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By Menace II Society, Member on 13th January 2011, 12:49 AM
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FCC filings have a curious tendency to launch us into far-reaching bouts of speculation, but hear us out -- we think we're onto something here. A Samsung phone with model number GT-i9023 just passed the FCC with AWS 3G -- T-Mobile's band. If the outline of the device above looks familiar, it should; it looks exactly like the Nexus S, which happens to have a suspiciously similar model number of GT-i9020.

Here's where it gets interesting, though: German site BestBoyZ just reported a video of a Nexus S in the wild a few days ago that claimed to be running the rumored Android 2.4 release, and the baseband version in the About screen included the text "i9023." This new model number also just very recently received both Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG certification, though there's nothing particularly interesting in those filings. Oh, and one other random tidbit: a number of European retailers are listing the i9023 already as a "Black Silver" Nexus S, so it's possible that this will simply be a new color scheme -- but would that really necessitate a new FCC filing and model number? It's also conceivable that Samsung is taking the occasion of 2.4's release as an opportunity to tweak the Nexus S a bit -- maybe add HSPA+ for T-Mobile, something to that effect -- but at this point, it's pure speculation on our part. Feel free to drop your conspiracy theories in comments, and while you're at it, check out BestBoyZ's video after the break.

Note: The Vibrant 4G is a good thought, but this device seems too rounded -- it matches up perfectly with the Nexus S.

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WOW if this is true.. I will be highly upset..
13th January 2011, 12:54 AM |#2  
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WOW if this is true.. I will be highly upset..

I was excited until i read the AWS part. Was so hoping it mentioned ATT compatible bands. Sigh..
13th January 2011, 12:57 AM |#3  
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Well.. I feel your pain, Phonex1.

But as a T-Mobile Nexus S user.. I'm highly upset because of this. Even though it might be speculation on Engadget's part, I usually trust their word. And even the idea that Samsung would do this is upsetting as well.
13th January 2011, 12:58 AM |#4  
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Soooo...

Samsung has held back 2.3 from the Nexus One to help sales of the Nexus S

Samsung is holding back 2.2 from the Vibrant to help with sales of the Vibrant Plus

Samsung now going to hold back 2.4 from the Nexus S to help sales of the Nexus S Plus?

History indicates yes
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13th January 2011, 12:59 AM |#5  
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Hmm...looks like I may be returning a phone.

edit: This may just be the SLCD version of the phone. Even if it's not coming to the US they still run it through FCC approval.

I just noticed in that video, that nexus s looks mighty thick when he turns it slightly.....Nexus S w/keyboard anyone?
13th January 2011, 01:01 AM |#6  
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I won't lie.. I am really upset right now. I feel like throwing this phone and screaming out Samsung in a dramatic way. It's so frustrating I wanna laugh too.. lol.
13th January 2011, 01:02 AM |#7  
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Seems to fit right in line with this link: http://androidspin.com/2011/01/12/br...world-hostage/

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Quote from our Tipster:

Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our “Vibrant”. Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant4G +. While from a marketing aspect i totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.

…Being that, Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G. But i will tell you this, the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. not what they are telling you.

13th January 2011, 01:04 AM |#8  
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If this happens I will cry.
13th January 2011, 01:05 AM |#9  
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I won't lie.. I am really upset right now. I feel like throwing this phone and screaming out Samsung in a dramatic way. It's so frustrating I wanna laugh too.. lol.

Hopefully Google will learn and broker a partnership with another company (preferably HTC) instead of Samsung. They already confirmed the random reboot issue with the NS; such refreshing news after SGS complaints lol.
13th January 2011, 01:09 AM |#10  
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Remember that "slap in the face" many said Samsung/Google would never commit by releasing some sort of refreshed Nexus S2 or Nexus S+? ... Well, my face is getting ready.
13th January 2011, 01:10 AM |#11  
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Seems to fit right in line with this link: http://androidspin.com/2011/01/12/br...world-hostage/

Man.. if it's the Vibrant 4G I wouldn't care.. (No offense to any Vibrant owners)..

But this phone just came out a month ago.. Come on man.. What kind of **** is this? lol
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