Samsung Galaxy S3 officially coming to MetroPCS in October, pricing not yet revealed

September 27, 2012
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    MetroPCS is one of the minor US carriers that has progressed immensely lately, mostly due to the spreading of its LTE network, introduction of VoLTE, and strengthening of its phone line-up. But if it’s one thing that the wireless provider was still missing, that was certainly a pack leader.

    There are several decent smartphones being sold by the number six carrier in the States, as well as very many budget-friendly handhelds, but they all lack the pizazz of a flagship or “hero” device. No worries, because Samsung will come to the rescue soon, making the Galaxy S3 even more available to the masses.

    Everybody’s favorite Android phone has enjoyed an almost simultaneous U.S. launch on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular back in July, but that doesn’t seem to have been enough for Sammy.

    We’ve known for a while that the GS3 is also heading to MetroPCS, but until now all we had were uncorroborated rumors and indirect confirmations from various “sources”. Today however, the phone has been officially confirmed by MetroPCS, which has put up a listing on its website mentioning that “The Next Big Thing Is Here”.

    Still, the S3 is not technically here yet, being expected to start selling sometime in October. The exact date is kept under wraps, although we’re guessing MetroPCS will put you out of your misery in a couple of weeks or so.

    In the meantime, you can declare your love for the GS3 by filling up the form at this webpage, which will give you the chance to win one of the soon to be released phones. Worst case scenario, you’ll lose, but you’ll still be notified of the selling start before anyone else.

    The listing says nothing about the S3’s spec sheet, although we’re not expecting any surprises. The only question is whether MetroPCS’ flagship will come with Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean on board, but even if it’ll be the former, Android 4.1 will still be somewhere around the corner.

    Here are some of the rest of the features expected for the phone:

    • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 306 ppi pixel density
    • Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
    • 2GB of RAM
    • 16/32GB of internal memory
    • 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording
    • 1.9MP front-facing camera
    • 2,100mAh battery
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
    • MicroSD support
    • 133 grams weight
    • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm dimensions

    No words on pricing yet, but we sure hope MetroPCS will be wise enough to make the prepaid S3 available for around $500. It is a long shot, seeing as the Galaxy S Lightray 4G goes for $459, but we can dream, can’t we?

    Comments

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_23EUURJ6WG77OTJHRFWK6VHG7M Gerry

      Its crazy what they want for full retail on these phones. You can buy a N7 for less than half of what they will sell the S3 for and the N7 is at least 95% of the hardware if not more

    • Christopher

      The approximate pricing for the phone will be roughly $499. I was chatting with a metro pcs client on their website, i was informed that.

    • Shelton

      Gerry you would pay more with a contracted carrier over the term of the contract version paying that and only having $50 unlimited data bill. It pans pans out over time.

    • Carrie ANDERSON

      At $500 and only $50 a month service plan you break even in 6 months compared to mu iPhone at $200 on ATT and $105 a month. After 6 months on Metro, you are saving $50 a month. That’s like going out to eat dinner free a couple times a month.

      • J.R.

        I’m pretty sure Metro is going to make you sign up for a new LTE plan and require you pay $55 a month when they roll out the S3. I’m totally okay with that though. They did the same thing when I got my Samsung Galaxy Indulge they made me pay $50 since I was on the $45 plan. But you are totally right you will be saving $45 a month after 6-7 months. Totally worth it in the long run though.

    • mike

      I pay 80 bucks at ATT…if i got an s3 at 199 on ATT for one year cost its around 1000. if i shell out 500 at Metro pcs after one year its still about 1000. Why would i go to Metro PCS for the same total cost and probably worse reception? The savings wouldn’t be evident until the 2 year turnaround…whos waiting that long? Metro needs to have a cheap price on the s3 for me to even consider coming to them. anything more than $199 is not worth it

      • J.R.

        These companies don’t make as much on the back end as the big carries. For instance when the Samsung Galaxy Indulge came out it cost Metro around $200 and you were lucky if you could get your hands on one for $300. You make it up in the fact that you are paying 55 a month versus 75-100 a month with the big name carriers. For unlimited that is a good deal. You will break even in about 6-7 months and be saving yourself 45 a month. If you want the newest technology this is the cheapest way to go about as far as the service plan is concerned.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WN3ZP6T6U5G3KXBDBS5LRCY6IU Adrian

        You pay 80 bucks at ATT and you want us to believe you? Do you take us for idiots or something? Let me tell you what you get from ATT,sucker:1-yeah,that’s right,ONE lousy GB of data versus UNLIMITED from Metro,no international texting(they give you 100 lousy international texts for an extra $10) and you still have to pay federal+state tax,meaning another $15-$20! Nigga’,please! If you are that stupid,then go ahead and stick with your beloved ATT! Let the rest of us to keep saving with Metro!

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