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Verizon Galaxy S3 global roaming support will come later via software update

June 6, 2012

Verizon already announced launch details for its own Galaxy S3 version. Starting today, the phone is available for pre-order, with subsidized pricing staring at $199.99 for the 16GB model. The carrier is also going to sell the handset for full retail price, starting at $599.99 to those customers not interested in inking a new contract with Verizon.

However, the bad news for buyers that want to purchase the Verizon Galaxy S3 is that the carrier will only launch the device at some point in early July, at least according to recent reports. Meanwhile, Sprint and T-Mobile have already confirmed that their Galaxy S3 units will hit stores on June 21.

Like that’s not enough, we now hear that Verizon customers that happen to travel to various international destinations on a regular basis will not be able to use their brand new Galaxy S3 in those regions. The Galaxy S3 global roaming feature will be turned on only later down the road via a software update. That means the Verizon Galaxy S3 will initially be able to connect only to the carrier’s 3G CDMA and 4G LTE networks, as the GSM support, needed to use the phone in European and other international markets, will be disabled by default.

As expected, Verizon did not announce when this software update will be released, so get ready for some extra waiting. Furthermore, the carrier apparently plans to update other devices to support global wireless networks in similar software updates, although it’s not clear at this time what these devices are – HTC Rezound, Motorola Droid 4 and LG Spectrum are among the Android handsets rumored to get such updates – and when they’ll be ready to roam in GSM networks.

Is the Verizong Galaxy S3 global roaming initial unavailability a turn off for you when deciding to buy the handset?