Samsung Galaxy S II Delay in U.S. Explained?

A report from Chosun Ibo may have just shed some light on why we haven’t seen the Samsung Galaxy S II launch in the United States just yet. As you know, Samsung has launched it other parts of the world with great success and it will be launching in Canada later this month but we still don’t have a firm date for a U.S. launch. The reason? Well, according to a Samsung executive, it’s because negotiations with U.S. carriers have dragged on.

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The report cites a Samsung executive saying this in regards to the Galaxy S II’s launch in the United States:

Negotiations with American telecom companies have dragged on.

It also goes on to say that the reason the Galaxy S II isn’t attractive to U.S. carriers is because Motorola makes phones that work best with the United States’ CDMA network meaning carriers have a better alternative and less of a reason to sign on board with Samsung even though the device is wildly popular elsewhere in the world.

Now, we’re pretty sure that the Galaxy S II will indeed be coming to the United States but the question now is whether it’s going to be too late? Motorola is preparing to release the 4G LTE enabled Motorola Droid Bionic and Apple is going to be launching a new iPhone in the fall. And for some people, that might mean taking a pass on one of the best Android phones to date.

And, as the report says:

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When the Galaxy S smartphone was launched last year, no competing new models by Motorola and HTC of Taiwan were available. As far as U.S. telecoms were concerned, the Galaxy S was the only alternative to the iPhone last year. But the new model faces much tougher competition.

Not looking good at all for those in the U.S. who want the Galaxy S II and want it now and it appears that you have Motorola to thank for that.

(Thanks to Zarchek for the tip!)

Comments

  1. Kevin says

    Great…and I can’t even threaten US carriers with doing business elsewhere, because….well, where am I gonna go?

  2. Anonymous says

    It amazes me that theoretically the most Capitalistic country of them all is the last to get a stellar phone!

    Just goes to show Capitalism doesn’t work when big companies exist.  The USA use to be made up of smaller companies, but that all changed in the 80’s.  Now they just grow bigger and more powerful.

    Also I would add, that only Verizon is CDMA, so where is the S2 on the other 3 carriers?

  3. Anonymous says

    Sounds like a good opportunity for Google to solidify the details of their upcoming Nexus 3rd generation phone aka Google Nexus Prime.  If rumors are true it’s being developed by Samsung but without TouchWiz or Sammy’s lack of Android OS updates or its false representations.  Thanks Adam (editor) !

  4. Anonymous says

    Still don’t understand why people would want dial-up speeds at this point; 3G drags.

  5. Kevin Stagg says

    This is why I got the EVO3D on Sprint. I’m really happy with it too. I had been waiting for the Within. Apparently it doesn’t look like it is coming any time soon, if at all. 

      • Anonymous says

        Normally they have a big announcement at LEAST a month or so before the device is released. So far, there hasn’t even been any official word from Sprint or any other major carrier about the Galaxy S II coming to their lineup. Would love to be wrong. Hate to see U.S. screwed out of this device.

        Look at the Photon, that we know is coming, right? Because they had a big preso with Motorola. Think they will pass this opportunity up with the Within, given the specs?

  6. Henry Yu says

    It is all the politic game… shady corporation who don’t value their customer. 1st take out the unlimited plan, then now controlling what phone we can get. What will happen few years later?

    There will be only 1 phone you can get from the carrier, that would be whichever manufacture paying the carrier the most under the table and we as a customer has no say.

  7. Anonymous says

    Samsung obviously doesn’t know how to take a pulse in the US market.  Just combing the blog comments on most sites show that people were favoring the Samsung over anything from Motorola (especially Sammy’s display vs Pentile!!!)  Their reviews world-wide have been outstanding and people are anxiously awaiting it in the states.  If their comments and meaning are true, they are the dumbest smart phone company on the planet!!

    • STANFORDYYY says

      SAMSUNG DOESN’T CARE OF US MARKET… THEY’RE NO 1 CLIENTELE ARE  EURASIA AND OTHER AMERICAS…KOREANS DON’T KISS ASS JUST TO GET PROFIT FROM US MARKET. SO, I DON’T THINK THEYRE  STUPID…THEY ARE GETTING SMARTER INDEED…LOOK AT CHINA 3 DECADES AGO…WE THOUGHT THEY’RE STUPID, AND NOW WE OWE THEM  TRILLIONSSSSSSSSSSSSS…READ BOOKS MICRONICS…LOL

  8. Kiwiman says

    Yap same here! The peak for waiting on this phone has been reached. Sorry Samsung. Blame the carrier all you want but ultimately you should have forced them to release the phones. Anyway, like most, I bought an HTC Sensation 4G. Even if you release it now, most will wait for the Iphone4s/5 or the Galaxy S2 plus /S3 instead.

    We got tired waiting.

  9. STANFORDYYY says

    SAMSUNG DOESN’T CARE OF US MARKET… THEY’RE NO 1 CLIENTELE ARE  EURASIA AND OTHER AMERICAS…KOREANS DON’T KISS ASS JUST TO GET PROFIT FROM US MARKET. 
    SO, I DON’T THINK THEYRE  STUPID…THEY ARE GETTING SMARTER INDEED…LOOK AT CHINA 3 DECADES AGO…WE THOUGHT THEY’RE STUPID, AND NOW WE OWE TRILLIONSSSSSSSSSSSSS…
    LOL

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