Wednesday , March 29 2017

Getting the Samsung Galaxy S III in Australia

The amount of hype that has built up around the Galaxy S III launch has been pretty big, I’ve had a number of people who have shown no interest in mobile phones previously asking me what the Galaxy S III would have hardware wise. So this morning, I was kind of expecting to see a signup page from each of the carriers so customers could register their interest and be notified when details were available. Instead we seem to just have generic signup pages for information.

Mobicity has put up a pre-order page and I imagine they’ll be sourcing stock from the European release which Samsung has advised will be on the 29th of May. They have started pricing at $799 with a 12 month warranty(local) in either Marble White or Pebble Blue, you can check their pre-order page here.

From Optus we have a signup page to register your interest in all their Samsung GALAXY smartphones, which you can sign up on here(At least the URL has Galaxy S III in it).

Telstra’s signup page is even more generic but allows you to specify your interest in Samsung and Android devices, you can sign up to that here.

Vodafone has a similar page to Optus to allow you to sign up for info on Samsung Galaxy smnartphones, you can register here.

Samsung Australia has issued this statement, which I would say isn’t going to change until they can firm up details with the carriers :

Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased there is continued interest about our GALAXY range in Australia, but we have no plans to make any announcements at this time

Of course you can check out the Galaxy S III on the Samsung Global site. Samsung in the US has put up a site for people to register interest and after Australians got early access to the Galaxy S II last year it appears that they`ll be turning the tables on us and beating us to the punch this year with the Galaxy S III.


Daniel Tyson   Editor at large

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress and IFA.

  • Joseph Mouchaileh

     Is the back of this phone plastic? or brushed metal?

    • Level380


    • vodka4boris


    • Miniman200999

      Brush metal finish on the blue. But plastic. 

  • Sharene

    I know I’ll be getting one, along with my friend who is getting one … CAN’T WAIT!!! WANT IT NOW hahahah

  • Hulkamaphone

    Just waiting for an announcement from Telstra now….

  • Kevin

    My Telstra Corperate Rep game be a heads up that Telstra is reducing the cost of the Nexus and S2 phones by 20% for a limited time from the 9th… Sounds kinda like a stock clearance for new phones.

    • TG


      Telstra will not range unless LTE compatible. No need when they already have an SII 4G LTE

  • Waiting on LTE devices… Please don’t make me wait too long telstra…

  • Dim

    Im glad I bought the Galaxy Nexus to be honest. Same screen resolution however quad core seems overrated at the moment plus running a custom ROM like AOKP Milestone 5 has made the GNex a new device. Oh…stock Android too

    • Sagi_jm

      That OS looks vulgar. What have they done to ICS?

      • Dim

        They had destroyed ICS with Touchwiz. I was never a fan of it on SGS2. Same applies here. Stock ICS has no equal

        • Benjamen Meiers

          I agree but they did release a few new software features which i would love for them to get added to AOSP

  • Property

    Totally underwhelming

  • Gibbo McCool
    • Daniel Tyson

      Nice find there.

      • Gibbo McCool

        Can’t take all the credit – someone on whirlpool posted the link.

  • Dim

    If it the next Nexus (by Samsung presumably) is underwhelming it be safe to say that I will definetely venture to the HTC camp. Samsung…it has been a disappointing release

  • Hikari0307

    If only the HTC One X/XL has expandable storage, a decision on which phone I’m gonna buy would be much more easier >_<

  • Gregorian

     sigh.  After months of teasing Americans about how late they got the SII… 

  • Hikari0307

    damn, Voda in the UK has a month exclusivity for the 32gb version~~~ can only pre-order 16gb versions now >_<

  • Nikolas

    Looks like an iphone 3G o0 Gonna stick with me SII thanks!

  • Qldsparky

    I have a S2 with which I’m more than happy-does everything I want..except one thing :(. No LTE. I’m in a telstra 4g area, know I can get very high speed connections and the existing nextg here is way overloaded most of the day.. I use the S2 mainly on the internet. I’m now waiting for telstra to announce the S3 LTE or XL LTE. The two existing LTE phones aren’t bad but not enough of an improvement on the S2 to warrant spending the money. Waiting..waiting..waiting!

  • Abc

    Im actually wanting to give the one x a shot

    but I went to the iphone camp this year for a bit of a change to see what the grass is like on the other side. Ive had to return it twice due to a faulty battery. Apples support has been pretty damn good to be honest as they just hand you a new one no questions asked.

    Im worried i might have the same issue with the one x. but i dont want some plasticy s3 though. 

    • Guest

      The S2 had plastic casing. Result? The best selling Android Smartphone of 2011. 
      According to Samsung, the S3 has a better build, even if plastic.

      There is very little chance you will experience the same issue when you switch manufacturers. If you do, then it’s probably the power-point that you plug your phone in to charge, or the cable. Don’t worry, you won’t. 

      The S3 doesn’t feel plasticky with its hypergaze actually.

      • Abc

         I had an S2 for a little while and didnt really like touchwiz (although im willing to give it another shot on ICS) but I didnt like the plastic look and feel. I know its being very picky.. it just feels cheap and tacky. I was totally on board with that rumoured ceramic back.

  • MattyB

    It’s available for purchase outright from Kogan now.

  • awesome cant wait to get my hands on this phone but 2 bad i cant i still hve 2 years contract with optus might hve to buy it outright

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