Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S III, the carriers are offering versions of the Samsung GALAXY Note II that are different from each other on the outside. Even minor design changes can lead to that f word-fragmentation-and then you are talking about different accessories for each model. Coming after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III delivered the same exact device to each U.S. carrier, (after accounting for individual wireless service of course) this seems like a step backward for the Korean manufacturer. One bit of carrier customization appears to be the branded home button on the Verizon version of the phablet, although that shouldn't require a separate line of accessories for the Big Red branded model.
We should know more on October 24th when Samsung introduces "The Next Big Thing" to the United States.
source: FCC (1), (2), (3) via Engadget
Three variants of the Samsung GALAXY Note II visited the FCC, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile from left to right