Samsung Galaxy S4. (Photo : Flickr / E-Plus Gruppe Fotostream)
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been spotted receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission, and the documents indicate at least the Sprint version will have global roaming capabilities.
"The SPH-L720 comes with CDMA, LTE, GSM and WCDMA 850/1900 support," Android Authority writes.
That covers all the bases for different network and protocols used around the world, so if you end up with a Sprint-branded Galaxy S4, you'll be able to use it anywhere in the world. Of course, if you're still using Sprint, that will probably come with huge roaming fees overseas. If you can wriggle out of your contract and get Sprint to unlock your phone for you, then you're good to go.
So while, the news doesn't exactly equal freedom to roam, it does present interesting questions about other versions of the Galaxy S4.
Last year, Sprint's version of the Galaxy S3 was the only one that didn't have global roaming, which means it's likely all the Galaxy S4s from the big carriers in the United States will have the capability this time around.
And with T-Mobile offering the phone unlocked as soon as you pay it off (which could be right off the bat, since you can just buy it outright if you want to), it could mean easy access to a high-end smartphone U.S. consumers can take with them anywhere in the world without worrying about compatibility issues.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 1.6GHz eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor or a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (depending on country), 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1920x1080 Full HD AMOLED display at 441 ppi, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, internal storage between 16 and 64GB, an SD card slot that can accommodate an additional 64GB, a polycarbonate body, Smart Pause and floating touch tech and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Check back for the latest info on the Galaxy S4 as it becomes available.