Enterprise-ready SAFE Galaxy S3 coming by July to five US carriers, other SAFE devices to follow

by: Chris SmithJune 18, 2012

Samsung unveiled today a new Galaxy S3 model that’s going to be ready to securely satisfy the smartphone needs of business customers. The SAFE Galaxy S3 version will be available from five U.S. mobile operators carrying the handset at some point by July, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, with other SAFE handsets expected to follow in the future.

SAFE stands for “Samsung Approved for Enterprise” and the new marketing brand will describe all those mobile devices made by Samsung which will be ready to support enterprise security standards.

SAFE refers to a variety of features that will be available across a variety of Android OS versions “from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich” and probably beyond:

Out of the box, the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies. This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

In addition to these SAFE features, the SAFE Galaxy S3 will not come with any changes when it comes to overall hardware, Android features and design.

In order to convince potential business customers to purchase the new SAFE Galaxy S3 handset, Samsung is also kicking off a new promotion called SAFE2SWITH, which is basically a trade-up program that will let those business customers trade-in their existing Samsung or other smartphone for a SAFE device – in this case the Galaxy S3.

We have no idea what other SAFE devices will be available from Samsung, but we’re surely going to keep you in the loop. In the mean time, are you buying a SAFE Galaxy S3 model?

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Samsung Makes Android SAFE™ for Enterprises,

Offers Trade-In Program to Upgrade to the Galaxy S III

Samsung is the First to Launch a Quality Assured, Enterprise-Compliant Android Smartphone

DALLAS — June 18, 2012 — With the AndroidTM operating system projected to be the No. 1 platform for enterprise smartphones by 2013

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) is simplifying enterprise adoption with the introduction of SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) and the first SAFE-branded smartphone in the United States, the Galaxy S® III, which will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular by July. To aid prosumers and corporations in accessing the most innovative smartphone on the market, Samsung is also introducing SAFE2SWITCH, a trade-up program that offers competitive pricing for qualifying smartphones for both individuals and enterprise customers.

SAFE – Optimized for the Enterprise

SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices secure and manageable by systematically meeting the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. Samsung created SAFE as a way to defragment the Android OS across multiple versions from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich at U.S. carriers. Out of the box, the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies. This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

Over the last 12 months, Samsung has surpassed its next nearest handset and smartphone competitors to become No. 1 globally and now has its sights set on the enterprise. Working closely with enterprise customers and industry-leading solutions providers, Samsung developed a thorough quality assurance program. This program begins with MDM and VPN solutions providers using Samsung’s software development kit to deeply integrate their solution on the SAFE device. Once the development effort is completed, Samsung and the solution provider then thoroughly test and verify the device’s support for the MDM and/or VPN software. This collaboration, coupled with the testing process, creates solutions that are optimized for SAFE devices and enterprise use including adoption within regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

“It’s now safe to say that the ‘Next Big Thing in Enterprise’ is here with the near-term availability of SAFE-branded Galaxy S III devices at five U.S. carriers,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile. “The highly desirable, SAFE-branded and QA-tested Galaxy S III smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives.”

Galaxy S III – Powerful, Collaborative, Secure

The Galaxy S III offers secure features and capabilities that may be used in a wide range of business situations to improve efficiency and productivity.

AllShare Play – Group Cast: Securely share PowerPoint presentations and PDFs with business partners also using Galaxy S III devices
Share Shot: Quickly and easily compile and share photos with colleagues and contacts
S Beam One Touch Sharing (NFC and Wi-Fi Direct): Quickly exchange contact and meeting information or company documents by simply tapping phones together. S Beam can also be controlled via an MDM solution.
Intelligent Display and Motion: Focus on the job at hand with intuitive features like Direct Call andSmart Stay
HD Super AMOLEDTM Display: Review detailed plans or blueprints with brilliant 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display on second-generation rugged Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Samsung TecTiles: NFC programmable tags and mobile application transform how businesses, both large and small, engage their customers
SAFE2SWITCH Prosumer / Enterprise Trade-In Program

With the launch of the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III, Samsung is announcing the availability of a trade-up program called SAFE2SWITCH which simplifies the transition to Samsung SAFE devices from Samsung or other manufacturers’ smartphones. Both prosumers and corporate customers alike can take advantage of this program which offers very competitive trade-in values in real-time from their existing smartphone or Internet-connected device. For more details, visit www.samsungsafe2switch.com.

© Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC. Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, and TecTiles are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Android and Nexus are trademarks of Google Inc. Gorilla Glass is a trademark of Corning Incorporated. All other company names, product names and marks are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

  • EmpireITtech

    I’m guessing this is the same S3 but with just extra stuff?…or?….

  • andy b

    How much more will it cost than a “normal” S3? Why not just make this standard? Seems like needless customer confusion.

  • Yes I will be getting the safe version. Because I don’t roll without protection. ;)

  • Joe Jones

    I’m wondering whether a regular S3 can be upgraded to “SAFE” status with downloadable software, or whether these changes are hardwired…