Samsung Galaxy S3: Garnet Red International Version Now Available in UK

The Garnet Red version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is now available in the U.K. SIM free.

The device can be purchased by residents of the U.K. without a contract from a major carrier for just £429.99.

This international version of the device was announced back in August along with the upcoming Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey variants. It was originally an AT&T exclusive but now has been made available to customers in the U.K.

The device can be ordered from a retailer known as Expansys and will arrive in three to five business days.

Samsung seems to have secured one significant victory in the U.K. recently as the Galaxy S3 is still the number one device in the nation despite the release of the iPhone 5.

The data used to determine the winner was compiled by Mobile Tracker report from uSwitch. It shows that the latest figures of U.K. handset pre-orders and sales. It found that despite the mass excitement surrounding the recent Sept. 21 iPhone launch, the Galaxy S3 has remained the leading handset in the U.K. for the past month.

Even with Apple reporting the 5 million iPhone 5 units that were sold during the launch weekend, the smartphone ended up only being the fifth most popular device in U.K. popularity charts.

The new iPhone even placed behind its predecessor, the 4S, which was the second most popular handset in the U.K. last month. The low sales of the iPhone 5 in the U.K. was due to device shortages and other issues discouraging buyers from getting their hands on one.

"Everyone expected the iPhone 5 to knock the Samsung Galaxy S3 off the top spot as the nation's favorite phone, but that hasn't happened yet," said Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch. "After six generations of Apple phones, the excitement around the iPhone 5 has failed to convert into immediate sales, but cynics should take note, this is the thinnest, lightest, fastest best-looking iPhone ever."