Samsung Galaxy S3 to Be Released on Cricket on November 23

By Charles Nomura | 18 November 2012

Cricket, a lesser-known prepaid carrier (as compared to the postpaid “Big Four” of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) will be releasing its version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on November 23, or almost six months after the global release of Samsung’s current flagship handset.

Cricket Senior Vice President of Devices Matt Stoiber was pleased to announce the Galaxy S3 would finally be arriving for its subscribers, and assured buyers that the handset would be released right on time for the holidays.

Considering November 23 is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the Galaxy S3’s release on Cricket couldn’t have come at a better time, even if it’s still four months after most US carriers released their Galaxy S3 variants.

The Galaxy S3 will support Cricket’s 4G LTE service and its price plans, known as Android Double Data. This means that subscribers would have twice as much full speed data allowance as they would get on comparable 3G data plans. An example of these plans is the basic $50-a-month plan, which offers 2 GB full speed data per month instead of the usual 1 GB. Cricket had recently introduced 4G LTE connectivity to markets such as Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo and San Antonio in Texas, as well as in Phoenix, Ariz. and Philadelphia, Pa.

The Cricket Galaxy S3 will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 2 GB RAM and will feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2,100 mAh battery and 16 GB internal storage.

Sadly, the device will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as Samsung is still in the process of rolling out Jelly Bean updates for US-based Galaxy S3 owners. Off-contract pricing is set at $549.99.

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