I think it’s fair to say that when Samsung came to market with the Galaxy S III, there was one thing a lot of us – particularly Telstra users – were a bit upset with. It wasn’t a deal breaker for a lot of us, because lets face it, the Galaxy S III works just fine on Telstra, and it is a fantastic handset on the Next G network.
Ed: No, this isn’t an ad for Telstra.
What it didn’t work fantastically – or at all – on was Telstra’s new 4G network, you know, that network that lets you download at up to 40mbps on a mobile phone.
So imagine our delight when we saw this earlier this afternoon. While browsing Samsung’s somewhat more modest, less corporately-owned Experience-esque store in Melbourne, Josh Berg had a bit of a chat with one of the staff there, who identified himself as a Channel Representative of Samsung Electronics’ Telecoms division.
In other words, someone who probably knows what he’s talking about when he says that a LTE variant of the Galaxy S III is coming to Australia. We knew this was a likely outcome – we posted as much a few months ago when we heard it first-hand from Telstra – but this kind of confirmation is the next level.
A great phone, with an even greater feature? Awesome. I just hope they beef up the battery life to go with it, because if the HTC One XL is anything to go by, the battery life will suck unless they do some seriously clever thinking about how to power such a beast.