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Here is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon, Carrier Branded Home Button Included

You are looking at the first images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that is headed to Verizon. Yep, it looks exactly like the international Galaxy Note 2 that we played with earlier this week, but that is to be expected. After Samsung released the Galaxy S3 in one form factor across the globe, we sort of figured they would do the same with the new Note.

Well, there is one difference from the international version, and that would be the carrier branding we are seeing on the back and…wait for it…on the physical home button. As you can see pictured below, Verizon has decided that the physical home button is the perfect spot for their name to be blasted across. I’m actually a little speechless on this one. I can only hope that this is some test unit and that retail units won’t have a “Verizon” home button, but that would probably be silly of me.

I guess the giant “Verizon 4G LTE” on the back of a 5.5″ device just wasn’t enough. Now, every time you press “Home” you get a reminder of who your daddy is.

What do you think? Will the Verizon logo make retail units?

Cheers Sean!

  • Codie

    We can cover the branding on front and back with a sticker, white or silver nail polish or replace it with parts from broken galaxy note 2 on eBay from other notes that has no sticker. Even if we don’t do any of that, I think that after a while of using the note it won’t bother as much. Verizon, please don’t do it again with your next phones. Especially when it is our phones that we pay you for. It’s like branding someone’s butt and they’re stuck with it for life and that is invading someone’s personal property without their permission. Thank you.

  • Vicky Mudher

    i just my note2
    5 days ago in u.k

  • B

    I dont mind it at all really!

  • I cannot wait!!!

    • Well yes I can (due to contract)… =D but I’m so looking forward to getting this phone and it’s 10.1 big brother

  • Bryan

    OMG! Who cares if its got that little emblem on the home key .. I’m just excited about the possibility that Verizon will be carrying this phone.. just be thankful and not so Nit-pickey

  • Marcos

    What about the battery on this big boy. Does anyone know expected talk time, stand-b time. The big screen must suck a lot of power.

  • GNote2x

    I dont care if they wallpaper the entire back of the phone. I will get an extended batter with new cover. lol – I just want the phone or should I say FAT Phablet

  • DROIDX90

    This picture is not the Note 1 or 2. It is clearly the S3. nice try author of this article.!!

    • Pretty crappy job of Photoshopping, at that. Notice the different dates and times in the same weather widget.

      • Will

        The time in the small print is the time the weather information was last synchronized.

        • I get that, but who doesn’t synchronize a weather app for three days?

          It’s really not the important now, particularly since it was revealed today that the Note 2 is coming to VZW, as well as AT&T and T-Mobile.

      • Osborne195

        Those are in fact “different dates and times”, the reason being: pretty sure one date is the actual date and time, and the other is when the widget was last updated.

        I’m not saying I’m 100% sure it’s real, but nobody is THAT dumb man…they would take a bit more time that that to fool an entire community.

      • NachoKingP

        That date on the bottom isn’t the current date, it’s the last update date. That’s why there’s a refresh button next to it. That particular phone might not have had a wifi connection for a few days, and probably doesn’t have a cell connection as it’s an unreleased phone. That is an entirely possible screen, not necessarily ‘shopped due to the dates.

    • NachoKingP

      It’s too big to be the S3. The Note 2 looks like a bigger S3, and from what I’ve seen of people actually using the Note 2, this is consistent with those,

  • Dave R

    That’s clearly a plastic protective cover that ships with the device that covers the whole screen. Thank god…that would be a terrible mistake.

  • fauxshizzl

    The only good thing I can say about the Bionic is the carrier branding scraped right off with a penny. This just makes a pretty phone ugly.

  • Jeff “Big Red”

    Rofl! They just knew I was sticking a case on that bad boy. So they did what any company that wants to cram its branding down our throats and put it where we wouldn’t remove it. Not like our battery cover on the G Nex…lol

  • Knlegend1

    They’re kidding me right? Lol we need reminding of what network we are on.

  • Giovanna

    I’ve waited an entire year for the Galaxy Note on Verizon. I could care less where they put their brand. I just WANT THIS PHONE! And soon!


    I swear carriers would brand their customers if they could.

  • Stew

    What’s the big deal? There are two parts to the mobile phone industry. Manufacturers and carriers. Just like the auto industry. Manufacturers and dealerships. No one complains about the dealership’s logo on cars. why should we complain about a small verizon logo on a phone?

  • Larry

    Where is my sharpie?

  • Paul Craven

    That definitely looks like a sticker, especially if you look at the full size image.

    But what are those dots/lines on the bottom sides of the front?

  • I don’t mind it too much. At least it’s not as huge as on the RAZR…

  • James Hill

    Verizon on the Button? Were they drunk?

  • Guest

    As this thing will probably barely fit into my pocket as it is, I don’t see being able to put a case on it as well.

  • If there is no other logo on the front, then it seems this is going to be the place for it. That really does suck though and I’ll probably be putting a dab of the wife’s nail polish on that button the day I get the phone.

  • anon

    One has to ask what the pattern of dahses and dots are and if those have something to do with the logo. They look like hidden sensors and leds but obviously they are not so maybe decals on a film that is still stuck to the phone. They seem to have the same tint of grey as the V in the logo.

  • Fleg


  • guest

    As many times as u press that home button in one day that Verizon logo will wear out in one month.

  • taron19119

    It’s a photo shop that’s the galaxy s 3 cause the galaxy note 2 has 5 icons in a row not 4

    • note_lover

      true..now maybe everyone can stop complaining!

  • Bakani

    Time to see if the button is the same as the Galaxy SIII…. if SO, then it will be a parts order and button swap! =P

  • crow

    You girls are getting a little over-revved over a button, aren’t you? What gets my attention, are they really going to butt colored?

  • phabletlover

    just give me a date… I want that fatty phablet

  • Deb

    If this is True that Verizon is going to carry Note 2, who care??? It’s like looking at a house to buy and not seeing past the cosmetic improvements. Like one guy said use white out!
    I for one will be focusing on the amazing 5.5″ screen!

  • dsg&ncb

    I’m just glad Verizon is getting the phone, not worried about a logo

  • This has got to be photoshopped. Where it says “Galaxy Note II” on the back, its pretty crooked.

  • Marlon06

    I’n bout ready to Jump ship from verizon.. sick of the lock down problems..

  • Di

    Why do you care???? I don’t. If I press it and it does what it was designed to do, I’m happy whatever it says.

  • Superdroid


  • The man is really stupid. In the first picture he show his account name in top right. Won’t take long before people find him in Austin and see if it a sticker or not.

  • Hatyrei

    I wonder if Verizon’s logo will evolve to something awesome lol.

  • fanboy1974

    This phone could be hot pink with yellow daisies sprinkled all over the place and I still would buy it. It took me a long time to get over my last stylus based phone; the HTC Touch pro 2. I miss the stylus and with this new S-Pen technology it will be hard to get away from it again. With this phone I can sell my Nexus 7. Excellent tablet but this phone will meet all my needs.

    • Superdroid

      LOL… I feel the same way.. more than ready.

    • Locombiano

      I’m right there with you, sign me up please!

  • boe_d

    This phone is nearly perfect other than the PPI. The PPI could definitely use a big upgrade in the Note 3 but I may very well get the Note 2 to hold me over. The resolution of the screen is really the only thing I would want improved in the near future.

    I hope this one has Gorilla glass. According to a few people, even though the GSM verison of the S3 got gorrilla glass and Verizon said the S3 would have gorilla glass, it doesn’t actually have gorilla glass and is prone to scratching.

  • Bewara2009

    I’ll juist use whiteout on that Bitch!

  • a.youth.in.Asia

    Oh man… I have to change my pants now! 3 more carriers to go!


    Let’s just ask him. His name is TwoHitta on the LS2 Forums >.<

  • PhoneGod

    Photo has to be fake? Right?

  • PhoneGod


  • Diablo81588

    God that looks stupid, but then again, so does the home button.

  • Diablo81588

    Lol.. Who’s yo daddy.

  • jay_peter

    Apple would never let this happen.

  • Branding is a concern when I assume most people just stick their phones in an Otterbox case which would kind of block this all up anyway? Weird…I’m more concerned about if the bootloader is locked and how much it’s going to cost personally.

  • interstellarmind

    Locked or unlocked? That is the biggest question.

  • W. Paul Schenck

    I would just prefer that they loose the physical button and use on-screen buttons as Google intended.

  • r0lct

    I’ll take it in black…with a black home button…


      …and white verizon logo lol

  • FAL_Fan

    If it is indeed a permanent mark on the front I most assuredly will scrape it off with my knife.

  • George264

    If this is real, I will probably start mass producing stickers. ;3 I could make so much…

  • Manbearpig

    Im just glad they decided to carry it. I hope someones balls got smushed in a car door for not carrying the first note



  • I want this phone, but will NOT be buying if it does actually have that Verizon logo on the button. Gross.

    • corymcnutt

      What are we? Like 6 years old! You won’t buy a phone because of a logo on the button! What is this world coming too? We are like a bunch of cry babies.

      • note_lover

        I agree, boo hoo!!

        • Nope! Don’t care if it’s immature. I used my upgrade which means the next phone I buy will be full price. It’s my money so why would I spend $600+ on a phone that isn’t physically appealing to me?

  • Offensive doesn’t even begin to describe my reaction to that mess. I hate carrier branding, period. I’m paying for the phone (even if I opt for the on-contract “discount”), and I pay for service. I never understood why I should be forced to have carrier branding on my device. It’s not different than when I buy a car. New or used, I always insist (read: demand) that the dealer remove any dealer branding. They got my money when I bought the car. Unless the folks dealership are going to pay me to drive the car around to advertise for them, they need to take their name of my car.

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      What’s yours say? MetroPCS? You can’t look like a boss if you’re using your iPhone flashed to cricket or metro…

      • My phone, an Incredible 2, says Verizon and I hate it.

    • note_lover

      Can’t believe people are actually complaining! ;( just put a cover on the back and get over it!

      • First of all…to each their own. Secondly, you can’t put a cover over the home button. Well…I guess you could, but how ugly would that be?

  • Can you please post some specs on this bute? Quad core and 2 GB ram?

  • If that makes the shelves, it’s definitely not going to make my pocket.

  • corymcnutt

    What worries me is what is the nonsense to the left and right of button? Looks like some kind of writing.

    • Ron_Swanson

      Its a tester device genius.

  • corymcnutt

    People, people…We were whining because Verzon wasn’t going to carry the Note 2, now we’re whining because of a little branding! EVERY carrier brands their phones so I don’t know why you are surprised; in fact, I’d rather have it on the button than on the body of the phone. My main concern is that it will start to wear off and look half-ass.

    • THANK YOU. Jeez, you’d think VZW committed genocide. Yeah I can see it being a pain, but not buying a phone for that singular reason is beyond petty. Come on guys, we’re better than this.

    • note_lover

      Some people you just can’t satisfy smh. Just be happy it’s even rumored to be on the Verizon network.

    • Bryan

      No doubt!! A bunch of whining baby. Can’t never be satisfied.. Put a phone cover over it and quit crying! Thank you Verizon for bringing it over to you..

  • JayBeeZee

    They are still rocking Windows XP.

    • KOBALT

      I thought I was the only one that noticed. Lol. The computers at my work are upgrading from Win2K.

  • PuzzleShot

    Surely someone will ask “which one’s the home button? I just see a Verizon button.”

  • Mo

    Go get a at&t phone if you dont want it or quit crying. i am just happy verzon finally got it.

  • fixxmyhead

    OMFG are u serious. what is it with verizon putting there logo on every phone except the nexus which is on the back

    • Jackson

      And the S3

  • Matt Gondek

    I’m not up for an upgrade for awhile, and it would be tough to get me to go non-Nexus, but I would love to go in a VZW store and ask “why” to the rep, just to see what kind of answer Big Red feeds them for that placement

  • Answer2K1

    If that Home button were real, how visible would the logo be on different colored Note II’s?

  • ScottyfromGA

    little bit of laquer thinner will strip that right off if you apply small pressure….

  • Zach Armstrong

    The Verizon home button is really bad looking it better not look like when its released.

  • Jackson

    Maybe this is there way of testing if people will literally burn Verizon stores lol

  • jbzcar

    Would have been nice to credit the source of these images, wouldn’t it?

  • johnc7995

    There is a plastic film clearly still on the device. There is no Verizon branded home button.

    • Jason James

      good catch!

    • turb0wned

      And if you take a closer look you will see that the plastic film clearly has a cutout around the home button.

  • Trevor

    I really hope this is just a prototype device kind of thing. That is a horrid place to stick their logo.

  • That will be scratched off !!

  • Hnt

    Someone on Ebay will find a way to sell a cap or sticker to cover that logo. No problem now just give me a release date.

  • Mustang5Oh

    Verizon ruins yet ANOTHER device!

  • Damu793

    I will get this phone on day1!

    • Paul

      I’m lining up right now!

  • HBD

    LS2 represent

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  • Fredy Nativi

    the question everybody needs to ask is what about the bootloader? ? ?

  • Captain_Doug

    Verizon, you’re a douche.

  • tomgillotti

    Gorgeous. Wish this were a Nexus!!

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    “Now, every time you press “Home” you get a reminder of who your daddy is.”

    And it was not the customer, but the carrier who won again. And then the land of the USA was plunged in darkness. Kthxbey.

  • James_C_L

    That’s gotta be the stupidest fu*king thing I’ve ever seen.

  • jnmigr

    I don’t care just bring it.

  • If it’s inked on, just take a sugar cube to it.

    • sugar cube?

      • Yes, you can rub off the inked on logos with a sugar cube.

        • evltwn

          Don’t think I’d try it with this phone. Bound to get sugar into the phone by the button. Plus heard it doesn’t work so well on plastic.

  • Just when you think the home button can’t get any worse.

  • wonderer

    I wonder if the phone works differently if a logo is there? NO!

  • that button has to be a joke!!!

  • gokusimpson

    I think it’s a sticker…looks a little crooked. But if it’s not I don’t think the sugarcube trick would work on it.

  • josh persaud

    so happy i have a galaxy s III now…

  • wow, if that is there i am not getting this phone, unless somehow you can get that off of there. This is where branding has gone too far.

    • balthuszar

      no…branding has gone too far when it takes away the functionality of the phone…this is just a minor blip on the phone…if the phone is awesome, and you don’t buy it because of a simple branding on the small section of the phone…you need to go back to feature phones…or maybe you should be tethered to the wall with a landline instead of having a cell phone…you’ve got some growing up to do

  • Darius Spencer

    How I know this is fake; They are running internet explorer XD

    • Darius Spencer

      Sorry, that’s firefox..carry on..

      • Interestingly enough, Verizon lit 4G in Austin, TX today. Maybe the picture was taken before it went live. :-/

        • yup

          9/12/12. Check the weather widget in the pick

          • Good eye. Clearly doctored. The big date doesn’t match the weather widget date. So many fakes overlook small details.


  • Landshark535

    It doesn’t look like it fits there naturally at all. I wonder/ hope it is just a decal.

  • fartbubbler

    hopefully it wears off with much use

  • Epcrix

    Yeah I considered getting a Note, but maybe I’ll just wait until the next nexus..

    • Absolutely. I mean, the note2 is great and all. I could not stand pushing a button that had the logo of the company I get my cell phone on. That is unacceptable.!

      …yeah right.

  • Shawn


  • Noooooooooo.

  • triangle8

    Easily solve the Verizon logo on the front with an after market sticker. Those would be really popular.

  • Colin Zack

    That has to be the worst looking thing I’ve ever seen.

  • aNYthing6

    You gotta be kidding me.

  • Gel

    That Verizon on the home button better not be there when it comes out.

  • rodney11ride

    Lol I knew they could let a phone not have it…

  • I hope that’s a sticker.

    • sciwizam

      I still wonder how Samsung pulled wool over Verizon’s eyes for the GS3

      • GTHVerizon

        If Verizon wants to put advertising on our phones, they should at least compensate us for it

        • Jeff Smith

          What about the car company. They got logos on the front, back, rims, steering wheel. And no one say a word. Two Verizon logos, and every one is screaming..lol


    • Turbine Tech

      It looks like a sticker. It appears to be crooked and from what I can tell I think I see a faint outline of clear plastic around the button. One can only hope, because that is fugly…

    • FarmerTechno

      If not, there will surely be stickers available to cover it.

      • majormudafuckinhun

        or a case which is always the case for me…

    • Mike_Cook7

      I hope so as well that is gross…

    • radiohead14

      knowing verizon… it is not.

    • Allow me to add a slight modification to your statement. I hope that’s a [removable] sticker.

      • hulslanderam

        It’s removable but it voids your warranty.

    • Jarren

      You are awesome! … Anxiously awaiting your review

  • Its obviously not going to ship like that, and its probably just a sticker. Lets be real.

    • Locombiano

      With all due respect, you seem to be underestimating Verizons ability to piss on their customers over and over again… 😉

    • Let’s hope so, but I don’t put anything past VZW. The ever-increasing amount of bloatware should be a clue.