Samsung Galaxy S III Comes to Sprint, the Only Wireless Carrier to
Offer the Device with Unlimited Data Pricing Plans and Google Wallet
Pre-Loaded, on June 21
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 04, 2012 -
Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly
unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1,
will offer Samsung Galaxy S® III beginning on Thursday, June
21. Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile),
the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and the No. 1 smartphone
provider worldwide2, Galaxy S III is powered by Android™ 4.0,
Ice Cream Sandwich, and boasts a brilliant 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™
touchscreen and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network when it launches
later this year.
Sprint is the only national U.S. wireless carrier to offer Galaxy S III
preloaded with Google
Wallet™ enabling the phone to act like a personal wallet using Near
Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at more than 100,000 participating
Samsung Galaxy S III will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and
32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible
upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business
Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com).
The 32GB version will be available exclusively through Web Sales.
Customers can pre-order the device beginning Tuesday, June 5, at www.sprint.com/galaxysiii.
It will be available in two color options – Pebble Blue and Marble White.
“Sprint and Samsung take another leap forward together in bringing our
customers the best in mobile technology with Galaxy S III on the Sprint
4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development,
Sprint. “Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to offer this device with the
simplicity of unlimited data plans. Our customers will appreciate being
able to use the robust features and capabilities of this device without
worrying about data caps, throttling or silly overage charges.”
Galaxy S III offers the speed of a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of
RAM for multitasking, amazing graphics and rich HD multimedia content.
It also has two cameras – an 8-megapixel rear-facing zero shutter-lag
camera with LED flash, 1080p video capture, intelligent camera features
and facial recognition and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. New
features designed to make the phone easier to use include:
S Voice™ is the advanced natural language
user interface that enables search and basic device-user
communication. It can be used to turn the volume up or down on the
music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to
snooze the alarm clock or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”
Motion simplifies the user experience by
understanding the motion of the user. If the user is messaging but
decides to call the person instead, they simply lift the phone to the
ear and ‘Direct Call’ will dial the phone number. Motion includes
quick camera access, missed event alert, double tap to top of list,
screen shot, quick pause, quick rotate, turn over to mute, shake to
refresh and raise phone to ear to make a call from messaging.
Smart Stay uses facial recognition
technology and the front-facing camera to identify the user’s eyes.
Smart Stay disables screen timeout if the device detects the user’s
eyes are looking at the screen. Galaxy S III is “smart” enough to
recognize the user is reading an e-book or browsing the web and
maintains a bright display for easy viewing.
Galaxy S III also takes sharing to a new level by making it fast and
easy to share pictures, videos and presentations between devices or with
friends and groups of people.
S Beam expands on Android Beam™ to
enhance device-to-device sharing through NFC technology by adding the
ability to share photos, videos, documents and other DRM-free content
to Android Beam. This allows a 1GB file to be shared within minutes
and a 10MB file within seconds by simply touching another Galaxy S III
Play allows users to wirelessly connect Galaxy S III to their
PC, tablet or television to immediately share files, stream music,
user-generated videos, photos and other DRM-free content to
AllShare-enabled devices using Wi-Fi®. It also allows the
user to remotely access files on up to six Samsung devices.
AllShare Group Cast lets the user share a
presentation or photo album in real time with multiple friends on the
same Wi-Fi network.
Share Shot allows photos to be easily and
simultaneously shared with a group of friends directly from the camera
using device-to-device Wi-Fi Direct.
Samsung Galaxy S III customers enjoy an unlimited data experience with
Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any
Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling
to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting
at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month
versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web,
or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited
text and 2GB web (excludes taxes and surcharges).
Sprint announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and
San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in
mid-year 2012. The anticipated launch of these large metropolitan areas
demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network
through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas should soon
enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. For the most
up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive
range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the
freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users.
Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the
first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing,
engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first
wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States;
offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands
including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction
Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most
improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last
four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green
Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the
highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit
Sprint at www.sprint.com
Android, Google Wallet, Google+, Google Play, Android Beam, YouTube and
Google Voice are trademarks of Google, Inc.
AllShare, S Voice and Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung
Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks
mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be
trademarks or registered trademarks. 4G used in connection with the
Samsung Galaxy S III refers to the fact that the device is capable of
operating on Sprint’s 4G LTE network.
1Everything Data Plan with no data overages or throttling
Samsung is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the
No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide claims according to Strategy
Analytics, Q1 2012 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipment and Global
Smartphone Shipment Reports.