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Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III

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. (NYSE: T), Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), T-Mobile US Inc. , Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular Corp. (NYSE: USM) 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) (Taiwan: 2498). 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.)

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:31:12 PM
re: Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III

Sprint & T-Mobile will have the S III on June 21. US Cellular will have the LTE version in July.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:31:10 PM
re: Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III

AT&T is keeping quiet, but here's its teaser page: http://www.att.com/galaxysiii/...

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:45 PM
re: Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III




AT&T's Galaxy III is coming July 6. The operator shows off the phone here.


 




sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:28:44 PM
re: Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III

Will Apple's injuction affect the availability of the handset?


I'm off to Verizon tonight. I want to buy it for my boyfriend, but not sure how that'll work as I'm not paying the unlocked price!

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:44 PM
re: Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III

Well AT&T literally just sent the notice through so I assume they took the Apple injunction into account. Will double-check now.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:40 PM
re: Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III

"We will have the phone in stores Friday," says an AT&T spokesman in response to my question about the injunction.

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