Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 Unlocked Cellphone, International Version, 16GB, Blue
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- 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- 4G Network Region Based
- Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.
- This cell phone may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international version phones. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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The Galaxy S III is powered by Samsung's Exynos quad-core 1.4GHz processor, which is based on the the ARM Cortex A9. It has a 4.8-inch super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280-by-720 pixels, which is housed in a shell that is 8.6 millimeters thick and weighs 133 grams.
FEATURES: 4.8” Amoled HD screen The S3’s enormous screen feels big in the hand, although the device is just 16 per cent larger than its predecessor, the 20 million selling S2.
Smart Stay: The phone tracks your eyes, so as long as you’re looking at it, the display won’t dim or turn off.
Direct Call: If you’ve got a contact on your screen, there’s no need to hit call: simply hold the device up to your face and the number will be dialed automatically.
Smart Alert: Burst shot and best photo The 8MP camera now offers a 20-shot burst mode and will choose the best photo for you. Photos are now possible at the same time as video filming.
Face Zoom and Slide Show: Double tap a face to zoom in; automatic slide show generation zooms in on faces as individual pictures for pictures with lots of people.
Social network and camera integration: Automatic tagging of pictures, and the option to send images directly to those identified in them, called Buddy Photo Share, or display social media profile information on screen. Group Tag lets you tag multiple people in one go, if you set up a group first.
S-Voice: That’s S for Samsung, not Siri. This feature allows you to control your phone through voice, eg to turn up the volume, and to ask it questions.
S-Beam: High speed file transfer via NFC and WiFi Direct, between two phones touched together, operating at up to 300Mbps.
Pop Up Play: Play video in a window on any homescreen.
All Share Play and Cast: Share your S3’s screen to a TV, or use the screen as a remote control.
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TJ Global listed this device as, "New, in box". When I got the box, it was made to look as if I was getting a brand new phone. It was sealed with factory looking stickers and everything. No where on the box did it state that the phone was used or refurbished. The one thing that it did state clearly on the box was, "European Version Only" in large letters, and then a long explanation about how the phone will only work with European sims cards. When I opened the box and got the phone out, the first thing I noticed was noticeable scratches on the case of the phone. I was put off, but I thought, "Oh well, as long as it works." I took it down to AT&T to get a micro sims card for it and that is when the service rep showed me the water sensor in the phone which indicated that the phone had been in the water. Try as she might the service rep could not get the phone to accept the AT&T sims card.
The Galaxy S3 may be a great phone; I don't know. What I do know is that I would never order an S3 through here. I understand that a mistake can happen, but to advertize a used damaged product as "New in Box", and then try to disguise it as a new product is outright lying and false advertizement. And this is not to mention the unbelievable stupidity of importing a phone to the US that can only be used in EUROPE! I guess the person who packaged my phone must have been blind or something. The bottom line is, this kind of thing should not happen on Amazon.com. Sellers like this should be banned from selling on here, unless of course amazon does not care; in which case they can take part of the blame for my experience.
A few pros and cons about this phone:
-- Setup and syncing are not perfect with an iPhone either. You'd think that would be true, but it's not. Having said that, like I said already, you will have to put a LOT of effort into getting an Android phone the way you want it. Especially if you are technologically challenged like me. I'm at two months and counting.....
-- You can get an app that will back up your text messages to "conversation view" in Gmail. This is great if you ever have important information in there that you need to look up via computer or if you have to change phones. There is no way to do this from an iPhone.
-- Ease of use, for example the "back" button is hard-wired into the phone so in any app it's in the same place. You can also organize all the icons on your home screens any way you want them (iPhone snaps them all back in place on the grid so this cannot be done).
-- Contacts' pictures show up next to text messages, when calls come in and in my phone address book. (It's the little things, but still!)
-- The size of the phone is really quite ridiculous. It's not any heavier than the iPhone and although it's skinner, the length and width are so big that a number of accessories can't accommodate it (so far I have had that experience with car stereo hookup devices and non-armband pockets/holders for the gym). This is due in part to my keeping it in a water-resistant Ballistic case, but let's face it, at $300+ you wouldn't want anything bad to happen to it so I don't feel like I have any choice. At least you will always be able to find it in a purse, but just be aware that your iPhone friends will pick on you for dragging half a laptop computer around!
-- By far my biggest problem with this phone has been how freaking difficult it has been to get music transferred from my mac computer/iTunes to the phone!!!!!! I finally got iSync to work, but on some forums they claim that it is a known issue that the Galaxies unmount micro SD cards all by themselves and then the data on the cards is lost forever. Yes, I can tell you that it took several hours to sync music to my phone and most maddening, when that was finally done everything would disappear if for any reason I had to restart the phone. Also, some playlists would not sync so I would end up with about half the music I had originally wanted. Then upon trying to actually play them, I would get an error message saying that the file type I was trying to play was not supported, which is interesting because I converted all of the songs to MPEG Audio format before I put them on my phone, just to be safe. Thank goodness I finally realized that all of these problems are probably stemming from the manufacturer, not by my phone itself, so now I can try to get things resolved through the seller of the $20 SD card instead of the seller of the $300+ phone.
-- The phone supposedly has a known issue with some exFAT external ED cards unmounting themselves; it is not clear what, if anything, Samsung plans to do to fix this. >:(
-- The Siri equivalent doesn't work too well (runs through Google), although I never could get Siri herself to do much either so I suppose this should be counted as a tie between the two.
-- The battery seems to die a lot quicker, even from a full charge.
I apologize for this review being so long and mostly pointing out the benefits and drawbacks only of Android vs. iOS. However, I have never owned a smart phone before so I wouldn't be able to make a similarly detailed comparison between them. I do know that the Galaxy and the HTC One are probably the top most popular choices and I'm thinking there must be some pretty good reasons for that! Anyway, I am happier with mine than I was and I am glad the card problem didn't originate with the actual phone. Wish me luck and try a Galaxy yourself -- you might like it too!