Don’t get that excited; it’s not what you think. While we wait for the Galaxy S II to arrive on the big national carriers in the States, a smaller regional network has beaten them all to the punch, and is already offering the smartphone for a hair under $100 on-contract.
Alaska’s GCI now has the Galaxy S II available on its 4G HSPA+ network. It had been looking like Sprint would be the first to offer the smartphone in the US, with a planned September 16 launch of the Epic 4G Touch, but not only has GCI won that race, its GS2 is $100 less than what Sprint’s will run.
This really has us thinking about all the noise AT&T has been making trying to justify its intended T-Mobile acquisition: how becoming bigger and better would mean more options and better service for its subscribers. GCI just demonstrated how that’s a load of bunk, bringing an eagerly-awaited smartphone to its own subscribers faster and cheaper than anyone else. Faced!