DC-HSPA confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III already has a long list of features that make it one of the must-have smartphones of 2012. But another one has just been added to the list – DC-HSPA connectivity.

You might recall us talking about DC-HSPA last week. Essentially, it is faster 3G, a nice 'stop-gap' measure before we finally get 4G in the UK. Last week, the only devices compatible were the Nokia Lumia 900 and the current iPad model, which wasn't exactly bringing it to the masses. But its arrival on the Samsung Galaxy S III will certainly boost the coverage.

DC-HSPA is a faster variant of 3G, how fast depending on the network in question. O2 announced it would double data speeds with a potential download maximum of 42Mbps, whereas Vodafone, the first network to offer it, talks about a top speed of 28.8Mbps. Everything Everywhere and Three are also offering it, but right now no firm details are available for their respective services.

Whether DC-HSPA will influence your buying decision perhaps depends on your current location – O2 is rolling out to major cities first and to be honest, that's likely to be the case for all the networks. If you are a city dweller, you might want to factor it into your buying decision. For the rest of us, the contract details are still likely to be the first consideration.

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