The wait is nearly over! Just a few days after AT&T announced the Galaxy S III would be available in stores soon, Verizon enters the fray with its own announcement. The much sought-after device will be available in Verizon stores starting July 10th. So, if you've been holding off on pre-ordering until you see it for yourself, your wait will be over in a week.

Both the 16GB and 32GB models will be available for $199 and $249 respectively. The device will also be available online for same-day ordering. Currently the device is available for pre-order only, indicating that the device will ship by July 11th, so you might get it a bit earlier if you don't pre-order, oddly enough.

So, there you have it. All four major US carriers, inside of two months, with only minor delays, and very little hardware differentiation between the various models. Who would've thought this was the same company that just two years ago released the Captivate, the Vibrant, the Epic 4G and the Fascinate (with Bing) and called them the same phone?


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S® III will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 starting July 10.  Galaxy S III customers will have access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network which is available in 304 markets across the United States.  Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will be in 400 markets covering 260 million people by the end of this year.

Customers can take advantage of 4G LTE-optimized apps like Color to share live video broadcasts of life’s special moments with their Facebook® friends.  Sharing live video with audio is an exclusive feature of the Color app on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.  Customers can broadcast real-time footage of a newborn’s first step with family members who are miles away or share a beautiful view of a vacation spot to make friends at home jealous.  Combining America’s largest 4G LTE network with the Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display creates the perfect duo to watch movies, television shows and other video content with apps like viewdini.  Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources.  The viewdini app can be downloaded from Verizon Apps and Google Play.

Additional features:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM
  • Share Shot – Create a 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
  • S Beam – Share pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Galaxy S III devices’ backs together
  • S Voice – Featuring natural language recognition, you can control the apps and services used most with words instead of touch
  • 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
  • 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
  • microSD card slot for expandable memory

The Samsung Galaxy S III is available in 16 GB and 32 GB models for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively with a new two-year customer agreement.  The 16 GB model will be available in stores and online starting July 10 and the 32 GB model will be available online starting July 10 and will be in stores in the coming weeks. Customers will also have the choice of the Galaxy S III in two colors: Marble White or Pebble Blue.  Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 for more information on the Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Damon

    But...will the reception be better than the Charge or the Nexus? If you guys review the phone PLEASE address the radio.

    • Kellic

      *sighs* Really? There are 100,000 reviews out there. A few that are even extended length reviews where they've had the phone for a month. No problem. Here. Let me help you out: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Galaxy+S3+Reviews

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000148081495 Calik Jazz Hemmings

        I think she means specifically for Verizon. Nobody has reviewed the phone for Verizon if I am correct.

      • Tom Jones

        That is exactly what she means. Verizon does not run on the same frequencies and their 4G phones are known for poor transition from 3G->4G and vise versa. Even my Rezound still has problems with this. Instead of flaming her for a question how about being a little more understanding. Would that be so hard.

  • http://twitter.com/AlexDeGruven Nathan

    Don't forget the Continuum (still called a Galaxy S), and the Mesmerize (US Cellular's Fascinate). I think there was another variant, too for one of the MVNOs, but I"m blanking on it ATM.

  • Michael Bogopolskiy

    Well this is some bull. They're not shipping the preorders phones until the 9th, but will be available in stores on the 10th? Way to screw over your customers again VZW.

    • http://twitter.com/AlexDeGruven Nathan

      But if you buy in store, you can't use your upgrade subsidy and keep unlimited. For those of us with unlimited, I'm perfectly willing to wait a couple of extra days.

      I was going to also make a comment about self-entitlement, but I'm not in the mood to put on my fireproof suit this afternoon. It's too hot outside already.

      • Michael Bogopolskiy

        Just got an email that my phone isn't expected to ship until the 11th. Are you going to say that VZW isn't screwing loyal customers this way?

    • Ahhk

      You're getting a SIII on an unlimited plan and you think you're getting screwed because you're getting the phone on the same day as those that have to drive to, and wait in, the store? Really?

      First, you need to re-evaluate your life if getting a new phone one day later has THAT much of an impact. Second, you seriously need to raise your "screwed bar" a few notches.

      @Nathan: Go ahead. You can borrow my suit! It's thermoelectricly cooled.

      • Thomas Jones

        Ahhk, Every carrier that offers pre-orders gets theirs a few days early. That is what it is for. It ensures that if you take the time to preorder you get the benefit. Not Verizon. Your comments are demeaning, all people want is for Verizon to give us what their competitors give their customers. Is that too much to ask. Grow up because people should get what they are promised. Nuff said

        • Ahhk

          Grow up? What they were promised? Ok, can you please provide me with a link/screenshot/scan/email where they promised anything other than "shipped by 7/11"?

          Otherwise, it sounds to me like a bunch of ASSumptions. Plus, you must be new to Verizon if you think something that AT&T/Sprint/etc does has anything to do with them.

          I also pre-ordered an SIII. Yet you have your panties in a wad because you are getting your phone a day later than you wanted.....and you tell me to grow up? Nice. You validated what I originally said.

          • Thomas Jones

            Ahhk, I ordered the 32GB model so it doesn't apply to me to begin with. That model will not be in stores for a couple of weeks. But let me say this, It does matter what the competition does any business knows this, why do you think companies take manufacturers coupons and price match, because they don't want to loose your business, Although Verizon never promised this, I for one in the past when I preordered my last 3 phones from Verizon always got my phones 3-4 days before the store release so why not now, these aren't assumptions just facts. So like I said, it doesn't affect me but does everyone else. Verizon is known to screw their customers and I am happy with them other than the fact that I have to pay full retail price for phones now to keep my unlimited. But sometimes you have to take one to be with the best, but they don't have to keep screwing us because they are the best. See what I am saying. That is all.

          • Ahhk

            Because they did something a certain way in the past, you expected the same this time. I get that. But I hardly think that qualifies "breaking a promise" or getting "screwed". They just didn't meet YOUR expectations.

            Trust me, I am FAR from being a fan of Verizon's business practices. I'm still not sure if they originally planned to or not, but they could have screwed us on the preorders by saying "sorry, you lost your unlimited plan because the new phone/contract wasnt activated prior to the 28th". They got a LOT of backlash over the possibility...so who knows.

            Also, the original (implied) in store date of the 11th (or later) had to be more than just a coincidence for it's potential of what many people would consider "screwing over their customers":

            share plan start date + 14 days (return period) = SIII availability date

            In other words, you couldn't renew your contract with a new phone on the 27th....and then exchange that phone within the return period for a SIII.

            So, all things considered...it's not really so bad not getting your phone before those lowlife store walk-ins. Right?

  • Jammer

    Pre-order customers should always get the product ahead of wait in line at the store sheep. I hate this company. My order better ship on the 10th.

  • yarrellray

    Glad I made my move away from Verizon to Tmobile for the Galaxy S3. The device is amazing and the network on Tmobile is excellent. Great battery is also something that will be the best out of all the other carriers. Verizon is overrated and overpriced but not for this device.

  • leoingle

    Good Lord. Some of you ppl cry and bitch about anything and everything. Wait a couple of more days, enjoy your unlimited data for another 2 years and shut up.

  • http://twitter.com/dantmaldo Dan Maldonado

    Nice to see VZW isn't charging $299 for phones anymore.

  • Ahhk

    Looks like we ARE getting them before the stores. Got a shipment confirmation for delivery on Monday. So, everyone can now go un-wad their panties! :)