Samsung really knew how to handle things with the Samsung Galaxy S3: Much quicker release, on-time announcement and all American carriers will be selling the same variant. It all seems like great news, but then the carriers start doing their thing. More than bad news, this is a bit of a hiccup, but it should still get many of you a bit upset.
In order to “ensure customers receive the best possible experience,” T-Mobile has decided to split the release of Samsung’s new flagship device in two phases. The highly anticipated device will be in select retail and branded locations right on schedule for June 21st. This is only for the top 29 markets in the US, though, as well as the T-Mobile website. Others will have to wait until the 27th to jump in the action.
To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.
Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.
Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.
Pricing will be as follows:
$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)
As one can see, T-Mobile has also given us full price information. This follows our expectations for any new high-end device, but we do wish the full-retail price was just a tad lower. We are sure many of you will still be lining up at your local T-Mobile stores on the 21st. Granted, you live in one of the top 29 markets:
If you do not live in (or around) one of these cities, you will simply have to wait until the 27th, next week. Are any of you planning to get the Galaxy S3 on launch date? Will you be able to get it this Thursday, 21st?