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Samsung unveils unlocked Taiwanese Galaxy S3 starting at $700

May 16, 2012
The Galaxy S3, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, has been made official for almost two weeks now, but pricing and availability details were scarce until a couple of days back. Fortunately, all major UK carriers have announced the S3’s pricing, so now it’s time to talk about the handheld’s release in Taiwan.

According to official Samsung claims, the S3 will start selling in Taiwan on June 1, which is 1-2 days later than the phone’s official release in Europe. As far as pricing is concerned, Taiwanese technology enthusiasts will be quite spoiled by Samsung, as they will be able to get the Galaxy S3 for less than what British retailers and carriers are asking.

The unlocked, SIM-free versions of the S3 will go for 20,900 TWD, or around $708 (the 16 GB model), and for 22,900 TWD ($775), for the 32 GB variant. For comparison sake, British retailers have announced the 16 GB S3 is going for £500 (about $800). We can also notice that the 32 GB model in Taiwan will only be $67 more expensive than the 16 GB version, which is pretty unusual, but surely a pleasant surprise (gadgets with 16 GB added internal memory typically go for $90-100 more than their “siblings”).


All major Taiwanese mobile carriers are expected to put the Galaxy S3 up for sale as soon as June 1 and, like in the UK, they will all offer the device free with a two-year contract, with one noteworthy exception. T-Mobile’s place in Great Britain has been taken by Vibo Telecom in Taiwan, a carrier that will start selling the S3 at 4,990 TWD (around $168). On the other hand, Vibo’s plans are significantly more affordable than the ones offered by Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone or Chunghwa Telecom. In the end, you will end up paying about the same no matter regardless of network choice.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is expected to hit the rest of Asia in June as well, but no exact dates have been announced yet in Japan, Korea, Singapore or Malaysia. India will get Sammy’s flagship on June 10, according to a report from a while back, while the Philippines might actually get the S3 by the end of May (still unconfirmed).

As for all you US tech enthusiasts out there, I can only tell you one thing:  the Galaxy S3 will come your way “sometime in June” and will probably be picked up by all major carriers, including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

Stay locked into AndroidAuthority for more news about the Galaxy S3 set to be unraveled soon enough  In the meantime, tell us if you have your budgets set and if you are ready to get your hands on what could be the best Android handheld yet.