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.

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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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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..

2. samdsox

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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

3. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

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

4. GeekNews

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

5. PhonePhazer47

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

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

6. prince9030

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

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

7. Pinkii

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 30, 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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