Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 officially announced for Verizon; coming soon for $130


The Samsung Stratosphere 2 (which we’re now learning is known as the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2) has been rumored for quite some time, and we’ve had about all the leaks and rumors we care to handle at this point. Samsung has gone ahead and made it official, though, as the OEM has announced its existence.

The Stratosphere is headed straight for the big, red shores of Verizon and will pack some pretty respectable specs inside a slide-out keyboard package. You’re getting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE, NFC, global capabilities and Android 4.0,  and we TouchWiz will be on board to give it that unique Samsung flare.

Those wondering when they might be able to get their hands on this will have to wait a little while longer as Samsung and Verizon are not willing to provide availability details just yet. It’s coming, though, so if this is the one device you’ve been holding out for this holiday season then you shouldn’t have to wait much longer. Set aside $130 (that’s if you plan to sign another two years of your wireless freedom away in a legal binding contract) and read on for full press details.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Coming Soon to Verizon Wireless


The Samsung Galaxy™ Stratosphere® II, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 4G LTE and Android 4.0, aims to balance business and a rich multimedia experience.

The Stratosphere II offers a number of entertainment features. Users can rent or purchase movies from the Samsung Media Hub™ that they can watch right on the Stratosphere II’s 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display for high quality video entertainment. S-Beam™ uses NFC to easily share photos, and videos to other compatible devices.

On the business side, the smartphone is Global Ready with the ability to call and email from over 200 countries, has built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity when on the road and supports multi-vendor Mobile Device Management (MDM). With numerous security features like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and on-device AES 256-bit encryption, the Stratosphere II aims to protect personal and professional information.

The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores in the coming weeks for $129.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Why would anybody buy this ? The 1st version of this device was a huge let down.

    1. I agree, the original Stratosphere was beyond glitchy, and on top of that, it never got a single update, not for security, or to fix issues, even though 4.0 came out like a month after it did, it got nothing. This phone is coming out well after 4.1 has been out for a while and by the time it is out, 4.2 jelly bean will be available, and despite this, I bet it won’t even get updated to Jelly Bean

    2. Bull!

      the Epic 4G was and still is………..epic!

    3. Well, for one, there aren’t many decent phones coming out with a keyboard these days.

    4. QWERTY Keyboard, dual core S4, LTE, NFC, and not a bad price.

  2. Had the original Strat. Never again.

    1. What problems did you run into? I’m not impressed with the screen on my wife’s Droid 4 but it’s time to replace my aging original Droid.

  3. impressive 5-row keyboard with a Search Button. May be time to jump ship at T-Mobile (have a Sidekick 4G) and move on to this.

    1. Why would you want this instead of a Relay?

    2. T-Mobile has the Relay 4G which is this phone, but with 1.5 ghz, 1 gig of RAM, 8 gigs of internal memory and even has the S4 processor

  4. Anybody might know how much retail will be?

    I gotta keep me Unlimited 4G LTE data!!!

    What are the chances that this will get the Jellybean update???
    Any idea if the Stratosphere II will have the same S Voice capabilities that the S3 has? That would be cool!
    What about RAM, at least 1GB of RAM?
    Probably not the same 2GB’s of RAM that the S3 has.
    What about Qualcomm’s S4 chip? It’s energy efficient, and runs cooler than my Samsung Droid Charge

  5. Trash, I bet Quentyn would buy it tho

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