The new Samsung Galaxy S3 (Photo : Samsung)
Everybody's talking about the new Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone but nobody make actually have one for a while. All major carriers are reporting supply shortages and delays, so if you're itching to get your hands on one, here's a quick look at availabilities based on carrier.
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Sprint originally confirmed that they shipped out preorders of the 16 GB model on the original launch date of June 21. The 32 GB model, however, they said would begin shipping the next week.
Sprint has stated that the 16 GB model will also be available in stores beginning July 1. There is no tentative date for the 32 GB model in store, and Sprint says that it will only be available online, through business sales, or telesales.
The 16 GB model is $199 while the 32 GB model is $249 with a two-year contract.
Verizon is still sticking to its original plan and saying that they are planning to start shipping the Galaxy S3 in early July. According to multiple sources, the ship date for both the 16 GB model and the 32 GB model will be July 11.
Verizon is also offering the Galaxy S3 for $199 for the 16 GB model, and $249 for the 32 GB model with a two-year contract.
U.S. Cellular begun accepting preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S3 on June 12, but is facing the same supply crisis as the other carriers and has not given a specific release date.
Their Galaxy S3 is $199 and $249 for the 16 and 32 GB models respectively, but only after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.
AT&T's situation remains unchanged, and although they did state before that a June 28 in-store release date was likely, reports as of now show that is not happening. An updated release date hasn't been given.
AT&T, however, has begun shipping some orders, and has previously issued a statement saying that orders should be fulfilled within 10 business days.
The Galaxy S3 at AT&T is priced at $199 and $249.
T-Mobile is the only carrier to have in-store availability of the Galaxy S3 (although you might want to check if your closest store has run out before you run out to buy one) in the cities of Los Angeles, Houston, New York, and San Francisco.
T-Mobile is the only carrier to charge more, probably banking on the fact that its competitors have no in-store availability of the phone. They are asking $279 for the 16 GB version and $339 for the 32 GB version. Prices are after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract, so expect to pay more at the time of purchase.
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