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Last night, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S III would be available on five different U.S. carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. Each carrier's individual PRs have already begun rolling in, so we're starting to get an idea of when we can expect this device to hit the states; for Big Red, pre-orders will begin on June 6th promptly at 7 AM EST.

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Aesthetically, the device doesn't deviate from its international counterpart, and according to these press shots, looks exactly like our leak from last night.

The 4.8" beast will be packing Qualcomm's 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, along with an unprecedented 2GB of RAM. There will be two different levels of storage available at launch: 16GB for $199 and a 32GB version for $249 with two-year agreement.

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There's no word on official availability, but considering at least two of the big four will be offering the device beginning on June 21st, I wouldn't be surprised if we see Verizon make it available on the same day. In the meantime, however, you can head right here to sign up for more info directly from Verizon.

VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCES SAMSUNG GALAXY S® III COMING TO AMERICA’S LARGEST 4G LTE NETWORK

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 @VZWnewson Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • alexcue

    Any word whether VZW will be doing another Double Your Data promo this summer? My contract is up mid-July and this is the phone I'll be getting, but right now I'm on their unlimited 3G and my wife is on their unlimited 4G. I was hoping to get in before they canceled, but as I read it, it seems like we'll both be forced into a 2GB package. :-

    • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

      As I understand it so far, unlimited plans will no longer be grandfathered at the point that they implement shared family data plans.  So you'll either be grandfathered to unlimited, or you'll have to choose between limited family or individual data pricing.

      I'm in something of the same boat, with unlimited 3G, and my wife has a 200mb @ $20 plan.  When we get our SIIIs, she'll likely have to upgrade to 2gb @ $30, but whether I have to downgrade to limited data, I don't know.  Honestly, I'm on a family plan with 4 data users, and none of us use much data, so we might be better off with shared data plan anyway.

      Either way, I would be surprised if they brought back the double data promo, now that 4g phones are hitting their stride, since the whole point of that promo was to get more people using the LTE spectrum.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

        My understanding is as long as you purchase all devices at full retail you'll be able to keep your unlimited data...  But if someone goes in & gets a "new every 2" or any other subsidized phone...  You'll all be forced over to the family share plan...  

        But since you said you lot don't really use much data...  it might be better for you to just get a 5GB for $50 plan rather than paying $30 for each...  Especially if they run the double your data special - then you'll have 10GBs to split...  

      • Scottyb112

        Are you guys eligible now for upgrades?  If your on unlimited data right now, and you bought the ssgs3 before the shared data went into affect, you'll still have unlimited data. Your grandfathered in at unlimited data unless u upgrade after the shared data plans.  Theres no difference in unlimited 3g or 4g data plans. Once you go to a 4G phone, your data stays the same. I went through all this myself already. Its just the way its referred to because when you got your data plan there was no 4G yet, so its just called 3G. Just make sure they dont change it on you. Alot of times when you go to upgrade they'll try to sneak you out of unlimited an into a restricted data plan...   Now your wife will have to get a new data plan

    • Sting

       Don't they still have that promo going on? I saw it like 2 days ago on their website...

    • Scottyb112

      You'll be fine as long as you upgrade be for the shared data plans go into affect, which is sometime this summer. Maybe you can call Verizon and ask them for an early upgrade since its only a month. have you checked, are you eligible yet?  Usually u get an upgrade months before your two years. Also there is no difference in unlimited 3g and 4g. Right now if you get a 4G phone, you still have unlimited data bro. So dont let them tell u otherwise. There arent separate 3G, 4G data plans.

  • http://twitter.com/dynomike666 Mike

    Good for Samsung for not letting the American carriers change their design.

  • Tib02

    Any idea if google wallet will be on this version?

    • Roger Sellers

       I believe that Sprint and T-Mobile say they will have the wallet on their unit right from the start.

      I'm a long time Verizon customer and have decided on this phone. Now to determine the best carrier option. I understand if I stay with VZ and move soon, I can stay grandfathered on the unlimited plan. But not sure if Sprint or T-Mobile would be a better option in my area. AT&T isn't even in the running because of their disgusting support I've experienced on the hardline side.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

      If I recall correctly, Verizon nixed Google Wallet on the GNex because it competed with something they offer/are looking into offering....  So I'd assume out of the box, probably not, for the same reasons....  But I doubt it'd take much to get it to work (I believe the GNex just needed the apk installed)...

    • Scotty

      Just install google wallet through Getjar, or there's a loop hole in the play market. But I know with the latest galaxy nexus update, it was available to download with no issue

  • Chrisjones11894

    I was just at verizon and they said that the data plan change wasnt set in stone. They arent sure if they are going to do it

  • Jaysann22

    Before I upgrade with Verizon, I will want a guarantee that my data plan will stay unlimited, otherwise I will go to Sprint. Having a 4G, fast processor phone is worthless with a limited data plan....

  • http://twitter.com/DroidKl0wn Droid Kl0wn

    Just an FYI. Just spoke with a VZW rep and she stated that if I pre-order on the 6th my unlimited data will be safe for the renewal. :O)

  • Maverick Graphics

    does this phone have a micro sd card slot?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, it does.

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