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Samsung Galaxy S III Hits Major US Carriers Starting this Month

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Jun 4, 2012, 5:56 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 4, 2012, 6:45 AM

Updated: Typo

Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S III will become available from five major U.S. carriers starting later this month. It will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. All five versions will feature the same design and use the same name. Additionally, the versions to be sold it the U.S. skip the quad-core Exynos chip and will instead use Qualcomm's dual-core 1.5 GHz S4 Snapdragon processor. Samsung said that pricing will start at $199, though each carrier will set its own pricing. Exact availability will be announced in the coming weeks by the individual carriers.

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Jun 5, 2012, 9:48 AM

Wow, what a rip-off

The US market is getting screwed again.

No Quad Core
No 64GB version

They could have used the Exynos 4 chip but according to an article online:

"Although it would have been possible for them to adopt the Exynos 4 Quad SoC and combine it with a separate baseband chip, that would have taken a lot of time to implement."

So it seems that Samsung just wanted to get the S3 to the US market as fast as they could. So the fastest way was to trim it down below the EU and Asia versions. *sigh*

I am sure the phone will be fine and consumers will love it but I just feel that the US market is getting the shaft on this.

Jun 4, 2012, 7:06 AM

Processor again downgraded

Why are all the U.S. versions of phones getting downgraded from quad core processors??? 😡 😡 😡
It's actually not a downgrade at all.

1. Some quad-core chips support LTE yet. It would appear that's the case with Samsung's Exynos chip. That's the main reason for the change.

2. The dual-core S4 chip performs WAY BETTER (in real life, and in...
The only reason I can think of is corporate corruption. Qualcomm has a stranglehold on the US market. The rest of the world gets top of the line processors, while the US lags behind. Qualcomm is the same company that tried to force the US governmen...

Jun 4, 2012, 12:55 PM

The silence from Big Blue is deafening...

Four of the five major carriers have announced their release date for the S3. The only holdout... AT&T. I wonder if they think they can sneak in a product change, like removing NFC, or up the price without anyone noticing.
Last one out of the gate, and they're only offering the 16Gb version.

Jun 4, 2012, 8:15 AM

Samsung, smart, very smart!

unlike Heavy Thick Craps always release new phones in uk/europe first then usa get it 6-12 months later!
Well the One X was released in the US not long after the European versions.

I'm still getting the Galaxy S3 because I think it's optimistic for a high-powered phone to have a battery last two years.

Jun 4, 2012, 7:19 AM

All with the same name?

I wonder if Samsung is going to go the way of the iPhone 4S and just make one phone for all the carriers, including CDMA, GSM, WCDMA, and LTE supporting all the carrier's frequencies? That would have a lot of bands. Might get tricky with the LTE.
I suspect there will be two basic versions-- CDMA/LTE and GSM/LTE. The CDMA/LTE version will be used by Verizon and Sprint, the GSM/LTE version will be used by AT&T and T-Mobile.
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