Earlier today we saw several carriers spill varying amounts of beans on their launch plans for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now it's AT&T's turn. The operator just revealed that it'll begin taking pre-orders for its Galaxy S III on June 6, with a release to follow "in the coming weeks." AT&T plans to offer both the Pebble Blue and Marble White versions of the Galaxy S III, and the carrier also mentions that it'll offer an exclusive red version of the device later this summer. Pricing for the 16GB model will be set at $199.99 with a two-year contract. There's no mention of a 32GB version in the announcement, but AT&T does say that its stores will carry a 16GB microSD card for $39, bringing the total for a 16GB Galaxy S III and 16GB card to $238.99.
As Samsung announced earlier today, the U.S. model of the Galaxy S III will include features like a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. AT&T also confirms in its announcement that it's Galaxy S III will pack in 4G LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, what the big blue carrier didn't do today is offer a peek at its red version of the newest Galaxy S family member, so it'll be interesting to see just what a red Galaxy S III looks like. Here's to hoping that we find out both that and more launch details soon. Until then, you can find today's announcement from AT&T available below for your reading pleasure.
AT&T Customers Will Be Able To Preorder The Samsung Galaxy S III for $199.99 Starting June 6
Pebble Blue and Marble White Versions to be Followed by Exclusive Red Version Later This Summer
DALLAS, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* customers will be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III in the coming weeks with preorders beginning June 6 in company-owned stores and online at www.wireless.att.com. Only AT&T's version of the 4G LTE-powered Galaxy S III will be able to take advantage of the nation's largest 4G network.
AT&T customers will also have exclusive access to a red version of the Galaxy S III this summer, for red, white and blue color choices. The smartphone will be available for $199.99** for the 16 GB model after a two-year service agreement, and AT&T stores will also feature a 16 GB MicroSD card at a low price of $39 for a total of 32 GB for under $238.99.
AT&T customers have access to the nation's largest 4G network, covering more than 260 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE*** and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you're on a much slower 3G network.
Easy to use and comfortable in the hand, the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display is surrounded by an ultra-thin bezel to maximize the viewing area of the Galaxy S III. Weighing only 4.7 ounces and 8.6 millimeters thin, the combination of a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and unique services in such an attractive package sets the Galaxy S III apart from other smartphones.
The Galaxy S III features advanced options for sharing and adding simplicity to one's life. For sharing, Samsung's AllShare® Play, Group Cast and Share Shot functions help you to share photos with a group of friends or a presentation with co-workers and S-Beam allows easy transfer of large files from one Galaxy S III to another by touching the backs of the two devices. SVoice™ features natural language recognition to allow customers to control applications and services with words instead of touch. The Galaxy S III also includes simple to use camera features like Best Shot to choose the best image from a series when taking a photo.
"The addition of the Samsung Galaxy S III to our portfolio of 4G-LTE devices gives our customers another truly cutting-edge smartphone to choose from," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility. "With an exclusive red color this summer and the power of the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T delivers the best wireless experience for Galaxy S III fans."
For more information, customers can visit http://www.att.com/galaxysiii.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited time offer. Discounted pricing requires a new 2-year agreement with a qualifying voice plan and data plan.
***4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
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