Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) US Release Clearance: AT&T First?

There seems to be one smartphone on everybody’s lips at the moment and that’s the highly impressive Samsung Galaxy S II (S2). Two of the questions most asked about is when is it coming to the U.S. and which carrier will get it first and we now hear that the handset now has U.S. release clearance from the FCC and AT&T looks like the likely candidate to be the first carrier across the country.

This handset is being released in 120 countries over 140 carriers and we are as excited as the rest of you about this Android 2.3, Gingerbread smartphone. The handset also has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass that’s been singled out for a lot of praise. Other specs and features include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable to 32GB. Just a few of our recent posts on this phone are a review roundup about what the experts had to say, how it’s already outselling the iPhone 4 in South Korea where it has already been released and about a good UK deal for the phone. It’s becoming pretty evident that this is the handset to beat at the moment, and could even hold off the iPhone 5, when eventually released.

News that the Galaxy S II (model number GT-19100T) has now cleared the FCC came to us from Jessica Dolcourt of Cnet sourced from FCC. The FCC testing suggests approval for the GSM 850/1900MHz bands supported by AT&T’s 3G network. There’s been no official confirmation of release details from either Samsung or AT&T yet, but DroidMatters reminds us that there’s a Samsung event later today, and also on May 24, so the odds are that we shall hear more on a precise release date very soon.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S II and are you pleased that AT&T looks likely to be the first carrier for the U.S? Let us know with your comments.

  • Chris

    Nice to know the AT&T would have two dual core phones and Verizon has thin air

  • Casey

    I want this phone :)

  • The Dark Lord

    If At&T would have unlimited data plans I would be excited, but they only have this crap now nobody wants … Sorry, not excited … waiting for sprint or T-mobile …

  • Kay

    NOOOO!!! Not at&t. I want this phone sooo bad, but I hate At&t with a passion. I rather them just release it to every carrier in the U.S. They need to hurry up with a release date for the U.S. please!!!

    • Prynncess

      Hey I live in the US & I have this phone as of yesterday! Just order it from http://www.clove.co.uk or http://www.expansys.com. The phones are unlocked so just pop in your sim card. I am using mine with T Mobile :-)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIW6VK47SOYFXUDHPMAAFEUDIQ Sergio

        works on 3g ?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIW6VK47SOYFXUDHPMAAFEUDIQ Sergio

        i want order mine from expansys but i don’t know how much will it charge for import duties , can you give me some idea how much it’s the final price of the phone, thanks

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIW6VK47SOYFXUDHPMAAFEUDIQ Sergio

        i want order mine from expansys but i don’t know how much will it charge for import duties , can you give me some idea how much it’s the final price of the phone, thanks

  • ajaki

    99% will be t-mobile because att can't get the infuse and galaxy s2 at the same time

  • mr.big

    99.9% it comes out for at&t not only that the european version actually works for at&t

    • Techworthy

      The European Version works for T-Mobile too. GSM the only diff is the 3G wouldn't work for T-mobile. Because T-mobile uses a different frequency (1700) for their 3G network. Everything else would work with T-mobile.

  • bbqhack

    Mixed emotions, AT&T already has three “4G” phones that are strapped for backhaul support and now you want this monster phone with countless performance features left unusable.
    I have an old silver back iphone that will still be around while AT&T gets it’s act together!
    Long live market hype and product placement.