Coming soon to Rogers: Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III from RogersFor some loyal fans, waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S III is like waiting for the next episode of your favourite show or that summer concert you’ve had tickets to for months.

Coming soon to Rogers, the Samsung Galaxy S III will be joining the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada. With its 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, watching live streaming video such as Blue Jays games on Rogers Anyplace TV is truly the ultimate experience. Running on Android 4.0.4 and Canada’s fastest LTE network*, the Samsung Galaxy S III is packed with features that are easy-to-use and exceptionally powerful. Here’s a few examples:

  • S Voice allows you to communicate through voice command. You can activate apps, send a text message or ask a question all through voice command.
  • Social tag automatically links your friend’s social media streams to their faces in your photo album to make it easier share photos with them instantly.
  • An 8 megapixel camera on the backside allows you to take a burst of 8 images to make a continuous scene and the super smart Samsung Galaxy S III will choose your best one because it has technology that can tell when you’re blinking

Existing customers can reserve the Samsung Galaxy S III by using the Rogers Reservation System in MyAccount. Stay tuned for pre-orders directly at www.rogers.com/GalaxyS3

Rogers LTE network available in select Canadian cities. Visit www.rogers.com/coverage for details.

What feature of the Samsung Galaxy S III are you most excited about?

UPDATE (June 18, 2012, 4:41 p.m.): Due to unprecedented global demand for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung has announced that the date of availability for purchase of this device in Canada, is now June 27th.

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

 *Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

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  1. I can only assume we will be able to get this phone sometime summer of 2013, right?

    • Actually, they’re not going to make us wait as long as usual.

      The on-sale being widely reported today is June 20th, which appears to be official. Samsung has posted it on their Facebook page, so it seems pretty solid.

      Some carriers have publicly acknowledged the 20th as well and Rogers will likely follow suit, but they have a really annoying habit of being coy about release dates, so don’t expect anything official out of them until the day before the launch- they don’t believe in advance notice, apparently.

      In their minds, you’re just supposed to drop everything and run out to buy one of these phones at a moment’s notice.

      At any rate, the Rogers version of the S3 should be available in about three weeks.

  2. quad-core CPU!

  3. Booked one already !

  4. Gee Rogers, I’m happy that you’re getting the next new hot phone from Samsung, but frankly I’m more concerned with when I’m going to get the current version of Android (4.04) on the Galaxy Nexus that I bought from you less than six months ago.

  5. Snapdragon? This better be a quad-core phone. The One X was originally a quad-core.

    Leave it to Rogers to dumb down ANOTHER phone. But it’ll have URMusic on it!

    • Nope its Dual. No LTE phones are Quad because they don’t support it (yet).
      Same thing with HTC, North America providers are pushing their “faster, better LTE network” and not focusing on the hardware at hand. All the latest models with Quad-core (internaltional version) phones are not bought/shipped to N-A.

      We will have to buy them overseas or wait if they ever come.

  6. Well, new phone same issue.. Rogers LTE! When will Rogers actually buy phones for the hardware specs rather then trying to inflate their pockets by pushing us to buy LTE.

  7. Woohoo! And thanks to the recent change in upgrade policy, I’ll be able to upgrade my Samsung Galaxy S Captivate in only 18 months!

    • The Internet doesn’t get irony.
      ;-)

    • Rogers always extends the upgrade policy right before major handset releases. That way you pay more money for your upgrade.

      If you picked up your Captivate when it was launched, you’ll remember they pulled the exact same stunt two months before it hit shelves too.

      It’s not coincidence. They expect you to use a device for 3+ years that only lasts for 2. And you can’t even get software for it anymore it’s so obsolete.

      It’s all a ripoff.

    • Not if you know how to play “customer relations” at rogers…:)

      a year and a half into my 3 year contract and i got a free upgrade to the s3 from the captivate.

      • Well, then you’re one of the lucky ones. I’ve heard many a Rogers customer lamenting the fact that the retentions department seems to not be all that interested in actually retaining customers these days. It’s very much hit or miss when trying to get an upgrade out of retentions.

  8. To all those above who are displeased with the fact that this phone will have the Snapdragon S4 dual core chip: have you seen the benchmarks? It’s pretty much just as good as the Exynos quad core. ALSO: we are getting 2GB of RAM. That amount will make this handset run that much smoother.

    I’m biting the bullet and paying the early upgrade fee to get this phone. Call me crazy.

  9. North American version won’t be quad core it’s not Rogers at fault simply the fact that LTE radio is larger in size and works with snap dragon one reason why I went for the OneX a) no waiting b) Sweet Phone.

    • I was looking at the One X but it let me down:
      a) no MicroSD card slot and only 16GB storage
      b) no removable battery
      c) 1GB RAM
      d) the back of the phone is porous… good luck getting the stains out (see One X in blue jeans video on YouTube OUCH!)

      I am happy to hear the phone is good for you though =)

  10. Well the S4 version will likely come out on top anyhow with battery life and power since it is based on the A15 instead of the older A9. Even if it was at par the fact that we get LTE speeds is worth it im sure :) Now we just need 64gb microsd cards so i dont have to kill my data plan to watch movies

  11. I’ve preordered mine and switching for an iPhone 4. I was ready to upgrade last year in the hopes than new iPhone would have larger screen but nothing happened. Now I see the thte iPhone 5 will only have a 4″ screen which is really sad. I hate to wave good buy to iOS on my phone (love my new iPad though) but I feel that Android 4 does everything that I need and covers just about everything that iOS does.

  12. Hi Rogers Reps,

    I was called a few weeks ago to early renew my contract (I was just over 2 years in)… The offer included price protection and an early hardware upgrade promotion.
    I was told by the reps that I would be able to get the Galaxy S3 at the 3 year contact rate when it was released… however, the rogers employees at the local store said I “might not be eligeble for the Galaxy 3 OR the Galaxy Note”.

    Could you please clarify this new promotion and/or let me know if there is any reason I would be eligeble for any phone except a chosen few?

    I want to get rid of my iPhone 4 ASAP; but I don’t want to pay an extra $220 or so for early upgrade.

    In short, I only extended my contract because I was told I would get a hardware upgrade (for the G3), and if the store staff is correct and I can’t get it, I would reneg on my contract extension and shop other carries.

    PS. My plan is $100 per month (retention package with 6G date and unlimited) if that would make a difference.

    Thanks in advance for any clarification you can provide.

    • RogersNicolas says: June 12th, 2012 a 5:59pm

      Hi Andrew,

      I forwarded your information to our Customer Care team. I’ll have someone contact you via email.

  13. Hey,

    What exactly will be the policy for hardware upgrades? Do existing customers get to have Samsung galaxy s3 or is it only for new customers? Please clarify Rogers Reps.

    Thanks

    • Did you even read the article? “Existing customers can reserve the Samsung Galaxy S III by using the Rogers Reservation System in MyAccount”

      • Yes Ryan, I read the article but I do not understand why I have to pay $40 for reservation. If I do reserve it after paying$40.00 does that guarantee I will get a phone or is there going to be another issue after this?

  14. Reservation is a joke, Rogers charges $40 just to reserve? Really? There is no mentioned of how much S3 is going to cost as well. If there is no price than I can only assume that 16GB and 32GB models cost exactly the same, and there is no charge to upgrade, NOT!

    • Actually, that $40 is a deposit, to make sure you are serious about getting the device, and it gets credited towards your purchase. Which you would know if you clicked that big red question mark right next to the reservation fee on the Reservations page.

      But yes, it *would* be nice if Rogers showed what your total cost to upgrade would be. You can check your upgrade fees from the My Account page though, and I presume you pay the 3 year contract price the same as everybody else.

    • The $40 is refunded to you on your next bill after the phone is in your hands. The $40 is basically the “You’d better really want this phone” temporary fee.

    • Another details is obscure if Canadian S3 comes with Quad or Dual processor, if it’s Dual it’s not as attractive as Quad.

      • Pretty sure it’s dual core. As far as I’m aware, there are no quad core chips supporting LTE in production phones yet. And realistically? You’re not going to miss the quad core.

  15. Hi, Curious to hear what the new launch date is…

    Anyone know ? June 27th Now?

    Kris

    • Rogers_Chris says: June 20th, 2012 a 4:57pm

      We haven’t announced one yet, Kristopher. Samsung have announced it will be available June 27th, though.

      • Umm – Chris? Did you read the updated blog entry that we’re commenting on?

        “Due to unprecedented global demand for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung has announced that the date of availability for purchase of this device in Canada, is now June 27th.”

        Or is that just SAMSUNG’s availability in Canada, not the specific availability for Rogers?

  16. Darn you, Samsung! Darn you for releasing SGS3 so soon after I upgraded to the SGS2 this past December! :P

    But seriously, good on you for getting us the phone in such a timely manner, Rogers. You guys rock! Now to check my wallet…

  17. Can someone from Rogers explain why Best Buy (and other retailers) have published the Rogers 3 year contract price for the phone but Rogers themselves have not. Can we upgrade to the S3 in Best Buy or does this need to be done with Rogers.

    Thanks

    • Rogers_Chris says: June 21st, 2012 a 5:01pm

      Hi Tom, pricing is available on the pre-order site on Rogers.com/galaxys3

      • Specifically, when you click the “pre-order” button. Which one wouldn’t normally think to do when looking for pricing.

      • How about the month to month pricing? I plan on buying it outright

      • Thanks Chris, I am a bit confused. As I am not a new customer to Rogers (I am upgrading from my current phone with Rogers) I used the device reservation option not the pre-order option. There is no pricing for existing cutomers then?

  18. Is it true that the 32GB White versions are back ordered?

    • RogersNicolas says: June 26th, 2012 a 7:43pm

      Hi Kristopher,

      This device hasn’t been released yet. Stay tuned, it’s coming soon!