Samsung Galaxy S3 equipped with 4G LTE now available through Virgin Mobile

by: Brad WardJune 12, 2013

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A few weeks ago, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be arriving on two of Sprint’s two subsidiary networks, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, within the next month. Now, the LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy S3 is available on Virgin Mobile.

The device will run you $399.99 outright, or you can use PayPal’s Bill Me Later service to pay that amount at a later date, though, if the amount isn’t paid within six months, you’ll be charged interest starting from the purchase date.

It’s great to see the Galaxy S3 is headed to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for two reasons. First of all, the two Sprint subsidiaries don’t have many premium smartphones, so Samsung 2012 flagship will be a great addition for those who are looking for something more powerful.

Secondly, having the device on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile lets Sprint still earn a little bit of profit off of last year’s toy. Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 has launched, going further, Galaxy S3 sales aren’t going to be breaking any records, so carriers will be putting a huge focus on the successor of the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4. So while Sprint is focusing on the Galaxy S4, they are still earning a bit of profit off of the Galaxy S3 through its subsidiaries. It’s a win-win situation.

As a quick reminder, the Galaxy S3 has the same 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, and a 2100mAh battery. On the software side of things, it’s running Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.1.2.

Chances are that you’re pretty familiar with this device, but in the case that you’re not, be sure to check out our full review (video below)!

Do you plan on getting a Samsung Galaxy S3 through Virgin Mobile, or even Boost Mobile when it becomes available?

  • chuck

    can you bring an old s3 from Sprint to boost or virgin?

  • henry

    i have VM and what a joke; dual core?!?! this is what i waited for? a bigger screen and better camera is what the difference is form my evo 3d, not worth $400 sorry..

    • buck

      snapdragon s3 vs s4 (the s4 is faster clock for clock and this one is clocked higher (1.2Ghz max vs 1.5Ghz max) so yea its a big difference), better battery life, cameras, screen. LTE support, android 4.1, thinner, lighter, better day light performance oh btw i have an evo 3d too

  • 1bmwdrvr1

    There is so little LTE coverage that it’s not worth it to me. WiMax still had the most West Coast coverage. LTE has a little coverage north of SF but nothing in LA or Sacramento areas… Still WIMAX in Vegas too. I regret not buying an extra HTC EVO V 4g as the only option now (if I lose mine) is the buggy S2… It’s not ICS though, it was downgraded to JB so I would have to “side load” Flash Player to view the whole web. Flash is at now and available at the Adobe site. Try Naked Browser (40x lighter than Chrome and 10x as fast) free on Google Play. It makes updating Flash simple and with a ‘long press’ you can download almost any video! It’s a shame LTE is not available on the Left Coast, I would but the S3 in a heart beat if it had access. Sprint/Virgin has really slow 3g and spotty coverage. Check the map before you buy this phone, there is no roaming offered on Virgin. A better choice might be Metro PCS…

  • Chris H.

    Does anyone know when a HTC 4G LTE handset is going to come to Virgin Mobile?