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AT&T Galaxy S3 release date set for July 6

July 2, 2012

We have just learned that Sprint’s Galaxy S3 is available in the carrier’s stores and it’s now time to check out AT&T’s launch plans for this Samsung flagship device, as the mobile operator made them official in a post on its Consumer Blog earlier today.

Without further ado, here’s the news you were waiting for: the AT&T Galaxy S3 will finally arrive in AT&T stores, with the launch date set for July 6, or next Friday. Pricing starts at $199.99 for the 16GB model, and a new two-year contract is required. The 16GB model will set you back $549.99 should you decide to purchase it for full price from the carrier. The carrier will not stock the 32GB version of the phone, but it will offer users microSD cards in case they need more storage.

The phone has been available for pre-order for a few weeks now, but that’s not enough for potential buyers who want to check out the device before committing to it. They can do so starting this week when the AT&T Galaxy S3 will finally make it to stores.

The U.S. Galaxy S3 versions are slowly coming out of hiding, after a few unexpected delays caused by high demand, in what has been a far from perfect almost simultaneous launch in the country. The handset will be available in America from six carriers – the Big Four and two regional operators – but not every operator has the device in stores at this time.

Samsung is said to hit 10 million Galaxy S3 sales this month, but that number could have been significantly higher. Unfortunately Samsung had to deal with various supply chain issues that will cost them millions in potential sales.

Nevertheless, the Galaxy S3 appears to be the best sold Android handset of the year, at least so far, and it’s going to be the main rival of the new iPhone that’s coming out this fall – a deja-vu battle that’s been fought in the last couple of years by their predecessors.

Have you purchased your Galaxy S3 yet?