A big disadvantage for consumers in the US is the fact that their choice of mobile device is restricted according to what network carrier they choose, and vice versa. For example, a big reason why T-Mobile has struggled over the past few years is the lack of the iPhone in its smartphone lineup. Similarly, the HTC One X is available exclusively for AT&T subscribers, with a One X variation featuring a complete re-design, the HTC EVO 4G, available on Sprint. Granted, it is possible to buy unlocked versions of the device, but this deprives customers of some of the benefits of the contract-based system.
Luckily, the legions of fans of the Samsung Galaxy S3 won’t have to worry about network carrier availability or exclusivity. It looks like the “next Galaxy” will be available from all four major networks in the US, i.e. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
With AT&T and T-Mobile confirming that the Galaxy S3 will star in their device lineup for the summer, there was some doubts on whether a CDMA version (used by Verizon and Sprint) will be launched as well. We’ve heard rumors about a Verizon device codenamed SCH-I535, that showed up in benchmark tests featuring a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. Keeping in line with Verizon’s naming scheme for their high-end Samsung devices, the SCH-I535 is most likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The great news is that the above screenshot from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group website all but confirms the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the Verizon Wireless network. As you can see from above, the SCH-I535 is a Samsung CDMA device, and if I’m not mistaken, the image is of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Of course, there is always the slightest of possibilities that the above CDMA device could be part of another network entirely. But, unless some other company has decided to steal Big Red’s device naming scheme, the SCH-I535 is definitely part of Verizon’s smartphone lineup.
The expected release date of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US is June, which isn’t that far away. Hopefully we’ll get confirmations and more details on versions (a la HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G) soon.
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