Samsung Galaxy S III headed to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile in JuneAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Sprint announced this morning that its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands will soon begin offering the Samsung Galaxy S III. The handset will be hitting both Boost and Virgin in June with 4G LTE connectivity in tow, giving buyers access to Sprint LTE coverage in the 88 markets where the service is currently available. Pricing for the Boost and Virgin Galaxy S III models will be announced at a later date. We do have the spec details for the two units, though, and they're (unsurprisingly) fairly similar to the Galaxy S IIIs that are available on several other U.S. carriers:
- 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 8-megapixel rear, 1.9-megapixel front cameras
- 3G/4G connectivity
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Meanwhile, Sprint has announced plans to launch a trio of tri-band 4G LTE mobile broadband devices this summer. Included in the pack are two mobile hotspots from Novatel and Netgear and a Netgear-made USB modem. All three devices will include support for LTE on Sprint's 800MHz (service rolling out later this year after the iDEN shutdown) and 1900MHz bands as well as Clearwire's 2500Mhz band. The trio will be landing on Sprint shelves this summer, but the big yellow carrier hasn't yet said how much they'll cost when they do. Here's the rundown on the three new Sprint LTE-equipped mobile broadband products:
- Novatel MiFi 500 LTE: Features 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and support for up to 10 simultaneous connections. Powered by an 1,800mAh battery that is quoted for 10 hours of use on a single charge.
- Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot: Packs in 3G and 4G support as well as GSM connectivity for global roaming. Also included is built-in LCD touchscreen for managing settings, support for 10 simultaneous connections and a 2,500mAh battery that should last 10 hours on a single charge.
- Netgear 341U USB Modem: Just like Sprint's new mobile hotspots, this USB modem includes 3G and 4G connectivity. Also packs built-in LCD screen for displaying connection status, signal strength and data usage.
Sprint has also teased that its first smartphones with tri-band LTE support will be coming before the end of 2013. The handsets will be made by Samsung and LG, but those are the only details being offered by Sprint so far. Stay tuned and we'll give you a shout once we hear more.