Samsung Galaxy S3 for Verizon almost confirmed. Bluetooth SIG approves the SCH-I535

May 22, 2012

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.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for the Samsung Galaxy S3? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Comments

  • gloriousnumber1

    Not quad core?

  • annonyMOUSE

    for us, samsung’s exynos 4412 quad core doesn’t pack with advanced 4G LTE communicating standard’s.
    so, they’ll change it to the Snapdragon S4 which is optimized for 4G LTE communication standard’s and it’s performance is not that bad from the quad core exynos though.

  • Dansgxxr

    No quad core processor? june 1st ?

    • Guest

      Who needs a quad-core when my phone is already extremely fast… and beside most apps won’t benefit 1 bit from it.

      Quad = useless waste of power, heat, space, battery, and money.

  • Jaysann22

    I Don’t understand why the big US carriers are waiting till the last minute to announce this device!! If it really is going to be released in June why all the hush hush?

    Most devices they launch are announced AT LEAST a month in advance before it’s launch date. It’s just common sense in marketing strategy.

    I also think the SIII will arrive just in time for Verizons data capped plans….. How convenient….

    • Terrence Greene

      too true… it would be the perfect time to get people to change out their data plans

    • Chriski333

      yea bro i think thats what they gonna do and its total bullshit but if i cant get the s3 on verizon with my unlimited data then i go bye bye and right back to at&t

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SSO7OBZ5JQAI4LXZMHM63MGMFM Roy

      The carriers have figured out that they profit more by having people buy yesterday’s phones up until the last minute. Guy walks into a store and asks for the hottest phone the day before S3 comes out…i’m surprised that they even lead the new releases with price slashes as much as they do. If people knew, paid attention, and weren’t tech fiend early adopters like the rest of us, they would never pay $299 for a contract phone. Verizon releases phones just about every quarter, with the $299 tag lasting about 3 months. If they didn’t control the buzz, they’d have fewer people buying “older” phones on impulse.

  • Tst1180

    Why does one of the largest markets on the planet always seem to get the shi**y watered down versions of the phones? I’m so sick of that! And who the eff cares about LTE? Most markets still don’t even have 4G much less 4G LTE! It’ll be years and time for a new phone anyway by the time the LTE gets anywhere near my area. This is all BS! Ugh….

  • Guest

    > And who the eff cares about LTE?

    Huh? You do not want 10 *TIMES* the speed… for the same price???

    Verizon covers 200+ cities with excellent LTE 4G. Soon to be 400+ cities.

    And… the network is only being used by about 5% of their customers. It’s wide-open for extremely high speed use.

    • Terrence Greene

      But whats all that speed gonna do for you? Data caps and terrible batterly life will all but ruin your 4g experience. The fact is that for me i use my phone for playing games or basicaly using apps. This doesnt require 4g at all. In fact im oftenly in a plain or in some hole in the wall place where verizon .. att.. it doesnt matter there is no signal… at which point 4g 3g … its all useless i just need good battery life..

      I mean the most i do data wise is streaming from netflix. But even in doing that 3g speeds have proved more then addiqute for flawless streaming with no lag on my original Galaxy s… So really… What do i need 4g for? Speed is good but its generally not available when i need it and not worth the toll to my batterylife.

      • punkcitykid

        You can disable the 4g when you don’t need it…now repeat “choices are good”

  • Tst1180

    Maybe i need to switch to Verizon then. I just don’t wanna get bent over for their data charges. Sprints 4G coverage in my whole state is limited as I said before. By the time Sprint rolls around to upgrading to LTE here, I’ll need a new phone. sigh…..

  • GerStud101

    Anyone who expected this phone to come to the US with quadcore is a bit too hopeful. Its been clear for a long time that it is extremely likley we will see the S4 dualcore SoC here in the US, just like the US variants of the One X. Luckily, according to reviews of the US HTC phones, the S4 performs just as good, if not better, than their quadcore solution. Not sure how it’ll compare the Exynos processor, but it will by no means be bad–itll still be the best on the market here in the US no holds barred.

  • Bebov

    много ми харесва и има много възможности които ме устроиват

    • Stefan

      Strahoten Telephone e , ma ako go iskash zemi go na tmobile ne na verizon

  • Juan Romero

    i prefer the exynos isntead of s4… apart from the task managing capability which i love. LTE is great but lets be real data charges are great to…

    I know what he means my evo barely gets 4g where i live.(corona CA)

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  • Amakrakis

    I want the quad core so I can stream video in pip and browse the web at the same time… Then rub it in iphone users face. If they confirm the phone will not have quadcore I will just get another droid and try to spare myself data charges.

  • JazzoRenee

    Verizon has already capped their data plans, where have y’all been???

    I just want the Verizon verison to have 2GB of RAM as the Japanese verison has.

  • Tamaraschropp

    If you are already with verizon and have the unlimites data for $30/mo then you should be grandfathered in according to what a local rep was explaining to me the other day. I currently have unlimited and she told me i would be able to remIn unlimited at the same price. We’ll see though.

  • Ro

    Verizon 4G LTE, what a joke!!! I can’t even drive across any city around Dallas without it changing from 4G to 3G back and forth. At least 50% of the time it’s in the 3G mode, what a waste of money for an almost 4G plan!!

  • NoName

    Im a verison customer. I havnnt upgraded to a new phone in 3 years because of the poor selection of smartphones. Im using a 3 1/2 year old blackberry storm.

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