That may be correct but its also the manufacturer that decides as well. It goes both ways. Also the Samsung rep does not really know the in & outs of the agreements with the carriers. They only represent the company & try to sell u something
Just wanted to comment. I got the phone. I like others don't like the battery and SD card issue. I bought a 16k mili amp battery pack and a 64gb micro SD with a mini adapter. Problem resolved. The on board system mem is 22gb after the OS and essentials are installed. If you have any questions I can answer about my experience, just ask here and I'll do my best to answer. I got zagg glass and a veruse case.