Samsung Galaxy S III carrier availability set to expand in June

May 21, 2013
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While the GALAXY S 4 may be the latest from Samsung, it doesn't change the fact that the Galaxy S III is still a rather capable handset. With that in mind, it looks like the Galaxy S III will be launching with two additional carriers in June. The carriers include Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, however at present neither have announced the pricing.

We obviously will have to wait and see the pricing, however we should mention that Boost and Virgin are pre-paid carriers. Simply put, that means the price is going to be higher than what many are used to seeing with other carriers. Basically, you will not be getting any device subsidy, but you will remain free of the two-year agreement. The features on the other hand will be familiar to many.

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will launch the Galaxy S III with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Other specs include 4G LTE and 3G network support as well as a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. The handset will also have a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and ship with a set of wired earbuds.

Specs aside, the key for many will likely be the available plans. Beginning first with Boost Mobile, they have the Android Monthly Unlimited option available for $55 per month. This plan includes unlimited talk along with unlimited messaging and data. While this plan begins at $55 per month, Boost Mobile offers what they call shrinkage. In this case that means a payment that can drop to as low as $40 per month for making on-time payments.

Switching over to Virgin Mobile and you would be looking at plans that begin at $35 per month. This option includes unlimited messaging and data and is touted as being "designed for data-savvy customers." Bottom line here, if you are already a Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile customer -- you will soon have the option to grab the Galaxy S III. Otherwise, this could be a good smartphone for those considering a switch in carriers.

SOURCE: Business Wire


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  • gilgomez

    I just activated my SG3 this week and was terribly disappointed and frustrated to discover that Virgin Mobile disabled the mobile hotspot feature and I can’t even pull it up on the settings. Tried everything. At time of purchase I was led to believe that I could simply activate it month to month in addition to my talk/text/web. Darn. Anyone know of a current fix for Virgin Mobile’s tampering of our devices??? Help!