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Samsung: The Galaxy SIII is SAFE for America’s Enterprises

With analysts expecting Android to be the number one platform for enterprise smart devices by next year, Samsung is reassuring buyers that their newest device is the safest out there by introducing SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise). SAFE brings features such as 338 IT Policies, on-device AES-256 bit encryption, and better support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Sammy is letting the corporate folks out there know that the SGSIII is the right choice to make when it comes to keeping your data safe. 

Along with SAFE, Samsung has also introduced SAFE2SWITCH, which is a way for older-device owners to trade in their used smartphones for credit towards a brand new Galaxy SIII. If you want to see how much your phone could be worth, you can check right here.

Samsung Makes Android SAFE™ for Enterprises,
Offers Trade-In Program to Upgrade to the Galaxy S III

Samsung is the First to Launch a Quality Assured, Enterprise-Compliant Android Smartphone 

DALLAS — June 18, 2012 — With the AndroidTM operating system projected to be the No. 1 platform for enterprise smartphones by 2013[1], Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) is simplifying enterprise adoption with the introduction of SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) and the first SAFE-branded smartphone in the United States, the Galaxy S® III, which will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular by July. To aid prosumers and corporations in accessing the most innovative smartphone on the market, Samsung is also introducing SAFE2SWITCH, a trade-up program that offers competitive pricing for qualifying smartphones for both individuals and enterprise customers.

SAFE – Optimized for the Enterprise
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.

Over the last 12 months, Samsung has surpassed its next nearest handset and smartphone competitors to become No. 1 globally[3] and now has its sights set on the enterprise. Working closely with enterprise customers and industry-leading solutions providers, Samsung developed a thorough quality assurance program. This program begins with MDM and VPN solutions providers using Samsung’s software development kit to deeply integrate their solution on the SAFE device. Once the development effort is completed, Samsung and the solution provider then thoroughly test and verify the device’s support for the MDM and/or VPN software. This collaboration, coupled with the testing process, creates solutions that are optimized for SAFE devices and enterprise use including adoption within regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

“It’s now safe to say that the ‘Next Big Thing in Enterprise’ is here with the near-term availability of SAFE-branded Galaxy S III devices at five U.S. carriers,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile. “The highly desirable, SAFE-branded and QA-tested Galaxy S III smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives.”

Galaxy S III – Powerful, Collaborative, Secure

  • The Galaxy S III offers secure features and capabilities that may be used in a wide range of business situations to improve efficiency and productivity.
  • AllShare Play – Group Cast: Securely share PowerPoint presentations and PDFs with business partners also using Galaxy S III devices
  • Share Shot: Quickly and easily compile and share photos with colleagues and contacts
  • S Beam One Touch Sharing (NFC and Wi-Fi Direct): Quickly exchange contact and meeting information or company documents by simply tapping phones together. S Beam can also be controlled via an MDM solution.
  • Intelligent Display and Motion: Focus on the job at hand with intuitive features like Direct Call and Smart Stay
  • HD Super AMOLEDTM Display: Review detailed plans or blueprints with brilliant 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display on second-generation rugged Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Samsung TecTiles: NFC programmable tags and mobile application transform how businesses, both large and small, engage their customers

SAFE2SWITCH Prosumer / Enterprise Trade-In Program
With the launch of the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III, Samsung is announcing the availability of a trade-up program called SAFE2SWITCH which simplifies the transition to Samsung SAFE devices from Samsung or other manufacturers’ smartphones. Both prosumers and corporate customers alike can take advantage of this program which offers very competitive trade-in values in real-time from their existing smartphone or Internet-connected device. For more details, visit www.samsungsafe2switch.com.

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  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt L. Williams

    “With analysts expecting Android to be the number one platform for enterprise smart devices by next year,”

    Which analyst? You make a statement like that but provide nothing to back it up.

    I call bullsh*t on that statement. Enterprise IT does NOT like Android because there are too many form factors and the platform is way to open and easily rooted to bypass any IT controls.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      According to Samsung’s press release.

  • David Stender

    I’m glad Samsung is starting this branding with SAFE. I’m sick of seeing blackberry in the corporate environment !

  • Sparta1

    Can S.A.F.E replace the Vz branding???Yuck. Good thing for covers.

    • michael arazan

      Along with opting out of dropbox and wallet, verizon opted out of SAFE that was offered, they are creating their own SAFE feature that won’t be on devices till 2014, leaving your device not to have this option. ; P

  • Detonation

    Interesting, there is a Samsung “Google Nexus Prime” in the drop down for models. It’s worth the same amount of a Galaxy Nexus CDMA ($185) though the GSM Galaxy Nexus is $200.

  • Kyle

    OG Droid is $0. I’ll keep mine thankyou.

    • michael arazan

      the og droid is worth $0 in the commercial world, but the ones that still work flawlessly, like mine and others, are priceless to us. Still use mine as a music player and alarm clock.

  • bakdroid

    SAFE = Locked bootloader

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Must be opposite day.

  • Smeckle

    “SAFE (Samsung Approved for Business)”
    Hmmmm

    • arthur2142

      I think it should be “Samsung Approved For Enterprise”

      • Smeckle

        Yeah, it is. I was just giving Tim a hard time ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/AMPthe13th Adrian M. Petty

      Samsung Approved for Enterprise would work… maybe just a goof somewhere?