Following up on the US announcement of the standard Galaxy S III smartphone, Samsung has come forward with details for a SAFE-branded model that will be available next month. And for those not familiar with the SAFE branding, that stands for Samsung Approved for Enterprise, which should in turn make the handset a bit more welcomed in the ‘bring your own device’ workplaces.
SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices secure and manageable by systematically meeting the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. Samsung created SAFE as a way to defragment the Android OS across multiple versions from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich at U.S. carriers. Out of the box, the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies.2 This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.
According to details provided by Samsung, the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III will launch in July for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular. Nothing specific was mentioned in terms of pricing for this new model, however Samsung did state that they will have a SAFE2SWITCH trade-in program which will offer “competitive” pricing for individual and enterprise customers looking to upgrade.