Samsung made a splash earlier this week by announcing that its new Galaxy S III would be released in the US via no less than five mobile operators. Naturally, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are among those operators. The fifth one is US Cellular.
Unlike it did with the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II (in 2010 and 2011, respectively), Samsung is taking a different approach with the launch of the S III Stateside: the phone’s design will be similar for all five carriers. It’s the design we’re seeing in Europe and Asia, where the new Galaxy can be purchased already in lots of countries. Even so, the handset’s internals are different. Notably, there’s a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor inside (replacing the quad-core Exynos found on the European edition), and the RAM has been upgraded from 1GB to 2GB.
Galaxy S III prices will start at $199.99 on contract for the 16GB model, and $249.99 for the 32GB model. All US carriers will have both the Pebble Blue, and Ceramic White color versions of the device. AT&T is the only one to get a third version – red.
Pre-orders for the S III have started today at Verizon (here), AT&T (here), and Sprint (here). US Cellular will open pre-orders on June 12 (here), while T-Mobile doesn’t seem to take pre-orders at all. However, T-Mobile — the only carrier to offer the Galaxy S III without LTE connectivity, since it doesn’t have an LTE network yet — allows customers to sign-up for reminders here.
Until now, just Sprint and T-Mobile have mentioned the exact launch dates for their S III: June 21 on both carriers. Verizon is currently saying the phone will ship by July 9, so it may or may not release it before the end of this month. As for US Cellular, the smaller carrier has definitely set July as the month when its new Galaxy will arrive.
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