Samsung Galaxy S II May Bypass U.S.

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 13, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S II, said to be the Android smartphone that gives Steve Jobs cold night sweats and nightmares, is arriving in Canada tomorrow, July 14. It is going on a trip to near-space on Friday, July 15. Its processor has been successfully overclocked from the stock and measly 1.2 GHz to 1.5 GHz and beyond by those who currently own it. It has been selling around the world at a mind-boggling rate of 1 handset every 1.5 seconds.

The Samsung Galaxy S II, indeed, is a most sought-after Android smartphone. It has done all of that–and a little bit more–except one thing: arrive in the United States. Will it ever? And if ever, when?

According to reports, “slow” talks with major U.S. mobile carriers have caused the delay. Still, anticipation for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II on U.S. soil has remained high, especially with rumors circulating last month about its coming to various U.S. carriers in July.

It’s almost mid-July, and not one of the U.S. carriers has made any sound about any Galaxy S II arriving. Is it still coming to town?

There is a very real possibility that the world’s favorite Android smartphone will skip the United States. Here are some speculations about why Americans will be deprived of the pleasure of the lovely and powerful Samsung Galaxy S II:

  • The first-generation Samsung Galaxy S arrived in the U.S. one month after it was launched in Samsung homeland–Korea. It’s been almost 3 months since Koreans–and other countries except the U.S.–started feasting on the Samsung Galaxy S II–and yet, no sign of it yet in the U.S.
  • Devices launch in Canada almost always after they launch in the U.S. Canadians will be getting the Samsung Galaxy S II tomorrow (Thursday), much to the chagrin of Americans. Something is just not right with this picture. It is bothersome.
  • AT&T just recently launched new Android smartphones (HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G). Another powerful one is coming–the LG Thrill 4G (LG Optimus 3D). Will the Samsung Galaxy S II still have room in AT&T’s stable?
  • Sprint’s confetti over its flagship WiMax phone (the HTC EVO 3D) hasn’t cleared yet, and another one’s also coming on the horizon (the Motorola Photon 4G). Will it be in the best interests of Sprint to accommodate a non-WiMax newcomer (i.e., the Samsung Galaxy S II)?
  • Verizon has the dual-core, 4G/LTE-capable Motorola DROID BIONIC–its first dual-core 4G smartphone–coming some time in August. Why would any sane mind even think of bringing in a newcomer that can potentially obscure the DROID BIONIC before the latter could even make it to store shelves?
  • T-Mobile has just created a big sensation with its recent launch of the HTC Sensation 4G, and we hear that another HTC techno-treat is on the way: the HTC myTouch 4G Slide. By the time the noise dies down, people will already be wondering whether or not the iPhone 5 will be worth abandoning Android for. Or, it is possible that T-Mobile will simply skirt the Samsung Galaxy S II, and pave the way for a more powerful demigod-of-a-smartphone and beefy iPhone 5 contender.

But, then again, these are speculations. Call it baseless rumor-mongering, if you like. The silence about the Samsung Galaxy S II’s arrival in the U.S. has been driving us crazy. It’s eerie–very few leaks, if at all, have been made regarding such an ironically hot-selling Android phone. Please, with all your might, pray that these speculations are wrong.

Are you still going to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S II like a faithful and devoted lover? Or do you think it’s time to abandon all hope?

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to be very sad if I have to settle for a Bionic or switch to Sprint for a Photon. If the battery life on the Bionic is useless as result of a 4.5″ screen, I will likely hold on to my OG Droid until the Nexus _____ is released.

    • Anonymous

      Do what I did – get SGS2 unlocked for $675 shipped.
      Froogle it.

  • RexGene

    This almost made me cry…. Galaxy S II – I love you!!! Please come to me!!

  • This totally sucks, I have been seeing this same speculation for weeks and it’s starting to look more and more likely that this is true. I can only hope that maybe it will hit late at a reduced price? At this point though, I’m strongly considering the Photon for its Sim Card having goodness…….

  • FireBurn

    That’s really weird in the UK the networks can’t wait to start selling the latest and greatest phones, they have less brand loyalty than us consumers. They don’t care if they sell a HTC or a Samsung as long as you’ve gotten a nice long contract to go with it.

    Also what’s with the US Networks renaming all the phones?

  • Tlc4youall

    Galaxy S II releasing in outer mongolia before USA. We have fallen very far…so sad.

  • James

    I don’t want to believe it! What about the leaked Galaxy S II carrier-specific version names? Were those just a bogus rumor?

  • I’m waiting for the S II, at least for another month or two. Not interested at all in iPhone. Haven’t seen any Android competitor to S II that makes me willing to settle.

  • Anonymous

    Meh. Typical for US to get best phones last.
    My SGS 2 is being shipped to me by end of this week. I’m done waiting.
    Bought it at simplyelectronics for $675 shipped.

  • Stephen J. Bush

    I have an iPhone 3GS and was really looking forward to making the switch to Android via the G SII…if it doesn’t come…what then? Maybe I’ll pull my Blackberry out again…

  • and Bob’s your uncle

    I’m waiting. I’m not dealing with Moto Blur.

  • Anonymous

    Just bring me the Nexus Prime to Sprint. That’s all I care about!

  • Anthony

    The Galaxy S II is currently (as of 2 weeks ago) being sold in Puerto Rico through Claro Wireless (a Carlos Slim owned company). It’s a matter of verifying which bands it runs on. It’s the first US version available. PR is a US territory thus must go by the FCC. I’m sitting it out for the Attain (att).

  • Truckskz

    Can’t believe Samsung isn’t working hard to get this unit to US… such a disappointment

  • That ship has sailed! I am sick of waiting, i was giving SAMSUNG another chance since they failed to get updates to the first line of Galaxy s phones, but this wait is past pointless, I am MOVING ON!!! No money from this guy samsung!