Samsung fans can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III for Sprint Wireless at a low-cost of $179.99, but only if they purchase the smartphone with a two-year contract through online cellular provider Wirefly.
The new device will begin shipping to customers on June 21 and will also include a $10 Google Wallet Credit with every device purchased.
While the Samsung Galaxy S III may be cheaper on Sprint Wireless the $20 savings does come at a cost, specifically Sprint’s lack of 4G LTE technology which is offered by competitors AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless.
Sprint is expected to roll out its own LTE 4G network in the “near future” but only with initially launched 4G networks in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. Galaxy S III users will instead be offered only HSPA+ network speeds. T-Mobile falls into the same “slower data” option.
The Samsung Galaxy S III may be missing 4G on the wireless network but it does still offer some impressive options including Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) alongside a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that outputs at 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution and features the new Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
Buyers will have the option of upgrading from the phones 16GB to 32GB version but that option will come with an added cost. The Galaxy S III also features a MicroSD card slot for added memory use.
Throw in an 8MP camera with HD video recording, a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 process and full GPS capabilities and it’s almost possible to forgive Sprint Wireless for its lack of 4G LTE.