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Prepaid Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Now Available

Verizon has quietly added the Samsung Galaxy S III to its stable of prepaid phones. It's priced at $269.99. There's no mention of LTE in the phone's description or specs so presumably its been disabled or removed.

The lack of modern, high end phones on Verizon prepaid and its MVNOs has been a major sticking point for users and likely hurts sales. While you can't really call a two year old phone modern, the S III with its excellent 8 MP camera, 4.8 inch 720x1280px screen, 2GB of RAM and 1.5 Ghz dual-core CPUis a far more powerful Android phone than any that Verizon has sold to date for prepaid.

What I'm really hoping for is that Verizon starts allowing customers to bring their own LTE phones to Verizon Prepaid and Verizon's MVNOs. I can understand that Verizon wants to continue blocking LTE on prepaid to discourage its cash cow postpaid customers from switching to lower margin prepaid. But with AT&T and T-Mobile aggressively promoting prepaid to drive market share gains, Verizon needs find a way to satisfy prepaid users' lust for modern phones, virtually all of which are LTE capable. Surely Verizon can find a way to let users activate LTE phones as 3G-only devices.

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  1. It is an excellent 8mp camera, but no apostrophe there. Tx.

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  2. But user's lust does need the apostrophe.

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  3. I chatted with a VZW rep online and they confirmed it is a 3G version of the S3

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  4. The 4G VZW phones will not program over the air, I read.

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    1. That's generally true although the Motorola Bionic and Droid RAZR can be modified so that they will OTA on PagePlus. Verizon Prepaid won't accept LTE phones MEIDs so you can't even get to the point of trying to OTA.

      A special 3G-only SIM might permit LTE devices to activate as 3G-only.

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  5. This S3 is just like the one Straight Talk has with 3G. It is up to date? What's it running?

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    1. The Verizon site says it's running Android 4.3 JellyBean. That's the latest official version for the Verizon S III. I don't think Verizon has said whether it's S III wil get KitKat or not.

      I believe the Straight Talk S III is running 4.1.2.

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  6. I like what Verizon Prepaid is doing. I don't care about 4G. From the iphones to the Moto G, Exceed 2, S3, Verizon Prepaid has step up there game. Compared to the other Verizon MVNO, they have the best phones.

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    1. If you want the best prepaid iPhone on the Verizon network, you cannot get service from Verizon Prepaid. The ST or Net10 iPhone 5 has to be used with one of their MVNO.

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  7. Not going to be available soon it seems:

    You: I see you have the Samsung Galaxy S3 for your prepaid plan now, would I be able to use my galaxy s3 on that plan if I signed up today

    Stephanie M.: I am sorry that would not be an option, the prepaid S3 would need to be purchased. You can trade in your current S3 and then purchase the prepaid S3

    You: What is the difference?

    Stephanie M.: The prepaid S3 had been backwards programmed basically to only use 3G service. Any other S3 would be a 4G phone and 4G is not compatible with prepaid service

    You: There's no way to disable the 4g on the contract phones, I wouldn't care if it was only 3G I just don't want the extra expense of re-buying the phone I already have

    Stephanie M.: I do wish that was a option however it is not. 4G phones are built to constantly search for the best signal, with 4G service not being available for prepaid the phone will constantly be searching for something that is not there. This will drain your battery life rapidly causing you to have half the battery life that you would typically have. With the phone always searching for service, this would also cause dropped calls all the time. You would be stuck with a phone that has no reliable service.

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    1. On my Sprint 4G phone I can select to enable or disable either 3G or 4G data or both, do Verizon phones not have that ability?

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    2. CSRs say the darndest things. Yes, you can disable 4G on most, probably all Verizon phones

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  8. You're right. Straight Talk S3 is running 4.1 and it cost $349. Plus, it will never get 4.3 because Straight Talk does not update their phones.

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    1. It's amazing how prepaid customers think Verizon owes them cheap 4G LTE because AT&T, T-Mobile , Sprint offer 4G LTE on prepaid. Verizon CEO said last year that Verizon's 3G network is a cash cow at this point. This is a business. Following what other companies are doing when you're in the lead makes no sense.
      Where I live you need a phone on Verizon to get coverage in and out of city limits. Being able to use Verizon with a S3 on 3G for $45, is a bargain for most people.

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  9. Verizon cannot keep on limiting their LTE network to postpaid only, especially when their competition is all allowing it. I'm sure VZW had to take notice of the fact that T-Mobile's subscriber growth left them in the dust.

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    1. True; they will shut down the 3G network eventually ;-)
      Until then, all we have is their statement that they have a lot of excess capacity on the 3G net, and they will continue to monetize it via prepaid service.

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    2. I'm not sure Verizon has a choice. They have way oversold their LTE network.

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  10. Is it me or does anyone else think that it's a bit overpriced? Maybe $169 tops?

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    1. I don't think you can find a brand new S III anywhere for $169. Boost and Virgin are $299, sometimes on sale for $229. T-Mobile charges $404 with $249 the best sale price I've seen so far.

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    2. I realize it is new, but the Moto G is new and it only costs $99 and the LG Exceed 2 is ony $79. I know there are pros and cons to all three devices, but all in all, the S3 is 2 yrs old and is probably not going to be getting the latest software from Android. So just saying, a little overpriced.

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  11. I remember being a Verizon customer and waiting for almost two years, buying second hand phones, staying off contact, hoping prepaid would get access to LTE. I finally grew tired of waiting and thank goodness AT&T stepped up their game around here. Better coverage, more phones, and MUCH faster data. I suggest you take a look at a competitors coverage map and poll your friends on FB. I am so much happier!

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  12. will a verizon PREPAID Samsung Galaxy S 3 "LTE Disabled" Phone work on Page Plus?

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