Samsung announced this morning that its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be launching on all major U.S. carriers by the end of June. Verizon Wireless has become the first carrier to announce details of the launch on its network.
The 4G smartphone will be available for pre-order on Verizon Wireless' website starting June 6 at 7 am. The subsidized price for the 16 GB Galaxy S III is $200 and the 32 GB version is $250. These prices require customers to purchase a subscription for Verizon's 4G data network, which starts at $30 a month. Verizon will have the smartphone available in both White and Blue versions. No launch date was specified by Verizon, though both T-Mobile and Sprint have confirmed June 21 launch dates.
Verizon, during its announcement, was quick to point out that only its network is able to broadcast live video through the Color app. This seems like an odd detail to include in the announcement of the latest Samsung Android device. It highlights that Verizon might have trouble standing out from the other major U.S. carriers when customers decide which carrier to pre-order the Galaxy S III with. Verizon doesn't have the higher average 4G speeds of AT&T, doesn't have the lower-priced plans of T-Mobile, and it recently eliminated all of its "unlimited" data plans. Sprint is the only carrier to still offer truly unlimited data plans.