Watch for price of $299.99 when it arrives
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is coming to the US this summer and we have to assume that means June. More than likely late June for those devices which will run on 4G LTE wireless networks. Questions as to whether Sprint will be getting the Galaxy S3 have long since been answered and it is now just a question of when we might all expect to see it. Given that Sprint is preparing to roll out their 4G LTE wireless network here very soon, anything less than a 4G LTE Galaxy S3 would be a huge mistake. From everything that we have seen, things are on track other than needing to get a specific date for the arrival of the phone.
The confirmation of Sprint carrying the Galaxy S3 came because of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) which has released information indicating an approval of a Sprint version of the coming phone which will be using Bluetooth 4.0. With that confirmation, there are two other issues which are currently part of the ongoing conversation other than when it will arrive. The first one is the exact specifications for the coming phone. There has been some recent talk about 2 GB of RAM coming with the phone because of a similar configuration as the NTT Docomo Galaxy S3 in Japan which will be sold starting next week. It would be wonderful if that was the case, but at the moment, it is a wishful desire.
The other unknown is the price for the Galaxy S3. Given that we know it is going to be a pricey phone, it will be a very difficult sell if it retails for anything more than $299.99. That is with the usual 2 year contract with Sprint. Since that is the same price for the iPhone in a similar configuration, it has to sell for a similar price. Given the highly competitive market, it is critical for Samsung to match up to the iPhone in terms of pricing. There have been a variety of reports regarding the Galaxy S3 such as it is currently on sale in Dubai. A little to far to pick one up. There are reports that pre-orders are breaking all kinds of records. Given that information, we can expect that a Sprint version of the Galaxy S3 is going to do exactly the same thing and break all kinds of records. That is especially true because of Sprint’s unlimited data plans.
Waiting for the official announcement from Sprint is difficult right now. For the mean time, rumors and leaks is going to be the only source of information.