While in the past it seemed that phones were rolled out to a variety of carriers over the course of months (the Samsung Galaxy SII took nearly a year between the international release and some US carrier launches), we are now seeing more handset makers working to launch on as many carriers as quickly as possible. Case in point – the Samsung Galaxy SIII is launching all over the place right about now – and this week U.S. Cellular has the Galaxy SIII available to buy!
Why is this a good thing? Because it allows smartphone users to make their choices based on what carrier they prefer rather than whichever carrier gets the phone they want first.
Here are some details on the new phone:
The Samsung GALAXY S® III, a 4G LTE™ capable Smartphone, offers a vivid viewing experience with its 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display. Experience fast content sharing and connectivity with advanced content sharing capabilities and enjoy Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The GALAXY S III has enhanced usability that provides an ergonomic experience through voice and gesture controls. The GALAXY S III also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience, including: Pop up Play so users can play a video on their screen while simultaneously running other tasks; an 8 MP camera with zero-lag shutter speed to capture moving objects without delay; and video chatting with the 1.9 MP front-facing camera.
In terms of the offer, here is what U.S. Cellular has to say:
We are happy to share that the 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S III is available for U.S. Cellular customers to purchase online at www.uscellular.com and will be for sale in retail stores by the end of the week. The 32 GB versions will be available shortly after that. Interested customers can call their local store to check availability before Friday as some stores may receive their devices sooner. The 16 GB version is $199.99 and the 32 GB version is $249.99, both after $100 mail-in rebates.