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

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.

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

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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.

25. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

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

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

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.

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.

3. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

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

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

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.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

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

30. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

9. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 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.

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

29. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

7. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

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

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)? 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...

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.

20. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

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

32. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

12. tq3866

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 20, 2011

You sure it was a mistake

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.

17. rbyham

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 27, 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!

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

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.

22. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

24. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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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