July 8, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung Galaxy S has sold more than 3 million phones in less than two months, so you’d think that the four major U.S. carriers carriers would be lining up to offer one of the best Android phones of 2011, right? Wrong says a report from Korean news source Chosunilbo.
According to a Samsung executive that spoke to Chosunilbo, “Negotiations with American telecom companies have dragged on.” Chonsunilbo believes that’s because the original Galaxy S had problems, leading carriers to put more trust in Motorola and HTC for producing phones using CDMA networks (note: Sprint and Verizon are the only major carriers that use CDMA. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM.)
Chosunilbo paints a picture that U.S. carriers are more receptive to HTC and Motorola than Samsung, saying that the Galaxy S was successful because there was no competition to it last year. Now that HTC and Motorola have caught-up and are releasing strong alternatives, Samsung is having a tougher go at cracking the U.S. market.
I don’t think that quality is an issue. There isn’t a phone available now or confirmed to be released in the U.S. that the Galaxy S II couldn’t stand its ground against. My money is on carriers and Samsung having to address financial terms or exclusivity deals. All of the carriers wanted the Galaxy S to be differentiated, which lead to the Captivate, Epic, Fascinate, and Vibrant. Could that also be what’s holding up the U.S. release?
Whatever the cause, I’d like to see this reach a conclusion soon. The Samsung Infuse is a lesser version of the Galaxy S 2 and I wrote a very favorable review of it, so I’m anxious to get the better version in the U.S. as soon as possible. I’m sure there are many others looking forward to it. After all, Google activates more than 500,000 devices each day. The Galaxy S II accounted for 10 percent of those activations when it first launched.