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Unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III are available for preorder from an Amazon reseller and other stores around the internet.

Unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III are available for preorder from an Amazon reseller and other stores around the internet.

The Galaxy S III smartphone, successor of the Galaxy S II, was unveiled earlier this month at a London press event. One of the higher end and more successful Android phones, the Galaxy S line has enjoyed a good deal of popularity. The Galaxy S III isn't scheduled to hit the European market until May 29th. Until then, however, buyers have the chance of preordering the smartphone online.

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Amazon's BlutekUSA seller is accepting preorders for an unlocked version of the device. The seller explains that the device isn't set to be released until the first of June, and won't be shipped until at least the fourth, a date that is subject to change.

But those looking to get a smartphone might want to wait before pulling out their credit cards. The unlocked phone is not cheap, selling on Amazon for $799.99. The phone is also available for more and less elsewhere online, selling on eBay for as much as $948, and as low as $692.50 on negrielectronics.com.

If the price isn't too much of a deterrent to those thinking of preordering, the GT-i9300 of the Galaxy S III is not 4G LTE capable, and can therefore only connect via AT&T's HPSA+ network. It could make phone calls too, on T-Mobile's network, but could not use their high speed data, since the carrier uses a 1700 MHz band that the device would not connect to.

It's probably a generally better idea just to wait, considering the release date is not too far away. For those who want a 4G LTE version, they will have to wait until sometime in the summer for an optimized version of the Galaxy S III to be released.

Of course, it all boils down to individual choice, preference, and need. However, quite a few people have reportedly taken the plunge – nine million, according to PCMag. However, Samsung has only officially said that "thousands" have placed preorders on the device.

In any case, among all the excitement for the next iPhone, it’s interesting to see interest in the Samsung competitor as well. It is clear that the iPhone is no longer the only “cool” smartphone option in the public eye.

Source: PCMag