Samsung Corp. said that its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone will start to arrive on five U.S. carriers in June, setting the stage for more heated competition with the iPhone and some new Android smartphones.
AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular Corp. will all get the new Samsung phone.
"Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks," Samsung says in a release, although it notes that the S III will start at $199.
AT&T already has published a Web page for the device, which can run on both its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and High-Speed Packet Access-Plus (HSPA+) networks. (See What We Mean When We Say '4G'.)
Why this matters
The S III is the important release of the year for Samsung as this device will take on the iPhone and the latest Android phones from High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC). For carriers, the video-friendly Android 4.0 phone, with its 4.8-inch screen and 8-megapixel camera, is likely to be a popular data-hogging device on the operators' latest mobile broadband networks. (See Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints.)
â€” Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile