Some U.S. carriers are launching their version of the Samsung Galaxy S this week, but Verizon customers will have to wait a little longer before they can get their hands on the device.
Verizon’s summer catalog leaked out yesterday and several people noticed that the Samsung Fascinate was mysteriously absent. We wondered if the phone might have been dropped (like the Nexus One) so we pinged Verizon to see if they could provide an update.
According to a Verizon spokesperson, the Fascinate is still coming but they have “not determined a date yet for the launch.” Verizon anticipates having the phone ready by “late summer or early fall,” but I have a feeling it will be the latter.
So what is the hold up? Most are speculating that Verizon is pushing the date back so it doesn’t directly compete with the big launch of the Droid X and Droid 2 this summer. The Fascinate is also the first Android phone to feature the new Microsoft Bing application, which we hear won’t be ready for another six weeks.
Hopefully we will get an official launch date soon, but I wouldn’t expect anything until after the Droid 2 hits stores (rumored for August 23rd).
We recently got to spend some brief time with the Fascinate at the Samsung Galaxy S launch party and captured a quick walkthrough of the phone.
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