Verizon Not Getting A Galaxy S2?

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After watching the rest of the world enjoy their Samsung Galaxy S2s this summer, it finally looks like the US is about to join in on the fun, with an August 29 Samsung event expected to be the debut of the smartphone for US carriers. While we’ve been trying to pin down just what these models will be called, and what kind of 4G connectivity each may have, we’ve been working on the assumption that the GS2 would, one way or another, be coming to all four of the major carriers. A new report says that won’t be the case, and Verizon will pass on the Galaxy S2 action.

Before you get too worried, supposedly Verizon will be getting a Samsung Android that’s nearly identical, spec-wise, to the Galaxy S2. Apparently this would be a different arrangement than simply renaming the phone to no longer reflect its Galaxy lineage, like we’re hearing may be the case with Sprint and its GS2, the Samsung Epic Touch 4G.

If Verizon is still getting a GS2-caliber Android, why distance it from the Galaxy family? Maybe Verizon is worried about all the lawsuits floating about, and fears an injunction stopping Galaxy S2 sales in the states; if its phone technically wasn’t a GS2, it might get away unscathed. Hopefully, we’ll be able to wrap our heads around this move a little better following Monday’s Samsung event.

Source: Wall Street Journal, BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!