Virgin Mobile reaches for the 4G Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S III 4G available to pre-order now through Virgin Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy S III 4G, as advertised on the Virgin Mobile Web site.

The Samsung Galaxy S III 4G, as advertised on the Virgin Mobile Web site.

Virgin Mobile has announced the impending launch of Samsung's new Galaxy S III 4G phone, with expected availability in "late September".

How fast is the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G on Optus?

The Galaxy S III 4G was officially announced by Samsung this week. It is virtually identical to the regular, 3G version with the exception of LTE 1800MHz network capability. This crucial LTE network band allows the Galaxy S III 4G to work on both the Optus and Telstra 4G networks in Australia.

Virgin Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), uses the Optus network in Australia and therefore offers the same network coverage. Yesterday, Optus officially launched its 4G network in Sydney, Perth and Newcastle with 4G services in Melbourne starting from September 15.

"We know our customers use their phones more than ever for data and this launch will provide our customers with faster downloads and seriously quick mobile internet," said David Scribner, Virgin Mobile's marketing director. "The launch of 4G is another step in delivering on our commitment to a fair go for all."

Like Optus, Virgin Mobile will only sell the "titanium grey" variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G. The company says the Galaxy S III 4G will be available in "late September" and promises to ship the phone to customers who pre-order "as soon as it's in stock."

Virgin will sell the Galaxy S III 4G smartphone on five post-paid plans, including the hero offer of $7 per month on the Fair Go Bro $59 plan over 24 months, a total of $66 per month. This plan includes $700 of call credit, 3GB of data, unlimited text messages and free voicemail.

Virgin will sell the Galaxy S III 4G on a total of five (5) post-paid contract plans.
Virgin will sell the Galaxy S III 4G on a total of five (5) post-paid contract plans.

The Samsung Galaxy S III 4G will become the first smartphone to launch on the new Optus 4G network in mid-September. It will then be available through Telstra sometime in October.

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