[Rumor] Samsung to announce Galaxy S 2 devices at MWC?

Despite the “rumor” classification, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that Samsung will in fact be releasing the next iteration of it’s exceedingly popular Galaxy S line of smart phones at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The upgrade, according to the KoreaHerald, is expected to include the new SuperAMOLED Plus display, Google Android 2.3, and a dual-core SoC to top it all off . No word on whether this will be a dual-core version of Samsung’s sexy Hummingbird platform, or something altogether new. Hit the jump for some quotes directly from Shin Jong-kyun, alpha dog in the Samsung mobile division.

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Verizon holding a media event on Tuesday, Verizon iPhone or something else?

Verizon just made a huge showing at CES, but that doesn’t seem to be enough. Verizon has just sent out invitations to a press event they are holding this Tuesday. So what is all the hoopla about? Well if Verizon had any other phone announcements besides the iPhone, wouldn’t it have been made at their huge CES keynote? It makes perfect sense that Verizon would want to announce the iPhone separate from the rest of CES since Apple doesn’t ever make an appearance at CES. The weird thing is that usually when there is an announcement about an Apple product that has this much media attention and hype, it is usually made by Apple themselves. So if this isn’t the Verizon iPhone what else could it be? It could be that long rumored HTC Merge, it could also be (yes this is a dreamland I am in) a HTC tablet announcement. Okay who knows, we’ll wait with you and find out on Tuesday what Verizon is up to.

[Via BGR]

Verizon begins LTE roll-out in San Francisco Q4 2010

Well I probably wouldn’t have believed it if I read it somewhere else, but today I pretty much got word direct from the horses mouth: Verizon is rolling out LTE in San Francisco this September. While sitting at an undisclosed Starbucks location, I had to Verizon executives sit down right next to me. Well actually they were in front of me in line and they were clearly working for Verizon. How do I know? Not only did were they carrying Verizon branded leather portfolios, you know – the kind you use in company meetings, and they also had Droid X phones in hand, PLUS an American Express card which had Verizon on it as the company name – therefore, they are district level or higher personnel (which I think was the latter as I’ll get into in a moment). UPDATED INFORMATION AND PIC AT THE END OF POST! Read more of this post

Verizon updating their system in preparation for 4G, most likely still planned for 2011

A BGR reader has sent them a tip with an email slide describing a new update to Verizon’s system. This new update is put in place in preparation for the selling and activating for 4G devices. Here is a quote from the email: Read more of this post

Verizon launching LTE network on November 15th? Black Friday brings new handsets?

I love it when bombs like this drop out of nowhere. Verizon is expected to begin rolls outs of their LTE 4G network in 25 markets beginning on November 15th, 2010. With those 25 markets, Verizon is expected to provide 4G access to as many as 100 million potential subscribers. The report goes on to say that though 4G handsets will not be available right away, Verizon is planning to release “a slew of new devices” that are capable of taking advantage of Verizon’s new LTE network on Black Friday, November 26th, 2010. The LTE pricing is expected to be tiered and not tied to an additional monthly charge like Sprint has for $10. What ‘tiered’ really means in terms of pricing is not readily clear, but you can expect to pay a premium for use of this new LTE 4G network I’m sure. By then, Sprint should have almost 200 million people covered in the United States with it’s WiMAX 4G technology and a plethora of phones behind them. We will have to wait and see who will win the Q4 2010/Q1 2011 battle for customers with new 4G handsets and pricing programs.

[via BGR]

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Verizon is aggressively looking to build out LTE in Rural America

Verizon’s purchase of a $9 billion worth of contiguous licenses from the Federal Communications Commission’s massive 700MHz band auction in 2008 is about to hit the  rural communities soon. Verizon states “says it’s looking” for rural companies to assist in  “collaboratively build and operate” Verizon’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in the out in the boondocks. Looks like the local rural carriers will be providing the towers and backhaul lines to network infrastructure . Verizon will then bring in their core LTE equipment and regional 700MHz licenses, which can transmit voice and data across rural counties with a breeze.

“Verizon Wireless may work with rural companies that have towers and backhaul capabilities, even if those companies are not currently wireless operators,” the telco also says. “Together, we will plan and coordinate a local LTE deployment schedule that makes sense for both Verizon Wireless and the rural company that we are collaborating with.”

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