Samsung Galaxy S3 purchased in Dubai cheaper than Amazon

We’ve been bringing our readers all the developments on the Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III) smartphone from before it was officially announced and since. Due for a release in some regions at the end of this month and for the US in June it seems rather surprising to hear that it has already gone on sale in Dubai and at a price cheaper than that offered by Amazon.

Only earlier today we told how the Galaxy S3 is set to be a phenomenal hit and yesterday we told how readers in the US could now pre-order the international version of the Galaxy S3 in blue or white from Amazon at a price of $799.99. This unlocked version (GT-i9300) will not be suitable for the Verizon or Sprint networks as it doesn’t support CDMA. It also lacks support for T-Mobile’s HSPA network but is suitable to use on AT&T’s HSPA network so 4G HSPA+ service is available but not its 4G LTE network.

Basically then only AT&T customers will be able to use the unlocked international version and at $799.99 the price means shelling out a pretty hefty sum. News today is rather surprising then as Phone Arena passes on that the Galaxy S3 has already gone on sale in Dubai. This is surprising enough in itself as most of us were under the impression that the UK and Europe release on May 29 would be the first region to see a launch.

Apparently a Reddit user spotted some ads for the phone in a Dubai mall and initially thought it must be just for pre-orders. On questioning this with a sales assistant he found out that the Galaxy S3 was actually in stock for sale and not only this but that the price, equivalent to around $667, was less than that advertised by Amazon. That’s quite a saving on the Amazon price although the Dubai store did only have the Galaxy S3 available in the white color option.

This is rather startling news but of course many potential customers of the Galaxy S3 in the US will probably prefer to wait until the US carrier variants arrive next month anyway. Nevertheless it does seem rather astonishing and does make us wonder if Samsung knows that its flagship smartphone has already hit the shelves in Dubai.

We’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Are you surprised that the Galaxy S3 is already on sale in Dubai? Maybe you’re shocked that the price is so much cheaper than the Amazon pre-order price for the U.S? Let us have your comments about this.


36 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S3 purchased in Dubai cheaper than Amazon”

  1. Reply
    Lisellephel says:

    woooooooow…. its amazing wil get myself that one if its released… definatly bttr than a s2

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    Adam says:

    That’s £424GBP!!! Maybe I should take a holiday to Dubai and kill 2 birds with one stone

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    Angelo franklin says:

    yes they are on sale here in Dubai price round 2600 DHs, one was sold in mankool road store of xxxxxx store today, not sure the colour but i have ordered the phone and been advised to collect in the next couple of days


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      S Aziz says:

      Great information shared with all of us.  I’ll be visiting Dubai early June for couple of days and would like to buy one, I would appreciate if you could share with me where to look for S3 or the shop contact info, if possible.  Please respond on this forum or reply on saziz99@gmail.com if you wish.

      Many thanks,

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    Angelo franklin says:

    Sorry to add this comment regarding the cheeper price in Dubai UAE advised but remember Dubai is a tax free economy, hope this helps


  5. Unless you plan on actually going Dubai for holiday or business, the price doesn’t matter at all, what you’ll save on the phone you’ll probably spend on food or something.. Now if you intend on selling the phone in a small bulk quantity, then it’s worth it. There’s plenty of places here that can import goods from Dubai with relatively low tax, thanks to some great loopholes.

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      fonz says:

      Is this S 3 16 or 32g and i have someone in dubai right now that can buy it, where can they find you ? what is your address please?

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    Matthew says:

    It’s true that SGS3 is available in Dubai since 20May2012. I
    confirmed it with many stores and especially with EROS Electricals (MOE store), the
    official agents and distributors of Samsung Products in UAE. The price
    advertized is AED2499/-. It was out of stock at that moment (yesterday night),
    but salesman confirmed that they got plenty of stock in their warehouse. I
    asked the salesman if the Samsung permit them to sell the phone before its UK
    release (supposedly UK release would be the world’s first release), he said YES.
    So it’s true and confirmed from the official agents themselves that SGS3 has
    launched and available in Dubai since 20May2012.

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    Rajesh_118 says:

    Why is is surprising ? Atlest Samsung is given chance for it’s middleeast customers a chance to experience the excitement of using Galaxy S 3 first . LOL…..

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    Ewisnewski says:

    Too much Hoopla I am quite happy I bought the HTC OneX-It is a marvelous and robust phone!

  9. Thats great news guys! I will probably have one of my friend carry one for me from Dubai.. Just wondering about the warranty in that case, is it going to be international? Will it be just as good as bought locally?

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      IU says:

      Last time I checked they only have S2 . But that was may 28 so maybe they already have it  ? 

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    Ramrajan says:

    HTC 1X is the best model.Samsung and apple always comes with different model every year.

    I believe S3 and IPHONE are same, based on your requirement go with it.

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    Sh says:

    HTC has great heavy hardware but my new HTC One has been replaced twice and sent for repairs all within 34 days because it can’t hold to cell signal; so it’s a great MP3/4  android toy but not good at being a phone. I still love the form and built quality but it’s the last HTc I’ll buy for a while. It’s been a bad experience.

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    Windy M. says:

    Hi, can anyone tell me whether I can bye the front LCD (glass) panel & to what price & from where in Dubai ? I dropped mine from less than 1 foot high & got a hairline crack accrose. B ut it did’nt effect the phones high performence.I love samsung galaxy s 3. If you hope to buy one,please be careful not to drop it.- Thanks.

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    sagar says:

    actually what’s the cost of s3 presently in baharain and i want to know how much it is in indian currenacy plz some budy help me

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