Reputable sources claim that Verizon has no plans to offer Samsung's popular Galaxy S II smartphone.
While all other major wireless carriers gear up for the United States launch of the Galaxy S II, one of Samsung's best-selling devices in the rest of the world, a report from The Wall Street Journal asserts that Verizon will not be among them.
The Journal's headline seems to suggest an iPhone connection, as if Apple Corp.'s ongoing litigation against Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets may have influenced Verizon (a relatively recent Apple partner) to back off from taking on any more Galaxy devices than it already offers (currently only the Galaxy Tab 4G).
The next generation of iPhones is expected to launch in mid-October, and Samsung's schedule of U. S. launches -- including the confirmed launch of the Galaxy S II next week -- is at least partly designed to blunt the anticipated consumer response to the latest of Apple's legendary marketing campaigns.
While the theory makes a certain kind of sense, there is no evidence to indicate such reasoning on the part of Verizon. The little that the carrier is saying about the 'no Galaxy S II' rumor is simply to point out Samsung's increasingly extensive product line -- especially the DROID series, which overlaps the Galaxy series in a number of ways.
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We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge, said Verizon's Brenda Raney.
Indeed, the single-core Charge and the upcoming dual-core Bionic, both 4G LTE smartphones, each have the potential to eclipse the Galaxy S II as Samsung's flagship. Although the smartphone has been a best-seller in other parts of the world, it will be over six months old when it hits the U. S. -- a lifetime in the rapid advancement of smartphone capabilities, as well as the consumer urge to be on the leading edge.
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