This news tip comes from a tipster speaking with Android Spin. That’s a tongue twister. They say this person is a reliable source inside Samsung and/or T-Mobile who says that some silly things are solidifying inside and behind closed curtains. He says that not only does Samsung have a fully functional OTA for Android 2.2 ready, but they’re not allowed to push it out to the public because it could hurt sales of the Vibrant 4G (aka Samsung Vibrant Plus). Additionally, he notes, the original Vibrant is currently already able to utilize 4G connectedness FULLY. Really? “Yes FULLY.”
Check it out, the text from the tipster is reproduced here in full (or at least in full as far as Android Spin is producing it:
Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our “Vibrant”. Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant 4G +. While from a marketing aspect i totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.
…Being that, Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G. But i will tell you this, the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. not what they are telling you.
Ugh that’s harsh! Does this mean that Samsung is to blame, or do you believe that it’s actually T-Mobile who’s responsible for the holdup? All of this is just so much to take, It’s so much drama it’s heart-wrenching! But wait, isn’t that Vibrant 4G supposed to be the one that’s coming packed with the movie [INCEPTION] in it?
Perhaps this is all a dream!
UPDATE we now have the full text of that source’s comments:
[Via Android Spin]
I started a Field Trainer for [redacted] and I am now [working Android] at T-Mobile. Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our “Vibrant”. Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant4G +.
While from a marketing aspect I totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.
Trust me when I tell you, we had an update for the original G1, and HTC begged us not to. In 75% of the cases known to me in my [time] here and my [time] dealing with Android I will say that honestly most upgrade hold offs were the Manufacturer and NOT us as some believe. But we catch the flack.
I am tired. [redacted] I am up to here with Samsung. They pulled the same thing with the Behold 2 that I MYSELF had to clean up and caught wind over. The update to 2.1 update 1 is existant yet Samsung (for marketing reasons) felt that it would be better to just move forward. Samsung’s only concern is general sales, NOT RETENTION. They could care less if you buy the phone, get pissed and cancel T-Mobile contract. All they care about is they got your sale.
So pushing out anything like 2.2 or 2.3 is not in the books as something they plan on doing. It has nothing to do with bugs. The US version of Froyo for the Vibrant works flawlessly as I am using it now. But they feel that would be 1 less thing to brag about when Vibrant 4G launches. Being that Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G.
But i will tell you this. the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. Not what they are telling you. [Later clarified as "I do not mean Hardware is capable of 4G. I'm saying theoretical speeds of up to 5mbps. We already have publicly said that most would see a speed increase and be able to utilize the 4G speeds of our network."]
We were prepared for this with the update which would change the 3G to a 4G logo when in HSPA+ areas. But Sammy again said NO! I writing you so we can honestly move forward. Maybe customers will file a class action will get them off the chair and make them move. Hopefully the information contained herein will help you with an editorial on this serious issue and not blind the people with the “P.R. answers” being given by Sammy’s Twitter accounts and Customer Service.