Smartphone users in the US are quickly using up what patience they have left, awaiting the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy S2 on a local carrier. Whether they’ve read a review or have been lucky enough to see the phone in action, the SGS2 is definitely causing a lot of excitement. So, then, if so many people are this interested in the phone, where is it? Surely one of the carriers would be in a rush to capitalize on this enthusiasm? A new report out of Korea hopes to explain why we’ve been waiting so long, but it doesn’t quite pass muster.
The Chosunilbo cites an unnamed Samsung executive as blaming the delay on longer-than-expected negotiations with the US carriers. Specifically, he pointed to a general dissatisfaction with Samsung smartphones when compared to Motorola models, which he said the carriers prefer because they work better on CDMA.
OK, it’s likely that the delay is tied to inter-carrier negotiations, especially if Samsung was interested in launching the GS2 on multiple networks simultaneously. Past that, though, these claims don’t make a whole lot of sense. CDMA is just one fraction of the US cellular network, so concerns with it wouldn’t affect some carriers in the least. It also seems that by this point in time, cellular radios have been commoditized to point where we find it hard to believe that Samsung is known in the industry for poor CDMA implementations.
Whatever the cause for these delays, the clock is running down on how long Samsung has left to get the GS2 out in the States while it’s still on top. We really wouldn’t expect things to take much, much longer; would getting word sometime this month be too much to ask?