Deal Alert: Wirefly Selling T-Mobile Galaxy S III For $199.99, No Mail-In Rebate Required

Oh hai there friends at Wirefly and thank you for selling the Galaxy S III cheaper than the carrier itself. In fact, Wirefly’s price of $199.99 is $80 less than T-Mobile is selling it for directly. What else do you need to know? You’re likely to be a lot smarter about spending that leftover $80 than any wireless carrier will be.

The really good news? This price is good for both new and qualifying upgrades, which is our favorite thing to report on deal alert stories. Orders today will ship on Friday and arrive hopefully within just a few days, leaving you plenty of time to decide how to properly spend your $80 savings over purchasing directly from T-Mobile. These are Galaxy S III units of the 16GB variety, but at that price we’re not really complaining.

I’d take advantage of this opportunity now, before the person next to you decides this price just can’t be passed up and grabs the last one.

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  • Chuck Smith

    Nice!  I’m totally going to buy this (then sell it on Craigslist for profit) and buy a Galaxy Nexus!

    • Andy Besselman

      Thats what I was thinking about doing as well but I might buy this and put cm9 on it and then CM10 when that comes out

      • Chuck Smith

        I’ve never really tried the rooting route other than my nook.  I want to put ZERO effort into keeping it running smooth.  I left android for windows phone because I was tired of apps crashing and general quirkiness.  It seems the os has come quite far since 2.3

    • bob90210

      You would probably save more money by switching to a value plan and buying the nexus.

      • Chuck Smith

        Maybe so. I’ll check that out. I’ve never really given the Value Plan a chance.  The idea of paying full price for phones generally makes my stomach sick.  We’ve got 3 lines and only one is up for an upgrade.  I’m not sure about switching plans with the other two still on contract.

        • bob90210

          Subsidized phone plans are for the carriers’ benefit not for the consumers. With subsidized plans, the carriers tell you which phones to buy, where to buy them, and when to buy them. If you have an unsubsidized plan, you can buy the phone you and upgrade whenever you want.

          No one has their cable or satellite provider subsidize their tvs. Why are phones any different?

          You will need to run the numbers for yourself. Unless if you are grandfathered in an unlimited data plan, I suspect you’ll be better off switching to a value plan.

  • Therealmikebrown

    Don’t tell Dumbazz, he’ll probably cry and call you cheap for getting a good deal.
    He hates deals.

    • http://www.uragon.com/ Bogart

      LOL! I know right. What’s that guys problem.

  • VSUKID

    Just in Time. I was Just about to go to Cost Co

  • http://twitter.com/Em2drvr03 Frank Valenti

    Sucks they had to push my upgrade so i wouldnt have been able to take advantage o f this awesome deal :(

    • Steve102680

      What do you mean push your upgrade? My upgrade isnt until Jan 2013, Would love to know how you got them to push yours through?

      • http://twitter.com/Em2drvr03 Frank Valenti

        Well it was for September …usually they can push upgrades 3 months.

  • larry chiem

    you can also go to Walmart stores they are selling the gs3 for $198 :O 

  • Mike in FL

    Seems like it won’t let you upgrade and keep existing (i.e., grandfathered) plan. Lame.

  • Xm5

    Is it white too?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willis-Cao/100002189890498 Willis Cao

       yup!

  • Marc Klein

    I was already gonna consider the Note seeing as no one was selling this at a reasonable price. Strangely enough, Best Buy is selling it at cost as well.

  • nitefallz

    It’s about time.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V3FCYVNTIUZKS6NANHBCDH6HNY Jwill

    If you’re on Android preferred data plan, (which, as far as I know, is no longer being offered) can you still keep your data plan intact while upgrading from 3rd party seller?

    • Th3problem17

      no

      • Th3problem17

        it will make you choose either the 200 mb option and the 35 one if you are on a grandfathered plan

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/V3FCYVNTIUZKS6NANHBCDH6HNY Jwill

           crap…thanks y’all for the reply

    • hackworth2001

      You can through Walmart.  They asked me if I wanted to change plans and I just said no.  Also, retentions might still be able to setup Android preferred.  I had to switch from MyTouch preferred to Android preferred when I activated the microsim for my S3.

    • Taron19119

      I just got that plan last night from retention

    • badbob001

      I recently went straight to retentions and got two new white gs3 32GB for $237/ea (16GB version was offered at $186). I asked that nothing be changed with my voice and data plan (preferred $20 android). The next day, I check my account online and it shows a much higher upcoming monthly bill and it looks like my data got changed to a $35 plan and they even added phone insurance. I called retentions again and had them put me back on the $20 android plan and remove the phone insurance. Today, I check again and it looks like the phone insurance is still there so I may want to call again. I can’t make this change myself from the t-mobile site since it doesn’t support non-standard services like the ‘android $20 plan’ and so the site will automatically pick one of their existing data plans. And it seems like the only way to verify that I have the Android plan is to look at my account through the ‘My Account’ t-mobile app as the website only shows standard services as I mentioned before. It looks like the rep had to manually type in the $20 android plan as she misspelled android as androind.

  • Greg

    Wow, huge thank you for this heads up! This works for those of you on grandfathered plans too.  I was showing the 329.00 upgrade price on Tmo.com, but got the 199.00 price! Got one for my wife and I (white and blue–both available at 199) and saved 260.00 + free shipping. 

    • Psaux

      If you do an upgrade, you’re losing your grandfathered plan, by definition. The new deal will convert an EMP or Loyalty deal into Classic or Value, as I understand it.  I don’t know about you, but my grandfathered plan is awesome enough it’s worth paying full invoice compared to changing it.

      • od312

        Tell us about your grandfathered plan. David, this question could definitely make a good article:)

        • http://www.heliosoptix.com Steven Skwarkowski

          My Fiance and I are on an OG Grandfathered Data plan from back to the Motorola Cliq. Her line is $25/month on 4G on a S2, my line (2nd or additional line) is $30/month on 3G on a S1

  • robert

    but these third party seller WILL CHARGE YOU FEE if you upgrade/downgrade/change your plan  while in contract with tmobile right?
    that’s a trick to scam you.

  • Charles Berry

    Walmart has had this phone for 198.00 since they began having them.  No rebate on them either…

  • mc

    i still have an Even More plan. if i buy a Galaxy S3 full-price, can I still keep my plan?

    • Psaux

      If you buy any device and don’t sign a new contract, and instead just slip in your SIM card without changes to your account, you’re pretty safe to not lose your plan.  The big question is whether you currently have a compatible data plan, I’d believe.

      • mc

         thank you.

        • Charles Berry

          Galaxy S3 has micro SIM can’t use the SIM in another phone other than maybe an IPhone, but I think even they are different…

    • Od312

      Of course u can

  • DisappointedTmoCustomer

    Good to know. Walmart actually has had the same exact deal since day one. On another note, I will NEVER, EVER buy equipment directly from customer care. I just had the worst experience with Tmobile ever–so uncharacteristic of them.

    I got a HTC one and galaxy s2 for the father’s day promo (through customer care) .My daughter likes the HTC one better, so it made sense that I could exchange the s2 for the HTC one, since I was well within my 14 day period. I was wrong. They don’t take customer care inventory, even tho they’re the same company. OK. Fine

    Next, I call customer care for the exchange. They told me I have to ship the device back and pay for the shipping out of my pocket (really? Who does that?) Fine.

    So, I pay 19 dollars to ship the phone back and call the next day to give the tracking number, only to find out that I won’t be eligible for the rebate on this second phone because of the exchange. REALLY??

    I wish someone bothered telling me this before I shipped the phone for an exchange!! Brandy in the retentions department was sooo rude. She said I could return both phones, but the contract would stick. Talk about adding insult to injury!

    I called the next day and they granted me an exchange and the only thing id be responsible for, are the taxes on the phone. While it’s still a great deal for the one s, I shouldn’t have to be paying over 40 dollars in shipping charges taxes for something they messed up on. The father’s day promo was a promo. I shouldn’t have had to shell a single penny out of my pocket. SHAME ON YOU, TMOBILE. IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR 6 YEARS. NO WONDER YOU HAVE SO MUCH CHURN

    • od312

      Correction. I meant to say I tried exchanging equipment from customer care through a corporate store

      • taino211

        Well try selling the S2 and use the money for a One S. I’m sure you can recoup most of your money.

    • kathy

       i have been scammed by TMO at least 2 times this month alone and i have 5 lines 9 year customer. from unauthorized/illegal data plane changes to unauthorized/illegal contract & upgrade tenure, unauthorized phone upgrade order. I filed 3 complaints straight, FCC, BBB & STATES AG’s office. when i complained about their illegal activity, their response was ( meet the UPS< send it back and if you do that we will refund you money but regarding the contact/upgrade change, write to contractreview. really? I have to fight this hard to correct their illegal activity on my account?

      • robert

         LISA from executive dept responded to my BBB complaint, but she was  condescending & rude and unapologetic for their illegal activity. I simply couldn’t listen to her crap and ended the call with F *** U and wait for letters from states ag and FCC.

        • TheOverlord

          Stop your F’n crying! 
          We can see through your BS! 
          If they did something “illegal” there would be sever consequences. 
          You’re simply spicing it up hoping to get sympathy.
          Go pound sand

      • TheOverlord

        WOW JUST WOW. 

    • peter rardin

       All True bought the Galaxy SIII for the wife for 214 dollars plus tax out the door at walmart. Not sure why this deal is so spectacular when wal-mart has been offering this deal since day one.

      • B-Mobile

        Unfortunately my local Wal-Mart doesn’t have any in stock and the employee in the electronics dept. has no clue when they will get a shipment (Richmond, Va). But my main concern is keeping the android preferred data plan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V3FCYVNTIUZKS6NANHBCDH6HNY Jwill

    Let me get this straight – whenever you upgrade with the (grandfathered) Android preferred data plan you’re forced to change to their new data plan at a higher rate?

    I understand the phone is being subsidized but isn’t that why you have to EXTEND your contract?

    • taino211

      Yep, the problem is that their system no longer offers your old data plan so you are forced to switch to a current one. Sucks but that’s Cell Phones 101: don’t ever upgrade through the carrier unless you are willing to lose your grandfathered features.

      • Pnina_evans

        What do you mean, never upgrade thru the carrier? How else are you supposed to upgrade?

        • Anonymous

          Upgrading through the carrier (agreeing to a new two-year contract) will lose your grandfathered data plan. You can also upgrade by buying the phone off-contract, which won’t touch your grandfathered plans.

        • http://www.heliosoptix.com Steven Skwarkowski

          Interesting to hear. My fiance has the S2 and Im on the OG S1. We sitll both have unlimited data for $30/line each. She has 4G and I have 3G. Hate to find out I loose my data plan

    • Dumbazz

      Go buy it outright or get a used phone off of craigslist!

  • JREAL

    does anyone know how long this deal last? i can’t find that info on the website.

    • guest

      I just looked and they still have the phone at that price.

    • Dbarker1965

      I believe its thru 7/12 but before you go thru them call TMO and speak to customer loyalty.I got mine yesterday for $180 no mail in rebate,no upgrade fee,free shipping and I asked if I could get a discount on my bill.They gave me $125.00 off this month’s bill.So basically I got the phone for $65.Now THAT’S a DEAL!!!

      • SayWhat

        Let me just preface this by saying I have no idea what Dbarker’s situation was and hopefully there was a good reason she/he escalated to retention and got this deal.  While you COULD attempt this (with a really low chance of success), it’s the kind of thing customer service hates.  Why do people feel they are always entitled to more than the next guy? Are you really that special? Deals like this hurt the company’s bottom line and limit their ability to grow, innovate, and deliver the kind of service they’re capable of.  Even more, requests like this bog down the customer service lines when there are people with real concerns and questions.  Just leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but that’s just me I guess.

        • badbob001

          It’s a reasonable request because the other major carriers (at&t, verizon, and sprint) have it at $199.

        • Dumbazz

          LOL your logic is epically retarded. Does that mean T-Mobile should raise their rates to those carrier levels? Moron

        • badbob001

          One purpose of the retention department is to retain customers that are deciding to leave for a competing carrier. It’s not reasonable to say you’re a loyal customer and demand free stuff, but it seems reasonable to ask for similar phone pricing of a competitor, like a price match. It’s seems like a simple apples-to-apples comparison and not something weird like “give me a discount because your coverage is worse than theirs” or “your store is further away than theirs.”

        • Dumbazz

          Ok price match….
          So they should have EVER RIGHT than to raise your monthly rate because after all you want them to price match!

        • badbob001

          With a rate hike, do I have the right to demand that they put up more towers?

        • Dbarker1965

          FYI, I NEVER demanded free stuff.The rep offered the discount to me because “You have been a loyal customer for 10 years”. The sole reason I called in the first place was because Wirefly wasn’t showing my upgrade eligibility so I called TMO to get that fixed and the rep asked how much I was paying for the phone and she said “I think I can do better than that,let me check”. That’s when she offered all the deals.

        • MarcusDW

          I can get with that.

        • Dumbazz

          I am sure these same losers do this to other services they used. They can’t afford something so that means the company has to give them a discount. Losers

        • MarcusDW

          The question is, why would they just give him a $125 discount just because he asked??

        • exeot

          Depends on the rep and how if you really have the edge over them. If you had a family plan on contract with only one line open, they would be less sympathetic. All comes down to the politeness in the end though. 

          -I detest the people who keep a phone for a couple months only to whine to retention’s to get one every time a phone comes out. 
          -There are also people who purposely do phone exchanges(cause they aren’t working “perfectly”) enough times that tmobile upgrades them. 

          Deal with what you get, wait your turn, and live your life. If you feel the need to upgrade from the one s to this galaxy s3… you need serious help. 

        • MarcusDW

          So what, the reps are at the mercy of “gimmie or ill terminate”? And tmo just allows the rep to hand over $125 for no apartment reason?

        • Dbarker1965

          No Marcus I never mentioned leaving TMO.See my post below.They offered because as they said I have been a loyal customer for 10 years and I signed another 2 yeqars on all 4 lines but it doesn’t affect any upgrade eligibilities.

        • MarcusDW

          OIC so they have the ability to slide you a little discount IF you ask for it.  I understand.  With you resigning 4 lines they showed you some appreciation.

  • exeot

    Just got one at $210 after taxes from wirefly. Hope my family plan stays the same! The way it was set up it should stay the same. I called in to retentions to see if they could compare to the price but alas, it is not within their power… yet, I assume. I’m happy with the price I got with wirefly, but I they are probably changing my preferred data plan, which I am upset about. Got it in white and can’t wait. Going to look absolutely sweet with a black case. USE CODE WIREFLY4G12 for a free 4gb sd with adapter. Obviously not much, but hey.. it’s free.

    Should be a decent upgrade from my vibrant. I didn’t really need to upgrade with all the amazing dev support going on in xda and rootwiki now but I just can’t stand having the terrible gps on it. I’m looking forward to the camera on the s3 since it was the main influence when picking it over the galaxy nexus. Bit irritated of the LTE loss, but not as bad as a locked bootloader like with verizon.

    • exeot

      BTW.. I was forced to switch to a 5gb $35 data plan. We’ll see how long it stays there for >;)

  • Dumbazz

    All the crybabies now have another source where they can get it for $199 instead of chastising T-Mobile and waking them over the coals.
    Boo-hoo who I can’t afford it so I’m going to blame it on you

    • nitefallz

      It’s actually “raking them over the coals”.  If you’re going to try to be intellectually superior to the people you want to bash for the sake of bashing, at least make sure what you’re saying is correct.  Otherwise you sound like, well, a dumbass.

      • Dumbazz

        Sorry you can’t afford the phone.

        • Zeke

          Your name is so fitting. Do you think it’s funny to be a d-bag on here? Why talk smack to people who don’t want to spend the extra money knowing the price is going to drop soon? You should spend more time reading the article and moving on to the next one, rather than making unnecessary comments that help you live up to your username. 

        • nitefallz

          I know I’m only feeding the trouble but for the sake of anything, try better.  No where did I say anything about wanting or not wanting or being able to afford the phone, or not.   I’m just pointing out your shortcomings as a poor troll.

        • TheOverlord

          I think you meant, “feeding the troll”. 

  • salnova2k2

    I was going upgrade a line on my account from a regular phone w/o data plan, and was told that I could not do it on the 2GB data plan. 

    • googlephone

      Target has the same price.

  • Frank

    I ordered the phone through wirefly yesterday and just received an email confirmation that the phone has been shipped.  Woohoo…=)

    • VSUKID

      Im trying to convince my mom to order through the site but she does not trust it because she has not heard of it 

  • Guest

    Have had SIII since 6/28 and it’s a magnificent obsession.  Works 100% better than my Vibrant no complaints.  I upgraded thru Tmo website paying $379 for blue 32G.  Since I did not choose another data plan during upgrade, I kept my preferred android plan.  Tmo customer care tried adding a more expensive data plan online but if you call them, you will get to keep your grandfathered plan.  So I paid extra $130 to have the SIII at launch but will get $50 MIR.  Watch your account carefully and call them if they try to add fees for services you didn’t approve.  BTW, love my Incipio case – best case for SIII.

  • DT

    From a reliable source: the T-Mobile price for the GSIII is going to be reduced soon, maybe even with the next week. The source did not have the number for the reduction, but hinted that it was to be more in line with the pricing offered by the other carriers.

  • Andy Besselman

    I just called tmobile and got a great deal on a galaxy s3. My upgrade is due at the end of the month and I lost my phone so I called about an early upgrade. The guy was great when I mentioned that all 3 other carriers have it for $199. He said he could sell it for $329 minus the $50 rebate like normal. But he also said he would do free overnight shipping and $190 bill credit for this month to keep my from switching. I never mentioned switching because I love tmobile and would never switch just mentioned the price of the other 3 carriers but I definitely wasn’t going to turn it down. So I have one coming as well!

    • Dbarker1965

      That’s awesome Andy but be careful on this site because there are some very rude and mean commentors on this website.Apparently,they don’t like it when people get a good deal from TMo even when they’ve been a customer for 10 years.Just read my earlier post about the deal I got and look at all the negative comments.Congratulations!!! I too was never going to switch but the rep offered and I took them up on it.My is in shipping as we type. I LOVE TMO…always have always will.

      • Dumbazz

        There was like 1 negative comment. Calm down princess.

      • Joseph Tongret

        WAS one negative comment, but I guess it’s two now, lol! I’m with you though, Tmo has always gone above & beyond for me & I could never leave them. They’re just too amazing in my opinion, and I’ve had numerous dealings with them in the past decade.

        • Dbarker1965

          It was more than one but apparently he can’t count or get quotes correctly.I am so glad that you,like me,have always had great service.Sometimes I think it’s the customer more that the rep as the reason for all the negativity.TMO has always been awesome in my book and that is exactly why I have used only them.

        • Joseph Tongret

          Yea, I agree it’s all in how you approach customer service. If you have an attitude & your making threats or demands then you won’t get far. I called them along time ago & asked if the mytouch 4g was upgradable to GB, and they said yes. I was picking one up on Craigs list for cheap & I have a ton of phones. After I bought it they told me they were no longer upgrading it because of software bugs so I would have to wait. I spoke politely to a supervisor & expressed my frustration about being misinformed & they offered me any phone @ full upgrade discount despite the fact that none of my 4 lines were due for an upgrade for about a year! These are the kinds of things that NO other carrier would even consider doing, and honestly who would expect that? This is just one circumstance that Tmo went far beyond expectations to please me, and there were many other times they have given us premium phones for free, discounted bills, and awesome customer service! We have 5gb of data on all 4 of our lines for $17 a month after grandfathered prices & 15% corporate discount on top of them! In our situation, we would literally be crazy to leave for another carrier. The only thing I ever felt like T mobile lacked, was having the 1900mhz band for 3g compatibility with the majority of the unlocked international models, but with the network refarming I’ll finally be able to enjoy reasonable data speeds on these phones! If I’m not eligible for upgrade pricing, then I would most often prefer the unlocked model since they usually have superior hardware than the US variants, so this is gonna be great for me as well as all the T mobile iphone users. I don’t know why so many of their customers hate on Tmo, but in most cases they would have it alot worse anywhere else, and would be complaining about whatever carrier they’re on!

  • guest

    I was looking forward to buying the phone through wirefly but they wanted me to change my data plan. I have 5gb of data for $30/mo and they wanted me to change to the same 5gb of data for $35 /mo. Has anyone else had this issue?

  • Dumbazz

    Just buy the Galaxy Nexus outright from Google Play!
    Stop being a Slave to the carriers!

  • TrUsTmEiMaNuRsInGsTuDeNt

    I got mine for $179.99 from Loyalty, plus the $50 mail in rebate, plus a $75 credit on my account.  So all in all I really paid $54.99 for the Galaxy S3.  Not bad considering she also expressed ship it to me for free.  

  • Gumpo10k

    Same price as Walmart has had them for since day one. And Walmart only requires the minimum data plan of 200MB. ($10)

  • B-Mobile

     So i called t-mo customer service because i wanted to know the best way to keep my android preferred 
    data plan if i picked up a phone from Sams, Costco, or Walmart etc:
    customer service offered to transfer me to loyalty because they gave me
    the data plan and loyalty asked me why i wasn’t gonna buy the phone from
    them: i told her mainly price, so she said i can offer you the SGIII
    for $179.99 needless to say i jump on the deal.all in all: taxes +
    shipping (no upgrade fee) was $196.83. the funny thing is wasn’t looking
    for t-mobile to beat out the competition but it looks like loyalty has
    an initiative. im not supporting calling up t-mo/loyalty and crying about the SGIII or demanding a
    deal on the phone but i was refreshing how a call about keeping a
    grandfathered data plan turned into a sale on the SGIII and my plan
    stays in tact – my two cents

  • Bringemoutalive

    I had to leave tmo after 7 years.  Got tired of them giving less and less and time went by.  Got the SGS3 at verizon at $145 a peice from my friend there.  So picked up another from my wife… still can’t stay away from tmo news.. :)