UK MOBILE OPERATOR Three has announced the arrival of the 'ultrafast' Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, as it looks to undercut rival EE.
Available from Three tomorrow, 12 February, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Ultrafast is an upgraded model of Samsung's flagship smartphone that supports Three's DC-HSDPA network. This, although not as fast as EE's 4G LTE network, can reach speeds of up to 20Mbit/s, according to Three.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Ultrafast is also cheaper than the LTE model sold by EE. It will be available for £29 on a £34 a month contract with Three, complete with 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and unlimited monthly data. It will also be available on pay as you go for £449.99 upfront when bought with a £15 top-up.
One downside, though, is that the Galaxy S3 Ultrafast won't arrive running Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, and will instead run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Sylvia Chind, head of Devices at Three said, "Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S3 last year, we're pleased to now offer the Ultrafast ready Galaxy S3. Built with the technology to work on our advanced network you'll be able to enjoy the ultimate mobile internet experience on Three."
This announcement comes just days after Three revealed that it won't charge subscribers extra for its 4G services. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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