We’ve seen all the leaks that suggested, one by one, that every major U.S. carrier will have the new Samsung phablet in stock this year. Add to that regional carrier U.S. Cellular and you end up with five mobile operators to choose from this holiday quarter when buying the new Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung confirmed today that five carriers – the Big Four and U.S. Cellular – will have the handset in stock by mid-November. Then again, the company did say in the recent past that the handset will hit U.S. stores by the end of the year. Mid-November sounds even better, especially compared to the original Galaxy Note that was released in the States more than three months after having been announced.
However, the company failed to announce actual release dates for each carrier, so we’ll just have to wait for them to make their own Galaxy Note 2 specific announcements in the following weeks/months.
A few days ago, we heard that AT&T could launch the device on October 21, or around the same time international carriers will release it, which would be a very laudable accomplishment for Samsung. Just like with previous flagship devices, the company is probably interested to launch the Galaxy Note 2 simultaneously in as many markets as possible, and it would be a nice change of pace to see U.S. and European carriers release the same device around the same time.
But AT&T is yet to confirm that particular launch date.
Moving on to Sprint, who also made it official today that it will indeed have the handset in stock at a later date this year, the carrier does remind us that it will offer Galaxy Note 2 buyers unlimited 4G LTE data plans, one reason to choose the nation’s third largest carrier as your phablet provider.
U.S. Cellular announced today that the 16GB Galaxy Note 2 will be available in its stores starting with late October, for $299.99 after an instant $100 rebate. Obviously that’s the on-contract price, so a two-year agreement is still required. The good news is that online pre-orders start today!
We’ll be back with more specific Galaxy Note 2 availability information about each U.S. mobile operator once we have them.
Meanwhile, let us know what carrier you’ll buy the Galaxy Note 2 from, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular?
Samsung GALAXY Note II Combines the Creativity of a Tablet and Productivity of a Smartphone with Truly Unlimited Data and 4G LTE from Sprint
Available this fall; Sign up to receive the latest details on GALAXY Note II at www.sprint.com/galaxynote2
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sept. 19, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national carrier with Truly Unlimited℠ 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, is gearing up to offer Samsung GALAXY Note® II. This innovative device will be available on
the Sprint 4G LTE network (available in select markets) this fall in two color options – Marble White or Titanium Gray. Pricing and the availability date will be provided later.
Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, GALAXY Note II will boast several firsts for Sprint – first to launch with Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean; first smartphone display larger than 5 inches; and first device to launch with a quad-core processor.
“We are very excited to bring this unique and innovative device into the Sprint lineup with the benefit of Sprint’s Truly Unlimited data plans,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Sprint’s unlimited data plans are the perfect
match for GALAXY Note II because our customers can enjoy the huge screen, fast LTE support and other creative features without worrying about costly overages or sharing data.”
With the latest HD Super AMOLED™ screen technology powering the device’s 5.5-inch 720p display, images are bigger, clearer and brighter than ever. Performance and power are built- in on GALAXY Note II, thanks to Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting battery and blazing fast 4G/LTE network speeds.
Clever and Unique Features
GALAXY Note II comes with a new, built-in S Pen™ that is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Its advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen.
Selecting and cropping text, images or other content on GALAXY Note II with the S Pen is very similar to a traditional “click-mouse” experience. When the S Pen’s side button is pressed down, users can draw precise lines around the content to be cropped out, highlighted or copied into another application.
With Air View, users can hover the S Pen over an email, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature also enables users to launch a pop-up web browser or access an enlarged preview of website content without opening the full site.
The Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading or their own personal handwriting.
GALAXY Note II features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera’s powerful features include Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo that were introduced on GALAXY S III earlier in June. Additional features include:
• Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play letting users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen.
• Quick Command, a new gesture pad feature, lets users quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call or search a location as they draw preregistered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy access.
• Best Faces camera function allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.
• Screen Recorder allows users to share their experiences with others quickly and easily.
• S Beam allows users to tap the back of GALAXY Note II against another S- Beam-enabled device to share large video files and documents via NFC and Wi-Fi Direct™ without using data service.
• Share Shot seamlessly shares pictures taken with GALAXY Note II’s 8-megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away.
• Idea Sketch allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note.
• Sprint Professional Grade and Samsung SAFE to help ensure that businesses have the security and control they require to protect the enterprise.
• Long-lasting 3,100mAh battery.
• 16GB internal memory (ROM) and 2GB (RAM) microSD™ card slot supporting up to 64GB.
• International voice and data capable with GSM/UMTS/CDMA networks.
Enjoy Data Without Limits
GALAXY Note II requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at just $79.99 per month (taxes and fees excluded) with Truly Unlimited data, text and calling to any mobile. No throttling, no metering and no overages,
all while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.
Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 19 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. Sprint’s buildout of its 4G LTE network is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing
nationwide 3G footprint. Major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.
By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the nationwide build out of its all-new 3G and 4G network, a program known as Network Vision. The project also includes significant improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, andfaster 3G data speeds. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference on Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center, offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the
second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services,
leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint
No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the
highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
U.S. CELLULAR CUSTOMERS GETTING THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II
Online presales begin today
CHICAGO (September 19, 2012) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and SamsungTelecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider inthe United States, have announced the 4G LTE™ Samsung Galaxy Note™ II will beavailable for customers to preorder today at uscellular.com/note2, and it willbe in stores and online in late October. The 16GB Titanium Gray Galaxy Note IIwill be $299.99 with an instant rebate for those who purchase during the onlinepresale. It will be $299.99 after $100 mail-in rebate when it arrives instores.
Customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note II from U.S. Cellular receivebenefits no other carrier offers, including new devices faster withoutcontinuously signing contracts, free Battery Swap and the only points-basedrewards program in the industry. The Samsung Galaxy Note II joins U.S.Cellular’s cutting-edge line-up of devices that also includes the award-winningSamsung Galaxy S® III.
Galaxy Note II is designed to enhance the standards of performance,productivity and power in a unique device that combines a powerful smartphonewith the best functionality aspects of a tablet. The Galaxy Note II’s brilliant5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen allows for easy viewing of websites,video, crystal clear pictures and videos with vibrant color rendering. Smoothmultitasking, fluid gaming and faster navigation will also be noted with theU.S. debut of Samsung’s Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor in combination withAndroid™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The S Pen creative tool, a long-lasting 3,100 mAhremovable battery, an 8-megapixel rear-facing and a 1.9 megapixel front-facingcamera with HD video recording and an additional 64GB available with microSD™card are just some of many features users will enjoy on this premium mobiledevice.
“The Samsung Galaxy Note II on the fast 4G LTE network provides our customerswith a unique experience that can make work and play easier wherever you are,”said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S.Cellular. “We are once again excited to work with Samsung to bring this caliberof device to our customers to help them stay connected to the people andinformation important to them.”
The Galaxy Note II is an advanced and versatile device designed to enhance andsimplify your life. It is the ultimate multi-tasker, with its unique Pop UpPlay picture-in-picture feature allowing users to watch a video while readingan email or sending a text message. Pop Up Note lets users open an S Noteinstantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen to jot down a quick noteduring a phone call or other live services. Using the S Pen along with AirView, customers can conveniently and quickly browse photos and documents withoutopening up folders. The device also features S Beam NFC sharing capability andthe Smart Stay eye tracking feature made popular on the Samsung Galaxy S IIIare also available on the Galaxy Note II.
U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4GLTE service covering 31 percent of their customers in select cities in Iowa,Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Later this year, 4G LTEcoverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri,New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and WestVirginia. By the end of 2012, 58 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will enjoyfaster 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visituscellular.com/4G.
Samsung, Galaxy, Note and AMOLED are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are theproperty of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registeredtrademarks.
Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States basedupon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, North AmericaHandset Vendor Marketshare,Q2 2012.
About King Street Wireless, L.P.
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of the carrier’smarkets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where itis recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economicdevelopment and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King StreetWireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of SamsungElectronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets andtelecommunications products throughout North America. For more information,please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 peoplein 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separateorganizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media& Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications,Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and DigitalImaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD.Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic,environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’smost sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits andindustry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. TheChicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are allbacked by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call qualityof any national carrier. Currently, 31 percent of customers have access to 4GLTE speeds and 58 percent will have access by the end of 2012. U.S. Cellularwas named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for thesecond year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retailstores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connectwith U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular.com, Twitter.com/uscellular andYouTube.com/uscellularcorp.