The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 U.S. release is finally rounding out with information for the Verizon and U.S. Cellular models of the Galaxy Note 3.
Verizon began shipping its Galaxy Note 3 model on Tuesday, two days before the ship date designated on its website. Though Big Red was among the first to announce its release plans and pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3, three of the five major carriers -- AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile -- all released their Note 3 models before the network did. With two-day shipping, those savvy Verizon subscribers who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 3 should begin receiving their handsets by Thursday, when the Galaxy Note 3 is expected to become available in Verizon stores.
Days ago, a Verizon online representative told us that Verizon stores would begin offering the Galaxy Note 3 on Oct. 10. Gotta Be Mobile also says Verizon has confirmed an Oct. 10 in-store release for the Galaxy Note 3. It would make sense for Verizon to release its Note 3 model in this fashion. AT&T similarly set its in-store release date for the Galaxy Note 3 for Oct. 4 when it began shipping Note 3 pre-orders on Oct. 1, likely to ensure that all customers were receiving their Galaxy Note 3 handsets around the same time.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract and $699.99 at full price. Customers can also purchase the Galaxy Note 3 for $0 upfront with 24 monthly payment of $29.31. In addition, Verizon will have the Samsung Galaxy Gear companion device available in a bundle with the Galaxy Note 3 for $599.98 with a new two-year contract $999.98 at full price.
Meanwhile, U.S. Cellular announced its model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is available in stores and online as of Wednesday. The mid-west regional carrier remained largely quiet about its plans for the Galaxy Note 3 outside of announcing an October release for its Galaxy Note 3 model. Now the carrier says the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 3 will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract. U.S. Cellular will also have the Samsung Galaxy Gear companion device available, which will sell separately for $299.99. Like Sprint, U.S. Cellular notably released its Galaxy Note 3 model with no pre-order period.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core LTE processor for the U.S. market, 32GB and 64GB internal storage options with microSD expansion up to 64GB and 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 1.9-megapixel front camera with 1080p/60 video recording and 4K video recording for some models. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system and a 3,200mAh battery and features boosted 24-bit and 192 KHz audio.
Software features for the Note 3 include Samsung Knox preloaded and able to work for both personal and business capacities. The Note 3 also focuses on improved multitasking with the Air command feature, which directs users to the Action Memo, Screen Write, S-Finder, Scrapbook and Pen Window applications. With an enhanced S-Pen, users can easily navigate their Galaxy Note 3 handset with simple dot, circle and box motions.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.