The Samsung Galaxy Note mysteriously disappeared from T-Mobile's online store. It was later confirmed that it is out of stock, but can be found at T-Mobile retail stores. (Photo : TechnoBuffalo)
If you've been reading the headlines on Friday, everyone seems to be clamoring that T-Mobile has pulled the Galaxy Note handset from its lineup. Some articles cite the failure of the device, while others state that T-Mobile is instead gearing up to try and get the Galaxy Note 2. So is T-Mobile going to try and join AT&T as Galaxy Note 2 carriers?
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The flurry of headlines such as "T-Mobile Galaxy Note reaching end of life already?" was prompted by the observation that the Galaxy Note has mysteriously disappeared from the T-Mobile website. A search for 'Galaxy Note' on T-Mobile's website turns up only three products - all accessories for the handset. The Galaxy Note is not listed under Android phones from Samsung either.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note is currently out of stock online via www.T-Mobile.com however the device is still available for purchase at select T-Mobile retail stores," a media representative of T-Mobile told the LatinosPost.
A T-Mobile representative confirmed that this was the case, and that the carrier had not discontinued the Galaxy Note.
Website AndroidPolice also reported that a source told them that T-Mobile had put the EOL, or "end of life," date for the Galaxy Note at November 1, depending on inventory.
But forget about the Galaxy Note, people are much more interested in the Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 2 will be revealed by Samsung at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event on August 29 in Berlin. It should then be out by mid-September.
AT&T carried the original Galaxy Note exclusively for almost a year, making it a sure bet that the company will be a Galaxy Note 2 carrier. Sprint and Verizon look unlikely to carry the Galaxy Note 2.
T-Mobile, on the other hand, decided to release the original Galaxy Note just recently, and while it may seem strange to launch an older device when the next generation is less than a week away, it also points to the carrier probably not offering the Galaxy Note 2.
Even if the rumored EOL date is true, T-Mobile risks backlash if it offers the Galaxy Note 2 anytime soon. Customers who paid full price for the Galaxy Note will feel cheated by the carrier, and more likely than not, a T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 marketing campaign would only anger those who just recently were sold a "new device" from T-Mobile.
But don't worry, if T-Mobile invested in the Galaxy Note, it shows that they are interested in pursuing a phablet. The Galaxy Note 2 will sure be a success, and when the time is right, T-Mobile is sure to try and get it in their consumers' hands.