTC that will actually have that MicroSD card slot and removable battery.  Maybe a  pure ICS/Jellybean experience…

  • TheReder

    Just confirmed with my local Walmart – $199 with 2 year contract, in stock. 

  • sharklover

    I just got one at Costco. the price was actually $249 plus tax on $389. The phone is fantastic. Much better than the One S that I exchanged for this. Yesterday they told me $199 but today he said when looked in system it was $249. The rep checked in California where someone said they got it for $199 and it was also $249.

    • StarMenace

      You exchanged the One S? I’m assuming you purchased it at Costco also then. How long ago did you purchase the One S? I’d be willing to trade my One S for this if I could but I purchased mine when it launched. Just curious. Thanks.

      • duscrom

        30 days return policy. I did the same thing

      • sharklover

        Yes I bought mine at launch but online. If you bought it online you can return it but I suggest doing it with them over the phone. The stores seem to not let you do it.  

    • Guest

      $249 for 32gb or 16GB?

      • Arvin

        16

      • sharklover

        16gb

  • MavCow

    Costco on 75n central and Parker in Plano, TX. have in stock right now just came home from there.

    • Dags

      Sweet, I’m close by. Do they have 32gb? Also, is it just in pebble blue?

      • MavCow

        Pebble Blue 16gb only. And they only have 30 in stock.

    • Erc2003

      Did they say how much stock they had? I won’t be able to get out there till 7 pm :/

  • Ohgeez10

    Friend wanted a SGIII so I went with her to get it. I currently have the SGII and afterwards we went to Jimmy Johns to have a bite. After playing around with that phone….I WANT IT NOW.

    I didn’t think that the SGIII was that much better but for me, it is. Front facing recording in 720 was pretty impressive as well as watching a video and surfing the web at the same time. Phone is fast and smooooooth as can be.

    On my SgII, I am using Go launcher (not a fan of TW) and have got my phone tweaked to the way I like it but the SGIII won me over. 

  • Zabaniya

    houston here. some of the dealers have been able to give it for 199 after a tad bit of haggling. 

    • CDS

      Who has it in Houston? I called many stores but all said it will be here on 27th.

      • Cldr27

         I called a few stores in houston and none had em, the only store that got plenty was the tmobile in the galleria last night they said they had about 20

      • Oreo

        In Houston they are in Downtown stores, but I think they sold out or at least the rep told me that. Try calling, and see if you get a response?

      • Zabaniya

        sorry for not clarifying. meant for pre-order price. im around southeast. around clear lake/league city areas. i think some in willowbrook have also been able to offer it for $199

  • matth9

    I was a little annoyed by the high price, so I looked at Verizon, which is the only competitor I would switch to in my area (Sprint and AT&T aren’t all that fast where I’m at, and I wouldn’t switch to AT&T anyhow).

    So, for unlimited voice and text, 5GB data (4GB on verizon), Mobile hotspot, handset insurance, and visual voicemail (this costs money on Verizon, oddly)…  Verizon: 148.16/mo   T-Mobile: 99.78/mo.  So that’s a difference of $48.38 a month, or $1,161.12 over 24 months!  I’m gonna wait a month to see if I can pick it up off of Amazon a little cheaper, but if not I’ll gladly fork over the cash to T-Mobile.

    • Let me Google That for You

      I had a similar experience when I saw the phone pricing at $330 before a $50 MIR.  I prefer the GSM phones to CDMA so I have more freedom from the oppressive corporations.  However I am also cheap.  I found that a family plan with two smart phones and two feature phones (with grandfather pricing from a few years ago) costs only $150 with Tmobile (before all the taxes and fees of course) and a ludicrous $225 a month on verizon (current pricing of course)

      Obviously I decided to shut my complaining face when I did the math on how much I would lose in a two year contract, $1800.

  • Mike Antici

    Seriously guys, it’s $80 geez, that’s the price of a nice dinner with your wife, tell her you can’t make it this month and buy your GS3, if you can’t afford and extra $80, then you shouldn’t be buying a new phone!  

    Go over to AT&T, they’ll give you the GS3 for $199, and it’ll cost you an extra $150 a year.

    • Dumbazz

      Ya no doubt 

    • Nitefallz

      Like to see the supporting evidence of this “150” extra a year.  It’s not true.

      • Let me Google That for You

        Tmobile: 2 year contract, 2 line family plan, 1000 minutes, unlimited texting and 5gb of data with included hot spot and visual voicemail= $149.99 a month 

        ATT: 2 year contract, 2 line family plan, only 700 minutes, unlimited texting and 5gb of data with included hot spot (no visual voicemail)= $209.99 a month

        • GwapoAko

          That is more than $150 a year!! it is even $720 a year!!!!

        • Let me Google That for You

          Also, 300 less minutes per month and more people/devices benefit from Tmobile’s HSPA+ network than ATT’s LTE at this point in time.  By the time ATT’s LTE is widespread, Tmobiles will probably have launched (2013)
          http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405596,00.asp 

        • Let me Google That for You

          With a 2-year contract that is $1440.

          Worth saving the $160 (for 2) upfront? 

        • Arvin

          care to say if thats a value plan ?

        • Let me Google That for You

          It is a “Classic” plan as implied by my “2-Year Contract”

        • oryan_dunn

           Value plans are also now 2yr contract plans

        • tommy

           on ATT you get to rollover your unused minutes.

        • Let me Google That for You

          Definately worth losing 300 a month

        • Let me Google That for You

          and the $1440 price over 2 years is a bargain if you take those rollovers into account…

        • Let me Google That for You
        • GwapoAko

          You are not saving money if you roll over your unused minutes :0)

        • 21stNow

          Why do you say that there’s no visual voicemail on AT&T? I have it.

        • Let me Google That for You

          I thought it was a feature that you had to pay for (like on verizon, $2.99 a month) but upon double checking that was the visual voicemail to text.  It is free on an ATT as well
          I stand corrected!

      • GwapoAko

        That is more than $150 a year!! it is even $720 a year!!!!

    • Jamille Browne

      Wtf kind of failed logic is that? If you can’t afford an additional $80 upfront you shouldn’t be buying new? I don’t even.. Smh.. go back under the bridge troll

  • J Hodges

    The Galaxy SIII is a great phone, yet doesn’t represent enough of a jump over the previous model to warrant paying this much, especially as a Value Plan customer.  The 2GB of RAM is impressive, as is the larger screen size over the previous model.  But the overall improvements strike me as marginal and when contemplating taking the plunge for two more years, holding out for Magenta’s first LTE phone next year (might even be the Samsung Galaxy S4!) sounds more enticing.  

  • JB

    You forgot the option, “Too late bro, I already have it”… This phone is smooth as butter and crazy fast!  It’s one of THE BEST phones I’ve had in recent years. I was bummed out at first when they said they didn’t have any whites or the 32GB option, but honestly looking at the blue in person, it’s MUCH sexier than white would’ve been. As far as memory, I’ve got all that space from dropbox and I’ll pop in a 64GB micro SD card, so that should be plenty.

    I went on and paid full retail and converted my plan over to value.. 75 bucks a month (before my company discount) is a deal I couldn’t pass up for hands down the best phone I’ve owned…

  • fixxmyhead

    LOL people these days dont know how to manage there money. its actually cheaper in the long run to buy it outright  but of course this is america where most people live paycheck to paycheck

    • None

      My favorite is when they say “I might pick up one of those as my spare phone”

      btw, we don’t ever believe people when they say that.

      • fixxmyhead

        u following me lol? i got 2 replies from u today

    • duscrom

      Actual T mobile’s value plan is the same as just buying the phone. Just spread over 22 months.

  • TMoFan

    T-Mobile can always justify pricing their phones a little more since their monthly plans are much more reasonable then the competition. With that said I think T-Mobile should have been more realistic with the SIII. The higher price and the fees and taxes will turn off a lot of people. Personally I would hold off buying it or just shop around for a deal. T-Mobile allows me to keep my grandfathered voice plan and gave me the preferred android data plan so if I had to shop around that’s not a big deal to me since I know the other carriers screw you. at&t and Verizon’s data share plans are a joke, and whenever you see a Sprint commercial don’t forget to add the $10 hidden fee.

  • Daswahnsinn

    No, the fact that I don’t like upgrading every time something new comes out is what stops me. It’s a great phone, but I already have a phone that I think is great. Now if I just had 4G, I’d be happier. 

  • TerryBerg

    I didn’t vote because I wouldn’t pay ANY price… I will however pay what tmobile is asking only because I accidentally ran my Galaxy S 4G through the washing machine last night and I refuse to buy anything less than the latest if I’m locked into a contract.

    • John

      LOL, I did the same thing about a week or so after I signed with TMo back in 2004. Had no insurance, told them what happened the guy grabed a new one under the counter, basicly no questions asked. I was T-Mobile was more like that now. Now if you told them that story, they would laugh at you and say oh well. How times of changed.

      • Jamille Browne

        Phones are way too expensive to do that now

  • MHPhan

    $378.76 before the rebate. Heck NOOOO!

  • Guest

    not buying,402 ,with and upgrade,and shipping,tax and upgrade fee.
    and its only the 16gb one ,wow,i just wait and buy it from Walmart 

  • Justinreynolds98

    Most T-Mobile customers will probably stay and wait till the price drops or just give into impulse and pay full price, cause when you look at other carriers its not worth switching to save $80 today, but pay a $1000 extra or 24 months. Where T-Mobile will lose is attracting new customers. Nobody on another carrier is going to switch to T-Mobile and pay a extra $80 for the phone. I know the CFO of T-Mobile talked about how he thinks the industry would be better without subsidies, but there the reality. If T-Mobile sold the phone for $175 new customers would jump on that at a high rate. Considering there losing subscription customers at an  alarming rate you would think they would do this. And the number one reason they should capatilize as much as possible on the Galaxy S3 is because there not going to gain any new customers with the IPhone 5. When the IPhone 5 comes out in fall they will probably lose record numbers of customers considering it will be the first LTE and likely a redesign. On the on side they’re fixing up the network with HSPA+42 expansion and LTE Advanced. On the other end they’re marketing is awful with Carly spearheading the campaign, and worse they seem to not understand the market cause they’re owners in Russia or where ever are focused on whatever the hell they’re doing. T-Mobile has decent brand recognition and with top notch leadership could rise again, but I not holding my breath with the current group. 

  • David B.

    I found a way to get it for $75 but i had to switch to sprint. They wanted $249 for the 32 gig version, and was willing to give me $175 in trade for my GS2. And since i was not eligible for a t-mobile discount. I just couldn’t see spending $629. Even paying t-mobile a $200 cancellation fee i still saved over $300

    • Seanmmvi

      yea but sprint…. SUCKS

    • Guest

      Have fun with your new mp3 player!

      • fixxmyhead

        i dont understand how people sign up for that joke carrier with dial up non existing 3g speeds, failed 4g  jokemaxx, and NO LTE coverage. god people are so retarded

    • exeot

      Why are you complaining? What makes you more special having just upgraded to a GS2 and wanting to upgrade as soon as the next thing comes out? Besides the display.. there isn’t much of a difference. No one should feel sympathetic to you.

    • fixxmyhead

      sprint? bahahaha do they even have a data network? 

    • Arvin

      i just sold my galaxy s 4g for 195 $ on ebay… they gave you 175 for your galaxy s 2 ? rip off you could have gotten 250 plus for that phone on ebay easy. 

  • Guest

    Most T-Mobile customers will probably stay and wait till the price drops or just give into impulse and pay full price, cause when you look at other carriers its not worth switching to save $80 today, but pay a $1000 extra or 24 months. Where T-Mobile will lose is attracting new customers. Nobody on another carrier is going to switch to T-Mobile and pay a extra $80 for the phone. I know the CFO of T-Mobile talked about how he thinks the industry would be better without subsidies, but there the reality. If T-Mobile sold the phone for $175 new customers would jump on that at a high rate. Considering there losing subscription customers at an  alarming rate you would think they would do this. And the number one reason they should capatilize as much as possible on the Galaxy S3 is because there not going to gain any new customers with the IPhone 5. When the IPhone 5 comes out in fall they will probably lose record numbers of customers considering it will be the first LTE and likely a redesign. On the on side they’re fixing up the network with HSPA+42 expansion and LTE Advanced. On the other end they’re marketing is awful with Carly spearheading the campaign, and worse they seem to not understand the market cause they’re owners in Russia or where ever are focused on whatever the hell they’re doing. T-Mobile has decent brand recognition and with top notch leadership could rise again, but I not holding my breath with the current group. 

    • Blake3045

      I agree.  I worried when they didn’t release the price when every one else did that they were going to pull a stupid move like this…Not only is it $80 more but you have to pay $50 in addition to that and deal with a stupid mail in rebate.  You’re right…what if they even would’ve done a one week release promotion at 179 or 169 first to try to get new customers. They keep complaining of people leaving and difficulty in attracting new customers and yet they do nothing to fix that; instead what do they do ?  They make it worse…The one time they’re actually getting a top-tier phone thats the same all over (not an HTC s vs HTC X)…

      I just want to be a fly on the wall at their management meetings to understand what the hell these folks are thinking.  Hmm..how can we drive more people away pre iPhone release?

      They’re the only ones without an iPhone and soon with the new iPhone release, everyone will be talking about LTE and again they’ll be left behind as all the press will be about LTE.  Tmobile will say wait till 2013 and by then, who knows what the others will be up to?  They’re in last place for a reason people no matter how blind and loyal you want to be.  People are leaving for a reason – be it price, handsets, poor customer service etc.

      And of they want to continue to promote prepaid, they should lower the price of the SG2 and push that. Its stupid that they’re now selling SG2 for 199 (although I saw yesterday they had a one day web promotion where it was free) when every other carrier is selling the SG3 for 199…Just for appearance sakes, what message do you think that sends to a new mobile customer looking for a high end phone?  Hmm..I can get iPhones for 199; I can get SG3 for 199; but at Tmobile, theres no iPhone and last years Galaxy is priced the same as this years at every other carrier?  Whats wrong with these people?

  • smiley47

    I just left a Walmart in Scottsdale AZ. They had 3 Pebble Blue, 16GB in stock.  Full/no contract price is $650.
     
     
     
     

    • Brad

      same as an iPhone so why is everyone always saying Apple charges so much more for a phone than the high end Androids?

      • 21stNow

        Because this is one of the first Android phones to cost this much.

  • wal-mart 198.00 in stock Charlotte, NC

  • Gomez

    HELL YES….why would TMO charge this high and ATT only for $199???? cmon tmo..stop rippin us OFF…..

    • Let me Google That for You

      Obviously it’s because of their lower rates for their Classic plans.  If you are really concerned with the price increase, be proactive and price out your contract on another carrier.  You will find that Tmobile is considerably less expensive over a contract term.  

      • Nitefallz

        How about no. This is blatantly wrong. Why do you people keep promoting this drivel? On top of this being wrong other providers offer much better speeds and coverage.

        • Let me Google That for You

          Actually if you go and google “PC Magazines Fastest Mobile Networks 2012”

          You will find a more accurate representation of speeds across the country.  It may even challenge some of those preconceived notions back from when we were still on first generation data networks 

        • T-NoMo

          Where that article may throw out some good numbers, they don’t give me any hope. Standard speed test in my office, first floor. Couldn’t even get my HTC Sensation off of “E” pulling approximately 56kbs…coworkers HTC Thunderbolt was pulling between 12mbs and 15mbs. So paying an extra $80 for a phone when I can go to Big Red and use my government discount…well no brainer really.

        • Dumbazz

          Ya because while WORKING at a job its important to be able to download movies or play video games. 

        • Guest

          you really are a dumbazz…not every one – especially people with jobs- download movies or play video games on a smartphone…and many of us do need access to our cell phones at work…Your comments have really been idiotic and show you to be a dubmazz troll…you should apply for the Tmobile CEO job…you fit in with the idiots running the company since you agree with all their great moves.  Lets see what the churn rate is next quarter.  

        • Dumbazz

          How about no. This is blatantly wrong. Why do you keep promoting this drivel? LOTS OF AREAS where TMO speed is GOOD ENOUGH FOR MOST. 

        • Guest911

          Good enough for most? THAT is your standard? No wonder you are a dumbazz.

        • Jamille Browne

          So is that why T-mobile only fell 2nd place in the 4g war? Also worth Mentioning that all their customer benefit from the upgrade.. t-mobile actually has the largest 4G network so cut the crap and move on little guy. 

      • Let me Google That for You

        While this is not the best strategy for pulling in new contract customers.  An informed shopper wouldn’t turn their nose up at a smaller upfront fee to maintain a lower price over their contract term.

        Switching to Verizon would cost me an extra $1800 over 2 years and ATT would cost $1680.  Both of these major carriers nickel and dime you to death over features that you have grown accustomed to being included or reasonably priced with Tmobile. 

        • DYLAN F

          That might be for you but as I said above, not for everyone…PLUS you can call it not the best strategy for pulling in new customers, but isn’t that what Tmobile is trying to do?  Not everyone is smart enough (or even has the time) to figure out a 2 year cost.  Yes they may be dumb but you have to deal with your customer where they’re at.  Most customers are going to first look at the phone price- they want immediate gratification – and they see they have to put out over $300 up front for Tmobile and say WTF?  Especially when EVERY OTHER SINGLE CARRIER including US Cellular is putting it out for 199.  It just makes Tmobile look bad — and in their commercials they’re not hitting the point that yes you’re spending an extra $80 (after rebate) now but over the 2 year contract you’re gonna save $XXXXX if you are on XY plan….and that can be a complicated message to get across.  Tmobile doesnt have a consistent marketing message — so if they were pushing that value message clearly along all fronts from TV, print, web ads, store signage etc Id say GO FOR IT…But they’re not.  WHat they’re doing is pushing people away before they even research it further; thats not what you want to do as a marketer; you want to give people a reason to try your brand.  And with silly commercials of a chick on a motorcycle trying to compare a 4G Tmobile phone to a 3G iPhone , its just apples and oranges and that message totally disappears in a few months when an LTE iPhone is released and the message customers see is not only that Tmobile is the only carrier without an iPhone (when something named Cricket and Virgin even have it)…but they don’t even have an LTE network which the average person considers high quality…So the 2 things that the average person thinks of as high quality in mobile — LTE and iPhone – are the 2 things Tmobile doesnt have and you lose a potential customer right there.  Tmobile just needs better management and a better marketing team.  We actually use them at work as case studies of what not to do in business situations.  So they may think they’re winning a battle but making a few extra bucks on each phone, but they’re losing the war with continuing churn…..

        • Dumbazz

          Dont confuse some of these CRYBABIES with FACTS and REALITY. 
          Sheesh man GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF! 

      • DYLAN F

        On ATT you can get 450 plus rollover minutes with 3GB of data (and use an app for free texting over your data plan) for $70….At Tmobile thats the same for a 500 min, free text, and 2gb plan…so lets stop the BS that Tmobile is such a great deal.  Sprint (and I realize they have some network issues but you can get unlimited data for 70-80 depending on how clever you are)..VZ is the crapper where as of June 28, a 2gb plan for an individual will go up for today’s $70 (again same as Tmobile) to $100 a month for 2gb with 500 minutes and use your data plan to text.

    • Dumbazz

      Sorry you cant afford it. There are PLENTY of decent midrange phones and maybe even Windows phones that wont cost you as much. 
      I know I know its MUCH EASIER to blame a company when you cant afford something. 
      You may want to look at the Jitterbug for your cell phone needs. 

      • Guest

        you really do act like your username…best to just to skip your comments…youve got a lot of anger and hate in you – must be a bully

      • FlyOhMy

        LMFAO!!!!!!!!! omg. this made my day.

  • odd question but I’ve been trying to find what frequencies the t-mobile version functions on. I’ll be living back and forth between France and Minnesota for the next couple years (work). Will it work on the networks in France (900/1800 and 2100 3g) if I root/unlock it?

    • Cyclone

      yes in europe it works on 2100 band I, in US it works on 1700/2100 band IV, 1900 Band II and 850 band V.

    • Brfield

      It should, if you call T-Mo to get it unlocked. You don’t have to root it.

      • Thanks for the advice, I’ll be sure to call in to get it unlocked

  • Sasha!

    Not to go off on a tangent. But assuming the note costs more than the Galaxy S 2, Would it be more expensive than even the Galaxy S 3? 

  • Guest

    Fyi……Just got off the phone with Costco CSR and they had informed me
    that all Costco wireless kiosk in store should have them in stock. So
    those of u that are not impressed with Tmobiles price’s go to Costco and
    get your phone and u will be able to sleep again. Lol……Jk bout the
    sleeping part. RUN FOREST, RUN!

  • Scapegrace

    My local walmart only got ONE in, and it was gone by the time I got there, same as the other walmarts, $198.

  • Chad Wixon

    just walked out of my local walmart (pearland, tx) with one.  214 and change.  

    • exeot

      Went smoothly? Did you upgrade? keep your plan?

    • imsuperjp

      which pearland walmart did you go to?

  • mingkee

    I probably may not go for the phone and tablet this time until LTE-A will be available next year.

  • blank

    To those of u that are still complaining about the price. U are being informed by other ppl on here where to get it and how much. So put up or S%$T  *P!

  • Jdmap1

    Can’t find a white one anywhere. Any one brought a white one in Costco or Wal-Mart?

  • Arvin

    Option 5 : galaxy nexus with value plan . sweeet 

    • RonY

      Why even a ‘value plan’ that requires a 2 year contract…just do prepaid

      • Prepaid doesn’t have access to the UMTS data roaming network that Value plans have. If you want to have access to the AT&T data network in areas where T-Mobile’s is unavailable, you’ll need the Value plan.

    • fixxmyhead

      -__-

      enough with the nexus its so old stop putting it on a pedastool. theres better phones with stock ics . im rocking a very stable  almost complete aokp on my s2

      • Arvin

        how is the s2 better than a nexus ? 

        • fixxmyhead

          oh come on dont be one of those guys. the ONLY, ONLY thing the nexus has over the s2 is the HD screen and updates. camera is worse (lots of people admit it and i hope u do too unless ur in denial), chipset cant handle live wallpapers with out lagging vs the exynos. i have the tmo one but even that one is still probably better i dont have issues with live wallpapers

          yea u get first updates but aokp exists for a reason and my phone will get stock ics too. software can wait, hardware upgrade… not so much

  • smiley47

    Has anyone priced Target? Use their Redcard and get 5% off. Better than a poke in the eye…

  • Nysown

    The price isn’t a problem for me because I have a full upgrade :)

  • Ready 2 Churn Soon

    since this poll is such a small sample size, I wonder how reflective it is of the general population.  I don’t know if they do it…but Id love to see a report comparing how many units were sold by Tmobile and the other 3 carriers.  Plus is that 279 price only for NEW customers?  Ive heard others complain that their full upgrade price was much higher.  I always experienced that with Tmobile even though the reps would swear to me that new customers and old customers were the same.  So I told them to switch me to prepaid.  Now Im available to any carrier for the best price….Plus they seem to consider prepaid as ‘new customers’ so if I wanted for some reason to jump back on to Tmobile, I supposedly would get a new customer price because Im currently not a postpaid customer…Thats what a lot of you should do if possible (i.e. one line prob makes it easier)…to just switch to prepaid for a month or two using your phone (you’ll save money most likely too) and then jump back on to Tmobile to get the subsidized price.

    • Arvin

      full upgrade price its 329 

    • JayMo86

      Upgrade price is the same as new customer price. The only difference is the $18 upgrade fee for current customers that you pay up front, and the $35 activation that new customers get on their first bill

  • Guest

    how much is the 32gb in Walmart or bestbuy for tmobile 

  • Thermal

    Just got it for $250 ($283 out the door) at my local Costco, they got 10 of them in today.

    • Guest

      the 32gb

  • M478

    So many of you sound brainwashed as to Tmobile being SO MUCH CHEAPER than the other carriers.  I keep researching prices and that may be true for whatever plans you have, but I keep looking at individual plans with 2g or lower and its just not true.  The way you guys talk you’d think Tmobile is half the price of others and is offering prices like $45 monthly for unlimited everything like Straight Talk is doing (with your Tmobile handset)…

    • Jamille Browne

      Well why are you looking at 2g plans?

      • 21stNow

        I think he meant 2GB plans.

        • Kugel67

          yes i checked the numbers and he’s right – on individual tmobile plans with 2gb of data, tmo really isn’t cheaper

    • Dumbazz

      LOL! 
      Do you need lessons in logic?!?!
      How are we brainwashed if as you say, “that may be true for whatever plans you have”. 

      • Guest

        because you’re generalizing those plans for everyones needs…just say its the best plan FOR YOU

    • Dumbazz

      Well if TMobile is 25% less does that mean we are brainwashed?

  • Guest

    enough with the nexus its so old stop putting it on a pedastool. theres better phones 

    • Dumbazz

      I can understand people considering it because of the VERY ATTRACTIVE $399 price BUT to compare it to the SG3 is just absurd. 

      • Spanky

        Sure, the GSIII has more RAM, a better camera, and a more updated (but still dual-core) processor. The .15″ difference in screen size is negligible. Some of its features are marginally better. Is it absurd to compare the GNex to it? Not really. Also, keep in mind that the GNex came out 7 months ago, and it still more than holds its own – no crappy manufacturer overlays, no bloatware and first in line for updates directly from Google. It has its advantages, and plenty of them.

        • Dumbazz

          Ya double the RAM, bigger battery, better screen, expandable memory, better camera, advanced camera features, better system of tagging and sharing of photos, bigger screen…..ALL OVERRATED! 

  • Dumbazz

    This is s GREAT PHONE for those of you complaining about the cost of the GS3
    http://www.greatcall.com/jitterbug/ 

  • I just wish everyone threatening to leave would leave already. Sh#t or get off the pot! Take the money you’ll “save” not buying this phone and pay the ETF.

  • tommy

    People talk about either ATT or TMobile, I have a question!
    Is the ATT version LTE and how fast?
    The TMO version is only HSPA+, 42 right?
    thanks,t.

     

    • Guest
    • Spanky

      Correct on both counts. Don’t know how fast the AT&T version is, though.

    • 21stNow

      The AT&T version has LTE. I don’t know the theoretical speed and actual speed will vary according to your location and amount of network traffic.

  • Guest

    I just wish everyone threatening to leave would leave already. Sh#t or get off the pot! Take the money you’ll “save” not buying this phone and pay the ETF.

    • Jam5

      because of attitudes like yours tmobile has had large churn rates every quarter for 5 years…they are leaving and i thought tmobile strategy was to prevent that….if all the customers leave, tmobile won’t exist and you won’t have your beloved phone carrier

      • Dumbazz

        I sencond all the cry babies leaving. 

    • Nitefallz

      Except I don’t have an ETF.  So.. you know.

  • Guest

    how much is the 32gb in Walmart or bestbuy for tmobile 

  • I’m not sure why everyone is so hung up about T-Mobile’s on-contract price for the S3… it’s a new phone, and that price will drop quickly within a few months, if not weeks. Also, the situation is not comparable—T-Mobile subsidizes the phone less (their ETF is only $200). Oh, and not to beat a dead horse—T-Mobile’s prices generally ARE cheaper!

    I’m more bothered by the off-contract price. $680 for the 32 GB version from T-Mobile? Verizon Wireless has it for $650, and AT&T for a low $550. Only loyal customers buy carrier branded phones off-contract—what is T-Mobile thinking pricing what is essentially an identical device so high?

    • Jamille Browne

      Off contract prices do drop too, but thats freaking insane.

    • Dumbazz

      Well considering ATT has a MUCH LARGER customer base ATT can use that to negotiate lower pricing on the SG3. That may explain the lower cost. 
      Why this is so hard for some of the whiners on this forum to comprehend is beyond me. 

      • Smartazz

        Would you stop fellating T-Mobile already? Are you Phillip Humm’s personal fluff girl or something?

        • DustinT

          Obviously logic and facts hurt you. 

    • 21stNow

      That’s the 16GB on AT&T for $550.

  • Kevev

    Yes.

  • Dumbazz

    I would recommend the Jitterbug for those of you whining about the price of the GS3. That or a part time job. 

    • Nitefallz

      Obvious troll is obviously a kid whose parents lavish him with whatever he wants and has no concept of getting the most out of your money.

      • Dumbazz

        OH YA! You should see the PHAT CHECKS tmobile lavishes me with! 
        Dude I am soooo much more wealthy than you! 
        neener neener neener! 

    • Lsjsjansnsn

      If ur so rich go get att or verizon service. Or buy an unlocked iphone.. im on verizon but no one gives a shizz

  • Erc2003

    Got mine at walmart in fort worth, tx. The one off of 183 next to SAMs club and tmobile. 16gb for $198 pebble blue only one left when I purchased about an hour ago.

  • Cait

    It wasn’t the differential vs. the other carriers. Saving $75 up front gets eaten up by their higher monthly cost pretty quickly. But I am now glad that I grabbed the heavily discounted HTC One S during last weekend’s sale rather than waiting for the S3.

    With the current price difference I think I’d take the S3. Ultimately the purchase price is a very small portion of the total 2 year cost of ownership.

    • exeot

      Deciding between the two could also be heavily influenced by the size of the handsets. The note is too big, iphone too small(before someone interprets this the wrong way: there is a study saying iphone users statistically get laid more often.), and the GS3 is somewhere toward the larger size. A lot of people think the one s is a perfect size. Thinner too.

  • Andres Garcia

    T-Mobile used to have the best phones and best prices, after the AT&T affair, they should be trying to attract new customers, not scaring them away, better rethink your strategy, or else…

    • TMO_Stephanie

      Hi Andres, 
      TMO Stephanie here. 
      We get INSTANT ALERTS across the ENTIRE TMO network anytime a disgruntled customers posts, “or else” within an internet forum. 
      We are sorry that the cost of a high end phone hurts you. 
      How can we help?

      • The troll is strong in this one.

        Stephanie, STFU

        • Flagman

          Do you always steal copyrighted images to use as your own?

        • Arvin

          go read your copyright laws 

      • Scapegrace

        Hahahaha

  • Loupach

    yes high price will stop me from buying. don’t have the cush and t mobile isn’t making it easier buy asking for all of it upfront. hard times.

  • Loupach

    By the way are anyone of you pro-buying- now- people keeping track of the voting? 78% of people will not buy because of price. Does that tell you anything?

    • Dumbazz

      Ya that a lot of broke whiney ass bitches have a lot of free time on their hands to complain. 

      • Kugel67

        YOu can call them names but their potential customers and Dollars for Tmobile.  Are you Phillip Humm cuz you sound like him

    • ST

       By the way, do you realize not every single T-MO customer are reading all articles posted about the GS3? I’m pretty sure the people who have already bought it..bought it the day of,  and are enjoying the great specs and not think twice about the price. Only those who are sitting around waiting for the price to drop are the ones who have time to do polls. So nice try. T-Mo doesn’t care about bottom feeders like you. :) Go switch to Sprint or something like the others.

  • MavCow

    I just reach 10yrs with Tmo this month and due for full upgrade too. I call in to there Loyalty customer care department to see what offers can they provide me if I renew 2yrs contract with them. I told them that i wanted the S3 white 32gb, they said the 32gb will not be available until the 27th. Customer care said if go ahead renew my contract now and get my s3 next week they will give me $100 credit toward to my bills/new phone, waive $50 rebate if i call in next week order through the Customer Care, also waive the express shipping fee $20 and  upgrade fee $18. With that all said I’ll be getting my S3 white for $229.99 ($679.99 – $300 upgrade – $100 credit – $50rebate = $229.99. Love it!!! On top of that. I’m still on Grand Father plan with them. They also took off $5 my monthly bill for the next 24 month. My plan: with 5gb data 1000min anytime; unlimited text; for $76 included tax . Can’t complain…. Tmo has been good to me.

    • Yeah that’s a great deal for it

    • Amanda

      What’s the number for the loyalty customer care?

      • Taron19119

        i dont know the number that well get u right to them but i call 611 from my phone and ask for them

    • Arvin

      what number did you call

      • MavCow

         Just call 611 from your Tmo phone and ask for Loyalty customer care department.

    • Taron19119

      did you get them to make a note of that on your account and did u have them read it back

      • MavCow

         Yes I did.

    • Anon

      Sounds good, mind sharing your pretax rate plan? I’m more impressed with that if anything.

      • MavCow

         It’s a classic plan: classic talk 1000min $39.99, Unlimited – Premium Data 5gb $20, 400 Text/message $4.99(sorry is not unlimited as mention previous post). Come out $65.98 + tax = 76.33 to be exact total. I believe my saving come from the $5 off discount the past couple of time renewing my contract with them. Ask what you need and just be sincere and polite  and they will happen you. Hope this help.

  • Brfield

    just got mine at walmart 198+tax

  • So is the cheapest option walmart at the moment? I don’t see tmobile as an option on their site

    • Arvin

      seems like it

    • Scapegrace

      Yeah, and in store only right now

  • If T-Mobile charged $199 for the Galaxy S3 with a new Classic Plan contract, what’s to stop people from just starting the contract, cancel a few weeks later and effectively get the phone for $400+ tax?

    The massive $350 ETFs that the other 3 carriers charge gives them some cushion.  Even people who cancel would be on the hook for $550+tax (around $600).

    • exeot

      A rebate could make it 200 after a significant rebate. Early cancellations isn’t the main motive, otherwise I would get the GS2 for free and sell it too. It’s higher profits, plain and simple. Whats the reasoning behind a higher no contract price?

      • Flagman

        How do you know how much profit tmobile makes  versus the other carriers?
        Are you part of the team that negotiated the cost of  the S3 for the carriers?
        We already know the answer is no so STFU with your ignorant drivel. 

        • exeot

          Actually yeah… TMobile does release numbers including profits. Unlike sprint though TMobile actually comes away with some profit. The team is Phillip humm who since joining raised the top price of phones from 200 to something that is not only above 300, but confusing as anything other carriers have.

  • tommy

    The phones are different. TMO’s probably cost them a lot more. Is it really missing LTE? If so they pay more for a phone of lesser value. However their GS2 was a runaway hit.

  • Dwaynegray23

    No stoping me bought mine yesterday 3rd in line, absolutely love it. Coming from gsm galaxy nexus

    • Arvin

      why would you pay for gs3 if you have a nexus, its a slightly better phone at best…

      • Flagman

        Sorry you cant afford it like the poster you are crying about. 
        Tissue?

        • Arvin

          what are you talking about ?

  • I am waiting for The Galaxy Note

  • aaronratner

    If I’m going to commit to another two years I better be getting a deal. But for the price they’re charging it may as well buy it contract free unlocked and not be stuck to T-Mobile. I asked a rep on Twitter why the price was so high. Here’s the response: “T-Mobile customers realize a savings over the course of their service agreement versus higher monthly priced competitors. ^MS” That’s not a good enough reason to have the highest price in the world.

    • Arvin

      Your response should have been : “T-mobile customers also realize the weakest network over the course of their 2 year contract versus the higher monthly prices competitors. ” 

      in other words … tmobile cant compete on service so they must compete on price …… why does that effect my phone price  ? im paying for a lesser service not for more expensive phones 

      • TMO_Stephanie

        ARVIN, STFU, don’t feed the trolls, troll.

        • Arvin

          lol 

      • Flagman

        I am happy with tmo. So cal and Atlanta and never really had too many issues. 
        I wouldn’t say its a weaker network in my use and I am sure that a majority of TMO customers would say the same. 

      • GwapoAko

        So leave tmobile if you do not like their service and prices !

        • aaronratner

          I actually like T-Mobile and their service so I’ll wait a month or two for the price to come down. It’s not that big a deal. But if T-Mobile claims they compete on monthly cost but make it up in phone price then they aren’t actually cheaper by their own admission.

    • HighPriceJoe

      “The highest price in the world”… That comment alone makes you the biggest moron in the planet. GTFOH with that clueless selfish lack of knowledge. Aaron you are a joke.

      • Brandon Olmos

        Dude… Calm down. If i had to be in a room with either you or aaron, i’d choose aaron because i’m scared you’d eat my face off.

      • aaronratner

        Funny. Not sure why a fact makes me the biggest moron in the world but you’re entitled to your opinion. The on contract pricing is basically $199 worldwide. That makes t-Mobile the highest. Sorry of that bothers you..

        • JR

          Don’t bother with Tmobile Twitter account; the people who run that are totally incompetent and have no power.  They just regurgitate the same PR lines but never do anything to help.  They only frustrate even more…Lame TFOrce

  • wawawa

    Just got a blue 16GB version at Costco for $249.99.  No rebate needed.  Got all the free accessories as well.

    • Arvin

      new contract or upgrade

      • Ikhtiaralam

        Both. My girlfriend got hers from there.

      • wawawa

         upgrade.  But for some reason, I have to have the 5GB data plan… I just wanted 2GB data plan, but it’s not available in their system.  The guy at Costco told me to call Tmobile to downgrade it later.

        • Arvin

          yea i noticed they dont have 2 gb.. bummer 

    • Brandon Olmos

      Tmobile version?

      • wawawa

         yes… Tmobile….

  • Landotheripper

    I bought mine yesterday for the $279.99 ($329.99 before rebate. I understand that it’s pricey but this phone is incredible, I’m extremely satisfied even with the steep pricing.

  • Guest

    I cant believe some of u are still complaining about Tmobile’s price! U whiners are either a bunch of retarts or illiterate dumbasses! What part of so and so just bought one at Walmart for 198 or at Costco for 249 dont u guys get?

    • GK Punk

      I love when someone insults another persons intelligence, but can’t spell properly themselves.
      Other than that, yeah. I just plan to get mine at Walmart.

      • Ikhtiaralam

        Just bought mine from Wal-Mart! $198, guys.It’s a great phone!

        • B-Mobile

           the 16GB version for $199?

        • Ikhtiaralam

          Yes. Correct.

        • edub1906

          New contract or upgrade??

  • GS3

     i think one of the reasons for these bloated prices is because tmobile is a “friendly” carrier and is willing to cater to its long-time customers by giving them hella discounts just for these beggar cheaters to stay with tmobile at the expense of the existing and new customers high upfront prices..

    pffft..

    • Arvin

      iev been with tmobile for 10 years and they have never given me HELLA discounts. 

      • TMO_Rachele

        Looking at your payment history I can understand why. 

        • Arvin

          ? what lol… you have no idea how stupid that comments was do you.

        • Dumbazz

          Pay your bill!!!

      • TNAIG

        Probably because you use words like “HELLA”. Tmobile knows the suckers given any verbal signals they may give off. Hope that was helpful… FUHL.

        • Arvin

          By your logic i can accuse you of using words like HELLA and FUHL….FUHL.. helpful ?

  • Mfor33

    no, my amaze is whats gonna stop me from getting this marginal upgrade that in no way is worth signing a two year contract for

    • Arvin

      did that phone ever get ics 

      • Kalel33

         Yep, last month.  HTC always gets updates faster than Samsung phones. 

  • GS3

     tmobile should raise the ETF fee to 300 or 350 and raise the MIR without overcharging for the phone upfront for existing and new customers.. the whole “we pay lower monthly rates compared to the competition” is a poor excuse for tmobile to raise the prices that 80$ much.. i’m a tmobile customer because of their monthly rates, them overcharging too much is not a good way of attracting new customers at all..

    • TMO_Jake

      Hello G3, 
      We here at TMOBILE were notified that you aren’t happy with our pricing structure. We do try and make it as fair as possible. 
      If you send us your resume maybe we can hire you so you can get out of your current job which doesn’t allow you the funds to buy a high end superphone like the GS3. 

      • Tmo=Stupid

        Stupid.  We’ll all laugh when Tmo loses more customers and lays off more people and all the tmo retail employees and call center folks come on here to whine…Whatever happened to Tmobile Customer Service?  You should know your company tries to market itself as the value brand – so raising the price makes no sense…And all you retail sales people – you try to make fun of your customers – maybe if you got a college education, you wouldn’t be on your feet all day selling cell phones.  You’d also realize that many people complaining are not necessarily saying they can’t afford it – they’re either saying they won’t pay it – or are giving generalizations about Tmobile’s customer base and potential customers.  We’re just trying to point out that Tmobile should be doing things to get and keep customers, not drive it away.  We’re thinking about the big picture – not long term.  If Tmobile weren’t going after those ‘with less money’ they wouldn’t be pushing prepaid so much

  • steveb944

    Forget contract price, how bout that full retail? Crazy. As long as there’s some kind of promo it’s easy to buy it. As for me, my next device has to have LTE to future proof it

  • s10shane

    i had to walk away from the GS3 since it was gonna cost me around 330. i got the htc one s for only 250 out the door with free overnight shipping. maybe one day when the GS3 comes down in price i will get it. 

    • rwc1792

      You need to cancel that order, bestbuy and wirefly both have the same phone for at least $100 less.  Bestbuy also offers free shipping, probably not overnight.  At the very least you should call and get them to match the offers.

      • Kalel33

         Once you upgrade through T-mobile you have to wait 22 months to be able to upgrade from a third party, even if you return the phone.  He can’t cancel the order because they can’t and the script says that once they place the order that they cannot cancel or modify the order.

      • s10shane

        i would but i was only 1 year into my contract and tmobiles customer loyalty hooked it up with a full 2 year discount to get the phone. so it wouldnt show im ready to upgrade if best buy or anyone checked on there site. i asked tmobile if they price match but they said they dont. but thanks for letting me know. they took of the 50 dollar mail in rebate so i didnt have to deal with it plus they waved the 18 dollar upgrade fee and hooked it up with free overnight shipping so i cant complain. 

  • fqcharly

    Just got one! 16 gig blue. $198.00 Wal-Mart Market Street, Gilbert, AZ. They have one more left!

    • tspx23

      WALMART HAS THEM HERE?? i need to make my way over lol but also need to get rid of my note first -.-

  • Zingar

     Yes of course. How can a phone cost the same as a near mid-range laptop? But this price is only because its new, wait a couple months and it will be almost free on contract which is a slap to the face.

    • Arvin

      i doubt that go check the galaxy s 2 price 

      • Philip_Humm

        I got my SG2 about 2 months after release for $129 at Target and that was AFTER it went UP from $99. 
        Get a clue dipstick. 

        • tspx23

          the galaxy s3 might be different considering samsung has a grip on the pricing/release schedule. the same one is released on all four carriers. it could happen but there is a chance it will be like the iphone with no discounts

        • Zingar

          Yet you’re the one who paid for a phone after going up in price. How stupid is that.

  • BahamasGeek242

    You are getting the phone at half price on contract that is really not that bad of a price.  You could pay $650 for the phone and have no contract OR… just buy a Nexus for $400 which will have the newest firmware before SG3 anyway…Jelly Bean is coming

  • Philip_Humm

    LOLOLOLOL!!!
    SERIOUSLY?!?!?!
    Some of you cant afford $80 measly dollars!?!?!?!
    ROFL!!!!
    LMAO!!!! 
    We don’t want you as customers!! 

    • Guest

      thats why you’re gonna go bankrupt

  • Philip_Humm

    All you dipsticks crying about how much tmobile is selling it for but in a few days there will be MANY PLACES where you can purchase it for less. 
    LOSERS. 

    • philip_humm

      Stupid Americans LOL

  • Laughing out loud. Who needs to read the stories when the comments on here are HILARIOUS! …..I don’t know where to start

  • guest

    I just want all of you people when you go to another source to buy this phone don’t bring your ass in the t-mobile store to ask us to help you with it ….  we did not profit from it so we could  careless  this is a store rep speaking 

    • Kalel33

       You will because I have extended warranty on my phone, which covers any T-mobile branded phone.   Read the policy, you have to help with it.

      • guest

        no i will refer you to 1800 number  im a sales rep not a technician 

        • Kalel33

           In store reps are also supposed to do troubleshooting and can do warranty exchanges.  I was a phone rep and I’ve seen your scope of support in T-community. 

        • whiteiphoneproblems

          If I buy a new TMO phone from an authorized 3rd party retailer (Costco/Walmart), can I still do warranty exchanges via TMO — with the overnight shipping and whole bit? (I asked this upthread, but got no response…) Thanks.

        • guest

          yes call 18009378997

        • Kalel33

           I’ve seen stores do warranty exchanges all the time, just like the phone reps do. 

        • guest

          no im not 

    • Dfireballwow

      You didnt profit from it. But TMOBILE did. So if I can get the phone somewhere else and get it cheaper I will. And if I have a problem with it or my bill. Yes I will go bother you. Why should I pay more for a phone? You can’t replace it at the store.

      • UMA_Fan

        Operators like tmobile NEVER profit off of hardware. They all take losses on hardware in order to make up for it in service revenues. Tmobile pricing the phone a little higher is so they take LESS of a loss.

        Also at&t with its deep pockets may have got a better deal per device from Samsung by ordering a huge volume.

        The unlocked gsm galaxy s III is more expensive than the T-Mobile one.

      • guest

        no u can go back to where u got it or call the 1800 number i don’t make  any money off servicing you and u have no loyalty to us Retail sales associates so why should we care about you 

        • exeot

          For your damn attitude? I’m sure not all associates are this ignorant and selfish. Grow some balls and do your job. 

          I understand you want your commission but even if your tmobile store had lower prices, I would still choose against giving a single cent to you. 

        • guest

          and  when you came in the store i would choose not to service you 

    • Guess

      you’re an idiot cuz you did profit = you’re getting a monthly fee from the customers.  Its people like you that contribute to the high churn rates and are representative of why Tmobile continues to rank dead last in customer service.  Some of us remember the days we joined Magenta because the service and employees were so great and we’d recommend it to all our friends.  Now its the opposite – employees are often rude and incompetent….So when Tmobile loses more customers and is forced to fire more people, don’t bring your ass here to complain to us…

      • guest

        no im not  actually  i make my money on the sales I do in the store only  and the same goes for all store employees I’m just educating you since you obviously don’t know 

      • guest

        we don’t we just leave   and they hire worse employee’s  hope u enjoy calling the 1800 number over the past 4 years see why you don’t understand what they say 

  • Judok22

    Its all about the money, that’s why tmo increased the price and that its one reason tmobile is one of ten is gonna disappear in a few years, genius!!!  

    • Dumbazz

      Ya and MONEY means being able to pay employees.
      Don’t be butt hurt because you can’t afford it.

      • DumbazzIsATroll

        Dumbazz, just because someone is responsible with their money and doesn’t want to throw away their cash to the carriers doesn’t mean they can’t afford it.

        There are lots of things I can afford, but it doesn’t mean I’m stupid and just throw my money away.

        Please get a life and be financially responsible, when you do that you will no longer be a troll.

        • Dumbazz

          Yet another idiot who can’t afford it and is butt hurt

  • remister

    Whatever happened to “SHUTUP, TAKE MY MONEY”?

    • Wilma Flintstone

       They switched to sprint

  • Spartanstew

    I heard about the pricing on Saturday, and while I’ve been waiting for this phone, I immediately purchased the HTC One S during the fathers day sale instead.  It’s just not worth $250 – $300 more than the One S.

  • Jared

    Went to costco and got their first one. 280 out the door. 50gb of dropbox for two years! plan is still unlimited data 500 min talk and it is 75$ a month. I’m pretty sure i’m going to pay less than most att and verizon customers.

  • Ikhtiaralam

    Do you know what’s funny? The BlackBerry 9900 is 350 and 300, with $50 rebate. It’s even more expensive than the Galaxy S3.

    • yeah because who buys those, stupid people…

  • LookingElsewhere

    Some of you are saying wa wa is 80$ (or 130) so much for you?  wa wa you can’t afford it get a job wa wa…well if its not that much money, then why is tmobile charging it – then be competitive with your competitors…and lets remember , tmobiles brand reputation is supposed to be the value brand…so when customers are starting to look for a new phone and see 199 on every carrier and 329 -50 on Tmobile…what do you think they’re gonna check first..

    • Dumbazz

      Those who aren’t complete RETARDS will look at monthly costs.

  • Maryanne

    T-Mobile always finds ways to make up for their smaller monthly revenues by adding higher priced phones and extra fees wherever they can.

    See US customers answer with their wallets. US customers are okay with paying more per month and the Verizon’s and AT&Ts’ prosper despite the high monthly fees. 

    T-Mobile, if she was smart, shouldn’t try to charge more for a phone with slightly less impressive specs.  In our industry the upfront costs are the biggest barrier to a new customer getting new service.  It doesn’t matter if a customer will save money in the long run with T-Mobile.  If they charge almost $400 after taxes (especially in places like CA. and NY) for a phone that costs $199.99 plus tax elsewhere then T-Mobile will lose. 

    What’s new though?  It’s not like millions and millions are flocking to their Value Plans as it is. 

    • Danny

      Yep you’ll pay about $380 for new service on a Classic Plan for this phone in California.  Rip off.

      • tmo_rocks!

        If someone was getting new service with Tmo, why wouldn’t they do a value plan?  It’s only $230 down payment, and $20 a month for the phone.  Add that to a $60 2GB unlimited plan and that’s only $80 a month. 

        Go to any other carrier for the same plan, you could get the same phone for $200 bucks, but you’d pay at least $100 for the same voice and data plan. 

      • Dumbazz

        Sorry you can’t afford it.

    • philly8

      So when the downpayment is $230 on value…..how is that going to hurt the us customers wallets upfront? And if their bill is cheaper every month….How is that not a win for the customer? Maryanne go to Verizon……They will give u a 20% discount on your bill and im sure you could prob get a free GS3 because they know they are making that money back when your bill is still higher than T-Mobile bills……T-Mobile is more than 20% less than verizon  so your discount on your bill isnt even enouugh,,,,,

  • Guest

    I hope the people who comment on here and say they’re Tmo employees really don’t work for the company.  If they do, I understand why customer service has deteriorated so much and why the company keeps going downhill.  They seem to hate their customers and not care about the long term health of Tmobile

    • guest

      I love my customers  the one’s that understand exactly what I do and appreciate our positions 

  • Dumbazz

    Those of you complaining about pricing I hope your tears are soothed by clutching your teddy bear and blanket as you fall asleep in your parents basement..

    • Pnina_evans

       Haha!  I loled on this one!

  • Guest

     Lmao……… Reading some of these comments on here is better then watching Comedy Central Roasts!

    • Guest

      get a life then

    • Dumbazz

      Thanks I try!!

    • Bob90210

      Watching paint dry is more fun than comedy central roasts.

      • Gotta Be

        lmao    right     comedy central roasts are the equivallent of gobbelling c0ck

  • jollygreendude

    Verizon really works the best in my neighborhood, and I’ve been on Straight Talk no contract for about a year, on Verizon towers.   Had a Sprint android phone from them briefly but it was Sprint, which sucked in my area, so I got rid of it.  Went to TMobile and I was going to sign up for a dang 2yr contract because I wanted a smartphone that wasn’t sprint or AT&T service, and knew I couldn’t afford Verizon plan.

    All of a sudden I noticed Straight Talk is selling Verizon android phone, $45 a month, no contract, unlimited talk, unlimited text, UNLIMITED DATA.  they say as long as you don’t root the phone, any app you can get from android store including youtube vids will NOT KICK YOU OFF their data.  No overage.  TRULY unlimited data.

    Just ordered my Verizon android phone using Straight Talk.  It is a far cheaper alternative to the s3, admittedly not NEAR the phone, but good enough for me and half the price.  Phone is samsung proclaim, CDMA, $180.  Model is SCH-S720C. 
    If you buy it thru the link below you get $18 off, (10% off) making it $162 for a brand new android phone.  I could care less that it’s not S3 or ice cream sandwich.  SO glad I didn’t sign up for TMO yet.  Will wait while price comes down on s3 and save enough while I’m waiting.
    Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=595771

    just click in the search box, type straight talk, and then you’ll be at their site to buy a phone.  If you go straight to their site WITHOUT the link, you don’t save the 10%.  Almost $20, easy money.

    Sure it would be nice to have the latest and greatest, but a Verizon unlimited plan for $45 ROCKS.

  • Guest

    how much is the 32gb in Walmart or bestbuy for tmobile 

    • Ikhtiaralam

      At Wal-Mart it’s $248.00 plus tax with new line or upgrade.

      • Guest

        nice thanks getting the 32gb them

      • Ikhtiaralam

        But I recommend you you to just get the 16 gig and add a sd card to it. You’ll get more pure memory.

        • king

          what you mean more pure memory

    • nitefallz

      My walmart doesn’t even carry anything for t-Mobile

  • Durandal_1707

    If you guys go for the Value plan instead of the Classic plan, you’ll only pay $230 per month instead of $280. Plus, your monthly plan goes down by $20 after 20 months, so you save another 4 * 20 == $80 compared to the Classic plan. So it’s equivalent to paying $150 for the phone on the Classic plan.

    Why the Classic plan continues to even be offered is confusing to me. It’s nothing but a rip-off.

    • Durandal_1707

      ARGH! I can’t seem to make a post here without having a typo in it! First sentence obviously meant to say $230 up front, not $230 per month.

      • Guest

        just go to bestbuy or walmart and get it

        • my walmart still has 2 left if i had 200 bucks id have bought one already, but literally no one has called or asked if we have them, we sold 2 to employees

        • Taron19119

          where is your walmart at

      • JB

        I was getting ready to say the same thing! To add: What they are doing is setting the Classic subsidy so high, that it almost forces people to to look at the value plans.

        Any new customers that come in will say “holy hell 280 is high” and that’s when sales associates will tell them the benefits of going value.. saw it with my own eyes yesterday. But all in all, 30 bucks more on value is not a bad deal at all!

  • ROZCO

    When is the WHITE one releasing!?!?

  • Brass Balls

    Did anybody notice this site is censoring comments.   MESSED UP

    • Comments are not censored, any comment with a url requires approval to prevent spam!

  • wow

    they are censoring our comments through a company called disqus

    • 21stNow

       Some of these comments need to be censored.  Attacking on race, really?!

  • Mcclurej

    Just got my G3 today in Houston. Paid list price. This is one of the best smartphones to be offered. Look forward to getting the Note next month. The only draw back is it uses a micro sim card, to switch between older devices you will need to buy a $10 adapter tray for the micro sim to fit in to use other phones like the g2 or Sensation.

    • Sun

      I’m looking forward on the note too. Wonder how much it would be?

      • exeot

        Lower if anything given how old it is. $250 is my bet. Oversized imo, so not for me.

    • 21stNow

       Adapters are only $1 on Amazon.  Please don’t pay a 1000% markup on an adapter.

    • Cyclone

      I use micro sim in my Vibrant without any adapter. miro sim is slightly thicker than regular one and it sits tight in the center of the sim card slot without any support around it.

  • souggie

    its so sad how this forum has turned into all these internet thugs and gangsters over who can afford the phone or not….if you wanna pay the price …GREAT, if not, and you find it cheaper, GREAT, and if you dont want to buy it at all…GREAT….the point is to do you….folks complaining about the price, listen the reality of it is is that TMO has to make bread….to make up for these cheap as sh@t plans we got, folks who can afford the price of the phone…GREAT, that means you’ve either been saving well, or simply balling like i am….but it still doesnt give you the right to try to chump someone who is salty about the price. Hell, I AM salty about the price, but im getting it regardless (albeit at a very nice discount)…and folks if the price bothers you wait a bit till it goes down, or find somewhere else that can get it for you cheaper.  As for the TMO employees on here, we appreciate all that you guys do, but please dont come on here and chump folks out….not a good look, you guys are better than that…
    @468cda81a7062fb283508282a92fc9c9:disqus , chill, everyone isnt poor, lol, the GS3 just may not be everyone’s priority…and you’re instigating like you from the courts in east new york….lol chill…
    Everyone relax, the price will go down at some point and just keep searching for the price that suits you, we can all get along

    • 90s ebonics slang is out. Maybe you didn’t get the memo. Welcome to the new millennium. Learn to speak like a human.

      • souggie

        relax internet gangster, my point is that all you clowns acting like kids over this phone is ridiculous.  If you’d spend less time worrying about my “ebonics”, and actually trying to get the point you’d probably see that. But clearly you’re looking for confrontation, which ballers like me choose to avoid, because only idiots and jackasses would choose to look through a positive message and attempt to mess it all up with some half witted comment about ebonics and slang…you should visit east new york sometime….get some “education” in your life.

        • Deaconclgi

          +1 for saying internet gangster! I laughed out loud literally. It doesn’t help that I just finished playing Max Payne on my One S.

          I pictured the conversation going on behind the closed doors that hides a room full of internet gangsters!

          Seriously though, I understood what you were saying and it was a positive message.

          I don’t hold anything against anyone based on their dialect. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

          BTW, I was born in Chicago, spent my youth in Sacramento, my teens in Mississippi, most of my early adulthood in Atlanta and now I and back to Illinois, 110 miles south of where I started from.

          I have learned that just because a person speaks differently doesn’t lessen the importance of the content of what that person is saying.

        • souggie

          thanks, im glad we still have sensible grown ups like your self on this post!

        • Timothy12a

          I was in east NY when it was alphabet city!!

        • souggie

          You mad bro? You need a hug? Man i already made my point…now im urban trash….? because i use a certain dialect? and i tell you to visit where im from? You sound like an idiot right now, we’re talking about phones and the like, and here you go talking about urban trash and calling me names…I see why @468cda81a7062fb283508282a92fc9c9:disqus picks on you frequently, you make yourself a target. However, if being a Doctorate level physical therapist with an interest in phones makes me urban trash, then i’ll be urban trash. You have no idea why i even called out East NY, idiot, You made an assumption…were you feeling threatened? is this why you lashed out like this? who threatened you? you’re an internet gangster, plain and simple.  TRY to have a mature conversation and learn something practical instead of calling people trash and making fun of people you dope. Thats what kids do…you’re a grown ass man…ACT like one in all phases of life….or are you?

        • souggie

          Should be banned from the post just for being an immature clown and ass

      • Dumbazz

        Only if you remove that ugly ass picture

  • Jvf251991

    So I’m getting my GS3 on Monday. I was hoping id get it today but my Tmobile store didn’t get their shipment so I hav to wait til Monday. Blah

  • philly8

    This is a bad article…..You can’t just state price and not mention value plans…….David….run over to ATT with your Iphone so you can get phones cheaper upfront…..

    • Ikhtiaralam

       Oh my god ignorant people. Wal-Mart has it for $198. And Costco has it for $249 with case, screen protector, and car charger.

      • n1oty

        Yup, hit my Costco today for $249. Got some extra accessories and don’t have to hassle with rebates.

      • Dameerak

        What walmart? brick-and-mortar or online? Because online, the only thing they have is an unlocked version for 800 dollars. I would appreciate a link of the walmart listing.

        • Tim

          Brick and mortar. I git mine for 200 at Wal-Mart today

        • Pnina_evans

           My walmart only had three of the 16 gig pebble blue ones….

    • Piecemakr9

       yo man, DAvid is awesome, stop being hating

  • I ordered the Blue 16gb version, paid for next day shipping, $397 before $50 rebate. really expensive. 

    • Qtfrat715

      How did the price get so high

      • king

        he got rob 

        • Taron19119

          no he paid taxs and upgrade fee

        • guest

          he got rob 

        • Beef_jerky

          Aaah inner city ghetto public education at its finest.

        • guest

          Aaah inner city ghetto public education at its finest.

        • Guest :)

           He’s obviously a kid. Haha.

  • Dameerak

    IF you add the people who wont buy, and the people who will only buy if the price goes down, thats 2164 (so far). Now, assuming T-mobile lowers the price to 199.99, the total that T-mobile will get out of these folks is about 432,000. That’s a half a million dollars. However, as it seems, these folks will not buy with the higher price tag. So T-mobiles thinking is we can make more money -in theory- if these folks buy at 279.99. Well I agree-in theory. But as these folks specifically mentioned in this poll, they will not, at that price. So T-Mobile would rather have a theoretical 2164×279.99 rather a realistic 2164×199.99 which comes down to the aforementioned 432,000. I did not know T-mobile could easily overlook, and disregard a half a million dollars just like that!

  • souggie

    folks the reality of the situation is that tmobile is actually willing to work with you guys on the price, you just have to know how to treat your CSRs and know how to talk to people….most of the CSRs i’ve talked to agree that it is steep despite the low cost plans(even though this isnt gonna deter me), i got a sweet discount, i’m gettin the 32GB on the 27th through customer care for 279.99 with a credit of $150.00 on my bill, plus the rebate is instant, additionally free express shipping, and a waived upgrade fee, so with tax, everything comes to 299.54minus that 150 dollar credit…right at 150!! so at the end of the day, im getting the 32GB for $150.00. just for inquiring about any deals or promos that could help me out. Hoever i was still prepared to pay the price if i couldn’t.  doesnt hurt to try with the CSRs, i usually get really nice people

    • edub1906

      I assume you were out of contract.  I know a friend who was out of contract and he got a FREE HTC One S in early May.  I’m eligible for the full upgrade discount, but I won’t be out of contract until next year thanks to adding my wife and getting a family plan. Oh well, I’ll still be able to get it from Costco for $249.00 which still beats T-Mobile’s $279.99 website price.

      • souggie

        actually no, i wasn’t out of contract due to a previous plan change, i was just eligible for upgrade, and i’ve had a 9 year tenure with tmobile with good habits and no serious issues, honestly.

        • edub1906

          WOW.  Then you got a heck of a deal.  I have been with T-Mobile for 6 years and now have a family plan with my wife.  I am eligible for the full discounted upgrade on Sunday (6/24/12).  Maybe I should give them a call to see what they could do.  Not sure what to say other than “it’s a great phone but the $279.00 price is too high for me”.  Did you call customer retention or just the normal phone upgrade extension?

        • souggie

          I called customer loyalty, and asked what could i do to get this a bit lower, is there any way to lower this? cuz id gladly extend and do another two years, but its a bit much…then the dude just put me on hold for like five seconds, and came back with this offer, but the only catch is that i have to do it through customer care, because the store wont do it, so i bit the bullet…

        • Edwardsuero7

          Do you have to call back on the 27th or is it all set?

        • souggie

          its notated on my account, and i have to call in on the 27th, plus the dude set a call back for on that day also

        • souggie

          just in case, i meant, not “also”

        • edub1906

          Well it looks like I’ll give T-Mobile a call on Sunday and say the exact same thing that you said souggie.  All they can tell me is no.  Did you just dial 611 from your phone to get to Customer Care?

        • souggie

          Sure did !

        • Y314K

          Does it mean that line’s contract is being extended 2 years out..  aka New 2 Year contract or dose it still expire on the old contract date ???

  • Tmo_Fan

    def buying when price drops I cnt believe on this prices but they are fair to certain people so I cant complain.. 

  • John

    I just picked my S3 up at Costco today for 249. I think it was a great deal considering I would pay so much more on any other carrier for the same plan I have with T-mobile. I love this phone!

  • Caseybea

    Still loving my pure Galaxy Nexus.    With the exception of the better camera, I’m really not missing anything.  I will probably upgrade to an S III …   but in a year when the market is flooded and I can buy a used one for a decent price.      Until then…    I’ll have to pass.    But definitely  keeping my eye on one.   Someday.

  • I was all lined up to pick one up on release day, but I can’t see paying nearly $400 once you figure in the tax and upgrade fee. All that PLUS a 2-year contract extension! Noooooo thank you.

    • phills

       Same Situation.  Luckily it looks like it will be easy to find at Walmart within a week or so.  Knowing that some Walmarts already have and are selling it for $199 makes it totally worth waiting in my opinion.  HOWEVER…I’m trying not to wait too long because that stupid Apple lawsuit could mess things up again if anything comes of it.

  • Omar

    Just picked mine up at Walmart for 199. I’m a happy camper

    • Omar

      Chicagoland area btw

  • Dumbazz

    This may seem shocking to some of you geniuses but eventually stores will have stock in. It will be great to not have to see all the “at what location” posts.

  • BrothaDave

    I ordered mine online and after everything I will wind up paying $350 counting taxes and fees. Remember (or at least for me) there is no upgrade fee to get a new phone on Tmo like other carriers. I would be willing to bet Verizon and Sprint will charge more than $200 but either way the phone is worth it to me. I’ve kept the MyTouch 4G for almost 2 years just because Tmo never gets flagship phones. Finally this is it so even if I have to pay a little more it’s worth it. Money doesn’t mean anything if what you spend it on doesn’t make you happy

  • Taron19119

    I cant wat tell customer service get the phone so I can get mines

  • Traviedwards

    All you babies out there need to chill with the price complaints. I consider the extra 50 i paid at costco a early purchase buy. Tmo is the only carrier i see who actually let customers get the phone ahead of time. I dont see anyone from att, sprint, verizon with their phones… do you? Hats off for tmo making it available already.. 270 with tax out the door and some free goodies…

    If you really want go find it, if not stop complaining

    FYI: I TYPED THIS USING MY S3.. DEUCES??? A SATISFIED TMO CUSTOMER!!!!

    • souggie

      i see you….but since you on here flexin….does the s3 have a dedicated built in FM radio? i would like to hear from someone who actually has the phone because tmobile makes no mention of it, i know the international version does, but does tmobile’s have one?

      • Traviedwards

        Not sure, ill have to find out

        • souggie

          let us know when you do, thanks..

      • Dontwiggs1

        No fm radio on the t-mobile version. Picked mine up yesterday.

        • souggie

          Crap, knew it, might be a deal breaker

        • souggie

          SIKE!

      • 21stNow

         AFAIK, none of the US versions have the FM radio.

    • Mmcca189

      What Costco already has it?

      • Traviedwards

        One in chicago on clybourn ave…

    •  Hahaha getting it on the scheduled release day is not what I would call early.

      • Georgie1234

        Technically it was a scheduled release date for (TMobile, sprint and AT&T) . Did you get your Sprint or AT&T S3 yet?

        • 21stNow

          Some AT&T pre-order customers have theirs already.

  • jerry

    Waited in line in the morning yesterday and paid the retail price for it.

  • Bkidko

    If you pay 49.99$ for 500 mins and unlimited text and web, you payy $229 down and $20/mo for 20 mos. This means you pay $629 for the phone, which is the full price. If you get the same classic plan, you pay $69.99 per month for 24 mos and $279.99 for the phone. So if you subsidize the phone, you pay $760 for the phone!!!!

    My question is…are you effing crazy?! Why would anyone pay $280 and get classic plan? This is also assuming that you get a $50 rebate

  • JB

    I’m reading these comment about the good number of folks on here that called retention, customer care, ect and they are getting pretty solid deals on this phone… I know why they priced it the way they did, so this is not a complaint, but it does get me to wondering if they are adjusting a price to appease the few, why didn’t they just go ahead and  priced it a little lower in the first place? It definitely would’ve helped resolve this perceived mass exodus…

    • Dumbazz

      Because people will still call up and want it at a lower price.

      • Taron19119

        well im geting one on the 27th and im geting 118 off the price

    • Taron19119

      well tell me y they priceed this way

  • GregZ

    Hello!
    I always see comments of ” Bought it at Best Buy….picked one up at Walmart…” – Am I missing something here?  What is the advantage of going there instead of walking into a TMO store?  
    Are you still extending your contract out by 2 years?  Is there some trick to this?  Are you saving that much more by going there instead?  Is everyone who is doing that…not on the old Even More Plus plans?  I for one am on that plan…I am trying to figure out what to do next…not on contract – paid almost full price for GS1 when it first came out.  I called TMO and they said I cannot convert over to a subsidized plan?  
    For all the EMP people out there…what are you doing?

    • Suckmy4G

      It’s pretty cool because you get the phone at $199 with NO CONTRACT!

      • Abcdes

        $199 with NO CONTRACT!<——what a joke!

    • Abcdes

      yep they def are not on even more plus plan. My best suggestion open new acct with classic plan and complete request old number back process to have your old number after 60 days or migrate to value plan (even though you will be paying installments your still saving money) Good Luck!!!

    • 21stNow

       I’m EMP and I’m avoiding this phone at that price!  I’m not converting to Value, so the options are limited.

    • FatFredJones

      What are your reasons for wanting to the move away from the the Even More Plus plan? Im on it and cant see any other plan I’d rather have considering I’m only paying $139+ for Unlimited Everything (5 GB 4G data per line) on 2 lines

      • GregZ

        I don’t want to change out of EMP – the price is perfect.  I just see all of these posts in which people are picking up new phones and I am thinking..OK, you must not be on EMP….and you are continually upping your contract by 2 years…or you are setting up new plans…to later do a phone number change?  What happened to all the EMP people?  Are we all spending $600 to buy new phones?

  • Mstina24

    I think the price is pretty high i been with tmobile for a long time and im thinking about going to sprint cause they offer buyback and i can pay for my phone using my galaxy s2. 199.99 wouldve been a good price for tmobile cause sprint is offering it for that amount

    • Digler

      By princess

    • (Tmo)InItForTheWin

       Sprint sucks overall. So, Adios!

    • Grammatica di Polizia

       Carrier buy back programs are a rip-off.

      The best route to go is to sell your handset on eBay. I have been doing that for years, actually I know exactly when I started doing that, with the BlackBerry Pearl in 2007. (Sold the Pearl to get the Curve).

      If you take care of your phone (use a hard plastic case, don’t scratch the display) and save all original packaging, it can work out to where you are “renting” the hottest cell phones for about $10 to $30 monthly.

      I know that selling on eBay is not everyone’s cup of tea, but something to think about.

  • Trey

    Strange stuff going on here…I live in Fort Worth, TX and called a few t-mob and wal-mart locations…all of which told me they either had none in stock or weren’t selling the phones until next week…That being said, I decided to stroll into a nearby Wal-mart and check things out…Glad I did, they had two in stock (blue, 16gb) and were selling them for $198 w/ new contract…I was out of the door within 15 min having paid a total of $214.34…From there, I went directly to the nearest t-mob retail location and had them check and make sure the wal-mart rep set everything up correctly…Haha…So, for anyone who is curious…Yes, wal-mart is selling them for $198…but will most likely only have the “pebble blue / 16gb” models in stock…Check it out!

  • Orgbatak

    Geez people. If u got money pick up from walmart 198 +tax on 198… At costco 249 +tax on 399 ( free accessories)..both with 2 yrs contract …….if want to pay retail.. Go to Costco at 399 + tax and get the minimum prepaid plan….

    • Lani

      Did you leave something out of your post?  Are you sure about the Costco $249(plus tax) with prepaid plan?  Prepaid means non-contract, correct?
       I did not know you could buy a non-contract mobile from Costco.  Where did you get this info?  What exact Costco location is offering it and which sales rep?

      • Grammatica di Polizia

         He did not say that. He said it is $250 on a 24 month contract, $400 on prepaid.

  • bruce_leer0y

    GS Note!

    • Tmo_Fan

      I wonder how mch this will be

    • tomnewtn

      WIll it be worth it with the Note2 coming later? We’ll have to see how it specs out.

    • tommy

      GS Note runs down the battery fast. New phones (the Note-2) have much better work on their battery, the companies (HTC and Sam) are working hard to optimize their batteries, so I’d wait for new models.

  • Tmo_Fan

    this phone is too expensive so far I cant wait for an iphn 5 or GS note probably $899 but I mean what can we do… T-mo is doing what they think is best for the company not competing 

    • Dumbazz

      I know CRAAAAAZY to do what’s best for the company!!!
      They should just give the phone for free and layoff employees,!

      • Magenta Man

        Good call Dumbazz, T-Mobile is only in the state they are in due to their insanely entitled customer base. Their customer base is largely out of touch with reality. I work in a store, so there is no need to argue this point. Most of them are crazy. Wish I could roll back the clocks to the days when T-Mobile saw budget conscience prime consumers. After they designated half the parking lot to FLEXPAY parking, its never been the same. Who ever would have thought that in an economy like this that the “Value” provider would be suffering so greatly. There is an issue in America with entitlement not just at the carriers. That attitude shift has put T-Mobile is an awkward position. Kind of sad, but so are what some Americans have become. 

      • Tmo_Fan

        lol thats crazy lol and funny lolz

  • TMo is better than the rest..

    I’m a realist.. phones are just going to get more and more expensive. It’s just a given. Yes.. T-Mobile charges more for the phone. But.. their plans are way less expensive (If you aren’t an idiot and pay $9.99 for Jamster or other things like that. Or subscribe to T-Mobile TV.). I would rather pay more upfront and less per month. But.. I have a brain.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

       No, if you had a brain you would go with Straight Talk prepaid. It uses the exact service T-Mobile gives you. And it charges $41 monthly, without a contract, for unlimited talk, text and 2.5GB 4G data. No ETF fees, no 24 month contract, no additional fees and taxes each month (about $8), the same exact service and arguably similar or better customer service (I don’t care any more about custo service, it is not like I am calling them more than once a year.)

      The only difference is buying an SGS 2 on eBay, for $350 nowadays. But if one buys it new on eBay, you can get a warranty from Square Trade. And if I want an SGS III I am looking to pay $450 for it in a month, after the frenzy dies down.

      $41 monthly versus about $90 at T-Mobile, for the exact same service from T-Mobile, because… I have a brain.

      Assume we are sitting at a restaurant table. They bring out the exact same meal. Except I am paying $41 for it, you are paying $90. If you have  brainy argument on why your meal is worth more than double, please do tell.

      Oh, and if I don’t like it I can get up and walk away. You? You have to sit there for 24 months.

      Another analogy, there’s some flying coach paying $500 for a ticket, there’s others paying $100.

      • XMAGUSX

        Unless they changed it recently, Straight Talk is AT&T 3G, and the GS2 is one of the few T-Mobile phones AFAIK directly compatile with AT&T 3G. Plus, coverage is worse since unlike T-Mobile prepaid, you don’t get free roaming in the US (correct me if I’m wrong).

      • Magenta Man

        XMAGUSX you are exactly right. This idiot Grammatica di Polizia is the exact reason why the industry is upside down. Keep feeding Walmart after midnight and see what it morphs into. With T-Mobile gone, once Verizon and AT&T have complete market dominance they will control the price we pay. At that point the sky will be the limit on how much they can get away with and charge. I Know a lot of people that have gotten Straight Talk and cant stand the internet service. I also know of others that love their Straight Talk because it works at their soup kitchen or the unemployment line…..

  • Klai99

    got 2 sIII at costco and they had 65 for sale!

  • John

    Not sure how some of you are picking these up at Walmart. I just called my local one and she went to check and nothing, just the S2. She did ask if I checked the webiste and I told her there was nothing listed. Now, will this very from Walmart to Walmart?

    • Yes, it will VARY with Wal-Mart, I called a couple stores and some had them and some did not.  

  • Dave Mallari

    hey to anyone who got they s3 at costco, 
    what accessories did you guys get? I’m deciding getting there or at walmart 

    • jbreyno
    • Traviedwards

      2 leather phone casex, screen protector and car charger

      • jhoff909

        cases are marginal, screen protectors don’t really fit (cut to fit) and car charger is OK but I already have several of them…  I did buy one at Costco tho – $250 + tax.

        I have 14 days to return it so if Walmart offers them for $200 I will negotiate with them to either return or refund…  they don’t price match but if they (costco) offer it for less within 14 days, they will refund the difference.  And there’s the possibility of a 4th of July sale…

        • jhoff909

          Oh and local Costco here in Seattle was only supposed to get 3 but they got 15 and only sold 7 (including mine) yesterday…

  • JBREYNO1

    Walmart has T-Mobile Galaxy S3’s at 198, 213.36 out the door and theyre available.

    http://mobilespot1.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/t-mobile-samsung-galaxy-s3-available-at-walmart-198/

  • StonersLane

    Yes even I think paying $400 is a lot. $300 is do-able but I can only dream.

  • tomnewtn

    Not at all. I will never buy a Samsung toy.

  • I will see what Costco and Walmart have to offer if they ever get stock in. This whole release has been a huge fiasco. Why can’t they stick to a wide release date and decent price point.

    The price is too high plain and simple. I doesn’t matter that the plans are cheaper, this is about the device not the plans. Even if some people justify the price with lower plans, that argument doesn’t make sense. The plan has to be lower because of the inferior product being offered by Tmo. Lets be honest here, if VZW or ATT was offering plans as low as Tmo everyone would jump ship because they have much better service. Tmo service is not as great or as strong as the other carriers which means the plans NEED to be cheaper. So stop with that BS argument please. The phones are priced to high.

    • Dumbazz

      Has it occurred to you that in a vast majority of areas t mobile service is just as good? Just because it may not be good for you does not mean that applies to all humanity.
      Did Tmobile hurt you?

      •  The fact of the matter is Tmo does not cover as large a area as the bigger carriers. Yes Tmo is excellent at my house, but when I leave my signal constantly drops to 2g and back to 4g and there are dead spots. I have only 2G where I work on the Las Vegas Strip. It was same story Orange County/LA County area when I was living in So. Cal. I deal with it because I only pay $69.99 for unlimited everything. If the price wasn’t that low I would be gone in a heartbeat.

        Dumbazz, corporations LOOOOOVE customers like you. You keep the
        executive bonus checks very lucrative. This country needs less people
        like you and more people that question high prices to protect the
        consumer. Have fun on your crusade to justify Tmo’s pricing. What are you getting out of it? Go ahead and pay your $350-$400 upfront and be happy about it.

        • Anthony_r

          You are a complete idiot.

        • Herb

           ^ this

        • Herrrrb, I got a question here about a toothbrush!

    • no2apple

      Looks like you just had a panic attack… Your life is way precious than the phone. Go see a doctor soon please

  • Observer

    It’s 179.99 at Sprint thru Wirefly. It will probably be cheaper in a week through Walmart or Wirefly or Amazon. T-Mobile really screwed up a great chance here. Spare me the low monthly payments comments.

  • phills

    So I know this may have been somewhat answered…but it’s hard to sift through 500+ posts.  If I have a classic family plan (500 mins, unlimited txt, 2g data for $20) can I walk into walmart and get this phone for $199 without changing my plan (I’m due for a full upgrade with t-mobile).

    • Gotta Be

      yes

    • TheReder

      I have an even older family plan (still with real unlimited data), and I was able to upgrade both lines on my plan at Walmart to GS3 without changing a thing. Go save those dollars!

    • phills

       Thanks guys…now I just have to find a Walmart that has it ha

  • Taron19119

    Who.from philly has the phone and if so where did u get it from

  • smiley47

    Has anyone seen pricing info from Target? I’m looking for a no contract, full retail, S3 and I’ll use the Target Redcard to ease the pain by 5%.

    • ME

      No contract full price is always higher than the T-Mobile retail stores, even with your 5% off its still better to get it from T-Mobile.

  • smiley47

    So far T-Mobile stores are the lowest at $629. Walmart is $650. Costco won’t sell no-contract phones. We’ll see what Amazon offers in a few days.

    • Dumbazz

      That would be killer if google sold in the play store in a few months.

  • Lani

    I am holding off on purchasing the SG3, till I see the Tmobile Note.  I’d prefer the Note for the screen size.

    Also I am holding off, till I can actually touch a live SG3 in a Tmobile store in Los Angeles CA.

  • mreveryphone

    Humm I wonder if the note 2 will have all the features the gs3 will have? That would be a killer phone! Guess ill sale my gs3 for that if the new nexus devices don’t offer any groundbreaking new tech

  • Frigadroid

    No I don’t mind the price it seems competitive when you take the time to factor in the full contract cost of service. I won’t buy it because it’s manufactured by samsdung & I’m never going to allow them to jip me again like they did with the vibrant. If it lives up to the hype and nothing better comes along before christmas I might consider it for free if I don’t get some sort of google pad first.

    • Brian

      Hey, the vibrant was a horrible device in every way. The updated Galaxy S 4G I have now is a much better device. After having 6 vibrant phones replaced I the loyalty department just sent me a GS4G as a replacement. They didn’t tell me they were extending my contract to 2013 but its a moot point now. I have been happy with the GS4G, but I am leaving T-mobile for Verizon at the end of the year. Maybe T-mobile can keep be with better plans and LTE. I doubt it though.

      • Guest

        Im very happy with my Vibrant and ICS. Galaxy 4G don’t have ICS.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    I passed on a free HTC One S last weekend so I can buy this, I’m not sure it’s worth the $350 difference and I can’t turn back time.

  • John D.

    I got my GS3 yesterday afternoon from my near by Walmart.  They had a total of 5.  I was able to get mine for $199+tax+$18 upgrade fee.  No rebate,s no changes to my “granfatthered” 5gb data plan.

  • Digitalfreaknyc

    How the hell do you get anyone to pick up at Wal-Mart? I called 5 of them this morning and only one picked up.

    • exeot

      The receptionist on my side couldn’t even didn’t know what a phone was, and I struggled just to get the person to understand that I wanted to be transferred to the electronics department.

      • Sofeisty

         I went to one store who had one in stock. They threw up all sorts of hoops to purchasing it.  Wouldn’t sell it without TWO pieces of ID, said that TMO system was down and they couldn’t check the price, couldn’t reach the manager to find out what to do, wouldn’t hold the phone until they got their act together.  Screw it, I’m going to Costco and paying more but getting more.

        • Guest

          that is exactly what i experience and on top of that printer did not work and they had to call Tmobile guy to do contract manually at the store. It took 2 hrs and they messed up my whole tmobile account

  • tommy

    Why is the GS3 any better than the GS2? other than faster and much better screen? Is there any compelling reason for it? Just 2GB rather than 1GB is not compelling, it’s just faster. So????

    • exeot

      Really just better screen and some gimmicky features added. It’s obviously better though. Natural cycle of technology. The S2 is still a great phone.

    • Kalel33

       Differences:
      -larger, higher resolution display that is brighter and clearer
      -the S4 processor is much better than the S3, both in speed in power consumption
      -improved camera system
      -much larger battery and improved power conservation in both hardware and software

    • 21stNow

       To add to Kalel’s response, new gestures for navigating the phone are available.  Also, Google Wallet is ready to go out of the box and you get 50GB free storage from Dropbox for two years.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      Do you have an SGS II Tommy, or thinking about which one to get, it or the SGS III? Stick with the SGS II. The S2 is a fantastic phone.

      Even the SGS II is arguably still too fast for current Android apps. And it loads web pages fast too. My SGS II is so blazing fast I don’t see the compelling need to upgrade. After all, as some have said in here, and I agree, it is just a friggin phone.

  • English

    So people are picking up a T Mobile S3 from Best Buy? Best Buy don’t sell T Mobile phones in store (is this an exception?) and there’s no T Mobile S3 on bestbuy.com. So, how is anyone getting a T Mobile S3 from Best Buy right now? I’d like to as I have a $50 credit there.

  • John

    I called customer loyalty about 30 min ago. Talked to her about discounts, anything to lower the price of the S3. Basicly I was told to call back on the 27th since the prices are not in the sytem and sold out. And then they can see what the price is and went on to say that they could give me the lowest price possable plus wave the activation or upgrade fee and free shipping. If its still over $300 I’m going to have to pass I’m afraid. I asked about the $279 price, she said that was for new customers. The upgrade price better be lower. My wife still wants the S2, that price for me would be $199, kinda steep for a nearly year old phone considering the One S is the same price. Eitehr way I’ll find out on the 27th, maybe I get them to lower the price more.

  • Josehadathy

    I’m not elligible for a full upgrade until july 24, but I had been told by t-mobile stores before that I could be given a full upgrade price anyway.  But on the 21st I went to the only store here in Atlanta that had the GS3 and was told I couldn’t be given the full upgrade price, which was $279 plus a $50 MIR.  If I have to wait another month for this phone, I might as well wait for the Note 2 or another phone like that right?

    • FatFredJones

      Which store is that? Peachtree St, Buckhead?

    • Dumbazz

      Early upgrades if I remember correctly have to go through customer service and than a manager at the store has to be onsite to put it through. 
      My last one I got was early at 19 months. That was after I had been through 4 Mytouch 4g’s though and I think they had some sympathy for me. 

    • Dumbazz

      They probably didnt want to hassle with this given the phone just came out. Like I commented below (I am in ATL also) you have to call CS and a manager has to be onsite to put it through. I am sure this is that way to limit fraud by employees. 

      • souggie

        Oh you in the A too?

  • hamr1

    I have a SGSII about 6 mos. old. Just updated to ICS.  Its a great device. I guess I’m just saying…..

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      There’s reviews that say if you have the SGS II there’s not that much difference between it and the SGS III justifying going through the expense and hassles of an “upgrade.”

      Moreover, Samsung is not targeting SGS II owners with this phone. The SGS II is still a high-end phone and quite relevant in today’s market.

      • Ikhtiaralam

        I’ve had the SII. There’s a huge UI difference between. It’s much better on the SIII. And this 2GB of RAM really helps that cause.

    • Dumbazz

      Same here! 
      It really is like a new phone! 
      My only gripe is that the Chrome Beta has forced closed MANY MANY TIMES a few of which had to be corrected with a BATTERY PULL! 
      It does freeze up more than it did with GB and yes LOL I did a factory reset already. 

  • jelliottz

    My Galaxy Nexus is what’s keeping me from buying the GS3. While the S4 processor would be , the TI Omap is more than capable, especially when you run custom software. I actually run my phone down locked at 1ghz even though I can go up to 1.5ghz. No lag, no stutter, smooth as can be.

    If my screen wasn’t already nearly identical it would be tempting. And from any other phone in the TMO lineup (possibly excluding the One S), I would upgrade.

    • Dumbazz

      At only $399 OUTRIGHT no contract on the Google Play Store….that is a GREAT DEAL!
      I really hope that we see more of this from Google and that will force the carriers to lower the full price on phones! 
      Maybe that is why tmobile has commented about getting away from subsidized phones! 
      Better for the consumer! 

  • Ramiro

    I bought mine for $198 at walmart, no mail in rebate crap!

    • Js

      do u know what the retail price of it was

      • Ikhtiaralam

        It’s 598 there.

  • jhoff909

    Interesting – just figured out the 50g dropbox deal is you get 50g free for the next 24 months…  good way to suck you in.

    • Philip_Humm

      LOL! 
      Ya it’s a conspiracy! 

  • Traviedwards

    FYI- costco will be lowering prices on the 26th, if you already bought your from they will price match (90) from your purchase

    • Traviedwards

      Up to 90 days from from your purchsse date

    • edub1906

      Lowering to what?  I know it’s $249.00 now but what will the lower price be???

  • Any luck finding one in Oklahoma city anyone?

  • Mark

    I got the HTC One S in April during the “trade in your old phone for a $100 rebate” promotion; no interest in paying full freight for something else now that my upgrade’s done… I’ll revisit in 24 months.  Meanwhile, my S/O’s been on the same Samsung feature phone for 4 years, so I have no immediate cause to complain about Samsung.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

       LOL your significant other has been using the same feature phone for 4 years. I take it a high end handset is not a priority.

      Not me, I have been giving the GF my “hand-me-downs” for years. E.g., she gets the Samsung Galaxy S II while I buy the SGS III, albeit this time around I am in no hurry to buy the SGS III.

      While it is fun to partake in all the excitement, I now like to wait for things to cool down. I am looking at the Note anyway. The large display is very appealing to me.

      • Mark

        LOL… no, a high-end handset isn’t a priority; she’d be more prone to be angry at me if I wanted to start spending money on a data plan for her than she would be to want the latest phone.  Not because the money’s an issue, either… she’s just frugal and only wants a phone for talking and some texting.

  • Exibitman

    Does anyone no how much Gsll is going drop to.?

    • Dumbazz

      I am sure you will see it regularly for $99 but who knows…retailers may still try and get more now that is has ICS…..
      Look for a used one on Craigslist?
      The Galaxy Nexus is also available via google play for $399 OUTRIGHT no contract. 

  • GUEST

    Most best buys don’t have Tmobile phones in stock but some have them

  • smiley47

    I hear all this talk about the Note 2. Has anyone read that T-Mobile is going to offer it or are you all talking about running off to another carrier to get the Note or buy one unlocked?  Details please.

    • Dumbazz

      Lets look at what happened with the original Galaxy sII….
      When it came to TMO it was the fastest of the 2 others that went to ATT and Sprint. 
      People are saying that the Note will be the exact same as the one that landed on ATT but who knows maybe we will get a surprise and it will pack the better S4 processor and maybe 2 gigs ram?
      Better screen?

  • Mcgarner08

    I had no problem paying the upgrade price until i heard everyone is calling and getting it for less. I upgraded at reg. Price (329/50 mir) only to have my order cancelled for a declined card. Called customer care and when they gave me the last 4 digits of my card number it wasnt even for the card i used. (that struck me as immediate bs) To make matters worse, it made my upgrade date go to 12/13/2013 and cust care said they cant override it unless i order through them next thurs. Also, when i asked about walmart and costco pricing they refused to price match. So now im stuck paying the higher cost and waiting til next week because they apparrently cant reset my upgrade date without placing an order. It all sounds shady to me, and im not happy. I will say that the rep i spoke with was very polite, but the situation sounds like bs to me.

    • Dumbazz

      LOL! 
      Shady?!
      OBVIOUSLY you either entered the wrong card number OR didnt have the funds! 

      As for your tin foil hat regarding tmobiles resellers it isnt all uncommon for a company to NOT PRICE MATCH a reseller.
      This may require a little thinking on your part but lets try…..
      If TMOBILE price matched that would take away business from re sellers! 
      It’s funny because I dont see anyone on here thanking tmobile for having sooo many resellers where you can get the phone FOR LESS!
      It’s all some vast delusional conspiracy theory. 
      Some of you SERIOUSLY need medication to calm your delusional thought processes. 

      • Mcgarner08

        No, really the digits read back to me were not even close to my card number, seeing as it ends in 4 zeros, my card is pretty easy to recognise and remember. Its fine that customer care cannot price match, my issue is, that tmo will not reset my upgrade date without placing my order through them. I know this has happened to people before, and that cc can reset the date without a purchase. Then i would be free to take my cheap delusional ass and foil hat and go upgrade at a lesser cost at a big box store.

        • Anthony R

          its not a choice they have, there are system proticols they have to follow, if you typed the wrong number it’s the system holding you back not the rep.  you can call back and hopefully the next rep will know how to reverse the upgrade but it still takes time to resolve

        • This can happen.  Likely, they processed your upgrade before your payment.  You can’t reverse an upgrade without returning the equipment.  You were never provided equipment so therefor you cannot return it.  When they process your order when you call in they will have to override your upgrade, you could also do this in a T-Mobile store, not a reseller.  The T-Mobile store will call customer care to ensure the upgrade was never processed.  Resellers don’t have that authority.  

      • Dumbazz you are exactly what your name entails!  First, it IS common for a company to price match a reseller, I would know, I worked for T-Mobile for 3 years.   Secondly, resellers are provided as a convenience, not direct competition.  That may be hard for you to understand, considering your ignorance.  Also, all major 4 cell phone providers have resellers.  So what would the purpose be of thanking T-Mobile when that service is provided amongst all carriers.  

        • Also, the reasoning the resellers provide products at lower costs it compete with the other carriers alongside them.  Why one can argue T-Mobile cost of ownership is lower in the long run and they are correct.  Most consumers only consider the up front costs when purchasing.  Consumer are all about the NOW.  When you have an alike phone on 3 carriers and T-Mobile’s is priced the highest, T-Mobile will lose that sale.  When you go to the T-Mobile website or into a T-Mobile store you don’t see the prices of the other carriers providing the same exact phones.  It’s all a mind game.  9 times out of 10, when a customer would state they are able to get the phone at a lower price elsewhere, we would compensate for the difference somehow to get the sale.  Normally dependent on how the consumer approches us with the information.  Provided they are polite versus rude and arrogant we will do what we can to satisfy them.

        • Dumbazz

          So you were directly involved in the negotiations between tmobile and the resellers??
          Somehow I doubt it and “I should now i worked there for 3 years” isnt proof you actually know. 
          How long ago did you work there?
          Again its not at all uncommon for companies to protect their resellers. 

        • I was not directly involved with negotiations.  However, we are informed as to what actions we can take when making sales.  I was allotted a 100 credit limit per customer, per transaction.  Managers were allotted 250.  We would do what could, with what we are allowed to make the sale in our store. Why you ask? PERSONAL GAIN.  I’m not going to let money walk right out the door and go elsewhere.  Like I said previously.  It is provided as a convenience, not direct competition.  That was the exact words that was told to me by my supervisors and district managers.  

        • Dumbazz

          Ok after seeing your Facebook profile it is PAINFULLY OBVIOUS you weren’t involved at all in the negotiations between tmobile and the resellers so you really aren’t speaking from any real position of authority. 

      • Bauer

        They used to do price match for me no problem

        T-Mobilemore info?239 Golf Mill CenterNiles, IL 60714(847) 390-3317

  • Melloo16

     any body got it from costco in nyc? im about to head to the one in queens

  • Dumbazz

    LMAO! 
    After all the crybabies complaining about price and we have MULTIPLE resellers selling it at $199! 
    This is called TMOBILE protecting their resellers by not selling it at the same price. 
    Pissed that tmobile is selling it at a high price?
    BOO HOO HOO take 5 minutes and go to Walmart, Costco, Best Buy, Target, etc! 

    Do some of you retards go and buy a car and yell and scream at the dealership because another dealership has it at a lower cost? Its comedy gold though watching some of you take AN INANIMATE OBJECT SO PERSONALLY! 

    •  This guy just doesn’t get it. Since Tmo has it priced so high the reseller has it priced where Tmo should have priced it. I can get the S3 through Amazon for $149.99 with Att. or $189.99 through wirefly for sprint.

      • Dumbazz

        You sort of just proved my point didn’t you?
        So they are selling it for even less than what you can get it for at at&t it’s sort of what I am saying.
        Also at&t has a much much larger customer base therefore they can negotiate lower pricing with Samsung.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      Hmm… you say “we have multiple resellers…” Does this mean you are a T-Mobile employee? That would be about right, another T-Mobile employee on a public website exhibiting hostility and condescension toward its customers. (And T-Mobile wants to blame the massive loss of customers (510,000+ in Q1 2012) on everything but people like you.)

      Actually, it is comedy gold reading your comment and seeing YOU get so upset about this blog and your customers, to the point where you call people “crybabies” and “retards.”

      Way to represent T-Mobile.

      Sidenote: You say “Its (sic) comedy gold though watching some of you take AN INANIMATE OBJECT SO PERSONALLY!” Uh, isn’t the while point of T-Mobile being in business and selling its products that it wants people to take THIS inanimate object so personal. AFAIK all the carriers and manufacturers market their products and services based on being cool and projecting an image. In other words, by taking this inanimate object personally.

      To be sure, in 2007 when the iPhone debuted people camping outside Apple stores and media worldwide, including the news, covered the event, that was all NOT because people needed a phone to make calls (just like the rich don’t buy a Rolex to tell what time it is). It was because since the beginning of time man has taken inanimate objects personally.

      This concept is carved in stone, just as much as the reality that people who can’t afford those inanimate objects will deride and insult.

      • blahblahblahblahblahblah

        I’m not the above poster but I guarantee you are just like this customer …..

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYjJZ-CZ8Ec

      • Dumbazz

        Yes using the word “reseller” is 100% solid evidence I am a TMO employee.
        Congratulations Deputy Fife.

      • TMO__agent_smith

        Hi Grammatical de polloza,

        Thanks for your quick observations about this Dumbazz person. We have hacked into the Matrix and discovered that YES he is in fact an employee!!!!!

        We will be taking swift and decisive action to eliminate him from our ranks.

        Keep up the good work!

        • Dumbazz

          Thanks man!! I hope you are happy!

    • s10shane

      not all of us are at the 2 years yet so customer loyalty hooks us up with full 2 year discounts so we can only go through tmobile for are upgrades. i think thats how all my upgrades have been since 2009. but i am willing to pay the extra money since i am thankful tmobile customer loyalty kicks ass and is nice enough to do that for me. they said they would take off the 50 dollars so i dont have to deal with the rebate and take off the 18 dollars upgrade fee and free overnight shipping. now i just gotta wait till the 27th.  people like u need to get the fu*k off websites and get a life. quit talking shi*t to people because maybe some of us live pay check to pay check. 

  • Please fix this glitchy posting system.

  • no2apple

    Got the 16GB blue. Total cost $80 including upgrade cost and tax… 
    Still in box bcoz I dont have a case and screen protector. Feels like a gem so don’t wanna open. Super light and screen is excellent. LED is a plus but looks like you cant turn on only for SMS or missed calls only. Might light up for emails too. Wanted white but didnt have choice. Paid $211 with tax at Walmart but my final cost will be 80. You are smart if you guessed right…
    Hint: Been with tmobile for 12 years…

    • Guest

      to me LED light is too big

    • jhoff909

      so do tell us how you pulled that off?

    • Digitalfreaknyc

      ????
      No idea what youre talking about.  I’ve been with them for 12 years as well.

    • WW

      Last time I renewed, retention offered me $250 “toward a new phone”.  It showed up as a $250 credit on my bill, I think, the 2nd billing cycle after I renewed.  
        
      I renewed through customer service (retention) but bought phones 2 days later (in store) during a “zero down” after MIR sale.  I was concerned that I wouldn’t qualify for the phone sale because of the freshly renewed contract but it all worked out.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    Just called Costco, they don’t have them in stock at the moment but they are selling it for $249.99. I then called Walmart, they have them in stock but can’t sell them till’ Monday, but they are selling it for $199.99 and you only pay tax on that, not full retail. That’s a savings of $150-$200 versus buying it from the T-Mobile store. Pays to shop around.

  • Wafflesonmybody

    Does anyone know when Costco or Walmart stores will be getting the phone in white?

    • Guest

      it will be weeks not days

  • Colorado cookie

    Hi can someone please tell me if tmobile will run the free special of galaxy II again? Our contract with sprint ends on September 2012 and we didn’t make a solid decision till now and now I feel like they will probably not run that special again.

    • WW

      They’ve been having various free or free after MIR or zero down after MIR on and off (mostly for holidays) for at least the last year or so.  These sales have typically included all smartphones.  
        
      It seems highly likely that they’ll continue to have these sales.  In Sep, maybe a Labor Day sale.

      • Abe_The_Babe

        Or even a July 4 sale?

  • One Word NEXUS!

    • Cg6760

      Two words SHUT UP!

      • Izzybrexx

        3 words…..ha ha ha

        • 4 letters LMAO

        •  4 words I love message boards

        • Tmo_Fan

          5 words What The Hell is This?

        • Arvin

          4 words words words words words 

  • Bauer

    i’m just gonna wait fr satellite version of Galaxy S when next year they gonna deploy  Iridium satellite constellation.

  • guest

    People just go get the phone or shut up. Many of u cry on here. If u have money go get it otherwise buy something else. Geez…..

  • Traviedwards

    RELAX 199 WILL BE HERE SOOON! Tmo just made a name for thrmselves. FIRST ON THE MARKEt, SMARKETING!

    • Taron19119

      and how do u know

    • Tmo_Fan

      thats really good to know lol.. 

  • Tmo_Fan

    ok does anybody knows the name to retention? what is it? extension I really wanna buy it now….. please

    • Tmo_Fan

      meant phn number to T-mo retention…

      • Taron19119

        1-877-524-9422
        and tell me if u get one and what they gave it to u fore cause last time i call they said call back on the 27th

        • Tmo_Fan

          sure I will keep u posted follow this forum thread im calling tomorrow for sure

    • Taron19119

      you cant buy it now they well tell u to call back on the 27th

    • Taron19119

      1-877-524-9422

  • End User

    Blah, blah, blah. I bought the phone on thursday for close to $400 after taxes and the $18 upgrade fee T-mobile hits you for. I know if I was willing to wait 2 months I could probably get it for $100. But this is the first phone T-mobile is carrying that is what I want and not a compromise. I figured I should show them how eager I am to buy this kind of phone by going out to the store and getting it at the launch price.

    • Taron19119

      ok what city are you in

    • Krock1092

      The only thing you showed them was that you are among the techno sheep who blindly throw their money away on the latest gadget simply because they don’t have any self-control and can not wait a few months till T-mobile realizes that their pricing is ridiculous and because of it losing sales and customers.

      • Dumbazz

        sucks when you can’t figure out how to post so you post the same drivel twice

      • Knock 1092

        sorry man but my mommy and daddy took away my xbox this weekend so I got a little pissed

      • End User

        May be I am, but I still have unlimited data, texting, and phone calls at a quarter of what they cost a new subscriber on AT&T.

    • guest

      The only thing you showed them was that you are among the techno sheep who blindly throw their money away on the latest gadget simply because they don’t have any self-control and can not wait a few months till T-mobile realizes that their pricing is ridiculous and because of it losing sales and customers.

      • Dumbazz

        sucks when you can’t afford something so you have to cut down people.
        Pathetic loser!

        • It seems as if you are the pathetic one.  You sit on these comment sections and insult others who are only expressing their opinions.  Why don’t you find something worthwhile to do.  Get a job, a hobby, or volunteer at a local charity.  Learn how to be a mature adult who can converse with others without insult.  We clearly see your level of ignorance.

        • Dumbazz

          I’m sorry your right, I am a pathetic loser and the reason I’m so mean is because my mommy left when I was 5 and I have a small 2 inch wee wee. No woman wants to play with me because I’m 400 pounds.  I’m sorry for all the mean things I have said.  

        • Hahaha Now that was funny!

        • Grammatica di Polizia

          No need to echo on a blog what your lawyer wrote on a Post-It note, your plea for mercy at the upcoming sentencing for your flashing ? walking into T-Mobile stores.

        • Knock 1092

          Can anyone translate the above?

        • Knock 1092

          Converse? Like how you lied about having some inside knowledge of high level TMO negotiations when in fact you were some low level CS rep who couldn’t cut it?

      • in2android

        No, no, no, Bud… Your the pathetic one. Why do you care what any of us do with our money? You sound very childish. I will pay whatever price I want for whatever I want. I bet it really makes you sick that I paid 370 & I probably won’t even mess with the MIR, because I think their too much hassle? Lol.. I went in the store thinking it would cost me 700 since I didn’t even know one of my 4 lines had an upgrade? I bet it makes you even more sick that I’m considering buying another one, at full price, for my eight year old son because he’s begging me for one for getting accepted into an advanced learning program at school? I think you are holding onto some serious jealousy and resentments!

    • Dumbazz

      post loud and proud sorry some of the losers here have to cut you down because they cannot afford it

  • Au132

    Has anyone been able to find it at a walmart in the south? I can find it ANYWHERE!!

    • WW

      Mall of GA Walmart didn’t have it at 21:00 on Jun 23.

      • Au123

        Jacksonville, Fl walmart had it but thats 4 hours away from me. I think I’m just gonna have to wait to mid week when it’s everywhere.

  • CactoesGel

    I’m in SoCal. Anyone know where I can get this phone? Or is it completely sold out?

    • Abe_The_Babe

      Everywhere I called is sold out. Walmart says they have it but can’t sell it until Monday.

  • DRU719

    I’m going to hold off until I can get it for what the other carriers are charging.  I’ve checked a few of the Walmarts in the area with no luck.  While I do like the fact that T-mobile was the first to get the phone, I am not happy that they are charging so much more than the other carriers.  Yes, I know T-Mobile is cheaper in the long run, blah blah blah, but it just feels like a slap in the face. Yes, I can afford the phone, its just about principle to me.  Anyway, can someone tell me what the difference is between upgrading through T-Mobile and a reseller like Walmart?

    • Knock 1092

      Stop your crying and go to one of the resellers who are selling it for less

      • DRU719

        If I could find one, I would.

      • DRU719

        Punk

      • DRU719

        Punk

    • killi da prince

      with tmobile its not personal its business. look at their model, after a failed merger and trying to launch 4g lte, release 10 no less at that. revenues from contracts are slipping, low cost plans are one of their few power plays, BUT in the long run these “cuts” in cost still have to be paid for hence the higher price tag on select phones i believe standard price for tmobile  will drop again as we get into 2013 and tmobiles financial system stabilizes. personally im on the fence while it would be a nice phone to develop for, as a note user and former s2 and vibrant owner i 
      A. don’t see s3 as a big enough upgrade
      B. the note is beautiful
      C.i would rather wait for the note 2 (god i want a lte exynos)

      Bottom line s3 is a great phone all in all. if you want to support tmobile new marketing strategy buy from them, and if u just want it for the cheapest price online retailers usually carry a lower price if not at launch a few weeks later. 

      • DRU719

        LTE Exynos or a Quad-Core S4

        • killi da prince

          definitely want lte quad-core exynos but after spending a little time with the dual-core s4 packing one x, i can’t count out the quad-core version. more than just gpu difference though i would much have soc unity. in my opinion one of the few drawbacks of the galaxy line is processor fragmentation.

  • DRU719

    Also, is there anyone in the Colorado Springs area that has found one at a Walmart?

  • Tmo_Fan

    I cnt believe the price man… I will wait and see otherwise another phone I guess

  • ray

    All the galaxy sIII will have the same body form across the carriers right? i want to get a case and since my bro can get a discount on accessories from ATT, it would be good to just get one from there. 

  • John

    I still can’t understand. I looked at Costco’s website again, No T-Mobile S3. But they have At&T, Sprint,Verizon. Plus all are $199. A&T, Sprint and Verizon all have $25 cash back rebate and Free Activation, Shipping & Accessories bonus pack. Where is the love for T-Mobile??

  • John

    I still can’t understand. I looked at Costco’s website again, No T-Mobile S3. But they have At&T, Sprint,Verizon. Plus all are $199. A&T, Sprint and Verizon all have $25 cash back rebate and Free Activation, Shipping & Accessories bonus pack. Where is the love for T-Mobile??

    • Mightyfighting

      Got mine at Costco today for $389 + tax with value plan. No activation fee. Feel like I stole something. Phone is awesome but reception is a little weak inside my house. Outside ok. I would advise all to go to call your local Costco and buy there.

      • Edy6401

        why did you pay $389 on value plan. isn’t supposed to be $229?

    • Mightyfighting

      Got mine at Costco today for $389 + tax with value plan. No activation fee. Feel like I stole something. Phone is awesome but reception is a little weak inside my house. Outside ok. I would advise all to go to call your local Costco and buy there.

  • superg05

    guys look what frys got there and on read specs
     http://www.frys.com/product/7170092

  • superg05

    frys has the unlocked quadcore version tryied to add a  link but it said it was moderated needed to be approved :/ http://www.frys.com/product/7170092

  • Kevinmarchibald

    Nope, worth the cost to me, especially with the 2GB of RAM, and the fact that the other US carriers are pretty much getting the same hardware, so more optimistic about timely updates from Samsung/T-Mobile.

    Stopped by my Redwood City T-Mobile on Saturday to see if I could get a white one, and they were sold out. I got put on a waiting list. The sales rep said they only got a handful. He said the SF store got like 90 of them, the Sunnyvale store got a few, and that their store was one of the few outside of those two in the Bay area that got any supply. Glad I didn’t spend any time hunting down one on launch day. He thought they might get more in on the 25th or 26th, but more likely the 27th. He also thought the white one was better looking, didn’t care for the blue one.

    Weird that there wasn’t any promo stuff around. There was a Galaxy S 2 kiosk and a One S kiosk, though.

  • Winski

    You couldn’t pay me $1000 to take it!!!

    • WW

      Don’t worry, no one will.

      • in2android

        NO! I want too! Please let me pay him 1000 to take mine! (I smell a little resentment?)

  • tommy

    S3 == bigger long lasting battery, bigger easy to read and use screen, 2GB no app worries at all I’d imagine. Wow now HTC match it! TMO make some dough.

    • Going_home

       HTC bested the GSIII with the One S

      • Abe_The_Babe

        What are you talking about, you can’t compare the One S to the GSIII.

        • oakley444

          Actually you can and , despite what I thought would happen, the S pretty much schools the GS3 on all benchmarks despite the 2 gigs of ram. Now the sd card thing sucks and kinda cripples the S.

        • The lack of SD card and the inability to swap out batteries are enough of a turn off to keep me away from any of the HTC One line phones.

        • in2android

          The one s probably would win on the benchmarks, as it’s the same cpu pushing less pixels & and probably better battery life. The one s is a great phone, but it depends on which aspects are more important to you as an individual. I myself don’t care which is faster or what benchmark is higher, I look for larger screen w/ good resolution & a cpu that opens apps quickly. I need a browser that’s smooth & fast. Both phones are fantastic, but for me the screen resolution and size made my decision. I love the gs3, and I’m going to jump in on the note also, but I’ll give it about a month and ppl will be selling it just as they did on att because the screen size becomes a little too much for them. If I can get it for 500 or less, then I’ll be on it. I almost got the one s, but I knew I wanted the note and the gs3, that’s already hard enough to explain to the wife. Lol. One S is an amazing phone though.

        • Tmo_Fan

          last time I checked on tmo.com it says the GSIII has 2GB ram
          any one confirm this..

        • Abe_The_Babe

          It’s not about benchmarks, I’m sure that both are very smooth phones. The Galaxy S3 has a whole slew of things going for it, such as a bigger screen, micro sd slot, removable battery and lot’s of software feature that I think are cool. Put all that together and you have a phone that you can’t compare to the One S. For people who don’t mind a smaller screen, etc. it’s a great device.

  • Samsucks

    The fifth option will be “Note, here I come” :)

  • Sofeisty

    It’s only a high price if you  don’t do your research and pay it  or if you  can’t afford it. I found one at Walmart yesterday but they were giving me all sorts of run around so I left there and took a chance on Costco.  They had two left.  I didn’t like paying more but for $50 more the benefits are worth it. You get 90 days to return the phone (keeping contract) plus the accessory kit.   Plus at Costco you didn’t have their lone uninformed electronics person lying through his teeth or being uninformed about the phone while also attempting to help Walmart shopper idiot on line 2.  The Costco guy had to jump through hoops to keep my existing plan
    (TMO wanted to change my plan or go to a TMO store to keep my existing
    one) but FINALLY got the deal done.

    Ended up keeping my family 1000 for $49.99,
    Preferred android $20 , Free My Faves,  Unlimited family text for $10,
    and TMO at home for $10.  I pay for $10 for one extra line, $40 for
    additional Preferred android web on the other two phones plus unlimited
    mobile to mobile for $20 on two phones.  Unlimited text, data, and close
    to unlimited calling for three smartphones plus my home phone.  $150
    plus tax.  I think it’s a steal and that is why I have been with TMO for
    12 years!

    • rwc1792

      Since  you have 90 days to return it, I wonder if it were to drop in price during that time, if Costco would just give you a partial refund?

  • Trouble5om

    Just got mine from Wal-Mart last night for $213.35 otd.

  • sdk4

    If I want to use a corporate discount, do I need to go to a actual T-Mobile store or can I go to Wal-Mart for the cheaper price?

    • WW

      From my experience, there’s no discount on phones unless maybe if you’re a first time TMo customer.  
        
      They usually waive the activation fee and you get a 15%-18% discount on your service (again, not the phone).  
        
      If Walmart won’t waive the activation fee, you could probably have customer service credit it for you.  You could buy your phone (assuming I’m right about the “no corporate discount on devices”) at Walmart then activate the discount by calling customer service.

      • sdk4

        Thanks, the discount my company offers is for somewhere around the 15% range and no activation fee. I figured if I could get the phone for $199 with T-Mobile through Wal-Mart instead of the $300+ in the regular store and still get the discount each month then that would be the smart thing to do.

  • Jamieglenn

    Got it at Costco on Friday. $264 out the door for blue16GBP

  • rschauby

    Just came back from Walmart in East Valley AZ. They didn’t have it in stock but they had their pricing label up at $198. No rebates to deal with either. I’m glad 3rd party retailers are willing to treat T-mobile customers better than T-mobile does.

    • Knock 1092

      Ok princess.
      I am sorry they hurt your delicate feelings.

    • Pikachu

      “I’m glad 3rd party retailers are willing to treat T-mobile customers better than T-mobile does.”

      Try to go to Walmart for help, questions, troubleshooting… As a rep, I’m confused how device price speaks for how we treat customers?

      • Knock 1092

        Exactly!
        Just drivel.
        These same people when trying to sell something themselves would always try and get as much as possible.
        Friggin hypocrites.

        • rschauby

          You guys are pathetically stupid. Since when is negotiating the best deal for yourself considered pathetic behavior? I think the hypocrisy comes your from end. If money is no object, then why are you on a “value” oriented carrier like Tmobile? Shouldn’t you be over on the Verizon forums stroking your epeen at how much you paid for your phone and service bill?

          Paying more doesn’t mean you’re rich, it means you’re stupid.

        • Pikachu

          I wish I could understand where you are coming from, but I’m having such a hard time trying to understand how you could form such lengthy negative opinions, including presumptions of our income. There is a clear difference between “negotiating” and “entitlement”. I guess no amount of business training or psychology classes can help me understand every customer, hah.

        • Manobeer

          A customer is never entitled, but we can make observations and give opinions… even if you dont have the capacity to understand them.

          I dont need help choosing a phone I already decided to buy, I need and will shop for best price.

          DONE.

        • Pikachu

          UNFORTUNATELY! No.

          I think you’re confusing lack of capacity against having common sense, addressing your reply enlightens the fact that it’s a gift these days, helps clear the writers block too when you have to open some eyes.

          You say:

          “but we can make observations and give opinions…”

          This is an opinion:
          “There is a clear difference between “negotiating” and “entitlement” ”

          This is an observation
          (see something and state it):
          “I guess no amount of business training or psychology classes can help me understand every customer, hah.”

          This is NOT an opinion:
          “You guys are pathetically stupid.”

          This is NOT an observation:
          “Shouldn’t you be over on the Verizon forums stroking your epeen at how much you paid for your phone and service bill?”

          This is what anyone with common sense would refer to as “diarrhea of the mouth”. Who are you defending here?

          HE-HE-HE-HE-HEADSHOT OTT OTT OTT.

        • Dumbazz

          But yet you still complain despite the phone being available lower from SEVERAL TRETAILERS!

        • rschauby

          You don’t have the mental capacity to understand where I’m coming from given your deficiencies. Every non-troll here has made it pretty clear that they don’t think $329 is a “fair” price. You and your troll friends response has been “LOL poor crybabies can’t afford phones cuz they are poor people”. I think it’s very accurate of me to say that you and your friends lack any real business sense, are poor at handling money, and lack logic.

          If you can’t figure basics like Walmart @ $198 < TMo @ $329, then time to think your education. If you already spent money on an education, you got ripped off.

        • Knock 1092

          Seriously if you can’t afford a super phone like we can that is your problem.
          Try getting a better job?

        • Spanky

          There’s a difference between not being able to afford something and not willing to pay what one doesn’t consider to be a fair price.

        • Knock 1092

          Because if you were trying to sell something you would be complaining about how someone is cheap and trying to low ball you.

        • Dumbazz

          And some of the losers posting here are taking this higher pricing by T-Mobile a little too personally.Despite the phone CLEARLY being available at a lower cost AT SEVERAL RETAILERS people are still posting complaining about T-Mobile pricing. These same losers complain about every company they do business with I am sure.
          They are never happy and always feel they are entitled.

    • CRT24

      Really…..try getting help from the Wal-Mart employee when your bill is messed up……….well, because you did business at Wal-Mart. Also try to exchange your device at Wal-Mart if you get a defective phone……sometimes its worth spending a little extra to deal with the people that know what the hell they are doing, i.e. in corporate stores.

    • LehighNewb

      3rd parties always have better phone pricing for any carrier due to buying in bulk and special deals worked out with the carriers. that said a lot of 3rd party sellers won’t help you for jack if you need contacts transferred, a question or an issue. The only exception to this that I am aware of is radio shack (who no longer sells tmo) and the associated target wireless.  The price of the phone has entirely no correlation to how customers are being treated.

  • jhoff909

    how do u unsubscribe from comments?

    • Tbyrne

      Easy. Just GTFOH and never post here again. See, I told you it’d be easy.

      • vsukid

        hilarious hahahah #thatwaseasy

  • itrustme

    If it was the quad core version I’d pay. Definitely not gonna pay damn near $400 when its all said n done + contract for a s4 knockoff. I’d suggest getting an unlocked Gnex over this all day.

    • TBN27

      Fact: A GS3 is not a knock off because of an S4 chip. Samsung puts whatever chip according to compatibility.

      • itrustme

        Yeah, cause you say so… fact: its a gimped version of the device’s intended hardware for a trade off that makes no sense, faster hspa+? Which doesn’t really translate to anything more superior than last Gen. T-Mobile had absolutely no beneficial reason to opt for the s4 version without LTE. I’m 110% certain that having the only quad core version in the states would have been a better selling point for them.

        • TBN27

          Fact 1: it is not a gimped version anything. Just because it is not exynos. Fact 2: a lot of people care about data speeds more than they care about graphical power which exynos has a minor edge over other SOC’s visually. So it makes sense that they provide proper compatible equipment to experience theoretical advertised speeds what most people care about. If they were to bring it over with an incompatible exynos chip, they would shooting themselves in the foot for a few tech nerds.

        • itrustme

          Again , cause they’re gonna advertise it differently from their other faux G devices? Its still hspa+ . If we’re talking about the general consumer , then you’d know, all they know is “4g” and “lte”.Thats it. Therefore people wouldve definitely appealed more to quad core and faux g. Sorry to burst your bubble budddy

        • TBN27

          Yes. Faster hspa+ for the general consumer that matters. And most general consumers are smarter than you give them credit for. As an example a lot of general consumers are aware of and are experience faster data speeds on a handset when surfing the web or streaming music and movies and don’t care a lick about which processor. Faster databspeeds are more important than an incompatible chip. If the market were based on you, they would be out of business long ago. Oh and i don’t have a bubble to burst buddy.

        • itrustme

          Lmao! If u think so… from what I’ve seen there’s no real world advantage to this upgrade in faster hspa+ . I get the same speeds on my gnex. Isn’t T-Mobile eventually getting lte? Thus ,making it more of a nonsense move. My gut feeling is telling me u work for T-Mobile. And to say people don’t care about the processor is retarded . Look at the iPhone 4s . Cmon be serious . They might not know about its internals but they most definitely care about fluidity and user experience and there is a difference between both versions.

        • Baboy

          stfu

        • TBN27

          You too.

        • TBN27

          I know so because i am experiencing it now. Coming from a G2X to a GS2 i have seen the increase in theoretical data speeds and it is very significant in how much faster it is. So there is a greater advantage. I also compared my cousin’s Gnex on the same network amd i am pulling down web pages a full second faster than he was. T- Mobile os going to have LTE by the middle of next year and by then there will probably be something faster than an S4 chip out that can run it and most likely will be Qualcomm will be the supplier if they are still the only supplier that makes the chip compatible to the network. Hell the company doesn’t even know yet Therefore, it isn’t nonsense. I don’t work for t- mobile, the gut feeling you have is diarrhea. And if it is telling you things then you have a condition. Finally most people that get the iPhone don’t care about the processor. Some do but most don’t. If they did then every last iPhone owner would switch to the 4S. But most go to the iPhone for it’s ease of use. And there are some that don’t care about the data speeds of the iPhone because they hardly use the web and watch youtube. They just want it because it is an iPhone or they like the features of the operatimng system m. ore than android and that is more important to them

        • niftydl

          I am not sure what area you live in, but for me in DC/MD tunnel the Galaxy Nexus would rarely go over 10-13 Mbps. My Amaze would consistently hit over 10 Mbps in the same area and over 20 Mbps in some sites. 
          Unless you are using your phone as a gaming device, there is practically no benefit to all those extra cores. Most software is still written to be backwards compatible with single cored devices. The 2 GB of dual channel RAM + faster network access is a much greater benefit to the perception of “fluidity” than extra cores.

        • itrustme

          Not with my experience. I’ve owned the gs2 ,sensation ,g2 ,vibrant ,vibrant 4g ,nexus s, gnex, g2x, and nexus one on T-Mobile. The fastest internet speeds came from the sensation and g2 and it only lasted for about two months .After that they were practically the same average speed (besides the nexus one and s) I’m in miami.

        • itrustme

          Btw d.c. T-Mobile is probably one of the best carriers . I recently went to Virginia and I’ve never experienced better signal and data speeds anywhere. Miami T-Mobile is good but not great as in Virginia.

        • itrustme

          Plus, quad core just sounds cool. They could’ve advertised it accordingly.

        • Edy6401

          All of the US carriers are getting the s4. that was Samsung’s choice, not the carriers, and not tmobiles. if you want the exinos get the international version. stop blaming tmobile for something they had no say in. again, All the US Carriers are getting three same dam version.

        • Tbyrne

          LMFAO!! You are so right!

    • Knock 1092

      Wow you are delusional.

  • guest

    when you think best buy, Walmart ,or cosco,will put in online?

    • vsukid

      I was wondering the same thing. For minute i thought it would have to be a in store purchase 

  • Idazedi

    has anybody found a walmart in south central PA that sells the GSIII?

    • LehighNewb

      call around to walmarts in your area. 

  • Dan Pancamo

    $198 at Walmart on Friday. Tmobile add another $20 fee for me to sign up for anotherb2 years??? What BS is that!

  • vsukid

    I Was About to Purchase My Galaxy SIII and total cost came to 375.22 for one phone. Is that being ridiculousness honestly. Am I really and honestly supposed to be like ” yeah thats fine because I only pay 80 dollars a month…….I 

    • Dumbazz

      Who cares

  • Breen_breen

    just picked mine up from Walmart for 198+tax totaling to around 209 last night and its definitely everything i expected and more……funny thing is they only got a shipment of 3 for their stock and they only sold one since Thursday 

    • Taron19119

      Where at what city u in

  • souggie

    guys, call your TMO CSR and be nice to them, no lie, my deal just got even sweeter…I went to walmart to get their last GS3 and it showedthat i wasn’t eligible for upgrade when in fact i was.. so i called TMO right in front of the walmart CSR, and sure enough, the TMO CSR validated that i was eligible for upgrade.  However, the Walmart CSR told me that she couldnt do a manual override, so I told the TMO CSR exactly what she said, and this angel of a TMO CSR decided to have a chat with the CSR…so i ended up not getting the GS3 right then and there, but i am getting the 16 GB GS3 through customer care with (drum roll):no upgrade fee, no shipping fees EXPRESS shipping, instant rebate, $100.00 dollar credit on my bill, AND…she PRICED MATCHED walmarts pricing for 199.99.  So in short…i’m getting the GS3 for $100. Motherfuggin A!!

    • Taron19119

      And did u get it today or have to wait tell the 27th

      • souggie

        gotta wait till the 27th….

        • Taron19119

          Dam im geting it for 179.99

        • souggie

          thats still one hell of a price if you get for that though…much better than fuggin 279.99 after rebate

        • Taron19119

          And I just found out that I can still use the rebate even if they took the rebate off up front so it well now cost me 129.99

        • souggie

          lol yall bout to be mad at me, they made a mistake, the TMO CSR before the one i spoke to at walmart actually notated a 150.00 credit on my account…so i got that extra 50.00 as well…so now….16GB is 49.99 and 32GB is 99.99 after all those credits for me…i’m trippin right now!! TMO 4EVA!!!

        • Taron19119

          wow that crazy and they lost how many customers  best place to be is t-mobile

        • souggie

          EXCELLENT!! sometimes all it takes is a lil’ wheelin n dealin!

    • fenderbender

      I just got off the phone with TMO CSR and they gave me a $200 credit for the phone. Going to pick it up at Walmart for $199. Not a bad deal. 

      • souggie

        thats good stuff fender, we gotta try to get a deal where we can, sometimes just accepting the price isnt the answer, even if you can afford it…

  • souggie

    gotta love the loyalty department…

    • how were they helpful to you? ive been with tmo for 11years now and im truely pissed off at their service right niww

      • souggie

        they’ve been really helpful to me in trying to get THIS partciular phone, i’ve been with them for almost 10 years, and sometimes it’s hit or miss with them, but the last few times i’ve called, i’ve gotten nothing but the most helpful, nicest people, that go out of their way for you so….it just depends i guess

        • souggie

          particular, sorry

        • i just paid about 350 for this phone, cus service has done nothing for me, loyalty dept said they cant do anything for me .. i already did get the credit a few months ago for $149 but i was hoping they could help w a lower pricing, but no. At least i got free shipping, receiving mine on  Monday.

  • Jack

    CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on the Galaxy S3. I’d even pay the full price, and that’s around $800 or so.

  • Josehadathy

    Seriously go check your local walmart mine had only one GS3 shipped in when it came out and they still had it today. 198 plus 18 dollar upgrade fee is definitely worth it. No rebates or anything.

  • Burke985

    i wouldnt pay that much for any phone its not worth it when 4 months later its already outdated ,wait for the price to come down or the next best thing ,my S2 is still kickin ass 

    • CRT24

      The next best thing will be the same price, or higher…..thus using your logic you will never buy a new phone.

  • If tmo is moving to the 1900 mhz frequency, I think its a good investment to just get the GT-i9300.  I can’t justify spending about $723 for the tmo version!

    Lets hoping the 1900 spectrum rolls out very soon. 

  • rschauby

    It all depends on where you are in your contract how well the loyalty department treats you. If you have a nice fat ETF hanging over your head, they treat you like trash. If you’re close, or out of contract they are very nice.

    • Spanky

      Not necessarily. In November 2010, I used a full upgrade on a MyTouch 4G, renewing my contract. When the Sensation came out in June 2011, I called retentions and asked very nicely if it would be at all possible to get a discount on that phone. I also acknowledged that I’ve already upgraded about 8 months ago. The rep entered my info into the computer, thanked me for being a loyal customer (I was with T-Mo for 6 years at the time), and offered me a full upgrade price.

      Of course, things could have changed in a year, but I’ve never had any issues with retentions. In fact, if it wasn’t for the horrid data speeds in my neighborhood, I wouldn’t be planning on leaving T-Mobile.

  • no2apple

    Ok this doesn’t take regular SIM but needs microSIM…

  • itrustme
  • guest

    ahh,iam in the toilet,
    and writing this with my galaxy s3 
    :)

  • Allwayshappy95123

    Samsung is purley junk. I had the Samsund i900 for windows, pure garbage. The recently bought the Galaxy Nexus cause I wanted to upgrade from my 2.5 years old Nexus one, again, pure junk. I sold it in 4 days and NEVER EVER am I getting any phone made by Samsung. I’m back to my lovely Nexus one made by HTC. The nest phone bar far I have ever owned.

    • Haha

      wow. you are stupid

    • Spanky

      Are you serious, or are you just trolling? Enjoy your outdated phone.

  • rickm

    im Very rich. Money is just a hair flip, so i will buy it even if its a million dollars. 

    • choppaa

       This made me laugh, I can’t upvote this enough.

  • Grzdd13

    Got the s3 for 198 @ wal mart

  • guest

    ahhh

  • guest

    if your undecided,for buying the phone,

    watch this really good review,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0
    i made my mind and bought it at Walmart.

  • Tmo_Fan

    I wanna get this phn ASAP..
    well I called Retention and I was nice to them and everything but I def was told to call back after the 27 because they “do not have any GS3 in stock yet” im assuming either they lied to me or the people that have called and gotten theirs were lying as well..

    • guest

      ahh,iam in the toilet,
      and writing this with my galaxy s3 
      :) 

      • Tmo_Fan

        lol man I need mines ASAP!!!!! can you belive I still have a TP2 what a shame

    • Dumbazz

      I just called retentions and ordered 2.
      They lied to you.
      Do you know why?

      • Taron19119

        How

      • Taron19119

        Ok your lieing prove it and if so how

      • nitefallz

        You’re lying, you’ve been raving all week that people need to stop complaining, etc, so on and so forth. You’re an amazingly shitty troll.

        • Tmo_Fan

          me? noooo! there’s 2 Tmo_Fan here… I noticed… I’ve been complaining too anyways lol thats why im trying to get the phn somewhere somehow and cheap too 

      • Tmo_Fan

        I have no idea.. I am eligible for full upgrade and so I have no idea .. I guess Im going to call tomorrow and ask them why they lying..

    • Nitefallz

      They told me the same thing.  I’m confident there’s a ton of people lying about getting anything through T-Mobile’s retentions at this point.

  • Au123

    Anyone find one in the South?

  • Dumbazz

    See T-Mobile can’t win. They give you $149 and you want more and more and more and more.

  • Kirbi182

    so the ATT is selling this phone with no contract $549.99 while tmobile is selling it at $629.99… that shit cray!

  • s10shane

    i called t-mobiles customer service and they dont have any. i want my GS3 already but they have to overwrite the systems to give me a early upgrade at the 2 full years so i guess i will be waiting longer. :(

  • ND5

    T-Mobile is nuts.  They don’t have LTE, they don’t have the iPhone, they don’t even have the Note but yet they think they can charge more for these phones than their three major competitors?  I don’t think so.  By the time I pay $280 + upgrade fee (~$300) for this phone, I’d seriously consider a Galaxy Nexus at $399 with no contract.  Then I wouldn’t have to deal with that crappy touchwiz interface to boot.  If T-Mobile wants to stop the bleeding, they need to get real with their pricing structures.  You don’t want to have the best phones or services, you better not charge like you do.  Period.

    • Dannyc1976

      I rather be with tmobile now. I know the price for the phone is hight but i rather pay $20 for unlimited data than $50 or $60 with other company like verizon . My friend can’t upgrade his phone because he will lose his unlimited and pay crazy money for data. All carriers charge taxes and activation fee .
      Stop bitching about iphone or note …… if you want a note and iphone go to att, verizon or sprint and pay more than what tmobile charge you now.
      If you can’t pay $270 for a phone than dont fu@*#$ get it. Get a real job and maybe you can pay for it.
      I love my galaxy s3

      • Nd5

        Lol, you have no idea what kind of job I have, do you? On principle, T-Mobile can’t just say we get to charge a higher price than *Everyone else* because our plans are less expensive. They are still in fourth place to Sprint… this isn’t the way to compete in my opinion. My post was just that, an opinion, not a statement about my income. Think and read before you spout off next time, k?

    • They may not have LTE, but the 42mbps HSPA+ is nearly as fast.  And because it doesn’t have LTE, it gets nearly double the battery life as the AT&T version.  Check the reviews.  That’s the benefit of no LTE radio.  If you don’t like what they charge, get it at Walmart or some other retailer for less.  As for their pricing structure, look at the monthly rates and not just the price of the phones.  I would pay $30-40 a month more on any other carrier even with corporate discounts. 

    • HoneyDew117

      If you can get 2 unlimited talk/text  and 2Gb data lines w/o overages for $139.99 per month from the other competitors then give it a shot. Until then quit your whining…

      • ND5

        Well… with my corporate discount, it’s not too much more expensive than that actually.  And the data plan is 3GB, not 2GB.  T-Mobile needs to COMPETE.  I’m not whining, I’m just giving my opinion.  Why is it that any time someone has something less than stellar to say about our beloved T-Mobile, we’re labeled as whiners or jobless?  hmmmmm….

  • theauto1

    Picked mine up at Costco (Plano,tx) Sunday $270 out the door no rebate. Great phone so far today will be the first day to check out the battery.

    • Anonn

      Was that for the 16gb version?  What was the price before taxes and all the other miscellaneous stuff?

      • That should be after taxes.  Costco has the phone with an accessories bundle for $249.99 plus tax.  That’s for the 16gb version.  Walmart has it $198 plus tax but no accessories.

  • guest

    nice 

  • Rozco

    Anyone know if the White 16GB is out/available at Walmart yet. I been calling they only have Blue or none left.

    • Taron19119

      I call walmart they have it but told me 270 wit upgtade

      • Rozco

        really? why $270? is that 32GB.. the 16GB should be $198, I’m going to try and call my local Walmart.

  • Looking

    no Walmart’s in OKC with it. Please post were you are if you have a Walmart selling it around you. Thank you

  • 21stNow

     It shows that shipping is unavailable for this.  More importantly, that price is way too high.  Expansys has the white one for $674.99 now.

  • Ponda Baba

    Is anyone who has an S3 having any heating issues? Supposedly an S3 in England caught on fire!

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/355092/20120621/samsung-galaxy-s3-fire-launch.htm

  • Livestrong18

    Tmo is complete BS now…what happend?  I went into a store in SJ and they upgrade two phones to the 16gb Blue for $347 if I wanted to keep my old My Faves plan, and $329 to get a on a new plan.  AND…they said I’d have to pay $20/mo for each phone additional till the phone is paid off at $630!!!  What kinda scam is this?  So I said, lemme get this straight, I have to pay $750+ downpayment right now, I have to change my plan to some new BS plan, and I have to pay $20/mo extra for each phone (even if that means the phone won’t be worth that price in the future) till it’s paid off at $630, and get stuck on another 2yr contract?  She said yes, I said goodbye.  I can buy the phone somewhere else cheaper and not get stuck on your 2yr agreement.  I’ll be switching to Verizon soon.

    • tommy

       They allowed you to finance BOTH phones at $20 a month EACH for 20 months? and after 20 months you’d be on the new plan?

      The New Plan is at what cost? It was a value plan for 2 phones?

      • Livestrong18

        sorry, didnt get into details. downpayment of $750+ including taxes for two phones.  it wouldve been $145.xx per month for a family value plan + $20/mo. for each phone (x2 = $40).  so i’m looking at $185.xx+ per month?  she didn’t have an answer as to why i have to finance the rest of the phone since I’m fully upgrading.  Every other carrier is ~$200 w/ a 2yr and that’s it.  no other carrier makes you finance to pay off the phone at $630+ is there?

        I was shocked and very upset. 

        • tommy

           Seems like $145 for 2 lines on Value plan is a mistake. Should be about $50 less

        • HoneyDew117

          5 Gb data plan instead of 2 Gb is the difference in cost

        • Are you on a value plan?  Value plans don’t get discounts on phones.  You pay full price for all upgrades.  In exchange, you’re monthly rate is lower. Classic plans include phone upgrades, but costs you a little bit more each month.  My upgrade was $198 +tax at Walmart on my classic plan.

        • You’re on a Value plan, which means you pay for your phones in full over the course of your plan. A Classic plan pays whatever “down payment” but doesn’t have to pay any more on the phone. Value plans pay less each month for service compared to a Classic plan, because the Value plan does not have a subsidized phone cost.

  • This release is a complete joke. I called around to every Walmart, and Costco with no luck. So the argument that one can get it cheaper through 3rd party is dead for now. I even called some Best Buy’s and was told they most likely won’t get stock until mid July. I don’t get where these companies get these release dates from? They must just pull them out of their asses. Nobody sticks to what they say.

  • billy padilla

    i got mine for $213 (pebble blue) out the door from walmart in los angeles, it was the last one in stock. i did find out somthing interesting… before i bought from walmart i called tmobile tele-sales (1800 TMOBILE) and i told them i wanted the s3 but could not dish out the $329 up front. he said because i had more than 2 years sicelast upgrade, good history, and qualified for the fullest upgrade he could give the $50 mail in rebate off instantly plus $100 off making the tmobile s3 $180 plus full retail tax. the only problem was that they where out of stock but he said all notes for the discounts where on my account and just keep calling back avery few days for stock. anyone thats on the same boat as me could get these discounts thru tmobile tele-sales. just ask. youll be surprised as i was.

    he also mentioned that the reason for the dealy was that qualcom was having trouble getting the processors to  samsung on time therfore creating all delay.

    walmart is still the cheapest route since its $199 plus we only get taxed on the sale price here in california for a total of $213 and some change. there is a upgrade fee of $18 thats charged to your bill.

    i also found out about tmobiles $35 5gb data plan that includes mobile hotspot….great deal for a limited time i was told..

  • Nope.  Had my phone playing music and Google Nav on for 45 minutes without any heating issue.  My Galaxy S would’ve gotten really hot under that situation.

  • Pank

    Anyone know where it is available in New York? 32 GB Blue preferable? 

    • Tmo_Fan

      I guess we will be looking for a good place here in NY .. I cnt wait..

  • Jordan Pereira

    I picked my GSIII up at a Costco in Orange County on Friday for $249.99 + tax.

  • sdk4

    Just checked in with the SW Connecticut Walmart’s and no such luck on any S3’s. Just have to wait till Wednesday.

  • AM3RIG

    Dear David Beren, No, that isn’t a reason High Price. but The Dual-Cores Galaxy S III actually stopped me from buying, I’ve the DUAL-CORES GSII already, No point in upgrading from single core to single core or dual core to dual core since the hardware is very similar. I made that mistake before.

    • no2apple

      I think you are very confused or in denial… Or even plain ignorant. I got S2 in Dec and I just got S3 and I can tell you its a big upgrade.. 

      The screen/resolution
      The feel
      Weight
      LED
      Screen size
      Thickness
      speed of processor
      2GB Ram
      USB on the go

      Its not worth the upgrade from S2 if you are gonna pay 400 for it like most people  but worth if you paid $80 like me…

      • ND5

        How were you able to pay $80 for this phone?

        • goo649

           He wasn’t

  • guest

    I just called retentions and ordered 3:)

    • Taron19119

      How

  • Jrjesto818

    Called Wal-Mart this morning they said they had one left! I got it for 198+tax=214 in san Antonio tx! No way I was going to pay 329+for it… Kept many existing plan…

    • Enzo Staar

      which gbs??

  • Kevinmarchibald

    Read that the T-Mobile version won’t be compatible with T-Mobile’s LTE network that’s supposed to get turned at some point in 2013. Wonder if would be better to spend a little more for an unlocked international GS3, get a little less throughput on HSPA+, but be able to connect to T-Mobile LTE down the road (in addition to the Exynos, accelerated Mali-400, and Wolfson)? On the other hand, by the time T-Mobile’s LTE (LTE Advanced, with Voice over LTE, right?) is in enough places for it to matter to me, there will be new phones with LTE chips, radios, antennas, and drivers optimized for even better throughput with optimal battery life than what I’d get with the international GS3’s LTE solution.

    • no2apple

      thr is no phone yet thatz gonna connect to nonexistent t-mobile LTE. Stop speculating. 
      Also t-mobile HSPA+ is faster than AT&T LTE… so dont worry about n/w speed. Its more than what you can handle…

  • Cldr27

    How are yall getting the phone from walmart are yall new customers or upgrading?  I am due for a full discount but was wondering if i can upgrade thru wall mart?  

    • Taron19119

      Yes u can

    • billy padilla

      yes you could upgrade thru walmart. its easy , much cheaper, and you could keep or change your existing plan. also dont pay for the mobile hotspot….use FOXFI from the app store, its free and works just the same on s3.

  • Taron19119

    I called Walmart and they told me it is 270 wit upgrade so is this the 32gb or what cause I did not go up there

  • Tmo_Fan

    I dont think Tmo will lower the price any soon since the GSII been having the same high price with a few lows in 3rd parties like Wall mart and even target when they were selling it for 99.. so this phn will keep its price and the lowest probably 199$ when the GS note comes out.? damn it I want the GSIII lol

  • Tmo_Fan

    Quick question:
    any one selling their GS3 already???
    how much??

    • Taron19119

      Y when u can get it on wednesday every where

      • Tmo_Fan

        thats a good idea.. Weds people will be selling it.. well when the other carriers release the phon ppl will buy and unlock for 20 bucks

    • There’s a swappa listing for $580.

      • Tmo_Fan

        ty for the info

  • circa476

    They will lower the price when the other carriers release their versions…

  • Colorado cookie

    Spoke to tmobile rep last night for about 2 hours they DO NOT plan on lowering the price till holidays November December and it will be the $50.00 mail in rebate program 2013 only does phone go down to $199 heard it from the horses mouth.

  • smiley47

    Don’t put much faith in what a rep tells you is going to happen in 2013. Pricing decisions are  not telegraphed that far in advance and are made by corporate as the market dictates. The rep told you that so you wouldn’t postpone your purchase. So much for the horses mouth, try the other end.

  • ROZCO

    Is the white S3 being delayed? I called local Chicago Tmobiles and they either say mid July for white and 1 said we are only getting blue.

  • John

    Just got off the phone customer loyality about an hour ago and talked a bit about my plan and upgrades. After a short brife gripe whether or not my updrade is in Nov. at 22 months or July is at 18 months. Was put on hold for several minutes and the lady came and told me that she reset my upgrade as of today. (very nice of her). At this point it really doesnt matter the S3 is still $329 with my upgrade. She said to call back tomorrow and they may of the updated prices in thier system. Hoping that my price will be closer to $249 to match Costco. If not I may go thier instead. BTW Costco price for T-Mobile is $249 and $199 for everyone else?? And Verizon 32 gb is $299..T-Mo is wayyyyy over priced in my book.

    • Taron19119

      u did not say the right things just say i can get the gs3 from sprint for 199.99 sp im not going to pay 279,99 and they well lower it for you i did and im paying 129.99 for it on the 27th im calling at 6 am so i can be first when they open up

      • John

        So if I call in the morning and tell or say that I can get the SG3 at Sprint for $199, what the are the odds that I or they will lower just becuase I tell them its lower at other carriers? My luck they won’t or can’t. BTW are you talking about the 16gb or 32gb? Blue or white?  Also what about upgrade fees, shipping? I’m assuming this will be shipped out, right? Sorry for the many questions….6am EST…right?

      • John

        One more thing do you sugguest calling back tonight or wait and call in the morning?

      • Luv4greenleaves

        How did this work out for you?

  • AhhYo

    The price T-Mobile is sell is way too much then other cellphone companies. If they stayed competitive, then it would be worth investing. I would hate to see what T-Mobile is going to sell the Samsung Note at.

  • Jvf251991

    Got my Galaxy S3 at Tmobile for $390. Kind of expensive but worth it. I love it. Pebble blue is such great color

  • s10shane

    i called customer service and they still have no GS3’s yet. tired of this BS wait. 

  • Andrew Marty

    I bought mine June 22nd, pebble blue, 16GB, put 2 day shipping because i knew they wouldnt have any left ahhh all u guys r complaining lmao, yup i paid $390 with 2 day shipping, i had the mytouch 4G it was time to upgrade & im so happy with my S3 :D

  • You can go get a GNex unlocked for less.

    • guest

      who cares the phone is old

    • Nunya Beeswax

      And you can get a Wildfire for a lot of less……. Your point?

  • Well its official that today is NOT the release date. Customer Care, and Retentions is no help. They have zero stock and I was told they can’t do anything with the price as of right now but that may change later.

  • kickrockstmobile

    the hell with tmobile,i had to change my grandfathered unlimited (real unlimited) to a value plan to use the g3(and as givin discount off my bill and was told to call back or go pick up the g3 wednesday(today) and guess what no fuxin phone!!! so im on a 2yr contract bullshit plan and no phone. tmobile has reached a new level of stupidity with this release.i should cancel my contract and go to another provider and guess what! still would pay less then if i got the phone full price with tmobile.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      Samsung didn’t deliver as promised on this phone.. Cancel your contract if you like, and but the scarcity of the device has absolutely nothing to do with T-Mobile.

      • kickrockstmobile

        umm i had someone call tmobile and act as a new customer and they had plenty..i call back no more then 10 minutes later and they dont have any…its still saying available online so it is very much tmobiles fault. tmobile use to be a pretty good company now they are a disgrace.they have morons who work for customer service. i can find out more about a phone through a forum then through stupid customer service . them and their irritating cheerful tone of voices. tmobile cant do shit right .

    • Tonytraumado

      something very similar happened to me about two years ago, exept that back then data wasn’t limited, because they said i had used my upgrade on a mytouch slide and didn’t like the phone/ returned it and tried to get the first Galaxy phone and they said “no you used your upgrade already” left tmo for verizon and never looked back. 

  • 1coolazn

    called tmo this morning to order mine through customer loyalty…. to make a long story short, they didn’t have ANY! as far as i’m concerned, they didn’t sell a single one. when i asked about picking one up in store, i was told the tmo store may not honor what was quoted to me because the quote and upgrade were done through them. needless to say, i now have to wait until this weekend…. but i’m chalking that up to more like MID-JULY, since no one, nor their great-grandma, can tell me when they are expected to release the phone through CC. WTF! 

  • guest

    worse released ever,cant even find one after the 21 of june released what a joke 

    • Nunya Beeswax

      We have plenty of them in sales. I sell them all day, and every day. Haven’t had them unavailable for a single minute yet.

  • edub1906

    Surprisingly enough my local Walmart got in 1 (and only 1) S3 yesterday and I was able to pick it up last night for $198.  They had no clue that they even had the phone until I asked someone over the phone to check their stock in the back.  Even though I could have still went a 1/2 mile down the road to Costco to pick it up for $249.00, I was very pleased with the Walmart deal.  I saved almost $60.00 by going to Walmart vs. Costco when you factor in that Costco would have charged tax on the $329.00 price before discount.  No way I was going to pay $279.00 through TMobile.  I knowsome people have been told by customer care at TMobile that they will give them a $100 discount on the phone, bringing the price down to $179 (remains to be seen), but you can still not order it over the phone.  I have mine in hand so I am totally stoked.

  • DES

    After talking to tmo sales rep in store and having the phone priced at $330 with classic plan, I said if he could price match walmart $199 manager said no. Two days later I get a call, talk to a higher-up WE can do better then walmart at $99 classic plan. I said if this is true get me 5 phones and i’ll pay me ETF and switch to you. Crossing fingers for a call tomorrow to go pickup the phones. They did want my business after all =)  TY tmobile stay classy.

  • 1coolazn

    7/1 and customer care still doesn’t have it…

  • Abe_The_Babe

    I tried 2 different T-Mobile stores and Customer Loyalty to see if they will price match and they said they couldn’t. Went down to Walmart in West Hills, CA and bought the last of 2 Galaxy S3’s that they had received for 198 + tax = roughly $215. Saved me about 180 bucks.