U.S. carriers set Samsung Galaxy S III launch dates, take orders
American mobile carriers have begun taking pre-orders and setting release dates for the Samsung Galaxy S III’s U.S. arrival.
For those wanting to get the phone as soon as possible, Sprint has begun taking pre-orders for the phone and has set a June 21 launch date. The phone will be available in both pebble blue and marble white and will sell in 16GB and 32GB versions, for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively.
Also taking pre-orders are Verizon and AT&T, which plan to sell the phone in both colors as well, but have not announced specific dates when they will begin selling them. Some sites report their phones won’t actually arrive until July.
Those two providers will sell the phone at $199.99 for the 16GB version, but only Verizon will carry the 32GB version, which will go for $249.99. AT&T says it will offer a 16GB micro SD card with the phone for another $39.99, and later this summer it will also exclusively sell red versions of the phone.
As for T-Mobile, it has also set a June 21 launch date and plans to carry both colors, but it has not given details on pricing or which versions it will carry.
And finally, U.S. Cellular will beginning taking pre-orders for the phone in all its colors and versions on June 12, but it will not announce pricing until then. U.S. Cellular will also not sell or ship the phone until July.
The 4.8-inch-screen Samsung Galaxy S III will run on the 4G LTE networks of Verizon and AT&T. It will also run on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, when Sprint rolls it out. Until then, it’ll cruise on Sprint’s 3G network. The S III will also work on T-Mobile’s 4G network, and it will run 3G with U.S. Cellular as well as 4G LTE in areas where it is available.
[Updated, June 6, 2:15 p.m. PDT: T-Mobile has confirmed it will be offering both the 16GB and 32GB version of the Galaxy S III, but the company still has not revealed prices.]
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