I got a new S3 on contract just over 9 months ago. It's still under warranty and so will yours be. A couple of days ago, I noticed a hairline crack just where the charging port is on the pale blue rim only - the screen was intact. I hadn't dropped my phone and I haven't been rough with it when connecting the charging lead. I called O2 (I bought it online from them) and was told to take it to an O2 shop where they would send it off for repair under warranty. The next day, I called O2 again just to confirm that it would be fixed under warranty and got told something different! They said that the previous person had given me incorrect information and that the screen is not covered under the warranty. I was really irate with the guy since my phone was still in pristine condition and if they took a look at it, they would see that it hadn't been dropped.
Anyway, I decided to call Samsung directly to see how much it would cost me to have it replaced (I know it was only a hairline crack but I didn't want it to get worse having read other peoples posts on lots of websites about the S3 screen cracking of its own accord). Luckily, I was close to an official Samsung service centre and so I took it there. The guy there took a look at it and then went to speak to someone. When he came back, he said they would repair it under warranty. The part would take 48 hours to arrive.
I have just had it repaired and the rim of it looks a shade lighter than the original one - apparantly, they replaced the whole screen because that's how the part is. Although it looks slightly lighter than before, I can't complain having seen from the internet the number of people that have had this problem and haven't been able to have it fixed. I am really happy with the service they gave me and pants to O2. Network operators are just interested in taking your money and then don't want to know you after that.
I would suggest you contact Samsung directly (if you haven't already sorted this out given that your post is from August last year). I asked the rep at Samsung if they have come across this before and he said no. Obviously though since so many people have had this issue, Samsung are not going to broadcast it every where given the millions of S3s thay have sold.
Anyway, good luck to you if you decide to get in touch with Samsung.