With carriers still rolling out 4G LTE, does the Galaxy S3 make sense?
With the quickly approaching arrival of the Galaxy S3, a question has not been asked and really should be regarding the Galaxy S3. That question revolves around the current 4G LTE coverage in the US and when it might be available in your area. For those who do not have 4G LTE and will not have it by the end of the month, the question of whether you should purchase the Galaxy S3 or not comes up.
With Verizon not expected to cover the US until 2013, AT&T training behind with the end of 2013 and Sprint having not even started, it begs the question of whether the Galaxy S3 is a good purchase for those who do not have 4G LTE coverage in their area and no idea when it might show up. For T-Mobile, they have plans, but their roll out will not happen until early 2013. We are hoping that Sprint kicks off their roll out with the arrival of the Galaxy S3 in selected areas.
Some might say that Apple is right around the corner with what is expected to be the iPhone 5 and it is expected to be a 4G LTE phone. But with Apple, nothing is for certain until the phone is officially announced. So, it gets down to a question of whether you feel there is enough value in the Galaxy S3 even if you do not have 4G LTE coverage right now or even 4 – 6 months down the road.
For me, I live outside the general San Francisco Bay area and probably will not see 4G LTE until the fall or end of the year at the earliest. Even with not being able to take advantage of the LTE speed when at home, traveling into the bay area occasionally makes this a desirable phone. But, it is all the other features beyond the 4G LTE speeds which make this a great phone to have now and take advantage of LTE when it arrives later for me. It has NFC capabilities built in and those are going to be growing quickly by the end of summer. There is S Voice, the Siri competitor, which is going to be great. The increased screen size and the 12 mp camera are a few more. The Galaxy S3 has a lot of great things going for it beyond the 4G LTE, so even with it not in my service area, I am willing to purchase one.
If you do not have 4G LTE in your area for your selected Galaxy S3 carrier, are you still going to buy one?