Samsung Galaxy S II Delayed in the US Due to ‘Slow’ Carrier Negotiations
Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S II is continuing its ascent to the top of the Best Superphone list of 2011, it’s still yet to be received in the USA. To further compound this embarrassing situation, Canadians will be receiving it as early as 5 days from now, on July 14, at several of the major carriers there – marking the first time in history that Canadians receive advanced hot tech before their partners to the South.
Getting to the matter at hand, there has been a great deal of speculation as to why it hasn’t come to the world’s largest smartphone market – the USA. Is it because demand is outstripping supply? Or is it because there is already a whole slew of advanced Android devices like the Motorola Atrix, the HTC Sensation, and others that are stealing the limelight? One rumor has recently popped up, reported by Korean website Chosun, saying the following:
In the U.S., the world’s largest mobile phone market, the phone has yet to be released nearly two-and-a-half months after its launch in Korea. Last year, the first Galaxy S was launched on the American market only a month after its release in Korea. “Negotiations with American telecom companies have dragged on,” the executive said.
The main reason the Galaxy S2 is not as attractive to American telecoms as to European ones is phone maker Motorola, which makes phones that work best with the American mobile protocol CDMA. That means U.S. telecoms have a better alternative.
Despite this recent rumor, it’s still difficult to fully say why the Samsung Galaxy S II hasn’t come stateside yet. There’s no question that there is considerable demand for it, and we’ve seen it pop into the FCC for its requisite checkup, but still, the rumor mill stops there.
Any ideas? Going to just take the plunge and buy one unlocked? You aren’t alone if you’ve considered this. Either way, sometime towards the end of July, early August is looking likelier, and we will keep you updated with all the relevant info.