Samsung Galaxy S II Delayed in the US Due to ‘Slow’ Carrier Negotiations

by: Darcy LaCouveeJuly 9, 2011
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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.

Via: Chosun

  • guest

    I am beyond disgusted with US carriers right now…

  • Anonymous

    on a couple carriers use CDMA…

  • Sorry to hear for the US fans :( We hope that the information on the facebook and blog will help ease the tension! (@advancedtechKOR). Keep the smile up and don’t lose heart! The S2 will land in the US soon.

    • Androidererer

      Everyone keeps telling me to buy the HTC Sensation instead (not just the guy below) — I mean my real-life friends. Samsung REALLY needs to push through the US telecoms next time; I am really sick of waiting. And its frustrating, because like Congress, you would expect giants of industry to work well. Not bring it to the bring of the technology getting outdated. The people who make your phones a success are the early adopters and those that lust tech. Its not a bad thing, but to disappoint them is.

  • Kiwiman

    We got tired waiting. I bought the HTC Sensation 4G.