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Samsung Stratosphere Makes Its Way Through the FCC, Verizon 4G LTE Included

If you must have a phone with a physical keyboard but also want connectivity to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, then your option in the very near future will be the Samsung Stratosphere.  It won’t be the top tier Samsung phone that we were all hoping for, but there is a chance that we will still get that closer to X-mas.  This phone however, is at least in pictures, looking like a re-hash of Sprint’s Epic 4G which is well over a year old now.  If you are not fully familiar with that phone, I’ll try to catch you up quickly.  The Epic 4G has a 1GHz single-core processor, a 4″ Super AMOLED (not Plus) screen, dual cameras, and not much else.

I don’t mean to crush the hopes of those of you that plan on buying this device, but after seeing T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T roll out brand new Galaxy S II variants that will all be out in the coming weeks, I can’t help but show a little frustration.  They all get Super AMOLED Plus screens, dual-core 1.4GHz processors, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3 and Verizon customers get something from 2010 that wasn’t next-gen then and will likely be Bing’d out.  

Previously rumored release date had this pegged for September 8.  With this FCC filing just now popping up and no mention of the device from either Big Red or our various MAP lists, I’d say we should not expect it tomorrow.

Via:  FCC

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  • Anonymous

    1.2 GHz, not 1.4

  • Esternogligent

    The reason the Galaxy S II isn’t being released is because it’s better
    than the Bionic and Moto knows that. That’s why the G S II isn’t coming
    out on Verizon to compete with the Bionic, it’s why the HTC Merge never
    came out last year to compete with the Droid 2, and is why the
    Stratosphere isn’t releasing on the day of the Bionic either. The only
    way Moto phones can ever look good is with millions in hyped up over
    marketing and releasing with no competition to show it up.

    So because of this specially branded “DROID” agreement Verizon has with Moto, Verizon just bends over.

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  • http://twitter.com/droid1967 Droid 1967

    seem to be some angry people out there.
    i guess people only can give their opinion if it matches yours?

    the problem here is the people buying this phone wont know any better.  they may have a lower price than say the bionic(probably not much lower knowing Verizon’s over priced phones)
    but they don’t cut down the 2 year commitment needed to buy it.  so they are stuck for 2 years with a phone that is already a year old. 
    This doesn’t matter to us in the know.  im also sure the people here so angry someone would say this phone is old and not worth releasing have absolutely no plans to buy it.  But there are many out there that don’t know. and the store employees sure aint telling them. so they will buy this year old phone thinking they have the latest newest thing and be stuck for 2 years.  

    what im saying is if they have low and mid tier devices than they should have low and mid tier commitments. 

    im sure well be seeing the phones hit 400 with 2 year contract soon. but you can get it for 299 with a 3 year contract.

    i think if it wasn’t for the 2 year commitment , noone would care if it was older tech if priced as such.

    and yes i know you can purchase the phone outright without a commitment but the prices of this are just unreasonablly high.(and to stave off arguments on this.  first yes we cant price the development and design time and such. but the iphone 4 costs 126 approx(not counting manufacturing costs) dollars to manufacture and sells for what 549 without a contract.) 

  • Stelv81

    Let me tell you. As some of you may know from my rants, I use to have a Fascinate. It was one of the worst rubbish phones I have ever had. I have owned Moto, Samsung and HTC devices. The phone wasn’t bad IMO just because of last years specs, but the fact that the gps, radio, build quality and software were all garbage and non-functional at times. If you feel like buying this Samsung device go ahead, but you will get burned…rooting can’t even fix these garbage devices.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t have said it better myself….my fascinate had a great screen and a great processor (at the time), but that was it….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Funny…people don’t trash the Charge but this IS the Charge with a keyboard.

    • Mr.Joe

      And like the Charge it will be open!

      • Anonymous

        And like the Charge, it will probably be a cheap piece of plastic with a GPS that can’t lock on to anything.

        • Mr.Joe

          It’s unlocked.  Who cares?  Not TBH.

          • Anonymous

            OMG, that’s right… it’s unlocked… that means XDA can turn that crappy plastic into  Titamium! 

          • Mr.Joe

            With the help of Titanium Backup ^_^

          • Stelv81

            Rooting can’t even fix these Samsung devices. I know from experience.

          • Mr.Joe

            I’m talking about Roming and rooting baby!  These two can fix even the lowest of phones!

          • Mr.Joe

            WAIT….  I mean Roming and Kernels.  Rooting doesn’t really fix shit.  It’s just a key to something sensual. 

  • I’m Kick-Ass!

    Not to sound elitist, but this phone is *poop*

    • Stelv81

      I would rather have an actually piece of poop with a keyboard stuck in it rather than this phone.

  • Mr.Joe

    This phone will be completely unlocked.

    I’m surprised y’all taint fappin over it.

    OOOO an unlocked bootloader with the ability to put custom ROMs and OMG… OMG… KERNELS!  I can’t hold it any more!!!!!!!

    SPLASH A PLASH a Platypus.

    • Cw

      This could be big since it’s the kernel that let’s VZ restrict tethering. This may be a worthy replacement for the OG after all.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

        vz doesnt use the kernel to restrict tethering…..im using the stock gb kernel now on my dx and im using it to tether my xoom (using xoom to post this)

  • Anonymous

    I think if they would have bumped the specs up a little maybe up the clock speed some it could have sold pretty well as a mid range lte.

  • toy robot

    Please release with Froyo and Bing.  It is not deserving to have gingerbread.  I also want to see it priced at 300 at 2 year contract….  while I wait for the mythical unicorn aka nexus prime… gooose fraba

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097190148 Brandon Girod

    Teenagers will be all over this. 

    • Anonymous

      I think even teenagers understand that this phone is long past a prime it never had.

      • Anonymous

        HTC Merge Part II??

      • Murphy

        OMGz!! You said Prime!!! :)

  • Anonymous

    still can’t believe it I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use BidsNéw.com

  • EC8CH

    This makes me mad bro

  • http://twitter.com/moids Omid Mirshafiei

    Verizon needs to be ripped apart for this. Not very smart business decisions.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, how dare they sell a phone that is a mid-range device for people that don’t want to spend $299 on a phone?  They have no right!  We need all phone to be “flagship devices” because nobody else matters!  They should just base their business model around a bunch of narcissistic blog readers, because we have all the money and screw the remaining 98% of the users, right?

      • Anonymous

        ha so true. People bitch about the dumbest shit. So the phone isn’t for them I forgot they make up about .0001% of the total verizon wireless customers lmao.

      • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

        How come they can’t simply have last years top of the line phone? Why bother repackaging it and then try to bum it off as a new phone?

        Thats what I don’t understand about the cellphone market.

        • Anonymous

          The same reason you don’t see “last years sports cars” become this years “ecomomy models” or why there still aren’t cheap dSLR cameras. It is not just the cellphone market. Everything has a fabrication cost. And while yes, costs come down, they do not necessarily get to a point where that old “flagship” is a worthwhile sale as a “low end device.”  In order to get a cheap 4G LTE device, considering that 4G LTE is currently expensive, other compromises have to be made in order to profitably hit that lower price point.

  • James_Ever

    I just hate the design of the Stratosphere.