FCC visits for three Samsung GALAXY Note II variants
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
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Great news to hear! Can't wait for the Note II!
30. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
So Verizon Note can run LTE without Qualcomm SoC! How is that so?
2. k1ng617 (Posts: 234; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
That Verizon branding is so obnoxious! It's small, but so in your face... Might just be enough to turn me towards T-Mobile since I'm on the fence between the two.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If VZW releases a GN II at the same as the other editions are released, I won't be letting a VZW-branded home button stop me from picking up one.
Here is hoping VZW ships its version at the same time as the other editions.
7. turys719 (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
who care really i will be dropping my unlimited data plan in to this note and will be my best phone ever. Im very happy verizon is getting it..... f u lg intuition....
14. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Verizon can use a branding iron on my forehead as long as that beautiful 5.5 inch screen remains untouched.
21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 997; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Would the phone function any better if it did not have Verizon on the button? To switch carriers over branding is just ridiculous. Just be happy that Samsung is doing the Note 2 right by not having any of those silly exclusive carrier deals. I will be a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 owner on day number 1. I've been waiting for Samsung to release a Note device on Verizon since the original came out.
29. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
I agree it wouldn't affect the function but it's VERY obnoxious. I dont think the final version will have it but I wouldn't put it past Verizon. It seems the trend has been shifting towards manufacturer branding on the front and carrier branding on the back, which makes the phone look much cleaner without a bunch of logos.
32. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
Go with Tmobile like I did.
I'm loving it and my GS III and yes it will be LTE enabled when they flipped the switch.Plus UNlimited data NO throttling speeds,NO overages,NO caps. My bill is 70/mo.(UNL T/T=49.99)
34. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Yes I enjoy my unlimited data on my Galaxy S3 and my current 77:00 bill monthly. I was paying 190 for 2 lines on Verizon and my Galaxy Nexus never got of 1x/3g and the dBm and asu was shameful. My Galaxy S3 pimp slaps the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon even without jellybean.
33. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
It's childish and outright criminal for Verizon to use all that unneccessary carrier branding they are always having the need to be the ODD BALL. I left Verizon gladly in June and went to tmobile for my Galaxy S3 after the Galaxy Nexus shame. Thank god tmobile does android correctly and it's network s**ts all over Verizon all night long.
13. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
On behalf of Verizon, I spoke to a Sprint Store Representative yesterday who said, "We still haven't fully launched our LTE roadmap and, hence, we have no LTE to offer the Galaxy Note II (like our GS III). If our customers want a Phablet they can always buy the Original Galaxy Tab we have on clearance.
18. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
that sound to made up papinyc. nice try though. true they dint have lte fully developed nobody does. i cant see them tell you hey buy a super old tablet when you want to buy a phone.
17. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
27. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
You wont be saying that in a year, that's for sure.
6. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
What the hell... The T-Mobile version looks like a big brick lol. So only Verizon is keeping the original look/feel? Bah, humbug.
10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1929; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
What the hell are you talking about? They're all gonna have the same dimensions. Those pictures at the bottom of the article are not representative of the phone's design.
16. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Obviously Samsung is doing the same thing they did with the GS2. They're all going to have similar dimensions, but not the same. With the GS2, Sprint had the largest screen, AT&T kept the original look/feel, and T-Mobile had a more curved body, which is what's happening now with the Note 2.
20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1929; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
No, not obviously. Like I said, they will all have the EXACT same dimensions. Those pics don't mean anything. Trust me on this. The only difference will be the carrier branding.
23. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Only time will tell my man, but the article came from the FCC so it has much more credibility. Usually the FCC sketches are the final designs of the earliest prototypes.
24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1929; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Final designs of the earliest prototypes? I'm not really sure if that makes any sense.
31. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Just compare the FCC designs with the actual product releases of previous devices on your own and notice the similarities.
36. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Three variants of the Samsung GALAXY Note II visited the FCC, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile from left to right.....
35. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
This guy is a typical Verizon dweeb..Ask him how's his shared data plan working out. With that useless Galaxy Nexus that always drops data connection, sorry signal strenght, and crappy reception. Verizon and it's battery draining LTE network is useless..Tmobile pimp slaps Verizon
37. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
So far everything you post is anti Verizon, you trolling?
8. turys719 (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
i have never being more exited about getting a phone then this time..... i will use it for my meetings play web browser everything i like it..... f yeah....
9. toyboyz (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)
That better be sombody's joke about the t-mobile version looking like that!
11. ez31k (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
"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."
I really hope its a joke... a cruel, low down dirty joke.. That could make or break this release for some...
25. PostmanLV (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
don't know why but that made me laugh like hell
12. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
I can't wait to get my hands on this phone I'm so glad it's coming to Verizon!
15. infinitemethod (Posts: 122; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
I cant imagine that branding being on the final product. I'm still getting this phone. Need a release date!
26. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 932; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Looking forward to the AT&T's variant of the Note II. I hope that its not $300 for a 2yr contract (new or ugrade)
38. cellking (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
its amazing the little crap people complain about the stupidest things on phones.for the guy who says tmobile is better than verizon and s*#ts on their service all nite long your source of info is horrible considering that tmobile is the 4th largest cellular company in the country right now verizon is bigger than tmobile,at&t,and sprint combined just look at their coverage and customer base both are larger on verizon.also sprint is possinly being bought out by a huge company out of japan and that may change the entire cell phone market in the U.S.A my sources by the way are CTIA WIRELESS NEWS and they know their stuff.
39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1929; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You should re-check your information. Verizon is not bigger than the other 3 majors combined. Their LTE coverage is though.
40. cellking (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
cant wait till november 2nd got to have the note 2.a friend of mine that works for samsung already got one from samsung and let me check it out its awesome.