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Verizon might be the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in the US

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Verizon might be the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in the US
That the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to the US is no secret at all – at least three out of the nation's four major carriers are expected to launch the smartphone in the forthcoming months. Which one would be the first one to do so, however, is something that pretty much nobody can say for sure at this time.

However, according to LA-based industry analyst Paul Mueller, Verizon will most likely be the first US carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S II with AT&T and Sprint to follow within a month after that. Furthermore, it is said that the smartphone's exact release date has not been set in stone just yet, but it is quite possible to see the Galaxy S II landing in the carrier's outlets as early as August 12.

The Samsung Function, as Verizon's version of the Galaxy S II will be named, is expected to remain pretty much unchanged in terms of hardware with the same 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos chipset ticking under its hood. Some other features that the smartphone boasts are a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video, GPS, Wi-Fi, 32 gigs of internal storage and Android 2.3 Gingerbread running the whole show.

source: Examiner

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posted on 26 Jul 2011, 05:20 4

2. DisplayName (unregistered)


Hope there's more info on this before the Bionic comes out. Got some serious decision making to be done.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 11:44 2

32. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 313; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Ditto

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 15:56

44. verizon808 (unregistered)


Verizon's 4g sucks they can't make any of the dual core phones working on it so what's the point of having it :( the HTC thunderbolt was invented with a dual core processor and got downgraded to snapdragon processor verizon can't seem to get the dual core processor working with a 4g network and never mine updating the dam phones up date the batterys first LOL

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 16:19

46. drumstikka (unregistered)


What are you smoking? Verizon's 4G is amazing, they just don't have any dual core phones on it yet. Maybe the Galaxy S II can change that.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 02:11

53. verizon808 (unregistered)


I said Verizon cant make the dual core phones working with the 4g the Samsung is not going to be a 4g
None of them are they can't work on the 4g give them maybe 1more year to get this right lol sorry if you are waiting for this be its not going to happen anytime soon

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:27

56. the obnoxious one (unregistered)


if youve noticed verizon doesnt actually make the phones, maybe just maybe the manufactuers cant catch up with the speeds of LTE,

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 00:26

59. DarkCobra (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 Oct 2009)


Either English is a second language to you or reading comprehension just isn't your strong suit. What you are saying is so nonsensical and untrue it's not even worth discussing.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 05:21 3

3. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


Just got 4g last thursday. tested out my wifes charge, and sorry to say it, but it's 4g or bust for me =/

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 06:57 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude I know what you are saying. I could never go back to 3G. 4G IS that IMPORTANT. There is a rumor flying around that the Samsung Galaxy S II might not be 4G. I hope that is the reason why there was such a long delay. I hope it was because they were trying to figure out how to put an LTE radio into that THIN Samsung Galaxy S II. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I hope ALL the Samsung Galaxy S II's in the United States of America have 4G. I so hope so! If not then the Samsung Galaxy S II IS NOT the phone for the wife because as you say it’s 4G or BUST!

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 07:28

14. Knicknevin (Posts: 138; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


I firmly believe that if this phone were not LTE, it would be a colossal mistake. This phone is supposed to be their 'Flagship' phone for the next 6-12mo. It needs to be LTE. It doesn't matter that the Charge is LTE, this phone has significantly better specs than the charge.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:27 1

16. dandirk (unregistered)


I agree... my contract is almost up, I think I even qualify for an upgrade (last one under the old rules).

Seems like this fall will be great for me...

I get to choose...

1. Moto Bionic
2. Sammy Function
3. iPhone 5

4g will be a requirement for me, if the function doesn't have it, then its out of the running. iPhone 5 seems to be out because of this.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 18:41

48. Daver412 (unregistered)


I want the Samsung function but was thinking about the iphone 5 as well. I pretty sure the iphone 5 will not have LTE support and 6 months later they will come out with the iphone 5-4g.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 10:47

30. remixfa (Posts: 14067; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i dont understand why they wouldnt. The Sprint version is Wimax right? The att version is "4g", and the Tmobile version is 4g as well.. its supposed to be one of the first (if not THE) that support the full 42mbs upgrade.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 11:47 2

33. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 313; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Lte radios apparently are thick as hell.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 11:51

34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


we don't know if ANY of them will have 4G in the US yet. i haven't counted HSPA+ out because i don't think that's too much of a hassle to include but WiMAX and LTE might not make it on to a first gen Galaxy S II.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 08:50 1

54. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey it's offical the Samsung Galaxy Within DOES have WiMAX 4G, as per the FCC.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 17:27

60. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


then either WiMAX has either come further than i expected or Samsung knows how to make a WiMAX phone unlike Motorola & HTC.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 15:58

45. verizon808 (unregistered)


Verizon's 4g sucks they can't make any of the dual core phones working on it so what's the point of having it :( the HTC thunderbolt was invented with a dual core processor and got downgraded to snapdragon processor verizon can't seem to get the dual core processor working with a 4g network and never mine updating the dam phones up date the batterys first LOL

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 05:42 3

4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I wishes Samsung making top of line phones with aluminum body, I like the look and feel of the shiny chrome.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 06:08 3

6. PhoneLuver (Posts: 468; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Played around with another one last night.. It's too light and too thin and as such you have to be very careful in the way you hold it.

it needs more "body".

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 06:15 2

7. Laurynas (unregistered)


Sounds like a kind of fetish...

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 07:16 1

13. B (unregistered)


Sounds like my weenier, opposite of Anthony Weenier.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 09:28 3

26. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Never Can be light enough or thin enough because then u can slap a otterbox case on it without it being bulking.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 12:09 3

35. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Metal is over hyped, it makes a phone heavier. I'd rather have plastic.

Ideally, I'd rather have carbon fiber!

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 12:59

40. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i like the weight, it gives a sense of durability and it reminds me how valuable it is.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 06:04 3

5. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


That would be a first. Werent they the last to get a GS 1 phone last year?

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 06:33 3

8. Andman314 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


HAHAHAHA WHAT NOW SPRINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 07:00 2

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It's still too early to say. The article CLEARLY says "MIGHT" So don't bet your mom's house just yet, because you "MIGHT" lose & then you won't have a place to live in. lol

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:39 3

18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'm still willing to bet Sprint will be the first carrier to release it.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 07:06 3

11. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


A couple months ago, there was a leaked picture of the Attain, the AT&T version, in a cradle. So, AT&T was close to having it. Then, Sprint and the Within were in the gossip column as they were debating if THEY were going to get it first, with the Epic 2 coming in the fall. Now, Verizon- you are on deck.

Are we sure these things exist?

Between this, the ever delayed Bionic, the missing in action HP Pre 3, and the myth's that are the entire line of 2011 Blackberry phone offerings, who will win the race to be last?

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 11:30

31. remixfa (Posts: 14067; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


we need to get mythbusters involved in this!! :)

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 07:13 2

12. G2userLuvit (Posts: 23; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)


If they really do get the phone first... which I highly doubt... its only because the other carriers will wait to put ice cream sandwich on it, or because it will actually be the galaxy z and not the s2. Just from a seriously non biased stand point there has not been one handset worth buying on verizon.. or Id be with them right now. At least not first to market... I hate waiting for old tech.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 07:55 2

15. Stang68 (unregistered)


This was the dumbest comment on this page. Sure, they're going to wait for ICS lol

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 22:10

50. Valentino562 (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


I'm loving that "seriously non biased stand point" you got there.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:38 1

17. phonequest (unregistered)


I got a question though...iPhone5 or Galaxy s2? Also, give reasons for choosing one over the other :)

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:55 1

20. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Dude.... as an unregistered guest, you have NO IDEA how ugly the answers to that question can get here on Phone Arena.

But truthfully, I do not think anyone can answer that until the specs on the next iPhone are verified, not to mention waiting to see if the GS2 will be LTE on Verizon.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:52 5

19. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


SGS2 for the customizing goodness and the versatile environment

Apple because as always IT JUST WORKS.. rarely do you have a crash an issue but its not as individualized as android

these are the basic reasons behind android vs ios

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:57 1

21. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


You handled that really well! :-D

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 08:59 1

22. phonequest (unregistered)


word...good stuff xD

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 09:26 1

25. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


If you aren't the worlds best phone handler, meaning you are prone to drop it, go with the Galaxy S2. Gorilla glass will save your ass is the motto.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 12:18 2

36. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Wrong, ask my girlfriend how often her Smurfs game and other games crash on her iPhone 4. We went to iTunes to read reviews and people reports crashes all the time.

A few times, the crash was so bad, it froze the entire phone and we had to do a reboot. Sometimes, it would reboot the phone by itself.

We have the iPhone 4, two ipods and an iPad. Don't tell me about stability, it's BS. It really depends on the developer of the apps.

And battery drain is a big problem on iOS too. Both of our 2yr old ipods won't last more than 2-3hrs on gaming now. After i get the SGSII, I'm using my old Evo as a iPod replacement for the car. It should last a long time since I can just replace the battery and add more memory when I need to.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 00:58 1

52. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


IOS works ... i said nothing about the apps and the 3rd party devs. Android which I love and is currently my os of choice Crashes for no reason lol.. I right now just got Media play Force close. 8 times no music no games no browsing or anything just on my home screen. Yet On my iPhone 3gs I have had one crash in 2 years. and that was from an app I made lol. The os itself is super stable. just like it has been on the computers they put out. Windows has errors galore MacOS doesnt. the programs will always have issues.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 09:23

23. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I recommend to all of you who are trying to choose between the SGS2 (Function) and the iPhone5, to wait until September to buy the SGS2 first, then if you don't like it, trade it in for the iPhone5 within your 14 days grace period.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 09:24

24. phonequest (unregistered)


good ideaassss

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 09:33

27. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


very good idea and that way you also learn whats best for you as well.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 10:06

28. Ronanonymous (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


This is the kinda rumor I've been waiting for... True or not, 4g or not, it's the SGSII for me.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 10:39

29. V for Vendetta (unregistered)


I really think this phone will be 4G LTE. An that is the reason why it is taking time. They have to fit both a CDMA and an LTE chipset into its slender body.
Verizon's 3G network is at its limits as all the expansion dollars are going to LTE. To make matters worse, iPhone still won't go on LTE. The launch of the next gen iPhone would bring the 3G netwrok to its breaking point.
Verizon is trying deperately to get as many Android users on LTE as possible to prepare for the iPhone 4S (or whatever it will be called) onslaught on its 3G network.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 12:24 2

38. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Contrary to all the cheer leading analysts do to make people want to buy their Apple shares, Verizon's iPhone 4 sales didn't really add that much to Apple's total.

Analysts were all cheering for Verizon to get the iPhone 4 because if it sold on 2 networks instead of 1, then sales would double!

Well, Verizon's been selling the iPhone for 3 quarters now and if you ignore the hype and find the REAL numbers, here's what they are:

Apple reported iPhone 4 sales: ~20 million
Verizon reported iPhone 4 sales: ~2.1 million

What does that tell you? Verizon only added another 10% of sales to Apple's total sales. And that is with the fact that people were under the illusion that iPhone 4 was a 4G phone (2 out of 3 iPhone owners thought this).

People are starting to realize now that the iPhone is not 4G, so those numbers will be even smaller.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 14:33

42. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


yeah but when it was released it was already an old product. I cant wait to see ip5 sales on vzw vs att. It also goes to show you people dint need 4g if they already think there phone has it. People with other 3g phones thought they had 4g as well.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 12:19

37. theBnakRobber (unregistered)


I have a feeling that it will be price about higher on contract then most other phones. The epic 4g was $250 on contract. If this phone really has 32gb built in with the other great specs then their might be a extra $50 to $100 to pay with a 2 year contract then the others.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 12:34

39. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


According to this site, the SGS2 should have 4G:


http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9100_galaxy_s_ii-review-597.php

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 14:01

41. Sir Smoke Alot (unregistered)


I've got the Samsung Droid Charge and it's a decent phone, however after having LTE speeds, I will NEVER go back to 3G. It's a no go for the Function w/o 4G.

I do have one upgrade left on my account, but I bought the Charge from Costco the day it was released (May 14) and with Costco's 90 day return window expiring on August 14th, please Verizon release the SGS2 or Bionic before 8/14 so I can save my last upgrade for a future phone.

Also, please have at least a 1800 mah+ battery or better on the Bionic or SGS2. My Droid Charge's battery life is okay, but if you're on 4G data consistently, the battery drains very fast. Verizon needs to address the battery life issue on their future 4G phones...

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 15:53

43. verizon808 (unregistered)


Verizon's 4g sucks they can't make any of the dual core phones working on it so what's the point of having it :( the HTC thunderbolt was invented with a dual core processor and got downgraded to snapdragon processor verizon can't seem to get the dual core processor working with a 4g network and never mine updating the dam phones up date the batterys first LOL

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 17:08 1

47. faisalbilal (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Mar 2011)


The T-Mobile Samsung Hercules will have a 4.3 inch screen and the Samsung Hercules 2 will offer a 4.5 inch screen

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 20:04

49. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


if this device is 4G enabled...there goes all those DROID Charge sales. that leads me to believe it won't be 4G but hey, maybe there are those that would still prefer the Charge to the SGSII (but the way you PA'ers drool over this phone i don't see anyone being attracted to the Charge over the SGSII).

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 23:34 1

51. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol @ all the 4G love when people are too blind to see that 4G is just an overhyped marketing ploy to sucker people into buying a phone that has 4G speeds no different from 3G.

See this is why Apple isn't jumping on the bandwagon, they're being smart. 4G is a waste of technology and batterylife, yet all people can think about is "hur hur, I wish this here phone had that there 4G hur hur."

4G doesn't make a phone good, it just makes suckers be hyped up for something enough to open their wallets and plunk down cash on a high end phone.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 09:30

55. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


my 3g phone gets a grand total of .67mbs my fiancees thunderbolt got on 4g 19.8mbs just now ... no thats no speed difference
we started the same DL at the same time hers got it in 4 seconds I got it in 6 min

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:21

57. Chakra (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


Whatever gets you to sleep at night buddy....

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 10:11

58. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


it just might... music on pandora :D when pandora works.

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