Unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S3 available for pre-order on Amazon.com, ships as soon as May 25

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 18, 2012

The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S3 is still about ten days away, that is if you’re lucky enough to live in Europe or the other regions where the vaunted device will come early. For those on the other side of the Atlantic, Samsung has only offered an annoyingly vague “this summer” as an availability date.

Why are American users among the last to get new devices? It’s because the immense power that big carriers wield in the US, and also, due to the specifics of the market. Manufacturers have to adapt their devices to the carriers’ requests, and also to ensure the technical compatibility between handsets and the cell networks that are prevalent in North America.

Of course, you can always skip carriers and get yourself an unlocked device, if you are willing to put up with the significant price hike and some limitations. Case in point: you can now pre-order an unlocked, GSM Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB from Amazon.com, starting from $779.99.

Now, 800 bucks is a hefty price tag, no matter how you look at it, but considering the savings that you can make by going pre-paid, it might be something to consider. You can get the device from several vendors, some of which claim that they’ll ship the device even before the official May 29 worldwide release date (with the customary warnings). For example, retailer Tailwind says it will get the Galaxy S3 in its inventory as early as May 24 and begin fulfilling orders the next day. So, yeah, you’ll get the bragging rights associated with sporting the Galaxy S3 before any of your friends.

For the caveat part, this is the GSM version of the phone, which will not work on Verizon’s or Sprint CDMA networks. As for LTE, forget about it. On the flipside, this version is powered by a quad-core Exynos 4 processor, as Mother Samsung intended, and not the S4 Snapdragon that will probably tick inside the US versions of the Galaxy S3.

So, folks, if you don’t care about LTE or CDMA, and you are sick of depending on carriers, the beautiful Galaxy S3 might be your own personal vehicle to phone nirvana.

  • Varun Shewakramani

    quad core exynos is what you meant to write i think

  • Bradley Larcher

    Not only does Samsung have make their devices support carriers specifics, but they also have to deal with an annoying company called Apple, that will sue any company that’s eating their profits, based on ridiculous patents. Take HTC for example

  • Jollywolf

    Can someone help me understand how an unlocked device that doesn’t support LTE or CDMA works in the US? If I can’t connect it with Verizon or Sprint, then what do I do? I mean this sincerely. :)

    • Cire_thegreat

      Ugh…AT&T and T-Mobile, and just about any other provider that uses SIM cards some older Boost plans…

    • You would be using their GSM (3G) networks.
      Since the GSM radio in the phone is quad-band, it will work on the US as well as European GSM networks.
      The US LTE networks use different frequencies than the European LTE networks, hence thatpart won’t work.

  • wonshikee

    Does the GSM version support HSPA+ on T-Mobile?

    • DINESH

      no edge only

      • tcope

        Incorrect, it supports HSPA+ on TM

  • marius keul

    is the 3g going to work this time ? on s3