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Old December 13th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by chanchan05 View Post
Yep, true for all US based phones. Choosing the phone brand for rapid updates works only if you are not in the US and using a non-carrier locked phone. AFAIK even non-carrier locked phones in the US are branded. If I remember correctly T-Mo used to sell non-locked phones but updates still has to go through them. If you are carrier locked, the manufacturer may have already released several updates for the rest of the world, but you still won't get them if the carrier decides its too much trouble to update you.
You could always spend a fortune and import the international version assuming it has GSM bands compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile. If a user did that, their S3 would already be on touchwiz based 4.1.2. International Unlocked are the ones that get it straight through the OEM. Or just get a GSM nexus and save yourself the pain.
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