Although it is (still) USA’s number one mobile carrier, Verizon missed out on a couple of major opportunities recently to consolidate its leadership position. Most customers might have overlooked the delayed coming of the Galaxy S3 on Big Red, but the Galaxy Note’s complete absence clearly enraged a few users.
The surprisingly successful Sammy “phablet” had AT&T exclusivity for a while, which at first gave Verizon an excuse, but even when it could have hit other US carriers, it only came to T-Mobile. Meanwhile, Big Red kept its head in the sand and refused to comment on the likeliness of an eventual Note release.
But when an angry Facebook user decided to confront Samsung in a not-so-friendly tone about the issue, an official and surprising response came to puzzle us even more. According to the company’s USA support page, there’s no news to announce just yet, but more info will be posted when Sammy will have it.
That might sound like typical PR speak for “forget about it, the device is never coming”, but at the same time it’s not impossible for Samsung to be hinting towards something else. I mean, they could have just said “we’re sorry for the inconvenience and we have no news to report”. Better yet, they could have ignored Phillip Williams, as they have done with other users speaking their minds on the same issue.
So should we expect Verizon to release a first-edition Galaxy Note anytime soon? Probably not, as that’s old news. But could Big Red launch its own branded version of the Galaxy Note 2? Possibly, especially that we’re guessing Samsung won’t be quick to give exclusivity rights to any carrier this time around.
At the same time, we shouldn’t read too much into Samsung’s FB post, as there’s a good possibility it came from a not well-versed PR officer who simply tried to be polite and didn’t choose the best possible wording for its response. That’s also a plausible explanation, especially given that we’ve seen reports and rumors that Verizon has no interest in Samsung’s phablets. Big Red, apparently, will instead try to counteract with an exclusive phone-tablet hybrid from HTC.
What do you guys think? Could Verizon be thinking of carrying the Note 2? Or maybe the first-edition Note? Or does a Big Red-bound HTC phablet sound more credible?