Galaxy S3 pre-orders start at Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and Best Buy retail stores

by: AdrianJune 6, 2012

The waiting might have been frustrating for some US tech fans, but you are now officially one step closer to getting the Samsung Galaxy S3. Sammy’s new flagship can now be pre-ordered from the nation’s three biggest carriers, as well as from Best Buy’s retail stores.

Sprint has been the first American carrier to accept S3 pre-orders and the good thing about the network’s offering is that you can get both the Pebble Blue and Marble White models in 16 and 32 GB versions. The 16 GB Galaxy S3 can be pre-ordered at this link and will cost you $199.99 with a two-year carrier agreement, while the 32 GB model is available at this link and goes for $249.99 with the same standard 24-month contract.

June 21 is, as you might already know, the S3’s expected shipping date, but Sprint might have a surprise in store for you, as you can see a message on their website saying that “we’ll do our best to get it to you before Thursday, June 21”.

AT&T’s pre-orders for the S3 started 24 hours later than those on Sprint and, as expected, you can only get the 16 GB model for now in Pebble Blue and Marble White. We don’t know if the 32 GB version will be made available by AT&T anytime soon (or ever), while the exclusive snazzy red model should pop up on the carrier’s website in a matter of days or weeks, at the latest.

The Galaxy S3 on AT&T goes for the same $199.99 price with a two-year carrier agreement, and, like on all other major US carriers, you’ll get 2 GB of RAM and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor under the phone’s hood.

Verizon couldn’t have missed the S3 pre-order show, but, as you would expect from the nation’s number one carrier, Big Red is fashionably late to the party. You’ll be able to pre-order Verizon’s S3 starting today, June 6, at 7 am EDT, which is several hours later than Sprint and AT&T.

The white and blue versions in 16 and 32 GB should all be made available by Verizon at prices of $199.99 and $249.99 on contract, but Big Red hasn’t announced when they’ll start shipping the phones (although some rumors suggest a long delay until July 9).

Everybody’s go-to electronics retailer, Best Buy, has also started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S3, in 334 retail locations and in big box locations. On Best Buy’s website, Sammy’s new phone hasn’t yet popped up, but that should happen pretty soon as well. You should also know that BB is only taking pre-orders for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon’s S3, with T-Mobile and US Cellular-branded models to probably follow soon.

There you have it, folks, the S3 is finally at your discretion and is eagerly waiting for you to pre-order it! Will you be doing that anytime soon? And if so, what is your carrier of choice?

  • jdr

    Verizon pre-order done!
    Unlimited data for another 2 yrs :)

    • TommyNYC

      Right there with ya ;)

      • bruinbiochem06

        Same here!

  • RichardLAnderson
  • AT&T, Done. Says shipping on or before June 21st, we shall see

    • Randall_koenig

      i ordered mine at 8am on the 6th mine said it will be shipping on the 18th

  • K2skaterii

    Bestbuy’s Website doesn’t even list the Galaxy S III…. And my local retail store said that they do not think they will be doing a pre-order event for the Galaxy S III. Could you check your sources and update, or send a link that works?

    I’d love to preorder through bestbuy….


  • Moroni_777

    I have a contract w att since oct with an iphone 4s. Will i still be able to keep my plan and switch to a new phone without penalty?

    • Probably not. If you just started your contract, you’ll either have to buy it at retail price or wait 18 months until eligible for an upgrade.

    • buddyk1986

      just add a line for 9.99 and put a basic phone on it and get the galaxy s3 and then sell your iPhone 4s on ebay for 425
      thats what i did

  • guest

    just preordered – sprint, pebble blue!

  • Rocministry2009

    i cant wait for galaxy 3.Hurry up

  • Visonary Vixen

    order my galaxy s3 (marble white).. sprint says they are gonna try to get it to me by the 21st.. getting impatient

  • mikey

    would really be nice if i got one solid answer from best buy wich i pre ordered an different story every person i talk to come on someone take resp an get the phone out at least to pre ordered people really!!!!!this is really looking bad on samsung went w all of the samsung line in house an wondering if it was a bad dession if any body knows a factual answer about when please let me know thx an good luck also dont ever do businnes w best buy really bad