Samsung has refuted reports that the Galaxy S3 will offer mobile internet speeds of up to 42Mbps in the UK, which would have made it the fastest phone for web browsing by some distance.
Samsung initially told CNET’s UK wing that the handset features Dual Channel High Speed Packet Access (DC HSPA) technology to allow users to achieve the speed on carriers that have upgraded their networks to the new 3G standard.
However, in what amounts to a complete and kinda shaming volte-face, Samsung has since contacted the site to admit it got it wrong.
It now turns out that only the Long Term Evolution (LTE), A.K.A 4G, version of the phone features DC HSPA support. And we’re afraid to report that iteration is reserved for the US and select other territories and won’t be coming to our shores.
So that’s disappointing. More so, since earlier this month it emerged that further delays to the 4G auction that will finally bring super fast mobile internet to the UK are seen as almost inevitable, meaning mobile browsing at 42Mbps will remain a distant dream.
The postponement is expected to be caused by more ligitation from mobile operators, who have been at loggerheads over the terms of the auction since it was a glint in the UK telecomms regulator’s eye.
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