After more than a week delay, US mobile phone carrier Sprint Nextel finally releases its variant of the popular [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S3[/easyazon-link]. Starting today, anyone can pick up a 16GB unit from Sprint’s retail stores, online and telesales services for $199.99, while the 32GB will only be available through the latter two retail channels for $249.99.
Sprint supposedly released Galaxy S3 starting June 21st but according to its representative, it was because of Samsung’s failure to deliver on time that it has to postpone the shipment. The same is true with other carriers.
Meanwhile, majority of AT&T customers who pre-ordered the device before June 21st already received their unit, although there are still some who complain not being able to receive theirs even if they pre-ordered the device way ahead of others. But this is just for the 16GB variant because there is no information as to when the 32GB variant would be released.
As for Verizon, they confirmed just today that it will start shipping its Galaxy S3 on July 10th, Tuesday. This date would be the latest of all release dates of Galaxy S3 in the United States. Here’s the official press release from the Big Red:
“Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S® III will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 starting July 10. Galaxy S III customers will have access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network which is available in 304 markets across the United States. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will be in 400 markets covering 260 million people by the end of this year.”
T-Mobile is also offering the device in some select cities. In fact, it is the first of the four major carriers to offer the handset to its customers but the catch is that Galaxy S3 is priced a bit higher than other carriers’ prices. Anyone can now order a unit from T-Mobile’s website but those who do will have to pay $279.99 for the 16GB and $329.99 for the 32GB variant. Either of the plans will have a new two-year contract with the company.
Due to the fact that the US is the fastest country to upgrade its data network infrastructure to cater 4G LTE connection to every citizen, Samsung Galaxy S3 was given a dual-core processor compatible with the network. Both quad-cores Exynos and Tegra 3 do not currently support LTE or, at least, the technology that would enable them to use LTE in the US hasn’t been implemented yet.
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