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T-Mobile may have hurt the Samsung Galaxy Fold's chances

With T-Mobile bowing out, that leaves AT&T as the only carrier to possibly offer pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold.

Published onJuly 25, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold tablet mode on chair

Even though Samsung announced last night it’ll re-launch the Galaxy Fold starting in September, T-Mobile confirmed today with The Verge it will not carry the foldable smartphone.

A T-Mobile spokesperson didn’t say why it won’t sell the Galaxy Fold, only that the carrier “already [offers] customers a wide range of the latest smartphones.” When reached for comment, T-Mobile said the following:

Please reach out to Samsung for any information regarding the Galaxy Fold.

This is an about-face for T-Mobile, which opened pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold back in April before hardware issues made headlines. It’s also somewhat of a surprising move for T-Mobile, given how the carrier takes chances on phones sitting outside the mainstream.

Then again, the Galaxy Fold has seemingly caused a mess for everyone involved. Even though Samsung delayed the Galaxy Fold’s launch, AT&T’s initial reaction was to offer a mid-June shipping window before eventually cancelling pre-orders altogether. As for Best Buy, it took the retailer one month after Samsung’s announcement to cancel pre-orders.

Also read: Don’t call it a comeback: Here’s when to expect the Samsung Galaxy Fold

In its announcement last night, Samsung said it made several hardware improvements to the Galaxy Fold. Notably, the company said it extended the phone’s protective layer to beyond the bezel.

Unfortunately for Samsung, those improvements seemingly weren’t enough to convince T-Mobile to sell the phone. It’s already bad enough for the Galaxy Fold to re-launch in September, when we’ll likely see the next iPhone. With one less carrier to offer the incredibly-expensive Galaxy Fold, it’s down to AT&T to possibly offer a foldable phone at a reasonable monthly price.

Android Authority reached out to Samsung for comment, but didn’t receive a response by press time.

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