T-Mobile is the only major carrier in the US that doesn’t have an LTE network. Sure enough, it does offer 4G services, but they’re limited to HSPA+ 42Mbps. All this will change next year, when T-Mobile is going to launch LTE, obviously helped (financially) by its parent company, Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile’s official goal is to roll-out its LTE network and cover roughly 100 million people by mid-2013. Thus, it could introduce quite a few LTE smartphones and tablets in the first half of the year.
Now, how about an LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S III? You see, T-Mobile’s current S III — which is an HSPA+ device — is known as SGH-T999. So what could an SGH-T999L be? A variant of T-Mo’s S III, of course. The Bluetooth SIG confirms that the T999L is headed to North America, but it unveils little else about it. One may argue that the Bluetooth SIG lists the T999L as a GSM phone, with no mention of LTE whatsoever. True, but the product page for AT&T’s SGH-i747 is similar — and yet the i747 features LTE. Hence the T999L could be an LTE device anyway.
Whatever it turns out to be, the SGH-T999L is certainly a Galaxy S III model that’s currently not on the market. We will try to dig up some more info, and get back to you when we have it.