$49.99 Galaxy S3 available from Best Buy on December 16

by: Chris SmithDecember 15, 2012


In case you still haven’t purchased a Galaxy S3, the best-sold Android handset to date and one of Samsung’s 2012 flagship products, you may want to do so tomorrow, as Best Buy is ready to offer you the device for just $49.99.

This isn’t the first time Best Buy is discounting the Galaxy S3, and just like before, the deal will be available for a limited time – in this case just this Sunday.

Naturally, in order to take advantage of the deal, you’ll still have to sign a new two-year agreement with the carrier of your choice – in this case either Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile. What’s worth noticing is that this time around, Best Buy’s Galaxy S3 deal is available with any of the four main U.S. mobile operators.

While Android fans are already talking about the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S3 is still a great handset and definitely a great Christmas present, despite being just six months old, which is a lot in Android time

Are you buying the Galaxy S3 from Best Buy tomorrow, or are you looking for a different Android Christmas deal?

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One Day Special: Best Buy Offers Samsung Galaxy S® III for $49 on Sunday, Dec. 16

Best Buy will be bringing back a popular Black Friday offer to consumers for one day – this Sunday, Dec. 16 – when Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores nationwide reduce the price of the Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB model to $49.99.

For this one day, customers will be able to save $150 with a two-year activation on Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile and stay connected with what is arguably one of the hottest Android™ smartphones on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S III features Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display, Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM. Customers can choose between two popular colors – Pebble Blue and Marble White (additional colors available online).

Best Buy offers consumers the ability to compare and choose between any carrier, any phone and any plan with lots of unbiased advice at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. In addition, Best Buy offers an array of services aimed at improving customers’ experience, including Walk Out Working, Upgrade Checker, Happy 24, and a full assortment of accessories for customers to protect and personalize their new mobile devices.

  • jrockie

    What about upgrading contract?

    • Ken Jones

      Upgrading gets the price too, I did it and am posting this reply from said phone

  • “Naturally, in order to take advantage of the deal, you’ll still have to sign a new two-year agreement with the carrier of your choice”
    Signing a 2-year agreement should no longer be regarded as “natural”.

    • Lara

      What should it be regarded as then?

      • A deal-breaker. No other country has 2-year contracts with their mobile phones. Only in the US have we been essentially forced into them. But 2-year contracts even in the US are now a thing of the past. Just get a Nexus 4.

        • Lara

          Australia has 2 year contracts, though you can pay to get them unlocked from like one major carrier

        • illet

          so many people (mass) don’t even know about that phone. What’s an alternative.

        • penguinstorm

          In Canada, a three year contract is the norm.

          One of my favourite brain teasers for people; if the mobile industry in Canada were really competitive (as the CRTC says it is) why does _every_ company expect the _same length_ of contract? Wouldn’t you expect one of them to offer a shorter term?

          Only recently have we gotten a contract free carrier. I’d switch, but the iPhone doesn’t work on their network.

          FWIW, I have no problem with contracts but I have a huge problem with “locked” phones. Even if I go to Fido to buy an iPhone and I choose NOT to have a contract and pay full price it’s locked. That’s inherently anticompetitive.

          • Mike Reid

            There are options. I use President’s Choice, an MVNO of Bell. I mostly use my phones for app testing and $100 lasts a year, LOL.

            And can’t beat my grand-fathered 25 cent a day unlimited data, from when it was called “Unlimited Mobile Browsing”, LOL x2. :) … Pry this SIM from my cold, dead hands, at least until they kill it.

        • roby

          Nexus 4? No lte is just plain stupid now. Fail

    • Caleb Olson

      I personally live in an area without T-Mobile service. I could use straight talk but I want to be able to use more than 2GB of data without them taking my number. At&t is really my only option and their month to month plans are even more expensive than their on contract prices. If I lived in an area with T-Mobile coverage I would instantly get a nexus 4 but I don’t so a contract with at&t is the most price efficient thing I can do right now.

  • Nixon

    Dunno how it goes in the USA but pretty much everywhere around the world whenever you buy a “cheap” phone on contract you pay its price two or three times over.

  • Ismail Al Mahari

    What about none us citizen

  • penguinstorm

    This does not constitute “selling the Galaxy S3 for $49.99.” If they were doing that, I would buy one to try it out. It requires a contract.

    The media is complicit in perpetuating the myth of these prices. Stop writing headlines like this.

  • Falan

    I’d buy a Blu Studio 5.3 first before EVER signing a contract with anyone. Especially the ‘big four.’

  • Never sign contracts. You’ll end up paying more than double.

    • Brian

      How so? Buying a phone for $799 and paying $80 a month is cheaper than paying $49.99 and then $80 a month for two years how?

      • Anonymoused

        And then if you damage the phone and have to have it sent in for replacement, nobody is going to give you a temporary phone.
        Or in the case of VZW, they give you a new phone as soon as yours breaks.

      • There’s cheaper plans

  • Randy MacFarland

    That’s not a great deal. In Canada you can get it for $0.00 on contract..Over the last 3 weeks all carriers have been selling them on and off for that price.

  • good

  • hannah

    Best Buy confirmed the order for GalaxyIII at $99 this morning with expedited delivery by 21st. Then 30 mins later Best Buy emailed to say “so sorry, no supply, backordered till maybe Jan. 8”. This is bad policy to list product for sale and then have no product to provide. If you don’t have it available Best Buy, don’t market it to customers. Best Buy made a promise, accepted payment, confirmed, then told us “so sorry, just kidding”. Poor business practices from Best Buy. Very disappointed and will not trust BB again.