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.
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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile