US carriers are turning their backs on one of Samsung’s most popular and fairly recent phones

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The mid-range A-series phones, and not the flashier Galaxy Z Fold and Flips or the Galaxy S-series, are the bread and butter for Samsung, accounting for a whopping 58 percent of the company’s total smartphone sales in 2021. They’re great options for anyone looking for a decent phone with basic features without an exorbitant price tag. Unfortunately for US consumers, one of Samsung’s best mid-tier handsets, the Galaxy A32 5G is no longer sold by carriers.
PCMag reports that research firm Wave7 has discovered that the Galaxy 32 5G has been dropped by American carriers. The phone came out in 2021, so it’s not exactly an oldie. It’s specified enough for a $279.99 phone, with a large 6.5-inch screen, the MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G SoC in the center, a quad-camera array with a 48MP main camera, a 13MP front shooter and a massive 5,000 mAh battery that was good for several days of battery life with moderate use.
The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and even a microSD slot for expanding storage, both of which are quickly disappearing from phones. Of course, at this price, Samsung had to make some compromises, such as not including an IP rating and opting for a low-resolution display.

The device will get two OS upgrades and four years of security support, so it should be good for a few more years.

Nevertheless, the time of the Galaxy A32 5G with American providers is over. While it performed well with both AT&T and T-Mobile, the former stopped selling it and the latter discontinued it in May.

The Galaxy A12 and A32 were credited for helping MediaTek become the number one chip supplier in the US in the fourth quarter of 2021. The A32 5G was also a strong seller at the US’s largest prepaid brand, Metro by T-Mobile, in 2021. In January 2022 it was the fifth most popular phone in the US and could have performed even better if there were no delivery issues.
If you are a Samsung loyalist, there is no obvious replacement for the A32 5G in the US because the A33 is not available in the country. You may want to check out the lower-end Galaxy A13 5G or shell out nearly $200 more for the A53.
Otherwise, there are always phones from other companies. like the under-$300 OnePlus Nord N200 and OnePlus Nord N2 or the slightly more expensive Moto G Stylus 5G.

The departure of the Galaxy A32 has not affected Samsung’s market share among airlines, according to the report. In June, for example, it still had a 32 percent share in AT&T, unchanged from April and May. Prepaid carriers have started promoting the Galaxy A13 as a possible alternative.

The report also reminds us how few choices US consumers have when it comes to phones and they are being robbed of innovative Chinese phones from BBK companies like Oppo, Iqoo and Realme.

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