Samsung, hoping to sell 10 Million Galaxy S III in July

Samsung Electronics Co., challenging Apple Inc.’s iPhone, began rolling out its Galaxy S III flagship smartphone in the U.S. through T-Mobile USA Inc.

Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said the Galaxy S III will hit the 10-million milestone within two months of its launch, he further said ...

“It has been tough to keep up with demand,”

T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, is selling the Galaxy III for $279.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will offer it for $199.99 with a two-year commitment.

Apple and Samsung, the top two smartphone makers, have accused each other of design imitations and are waging patent battles on four continents. Apple has said it’s considering a restraining order request to block sales of the Galaxy S III in the U.S. The Cupertino, California-based company lost an earlier appeal to ban Samsung phones from the country last month.

Samsung’s sales estimate for the S III reflects robust demand from mobile operators. Unlike Apple Inc., Samsung does not disclose sales figures to consumers.

The S III will be released by around 300 mobile carriers in 147 countries by the end of July, aiming for an early start before rival Apple announces a new version of the iPhone in the third quarter ...

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