This fall will see a hard time for indecisive phone buyers. There’ll be more high-end tablets, smartphones and phablets floating around than ever, and almost all eyes are on the launch of the daddy – the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Carrier availability plays big part in 2012 with Samsung having gone all out
If you’re trying to decide whether to buy this behemoth or opt for the Samsung Galaxy S3, then your carrier may end up deciding for you. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is sold through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular, as we see the Korean company continue to expand its distribution. As for Apple, well you know how it goes.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 launched amid a flurry of demand, a demand that caused carriers like Sprint and AT&T to delay store launches. By July, however, supply caught up and all five networks were selling the S3 in one form or the other.
The iPhone 5 won’t get such a fanfare, as there’s been no official announcement of its existence. It’s safe to say, though, that Sprint, Verizon and AT&T will be its first carriers. As for T-Mobile or any of the smaller carriers, their chances look slim given that even the big boys just got on board (Sprint a year ago and Verizon just two).
Both AT&T and Verizon are banning employee holidays between September 21st and 30th, which means there’s a big product launch coming. This fits in with the expected iPhone 5 launch date.
Sprint has started to discount the iPhone 4S, meaning it’s about to become obsolete and in the way of iPhone 5 stocks. Sprint was also a launch-ready iPhone 4S carrier, alongside AT&T and Verizon.
T-Mobile has said that it won’t have the iPhone 5 immediately, as design conflicts with its network are a problem. Company memos leaked recently show that the company is telling employees to “sell against” the iPhone in the near future.
Unlocked iPhones work with T-Mobile, though, so once unlocked iPhone 5s are around, T-Mobile users should be in business. However like current iPhone models, you may be stuck with EDGE speeds.
US Cellular won’t be bagging the iPhone 5 for a while due to the huge demand from the three biggies. Apple also charges high subsidies on the iPhone, which will put a lot of smaller networks off buying large numbers. This was one of the reasons T-Mobile highlighted themselves just last year.
So while the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 may be set to go head to head against each other, the final decision to buy may not be left up to which has the better specs, but which company has the better reach.