MetroPCS Samsung Galaxy S III launching this week-end

As reported last month, MetroPCS is officially getting ready to launch the Samsung Galaxy S III in the US. Today, the carrier has confirmed that the handset would be available in select stores this week-end, and in all stores (as well as online) starting October 22.

MetroPCS will sell the S III for $499 plus tax – no contract required. The smartphone features LTE, a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and a 1.9MP front-facing camera.

MetroPCS’ Samsung Galaxy S III will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch, but an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is going to be made available in the coming months (not just for the MetroPCS version, but for all the S III variants that are already being sold in the US – at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular).

Via Press release

Author: Florin

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  • Joshua Coy

    A high end smartphone….on a poor coverage phone provider….with crap customer support…all for a price of $500? Yeah, I can totally see a lot of good coming out of that 😛 now maybe if the T-Mobile merger works out alright it will be a lot better, but this phone isn’t worth getting on a standalone company like MetroPCS. You’d be better off getting it on AT&T for a subsidized price knowing you will get better coverage and using the phone to its full potential. Why spend half a grand on a no contract phone that is just going to break or malfunction over time when you can just get the same phone $300 cheaper on a 2 year contract? With my experience I found that my phones would last me around 2 years anyway, and I took pretty good care of them.

  • Steve

    Thats fine of you have an extra $1200 to throw away on the service plan. Paying more for the phone costs LESS than a 2 yr plan with a lower cost for the phone, And, Metro service is better than you assume. I live in NYC and my Metro signals are as good as VZ or TM………..

  • Joshua Coy

    Not if you know somebody who can potentially get a discount off the monthly bill. I live in MI and their coverage up there isn’t terrible, but I could definitely have it better. It’s really patchy where I’m at and it can get quite annoying. One minute I’d be full bars then the next town over I’d be roaming. Plus for a family plan if I were to buy 3 no contract S3s for $500 it would still cost around $1500. Any phone provider you go to is going to charge an arm and a leg at the start. It did when I first went to MetroPCS, plus it took them over 3 or 4 hours just to get everything set up. I’ve been with them for roughly 6 years now. I just think it’s time for a change. I’ve seen the quality and variety of a good majority of their phones decline pretty significantly over the years, and for the ones that they do have that are good quality I can’t buy for $500 and have it start to bug out on me 5 months after I buy it (I have the Samsung Admire and it’s been giving me major lag issues since the first month I got it. Had it for a year now.) I would just feel ripped off at that point. I already do with the phone that I have now and had to pay $170 for. All of my friend have either Verizon or AT&T and they recommend that I get it. They haven’t complained about anything pricewise.