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The Game 161

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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?
 

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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?

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

The Samsung Galaxy S4 may be coming to the UK with two variants – one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip and one with the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa eight-core.

A list has been published by SamMobile, which doesn’t cite any sources, official or otherwise, for the information. But, the list does break down the Galaxy S4 distribution region-by-region. The listed models include the GT-I9500 and the GT-I9505, with the former believed to be the Exynos equipped model and the latter the Snapdragon 600 variant.

The UK has both versions listed, but it’s not clear whether it’ll be both models available or some state of indecision, the listing shows: ‘GT-I9500/GT-I9505 – United Kingdom,’ which could feasibly be an ‘either-or’ scenario.

Samsung caused controversy by announcing the Galaxy S4 with the Exynos chip and saying this is the version which would come to the UK. It was already rumoured the US would get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powered model. Samsung then did a 180 and announced the the UK would actually be getting the Snapdragon 600.

With this new information, however, it is once again unclear which versions will be available for UK buyers. Samsung has yet to comment on the newly leaked information.
 
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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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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.

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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The Game 161

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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

Only going by what somebody has already asked carphone warehouse and a samsung store in london. Was mentioned on the vodafone forum.

See my post on the two Models

CPW confirmed to me this morning that there doing Both Phones the GT-I9500 is the 3G only and the GT-I9505 which is the 4G Version both will be sim free

The G4 is CPW (Carphone warhouse) First simm free Multi Network phone

Now also the 4G Version that Vodafone will do is the same model and will also be simm free as Vodafone does no longer Lock there Contract phones down

As of yet there is no confirmation that Vodafone will do the 3G only Model

Will go into carphone warehouse today and double check.
 
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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.

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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Will go into carphone warehouse today and double check.

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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The Game 161

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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.

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

The Galaxy S 4 supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE which means wherever you are in the world, you can rely on perfect connectivity. The LTE version supports up to 6 different band sets which allows it to function in most LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming
 
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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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going 4G is the best option as least when 4G comes out you can just switch from 3G to 4G...as you will still be able to use your 3G sim in a 4G phone.

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.
 
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Gav2k

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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.

3 a smaller carrier? Seriously? Think you might want to check that.
 
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3 a smaller carrier? Seriously? Think you might want to check that.

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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Tsuchiya

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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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The Game 161

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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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Gav2k

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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.

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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The Game 161

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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

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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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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