Update: Samsung Galaxy S III LTE Launched Yesterday, May 20th In Retail Locations

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Hold the phone T-Mobile fans as our intel from yesterday is outdated almost immediately as new intel points to a Galaxy S III LTE release yesterday. Early yesterday we were advised that the Galaxy S III LTE would be available on June 5th, which is fortunately an outdated piece of information. According to this newly obtained image, T-Mobile has launched the Galaxy S III LTE in T-Mobile retail/branded locations.

“On May 20, T-Mobile will update its supply of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Retail/Branded locations with a new version that supports LTE. The Galaxy S III (LTE) will also be available for upgrade purchase in Retail, Care, Web, and B2B. On June 5, the remaining channels will launch the Galaxy S III (LTE).”

As for the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, that remains ready for release on May 29th. The mid-range device features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1GHz dual-core processor with “4G” speeds which likely means no LTE. Also included on board is a 5 megapixel camera and a preloaded media hub app straight from Samsung.

The Galaxy S III LTE will replace the current supply of the Galaxy S III in all T-Mobile company channels.


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  • cielomoreno127

    Guess, this is good news. Out with the old in with the new!

  • Guest

    duh it appeared on there website for a reason yesterday so you could order it………………………

  • carcomptoy

    Does this mean if we need our GS3 replaced for troubleshooting or in case of theft, we’ll get the SGH-T999L instead of the T999?

    • steveb944

      I’m going to assume it’s the non LTE since Assurion (sp?) sends out refurbished devices

      • Jose Hernandez

        I wold agree with you. Unless they don’t have any refurbished units. They there is a small possibility that they would send out an LTE enabled unit as the replacement.

        • steveb944

          I would assume with the vast number of GS3 sales on T-Mobile there should be a vast number of refurbished devices.
          Plus where will all that unsellable non LTE GS3 stock go? I’m going to assume replacements for OG GS3s.
          There is a possibility, but slim at this time, it’ll increase as people purchase/exchange the LTE version. Only time will tell.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Maybe the Hspa version will be marked down and marketed toward Monthly 4G people.

        • John

          You mean an S III with an LTE radio in it. Not an LTE enabled unit. The old T-Mobile S III doesn’t have an LTE radio in it. Thus, there would be nothing to enable.

        • Jose Hernandez

          Yes sir, you are correct. I worded that wrong.

  • Fish

    “Hold the phone”….ahah

    • Trevnerdio

      That would be advised…they crack easily.

  • VG

    Well, the LTE S3 no longer appears on the TMo web site (it did yesterday), but the non-LTE version is still there. Hope people don’t order the S3 from the web and get stuck with the non-LTE version.

  • Josue

    what tmobile should have done is to let customers exchange their s3’s for the LTE version, but apparently TMO thinks its customers have money like that

    • Jose Hernandez

      Do you have any idea how much that would have cost? Really?

    • not like anyone can really take advantage of the LTE anyway.. I have 2 LTE capable phones in Orlando with no LTE..

  • frigadroid

    yawn,,,, so what’s T-Mobile doing to help out down in Oklahoma? I guess nothing, that’s to bad At&t and Verizon beats them again :(

  • damellman

    i know this topic discussion is about the s3 lte. but what about the 32 or 64 GB s4 version.. c’mon tmo please i will buy the phone cold turkey if need be.. im begging you now! until yall sell the s4 32 and or 64 GB version i will be a simple mobile customer. i have a HTC Amaze with software and internal memory problems and want to become a tmo customer. but not until the 32 or 64 version of the samsung galaxy 4. im seriously thinking of joining AT&T ; they have the 32 GB version.( maybe next month i will)… but who im I. just one worthless customer.

    p.s. plz ppl do not comment or recommend a SD card. i already have a 64 GB sandisk on standby. grrrrrrr@ Tmo at&t looks better with each passing day.

  • Alan5678

    I can just about buy a S4 for the price that T-Mobile charges for the S3. Is there any reason I wouldn’t spend the extra money and pick up the non branded S4 instead of the T-Mobile S3?