Verizon won't be selling the Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung is holding a big press event in New York City on Monday where it is expected to finally announced that its Galaxy S II smartphone will be made available here in the US. However it looks like one of the big wireless carriers won't be offering its own version of the smartphone after all. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon Wireless has decided to pass on offering the Galaxy S II to its customers. In a statement, Verizon said, "We have a robust portfolio of devices that offer customers exciting options including the Droid Charge by Samsung which runs on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network."

The phone has already sold very well in other parts of the world with Samsung claiming it has sold a total of 5 million units since it launched earlier this year in Europe, Japan, and Korea. The phone is running on Android 2.3, with a large 4.3 inch screen, a dual-core processor with speeds of 1.2 GHz, an eight megapixel camera in the back, a two megapixel camera in the front for video chat and more.

That still means that customers of AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile will be able to get their own versions of the Galaxy S II. It's now expected that two of these wireless carriers will keep the Galaxy S II name when they launch their versions of the device. Meanwhile Boy Genius Report is claiming via unnamed sources that Verizon will offer another Samsung phone with tech specs that are close to the Galaxy S II later this year.

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Digitalx said,
Good. CDMA needs to stop being used.

i do agree it's about time we the customers should be able to buy any phone we want and be able to put it on any carrier we please.

smooth3006 said,

i do agree it's about time we the customers should be able to buy any phone we want and be able to put it on any carrier we please.

Call your representative; carriers in the US are an olligopoly or a cartel and as such should be treated .

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
As I have said a million times before, I can't even begin to understand why you let the CARRIERS decide which phones they want you to have.
Freedom of choice, both in phones and carriers. :-)

I would not buy another Galaxy S phone, after the absolutely crappy service my original Galaxy S (Fascinate) received. I'll stick to a flagship phone this time.

Bad news for Verizon customers... I thought Samsung would promote this phone on all carriers. I blame Samsung for releasing the phone so damn late in the USA. Bad samsung!

tsupersonic said,
Bad news for Verizon customers... I thought Samsung would promote this phone on all carriers. I blame Samsung for releasing the phone so damn late in the USA. Bad samsung!
Meh. US gets plenty of stuff first, its about time the wait was the other way around for once.

tsupersonic said,
Bad news for Verizon customers... I thought Samsung would promote this phone on all carriers. I blame Samsung for releasing the phone so damn late in the USA. Bad samsung!

This is a verizon decision, not Samsung ...

And anyway the new galaxy S devices are coming at the end of the year.

I broke my original motodroid back in july and have ben using a POS devour now for almost 2 months waiting for this to come out on verizon and you're telling me its not coming out ru freaking kidding me??? I don't want a droid bionic with a locked bootloader I want the galaxy s2... I almost want to jump off verizons ship for being the only damn carrior without a dual core phone right now and oh "we have the droid charge by samsung" I don't want that single core overpriced phone.

RedFlow said,
I broke my original motodroid back in july and have ben using a POS devour now for almost 2 months waiting for this to come out on verizon and you're telling me its not coming out ru freaking kidding me??? I don't want a droid bionic with a locked bootloader I want the galaxy s2... I almost want to jump off verizons ship for being the only damn carrior without a dual core phone right now and oh "we have the droid charge by samsung" I don't want that single core overpriced phone.

droid x 2 is dual core

megalosdog said,

droid x 2 is dual core

Yes but it will most likely come with a locked bootloader and I can't stand bloatware or motorola's home interface... And I don't feel like just masking it over nicely with ADW...

RedFlow said,

Yes but it will most likely come with a locked bootloader and I can't stand bloatware or motorola's home interface... And I don't feel like just masking it over nicely with ADW...

yep bootloader is locked, and honestly you will probably use adw to mask any android phone you get..Just root and get rid of all the bloat.

It's really simple why Verizon is passing on the SG2. It was released almost 10 months ago, which, considering the average cycle of phones these days being 12 months, it's at the end of the cycle. Why offer a device that is almost a YEAR old, when you know newer devices will be out soon. AT&T will most likely offer this, then kill it, not offering updates/patches and ticking everyone off, like they always do.

naap51stang said,
It's really simple why Verizon is passing on the SG2. It was released almost 10 months ago, which, considering the average cycle of phones these days being 12 months, it's at the end of the cycle. Why offer a device that is almost a YEAR old, when you know newer devices will be out soon. AT&T will most likely offer this, then kill it, not offering updates/patches and ticking everyone off, like they always do.

verizon will be getting the nexus prime anyways. also the htc vigor looks badass too. 1.5ghz dualcore snapdragon baby!

smooth3006 said,

verizon will be getting the nexus prime anyways. also the htc vigor looks badass too. 1.5ghz dualcore snapdragon baby!

Exynos still smokes all processors from qualcomm and is even more efficient

What is with Verizon passing on cool phones? They really need to fire whoever is making these decisions. The iPhone, WP7 devices, and now one of the hottest selling Android devices out there? It's crazy.

Very Depressing news indeed, now i need to hope the Nexus Prime is released on the Verizon network, Have to wait til October 23rd anyway.

virtualmadden said,
Good move Sprint! Evo 3D, Galaxy S II, or iPhone 5, oh the choices!

Yeah but sprints network is a cluttered mess. Kiss their unlimited data goodbye when the iphone 5 hits.

smooth3006 said,

Yeah but sprints network is a cluttered mess. Kiss their unlimited data goodbye when the iphone 5 hits.

Exactly. And Sprint's network is a disaster.

Hurricane Andrew said,
This is going to anger a lot of people....

Yeah like me. They better have some decent phones come the 1st of the year. I want to upgrade from my thunderbolt.

smooth3006 said,

Yeah like me. They better have some decent phones come the 1st of the year. I want to upgrade from my thunderbolt.

You and your phones. You upgrade your phone way to much.

smooth3006 said,

Yeah like me. They better have some decent phones come the 1st of the year. I want to upgrade from my thunderbolt.

Verizon in general needs to start pushing more phones. You'd think the only thing they had was the Droid...

warwagon said,

You and your phones. You upgrade your phone way to much.

im a phone enthusiast. it's no more than most of you on here that constantly upgrade your computers.

M_Lyons10 said,

Verizon in general needs to start pushing more phones. You'd think the only thing they had was the Droid...

agreed but my tbolt is a darn nice phone.

smooth3006 said,

im a phone enthusiast. it's no more than most of you on here that constantly upgrade your computers.

I only replace my entire computer once every 4 or 5 years.

Yea, Im a bit annoyed the Verizon has decided to pass... why not give the customers the choice. I have to imagine the Fascinate was a big seller for Verizon

I can't imagine why they wouldn't want to sell this device.. If you ask me, its another reason we should have full freedom to unlocked phones with easy sim access so we can use any device we want on any capable network and make carrioers compete on service, not device.

spudtrooper said,
I can't imagine why they wouldn't want to sell this device.. If you ask me, its another reason we should have full freedom to unlocked phones with easy sim access so we can use any device we want on any capable network and make carrioers compete on service, not device.

spudtrooper said,
I can't imagine why they wouldn't want to sell this device.. If you ask me, its another reason we should have full freedom to unlocked phones with easy sim access so we can use any device we want on any capable network and make carrioers compete on service, not device.

+1

spudtrooper said,
I can't imagine why they wouldn't want to sell this device.. If you ask me, its another reason we should have full freedom to unlocked phones with easy sim access so we can use any device we want on any capable network and make carrioers compete on service, not device.

You're always welcome in Europe

M_Lyons10 said,

+1

Is it possible to use SIM cards on CDMA devices in the same way they are used on GSM ones?
My understanding, which is very limited because I never used the former standard, is that it is not possible.