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6-4-2012verizongsiii-1338928394

We just received a reliable tip that Verizon has officially discontinued the 32GB flavor of the Galaxy S III, among other Android handsets. Final shipments of the 32GB GSIII have already been received from Samsung, meaning you can expect the remaining stock to dry up over the next month or two (so you'll be able to find it for a while yet). The 16GB Galaxy S III will continue to be available.

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According to this document, the HTC Rezound is now officially dead and gone, though it's been off of Verizon's website for some time now. In addition, the DROID 4 and original DROID RAZR are also on the way out, with final shipments having been sent for both handsets. The LG Lucid will be retired on the 15th of February, and the Casio Commando will sunset May 15th.

The retirement of the 32GB Galaxy S III isn't particularly surprising, as I can't imagine there was too much demand for it in the first place, especially on a phone that ships with a microSD card slot. This is probably just Verizon being prudent, in order to avoid ending up with a stockpile of 32GB GSIII's it would have to sell at an even bigger loss once the phone's successor is announced. There is a possibility, too, that Samsung is stopping production of 32GB GSIII's (to free up capacity for a new phone), so we'll be on the lookout for similar model wind-downs at other carriers in the coming weeks.

Thanks, Anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

    is verizon TRYING to drive people away?

    • Todd

      In what way are they "driving people away" by retiring slower selling and obsolete devices?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Yeah, I don't see anything wrong with this. These phones (except the 32GB GS3) are all pretty damn old / obsolete.

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

          My guess is he was talking about the 32GB SGS III. If I were buying an SGS III personally, I'd damn sure buy the largest available one.

          • Mark Ayers

            Or you could buy a 32GB MicroSD and pocket the $70.

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

            But then I'd only gave 48GB. I want as much as possible. I have 64GB now on the X+ and wouldn't want any less.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            You are the definition of "special case."

          • enomele

            I agree. I waited for a 32gb Nexus 7 to come out. And use a 64gb microSD in my 32gb SIII and still want more.

          • GraveUypo

            well i agree with you on more is always better, but that depends on the price. it might be better to get a 64gb micro sd card than the 32gb version of the phone. as much as i'd love to have 96gb on my phone, i think i could manage with "just" 80.

            tbh i'm managing with 48, although i can't store as many videos / music on my phone as i'd want and have to keep swapping them, and i also had to delete my most of my less-used apps and agmes because i simply ran out of space. and also i could use 20 or more free gbs for recording video because the current 12 i try to keep free has let me down more than once before.

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

            Thing is, I'd still rather not have a situation where I run out of space on the internal storage, which forces me to move things around to the external partition. Be it apps or something that goes there by default (pictures/video). I don't care if it costs $50 more or $100 more, I'll still always get the version with the most storage.

            If the Nexus 4 was offered with 128GB for $650, I'd go for that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

        it's not just this. verizons been doing quite a few non favorable things over this past year

  • chris125

    Why just the 32gb s3? Wonder if the s4 is going to be coming sooner than people thought? Usually they don't EOL devices this soon unless a replacement is coming.

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

      Probably because it's not selling well compared to the 16GB.

    • Matthew Fry

      Hopefully because people aren't happy with the huge markup for what is essentially a 15 dollar piece of hardware. Down with ridiculous space-based pricing structures.

  • Kevin M Combes

    Okay, the GS III has been around for months. This is the point at which demand begins to curb. I suspect the 32 GB units in stock will take a few months to deplete. This is all getting ready for the Galaxy S IV, even though we probably won't see it until the summer months.

  • Dan

    The 32GB S III is already gone from verizonwireless.com.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's still there, make sure you're selecting blue or white as the color.

  • Mark Korchaj

    Whats the point of buying 32gb version? You can buy 32gb sd card for $15 and even 64gb expansion card is like $40 now. Android buyers aren't iFruit retarded. 16gb internal and 64gb expansion and you have an 80gb device for a lot less money than if you bought 32gb version. And by the time you fill up those 80gb, well 70 after you format, we will probably get 128gb cards too. It really is pointless to spend $100 on something that is $2. 16gb cards aren't even selling anymore, because they are free almost. They are now moving 32gb and 64gb cards.

    • Tim

      You are unable to put apps on an external sd card. If you have a ton of apps the space will fill up fairly quickly. I have a 16 gb model and honestly wish I had the extra space. However, I'd say the 16 gb is enough for the vast majority of users. Like you said, you can always put an external sd card, but only for files, music, and movies that aren't attached to an application.

      • trob6969

        You can put apps on SD cards. I know because I moved most of mine from phone storage to SD in my settings menu.

  • mesmorino

    "We just received a reliable tip..."

    "Thanks, Anon!"

    ¬_¬

  • Lou

    I will not be surprised if Samsung drops SD support for the SIV to push sales of the higher storage ones.

  • Benmartin1974

    I'd been weighing up ordering a Samsung Galaxy S III for ages. I read lots of reviews and this one was great http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my order last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure-