T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III leak offers details on pricing and two-phase launch [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: June 19, 2012

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III

Planning on picking up a Samsung Galaxy S III on T-Mobile? Then you'll want to take note of some information that just surfaced regarding the Magenta GSIII. According to a memo leaked to TmoNews, T-Mobile will be breaking the launch of the Galaxy S III up into two phases. On June 21, "select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets" will begin offering the Galaxy S III, and there will also be a limited quantity available from the T-Mobile website on the same date. T-Mobile expects that the remaining locations will receive the Galaxy S III on June 27. T-Mobile's reasoning for the broken up launch is that it feels that customer demand will exceed its expected June 21 launch day inventory.

The leaked memo also contains information on T-Mobile's pricing for the Galaxy S III, which the carrier has so far remained silent on. According to the leak, T-Mobile will be offering the 16GB Galaxy S III with Value Plans for a $229.99 down payment and a monthly Equipment Installment Plan payment of $20. Customers interested in snagging a Galaxy S III with a Classic Plan will need to pony up $279.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract. Full retail pricing for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III is said to be set at $629.99.

Considering that T-Mobile's Galaxy S III launch (at least the first phase of it) is set to kick off in a couple of days, it's nice to finally get some pricing details for the thing. The two-phase launch is an interesting route for T-Mobile to take, but the carrier is set on having the Galaxy S III in-store on June 21, so it looks like this plan is what it has to do to achieve that. Of course, we don't yet know exactly which 29 markets will be the first to get a crack at the Galaxy S III, so those of you that are concerned that your hometown may not be a part of that list may want to prepare to hit T-Mobile's site early on June 21. Hopefully we'll learn more when T-Mobile officially announces more Galaxy S III launch details. Stay tuned for more info as we get it.

UPDATE: TmoNews has gotten hold of a list of the 29 markets that'll have stores with Galaxy S III inventory on June 21. The full rundown:

  • Los Angeles,CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Houston, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Seattle, WA
  • Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver, CO
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Portland, OR
  • Austin, TX
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Boston, MA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Detroit, MI
  • Washington, D.C.*
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Charlotte, NC
  • McAllen, TX

Via TmoNews

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