TELUS Announces LTE-Enabled Galaxy S III, Is T-Mobile Getting One Too?

Earlier today, Samsung Mobile Canada and TELUS Mobility announced that TELUS customers will be getting the Samsung Galaxy S III. While specifications (and any changes from the international model) were scarce, what is known is that TELUS will be receiving an AWS LTE enabled version. Now, we’re interested in a T-Mobile USA Galaxy S III, so why do we care about TELUS in Canada getting a Galaxy S III? We care because TELUS and T-Mobile USA always get the same variants of devices. A few examples from the past:

  • T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant became the TELUS Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate
  • T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G became the TELUS Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 3G+
  • T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II became the TELUS Samsung Galaxy S II X 4G

Aside from the name changes (and band changes, since TELUS uses 850MHz and 1900MHz instead of AWS for HSPA+), the devices (except the Galaxy S II) were identical. The Galaxy S II was physically identical on both TELUS and T-Mobile USA since they supported 850/AWS/1900 for HSPA+. Those examples lead us to believe that we are likely going to get a T-Mobile branded variant of the TELUS version. That potentially means that LTE will be on-board. The TELUS model will likely also support HSPA+42 since TELUS deployed that technology across its network, too.

 

Android Central via DroidDog

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  • bulletban

    im pretty sure Tmo will get the S3, or else they cant compete with other carriers. Tmo simply has no high end devices. the One S not the same as One X, S2 cant compete with iPhone 5 or S3.

  • bulletban

    im pretty sure Tmo will get the S3, or else they cant compete with other carriers. Tmo simply has no high end devices. the One S not the same as One X, S2 cant compete with iPhone 5 or S3.

  • bulletban

    im pretty sure Tmo will get the S3, or else they cant compete with other carriers. Tmo simply has no high end devices. the One S not the same as One X, S2 cant compete with iPhone 5 or S3.

  • bulletban

    im pretty sure Tmo will get the S3, or else they cant compete with other carriers. Tmo simply has no high end devices. the One S not the same as One X, S2 cant compete with iPhone 5 or S3.

  • reecedawg

    It’ll be a given that the S3 will be coming here in some way shape or form.

  • reecedawg

    It’ll be a given that the S3 will be coming here in some way shape or form.

  • reecedawg

    It’ll be a given that the S3 will be coming here in some way shape or form.

  • reecedawg

    It’ll be a given that the S3 will be coming here in some way shape or form.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

    Telus and T-Mobile should merge.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      Nevermind, after looking at their site and data plans etc., screw that.

      • Drew

        No, you don’t want any part of Canada’s wireless services… So much rape and pillaging going there it’s not even funny. And for 3 years no less…

      • Drew

        No, you don’t want any part of Canada’s wireless services… So much rape and pillaging going there it’s not even funny. And for 3 years no less…

      • Drew

        No, you don’t want any part of Canada’s wireless services… So much rape and pillaging going there it’s not even funny. And for 3 years no less…

      • Drew

        No, you don’t want any part of Canada’s wireless services… So much rape and pillaging going there it’s not even funny. And for 3 years no less…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      Nevermind, after looking at their site and data plans etc., screw that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      Nevermind, after looking at their site and data plans etc., screw that.

  • TMOTECH

    The GS2 on TMO supported 850 and 1900 MHZ as well. The handset was identical.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      You can flash the TELUS version’s radio onto the T-mobile version and use it in canada.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      You can flash the TELUS version’s radio onto the T-mobile version and use it in canada.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      You can flash the TELUS version’s radio onto the T-mobile version and use it in canada.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      You can flash the TELUS version’s radio onto the T-mobile version and use it in canada.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      That’s true. It was.

  • TMOTECH

    The GS2 on TMO supported 850 and 1900 MHZ as well. The handset was identical.

  • rwc1792

    I was told by a T-mobile store employee on Saturday that they would be getting the S3 this summer. I’m guessing that it was pure speculation on his part and not based upon any hard facts. Sure hope he is right, would love to have to chose between the One S and the S3

  • rwc1792

    I was told by a T-mobile store employee on Saturday that they would be getting the S3 this summer. I’m guessing that it was pure speculation on his part and not based upon any hard facts. Sure hope he is right, would love to have to chose between the One S and the S3

  • rwc1792

    I was told by a T-mobile store employee on Saturday that they would be getting the S3 this summer. I’m guessing that it was pure speculation on his part and not based upon any hard facts. Sure hope he is right, would love to have to chose between the One S and the S3

    • J-Hop2o6

      Samsung already announced June for the US.

  • rwc1792

    I was told by a T-mobile store employee on Saturday that they would be getting the S3 this summer. I’m guessing that it was pure speculation on his part and not based upon any hard facts. Sure hope he is right, would love to have to chose between the One S and the S3

  • fixxmyhead

    that means no quadcore. eh im never buying carrier branded phones again. and people dont tell me the s4 chip is better cuz its not. exynos is top dog right now look at the benchmarks plus its an exynos a proven champ

  • fixxmyhead

    that means no quadcore. eh im never buying carrier branded phones again. and people dont tell me the s4 chip is better cuz its not. exynos is top dog right now look at the benchmarks plus its an exynos a proven champ

  • fixxmyhead

    that means no quadcore. eh im never buying carrier branded phones again. and people dont tell me the s4 chip is better cuz its not. exynos is top dog right now look at the benchmarks plus its an exynos a proven champ

    • Juice

      The S4-based phones like the One X (AT&T) and One S wipe the floor with existing Exynos models. The new quad core Exynos may end up being faster, but its battery life is still a big unknown — I am doubtful that it will match the efficiency of a dual core 28nm part.

      • fixxmyhead

        i was talking about the new exynos the one in the s3. ill take all the power i can get . besides its only a 4nm differnce in die on the chip. plus spare chinese batteries solve that issue. i love having the best but if u can live with second best kudos to u

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          4nm can be a huge freaking difference because these chips are already very small. Plus, a die shrink means typically 4nm in all dimensions, which means it’s 16 cubic nanometers, which is a lot of volume to lose. As for the batteries thing, cheap batteries don’t hold juice very well and can potentially burn out the charging circuit in the phone.

    • B-Mobile

      the info card next to the phone says “quad” core processor on it

      • fixxmyhead

        u misunderstood me. i was talking if they bring it to the states.i know the international one is quad core.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jaquan.saliard Jaquan Anthony Saliard

      yea i know that sucks :(. but who knows maybe tmobile will keep the exynos since telus got it. just gotta cross our fingers :)

  • fixxmyhead

    that means no quadcore. eh im never buying carrier branded phones again. and people dont tell me the s4 chip is better cuz its not. exynos is top dog right now look at the benchmarks plus its an exynos a proven champ

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    If so, I hope they keep the home button on front. Very nice to me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    If so, I hope they keep the home button on front. Very nice to me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    If so, I hope they keep the home button on front. Very nice to me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    If so, I hope they keep the home button on front. Very nice to me.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Meh. I have a feeling that button will wear out. Hardware buttons always wear out overtime. My last phone did. And my current phone (G2) buttons are a bit weak/worn out. I rather have all four capacitive buttons. But its not a deal breaker for me either way tho. Missing microSD slot is a deal breaker for me tho.

      • ogopogo

        According to the announcement in London – it will have a microSD slot.

        • J-Hop2o6

          No no no, I know it has a microSD slot, I was just saying phones that don’t have microSD slots are a deal breaker (unless they have a 32GB or more OBS).

    • J-Hop2o6

      Meh. I have a feeling that button will wear out. Hardware buttons always wear out overtime. My last phone did. And my current phone (G2) buttons are a bit weak/worn out. I rather have all four capacitive buttons. But its not a deal breaker for me either way tho. Missing microSD slot is a deal breaker for me tho.

  • carcomptoy

    Isn’t it more significant that WIND and Mobilicity have also committed to the GSIII since they actually use AWS like T-Mobile?

    • J-Hop2o6

      I would think so, yes.

    • J-Hop2o6

      I would think so, yes.

    • J-Hop2o6

      I would think so, yes.

    • steveb944

      The bigger point is that we will get an LTE device on our network, essentially future proofing it forLTE in 2013 and beyond

  • Joe

    Why can’t we just get the quad core international version? That’s on hspa 42+ too?!

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      No, it isn’t. The international model only supports HSPA+21.

  • http://twitter.com/Tommyyy_NYC Tommy B

    Not sure how this relates at all to T-Mobile, Telus is not the Canadian carrier that uses AWS, WIND does. Telus uses 850/1900mhz like AT&T, I’d be more excited if I were an AT&T customer, this model is likely headed there.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Rogers and AT&T usually share variants. TELUS and T-Mobile share variants.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Rogers and AT&T usually share variants. TELUS and T-Mobile share variants.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Rogers and AT&T usually share variants. TELUS and T-Mobile share variants.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Rogers and AT&T usually share variants. TELUS and T-Mobile share variants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Matthews/100000189923615 James Matthews

    So, AT&T got another Windows Phone today. When can we expect a new Windows Phone for T-Mobile?

  • Roger

    I have a question regarding T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum acquired from AT&T. Since the FCC approved the transfer, are they able to start using it now or is there an amount of time they have to wait for clearance post-approval?

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Right now, the applications are somewhat in limbo. The FCC has changed the application status to “Consented To”, which means that it’s ready for processing. It needs to be “Granted” before T-Mobile can use the spectrum. However, it does mean that they can now begin the refarming process and set up equipment to use the new spectrum.

  • JBrowne1012

    Unless there is a way to disable LTE i wouldn’t buy into it honestly

  • http://twitter.com/shamusluke Shamus-Luke

    Just for the record: WIND Mobile (Canada) has also said that they will have the I9300. WIND uses the same AWS UMTS bands as well as having an 850 GSM.