Thursday, May 31, 2012
Galaxy S III On Sale in 28 Countries — But Not the U.S.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III launched in 28 countries on Tuesday, and the U.S. wasn’t one of them. In fact, here in the States, we still don’t have a release date for Samsung’s next flagship phone. But while the Galaxy S III launched across Europe and the Middle East on Tuesday, Samsung obviously isn’t done rolling out its latest smartphone. The S III will hit 296 operators in more than 145 countries by the end of July, Samsung said in a statement. And while company officials were only willing to say that an American launch is coming sometime this summer, it’s probably safe to guess that the U.S. and its carriers will be in the mix sometime in June or July. Along with the S III’s official worldwide retail debut, Samsung also opened up its new Music Hub cloud service, currently only available on the S III. The service, like iTunes, sells and streams music from the cloud. And, like iTunes Match, a user’s music collection can be stored in the cloud as well — for a fee. Samsung hasn’t disclosed pricing details for Music Hub in the U.S., but in the U.K. there are two tiers of service, one free, one paid. The free service allows for free streaming of any music purchased through the Music Hub store. Meanwhile, a “Music Hub Premium” upgrade provides subscribers with the ability to upload their music collections to Samsung’s cloud storage system for streaming playback at a price of 9.99 pounds a month, according to Reuters, which would be a cost of about $15 a month. wholesale accessories,ipad accessories,ipod accessories,iphone accessories