Samsung Galaxy Note Headed for T-Mobile in 'Coming Weeks'

T-Mobile will soon begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Note. But don’t call it a tablet. Despite the Note’s 5.3-inch display, T-Mobile is positioning it as an enterprise-ready smartphone.

T-Mobile will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Note €œin the coming weeks,€ the carrier announced July 16, positioning the device as both enterprise savvy and able to meet consumers€™ desire for a tremendous smartphone.

The Galaxy Note, with its 5.3-inch high-definition Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) touch-screen display, would seem sure tablet territory. If not at least phablet territory. But no, T-Mobile reports that the Note now has the largest screen on any T-Mobile smartphone€”which is just how folks like it.

€œA recent T-Mobile survey showed 77 percent of consumers prefer a device with a 4.5-inch or larger display, rather than a smaller screen,€ T-Mobile said in its statement. Samsung, if not the source of this trend, is certainly hip to it, offering also the Galaxy S III with a 4.8-inch display.

The Note measures 5.78 by 3.27 by 0.38 (have fun putting that in your pocket). It runs Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, can access T-Mobile€™s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network and has a rear-facing 8MP camera and a 2MP camera up-front. With a qualifying plan, it supports WiFi Calling and can act as a mobile HotSpot for up to five devices.

There€™s the option of the S Pen stylus, for annotating documents and taking notes; S Memo, for easily creating typewritten, handwritten or voice-dictated memos; and S Note, which creates templates for seven commonly used documents, to add a bit of professionalism.

The Note also comes with the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack€”a selection of applications, including Dropbox and Evernote, that business users are likely to be interested in.

€œBy providing an easy path to cloud services, such as Dropbox and Evernote, T-Mobile helps professionals easily store and access the documents, files, images and notes that will help them better manage their work from virtually anywhere,€ said T-Mobile.

But recommending the Note most to the enterprise are its Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE) credentials. SAFE offers IT policy support for mobile-device-management (MDM) services, on-device encryption and support for Microsoft Exchange and virtual private network (VPN) solutions, among other features.

The Galaxy S III is also a SAFE device.

€œIn addition to larger screens, today customers demand more from their devices, from having safeguarded access to corporate email and other productivity features to being able to rely on a speedy network for streaming content,€ Andrew Morrison, T-Mobile vice president of product management, said in a statement. He added that with the Note in T-Mobile€™s lineup, it is €œeven better equipped to help our customers strike the perfect balance as they juggle both professional and personal activities.€

The nation€™s fourth-largest network has been keeping busy this summer searching for a new CEO. On June 27, the company announced the resignation of Philipp Humm, who it was later reported is joining Vodafone, a European rival of T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom.

It€™s also at work on an LTE-based 4G network, using assets it acquired through AT&T€™s failed 2011 bid to purchase the smaller carrier. Calling the $4 billion effort a €œnetwork modernization€ strategy, it will improve T-Mobile€™s voice and data coverage, further its business-to-business (B2B) opportunities and enable it to support more devices€”most notably the Apple iPhone.

T-Mobile originally planned to launch the network this year and begin selling LTE-enabled devices in 2013, but now the network will go live in 2013, interim CEO Jim Alling said in a June 27 letter to employees. He added that T-Mobile€™s recently penned deal with Verizon€”controversial, to be sure€”will help it improve its spectrum position in 15 of the top 25 markets.

Alling added that while T-Mobile is in a tech-based industry, €œI firmly believe [it is] a people-based business.€

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