22
May
Sam-Galaxy-S-III

Mere hours ago, we got confirmation that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) approved a Verizon-bound version of the SGSIII. Now, we're seeing a similar listing for what is likely a Sprint variant of the Galaxy S III. The device appears in SIG's listing with the model number SPH-L710, which has been rumored to be the designation of the Sprint-branded variant.

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The model number is only one character off from the Sprint-branded SGSII (SPHD710), so we're pretty confident this implies that the Galaxy S III will be heading to Sprint, which is the last of the four major US carriers to receive confirmation. No word yet on when the device will land, how much it will cost, or how much these devices might change before they make it stateside. At least for now, though, we know that it is coming.

Source: Bluetooth SIG

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    Please bring a variant with a physical keyboard. PLEASE!!!!!

    • Paul_Werner

      Totally agree here. I don't care that it adds bulk, I want a keyboard variant as well. 

      On a side note, did anyone get an email from Sprint today about battery tips? My email said to stay connected to Wifi and also pointed out browsing while on a call when doing so. I just was thinking... build out your LTE network Sprint and I won't have to depend on Wifi... lol

      • Tim T

        You do realize WiFi uses less battery than 3G or LTE, right? 

        • Paul_Werner

          Yes that wasn't lost on me. I was moreso commenting on the fact that you can't browse and be on a call when you are not in a Wifi area. I'm not so much concerned with battery life saved when connected to Wifi if I can't connect to Wifi in the first place. (of course depending where I'm at)

    • http://profiles.google.com/samgarfield Sam Garfield

      At some point you're going to have to embrace current technology, at least if you want to stay on the cutting edge. 

      One step back, two steps forward and all that. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Oh, please don't.

    • Ray

      I like physical keyboards.  I dislike people that tell me what to like.

  • spydie

    you guys are such dreamers.  The physical keyboard is dead.  Even people like my wife who claimed they hated virtual keyboards and couldn't type on them used one for a whole day and quit using her physical keyboard.  Nobody needs a physical keyboard and the manufacturers are listening.  They are a thing of the past unless you go back to blackberry. Certainly no high-end phone will EVER have one.  So get over it, or get a low-end phone.

    • JonJJon

      You can't really tell people to "get over" what they might like, if someone wants a physical keyboard, there are choices still out there for them, and rightly so, just perhaps not so much in the Android world now. If all computer manufacturers suddenly said, "right no more physical keyboard for laptops/desktops, just a piece of glass to tap" I think you'd get a lot of people pissed because they haven't just "got over" what they like.

      • Paul_Werner

        Exactly, if keyboards were so useless then there wouldn't be so much docks to add a keyboard to tablets. There wouldn't be a point to those if people didn't want it

        • http://profiles.google.com/samgarfield Sam Garfield

          I think that's a bit different, since when you dock a tablet you get a full-sized keyboard on which you can type in a standard way. Landscape physical keyboards are actually a lot of work to type on compared to a good portrait screen keyboard. 

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          You're comparing apples to oranges. At a tablet size level you're using all your fingers. A physical keyboard is unquestionably better. When using two thumbs it's entirely different. I was a diehard physical keyboard holdout on phones for years until the Epic 4G keyboard was so bad that I was forced to learn the onscreen one. By the time they fixed it and I tried it out, I found I was at least twice as fast on the onscreen as I had been with the physical one. Physical is dead on phones. Period.

          • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

             Im the complete opposite with my Epic 4G, Im much faster with the physical keyboard than with the virtual one, and I've tried stock, slide_me, and swype.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            So you've tried the stock Samsung, which sucks, and two single-finger sliding keyboards? No wonder. Use SwiftKey.

            Also, how did you ever get past the hardware keyboard ignoring a quarter of your key presses?

          • Paul_Werner

            I've used Swype & others, hardware kb is always the best for me.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            People keep comparing to Swype. Swype is a unique, single-finger keyboard that's only faster than using two thumbs if you're already a very slow typist. Try something like SwiftKey for more than the few minutes it takes to go, "man, this is slower" and see what changes. It was the dreadful Epic 4G keyboard and the way at my high typing speed it would skip a quarter of the characters that forced me to start using onscreen keyboards just because I wanted what I typed to ACTUALLY show up on the screen. A few months later when it was patched and I was used to SwiftKey I found out just how much slower the hardware keyboard really was when I switched back. Muscle memory was there, no doubt, but the distance between keys, lack of autocorrection, and lack of predictions all led to a much slower output.

      • http://profiles.google.com/samgarfield Sam Garfield

        While it's true that you can't tell people to "get over" what they like, wanting a physical keyboard on your phone is akin to wanting a television with an analog dial. It's old technology and its going to die. 

        I've found that most people who want a physical keyboard are more idealistic than realistic about it. They've never made a serious effort to use an on-screen keyboard and most of the benefit of a physical keyboard is negated by making it landscape, which makes it really really slow and inefficient to type on. I was the same way at first, but that was like 4 years ago. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

       I understand what you're getting at but the truth is that I like options. I like typing on my screen but sometime I like to slide down the keyboard. "Getting over" options sounds more like an iSheep mantra....not very Android of you good sir.

    • fixxmyhead

      preach it

    • guest

      keyboards are "dead" because they are more expensive to make.  Not because it's a by-gone technology.  that's why phones like the Droid series and the Pre were so anticipated, only to be let down by incompatibility or other issues.  You are a brain dead slave to the corporate world so why don't you grow some brain cells before you tell people what to like and what not to like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    no matter how much a few people want it you will NOT see a keyboard variant of a high end device..it is not worth it for the manufacture

    • http://twitter.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans

       which is to bad to. a 4.8 in screen phone + a keyboard hell Id buy it.

    • wolfkabal

      The Galaxy I was a pretty high end phone at the time. Sprint had no problem putting a keyboard on it.

  • fixxmyhead

    anyone know if these are gonna sport onscreen buttons or capactive ones?

  • Tib02

    LTE onboard?

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