Lo and behold, it looks like Verizon has, as I thought it might, decided to screw over future Samsung Galaxy S III owners by ending its 4G LTE double data plan promo on June 5th.
Today, Verizon confirmed (to us) that it would be ending the double data plans for its 4G LTE devices in just a few days. What this means is that unless Verizon somehow launches the Samsung Galaxy S III on or before June 5th, those who are intereted in buying it will be stuck with Verizon’s paltry and regular old tiered data plans.
Do not pass Go, do not collect double data.
Yeah, yeah, I know that the carrier could bring the promo back at some point. It has done it before. But I highly doubt that it will bring it back just a few weeks after killing it. It could also decide to keep the promotion in place but this is an American carrier we’re talking about here and such things are out of the question.
And yes, it could also launch the phone before or on June 5th but right now that appears unlikely. The pebble blue Galaxy S III has been hit with delays and Canada, which launched last year’s Galaxy S II around the same time as U.S. carriers, won’t get the phone until June 20th.
The worst part about this is that the promotion has been available since February. Again, February. It makes you wonder about the timing of it all. In fact, it makes me wonder a lot.
This of course isn’t the only issue that consumers might have with a Verizon-branded Galaxy S III device.
Just have a look at the kind of attention the carrier has given its other big name Samsung smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It took more than five months for Verizon to dish out an update to the phone. We’re not talking a major Android update either. We’re talking a bug fix update.
I can’t say whether Galaxy S III owners should expect the same but just remember, Verizon was dead last in getting Gingerbread to its original Galaxy S device, the Samsung Fascinate.
So by ending this promo and offering terrible support, Verizon really has one thing that’s going to distinguish its version of the Galaxy S III from the rest of the pack. and that’s its 4G LTE network.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network is an absolute monstrosity compared to AT&T’s and U.S. Cellular’s. Sprint’s network hasn’t launched yet and T-Mobile will offer an HSPA+ device because it won’t have 4G LTE in place until 2013.
Will that be enough to sell customers on its version of the Galaxy S III? I don’t know.
I just know that I’d be looking elsewhere.
Anyone else peeved that Verizon is ending this promotion when it is?