Samsung Galaxy Note takes a third spin around the FCC, headed for AT&T

January 20, 2012

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Once more, with feeling. For the third time since its announcement at IFA last year, Samsung's Galaxy Note has passed through the hallowed halls of the Federal Communications Commission. But this time seems a little more pointed, since the latest model includes radio bands for AT&T's growing LTE network, which were missing on both previous occasions.  The carrier announced their intention of selling the phone at CES after months of breathless anticipation on this side of the pond.

Though there's still no news on exactly when the Galaxy Note will be available for purchase, the FCC clearance is a good sign that it will be sooner rather than later. Previous trips were probably initiated by Samsung itself, testing for a variety of carriers including Canadian ones. Of course, European versions of the Note have been compatible with AT&T's standard HSPA+ radio bands since it was released in Europe, but good things come to those who wait - before too long Americans will have the options of a cheaper phone on subsidy with LTE speeds and (last but not least) the standard four Android navigation buttons hanging out underneath that massive screen.

If you're not an AT&T customer, there are some other possible options coming down the pipeline. Industry rumors heavily implied that after a period of exclusivity the Galaxy Note will come to Verizon as the "Galaxy Journal". IN Canada the Telus version looks like it will be available sometime in February, and that likely means that Rogers and Bell will follow suit shortly thereafter.

[via Wireless Goodness]

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  • …ima 757boy.

    …doesn’t matter.SPRINT gone have the GALAXY S3.

    • Jon Garrett

      If Sprint gets the S III then chances are AT&T and T-Mobile will also.

      • alexander marino

        if theres a galaxy s3 coming out anytime soon there is no way that its going to be going to sprint or t-mobile first…..wheres it going to make the company the most money..att no shit huh

    • BobDobbs

      Hahaha Sprint…. Unlimited Data that’s so slow it’s worthless.

      • …ima 757boy.

        …that’s not what my wallet thinks.

      • Tmb993

        And thats exactly why they say you get what you pay for. Sprint’s data network is widely known as being the slowest. I hear people bragging about getting 3-5 mbps download speeds on Sprints 4G and I think thats hilarious because I get that with my 2 year old iPhone 4 on AT&Ts 3G. 

      • …ima 757boy.

        …been with SPRINT for 5yrs now and dont plan on going anywhere anytime soon.Im fine with my GALAXY S2 and will definitly be getting the S3 when it is released.So you continue to collect data while i enjoy my unlimited service.

      • Luisjimenez1980

        Hi mr high tech guy my Samsung epic 4g can do stupid 13 mbps ok and more coming 4g lte ok check you phone my be outdated

  • I used HTC for last two years and got the S II, Samsung is so much better.  can not wait to get my hand on this monster

  • Guest

    when !?!?