When Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ earlier this year, several versions were mentioned that included different on-board storage options including 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Actually being able to buy something other than the 64GB version is a bigger challenge though as Verizon has only been offering the 64GB version on their site. The same is true for the other major wireless carriers. That may be getting close to changing as the larger memory versions are now showing up on the Verizon Open Development site as compatible with their LTE Cat-M1 network.
According to Verizon’s Open Development page, the two devices have been certified in both the 128GB and 256GB versions. They join the regular, currently available 64GB variants of the Galaxy S9 along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 as devices certified within the past 30 days for the new standard.
Drilling down a bit reveals Verizon considers the “industry” for the devices to be “Residential/Consumer” suggesting the devices may be offered up for general consumers in the near future. Most of the devices that are certified pursuant to this program are Internet of Things devices for a variety of industries. One of the hallmarks of them is the lower power consumption needed since many of them could end up deployed in places where they are expected to operate unattended for long periods of time without driving up energy costs in the process.
If you were hoping to get a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ with more than the standard 64GB of memory, you may want to start checking the Verizon site on a regular basis to see if the new variants show up as an ordering option.