Verizon becomes last major US carrier to offer Samsung Galaxy S3, in stores today


If you have been holding out on picking up the Samsung Galaxy S3 until it was available from good ol’ Verizon Wireless, here’s your friendly reminder to head down to your local shop and pick one up. After a minor delay, the phone is now available for purchase online and in stores starting at $199 for the 16GB model. Verizon should have both the Marble White and Pebble Blue variants in stock. The caveat is online orders ship until 7/16, so heading to a nearby retailer is your best bet. If you haven’t done so yet, go ahead and check out our review of the LTE superphone. If you don’t have time to read that, here’s a synopsis: you are going to want the Galaxy S III.


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  1. The Verizon version comes with a locked bootloader, unlike AT&T, Sprint, and T-mobile which non have locked bootloaders. If you plan on rooting your phone, keep in mind that it will be much more difficult/dangerous to root the Verizon version.

  2. The U.S. Cellular version has an unlocked bootloader too.

    1. Also, U.S. Cellular will be carrying the 32 GB version eventually, in addition to the 16 GB they have in stock.

  3. Not having much love for Verizon Screwing up my order right now.

  4. I’m having a problem with my Verizon gs3 that I preordered and received this past Monday. Continuously lose network connection and “no SIM” error flashes in my notification bar. VZW tech support told me to go to local store for a new SIM. They wouldn’t give me a new SIM, and told me this is a “known issue” and VZW will release a patch. anyone else heard of this? I haven’t seen anything in this or other blog sites.

    1. I had the same problem. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of getting new sim cards or new phone, when I have read that a lot of people are having the same issue. If they didn’t get a fix within the 14 day period I would be stuck with a phone I couldn’t use I sent it back & am just going to keep my Razr. I received mine Monday also & it was back in the mail Tuesday morning. They said I would get a complete refund since it was DOA

  5. I don’t see why anyone would jump at this NOW. If you’re in a position to get a subsidized price you probably have unlimited data now, and will lose it with a subsidized device purchase. If you’re stuck paying full retail, or just choose to do so to keep your unlimited data, I would recommend waiting and getting the unlocked/unlockable version from Samsung.

  6. Haven’t had a SIM error or network error on mine. But there has been few force closes on couple apps

    1. That’s what’s bothering me. for a “known issue” I’m not seeing many people reporting the same problem.

    2. I have experienced force closes, freezing while unlocking and going to an app from the unlock screen, and reboots from freezing. However, I do appreciate the system recognizing it needs to reboot because if I had to do battery pulls all the time I would be upset.

  7. Grr… I pre-ordered my 32GB pebble blue from Best Buy on the first day and it’s still not here. I called them and they said they didn’t get them yet.

    Maybe I should cancel my pre-order and buy it full retail from Verizon instead.

  8. Loving my Verizon GS3 I got last week. Posted a 5230 Quadrant score. This things is fast. So is Verizon’s LTE.

  9. Anybody else’s Verizon gs3 battery seem to die fast? I noticed my phone’s awake time is the same as the up time.

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