AT&T variant of Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB only, but available in red
posted by Alan F. / Jun 05, 2012, 12:24 AM
AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S III
All of those U.S. carriers planning on offering both the 16GB and 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S III take one step forward. Uh, not so fast AT&T. For reasons yet to be revealed, the nation's second largest carrier will be offering just the 16GB model of the eagerly awaited handset. With the microSD slot and $39 for a 16GB card, you can double the native storage to 32GB.
The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be available for pre-order on June 6th for a price of $199.99 with a signed two-year pact. And while you AT&T customers might feel a bit slighted at not getting the opportunity to purchase the 32GB model of the device, you will get the exclusive opportunity to buy it in red! That, of course, is in addition to the Marble White and Pebble Blue colors that the other carriers are also getting.
You might recall that last year there were three different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II for each of the major U.S. carriers that offered it. Sprint had a model with a 4.52 inch screen and a dual-core Samsung Exynos processor. T-Mobile had the same sized screen but used a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. AT&T had the dual-core Exynos processor, but offered a smaller 4.3 inch display.
"The addition of the Samsung Galaxy S III to our portfolio of 4G-LTE devices gives our customers another truly cutting-edge smartphone to choose from. With an exclusive red color this summer and the power of the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T delivers the best wireless experience for Galaxy S III fans."-Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility.
AT&T* customers will be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III in the coming weeks with preorders beginning June 6 in company-owned stores and online at www.wireless.att.com. Only AT&T’s version of the 4G LTE-powered Galaxy S III will be able to take advantage of the nation’s largest 4G network.
AT&T customers will also have exclusive access to a red version of the Galaxy S III this summer, for red, white and blue color choices. The smartphone will be available for $199.99** for the 16 GB model after a two-year service agreement, and AT&T stores will also feature a 16 GB MicroSD card at a low price of $39 for a total of 32 GB for under $238.99.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 260 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE*** and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you’re on a much slower 3G network.
Easy to use and comfortable in the hand, the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display is surrounded by an ultra-thin bezel to maximize the viewing area of the Galaxy S III. Weighing only 4.7 ounces and 8.6 millimeters thin, the combination of a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and unique services in such an attractive package sets the Galaxy S III apart from other smartphones.
The Galaxy S III features advanced options for sharing and adding simplicity to one’s life. For sharing, Samsung’s AllShare® Play, Group Cast and Share Shot functions help you to share photos with a group of friends or a presentation with co-workers and S-Beam allows easy transfer of large files from one Galaxy S III to another by touching the backs of the two devices. SVoice™ features natural language recognition to allow customers to control applications and services with words instead of touch. The Galaxy S III also includes simple to use camera features like Best Shot to choose the best image from a series when taking a photo.
“The addition of the Samsung Galaxy S III to our portfolio of 4G-LTE devices gives our customers another truly cutting-edge smartphone to choose from,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility. “With an exclusive red color this summer and the power of the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T delivers the best wireless experience for Galaxy S III fans.”
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**Limited time offer. Discounted pricing requires a new 2-year agreement with a qualifying voice plan and data plan.
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For most people 16GB is more than enough storage. Plus if customers really need more storage they can buy a microSD card on eBay for cheap and pick the size they need. To sum it up, I think AT&T made a good decision.
You'd be amazed at how much control carriers can have over design. Also, I was definitely joking about the patriotic thing, but I guess you really took my original comment seriously. I'm sorry if the sarcasm was lost on you, and I hope I haven't offended you in any way...
All I wrote was "Samsung = Korea." I'm not offended but rather I feel like I offended you and you took it as a challenge and replied "AT&T = United States of America." I probably shouldn't have even replied in the first place because I honestly don't really care, lol. I actually would have preferred they launch it July 4th.
thats not true. the carriers get a final say in many aspects of the device, including color... which is why there were such wide variations in the SGS1 and SGS2. Samsung was just bowing to pressure from the carriers for modifications. It looks like they stood up to the carriers for the most part this time around since this seems to be the only variation other than LTE or HSPA+
So true. I think Samsung is doing the right thing by building a brand and improving that brand image by taking control over most aspects with respect to the product. They took a page from Apple on this one and I think in the long run it will return nothing but gains from them. They back took control of their product. Good for them!
I know why they won't release it in 32 GB...
...Because they don't want it to be able to compete with their precious higher GB iPhone offerings.
If they offered a 32 gig Galaxy S3, the memory card slot would allow for a 64 gig phone at a full hundred less than the iPhone.
Apple must have had a FIT when the news about multiple memory variants came out.
Or how about 32GB + 32/ 64 GB microSDHC card for more storage space? People are constantly suggesting to others on using the phone as an all-in-one device (music, photos, videos, apps) so the more memory the better.
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