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June 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Samsung Galaxy S III price, availability update

The Samsung Galaxy S III phone that I reviewed Monday is practically sold out already, with several wireless companies delaying or staggering its release because of limited supply.

T-Mobile USA was going to launch the phone Thursday, but now the launch will be only in its top 29 markets, including Seattle and Portland. It will sell the phone in other markets “over the coming weeks.”

T-Mobile wouldn’t comment on the short supplies of the phone, but Sprint said it’s not getting enough to launch Thursday as planned.

On Tuesday, Sprint said Samsung was unable to deliver enough inventory for a June 21 launch because of “overwhelming demand” for the phone worldwide.

Sprint’s shipping pre-ordered 16 gigabyte versions of the device this week and expects to begin shipping the 32 gig, pre-ordered units next week.

Like Verizon Wireless, Sprint is charging $200 for the 16-gig model and $250 for the 32-gig model, with two-year contracts.

Verizon is taking orders, and its website said the phones will ship by July 10.

AT&T is offering the 16-gig model for $200. Its launch date has slipped to June 28, according to AndroidCommunity.com.

T-Mobile – which is moving to sell fewer phones with hardware subsidies – is asking significantly more for the Galaxy S III.

T-Mobile’s charging $280 for the 16-gig model and $330 for a 32-gig model, after $50 rebate and with a “classic” voice and data plan. With a “value” plan, the phone’s upfront cost will be $230 or $280, depending on storage size — plus $400 more that’s paid in 20 installments of $20 per month.

Comments | Topics: AT&T, availability, Galaxy S3 launch

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