Samsung appears to have accidentally leaked its carrier partners for the popular Galaxy S III smartphone through a sign-up form on its U.S. site.
The page first asked the submitter to choose one of seven possible carriers, but the option was removed sometime Friday afternoon.
[Sign up for info on the U.S. sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III]
The form gave the option to choose among AT&T, C Spire Wireless, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. All of these carriers currently offer some type of Galaxy phone. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile sell the Galaxy S II, while C Spire carries the Galaxy S Showcase. U.S. Cellular carries both the Galaxy S Aviator and Galaxy S II, and MetroPCS has the Galaxy S Attain.
Only Verizon does not carry a Galaxy S model, but it does offer the Google-centric Galaxy Nexus. It sure sounds like Samsung inadvertently leaked its U.S. partners without realizing what it had done. Here's the form after Samsung removed the question about carriers.
Samsung did not answer a request Friday to explain the change in the information it requested, and previous attempts by PCWorld to gather more information on carrier partners or specs and pricing on the phone were also unsuccessful. The only thing we know for sure at this point is that it will release this summer.
Samsung has solid reasoning for staying mum. With Apple’s iPhone 4S selling better than expected, Samsung is faced with a shrinking smartphone market that it splits with other Android partners. Keeping as much about Samsung Galaxy S III close to its belt is a smart business move as it prevents Samsung from tipping of its competitors. With so many smartphones on the market today, any competitive edge helps.