T-Mobile finally gets an LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III LTE is available from T-Mobile's web site and right now only the Marble White model can be purchased. The nation's fourth largest carrier is offering the phone for a down payment of $69.99. The rest of the money is due in 24 monthly installments of $20 for a total cost of $549.99. This is the 16GB version of the phone and it is unknown if other variants are going to be offered. For just $80 more, T-Mobile customers can buy the newer Samsung Galaxy S4.
If you are not anywhere near T-Mobile's LTE coverage, you can still purchase the older model without LTE connectivity for the same $549.99 price. This model still has 4G data speed through the carrier's HSPA+ pipeline.
source: T-Mobile via AndroidCentral
2. Syksyd (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
We havehad the S3 LTE version for about 2 weeks now....Plus if you live in the IE area like I do, I am enjoying the LTE to the fullest, which was deployed just yesterday...Im getting 26MB Download and 15Upload...Awesome
3. Droid773 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
Why would you buy the s3 when you can buy the s4 for a few dollars more?
4. HASHTAG (unregistered)
So, that they can spend $80 less? But in seriousness, I would go ahead and just get the S4.
5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Why would I want to get an HSPA+ only version of a device when I can get a version that has LTE & HSPA+ for the same price? Even if I didn't have LTE in my city, which T-Mobile doesn't have and probably won't have, I would get the LTE version just in case I went to a city that did have LTE. I would also get it just to say that I've got an LTE device.
6. alouden (unregistered)
True. There is no point to getting the version without LTE. The only advantage I see is the longer battery life of the non-LTE version.
7. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
$549 upfront? Hey why is tmobile making people buy their phones full price? They are killing their customers..what happened to the standard 199 or 299 two year agreement? Am I the only person that thinks this is crazy?