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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be getting the S3 friday if the phone does indeed arrive to the store by then. Do I have half a grand to pay for it?...No, but a little credit card debt will be worth it. Yes the price is just crazy, but I gotta have! I'm very curious to see how the 4g will be with Cricket as well.

The Mercury is a great phone (the perfect size) and served me well, but I gotta move on lol. I'm not even a fan of big phones, but I hear you get used to it. I also always wanted a very sharp screen, as I never had one, and I believe this phone will fulfill that need.

Anyway, just wondering if any of you others plan on switching to this phone, or one of the other 4g phones Cricket is offering.

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I just can't see paying that much for a phone. You can buy a decent laptop for that much. I doubt I'll see 4g where I live anytime soon anyway. If I was going to get a new phone I'd be tempted to get the Nexus 4 for $350, and get a Tmobile prepaid Sim card, even though I absolutely hate that it has no removable memory or battery. I think I'll stick with the Mercury for awhile and get a Nexus 7 tablet this year. Maybe I'll get the GS3 if we get 4G around here or the price drops a little.

I definitely wouldn't be tempted by any of the other 4G phones Cricket is offering.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 08:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I see where your coming from with the price. It's funny cause the first thing I also thought was that I could by a laptop for that, haha. I however just went through a laptop phase where I bought 3 more laptops then I needed (cause they were cool) and ended up giving them away to family members.

The way I'm justifying this purchase is that I really need something to cheer me up right now and buying gadgets does that for me. I've had my eye on this phone for awhile so I'm thrilled Cricket is getting it, and now me. hehe.
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Its definitely one of the nicest phones out there, but I don't really play games on my phone, and I'm not sure what all of that extra horsepower would do for me. The big screen would be nice in a way, but I was checking them out at Best Buy, and I'm not sure it would even fit in my pocket comfortably. Cricket emailed me about entering a drawing, so maybe I'll win one lol. I'm sure you'll love it, maybe my willpower will drop when I see them at the Cricket store haha.
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Do you know if the cricket GS3 has the same specs as the big companies? Cricket has a habit of rebranding phones and dumbing them down considerably. But seeing as how it's not called the Samsung Galaxy C or something stupid like that, and they're charging so much, I'm guessing it's the real deal?
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Do you know if the cricket GS3 has the same specs as the big companies? Cricket has a habit of rebranding phones and dumbing them down considerably. But seeing as how it's not called the Samsung Galaxy C or something stupid like that, and they're charging so much, I'm guessing it's the real deal?
Everything looks the same to me. I don't think Samsung is doing different versions of this phone in the US, except colors. Cricket has both the blue and the white listed. I think in Europe they got a quad core, here we get the dual core processor.

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Everything looks the same to me. I don't think Samsung is doing different versions of this phone in the US, except colors. Cricket has both the blue and the white listed. I think in Europe they got a quad core, here we get the dual core processor.

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Yeah that's not a downgraded processor though, it benchmarks just as well and the reason wasn't to dumb the phone down or make it cheaper, it's just that the quad core Exynos doesn't play nicely with LTE, so it comes down to the international quad core with 3G or the US model with a dual core Qualcom with LTE.
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Yeah that's not a downgraded processor though, it benchmarks just as well and the reason wasn't to dumb the phone down or make it cheaper, it's just that the quad core Exynos doesn't play nicely with LTE, so it comes down to the international quad core with 3G or the US model with a dual core Qualcom with LTE.
Oh, I know, you are right. I just thought I would mention it for some reason lol.
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Ok, So I got my Galaxy today and I am very
The phone is incredible. The sharpness of the screen, the vast amount of functions (which should have me busy all week learning it all), the incredible camera and all the camera functions!

Mainly, I never had a 4g phone, and this thing blows my mind at how fast it is. I knew it was fast, but actually owning the phone with this speed is great. Youtube videos play immediatley etc. You get the idea.

This phone is not dumbed down or anything at all. It is a regular Galaxy S3 4G LTE phone.

However if you are thinking about maybe buying it, you may want to buy one sooner then later, cause I asked about Muve, and they said they plan on integrating Muve into the phones later on. So if you hate all that Muve Cricket crap, nows the time.

I will not make any updates to this phone if Cricket sends updates. I like as is.

It is running off Android 4.0.4 Kernel. I picked the white color. The shiny blue one is nice, but from research, most people that bought the blue regret getting it, and wish they got the white.

Cricket has a great and vast 4g network in San Antonio.

With my same 60 dollar plan, they now give me 5GB of data. If you get the 70 dollar plan you get 10GB.

Anyway, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask. It's a great purchase if your wallet can handle it. It is incredibly expensive.


Now I need to try to find a way to sell my 4 week old Mercury.lol
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Old December 4th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i went as close as going into the store just to see whats up but the $600 for everything.... its ok, ill stick to my merc.. love the S3 but for what im using my phone for, torrentz, etc.. its fine.............................................. ........for now
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I don't blame you. I love the phone so much and am really happy with Crickets 4g LTE service, but the price is horrible.

The price of the phone is just nuts. It's the cost of rent, or a car payment, or a 40 inch flat screen TV.

I'm still getting over the sticker shock lol. I am however loving the phone and have already spent over a hundred dollars more on accessaries for the phone! It's my Christmas present to myself, cause I'm not getting anything else.
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Negative, I can't see myself spending a half grand on a cellphone when you can buy a PS3 or Xbox360 for $200 lol.

They're charging way to much.
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It's amazing how my perspective has changed so quick. I used to think the 4 inch screen was the perfect size. I always thought the 4.5 androids looked too big.

Now that I have had a 4.8 inch screen for a few weeks, it seems perfect. I pulled out my Mercury which I hadn't looked at in a while and wow!>...Not only did it look tiny it looked old.

What I mean by old is the design being a normal rectangle, compared to the Galaxy with the curved edges. This amazes me, because just a few weeks ago I was admiring how cool the Mercury looks. It's fascinating how much my perspective has been altered.
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Cricket has the GS3 on sale through December 29 for $350. ($50 off plus $150 mail in rebate) This makes things a lot more tempting. There's $20 more off if ordered online. My main concern is the size of the phone. I carry my phone in my front pocket, and I'm not sure how comfortable it would be having that beast in my pocket all day.
I'm still happy with my Mercury, but for this price the GS3 is a great deal, even though you still have to shell out $500 + tax and wait for the rebate.
Anyway, I haven't decided, but thought I would share in case everybody hasn't heard about this deal. (I heard a radio commercial saying $200 off of the GS3, so I checked it out online)
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The S3 fits fine in my pocket. And just as an example, I was at Best Buy the otherday and managed to fit the samsung Note 2 in my pocket. Now that was tight, but I had room. Seriously I have no problems putting the phone in any of my pants pocket.

However, Since I have been buying all type of accessories for this phone, I decided to get all three phone protectors that they sell at the Cricket store. The cool thing is that two of them add no mass because they simply replace the back battery cover.

There's one that is Black Rubber that comes with a clip that attaches to your built or even just the side of your pocket. All my life I have kept my phones in my pocket, but this clip holder is so well designed that I use that most of the time now. Slides right in and out.
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Still wouldn't get it. Even at $350. I'd much rather spend $300 and get the nexus 4. Wouldn't be stuck with crickets shitty service either, and always have the latest android update. That s3 will never see an update, count on it. With the hardware, and the guaranteed updates, the nexus will have a longer lifespan than crickets s3.
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Still wouldn't get it. Even at $350. I'd much rather spend $300 and get the nexus 4. Wouldn't be stuck with crickets shitty service either, and always have the latest android update. That s3 will never see an update, count on it. With the hardware, and the guaranteed updates, the nexus will have a longer lifespan than crickets s3.
Well, to be fair the $300 Nexus is only 8 GB which is not enough for anybody in the real world. The 16 GB is $350. The GS3 has removable battery and SD card slot which is important to me. The only real advantage of the Nexus for the same price is the updates, which really isn't a big deal to me. The GS3 has so much dev support that updates will be there unofficially for a long time to come. Cricket service is good where I live. If I knew for sure we would get lte here soon, that would make it an easy decision. The owner at the local Cricket store says we will get it "soon", but I don't put much stock into anything they say. I get more accurate information from the forums.
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I can see that. The storage limitations. The updates do matter to me though because I do not like rooting phones, I've had too many issues in the past. And I've never flashed one Rom that worked perfectly with no little issues. You're right about the storage though, I actually would prefer 32 gb because I put a lot of music on my phone. I might get by with 16 ok though. And storing my music in the cloud with Google play isn't really an option for me either. Because it's not really efficient to have to stream it over 3g and use my data when I'm out about riding on the bus or whatever.

But I really don't like the looks of the s3 either. For me, the corners are way too rounded, and I like black. I never did get good service with cricket here in salt lake city either. My 3g was in and out constantly, and even when it was in it was really slow. And I had serious mms issues. That may have been the fault of the mercury though.
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The Nexus S4 is probably one of the best phones you can get for the money. Of you would have to leave Cricket to get that phone, unless you want Cricket to flash it, but I've always heard you lose or may lose certain phone abilities.

it's intresting how some people say that have bad reception with Cricket. It must really depend on where you live. I have used At&t, Sprint, T-moblie (back when it was called Voicestream lol) and others. The best of all those reception wise was Sprint and Cricket is just as good as Sprint if not better.

The funny thing is that here Sprint doesn't even offer LTE for the S3. In fact, I thing they just added 4G for it.

Someone mentioned they don't like the way that the S3 looks. I never paid attention much to the looks, but it sure looks sleek to me. The funny thing is that the edges are rounded much like the Nexus 4. Maybe a bit more rounded on the S4, but they are both rounded.

Needless to say, it sure makes rectangle phones look old. I was just blown away at how old my Mercury looked after not looking at it for a few weeks.

I wouldn't be surprised if curved edges will be how future Flat screen TVs will be shaped. Sort of how like old cars were shaped using Boxes and Rectangles, and are now shaped with all kinds of crazy curves.
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There's still a lot of rectangular phones. The brother of the Nexus 4, the Optimus G, is much more squared off. I think its just a preference thing. But the Nexus 4 is a GSM phone, no way to flash it to Cricket at all. LTE is the only 4G that Sprint is using now. They did away with Wimax, they gave it to Boost and Virgin for the old phones they passed down to them. It still works for the Wimax phones that people are still using on Sprint, though, they're just not making any more Wimax phones.
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Thanks for the info. I could have sworn I read that Sprint was not offering this phone with 4g LTE (here) . Or I read that they would update it by next year. What I read was for the Galaxy s3 alone. I don't know. Maybe I remember wrong.
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Thanks for the info. I could have sworn I read that Sprint was not offering this phone with 4g LTE (here) . Or I read that they would update it by next year. What I read was for the Galaxy s3 alone. I don't know. Maybe I remember wrong.
Sprint is still building out their LTE network. They may not have it there yet, or just recently turned it on. They don't have it in my area yet. I know the Sprint S3 doesn't have any other 4G radios in it. Not sure, but the GSM versions (Tmobile and AT&T) may have HSPA+ as well as LTE.
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I'm still on the fence 50/50 between getting the S3 while it's on sale or keeping my Mercury and getting a Nexus 7 tablet. I still like my Mercury, but $350 is a good price for the GS3, and I have bought myself a new phone the last two Christmases, (Ascend and Mercury). Any drawbacks on the S3 yet? I read something about show 3G speeds on the S3, and we don't have 4G here yet, so that would suck. Is there any way to turn off 4G so it doesn't drain the battery searching for it?
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Yes, in settings you can turn off 4g and stay in 3g. I never turn it off cause I have a constant 4g feed.

I love the phone. I would say get it. Treat yourself if you can.

Drawback: The only one would be battery life. If you wake early most likely the battery wont last the entire day. I bought an extended battery for times that I may not be around to charge the phone.

However, battery life is different for everyone. One of the drawbacks is that the s3 uses a large amount of power when the phone is not even in use...just in standby mode. I read that Jellybean has a fix for that, but I doubt Cricket will switch to jellybean, but you can get it your self.

Is it bad enough not to get the phone? Hell no! This phone has so many options and abilities, it's like night and day when comparing to the Mercury. The sharpness of the screen is just supreme as well.
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Yep... Got mine today (ordered online). As it's been said in earlier posts, it's what you make of it. The Merc was a good device (read: Cricket) but just lost its "flair" real fast (owned one) Don't have 4G here yet but 3G works great for me. Batt life is iffy, but I haven't really put the phone thru its paces yet.
If you are able to get one, I say go for it.
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So GMASH, have you decided what to do yet? Get the phone or not?

Here's what my Mercury is used for now.



I use it for filming. I used to use the my Samsung Indulge, but the quality was pretty bad, however sound was pretty good. The Mercury films very well, but the sound is horrible.

Now sometimes I throw the Galaxy S3 in there and wow, super quality, plus the microphone picks up everything perfectly. I had no idea how bad the Microphone on the Mercury was, until I compared it to the Galaxy. Even at night the Galaxy can see License plates clearly. The anti-shake option is really great cause I have very shaky hands, and when I film with that option, it really does work great at keeping the camera from shaking. It's incredible!

I can't say enough good about this phone! So what's going through your head Gmash? I'm curious if you would continue the trend of trading up every Christmas!
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I've been an inch away from getting it a couple of times, but it's hard to pull the trigger for somethingI don't really need when my Mercury still does everything I want it to. There's only one more day for the sale, so if I don't get it tomorrow, I'll be waiting.
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I see. So if your area already had 4g LTE available you probably would have bought it with no question right? Sucks that they haven't your area.

Did I mention you can zoom in and out while filming? Lol, I feel like a Cricket sales man.

Well, can you recommend a forum that has cricket users with the Galaxy s3?
On this website all the carriers with Galaxy 4g LTE are all thrown together and I'm wondering if you can recommend another forum.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I see. So if your area already had 4g LTE available you probably would have bought it with no question right? Sucks that they haven't your area.

Did I mention you can zoom in and out while filming? Lol, I feel like a Cricket sales man.

Well, can you recommend a forum that has cricket users with the Galaxy s3?
On this website all the carriers with Galaxy 4g LTE are all thrown together and I'm wondering if you can recommend another forum.
Yeah, if we had 4G here it would be a no brainer. I might still get one tomorrow, I doubt that it will be this cheap again anytime soon. Sucks that it's a mail in rebate, though. If it was $350 up front, I wouldn't hesitate.

I think you're in the wrong section. The one with LTE in the name is an Australian/UK version. (read the first sticky)

Try this one:
http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/
They have all the carriers together, but separate All Things Root sections. They have Cricket lumped in with Sprint for some reason. I would have thought Metro PCS would have been a closer match, but whatever.

CricketUsers also has a section.

Cricket Samsung Galaxy S3

Don't know if you've been over there yet.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Oh wow your right, I posted in the wrong area. Thanks for showing me the correct area.

I have never been to Cricket users, but I think I will sign up for that one, so thanks again.

Did you hear about the new Galaxy S3 mini that's coming out? I believe it's the exact same size as the Mercury with a 4 inch screen. But for some reason it's only getting a 5 megapixel camera. I don't know if there is going to be any other reductions from the regular S3.

I'm thinking you'd probably prefer that phone due to size that you were concerned with, but the size you really do get used to and start to love. I don't know, just thought I bring it up. Not sure what phone service will be getting it though.
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No problem, glad to help.

I have heard about the Mini, but the specs are a lot lower than the GS3. Most people don't think it deserves the S3 name. I'm sure if I get one I'll get used to the size. Everybody else seems to. As long as it's comfortable in my pocket it'll be cool.
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Went to the Cricket store today, (had to pay my bill anyway) I had the money for the S3 in my pocket in case I really wanted it. For some reason I was thinking the last day for the MIR was the 19th, but it's actually the 29th. I even put the 29th in my post above lol. (duh) So I decided to think about it for a couple more days. The guy at the store said we'll be getting 4G here soon, probably next month, so I'll probably end up getting one. This guy seemed like he knows what he's talking about compared to most Cricket employees I've dealt with.
I'm not crazy about either of the colors, though. I don't like white phones, so I'd have to get the blue, which is a little too purple looking. I can live with it, but I really wish they had a black or dark grey color.
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Yep... The so called pebble blue looks purple to me. Ended up getting the white one and slapped a black slime case on it. Makes the phone look a ton better IMHO.
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I got the white, cause I actually researched it which you can on youtube, and most people who got the blue, wished they had gotten the white.

Plus the white mixes with any other color. I have a Black battery cover plus a blue one and the mixed colors look good.

I think people are so used to Black, but I love white, and am loving it more the longer I have it. I like how it allows you to see where the sensors are so easily as well. Not to mention, when people see the white, they know I have an S3, if u wanna show off lol. The other color just mixes in with others.

I recommend youtubeing white vs Blue on the Galaxy and reading the comments. After all, I imagine this is a phone you will have for a long time...at least I do.
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I got my GS3 on Christmas Eve, after having to wait a few days due to local stores being sold out. I went with the blue, I looked at both, and couldn't do the all white. The blue is growing on me, it kinda changes color according to the light. Still would have preferred black.
So far I really like the phone. It fits in my pocket fine due to being so thin and light. Screen is pretty awesome. It is true how fast you get used to it, the Mercury looks small now. Battery life has been pretty good for me, but that's on 3G. Lte is a battery hog. My 3G reception seems not as good as the Mercury though. Phone reception is fine.
I don't like Touchwiz at all. I put Go Launcher on to cover that up as much as possible. Most of the Samsung stuff is gimmicky and I have turned off. Samsung keyboard sucks. Installed Swype beta and all is good.
Overall, considering this is one of the top phones of the last year, I'm impressed that the Mercury holds up so well in comparison. I still like the look and feel of the Mercury, and it still works well. If something happened to my GS3 I wouldn't have a problem going back to the Mercury. For $350 the GS3 was well worth it. I still don't think I would pay full price, though.
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Congrats, didn't think you would make the change(though u got the wrong color )

It's such a fast phone no matter what's running. The thinness is amazing. Next to my friends razor. it was almost as thin!

The Mercury was a decent phone with potential, but this is what I like now!
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Congrats, didn't think you would make the change(though u got the wrong color )

It's such a fast phone no matter what's running. The thinness is amazing. Next to my friends razor. it was almost as thin!

The Mercury was a decent phone with potential, but this is what I like now!
Thanks. I couldn't pass up the sale, and I wanted to be ready when LTE arrives lol. I love the screen, the thinness, and the speed. Now bring on the 4G!!!
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