T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon announce Samsung Galaxy S III availability

T-Mobile and Verizon are the first two major US carriers to announce the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III and it is great to see the form factor being maintained rather than changed like often happens when these devices come to the US.

A month ago Samsung announced the Galaxy S III and today we hear from T-Mobile and Sprint that they will be launching their versions on 21 June while Verizon will start taking pre-orders on June 6th. Sprint customers can pre-order the device on 5 June, tomorrow. Like the Galaxy S II, most US carriers will get this device and some will modify it from the original, international version. I am pleased to see that T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are keeping the center physical button, unlike what AT&T did with the Galaxy Note.

T-Mobile did not reveal the price for the device, but Verizon and Sprint show that it will be $199.99 with a 2-year contract for the 16GB model. Verizon and Sprint will also have the 32GB model for $50 more. These models include the following specifications:

  • 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8 megapixel rear camera nd 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
  • 16 or 32 GB internal memory
  • microSD slot for expanded memory capacity
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Metallic blue or ceramic white color options

The T-Mobile one supports their fast 42 Mbps HSPA+ network while the Verizon and Sprint ones support their LTE network. I have my Verizon line suspended right now as I wait for a new device, either the Galaxy S III or new iPhone, so I will wait and see what comes by the end of June before making an upgrade choice. Then again, I do have an available upgrade on T-Mobile so may go with that model.