The latest Galaxy device will be available from Amazon stores for a pre-order SIM-unlocked price of $800. Samsung and the different wireless carriers are yet to announce the Galaxy S III gadgets that would be available from their stores. While the release has been slated for June 1, the steep Amazon price comes as a surprise to many.
No 4G in the $800 Phone
The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is known as GT-i9300 cannot be used in 4G LTE networks. Moreover, the disadvantages do not stop at that it does not work on all carriers. It supports AT&T’s 3G HSPA+ network, but the SIMs of Verizon Wireless and Sprint will not do. It works on T-Mobile’s network, but you can only make calls because there is no support for the 1700 MHz band, you cannot use the GT-i9300 for using high-speed data services. The only refreshing thing is the processor that it uses the new 1.4 GHz quad core Exynos that do not support the 4G LTE.
Better Off Waiting
Therefore, it is better waiting for the carrier contract phones, which will cost little and like most newbies will support the 4G LTE. The 4.8-inch display smartphone coming with Android 4.0, 1 GB RAM and an 8 MP camera will most probably drop the quad core Exynos for dual core chips like Snapdragon S4, which supports 4G speeds. So in a few weeks it is unlikely that many of you will buy the new Samsung Galaxy S III from Amazon no 4G, a mind destroying $800 price tag and in effect able to use only in the AT&T 3G network. If you are not so eager better, wait for the carrier contract versions, which will get you all the things you can think of that you can get in an iPhone.