Each summer the world celebrates a time of warmth, fun and relaxation. For the tech community, however, it’s traditionally the season in which Samsung unleashes the latest version of its Galaxy S flagship. But the now time-honored tradition is actually more of a one-two punch: first the unlocked international model is revealed, and later it’s followed up by a litany of worldwide variants. US carriers intent on offering the “value” of differentiation to their customers have been the worst offenders in modifying Sammy’s magic formula, ranging from motley form factors to egregious bloatware to clumsy naming schemes (Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch quickly comes to mind).
But Samsung’s brand cache has grown year over year, so much so that the company is starting to wield more power over carriers. No weird names, no exclusive agreements and no changes to the form factor. That’s right, six carriers have signed up to carry the Galaxy S III… [continue HERE]