Motorola DROID Bionic receives a gift; No Samsung Galaxy S II for Verizon Wireless

At one time it was thought that Verizon would be the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now it seems as though Verizon has decided to not carry it at all. It has been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and  Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokesperson.

We know the Samsung Stratosphere is coming, but it will be an Epic 4G variant. Of course, rumors are that the Nexus Prime will show up on Verizon, and since it will most likely be made by Samsung, this could have contributed to the decision.

Ultimately I think it comes down to Verizon wanting to have the DROID Bionic and the iPhone 5 as their featured phones this fall. Verizon will put a lot of money into the Bionic and they have a strong relationship with Motorola. Many thought that if it weren’t for 4G LTE compatibility, the Bionic was dead in the water. The Galaxy S II has been declared the better phone and their is no question that it would’ve impacted the Bionic’s sales and success. With no Galaxy S II in play, the Bionic gets center stage.

I would love to hear from Verizon customers. What are your thoughts? I am on Verizon myself and was already leaning towards the Bionic because of the 4G LTE capability.

[via wsj]

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Steve Reddington

    I am a Verizon customer as well,and I am waiting for the BIONIC. It will be all I need and want for now in a phone.

  • blgsllck2000

    I currently have a Droid X. If Verizon does not get the next Nexus phone or a great vanilla alternative, I will take a serious look at phone 5 or change carriers…

  • VzGettingAnnoying

    I agree. NEXUS ON VZ, OR I AM GONE. Give the people what they want.

  • Seriously dissappointed…

    Don’t you know, corporations are here to tell us what we need and want, not the other way around! Silly consumers!

  • leatherneck111

    Firstly, it is incorrigible for Verizon to side with one manufacturer over another. Who looses? US, the customers! Specs wise and size wise the Galaxy S2 out shines the Droid Bionic a million to one! (faster processor by a total of 400MHz, thinner body, 2MP front facing camera compared to the decade old VGA 0.3MP the Bionic has, etc….)

    Verizon should NOT be playing favorites as aforementioned, it ONLY means that Verizon customers will ONCE again NOT have the latest and greatest. MY BIGGEST GRIPE, however is that seeing that the Galaxy SII has been out in Europe and Asia since April of this year, it is absolutely ridiculous for Motorola to release a phone that’s specs are equal to January or even Q4 of 2010 old. Atrix barring the 4G LTE connectivity had almost to the same specs that we are getting over 6 months past the release of the Moto Atrix. I just don’t understand why Verizon (a definite socialist company) doesn’t allow the Droid Bionic and Samsung Galaxy SII to duke it out and let fair market economics run its course. It’s the ONLY way to continually raise the bar. Shame on Verizon and shame on Motorola for coming out with a phone well past its prime. You are forcing people like me to NOT have a choice. As there will only be one dual core 4G LTE phone on Verizon for some time to come. That’s a shame and definitely NON-CAPITALISTIC!!! Why is it that all the other phone companies (Sprint, ATT etc.) ALWAYS get the best phones?

  • Mk

    So angry I might switch to sprint. The and I’ve been with verizo for forever. Really pissed off!!

  • brutusf

    No 4G LTE, no purchase by me! Same goes for iPhone 5 and any other phone. If no 4G LTE, then I will purchase the Droid Bionic or the HTC offering.

  • Zexel

    Complete and utter BS. I was longing for the SGS2 for months now. With the rumors that the SGS2 “might” have LTE it could have been a glorius day when SGS2 came to the Big Red. Now…time to switch. Good thing my contract expires in Oct. Just in time for the SGS2 to come to T-Mobile so I’ll have a choice between AT&T or the soon to be T-Mobile/AT&T. Why go with a outdated phone(Boinic) on LTE? (Yay, let’s use my 98 laptop on an 18mbs ethernet connection!) Or with a phone that kills the battery (Thunderbolt). I didn’t want to leave but you forced me to Verizon.