Info roundup: Samsung Galaxy S3 in Europe – prices, availability, and carriers

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 4, 2012
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Galaxy S3

European readers, how eager you are to get your hands on the Galaxy S3? That’s a rhetorical question, of course, we know that most of you are uber-excited over Samsung’s beautiful new flagship phone. To make the wait easier, check out our hands-on coverage, our Galaxy S3 spec list, and our event pictures.

Now, let’s get down to business. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S3 will be available in Europe by the end of May. But we’ve gone the extra mile to bring you a roundup of the information we have on the pricing, availability, release dates, carriers, and versions of the Galaxy S3 in Europe, including major markets such as the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others.

That’s a lot of information in here, and we’ll keep this post update with even more news. Also, we have a similar Galaxy S3 round up for the United States, so check it out if you are interested.

Samsung Galaxy S3 European carriers and availability

There are a multitude of carriers around Europe, but a handful of really big ones, most of which will mostly carry the Galaxy S3. We are talking about Vodafone (present in the UK, Germany, Italy, Romania, the Netherlands, and others), Orange (present in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, and others), O2 (in UK, Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic), T-Mobile and others.

Vodafone is set to be the first carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S3 (16GB and the exclusive 32GB version, white and blue), starting on May 29. The 32GB version will be exclusive to Vodafone for a month. In Europe, unlike the US, carriers seldom have exclusivity for the major devices, so expect to see the S3 on all major networks.

Here’s what we know so far about the Galaxy S3’s availability in major European countries:

Galaxy S3 availability in UK

Release date: May 29

Available on:

  • Vodafone
  • Orange
  • Three
  • Carphone Warehouse (first 1000 pre-orders (pay monthly) get a free Galaxy Tab and a free car charger)
  • Phones4U

Pricing: not yet available for contracts. Off-contract, the device is listed from £499.95.

Galaxy S3 availability in Germany

Release date: May 29

Available on:

  • Vodafone
  • Phone House

Pricing: not yet available for contracts. Off-contract, the device is listed from €597.

Galaxy S3 availability in France

Release date: May 29

Available on:

  • Orange
  • SFR
  • Bouygues Télécom

Pricing: not yet available for contracts. Off-contract, the device is listed from €649.

Galaxy S3 availability in Italy

Release date: May 29

Available on:

  • Vodafone
  • TIM

Pricing: not yet available for contracts. Off-contract, the device is listed from €600.


We’re working hard to make our way through all the Galaxy S3 offers in major European countries. We’ll update this post with more info. Let us know if you get any details that we didn’t catch!

  • MichalSG

    The new Galaxy is finally here and looks good! Thank you for your support and likes :)

  • Bulgaria

    Thanks for that information!

  • Hennie007

    What about South Africa?

  • Amine Elouakil

    649€ for the 16gb version in France where as the One X is at 549€ and getting tons of promotions way to go Sammy no wonder HTC stock are up by 20points or over 4,3% and still clibing right now

  • The best cell phone I think this is and let see how buyers react.

  • sadfsdf sadfsdfsdf

    you want us to pay premium money?
    then give us premium hw&sw and PREMIUM looks using PREMIUM materials.
    Iphones despite their rather dull specs get to be boasted around as STATUS SYMBOLS because they look nice.

    you already are way past dull specs, FIRE YOUR DESIGN TEAM!!
    put your PREMIUM hw&sw specs in a PREMIUM shell so that your customers won’t be laughed at as paying PREMIUM price for CHEAP finish/builds!

  • sadfsdf sadfsdfsdf

    since we are preparing and researching for a better phone if indeed this phone fails to meet our expectations once reviews comes in and even we ourselves get to hold it, the obvious other option is the htc one x.

    we should do our research before we shelve out hard-earned money:
    like this one, htc one x having issues already :(

    [Q] HTC one X yellow spot (tint) display issue, any one find?

  • Beshar

    what about sweden?

  • mister11

    650€ is way too much….let’s hope it will cost around 590€

  • styx

    btw Portugal doesn´t have Orange but Vodafone

  • Tharuonline7

    What about Sri Lanka (South Asian Countries)

    • Dylanf69

      Ya I also want it to come to sl pretty fast!

  • Thowan

    Any news on which countries will carry the LTE/4G version? Specifically whether it will be available in the Nordic countries?

  • Tmaritz
  • hemanthjava

    Samsung Galaxy S3 hits Amazon for $799 and up, ships June 1.

  • Mair_ellis

    what about Tenerife Spain????

  • ecof

    Hey…what’s the price of an S3 in Madrid. Also, is the sapphire black colur variant available?
    Do you get this only with Orange, or can I buy the phone separately and get to choose the best provider. Sorry, but I’m unaware of how things work in Spain. I’m going there for a one-year study. I’m contemplating buying the S3 from my country and then going there as against buying the phone there itself.

    • ecofin

      Hey..could throw some light on the question I asked above?

  • simo

    what is the price of Sumsung S III?