June 19, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
It looks like demand for the Samsung Galaxy S III in North America is greater than Samsung initially expected. Recently, it was announced by Samsung that the Canadian launch would be delayed from June 20 to June 27 as Samsung tries to ramp up production to meet with unprecedented demand. Today, we learned from a leaked internal T-Mobile memo that the launch will be split into two phases. On June 21, the Galaxy S III will launch as scheduled in 29 select markets (we’re assuming high-traffic). On June 27, it will launch in every other market in the United States.
On another interesting note, the pricing for the Galaxy S III was leaked in the very same memo. Since T-Mobile did not run a pre-order promotion, pricing was never officially revealed by the carrier. The memo states that the Galaxy S III will cost $629 on a full-retail basis, $229 on the value plan, and $279 on the classic plan. We assume this corresponds with the 16GB model.
Lastly, we expect T-Mobile to issue its own statement on the availability issue for the Samsung Galaxy S III and concrete price plans. If you check out the link below, you can see the full list of the 29 select markets that will have the GS3 in just two days.