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Samsung Galaxy S4 variants for Sprint and MetroPCS visit the FCC

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Samsung Galaxy S4 variants for Sprint and MetroPCS visit the FCC
After the international Samsung Galaxy S4 model got the FCC's approval, now it's time for two US-bound variants of the device to receive the commission's blessing. First we have the Sprint version, known as the SPH-L720, and then right after it comes the SCH-R970, which is bound to land on MetroPCS. But while these two Samsung Galaxy S4 models are practically one and the same, with both 3G and LTE connectivity and all that, there are a few minor differences that should be noted.

Samsung Galaxy S4 models for Sprint and MetroPCS visit the FCC
Samsung Galaxy S4 models for Sprint and MetroPCS visit the FCC

Samsung Galaxy S4 models for Sprint and MetroPCS visit the FCC

It turns out that the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Sprint will support a broad range of HSPA networks, meaning that one will be able to take it on a trip to Europe and still enjoy 3G connectivity while being there. The MetroPCS model won't play along with HSPA 3G frequencies, but it comes with broader LTE network support, although we aren't sure whether users will notice any difference in real life. 

So yeah, two US Samsung Galaxy S4 versions have already passed the FCC, and the rest are likely to follow suit in the near future. Hopefully we'll see their respective carriers open the pre-order flood gates by the end of next month.

source: FCC via Engadget

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posted on 28 Mar 2013, 05:20

1. yowanvista (Posts: 275; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


They can't they use the international versions like people from the rest of the world? I see, they prefer locked bootloaders, late updates and non-standard LTE bands..

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 06:39 1

2. samdsox (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Oh yes, because we Americans looooooooooooove being screwed over by the phone companies. //sarcasm

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:04 1

3. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)


Come on Sprint let's just get on with these pre orders!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 11:32

4. GeekNews (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Curious that the SCH-R970 is thought of as a Metro phone since Metro is the only carrier that hasn't officially been listed nor have they ever mentioned adding the S4 to their line-up. I'm sure it will happen just one of those oddities.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 11:33

5. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


pre-orders! dont u know, sprint loooooooooooooooves being last!....

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:54

6. prince9030 (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Sprint is horrible with pre orders they can never be the first to announce anything..

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 22:28

7. Pinkii (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


All i want from sprint is to at least give me a date of when you're going to start taking oders but no, when i do a quick check every(other) day it's either AT&T or Verizion...US Cellular?? Come on sprint, just give me a date already!!

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