T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE Passes Through FCC

By Sumit Passary , Mar 06, 2013 11:32 AM EST

U.S. carrier T-Mobile is expected to add the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 version to its smartphone portfolio, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved its LTE variant of the smartphone.

The Galaxy S3 has undoubtedly been one of the most popular smartphones of 2012. The popularity of the smartphone has decreased slightly with launch rumors of its successor, the Galaxy S4; however, T-Mobile seems to be on track to release the LTE version of the smartphone soon.

"The passing of the Galaxy S III (SGH-T999L) with LTE for T-Mobile through the FCC isn't in itself news, but the FCC sign off does bring us one step closer to release. Of course, it's hard to get excited about the S III LTE with the Galaxy S IV on the horizon which will undoubtedly bring LTE to the T-Mobile table. Still, choice is good and as soon as the S IV hits store shelves, the price of the S III is likely to drop making it an even more enticing offer," reports TmoNews.

TmoNews also reports "There's a full complement of HSPA+ connectivity on board, and LTE bands 4 and 17 making it versatile with both the T-Mobile and AT&T crowds. Hopefully T-Mobile will let this one hit store shelves soon before it's forgotten underneath the tidal wave of Galaxy S IV news."

The Galaxy S3 packs in top-end features like the 4.8-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a strong processor, a large battery and more, giving stiff competition to other high-end handsets available in the market.

According to a previous report, the Galaxy S3's sales exceeded the 20 million mark in just 100 days after its debut in May 2012. A recent report indicates that the Galaxy S3 has already exceeded 40 million units sold globally.

T-Mobile is one of the top-four carriers in the U.S. and it will be interesting to see if it is able to attract more customers toward the LTE variant of the Galaxy S3 LTE, which is expected to be released soon.

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