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Verizon mistakenly tweets about 4G support for the Samsung Galaxy S II

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Verizon mistakenly tweets about 4G support for the Samsung Galaxy S II
What appeared to be good news for Verizon customers this morning has turned into a succession of confusing tweets from the carrier's support staff. The first tweet from Verizon came in response to a question about 4G connectivity on the upcoming Samsung Function. That model is expected to be Verizon's version of the hottest smartphone on the planet at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S II.  The tweet seemed to confirm that Big Red's version of the Galaxy S II would indeed be LTE enabled.

The first response from Verizon that

The first response from Verizon that "confirmed" LTE connectivity for the Samsung Function

However, joy did not last long in Mudville when a second tweet was sent by Verizon's support staff with a clarification from a different rep that the device that the first tweet was referring to was not the Samsung Galaxy S II, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. As we reported, that tablet with its LTE connectivity, is set to launch tomorrow. A third tweet, from a third staff employee, said that Verizon had no info on the Samsung Galaxy S II and that the phone is not on the carrier's web site.

Now, it might seem hard to imagine that Verizon employees can confuse what is currently the hottest smartphone on earth with a tablet about to launch, but it happened. Apparently, the employees of Verizon are only allowed to parrot back information that appears on the company's web site. It might be a moot point anyway, because as we recently told you, the Sprint version of the handset made it through the FCC and was found to have support for WiMax. Still, Verizon customers have a right to feel uneasy. Until we have the definitive word from the carrier, there still is that chance that the Samsung Function won't have 4G support.

source: DroidLife

The two tweets from Verizon that correct the mistake
The two tweets from Verizon that correct the mistake

The two tweets from Verizon that correct the mistake

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posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:29 2

1. jes396 (unregistered)

Everyone lets calm the hell down. I believe last I check VZW flagship phone Droid Incredible is now Droid Incredible II with no LTE support. My theory is Fascinate and Fascinate II will also be 3G. What a waist now how about the Bionic or IPHONE.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:54 5

25. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

so according to your theory iphone 5, 6, 7, and 8 will all be 3g

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:49 1

26. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Makes no sense. How did you come up with that from his post? I see no relation

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:32 8

2. B (unregistered)

Why even make this article if it was proven wrong. Its a waste of time even reading this. No new info just usless text.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:06 3

18. eyedless (unregistered)

You know what I don't think that guy confused the GS2 for the Tab. I think he outed information that was not supposed to be released to the public yet. Then Verizon came up with that lame excuse to retract the tweet. There probably still testing, but if sprint can fit the wimax, then im sure Verizon can squeeze in the LTE.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:46 3

3. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)

How could you actually type "S II" when you mean "Tab 10.1"? Its not like they typed Tab II.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:25 4

5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

This is starting to look like a very BAD day for Verizon. If Verizon has the balls to release THE Samsung Galaxy S II named the Samsung Function without 4G LTE, that would be the mistake of the decade. Verizon should not even release the phone without LTE. In theory it would be a super fast Droid X2 with a Super AMOLED+ screen. That is all! Hey at least we know that Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II named the Galaxy Within has 4G WiMAX, as per the FCC! Verizon I don't know what you are doing but if the Samsung Function is not 4G LTE, then that would be the most monumental EPIC FAIL EVER!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:42 2

6. no-to-be-techincal (unregistered)

But WiMAX is actually 3.xG hense why verizon cannot release it as a 4g phone. LTE is not 3g+ it requires another radio. Do your homework. Eventhough the Douche Bags who made the "4g" standard, and then changed it to include everything thats not just 3g, lowered the bar pretty bad. LTE is the only true 4G and when WiMAX hits max bandwidth LTE will continue to get faster.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:57 3

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

wimax is only used on sprint. it is a custom "4g" variant of the phone. There is absolutely no reason they cant just swap the wimax chip for an LTE chip. The ATT version is capable of HSPA and the Tmobile version (hercules) is going to support 42mb/s HSPA+ which is faster than VZW LTE.

While there is obviously a chance that the VZW SGS2 wont have LTE my guess is 80% chance of LTE. They would miss a huge opportunity by being the only non "4g" SGS2 in america.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:15 5

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

See I know you didn't pay attention in class. The International Telecommunications Union said that WiMAX, HSPA+, & LTE in the United States of America & for that matter the rest of the world IS officially 4G. This happened in Geneva, December 6th 2010. You are just preaching to the choir. We all know LTE is the best of the bunch but you seem silly to keep saying that WiMAX is "3.xG" or whatever. It's like saying Pluto is STILL a planet when it's now understood to be a Kuiper Belt Object. You say for me to do my homework, but it seems you need some time in school. It is widely known the technology is 4G but you still insist it isn’t. So because YOU still think it’s “3.xG” it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks? I am sorry but you need to just stop. What you still think Pluto is the 9th planet? Kids are now being taught that Pluto is not a planet at school. I respect your opinion but I am going to have to side with the ITU. I think they are a more trusted source of information.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:47

15. dud\er (unregistered)

Wimax is most certainly not 3g plus no wonder you name is not so technical, i mean if you want to be technical none of the current "4g " services are acual 4g in terms of what the speeds were supposed to be they wimax was the closest because with wimax ( in use in russia) can hit 160mps but cause of t-mob they had to change it . Also lte has way less capacity then wimax

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 23:37

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

we all know how great LTE is and nobody needs to put the other networks down for people with some sense to realize that. the other 4G networks have their own unique advantages and many of the same disadvantages, everyone prospers for the respective reasons for selecting the 4G network they did in the here and now but in the long run i agree, LTE will keep it's lead on Verizon.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:58

9. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

Mistake of the decade? We're only about 20 months into the decade. No one will care about these phones over a year from now. I seriously doubt many people will be using a Galaxy S2 three years from now.

Mistake of the quarter? Sure, why not.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:23 1

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I know, geez I was trying to be funny & exaggerate my emphasis on how bad that would be. Thanks for calling me out though. lol You keep me on my toes!

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 23:29

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

if Sprint was using LTE they'd be in the same boat. i'm sure Verizon would want to make it happen but the technology may just not be there enough for Samsung to offer the same ever popular Galaxy S II with LTE. Sprint definitely has an advantage from Verizon being the first major US carrier to deploy an LTE network because in a way we're kinda making it easier for other carriers to get more advanced LTE phones out at the initial roll-out because of the experience the manufacturers will have with the technology so i wouldn't bark too loud SuperAndroidEvo, we're riding the rapids for you guys and on top of that it'll pay off because we'll have significantly better coverage by the time Sprint gets their LTE network going. we'll have a slower Galaxy S II in terms of data than you guys but it's still a Galaxy S II and some of us want the better battery life and there's still the matter of having reliable 3G connection so there's a market out there for a 3G only Galaxy S II on Big Red.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:43 1

7. testman22 (Posts: 339; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

Isnt this the 2nd mix up theyve had with the galaxy s 2 and the tab? Jeez

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:13

10. milanyc (unregistered)

@remixfa: How is T-Mobile's theoretical 42mbps (up to 29mbps real world) faster than Verizon's LTE 73mbps theoretical (up to 60mbps real world)?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdF3AnNc308
The reason why Function may not be LTE is the size of the current LTE chipsets. They are huge and power hungry. Unless Samsung compromises the thinness, it's virtually impossible to squeeze MDM9600 LTE chipset in that phone and have any reasonable battery life.
Just my 2 cents...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:24 1

16. sowhat (unregistered)

But isn't there any chance Sammy developed smaller more efficient LTE chip for SGS2 by now? I think that's possible.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:27

20. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Possible but unlikely. I am not sure but it seems like samsung would already be selling the lte chip if they had one

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:22

28. thegreatesteva (unregistered)

if they fit it into the tab 10.1 im sure they can fit one into the gs2 saying the tab is only .2 mm thicker at 8.6

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 17:28

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

yeah but they can spread more of the components out with the increased size of the Tab.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:22 2

12. tq3866 (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Jan 2011)

You sure it was a mistake

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:39 3

14. G (unregistered)

To me, it seems like one rep tweeted it when they weren't supposed to, and the second rep used the Tab mixup as a cover-up.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:44

17. rbyham (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

C'mon Big Red gives us 4g and qwerty otherwise my money stays with me... I want to replace these cro-magnon things called laptops and tablets!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:20 1

19. dandirk (unregistered)

I can see it both ways...

CS confused because galaxy is in both names...

Cover up the early info release...

I know i am up for contract and am going to wait for reviews on the iphone5, bionic, and SG2...

No LTE, will be an auto-disqualifier

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 18:02 1

21. gman69 (unregistered)

I don't think the iphone5 will have 4g at least that is what I have seen so wouldn't that be auto-disqualified already.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:12

22. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

Nope... Iphone users don't care how the phone performs.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:28

23. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Didn't they "mistakenly" announce the Function before and then say oops we were talking about the galaxy tab? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:38

24. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

At this point, there is no excuse for VZW to put out any more 3G smartphones. Especially not on a phone as highly anticipated as this one. Did they learn nothing fro screwing with the Facsinate? That could have been just as good of a phone as the Epic, but they crippled it with Bing and half the ram. I hate to see people say how if they don't get they want, they'll switch providers. But in the GS2's case, if it doesn't have 4G, I won't blame people for jumping ship!

VZW, I thought you device crippling days were over? Please allow us to experience this device the way it was meant to be! Quit screwing with us!

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 23:41

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

this is clearly a hardware issue not a software issue, i'm sure Verizon would be more than glad to have a Galaxy S II on their LTE network but if Samsung can't make it happen then it's just unfortunate for everyone.

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