T-Mobile finally gets an LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III

T-Mobile finally gets an LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III
Now that it has started building out an LTE network all of its own, T-Mobile has started offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III with LTE connectivity. Unlike the T-Mobile branded Samsung GALAXY Note II, which was sold with an LTE radio that was turned on with a firmware update, the Samsung Galaxy S III was sold by T-Mobile without a way to update it to work with LTE signals.

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

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Galaxy S III T-Mobile
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10.00h talk time)




Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Finally, great. ®

2. Syksyd

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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: Jul 03, 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?

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