Last hurdle before release cleared by Sprint
Sprint has cleared the last hurdle on its way to releasing the Galaxy S3 to its stores for sale. This comes after T-Mobile has leaked information regarding their coming release of the Galaxy S3 on June 20th, which is the same day as it will be released in Canada. At the moment, all US dates are rumor and speculation as there has been nothing official from Samsung or any US wireless carrier stating as to when the Galaxy S3 will go on sale. It is really starting to look like the anticipation for the Sprint Galaxy S3 is beginning to grow with more and more questions about when it is going to be arriving.
With the FCC filing for the SPHL710 and the clearing of that device by the FCC, Sprint has now moved beyond all the regulatory hurdles to prepare for selling the Galaxy S3. The SPHL710 designation was assigned by Samsung to the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S3. It is moving towards a launch date which we are all still waiting to hear about. One thing we do know about the FCC filing is that there is a document referring to a LTE Test Report which is standard for getting LTE approval for a phone. This confirms speculation about whether Sprint would be getting the LTE version of the Galaxy S3. That now appears to be the case as Sprint prepares to launch their 4G LTE wireless network, which we could hope would happen at the same time as the Sprint Galaxy S3 launch.
We have previously indicated that T-Mobile would launch first in the US because they do not have a 4G LTE wireless network and can use the International version of the Galaxy S3 with few modifications. That gives them an edge over other US carriers. So the big question is when is Sprint go to be launching the Galaxy S3. With AT&T and Verizon in the mix, it looks to be a race. Since AT&T already passed through the FCC, it would appear they are currently in the mix as well for launching the Galaxy S3 in June, but that could change. So it is a race between Sprint, AT&T and Verizon as to who gets there first. Or even at the same time. If they can meet the June 20th date, Sprint will do very well in selling the Sprint Galaxy S3.
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