T-Mobile, in an effort "to ensure customers receive the best possible experience," (a familiar opener to bad news) has decided to split the launch of their variant of Samsung's Galaxy SIII into two phases. The carrier recently announced that "select Retail and Branded locations" in the top 29 markets will get the device on the 21st, with a limited number of devices available online, and further launches anticipated to happen about a week later on the 27th.

T-Mo also revealed that the SIII will be priced at $629.99 off contract, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, or $279.99 on a Classic plan after a $50 mail-in rebate. Here's the full statement:

Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Update

To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.

Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.

Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.

Pricing will be as follows:

$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)

For those wondering exactly what areas comprise the "top 29 markets," here's a full list:

  • LosAngeles,CA
  • Chicago,IL
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Houston,TX
  • SanDiego,CA
  • NewYork,NY
  • Seattle,WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale,FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth,TX
  • SanFrancisco,CA
  • SaltLakeCity,UT
  • Denver,CO
  • Minneapolis,MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg,FL
  • Philadelphia,PA
  • SanAntonio,TX
  • Portland,OR
  • Austin,TX
  • Atlanta,GA
  • KansasCity,MO
  • Boston,MA
  • Sacramento,CA
  • Orlando,FL
  • Detroit,MI
  • WashingtonDC*
  • Cleveland,OH
  • Jacksonville,FL
  • Charlotte,NC
  • McAllen,TX

Those outside these 29 areas will, unfortunately have to wait at least an additional six days to get their hands on the SIII, but that is a small price to pay for one of the most hotly anticipated Android devices in history.

Source: TmoNews

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  • Shaneledford

    called the T-Mobile store in Kansas City MO earlier and they said that they would have them in stock.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax



    The demand's THAT high!? 

  • Directfeed

    what happened to 199.99 +tax

    • Deaconclgi

      That ended with the Dreamcast launch on 9/9/99.

  • Ray G.

    WHAT?!!?! $280????? Are they insane or conspiring against Samsung and Google???

    • Deaconclgi

      That is AFTER a $50 mail in rebate so the upfront cost is more like $330 BEFORE the applicable upgrade fees, restrictions and taxes....AND STILL A 2 YEAR CONTRACT!!!!

      Hmmmm....the deal isn't looking so good to me. T-Mobile is charging way too much compared to their competitors.

      • kenjab

        I'm a little disappointed, but not surprised.  T-Mobile has always charged more for their phones in general than the other 3 major carriers, but I've come to accept it's because they charge quite a bit less for their monthly services.  I'm saving at least $40/month on my 2-line plan with T-Mobile compared to the others, so if I have to pay $80 more for a phone, I figure I'm making that up in only 2 months anyway, then saving over $800 for the rest of the two years.

  • aNYthing6

    T-Mobile's pricing is laughable. I'm considering leaving them for Sprint. 

  • Piyush Verma

    Are you fucking kidding me? :| I'd rather buy the at&t or sprint version. 

  • Brfield

    And anyone you talk to from tmobile will say pricing is unavailable still. Customer Care sucks sometimes.

  • T1WK2M

    Ugh.  So lame.  Oh well Sprint here I come.

  • Lou

    This was the deal breaker for me.

    I honestly wanted to get my hands on a new phone to replace my G2 for some time now, and I have been pushing hard for the SIII. Sadly my expectations were slashed many times with the hardware they have decided to roll with in these devices. Of all things I was only considering obtaining it now just so I could have a vast majority of the modding/hacking android options considering that Samsung's flagship devices are the only other thing to get such amazing support besides nexus devices. I was only really in on buying the SIII for the nearly limitless options of modding I can do with it.

    But seriously T-Mobile? Why do this kind of thing? For one the "TOP 29 MARKETS GET IT FIRST" just seems almost insulting to the customers as to say "that while we can release to all markets we rather be coy and release them to some first to toy with our customers!" Why promote this?! Do they think that somehow giving these markets the ability to sell these phones sooner is some sort of privilege and should be rewarded to do? Its not, all you are doing is foolishly hurting your market by playing this game. This however is just a small point of my problem.

    The bigger one would be the price of it all. Why the obscure and inflated price?! Yes it is a highly anticipated phone but to make a price like that acknowledging that elsewhere the prices are cheaper for said phone? This is shooting yourself in the foot. Many people will not stand for such nonsense. You may say that there are some that will not flip out over these things but trust me, I have seen people leave contracts just because they were not being helped "fast enough". There are people out there who simply do not care about the carrier they have and will switch in a heartbeat if only for their personal convenience. Many people will not be happy with this and will gladly jump ship to another carrier just to get the SIII quicker and (hey!) cheaper!

    I am not one of these types to jump ship, but I will not be buying into the SIII now. I will just wait until the fall/winter and see if the rumored "nexus 5" devices come to exist. I can still push life out of my phone still and I honestly do not see the point in being jerked around for something not all that amazing with hardware and software to boot.

  • John

    Tmobile is stupid if they think people are willing to pay an extra $30 over competitors they're mistaken. I'm moving over to either AT&T or Verizon. Your lost tmobile!

  • Jennifer

    What a joke tmobile is! How do you expect to compete when you charge more than the competition. I too will be leaving tmobile for sprint.

  • RantoYang

    Dude, no way man, I never even thought about it like that. Wow.