Is Samsung rethinking the carriers who will get the Galaxy S3?
With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3 last week, the big question on everyone’s mind was when can I get one. The new smart phone has a number of really great features which at the moment are ahead of a number of other phones on the market. The S Voice feature and 50 GB of Dropbox space are just 2 of the many features on the phone. The desire to get one will be a big discussion item here in the US as there is no arrival date other than it is coming in the summer. This means that it will be arriving late in the US and is a repeat of the Galaxy Nexus release where we did not see it at Verizon until the end of December. We are surprised that Samsung is repeating that situation. But there is a sign up page.
The day of the announcement for the Samsung Galaxy S3, a sign up page was opened where you could add your name to a mailing list to get updates for the coming smart phone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 sign up page I am talking about is specific to the US and the original one made available had a list of the US wireless carriers who would be selling the Galaxy S3. At least that was our assumption and showed a list of companies and is shown below on the left hand picture of the sign up page. That was great news until all of a sudden, the page was updated and the list of companies who were being shown disappeared.
Now, there is no list of wireless carriers in the US on the sign up page and is rather strange to see as shown in the picture on the right below. We do not have any information as to why the list was removed and can only assume that Samsung is rethinking the list of wireless carriers who will be selling the Galaxy S3. At least the sign up screen is still up, so we can make the assumption that the Galaxy S3 is coming to the US. The removal by Samsung is going to add to speculation about which carriers are going to be getting the Galaxy S3. Given the fierce competition between AT&T and Verizon, we can assume there is some agreement where one of them gets it for a period of time before the other. Who will get it first is an unknown and will factor into rumors and speculations.
We signed up on the Samsung page after they removed the list of US wireless carriers to see what we might see in emails being sent. We have not received anything yet from Samsung about the coming Galaxy S3. And we may not, as the email sign ups where probably being forwarded to the appropriate wireless carrier to follow up with. With that missing, they seem to be lost. It will be interesting to see whether Samsung updates the sign up page further or not.