By Jonathan Charles | Jun 18, 2012 01:23 PM EDT
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is, finally, launching after Apple tried to block the phone but failed due to the judge's hectic schedule. The phone is highly anticipated, so what are the carriers' offering with Samsung's flagship Android smartphone?
Note: all deals, unless otherwise specified, are two-year contracts.
Offering 4G and HSPA cellular connections, the phone is launching for $199 in the Pebble Blue and Marble White colors with 16GB of internal storage on AT&T. Pre-orders opened on June 6 from the carrier's stores and Web site.
Sprint is offering the 16GB and 32GB versions of the S3 for $199 and $249 respectively, with the 32GB variant available through stores and the 16GB also available through stores and over the phone. Sprint has one advantage over AT&T: it's offering unlimited data.
Big Red is offering the S3, but not AT&T's red color after launch, despite the carrier's moniker, in the 16GB and 32GB sizes for $199 and $249 respectively. Pre-orders began from June 6. Purchasable online, the phone is coming to the carrier's stores in the coming weeks.
The struggling carrier hasn't announced pricing for the S3, but it's coming on June 21 through the carrier's Web site along with official and selected stores.
Launching during July, later than the aforementioned carriers, the phone is available for $199 and $249 online and in-store.
For upgrading AT&T customers, Amazon Wireless and Target are offering the S3 for $189.99 - substantially cheaper than the $699.99 no-contract price point - with Amazon offering free two-day shipping. Target ships the phone June 28.
Last but not least, C-Spire is offering the 4G phones from September in 20 areas in Mississippi. Supported versions and pricing have not been announced.
All carriers have positioned the Galaxy S3 as a powerful anti-iPhone device and have acknowledged that "[the] Galaxy S III has emerged as a powerful sub-brand that is now worthy of its own single name, like Apple's iPhone," according to Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston. Samsung's chief marketing officer said it was unprecedented for multiple carriers to offer the phone at the same time.
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