T-Mobile Announces Revamped Galaxy S III With LTE

As we woke up from our egg-nog induced slumber the day after Christmas, word dropped that a possible Galaxy S III success was headed to T-Mobile with LTE. Well, after a bit of skepticism, T-Mobile has made that news official tonight at their CES 2013 press event. The good folks from The Verge were told that the new version of the Galaxy S III will require a “small” software update to enable once the company’s LTE network is live. T-Mobile has said roughly the same thing in the case of the Galaxy Note II, which also features software blocked LTE network capability.

T-Mobile has not announced a timeframe for release with their new variant of the Galaxy S III, but with the Las Vegas market going live with LTE in the coming weeks, it can’t be long.

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  • jhoff

    Well that pisses me off – I was told the original version also supported LTE – it just needed a software update once the network was live. Boo.

    • Julian C. Taborda

      if you just got it I believe you can return it in either 90 or 30 days :) with no contract termination fee

    • the2000guy

      The one who told you that the current GS3 of Tmo is LTE supported, then he lied to you. The only with supported LTE is the At&t and I am not sure if Verizon has it.

      • JJ Clark

        VZN’s GS3 has LTE

        • the2000guy

          Thanks

      • jhoff

        I was told the phone would support LTE once they rolled out the network. And I bought it on day one so no return possibility :) :( I will say I’m happy that 3G is supported on my son’s iPhone 3GS in Seattle on tmo now tho :) And I agree w/ a lot of the other posters – tmo just keeps getting better. I’ve been with them since the VoiceStream days. And yeah, I’m whining but I’m still happy :) And also not convinced the handset doesn’t support LTE.

        • the2000guy

          Which one you refer that doesn’t support LTE?? The current GS3 on Tmo???

        • jhoff

          yes.

    • Anonymous

      yea live in what? 2 years? you’ll have another phone by then so quit complaining

  • BigMixxx

    Hell…then followed by yes….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

    Will this be quad core like the note II? If so it might interest me.

    • ceegii63

      why wouldnt it be, all the S3s that ever came out are ALL Quad Cores

      • NinoBr0wn

        I thought that was the models outside the US.

        • Jose Hernandez

          That’s right.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

        False. The T- mobile version is 1.5Ghz dual core with 2Gb ram.

      • JJ Clark

        Wrong.

        • Samuel

          no he is correct. No Galaxy note 2 has a dual core processor, all galaxy note 2′s have a quad core. The U.S. Versions of the GS3 are only dual core with 2gb of ram, while the international versions are an exynos quadcore with 1gb of ram

        • Third_Eye

          That is correct.

          When Qualcomm introduced the Krait family with dual core Krait based SOCs, the most demanded product was MSM variant which was the SOC + integrated baseband in 1 chip and not the APQ which is just the SOC.

          At 28nm QC was able to integrate both into 1 chip reducing real estate and power requirements. LTE being power hungry [still], hence effectively held monopoly in the US market. The following 2 SOCs invariably landed across the 4 major carriers.

          MSM8960 – ATT, Verizon and Sprint LTE phones. Support all WCDMA/EDO variants and both HSPA+ as well as LTE in all US bands.
          MSM8260A which is the basically 8960 sans LTE baseband.

          The 8260A chip was used in HTC One S. Thus HTC 1S can never utilize the LTE network and is a dead end product as far as network improvements.

          All Galaxy SIII-US versions used MSM8960 SOC. Samsung did not bi-furcate their US product line just for TMobile [did u listen HTC?]. So with the right software/firmware upgrade it can utilize the LTE network.

          Once Quadcore Kraits came into the picture, 28nm is not capable [@least till Q2 2013] to accomodate both baseband and 4 core CPU in 1 chip. So the baseband radio was effectively separated into a separate chip Qualcomm Gobi 9×15. This allowed carriers/OEMs to substitute different CPU SOCs and produce phones bringing variety to the market.

          Dual core A6 + Gobi => IP5
          Quad core Tegra 3 + Gobi => HTC One X+
          Quad core Krait + Gobi => LG Optimus G, HTC Droid DNA and most CES intros.
          Quad core Exynos + Gobi => Samsung Note II

        • Samuel

          My bad he is not correct lol

      • fixxmyhead

        Wrong again just like u were wrong about the note 2 being “dual core” remember. The s3′s in the U.S are dual core snapdragon s4 chip .the international one is the quad core one

      • Jose Hernandez

        Wrong, the international version of the GS3 is a Quad Core. All of the US GS3 versions are Dual Core S4′s. Please check your facts.

  • Mad

    You’ve gotta be kidding… I just picked up the brand new gray model. I assume this is not the one with possible LTE capability…

    • Julian C. Taborda

      you have 90 days to return it I believe! :) and no contract termination fee

      or maybe 30 days? im not sure

      • Trevnerdio

        I’m thinking 30 is even pushing it….don’t wait @18ba9cc0ab73630c500fedde408bf5da:disqus !

    • the2000guy

      The gray one looks great :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rickauris Ricky Nunez

    T-Mobile is on a roll

  • T-Failure

    Big whoop, the GS3 is old, slow as sh!t, and outdated. Can we get some modern LTE hardware?

    • the2000guy

      I think is not old enough, I think that it is useless to have it with LTE if the 3G or 4G areas are absent.

    • NinoBr0wn

      It may not be considered new anymore, but it’s clearly a current model, certainly is anything but slow, and has no bearing on future LTE hardware still to come. So, what was your complaint?

    • Trevnerdio

      old and slow? No…it’s neither of those yet.

      • T-Failure

        It is slow. Especially compared to my Nexus 4. The GS3 lags every time you swipe across home screens or open an app. Compared to the Sensation it is fast, but not compared to the latest handsets. I’m praying for the DNA, Xperia Z, Optimus G, etc. Some true flagships.

        • Trevnerdio

          You get lag? You must have a defective phone, because mine simply…doesn’t.

        • Anonymous

          i have a note 2 and a galaxy 3, both with jellybean. While the s3 isn’t “slow”, my note 2 is much faster and smoother in every way.

        • Matlock

          You are freaking troll, the S3 is by no means slow. I have a nexus 4 and when I compare my GFs S3 to it, it does not lag at all. As a matter of fact, I’m using her S3 right now, and it feels just as fast as my rooted and romed nexus 4.

  • the2000guy

    I love Tmo… But I should recommend them that they must focus on 3G coverage over the entire US and PR so that they can get more consumers. If you don’t have great coverage in an area even having 4G, 4G LTE, 5G etc, then it will be useless. At least wifi calling compensate for some of us in some areas

    • ceegii63

      you realize HSPA+ and below(including 3G) uses a different, non-reverse compatible tech from LTE itself right?

      • the2000guy

        I know that but what is the point of having LTE in some areas and then abandoned the rest of the zones to EDGE or no signal at all??? The same customers that you have where you placed 4G not necessary will go or abandoned TMO for just not having LTE which is more expensive.

        • jgar30

          I feel your pain. Being from a big city such as Chicago, there are certain locations where I don’t even get 4G or any signal. I think that they need to improve signal in general, because I remember that it wasn’t like this when it first started. They have reception in the subway as well, but we are stuck with 2G, while other companies have 3G or better. T-Mobile needs to step up their game in everything.

        • the2000guy

          That’s what I am talking about

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

    Available soon for $412 down on a value plan near you

  • ceegii63

    can Tmo now put the non LTE S3s on SALE $200 off retail?

  • auser72

    This the reason why I opted for Note 2 over GS3. Everyone knew tmobile was rolling out LTE soon. So why buy phone that didn’t support technology?

    • http://RicardoFeliciano.me/ Ricardo N Feliciano

      Because the GS3 came out way before the Note II.

  • coolbeans

    good thing i went with the note II.. my only complaint is that 16gb version only was available; with the bloatware preinstalled I’m unable to install both the amazing spider man and the dark knight mobile games; my next tmo phone will have minimum requirements 32gb and LTE

    • auser72

      Why not just get micro sd card?

      • Anonymous

        because it’s easier to complain on the internet

    • Matlock

      Just Root it, that will give you the ability to remove the bloatware and free up memory.

    • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

      I don’t have either of those apps on mines lol you got jipped

  • Trevnerdio

    Couldn’t they have just thrown LTE in the first one? Really? I’ll just be sitting here with my HSPA+ speeds until then…at least people will be moving off of it and onto LTE so HSPA+ will get faster

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

      There wasn’t a compatible chip at that point.

      • Trevnerdio

        There probably was, Qualcomm was probably just too lazy to release it at that point (you know, the usual “it’s still in testing” bs)

        • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

          If I recall, at the time, it was between hsps+42 or +21 and quad

        • Trevnerdio

          Quad what?
          EDIT: Right, quad core, I gotcha. I definitely like my 2 gigs over one gig of ram, even if we got a dual core instead.

        • Jesse James

          because more cores automatically means a better chip, right?

        • Trevnerdio

          Good thing that’s not what I said at all lol I just said I’d rather have a dual core with 2 gigs of ram over a quad with 1 gig.

      • http://www.twitter.com/the_sundaypaper Sebastiaan van den Berg

        Actually there was because for example Sprint’s GS3 had 4G LTE from release. It was just a choice by provider and T-Mobile at the time chose HSPDA+ over LTE at that time.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

          Correct. They have no LTE at the moment, so as I said, they had to essentially chose between quad core and hspa+ 21 or dual core and hspa+ 42. The quad core LTE capable chip didn’t support +42, so they decided to go with the chip that would actually improve customer experience at that time, not in a year and a half.

        • Guest

          thats true, but you have to keep in mind that tmobile chose HSPA+ over lte YEARS AGO. only NOW has sprint begun to start their lte network.

    • weinerschnitzelboy

      The Samsung Galaxy S3 was released on July 21, 2012. A LOT can happen in 6 months. T-Mobile can decide to switch LTE bands. Technology can make more power-efficient LTE Chips. Whatever the case is, it is good that they held out. This Samsung device (if using more modern components) can possibly achieve faster, if not better battery life on LTE.

      • Trevnerdio

        June 21st…but yeah I get your point. With all the reframing they’re doing though, deciding to switch frequencies this late would be stupid and impractical. They knew they were going to launch LTE this year.

  • Shawn

    Will they be able to just send out a software update to the original GSIII to make it LTE compatible? Or does this mean I have to buy a new variation of the GSIII specifically designed for LTE?

    • Trevnerdio

      The hardware doesn’t exist in the original, unfortunately.

      • jhoff

        Not convinced.

  • Angel Demirev

    Would the AT&T version (unlocked) work with T-Mobile’s LTE? It would be cheaper to sell my T-Mo GS3 on eBay and buy an AT&T one or maybe even an international version rather than sell my GS3 now and then buy the Tmo LTE model when it comes out…

  • kev2684

    it feels christmas all over again. LTE is here

  • dan

    so Nexus 4 in stores with LTE…

  • T-Failure

    Everyone is getting all butt-hurt that their old GS3 doesn’t support LTE. I don’t see what the big deal is. Relax people, HSPA+ is very fast and is easier on the battery. LTE is all about benefiting the carrier, not the consumer.

    • Trevnerdio

      Nobody is getting butthurt, your claims simply aren’t true that the S III is old. As of right now, T-Mobile has 1 maybe 2 LTE ready phones…but the LTE switch hasn’t even been flipped yet. Therefore, HSPA+ is currently the newest technology on T-Mobile.

      • T-Failure

        Are we reading the same comments? I see lots of whining from people that their old model GS3 won’t support LTE. They can all relax. Even if LTE were up in their area, they would not see any difference in their internet speeds for most tasks besides downloading massive torrents.

        • Trevnerdio

          Who doesn’t like to download their massive torrents on the go? ;)

        • T-Failure

          99% of us, I think. LTE is a marketing gimmick. The increase in speed is not noticeable, but the costs to the carriers go down while prices and profits go up. win/lose

        • 21stNow

          I disagree that the increase in LTE speeds isn’t noticeable. I can see the difference in the speed that webpages load on my HSPA+ and LTE phones easily.

        • Trevnerdio

          It’s called a joke…

    • samuel

      My point exactly! I could care less, I have an s2 and I’d gladly take an hspa+ GS3 over one with LTE. LTE is a battery killer

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    T-Mobile just keeps getting better. I have been a very long time customer who is very happy I never left when all others thought the grass was greener on the other side of the fence. Thank You T-Mobile.

  • http://twitter.com/ZamoraO OZ

    Will this be the first phone that supports GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+ and LTE?

    • Matlock

      Note 2 is the first one, for T-Mo, to support all of them.

  • Impatient Waiter

    the one that’s currently out can get LTE, but the truth is that TMO’s 42Mbps is actually faster than most LTE networks. That just shows how marketing can be extremely effective when a word like LTE makes everyone think that that is the fastest, when in actuality it may not be. (Verizon LTE is faster…)

    • 21stNow

      It depends on where you are. I get 20-30 Mbps on AT&T’s LTE network in MD and I struggle to get 10 Mbps on T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 network.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1383492614 Jay Fourmont

    don’t any of us ever look at our hardware on our mobile network, because if you notice on the current Samsung galaxy s3 it has under mobile networks setting, Lte, gsm, wcdma. we have the hardware, look over your devices closest people.

    • Jose Hernandez

      We do not have it on the Hardware of the phone, the software and S4 processor are capable/support LTE. However, the current GS3 does not have the LTE hardware/Antenna built in to handle the LTE signal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

      You’re dumb…if your phone said in the settings just by software means nothing for the hardware …..You should think

  • erod188

    I thought the US GS3 got the dual core processor so that it can work with US LTE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1383492614 Jay Fourmont

    um gentleman folks, I don’t know if you guys are paying attention, but I first and foremost I know that we have LTE on our phones. If. you go into your mobile net settings, it gives you LTE GSM and W CDMA. Why would T Mobile sell you a phone that doesn’t have LTE support? I mean come on, they would have to be pretty stupid to not have that on any new devices knowing that they are going to roll out with an LTE network. besides, there’s nothing special about this new SG 3 anyway, all looks like is the body structures just changed and that’s it, they have to have the same hardware except it could only be Just an Lte phone peroid. bottom line is if T Mobile is now is releasing a new SG 3 they are fucking retarded, they should have integrated l.t.e with the current devices they have so that way to compatible with the LTE roll out, and at the least they could tell us when the update is for the premium sweet so we know what to expect for in the future coming and they can’t even do that. So I’m still with T Mobile but it’s not gonna change my opinion on how I feel about this whole LT E thing.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That’s because some aspects of the software are non-specific to the device. The Galaxy S III devices T-Mobile currently sells, does NOT have LTE hardware built in, no matter what the software says.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1383492614 Jay Fourmont

        so then why have the software not reflect with the hardware? It doesn’t make any sense, it’s almost like it would be a false Marketing ploor, how to say that a device has a feature but it really doesn’t.

        • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

          You’re right but it is a oversight on there part lack of attention to detail. The note two hardware let in to the possibility for LTE prior to T-Mobile confirming. This never happened with the s3, if the current s3 was LTE capable….we would have had known long ago!

    • Jose Hernandez

      The current GS3 does not
      have the LTE hardware/Antenna built in to handle the LTE signal.

  • http://www.twitter.com/the_sundaypaper Sebastiaan van den Berg

    It’s kinda BS can I trade in my GS3 for a newer GS3 that will support LTE or am I just screwed?

    • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

      Screwed….why would a company let you trade in an old device

    • superg05

      ebay

  • The Architect

    Another fine example from Samsung nickel & diming us on features from an initial release S3 and a few months later this S3 LTE.

    Remember the Vibrant 3G running on eclair v.s. Vibrant 4G with Froyo & FFC released on the same time frame? That was kidda crappy because Tmo/Samsung (whoever) should’ve released froyo for the Vibrant 3G long before the Vibrant 4G came out instead waiting a year for it after a public outcry!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    Some people in the comments are downplaying LTE. Yes HSPA+ 42 is very fast and impressive but don’t down talk LTE until you’ve used it.
    I have a Verizon iPhone 5 and can tell you that the latency of LTE is much better than HSPA+ despite the similar download speed numbers. Everything loads instantly. Pretty much any webpage loads as fast as you can type it. I’ve noticed that even in areas where I get 1 bar of service with LTE, the speeds are still extremely fast. On my T-Mobile HSPA+42 phone, when in areas with low signal the data speeds are noticably slower.
    I hope T-Mobile’s LTE network is just as good. HSPA+42 will be a very strong network to fall back onto when out of LTE range though. It’s faster than every other carrier’s non-LTE network.

    • Relaxasaurus

      Agreed. I have a GNex on Verizon and the LTE is blazing fast. I’ve seen both T-Mo’s HSPA+ and AT&T’s faux-4G in action and it’s not nearly as fast.

      People trying to downplay LTE simply don’t have it.

  • Javier Salinas

    Wouldn’t it be better to just wait for the gs4? If the gs3 came out in May last year I would assume the gs4 would be out around the same time this year. Plus LTE won’t be out for most people until atleast summer anyway.

    • PiCASSiMO

      It will be announced in May, but made for the public in July. That’s still 6-months out from now.

  • Guest

    what is tmobile going to do with its 42 mbps and 21 mbps HSPA+ networks? how will they sell two networks at the same time? they cant simply shut down their HSPA+ network, of course…so what will become of it?
    also, doesnt at&t also have these 2 networks at once? how do they sell 2 different technologies at the same time to customers?

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    I want one right now, I have the SGS3 with 32gb of int memory and the new Note 2. Now they come up with the new SGS3 with LTE, it would be great if they bumped up the processor to a quad core and it must come with 32 or 64gb or int memory with sd card support. We need at least 32gb of int memory, 16 just doesn’t cut it. That is why I think the current SGS3 from T-Mobile is the best phone to be had. It has it all.