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Galaxy S3 Preorders On Amazon: You'll Pay Through The Nose

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Announced earlier this month, Samsung's Galaxy S III is set to give the iPhone 4S a run for its money starting May 29 when it's released in Europe, but the phone won't be hitting the States until June. Thankfully, if you want to get your hands on Samsung's upcoming device as soon as possible, you can count on Amazon to give it to you -- for a high price, that is.

Tech news and review blog Unwired View noticed on Monday that Amazon is currently serving up the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300 (which is the European version) for a whopping $799.99.

Amazon's product pages show that the Pebble Blue and Marble White versions of the Android-powered device will be released on June 1. (Earlier today, the site said the the Pebble Blue flavor would hit stores on May 29, but that date appears to have been changed.)

The devices being peddled on Amazon come unlocked and will allow users to switch networks as they please. However, as CNET points out, this perk has some strings attached: The unlocked phone won't work with either Verizon Wireless or Sprint Nextel and can only use the slower networks offered by AT&T and T-Mobile.

Even with these limitations, it would come as no surprise if Amazon has already received dozens if not hundreds of orders for the phone from the U.S. According to Reuters, as of Friday, Samsung said it had received around nine million preorders for the device from more than 100 global carriers.

Will you be preordering the Samsung Galaxy S III? Let us know in the comments! But before you do, flip through the slideshow below to get a better look at this new device's many features.

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