Alright, you've read the title of this article so you have a pretty good idea of what to expect, but before I go much further I must warn you to take this with a rather large grain of salt and classify this as a major rumor, not to be confused with any sort of actual confirmation. PhonesLimited, a UK-based website that compares mobile phone prices for consumers, is claiming that they have received confirmation of a June 1st release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S to the UK.
The site says that "The new Samsung Galaxy S i9000 will be available unlocked to all networks from June 1st 2010 with an initial release date price of £549.99," a hefty price tag if you ask me (but you can also assume that's off-contract). Upon further investigation the site expounds that "all networks" means O2, Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Virgin and 3. Aside from giving details about the phone which you already know, that's all PhonesLimited had to say on the topic - citing no press release or any information as to where the so-called "confirmation" came from.
Naturally, this made us curious so we felt compelled to see what else could be found in order to qualify the rumor. Here's what we found: Yugatech, a Philippines-based blog-site is reporting that they met with a Samsung representative to get a first look at the Galaxy S. No pictures were allowed, however, the rep told Yugatech that the device would be available in "close to a month or two," which could mean June or July, but is definitely on par with the summer launch we're expecting. They also mentioned that the retail (read: off-contract) price would be Php32,000 (Phillipines Pesos) which is the equivalent of $721 US and £435. You'll notice that the price as it's converted from Phillipines Pesos to British Pounds Sterling is roughly £115 less than reported by PhonesLimited, which leaves me curious as to whether this is a difference in price from country to country, or just inaccurate information from PhonesLimited.
Overall, the Filipino blogger seemed to be impressed with the device and you can read more on that by following the source link below. It's hard to say what all of this really means, as you know by this point the rumor mill is a bit of a roller coaster with too many peaks and valleys to keep track of. Just when you think something's going to happen, you come to the next drop. All I can say is, I hope we get more information on the US version of this device soon, as I'm beginning to get a bit antsy.
Anyone care to spend the price of a 32GB 3G iPad for the Galaxy S? Sound off in the comments!