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Verizon Waiting for an LTE Galaxy?

Sarah Thomas

3:00 PM -- Verizon Wireless 's reason for not wanting in on Samsung Corp. 's most popular Android phone even while the rest of its competitors would offer the device became a little clearer Friday: Something better is on the horizon. (See OS Watch: Korea Builds Its Own OS.)

A Verizon spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that it'd pass on the popular Samsung Galaxy S II because its Android lineup was robust enough. Instead, she pitched the Samsung Droid Charge, a less capable phone but with one key ingredient: Long Term Evolution (LTE). This appears to be the feature Verizon is waiting for in the Galaxy S II as well.

Korean Samsung blog, Sammy Hub, reported Friday that Samsung will be showing off two new LTE devices at IFA in Germany next week, the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (under its new naming convention) is expected to sport a larger screen, faster processor and support for WCDMA, GSM and LTE, which means it can only be headed to Verizon in the U.S. if it has a carrier partner at all.

If this is the case, Verizon is smart to wait on the LTE Galaxy S. When all of its competitors will be debuting identical versions of the handset, its faster network will be the one true differentiator, not to mention a bigger revenue generator on tiered plans. I'd expect Verizon to require the 4G tech in all of its high-end smartphones going forward as it looks to get ahead of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), which is just starting its LTE rollout.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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12/5/2012 | 4:55:13 PM
re: Verizon Waiting for an LTE Galaxy?

Samsung made the Galaxy Tab (and S) LTE official today, although no carrier partner announcements. At least Verizon won't have to wait long though.

12/5/2012 | 4:55:00 PM
re: Verizon Waiting for an LTE Galaxy?

appreciate keeping up with the info as I wait for VZW LTE to be rolled out into central virginia, which is not right around the corner.  my daughter got an early htc on the orange county, ca 4G, and as dazzling as its capabilities are the phone itself has had numerous glitches.  so i'll be happy to have a selection of phones that have shaken off some of their growing pains by the time 4G gets here.

incidentally, she has moved back to VA and her phone has picked up spots of 4G in the Hampton - Norfolk area although VZW does not publicly claim any deployment there yet.

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