Limited quantity: New, unlocked, off-contract Samsung Galaxy S III for $349

Michael Santo's picture
Galaxy S III

Another day, another eBay deal, as eBay has the AT&T 16GB Galaxy S III, unlocked and without a contract, for just $349.

Consumers might ask "only?" in reference to a $349 price, but remember, this is an unlocked phone. This is basically about $200 lower --or more -- than the price you might have seen for a full-priced, unlocked 16GB Galaxy S III when the device launched. Oh, and you might also ask how it's an AT&T phone when it's unlocked. The answer there is that it is an AT&T model phone, with device ID (look in the Android About tab in Settings) of SGH-I747. It is still unlocked, but would have been locked to the AT&T network if it had not been "freed." Currently, this device can be found for about $400 new.

Shipping is free. The seller says that 91 Samsung Galaxy S IIIs have been sold in the past 24 hours, but that quantity is limited. The seller is located in California, meaning residents of that state will be saddled with sales tax.

We always warn eBay buyers to look at the seller's feedback rating carefully before buying a big-ticket item like this. In this case, the seller is qualitycellz, who has 35132 ratings with a 99.8 percent average rating at the time of this writing. With that, we'd say that this deal is gold.

Notably, qualitycellz goes into great detail about the phone offered in the deal. It makes it clear that because of the different frequency bands offered across the globe, this phone, although unlocked, may not work optimally, or at all, with all of them. There is a linked compatibility checker that potential buyers can use to check compatibility.

The Samsung Galaxy S III was last year's model from the Korean giant. It became a best-seller, one of the first devices to seriously contend with Apple's iPhone (then, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5). Although Android controls the lion's share of smartphone devices globally, it does so not based on a single iconic device, but rather because of a multitude of OEMs and a huge number of form factors.

These devices are advertised as new and unopened.

Specifications include:

A 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 HD Super AMOLED display
5.38" x 2.78" x 0.34"
1.4GHz Qualcomm Dual-Core Processor
OS: Android OS 4.0 (which is upgradedable to Android 4.1)
Wi-Fi - GPS

4G LTE Cellular Technology support
8MP rear-facing camera
Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity
MicroSD Card Slot