If you're anxious to get your hands on Samsung's next flagship, you better be in or around T-Mobile's more elite markets. Information on Tuesday revealed that in order to prepare for the upcoming launch of the Galaxy S III, T-Mobile will roll out the device in two phases: First to the nation's top 29 markets on June 21, and then to the rest of us ordinary folk on June 27.

T-Mobile explained its reasoning for the split launch to TmoNews:

To ensure customers receive the best possible experience, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will now be broken into two phases. T-Mobile will still be the first carrier to offer the device in-store but the rollout will be in two phases instead of one.

Select Retail and Branded locations in the top 29 markets will launch as scheduled on June 21. In addition, a limited amount of Samsung Galaxy S III devices will be available on T-Mobile.com.

Due to the excitement surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, customer demand will exceed the expected launch quantity available on June 21 T-Mobile anticipates the remaining Retail and Branded locations will launch on June 27. Stores that do not receive the initial distribution, and stores who sell out of their initial stock, should use the GSIII Call Back List and contact customers when the devices are available.

Pricing will be as follows:

$629.99 Full Retail, $229.99 down on Value Plans with $20 EIP, $279.99 Classic plan after $50 mail-in rebate (2 year contract required)

The first 29 markets to receive the phone include:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Houston, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Seattle, WA
  • Miami/Ft.Lauderdale, FL
  • Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver, CO
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Tampa/St.Petersburg, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Portland, OR
  • Austin, TX
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Boston, MA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Detroit, MI
  • Washington DC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Charlotte, NC
  • McAllen, TX

Sounds like a lot of T-Mobile customers only have a few more days to wait. Unfortunately, folks in small town America still have more than a week until the Galaxy S III is available in T-Mobile retail and branded stores. But hey, if a split launch means units will land more hands across the county, you can understand why the carrier chose the approach it did.

[via TmoNews]