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Deal: Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III $299.99 With Free Shipping at HSN

HSN has put Virgin Mobile's Android flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S III, on sale for $249.95 with free shipping. That's $150 off the phone's $399.99 list price and $100 off Virgin Mobile's current sale price.

The sale price is good until 11:59 PM Saturday Nov 2 while supplies last. Update 11/5, The S III is now $299.99 at HSN, which is still the lowest price anywhere for this phone.

The S III is a powerhouse with its
4.8-inch 720 x 1280px Super AMOLED  dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero shutter-lag, 1080p video capture and 720p playback and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. It runs Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean.
    The Galaxy S III works with any of Virgin's Beyond Talk plans, starting at $35/month for unlimited LTE or 3G data (throttled to "3G speeds" after 2.5 GB) , unlimited text and picture messaging and 300 voice minutes.

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    1. Last year's "iPhone killer". And I just got the Virgin deal... if I had waited a few days, I would have saved $30.

      Prices for this seem to be in free-fall. $150 S3's on Black Friday, anyone?

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      1. I'm with you. This is a hell of a deal as I want three of them (wife, 2 kids) but wonder if Black Friday will see them even lower. Might just be safe and snag it now...damn decisions.

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      2. HSN does have a return policy that goes through January 2014 -- if you see it lower on BF, elsewhere, you can always get a refund on the HSN phones...

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    2. I disagree with Dennis. The Samsung S3 at $249 is not a good deal. Samsung handsets have always been overpriced on Virgin Mobile based on the 2+ years I have tracked the handsets.

      I understand that Samsung spends a lot of money marketing their handsets, but it was never worth the $400 to begin with. It's a dated phone, despite having decent specs and large display, and needs to be marked down accordingly.

      Here's how a buyer should look at the situation, if Virgin Mobile is willing to discount the premium iPhone 5s by $100 off list price, it should do the same for the Samsung S3. That is to say if, the Samsung S3 is worth $300, then applying the same $100 discount, it should be selling at $200.

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      1. Interesting... Decided to verify this, by looking at a pretty good indicator of real value: actual sales, used, on eBay. Typically, used Virgin S3's go for between $200 and $300 on eBay, with a few above, and a few below (mostly those with a bad ESN)

        Here is a typical sales link:

        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Galaxy-S-3-III-SGH-I747M-16GB-White-Virgin-Mobile-GREAT-CONDITION-/161132104472?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item258438cb18

        (No, this is not ad spam: the phone is sold already)

        The $200 you name is the bottom of the range for the USED ones... and of course, new ones are worth a lot more.

        Based on such indication of real world value, a price of $249 for a NEW phone that is smack in the middle of the price range for USED units of the same model is a real darn good deal.

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    3. Is it feasible to flash this phone over to Page Plus? A GSM version on Tmobile wouldn't be bad especially with the 5MB 4g connection on the 30 dollar plan.

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      1. I believe it's been done but don't have the details.

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    4. Even when this phone was brand new the retail value was never $781.41 lmfao who they trying to fool lol. I bought the SG3 for T-mobile on Craigslists for $245 everything with it perfect condition. People Craigslists not Ebay is the way for GSM phones. Yeswap or whoever is skeptical about using that site you just need to be smart meet people inside very public places or in front of very public places. Also, when you text or talk to them and negotiate the sell ask specific questions about the phone and you won't get scammed.

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      1. I'd rather not get phones from a method described in terms of how to avoid being mugged, thank you. The way you describe it, Craigslist is ideal for used car salesmen with a carry-conceal license. Me, I guess i lost my hard bargaining skills when I stopped frequenting Soweto street markets.

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    5. Galaxy Nexus will not get KitKat. Expect prices to fall on that one.
      At this rate, Nexus 4 only has 6 months left of update support.

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    6. I made a quick list of quality used and new real world phone values. Google
      has saved us all big bucks by closing out the Nexus 4 at $199. Compare that
      to the HP closeout of their Netbooks a few years ago.
      As usual Dennis is right on with his information. Thanks for all your hard work Dennis.
      The only phone that is way over priced in my opinion come from Apple.

      Sidekick 4G T-Mobile $70.00 used CL PNA
      HTC G2 T-Mobile $90.00 used CL PNA
      MyTouch 4G T-Mobile $80.00 used CL GAN
      Blaze T-Mobile $129.00 New HSN Box 1 day only Now $149
      LG L9 T-Mobile $100.00 used CL PNA
      HTC One-S T-Mobile $120.00 used CL PNA once was $189 2 months ago
      Nexus 4 unlocked $199.00 New Direct Box Closeout Gone gone gone
      Galaxy III Virgin $249.00 New HSN Box
      iPhone V Straight $400.00 refurb Direct Box

      PNA = Phone No Accessories
      GAN= Good As New no box

      The only time I've been ripped of is when I meat someone in a parking lot. I suggest asking to meet at their home. Then you have all the info you need. Most people even on CL are genuine. The used prices are cash out of pocket. Most phones on CL are listed for
      way over what the seller will let it go at. The iphone 5 may have been $500 even at $400 it is way overpriced good for Apple

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      1. I've sold many phones on cl, never ripped anybody off,and have usually gotten within $10 of my asking price, treat people as you want to be treated stil works .

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      2. " The iphone 5 may have been $500 even at $400 it is way overpriced"

        Yeah. And rest assured you can run alternative keyboard apps on all of the other Android phones without hacking them, they will run Flash, and have standard USB reports. Extras you lose when you pay a lot more for Apple.

        Craigslist is so iffy, and all over the place. Looking for photos on ebay, you will find detailed features list. Looking on Craiglist, you often find vague: "Verzion Droid obo"... and that's it.

        My last experience with Craiglist was answering an ad for a Honda car that turned out to be a Frankencar with a fraudulent title being sold by the Ukrainian Mafia.

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      3. I am very glad I bought my ST iPh5 for $400. It is the best prepaid smartphone, works on Verizon, ATT and Tmobile prepaid. Mine looks like new and came with 4+ months of AppleCare, plus the 1 year ST warranty.
        I would never use CL, and would never let a stranger come to my home to sell me a gadget.

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    7. Sprint is a business. Not a charity. Like most businesses, they are trying to make a profit for their shareholders. $249 for an S3, that you can on a $35 a month is a good deal.

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      1. HoFo ID Grateful4adviceNovember 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        You will get twice as much data for $5 / month less using T-Mobile's $30 100 minute, Unlimited Text, 5 GB 4G data plan, plus TMO has good 4G speed in cities across the country. Sprint's 3G is slooooow. I think the Nexus 5 ( which supports Sprint's 3g and LTE bands ) is a better value @ $349.

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      2. Let's be fair. The TMUS plan costs $50/month with an extra 200 minutes to match VM. You do not get twice as much data with the TMUS plan. VM throttles you to ~256 mbps after 2.5GB, but that is still very usable, unlike TMUS throttle of ~128 mbps.

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      3. In reply to Anonymous Nov 2, 6:14 A.M.
        You get the full 5GB of Data at 4G speeds for $30 month from T-Mobile + unlimited text and 100 minutes. In addition IMHO T-Mobile gives the best customer service in the industry. Problem is T-Mobile nor Walmart want to train emloyees on the plan. Took me 3 phone calls and management to get them to agree to activate the plan.

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      4. "You will get twice as much data for $5 / month less using T-Mobile's $30 100 minute"

        My Sprint/Virgin data is, if I read it correctly, truly unlmited. I haven't gotten very close to the 2.5GB throttle limit, but I understand that after this, you go down to 3G. I am at 3G speed already, so i don't think this will make a difference.

        T-Mobile though is not in my area, not for hundreds of miles. If one looks at the entire customer service picture, the willingness to serve customers is part of it. No service at all is not good customer service.

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    8. Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S lll on HSN.COM ends @ Midnight EDT.

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      1. Thanks, the HSN site confirms that and I've updated the post with the end date and time.

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