The release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been huge for the South Korean company leading to Samsung shattering its smartphone shipment record in the second quarter of the year. The popularity of Samsung’s latest flagship device in the U.S. can be attributed to its widespread availability – the device can be purchased from almost every carrier at highly subsidized rates, although this does require signing a new 2-year contract. In a world where the latest technology is changing by the day, such a long-term commitment might not be agreeable to all potential buyers.If you’re someone who is looking to avoid such a situation, an option is now available.
Ting, a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) which uses Sprint’s extensive network, is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S3. The device is up for pre-order on the Ting website and will ship in 3-6 weeks. A long wait, considering other network carriers are already selling the phone, but a great choice for anyone looking for a no-contract plan.
Ting will offer both 16GB and 32GB Galaxy S3 versions in either Marble White or Pebble Blue. If you’re undecided on which color you prefer, you can check out our video comparison of the two. Since this is the U.S. version of the Galaxy S3, the LTE-capable device will feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. Granted, Ting uses Sprint’s mobile network, so 4G LTE coverage is sparse, but that is going to get better soon. Even though the U.S. Galaxy S3 model boasts 2GB RAM, the specification list on Ting’s website mentions 1GB RAM instead. I’m not sure if that is an error on their part, or if the Ting Galaxy S3 will be a “downgraded” version.
Since you will be buying this device without a contract, you will unfortunately be losing out on the subsidy. Buying this device will set you back $529 for the 16GB version and $579 for the 32GB version. If you’re planning to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S3 from Ting, you can head on over to the pre-order page here.
What are your thoughts? Are you on the Ting network? Will you be picking up the Samsung Galaxy S3? Let us know in the comments section below.
Ting Offers Samsung Galaxy SIII on Sprint’s 4G LTE Network
TORONTO, August 2, 2012 – Tucows Inc. (NYSE AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC), a global provider of domain names and other Internet services, today announced that its mobile phone service, Ting, has made the Samsung Galaxy SIII available for pre-order on its website at ting.com.
Devices will ship in three to six weeks. The 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII is at $529, the 32GB at $579. These will be the first Ting devices to use Sprint’s 4G LTE network. Both the 16GB and 32GB are available in Pebble Blue and Marble White.
“It’s a killer device,” said Scott Allan, Director of Ting. “We have a lot of potential customers who have been waiting for this. They won’t have to wait much longer.”
To thank customers for waiting the three to six weeks, Ting will pick two of the first two hundred pre-orders and waive the cost of the device entirely.
Samsung Galaxy SIII shoppers are strongly encouraged to go to the savings calculator at ting.com/calculator to determine how quickly their monthly savings on service will cover the upfront cost of the device.
After that, pre-orders can be placed at ting.com/devices.
Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over 11 million domain names and millions of email boxes through a reseller network of over 12,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. Ting (http://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and control to U.S. mobile phone users. YummyNames (http://yummynames.com) owns premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).
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For the US Customer I hope many will make use of those offers. The big carrier will only change and get more customer friendly if people stop signing their contracts and buy unlocked phones and prepaid plans or similar ones like ting. Same people did here in Germany years ago and since then it got better and better. Now most people are using prepaid without contracts, even from the big carriers, and because the long subscriptions are gone and people can switch every day to a competitor the prices are dropping as well.
People can’t blame carrier and wait for a change. If they want a change THEY need to do the change.
Not a bad price for no contract. I have a discount url/code that’ll get you $50 off. http://vtimrk6.ting.com (VTIMRK6) It works for all devices on Ting’s site… The cheapest Android phone with the discount is $95 (kyocera milano). Cheapest, non-Android phone is the Kyocera Brio ($20).