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We had seen some pretty solid hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would be arriving on T-Mobile as the SGH-T889, but some additional sources have confirmed that it's still on the way, despite other reports that the phablet's plans for TMo had been canceled. In fact, some of the software currently in testing for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has leaked. The firmware is labeled T889UVALIC,  and is fresh out of the oven, having been compiled on September 15. 

According to the sources, the specs are pretty much identical to the European version, which include: 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

T-Mobile customers itching to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can live vicariously through our hands-on video from IFA over here

There hasn't been a lot of talk about dates, but with the back-to-school season quickly winding down, it's hard to imagine T-Mobile not releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the end of the month. Any of you T-Mobile customers ready to go (really) big?

Source: SamMobile


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T-Mobile-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets additional confirmation by tipsters


You think it'll be out before the end of the month? That'd be amazing! What about the talk of the next Nexus? I haven't seen anything posted on here about that. I love the Note but I was looking to hop on the nexus band just have to decide between those two phones.

I would be pleasantly surprised if it does release by the end of this month. I'm long overdue for an upgrade, and I've told myself that my next phone will have a quad-core processor, and this phone fits the bill perfectly, plus has nice additional features (like a huge screen, stylus, Jelly Bean out of the box).

My understanding is that the S3 on T-Mobile support their 42mbps network, so why would the Note 2 (a bigger S3) only support 21 mbps? Can someone help me on this?

Privately Tmobile has been testing this device on it's network since August 22nd there was never any plans to shelve this device. Tmobile knows this is going to be a MAJOR SELL for it's HSPA PLUS 42MPS network and trust they understand people are waiting for this device. If it will work properly as stated 1.6 Quadcore Exynos 4412 processor on it's network which will be a first then people are in for a real treat. I still think the realistic window of launch time will be between October 26th and November 14th. I said weeks back and will stick to that. At&t might give it's customers the chance to pre order on October 21st but Tmobile will be the carrier that will have the Galaxy Note 2 in stores first for it's customers to purchase. Just like they was the first carrier to have the Samsung Galaxy S3 in stores on June 21st earlier this past summer. This will be a day one purchase for me without question adding this to my Galaxy S3 will be the best of both worlds..

It seems to be saying here that this will only be a 3G device! Is this true?
I am ready to switch from Sprint because, after 2 years with the Epic 4G, we still do not have 4G of any flavor in Dayton, OH! :-(
I really want the Note 2 but will not sacrifice the opportunity to get 4G. I may have to go with the S3 or another carrier.
Tell me the 3G part of this spec is NOT true.
My contract with Sprint was just completed the first of September and I would love to switch my account by the end of this month or perhaps middle of October.

Unless you get good 4G LTE on other carriers in your area, t-mobile's HSPA+ (3G being marketed as 4G or faux G according to some) network is just as fast. If you know for certain you get good t-mobile coverage in your area then I'd say go for it. You can't beat their rate. Better yet, if you don't need a bunch of voice minutes, buy the phone outright and go with their monthly 4G plan. I did that with my unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus before and it helped me save quite a bit on my monthly bills.

From a Samsung employee: Quad core Samsung phones are not yet compatible with the LTE antenna. Im not too sure why this phone does not have 42 mbps since it is not LTE, but I imagine it has something to do with the quad core processor.

Actually Exynos is compatible with LTE in some way. Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are all said to be running the Exynos quad with LTE. In the case of Tmobile, if it doesn't support 42Mbps then i think they'll just settle for 21Mbps compatibility.

Take my money now. I just purchased the T-Mobile SGS3, live in a Boston suburb and my data speeds are killer fast. During the day my DL speeds are on average between 13 mb and 22 mb, upload is a solid 4 - 5 mb. These speeds are solid and never lag, what is better is that I don't get lousy battery life that happens with LTE. My T-Mobile speeds are right along with my Verizon's LTE, if you are in a T-Mobile area you should at least try their service because they have a unlimited data plan that is just $30.00 a month. I can not help it, if the Note 2 does come to T-Mobile I would be the first in line to get it.
Thank You T-Mobile.