Without 4G LTE plans, T-Mobile will be the first to sell Galaxy S3
While some might completely disagree with the idea that T-Mobile will be the first large wireless carrier in the US to sell the Galaxy S3, the reality is they are ready for it. Since 4G LTE Galaxy S3 phones will require a different processor to support the LTE communication, carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will have to wait until those are available. That is likely to happen this summer, probably in July. In the mean time, T-Mobile’s wireless network is ready to receive and sell the International version of the phone right now. And it looks like that is exactly what is happening given the discovery of the FCC filings this week for a T-Mobile USA device.
This information comes on the heels of talk about the pre-orders of over 9 million for the Galaxy S3. That is the rumored number of orders from carriers who will be selling the phone. Here in the US, there has not been any dates announced, but things are starting to indicate it may be soon. That is at least as far as T-Mobile is concerned. The information is related to an FCC filing of A3LSGHT999, which is for the SGH-T999 model phone. Much of what is listed here has been said by some to look identical to European models of the Galaxy S3, so this version is not being changed as it flows through the FCC on its way to being released.
Going through the various documents filed with the FCC, you will notice the label on the phone is showing a 2100 mAh battery which is the same one we have seen on specs for the Galaxy S3. This larger battery is said to offer up to 10 hours of normal usage in a day. There is even information regarding NFC, but since we have not seen a big NFC strategy from T-Mobile, it is unknown just how much support there will be for NFC.
For now, we have to wait until the FCC clears the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 version. Once that happens, we expect to see an announcement from T-Mobile that they will be the first US wireless carrier to be selling the Galaxy S3. For T-Mobile customers, this will be a great first for a highly anticipated smart phone. As for exactly when other wireless carriers here in the US might be getting the Galaxy S3, that is an unknown. While we hope that it will happen in July, there is no certainty in rumored dates for other wireless carriers.
Given the changes to the quad core processor to a dual core processor, it may take longer for the US to see the 4G LTE versions of the Galaxy S3. Are you willing to wait for the coming US version of the Galaxy S3?