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Topic # 151981 12-Sep-2014 08:20
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Samsung Galaxy S3 $198 at JB Hifi

Is there a catch? I've seen them between $300-$400 but not this cheap


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  Reply # 1126946 12-Sep-2014 08:21
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Saw that this morning and also went looking for a catch. Have suggested eldest daughter pick one up for herself to replace her battered SIII mini




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  Reply # 1126950 12-Sep-2014 08:26
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Great price, no catches. Blue only I think.

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  Reply # 1126952 12-Sep-2014 08:30
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Can this be used on all networks and can the operating system be upgraded of does it stay at 4.0 for the life of the product?

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  Reply # 1126966 12-Sep-2014 08:33
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Arh I have no money.
Again.




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  Reply # 1126981 12-Sep-2014 08:42
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ToPGuNZ: Can this be used on all networks and can the operating system be upgraded of does it stay at 4.0 for the life of the product?


Yes and yes.

Edit: second yes means you can upgrade the OS.

Second edit: It wont upgrade past 4.x though, Samsung have no plans to release kitkat for it as far as I am aware.

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  Reply # 1126982 12-Sep-2014 08:43
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kiwitrc:
ToPGuNZ: Can this be used on all networks and can the operating system be upgraded of does it stay at 4.0 for the life of the product?


Yes and yes.


Thank you very much for the answer.

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  Reply # 1126989 12-Sep-2014 08:46
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ToPGuNZ:
kiwitrc:
ToPGuNZ: Can this be used on all networks and can the operating system be upgraded of does it stay at 4.0 for the life of the product?


Yes and yes.


Thank you very much for the answer.


Check out my edits above

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  Reply # 1127021 12-Sep-2014 09:34
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Anybody know if this will do LTE? I think there is a LTE version of thsi phone.

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  Reply # 1127022 12-Sep-2014 09:36
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Wow. That seems like a good price.

Tempting.

Now, the million dollar questions:
(1) Will it run fine with existing/installed Android OS (whatever version that is), or would I need to upgrade to a later version for some reason? (e.g. access to certain apps, fixes for deal breaker bugs etc)
(2) What's the benefit with upgrading past 4.x?


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  Reply # 1127028 12-Sep-2014 09:43
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Forgot to ask.

Is it easy enough to remove bloat/crap ware on the S3 without rooting? (if not, no biggie, just wondering/hoping...)

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  Reply # 1127029 12-Sep-2014 09:44
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I think 4.3 Jelly Bean is the highest official firmware released. Will possibly have a lesser version installed when you get it, so in that case you'd need to do the update. Usually best bet is run latest available version (bug fixes, security updates etc). If the loaded version is 4.0.x then it's Ice Cream Sandwich and I'd certainly not hesitate in updating to Jelly Bean! Better app compatibility with Jelly Bean also.




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  Reply # 1127031 12-Sep-2014 09:46
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zaptor: Forgot to ask.

Is it easy enough to remove bloat/crap ware on the S3 without rooting? (if not, no biggie, just wondering/hoping...)


Possibly. I can't remember if bloatware can be disabled in the app manager in Jelly Bean or not. Anyone on Jelly Bean able to confirm?




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  Reply # 1127032 12-Sep-2014 09:47
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You want to ensure if you DO buy one (and that's a great price) you don't get a phone with the buggy Flash Chip.

Because even though the later firmwares seem to do something to help correct the issue, that fix seems to cause latency and lagginess.

How you'd tell before you purchased one though, that I don't know.




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  Reply # 1127033 12-Sep-2014 09:48
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SIII does 850 and 900 3G in the same model yeah? I see, yes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III#Model_variants Doubt it is LTE (GT-I9305 but you never know!)

I've ordered one as a temporary phone, can't go wrong!


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  Reply # 1127037 12-Sep-2014 09:49
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Tempted myself, but still going to get the Z1 Compact for it's IP55/IP58 protection.




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