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Sprint & Verizon: This Note's Not for You (Yet)

3G CDMA carriers in the US will have to wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, according to the vendor's announced specs

Dan Jones

August 30, 2012

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Sprint & Verizon: This Note's Not for You (Yet)

The second version of Samsung Corp. 's popular Galaxy Note 2 tablet-cum-smartphone appears to have once again shut out U.S. CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S).

Samsung has unveiled the specifications of its second version of the so-called "phablet." These include a 5.5-inch display, an upgraded pen-based input and High-Speed Packet Access-plus (HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) support, but no mention of 3G CDMA.

Today's 4G LTE devices still need to support the 3G technology used by each carrier so that they can switch between 4G and 3G for voice calls and when out of range of an LTE network. So without a provision for 3G CDMA, Verizon and Sprint aren't getting the Note 2 yet.

Why this matters
Samsung has sold 10 million of the original Note devices worldwide via carrier partners like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc. . Verizon and its smaller CDMA rival will still have to wait for this popular, data-hungry device on their networks. The original Note is still a GSM-only device.

For more

  • Jury: Apple Guilty, But Samsung Much Guiltier

  • Samsung: This Note's for You?

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Is the Pen Mightier Than the iPad?

  • Samsung's New Galaxy: A Data Hog Approaches

  • Samsung's Galaxy Note

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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