Confirmation of arrival in Canada comes from carriers
We are starting to see specific confirmation from carriers in Canada regarding the Galaxy S3 and an arrival date of June 20th. There are two of them at the moment with VideoTron (above) and Telus (below) who are posting information related to the arrival on June 20th of the Galaxy S3. This is exciting news for those folks in Canada as it appears they are getting the jump on the US with the arrival of the fantastic Galaxy S3. Exactly when we here in the US are going to be getting the newest smart phone is still the subject of rumors. For now, this information is encouraging that the previous rumors for Canada were accurate and correct.
With the Telus information, they are even showing prices, but they are not going to translate to what we can expect to see here in the US. For a price of $159 CAN, you can get the Galaxy S3 with 16 GB on a 3 year contract. That’s right, a 3 year contract. That indicates that the phone is heavy subsidized to get you on board for 3 years. The 32 GB version is listed at $209 CAN. Whether this translates into US pricing of $199 and $299 is an unknown and we will have to wait and see on that. The listing at VideoTron site is nothing more than the normal sign up page at the carrier who will send you information at a future date. With technology changing so fast, signing up for a 3 year contract does not make much sense.
All of this is exciting, but the largest wireless carrier in Canada, Rogers Wireless, is still showing the Galaxy S3 as coming. We can hope that information is updated here in the next few days to further confirm the information. This information seems to put my colleagues article about US arrival being delayed until July as possibly questionable. It is difficult to know exactly what is going on as the rumors for Canada have been going on for a while. In fact, they received the Galaxy Nexus before the US did, so this could be another one of those situations where they get it early.
As for us here in the States, we are continuing to wait for more information as to exactly what is going on with the arrival of the Galaxy S3. Whether the current inventory issues will delay it for us is still an unknown and it is 3 weeks until June 20th, so one would think there would be more info. The clock continues to tick away as we wait.