We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge.
Verizon(s vz) spokesperson, Brenda Raney, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal (s nws) that Verizon won’t be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S II handset, suggesting the carrier’s handset lineup is already strong enough. Given that the SGS2 is the fastest selling handset in Samsung’s stable of smartphones, selling 5 million units in the first 85 days of availability, I beg to differ with Raney.
More likely, at least from where I stand, is the fact that the SGS2 doesn’t support Verizon’s speedy new LTE network like the Droid Charge does. Customers can eat through their monthly mobile broadband allotment faster on the 4G network, which brings the potential for additional revenues. By supporting a slower 3G network, that overage opportunity diminishes. The other possibility would be that Samsung didn’t want to incorporate CDMA and EVDO radio support in the handset, but that makes little sense, given news that a Sprint (s s) model has been leaked.
Ultimately, by not offering what’s arguably the best Google Android device currently available, this development reinforces the notion that with an iPhone(s aapl), Verizon will lean less upon Android (s goog) to get and retain customers. Perhaps that next iPhone (s aapl) will support LTE on Verizon’s network after all and become a flagship device for the 4G network?