Those in the UK buying the galaxy S4-Buying 3G or 4G verison?

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  1. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Seems there will be a 3G and 4G verison coming out sim free...question is which will you be getting? guessing everybody will buy the 4G verison and when your carrier gets 4G coverage just get a new sim?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Has this actually been stated that both are coming and are available sim free in the uk. ?

    <source> ?

    If its merely an assumption based on the leak list

     
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    I'll be getting the 4g version, from elsewhere if not released directly in the UK.

    This is an amazing phone... Shame we have to leave iphone behind to get the latest technology.
     
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    4G version is the snapdragon Quad core and that's the version uk retailers are listing

    http://www.phones4u.co.uk/samsung/galaxy-s4/

    It's wether the Exynos version (3G) will be available in the UK that is in question as I've yet to see a listing for it either on contract or sim free, hence wondering where the source for the OP thread comes from.
     
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    Only going by what somebody has already asked carphone warehouse and a samsung store in london. Was mentioned on the vodafone forum.

    Will go into carphone warehouse today and double check.
     
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    So nothing really concrete still. I think we're going to have to wait closer to retail to know for sure.

    To be honest releasing two different SKU's in a single territory is a bit of a misstep. I mean the LTE capable version also runs at HDSP+ 3G speeds when there s no LTE coverage - so why bother releasing both in a territory in the first place.

    I think it coud possibly be that Samsung hasn't decided, or in the listing of device/countries they were not separating Ireland from United Kingdom and it is Ireland and its carriers that will get the 3G (a 4G would be pointless here) only version. Again just hypothesis and we won't know until uk retailers clarify with 100% certainty.

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    To be honest carphonewarehouse retail staff wouldn't be privy to that much information at this stage. I doubt they would be able to definitivly state and will just be guessing as much as anyone else would be.
     
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    Well if you go onto amazon.co.uk they have the S4 listed and obviously not available yet but on the details page says S4 comes with LTE..so I'm guessing based on that it will just come as a phone being able to be used for 4G...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Gal...RVA/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364027845&sr=8-1

     
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    I can see the UK getting both versions, I think smaller carriers such as Three which will get the 3G version to start with and then move over to the 4G version when there rollout starts.
     
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    I would just get the 3G version

    I don't get a 3G or even an EDGE signal most of the time, so I don't hold out much hope of 4G arriving soon
     
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    Those are my thoughts also. Although I live in the countryside and don't expect 4G soon, I work in Middlesbrough so my usage is mainly there, and 4G will be available pretty much from the onset.
     
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    3 a smaller carrier? Seriously? Think you might want to check that.
     
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    It is in the UK, O2, Vodaphone, Orange and T Mobile all have far more users.
     
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    I think you will find that if you look at market share charts for end of last year Three only had 13% of the market compared with EE which had 40%, Vodafone 22% and O2 25%.

    So yes Three is a smaller carrier compared to the others.
     
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    4G isn't really a selling point for me to be honest. It's a nice feature for when I pass the phone down and my brother or whoever can stay up to date.

    Currently though, I just don't think it's worth the premium. 3G connectivity where I am is great, and almost everywhere I go there is WiFi anyway.

    I'd rather pay Giff Gaff £12 p/m for unlimited everything then double that for only 500mb data though 4GEE.
     
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    From the sounds if you take out a contract with vodafone they may not even carry out contracts with the S4 with 3G..will be purely 4G.
     
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    13% and showing growth. EE is losing customers as is O2. Three also announces free 4g to all existing customers. They will carry the s4 4g I'd bet my life on it
     
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    All carries should carry both...
     
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    Three will be carrying the 4G/LTE variant GT-i9505.

    I tweeted at them asking which model and got this reply.

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    interesting

    would make sense that it is the same for everybody..
     
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    Just from a carrier perspective its got to be easier to carry one SKU in different colours than variations of SKU and colours, alongside educate and provide technical support to their staff and thir customers.
     

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