Right at the tail-end of November, we got our first glimpse at what looked like work in preparing the Samsung Galaxy Note for its US release. Sure enough, we later got a look at the over-sized Android as it was being prepared for AT&T, and last week the carrier finally announced that the handset would be joining its LTE network. Beyond AT&T, we had also heard a rumor that Sprint was interested in the Note, as well. We were hoping to see some confirmation for that at the CES, but came up empty-handed. Now there’s a new rumor out about this CDMA-equipped Note, which is supposedly also in the running for a Verizon release, and could end up getting itself a new name.
Analyst Paul Mueller claims that Verizon and Sprint both have plans to sell the Galaxy Note sometime in the first half of this year. That much Mueller says with certainty, though he seems less sure about his other claim, that the Note may end up on one or both of those carriers as the Galaxy Journal.
That bit about the Journal makes it sounds like Mueller has a source with knowledge of these plans, rather than them being the product of some educated guesswork. Even so, Mueller’s got a spotty track record with these sorts of prognostications; last summer he proclaimed that Verizon would get the Samsung Galaxy S II first among US carriers, about which he could not have been more wrong.
For now, we’ll keep our ears open and see if any evidence actually shows up to back this theory.