U.S. Cellular officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III, Available in July with pre-orders starting June 12th

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U.S. Cellular is the third major carrier to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy S III. If you want their version, you will have to wait a little longer because it won’t be available till July. No specific date was offered, but pre-orders start on June 12. They didn’t offer any pricing either, but did say it will be available on June 12. It will most likely be inline with others, $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB.

Interestingly enough their presser refers to the blue version as Pebble Blue while T-Mobile and Sprint refer to it as Metallic Blue, which we believe will be the actual color. The 16GB version will be available in both the Marble White and Pebble Blue (I  mean Metallic Blue) and the 32GB version will only be available in Ceramic White.

U.S. Cellular’s version will be 4G LTE capable and will have the same specs as the other U.S. counterparts.

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Samsung changes Galaxy S III Pebble Blue to Metallic Blue [Updated]

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As I said earlier, this must be National Galaxy S III day because it seems like every post today is about the most popular phone right now. Remember last week when we reported that the Pebble Blue version would be delayed from manufacturing issues? Well it appears that they made a change and Pebble Blue is no more. We now have Metallic Blue. In the video below you will see that it has a more grayish look to it and doesn’t look like the original Pebble Blue unless the light hits it ever so right.

Last night’s presser announcing that all five major U.S. carriers would offer the Galaxy S III had “Pebble Blue” as the second color choice (other than ceramic white), but this morning’s pressers from T-Mobile uses “Metallic Blue.” So it’s obvious that Samsung has changed the color, at least ever so slightly. In looking at comments on reddit, there are some that don’t see it as different and other’s that do. It’s also possible that the some of the original Pebble Blues could actually have been sold since they obviously had production units. Not to mention that store demo units in Europe are probably still the original Pebble Blue. Check out the video after the break and you can even learn a little German while you’re at it.

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Verizon’s Galaxy S III Retail Price Set At $599 And $649, Encourages Customers To Have Their Wallets Open And Ready

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When it rains, it pours folks. Such is the case with Verizon’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. We’ve already seen a sign-up page and even leaked shots of the device this morning, but we now have an idea of how much customers will need to fork over if they want to get their hands on the phone. According to the gang at Droid Life, the Verizon flavor of the Galaxy S III will be priced at $199.99 and $249.99 on-contract for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. Not too shabby a price if you ask me, but you may recall how we highlighted Verizon will be switching to shared data plans within the next few weeks. This means that those of you unlimited data users will need to be prepared to lose that precious unlimited data should you choose to renew your contract and buy the mouthwatering smartphone.

 However, we realize that some of you covet the unlimited data way too much and would rather just pay full price for the smartphone instead. With that in mind, Droid Life also reports the smartphone will be priced at $599 and $649 for the 16GB and 32GB models— which doesn’t seem all that unreasonable considering you get a premium features which include you know… S Voice and all. There’s no word on when Verizon’s Galaxy S III will be released, but considering Sprint and T-Mobile will be releasing the smartphone in a few weeks, we suspect Verizon’s version will arrive around that time as well.

 

source: Verizon Wireless
via: Droid Life

Sprint officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III will be available June 21 for $199, Google Wallet pre-loaded and unlimited data available

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Well it looks like Sprint is jumping on the bandwagon as they just announced June 21st as their release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The good news is that it will come with Google Wallet and LTE, but the bad news is that Sprint’s LTE network isn’t going to grow any faster. Other good news is that Sprint will offer the GSIII with unlimited data, which is something you won’t find on other carriers, unless you’re grandfathered. They will of course offer the 16GB and 32GB versions priced $199 and $249 respectively, and both colors: marble white and pebble blue (metallic blue was used in T-Mobile’s presser). Pre-orders begin tomorrow June 5th.

The rest of the specs are the same as the U.S variants.

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Samsung Galaxy S III jumps ahead of the iPhone 4S as the most popular phone in the UK

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The white edition of the iPhone 4S was the King in the UK, but while it has only been available for a few days, the Samsung Galaxy S III is now the new crowned King according to the uSwitch Mobile Tracker. Unfortunately for Apple, the iPhone 4S’s reign was only for a month, which was last month. Before that, the Galaxy S II was the leader for 11 consecutive months while selling 20 million units. Not only that, the Galaxy S II still holds the three spot even after 15 months of it’s first sale.

Where’s the HTC One X you ask? Well they came in at number 4. I think that’s a little disappointing when you consider it’s behind the Galaxy S II. I would expect that by this time next month, it will at least have moved into the three position. The HTC One S and One V show up in spots 8 and 9 respectively just behind the black edition of the iPhone 4S, which was at 7.

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T-Mobile officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III, Available June 21st

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Looks like we were off by one day. It was rumored that T-Mobile would launch the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 20th, but they just officially announced it as June 21st. No pricing was offered, but from Samsung’s earlier press release, it’s likely to be $199 for the 16GB version. They will offer both 16GB and 32GB, and of course both color options, ceramic white (what happened to marble white) and metallic blue (pebble blue appears to be eliminated due to manufacturing issues). Of course this version won’t have the Exynos quad-core, and instead have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. Last but not least, as expected 2GB of RAM will be onboard as opposed to 1GB with the international version. Everything else appears to be the same.

“We have a tremendous history of working with Samsung to bring cutting-edge devices to market, and we know our customers are excited to get their hands on the Galaxy S III,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “As we continue to aggressively compete, this device is yet another example of how T-Mobile delivers amazing devices and 4G experiences to our customers.”

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[Leak] Photos of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III surface

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I guess we might as well make today National Galaxy S III day because if you thought the buzz around it was major before, it just got bigger with the announcement that all five major U.S. mobile carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting this month. We already have a good idea that T-Mobile will probably be the first one on the list with a June 2oth date, and Sprint seems close since they have an event scheduled for next week.

So you want more goodies don’t you. How about pictures of the Verizon version? Well the boys over at Android Police obtained some photos. Ahh yes the blurry variety, but definitely seem legit. Of course there really isn’t much information to gather from these photos other than the Verizon logo will be on the back just like the Galaxy Nexus. Also, we can confirm that the placement of the capacitive buttons will be the same as the international version. Hit the break for more images.

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Sprint to Announce ‘The Next Big Thing’ on June 12th, All Signs Point to the Galaxy S III

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Only minutes after Samsung officially announced the 5 U.S. variants of the Galaxy S III, Sprint opened up registration for an event being held in Boston Massachusetts on Wednesday, June 12th. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the event will focus on especially when the headline of the event reads, “The Next Big Thing Is Here.” Beginning at 6 PM in the Cyclorama at the Center for the Arts, Sprint will most probably unveil the Galaxy S III, and will let everyone know when they can officially get their hands on one.

For those of you who are located in the Boston area and are interested in checking out Sprint’s version of the GSIII before anyone else, you can sign up right now to secure your ticket to the event. That’s right, the event is open registration and tickets are free but you better act fast because seating is limited. Guests must be of 21 years of age and I.D. will be checked at the door. For those who are interested you can sign up through the source link below. So who’s going?

source: Sprint

AT&T And Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Pages Are Up

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As quickly as Samsung sent out their press release on U.S. availability of their Galaxy S III, Verizon and AT&T have set up landing pages for the device. Right now, Verizon’s page is simply a placeholder waiting for content. But AT&T’s page shows pictures of the device, specs, and other details. You can also enter your email address to be notified when the phone becomes available.

It’s coming… who’s waiting for it?

Hit the source links below for each of the pages.

source: AT&T, Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Five Major U.S. Carriers In June

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This is quite a momentous announcement by Samsung. The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to arrive in the U.S. very soon, but until now we didn’t have official word on which carriers would be selling the device. Samsung has managed to one-up its previous U.S. carrier coverage by adding U.S. Cellular to a list that includes the big four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

That pretty much covers the majority of all smartphone owners in the States. Nice work, Sammy!

Pricing starts at $199 on-contract, but exact pricing and specific release dates will be announced by each carrier individually in the coming weeks.

According to the pictures sent along with the press release, it looks like the design is unchanged from the international version, physical home button and all.

The specs also mimic the Canadian versions:

  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor (no quad-core)
  • 2GB of RAM (w00t!)
  • 2 colors (white and blue)
  • 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP camera
  • 16GB and 32GB models
  • Expandable storage
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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