The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s flagship smartphone and is at the heart of Apple’s patent attack on the Korean-based handset manufacturer. Indeed, just yesterday we reported that Samsung appears to have modified the design of the Galaxy S II to make it look less ‘iPhoney’.
Now comes word via the Wall Street Journal that Verizon has elected not to carry the Galaxy S II, a move which was subsequently confirmed by multiple sources over at the Boy Genius Report.
At an event Monday at New York’s Time Warner Center, Samsung will announce it is selling the device starting in September onInc., Corp. and T-Mobile USA’s networks, according to people familiar with the plans, but Verizon Wireless said it won’t offer the device.
“We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge,” said Brenda Raney, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman. She declined to elaborate.
Without the sales support of the largest U.S. wireless provider, Samsung could have a more formidable task taking on global market-share leaderInc. and its iPhone.
Especially because the iPhone 5 appears to be headed to every major US carrier this October. Over the past few days, reliable sources have indicated that Apple will bring its much heralded smartphone to both Sprint and T-Mobile.
Still, BGR relays that Samsung has plans to bring a similar phone to the S II, albeit with a different name, to the market that it speculates might be a successor to the Samsung Droid Charge. That said, a high-end smartphone from Samsung will be available in some form or another to Verizon customers.