Well we can lay rumors about Galaxy Note 2 launch details for at least one US wireless carrier to rest. Ahead of the October 25th unveiling Sprint has announced it would be offering its version of the Galaxy Note 2 (which should be identical to all the rest save for the cellular innards) starting October 25h, 2012. That’s a Thursday, by the way, and they’ll be looking to take $300 out of your pockets for the privilege of walking out of the store with the device.
It’s the same phone we’ve come to know and love that’s already out and about in Korea and Europe, and it features a 5.5 inch display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.9 megapixel front camera, a 3,100 mAh battery, 4G LTE, Android 4.1.1, and more.
The star of the show outside of those juicy internals will be the S-Pen, Samsmung’s digital pressure-sensitive stylus that will work in conjunction with a Wacom digitizer. GSM radios will also be present, and while Sprint advertises it’s for the SAFE program to allow people to use their own device with whichever company they’re with there’s a chance this can also be used as a global phone.
Sprint’s offering the device in either Marble White or Titanium Grey, but there don’t appear to be multiple SKUs in terms of storage. In fact, Sprint’s press release doesn’t even mention the storage capacity for the device so we’re still digging for information on what that’ll be. At $300 we’re hoping for 32GB, but it’s never safe to flat out assume.
In the meantime you have about nine days to get your wallets in order, and you’ll want to look for pre-sale opportunities from third party retailers like Best Buy or Radio Shack as Sprint hasn’t announced they’d be offering the option to pay your dues ahead of time.
If you prefer to get it through Sprint then be sure to do whatever you can to clear your schedule and get down to your local corporate store or order online on what’s sure to be a great Thursday morning. Read on for full press details
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 16, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national carrier with Truly UnlimitedSM4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, today announced an availability date for Samsung Galaxy Note® II. Beginning Oct. 25, it can be purchased for $299.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes and surcharges) for either color option – Marble White or Titanium Gray.
Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile), the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States, Galaxy Note II will boast several firsts for Sprint – first to launch with Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean; first smartphone display larger than 5 inches; and first device to launch with a quad-core processor.
With the latest HD Super AMOLED™ screen technology powering the device’s 5.5-inch 720p display, images are bigger, clearer and brighter than ever. Performance and power are built-in on Galaxy Note II with Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting battery, blazing fast 4G /LTE network speeds, and international voice and data capable compatibility with GSM/UMTS/CDMA networks.
Galaxy Note II comes with a built-in S Pen™ that is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Its advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. Galaxy Note II features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera’s powerful features include Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on Galaxy S III in June.
With the diverse mix of mobile devices being used in the workplace, companies must be assured about the security of corporate data and applications available on the devices. Earlier this year, Sprint introduced a designation for select smartphones, including Galaxy Note II, that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business customers, Sprint Professional Grade.
Following the same business-friendly path, Galaxy Note II is a SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise) device, providing the ability to securely sync corporate email, calendars, contacts and sensitive information. SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices more secure and manageable for business users. With a thorough quality assurance process in place to test and confirm the Note II enterprise capabilities, SAFE systematically meets the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work.
Enjoy Data without Limits
Samsung Galaxy Note II customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges). With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.
Sprint 4G LTE is available in 24 citiesi and is expected to be in more than 100 additional cities in coming months. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and expects to have largely completed the nationwide build-out by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center, offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/OSC2012.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
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