Verizon announces Galaxy S3 pre-sale opportunity for June 6th


The big red machine that led the 4G LTE charge, Verizon, today announced new availability details for the Galaxy S3. While they’re not ready to confirm a release date like competitors Sprint and T-Mobile, they have at least given us a pre-sale date. June 6th will be the date that Verizon customers can have their name put on the list for this highly anticipated device.

Verizon’s options will include a 16GB version and a 32GB version for $200 and $250, respectively. Equipped with LTE, their Galaxy S3 houses a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4.8 inch HD display, an 8 megapixel HD camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, Android 4.0 with TouchWiz and a lot more. “In the coming weeks” is all we get for a launch window, but hopefully the wait will be short and sweet. Read on for full press details.


The Next Generation Smartphone with the Power to Share and Intelligence to Make Everyday Life Easier

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S® III is coming to America’s largest 4G LTE network.

Galaxy S III customers can use Share Shot to create their own temporary photo sharing network with a group of friends who are nearby at the same party or event. Photos can be taken by any member of the group and shared with the entire group. One touch sharing with S Beam allows friends to share pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Galaxy S III devices’ backs together. Galaxy S III customers can take advantage of 4G LTE to share live video broadcasts of life’s special moments with their Facebook® friends using the Color app. As an exclusive feature for Verizon Wireless, customers can live broadcast video with audio when using Color.

The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display and runs Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch a video while texting friends or surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds with Pop Up Play. Videos can be played in a small window while customers use the rest of the display to complete other tasks such as typing emails, organizing calendars and updating their social networks. Multi-tasking is seamless with the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM paired with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Customers can also interact with the Galaxy S III in simple and fun ways thanks to Motion Gesture. With Motion Gesture, customers can initiate a phone call from a text message by simply raising the phone to their head, or they can pause a video by covering the display with their hand, and even get to the top of an email message and contact list.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in 258 markets, covering two-thirds of the of the U.S. population. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will be in 400 markets covering 260 million people by the end of this year.

Additional features:

Smart Stay – So intelligent, the display only dims when the customers’ eyes are closed or no longer facing the screen.
S Voice™ – Featuring natural language recognition, you can control the apps and services used most with words instead of touch. Use S Voice to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock, or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”
AllShare® Play – Share HD videos and your favorite songs by streaming multimedia content from the Galaxy S III to a compatible Samsung Smart TV® or home audio system when connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and remotely access files on up to six Samsung devices.
Evolved camera capabilities – Burst Shot mode instantly captures 20 continuous shots and Best Photo feature selects the best shot to display.
Enhanced camera – 8-megapixel rear camera with zero-lag shutter speed and a 1.9-megapixel front camera so customers can capture pictures and videos of themselves or video chat with family and friends.
Mobile Hotspot – share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
· microSD™ card slot for expandable memory.

Pricing and availability:

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available online for pre-order starting June 6 at 7 a.m. EST at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online in the coming weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB models for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will also have the choice of the Galaxy S III in two colors, Marble White or Pebble Blue.
Customers that purchase a Galaxy S III will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

Customers can visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 to sign up for more information and availability details on the Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter™ for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Mobile
Samsung Mobile (Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC), a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

Samsung, Galaxy S, AllShare, S Voice, Samsung Smart TV and Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. 4G used in connection with the Samsung Galaxy S III refers to the fact that the device is capable of operating on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. WTF AT&T! how are you the last one?

    1. You guys have the One X. Cry me a river.

      1. OneX is pretty, but it’s FAIL, since it has no SD slot or removable battery (and comes with BeatsForPosers)

        1. No one gives a crap! Y’all still get the Gnote, Lumia, etc. We get sucky phones like dINC. razr, droid 4, etc. we didn’t get the one x, wp7, or galaxy note or GS2!!!

          1. Sucky phones like the RAZR Maxx, Rezound, and Galaxy Nexus? Get real!

          2. The dINC is a good phone, it’s just two years old now. I challenge toy to find a better phone than the dINC at that time!

    2. AT&T got all the good phones. Verizon has nothing but droids so its about time we finally get a good phone. So STFU and cry me a river too.

    3. We don’t pay a heck of a lot more for service than AT&T. The only reason I didn’t go over for the One X is because AT&T was actually gonna cost me MORE than I pay with VZW,

    4. It got announced for AT&T, so no one got left out.

    5. Verizon – The Big Bubba Network

  2. So, if we didn’t want the logo on the back we could just buy a different back cover. yay

    1. They might do what they did with the G-Nexus….the back of the gsm version of the G-Nexus doesn’t fit the VZW G-Nexus….

      1. That was because the unit was slightly thicker than the HSPA+ model. But if the US variants are the same thickness I don’t see why they wouldn’t fit.

  3. Hoping it releases June 21 like everyone else!

  4. was hoping to hear Kane’s entrance music when I clicked on this article. Big red machine…

  5. Sticking with the gnex. You know vzw will find a way to eff up the gs3. It will get jelly bean in about 3 years

    1. Plus anybody that’s grandfathered in to unlimited 4g Lte will lose it if they upgrade!

    2. The GNEX sucks. It’s essentially the same phone, except for, S3 MUCH better camera, thinner, lighter, and a much better proc, Oh…AND 2 GIGS of memory. You stick with that GNEX.

      1. But what radio does the S3 have? I could have a halo matrix but if it has the same radio it will still be a piece of shit.

      2. GNEX sucks? How do you figure? Just because something new is coming out with diff hardware specs doesn’t make the current flagship crap. I’ll take my stock ICS anyday over Touchwiz. The only things I would want would be the SD card slot and the better camera, which I honestly dont use that much anyway.

        1. If you don’t think there will be stock roms within a week, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya.

      3. lol. You just yourself said its essentially the same phone. So you’re saying one sucks and the other mostly sucks.

        Seriously, are we in 5th grade? My android phone is better than your android phone? Come on now. Thats just dumb. It should be my android phone is better than your iphone. :b

        1. You’re sarcasm detector needs new batteries me thinks.

  6. Surprised Samsung was able to keep the price down to $200. Most new Verizon phones launch at $300.

    1. Pretty sure that’s a thing of the past now. Once AT&T expanded their LTE network, Verizon can’t charge a premium on their 4G phones. They’re no longer the only LTE game in town.

      1. Have you seen AT&T’s LTE coverage? It’s laughable. Verizon doesn’t have to charge a premium because they have loyal customers. Unlike T-mo, Att & sprint.

  7. Hey smart guy, Verizon hasn’t started axing unlimited plans yet with upgrade. You can still upgrade to 4g and retain unlimited data still. Probably you last chance to get your hands on an up to date phone before they do.

  8. 1.6 fail!

  9. I’m amazed at the price Verizon put on this phone.

  10. Thanks for the correction, all!

  11. Samsung is making progress. Maybe the next Verizon Galaxy S will have no branding and/or no bloatware. I can dream, can’t I?

    1. You can disable bloat with Ice Cream Sandwich.

      1. You can hide the icons. You cannot uninstall bloatware with stock ICS.

        1. Very true, but what’s the big deal if you never see it?

          1. The same reason I delete unused folders or text files on my 2 TB HDD; It’s wasting resources. Oh, and OCD.

          2. I think you will be good with 2gb of ram and and S4, but I feel ya

  12. I’m really bummed that the S3 *WASN’T* redesigned in the U.S.; not even on a single carrier.

    So now I have to decide if I can live with a not-that-pretty-but-not-that-ugly-either S3 with a physical home button, or, resell it day-1 for the cash, and then wait a few months for the Note2 (where the intl version will also probably have a physical button again(!) :) until/unless redesigned in the U.S.).

    Go away buttons! Take a clue from the sexy GNexus.

    1. im glad…

    2. The gnex has soft keys on the screen and it sucks! total waste of premium screen real estate.

      1. Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, maaaan.

      2. It is not a waste of screen real-estate. Imagine if the screen was extended to where the physical/capacitive buttons are. You get a larger screen, with the same size device. You lose screen real-estate with these buttons implemented.

        1. The S3 is basically identical in size to the gnex has a LARGER screen over all and doesn’t have soft keys sucking up 20% of the screen real estate. the gnex could have easily had hard keys on the existing hardware and maximized functional screen space. the actual displayed screen I’m staring at right now is 4.2 inches. you lose strips of screen on the top and both sides on top of the giant portion the keys use up. Sorry but that’s just dumb.

          1. Your reply to my post has nothing to do with what I said. If the buttons on the GSIII were removed, and the screen was extended, you are not losing anything. You would, in fact, be gaining real-estate when using full-screen apps.

          2. OK? so your example is pure fantasy while mine is actual reality. Sorry I didn’t realize we were having a “what if” conversation. The bottom line is all the phone in question do have a chin large enough to accommodate physical buttons. By not using that space efficiently the design isn’t optimizing screen use. BTW they can’t just “extend the screen down. There’s design and engineering reasons that chin needs to be there. The have to accommodate mic, speaker structural joints etc. I’m sure we will see the borders get smaller and smaller like we already have but here in the current world the space is still there so they should use it.

          3. Of course we were having a “what if” conversation. The first 2 words of my second sentence were “Imagine if.”

            I’m sure if the design and engineering crew could have reasonably put the chin to better use, they would have.

          4. you mean like this :


            I even removed the notification bar and added a swipe down gesture to launch it

    3. Not to mention the soft keys sometimes fail on my GNex and nothing but a cold boot battery removal will fix it….:/

    4. I dislike the physical home button too, but the fact the it was not redesigned probably meant a quicker release which I’m happy about.

      1. Maybe there will be an upside to the weird button. would be cool if the button functioned as a camera shutter button when the camera is active.

  13. Sold my galaxy nexus. Gonna get this. My rezound is still great though but I wanna keep my unlimited data

  14. Wonder if verizon will allow google wallet on the s3.

  15. I gotta wait for radio signal reviews before I consider replacing my gnex

  16. ooks like I might be using my by back program at best buy a little earlier than I thought.. You thing I should trade my gnex for this??

    1. I use my cell phone camera alot and hate the quality on the gnex..

  17. F@&* you Verizon i finally get 4.0.4. update and now Google Wallet is blocked i should have waited for sprints version. Hmmm i wonder if i can get out of my contract since they are blocking key features on the phone?

  18. I wonder if Samsung considered a full range radio with all u.s. bands? Would be nice to buy a device off contract and know it would on any carrier I chose to take it to. The standardized design is a huge step in the right direction though. pisses me off that my gnex doesn’t have the same options for accessories.

  19. Lol! Pathetic. I pointed out an error and my reply was deleted.

    1. pre order starts wed…not reported on main page?

  20. The back looks different (better I think) than the European version. Am I right or is it just the rendering? seems flatter until the edge.

  21. I won’t be buying a phone on launch ever again. I will definitely wait a few months for solid feedback before I jump on a device. my gnex has been a complete and total dissapointment

  22. Cns. ..ihope the, big V doesn’t charge more anytime soon…that would not be to coolish. On another note…don’t think you realize how much BigEr Verizons 4g is compared to ATT or the rest…

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