Samsung's powerful next-generation smartphone will be going to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, but not Verizon, and that's Verizon's decision. Apparently the nation's #1 mobile carrier doesn't want to inundate consumers with smartphones, and it just launched another Samsung phone, the Droid Charge.
The Galaxy S II is the latest in Samsung's "Galaxy" product line, the brand name used by the manufacturer to signify its highest-end smartphones.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S name last year, it was more of a classification of phone rather than a particular model name. In other words, there were numerous different phones called "Galaxy S phone."
The Galaxy S II is a different strategy, as Samsung really gears up to try to take down the iPhone as the unchallenged top-selling smartphone in the country.
So that's why it had planned to release it on all mobile networks - that would give it a huge leg up on the iPhone, though the carrier exclusivity issue for Apple's phone is starting to dwindle as more carriers pick up the device.
Verizon has its own agenda, though, as competition heats up between the carriers. Verizon is more concerned about beating Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. It really couldn't care less if an Android phone beats the iPhone.
And for Verizon, it's the Droid name that has the most value. So it makes complete sense that Verizon wants to peddle Samsung's Droid Charge more than another Samsung phone.
The Galaxy S II will have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, both rear- and front-facing cameras, 16 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, and support for NFC technology. It will be quite a powerful phone and Verizon may end up hurting both Samsung and Verizon's own customers by specifically snubbing it.