Verizon may sell the Samsung Galaxy S3 for a full retail price of $599 and $649

by: Bams SadewoJune 5, 2012
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You’ve already got the lowdown on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 yesterday. As reported, the carrier will be selling the 16GB model of the flagship phone for $199, while the 32GB one will go for $249 — both on a 2-year contract. The launch date isn’t the only thing that’s missing for now, as customers of the Big red may also be wondering what the full retail price of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is going to be.

Knowing the retail price of the phone is important for them, because it might be the only way to maintain their unlimited data plan with Verizon. In case you missed the announcement, here’s what Verizon said a month ago, and the reasons why customers are also waiting anxiously to see when the carrier will announce the end of grandfathered unlimited share data plan.

  • Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so.
  • When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing.
  • Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.

While there’s still hope that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will land before the unlimited data party ends, it’d be handy to know how much the phones will cost without a contract. According to sources quoted by Droid-Life, the non-contract price of the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 will be set at $599, while the 32GB model can be had for $649. They may look steep, but just remember that in some parts of the world the 16GB model is going for $750.

The full retail price of the phone above hasn’t been confirmed by Verizon, so we’ll let you know once we hear more.

  • Jaysann22

    If I preorder the SIII with Verizon will I be forced from my 3G unlimited data to a limited plan automatically???????

    • bruinbiochem06

      You will be able to keep your unlimited data plan because shared family plans have not been introduced yet. However, if between now and when the phone arrives (which is TBA) Verizon introduces the shared data plans, we may be screwed…

      • Jaysann22

        I just talk to reps the last few days working this out. We wont be screwed if you preordered. Once you preorder you officially upgraded. Meaning you agreed to the terms of a new contract, which includes your unlimited plan. Anyone becoming a new customer or upgrading AFTER the shared tiered plans are announced, are subject to limited plans.

        • Javier Blanco

          I just pre-ordered earlier this morning and I completely agree with your statement. We’re set!

          • Craig E Greenberg

            I just was told that pre-ordering DOES NOT count as upgrading. Until you hold the phone in your hand, and activate it, you are not upgraded. You will lose your unlimited.

    • Peter Wilcox

      No… go ahead and chat with an on-line rep also and get it confirmed.

  • wonshikee

    That’s just what I’m looking for, pay the highest monthly premium and buy a device outright.

  • Wonko

    Does anyone know if the Verizon 32GB GS3 has all of its 32GB internally with an empty SDslot or is it just a 16GB internal GS3 with a 16GB SDcard installed?

    • AndroidBrian

      32gb internal storage. You can still use a micro SD card to add additional storage.

    • JazzoRenee

      I believe it’s the 32GB with the option of adding up to 64GB mirco SD

  • stu

    Just pre-ordered looks like we can keep unlimited data plan :)

  • Just preordered mine, was able to keep unlimited data. I am on a family plan. Also noticed that it said the ship date was July 9th.

  • Peter Wilcox

    I confirmed with my rep that the pre-order didn’t upgrade my data plan and it would stay the same. I also got the 32 gig for 200 bucks :)..

    • Twotones73

      Glad to hear that it’s confirmed. How did you manage to snag the $50 dollar discount?

      • Twotones73

        Actually, just walked through the upgrade, and I ended up only paying 150 after the “Qualified Customer Discount.”

  • Thisten

    I walked through the pre-order process with Verizon, but after selecting the phone, did not see my current unlimited data plan listed. The online rep told me to select “2 GB for $30” and promised that my unlimited data plan would be grandfathered in. The next screen asked me to “accept and confirm” the changes which showed that I was dropping my unlimited data and adding 2 GB for $30. Despite this rep’s assurances, I couldn’t bring myself to accept and confirm these changes and cancelled my order. Other people seem to be able to select to keep their unlimited data plan at this stage in the order process, but I didn’t have this option listed. I’m going to call and see what they say.

    • Jaysann22

      if you were doing this online on the verizon website the rep was very wrong. To keep your unlimited data you must select “unlimited email and webpage” to keep your plan. It is on there, so dont be fooled otherwise. I just did my preorder this morning complete with keeping my unlimited data plan. :D

      • Thisten

        Thank you for this. I must have overlooked it. I’m glad I didn’t go through with it.

        • JJR261224

          Jaysann22 is 100% correct. I am a VZW rep and Unlimited email & web it will say

      • JazzoRenee

        Thanks!! I have to preorder soon

    • Cisaacs

      You need yo record what the rep says. Do your best tto have her or him on speaker and use someone else’s phone to record. They have lied to me in front of my son and ruined his upgrade. RECORD THE CONVERSATION!

  • David

    The article said: “Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.” So right now, i’m in unlimited data plan and my phone is DROID X2 3G; if i get the SIII which is 4G LTE capable, will i able to use the SIII in 4G LTE unlimited or i will stuck with the SIII 3G unlimited?

  • Megan

    so i just got my samsung galaxy 3s. i had a non smartphone before therefore i didn’t have data plan. if i was to put my sim card in the samsung galaxy, would they automatically charge me for data plan like the rest of the smartphones ?