Samsung Galaxy S II Makes its U.S. Debut on Alaska’s GCI, Priced at $100

Sorry, Sprint, but you were a bit too slow. Alaska’s regional GCI has beaten the nationwide carrier to market as the first U.S. carrier to offer a subsidized Samsung Galaxy S II. Those citizens residing in the colder of the two non-contiguous United States have the pleasure of heading out and picking up what looks to be an unadulterated version of the Galaxy S II for a mere $99.99 on contract. The GSII operates on GCI’s “4G” HSPA+ network and features a dual-core CPU, Super AMOLED Plus display, and more. We suppose with an asterisk Sprint can still be the first carrier to release the Galaxy S II in the continental US, right?

[GCI via Engadget]

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  • Marc Selwan

    What bands do they run on?

    • dannydarko

      All of them for 3G, as it has Quad-Band radios

      • http://www.worldintouch.com/ Benjamin Morris

        So, AT&T compatible then? Interesting.

        • No_Nickname90

          Hmm… AT&T and Tmo have different 3G bands but they have the same 2G bands. I’d get this, but I refuse to have a smartphone on 2G. It’s a horrible experience. -_-

          • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

            Having a 3g/4g phone stuck on a 2g network Is like driving a sports car but being stuck in 1st and 2nd gear!

          • Go Hawkeyes

            No it’s like having a V6 Mustang or Camero.

      • Marc Selwan

        interesting, even Tmobile would work? I wonder if this one is as easy to unlock as euro gs2

  • Nichard_Rixon

    Alaska FTW?

  • John Landgrave

    Contiguous. Alaska is on the same continent as the rest of the US (apart from Hawaii obviously). Contiguous means touching. Alaska is not part of the contiguous United States. Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

    • No_Nickname90

      What? First you say Alaska is on the same continent and “contiguous” means “touching”, then you come around and say Alaska is not part of the Contiguous US. Doesn’t it say “Non-contiguous” in the article?

      Or was your second sentence a sarcastic remark?

      Because you’re contradicting yourself and confusing me. And I’m trying to learn. o.O

      • Kyle Nelson

        no moron, alaska is not touching any other state in the US, therefor, not part of the contiguous US

        • Go Hawkeyes

          That is what John was pointing out. That Alaska is not part of the contiguous US. The article, as of right now, says, “We suppose with an asterisk Sprint can still be the first carrier to release the Galaxy S II in the continental US, right?”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-Nelson/2231756 Kyle Nelson

        sorry that was meant to be a reply to John

  • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

    Its HSPA+ for Tmo. Nice

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    Pretty sure Android is going to dominate the holiday period lol. lowest prices, fastest growing platform and best hardware.

  • MarcusDW

    Wwwwhat!? Alaska has Cell Phones!? :-P

  • Boondoc

    if you really want to get technical Claro in Puerto Rico was the first to release the GS2

    • Ogami Itto

      I was just about to write this. Beat me to it.

    • HalfwayCrook

      That’s more of a territory.

      • Ogami Itto

        A territory of the U.S. So, they got it first.

        • HalfwayCrook

          A territory of the US, but not a part of the US

          • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

            You mean similar to Alaska? Part of, not attached…splitting hairs here!

          • Ogami Itto

            lol

          • HalfwayCrook

            Alaska was a territory until it was incorperated as a state. Puerto Rico remains an Unincorperated territory. Look it up, nub

  • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

    Wonder how much the ETF is? Would be awesome to snag the phone then cancel the contract if its cheap enough

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBTKQB4WXY3WEOC5KYK65IVLLE Dan

    Nope, Viaero wireless has had them since August.

    http://www.viaero.com/phones/Samsung/Galaxy+S+II+Android

    • sheriffvedder

      I was about to post the same thing!

  • Go Hawkeyes

    Just talked to my mother in law. She lives in Southeast Alaska. She’s ditching her ATT iPhone for this. Now I have to like her.

  • bmg314

    Only douchebags put quotation marks around 4G when referring to non LTE networks. Anyone around here fit that bill? Hmmm? O_o

    • riffwaffle

      i dont know why they do that,since lte isnt true 4g either.

  • donjay56

    Immix Wireless in PA also has it available now. Regional carriers FTW

  • lordmerovingian

    Before everyone starts moving to Alaska, there’s a very easy to miss proviso..

    “* Regularly $299.99 with a new, two-year contract. For a limited time, existing customers can upgrade to the 4G for the promo price if they bring in their old device and sign a new, two year contract.”

    Seems that price is for existing customers to bring in their old device and re-up. New sign-ups it seems will be paying $299 on contract.