Three UK starts selling the Samsung Galaxy S III Ultrafast. DC-HSPA for now, LTE via software update
In the UK, Three has started selling the Samsung Galaxy S III Ultrafast today. The operator seems intent on using the Ultrafast branding for both DC-HSPA (the fastest HSPA ever) as well as LTE. Oh, and for devices that support these connectivity options too. Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S III Ultrafast fits the bill.
Right now, it will give you DC-HSPA support, and in a few months when Three expects to roll out an LTE network, the handset will receive an over-the-air software update that will enable that type of connection by default. So the proposition here is pretty much that you’ll be ‘future proof’ if you buy this smartphone.
Of course, other, higher-end devices are bound to appear before Three rolls out its LTE network, but if you aren’t the prototype early adopter, that shouldn’t matter to you.
You can pick a Galaxy S III Ultrafast up from Three for free with a £34 per month contract, or for £449.99 on Pay as you go. That cheapest plan offers All-you-can-eat data and 500 minutes and 5,000 texts. But for just £2 more per month you’ll get 2,000 minutes and 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes, with all the other benefits intact.