Jan 12 AT 9:55 AM Anthony Domanico 76 Comments

Tmobile and Samsung announce the Vibrant 4G

Are you a T-Mobile Vibrant owner patiently awaiting your Android 2.2 (Froyo) update? Get ready to scream.

Yesterday, T-Mobile and Samsung announced the Vibrant 4G, a refresh to the original Vibrant which adds a front facing camera, full HSPA+ connectivity (up to 21 Mbps), and the Froyo operating system. Samsung’s been pretty awful when it comes to software upgrades, so this next statement should come as no surprise. No announcement was made as to when Froyo may be ready for the original Vibrant.

Though this release is certain to infuriate owners of the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G will be one of the best phones on the T-Mobile network when it’s launched. The Vibrant 4G will be the first phone on T-Mobile that will make full use of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, with download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Contrast that to the G2 and Mytouch 4G which are both capped at 14.4 Mbps.┬áVibrant 4g will also feature a front facing camera, allowing users to use the built-in Qik or other applications to video chat with friends and family.

The Vibrant 4G will have the added benefit of “the highest level of marketing support from T-Mobile, plus additional support from Samsung’s Galaxy S campaign,” so you can expect to be bombarded by commercials and print advertisements featuring the Vibrant 4G very soon.

All in all, the addition of the Froyo operating system and full-HSPA+ capabilities are sure to make the Vibrant 4g one of the best phones on T-Mobile, at least until the first wave of Tegra 2 phones hits the platform.

Pricing and Availability

No information was leaked as to the pricing and availability of the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant 4G. We suspect that this phone will be launched before the end of the first quarter, possibly even by the end of January for $199.99 on contract. As always, we will update you once we learn the full details of the release.

Via: Tmonews

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  • http://Website Mohsin

    Its all about that new customer with Samsung…

    • http://Website gr000

      I agree. I think T-Mobile (USA) has the same mentality! I really just couldn’t care less anymore…

      I once read somewhere that as a society, on average, Americans only use their electronic gadgets for 6 short months before discarding them for something newer and “better”. That is sad. I guess some genius figured out that 6 months is how long it takes you to get over the pain of forking out $500 for a device that you will never even be able to utilize to within 10% of it’s capacity…

      On the plus side, this announcement gives those of us who moded our Vibrants with front-facing cameras hope that the hard-working guys over at XDA will be able to backward engineer this new travesty and finally figure out how to clear up the banding problem.

      Android love all the way!!

  • http://Website dommafia

    Whoever buys a Samsung phone, expecting it to be updated in a timely manner, is a dummy. I dont have anything against people buying Sammy phones but don’t come-a-crying when they screw u over in the system update department.

    • krazytrixxxsta

      that is so true…the behold 2 fiasco was more than enough to steer clear of samsung android phones.

    • http://Website Irishrally

      Not if you bought an Nexus S.

      • http://Website Noriega713

        This is what the Nexus S should have been…

  • http://Website sgastel

    Wow I can not wait to get this phone…. Oh wait I am a current Vibrant owner and have sworn I will never again purchase another Samsuck product. Way to kick me while I am down Samsung by showing me the phone mine should of been in the first place. I can not wait till I can pick up a Tegra 2 phone and dump my Samsung no froyo crappy gps no hspa+ for good.

    • http://Website John


    • TrixR4Trey

      same here

  • http://Website John

    Wow… Thanks t-mobile and samsung. I now have the most buyers remorse I’ve ever had with a product. Good job…

    • http://Website Usman

      It’s not T-mobile… this is squarely on Samsung. They’ll probably release an HSPA+ Captivate as well. If you were offered an upgraded handset to carry in your lineup, you’d say no?

      • http://Website manus

        Ya but att users will actually have a choice with better devices like the atrix tmobile doesn’t

  • http://Website Don Boogie

    Real world speeds will not be anywhere near 21mbps…doubtful they will be noticeably faster than mytough/G2.

  • http://Website Tim

    Looks like a pretty sweet phone but having the latest updates is important to me so probably won’t get it.

  • http://Website Eric

    It would be nice if all these android blogs would stop pushing rumors about the SGS phones.

    The fact that they refreshed the Vibrant in no way says anything about the original model.

    Manufacturers refresh products all the time, and compared to the other phones TMo is selling, the Vibrant is a little stale for still being a very good, current phone. This is good business for Samsung and Tmo

    ..and being that Samsung has updated pretty much every SGS phone in the world except the US, I’d direct the frustration towards the carriers anyway.

    Bottom line: Phones are a 2 year investment, and you KNOW that, so do your research and buy something you are happy with THAT DAY, whether or not it ever receives an update. In fact, do that with every product you buy. You will lead a much happier, stress free life(altough, if you guys are THIS stressed over a point update on a cell phone, I can only imagine that pretty much any minor setback ever sets you guys off, so maybe the stress wouldn’t drop *that* much)

    • http://Website Ryan McKay

      I haven’t been very vocal about any of these things. Nor do I plan on. As you say Eric, no need to get stressed right? However, I do believe Samsung needs to seriously think about updating their phones and not just promising to update their phones in order keep people at bay.

      Samsung’s current business model is give out a new phone and promise updates. (Remember Galaxy tab’s promise of 2.3 AND Honeycomb?) But then after a short amount of time, they direct their energies towards a new phone and abandon the old phone. This IS something to be annoyed about and to influence people away from Samsung given their recent track history. While I agree some people need to relax a bit more about the subject, I do believe they have a right to be upset. Being promised updates and never delivering is not good business practice and a quick way to alienate a customer base.

      The big problem here and why people are so upset are the promises. A lot of people were very vocal about the no updates on the behold II so Samsung made sure to promise an update to 2.2 “very soon” after the release of the Galaxy S lineup of phones. If it was never promised, people would have no reason to complain.

      • http://Website Sammy

        I’ve never been a fan of Samsung phones, but we’ve seen countless leaked Android 2.2 builds for the Galaxy S phones here in the U.S. which means they are working on the problem. As SONY Ericsson has pointed out, their update to the XPERIA X10 is being delayed due to At&t’s extensive testing process.

        Samsung has rolled out Android 2.2 across the globe, so I’m pretty sure that the customizations demanded by U.S. carriers are what’s pushing back the updates. U.S. carriers have complete control over when updates get pushed out. how about we put some pressure on them rather than only blaming Samsung for the update delays.

        • http://Website yang

          I agree. The unlocked international version already has froyo. Samsung do keep their promises and it’s obvious that they are trying to make sure the update a smooth process. It seems like everyone wants a buggy software and complain some more after receiving the latest software.

          Btw, I’ve learned to not try to persuade people on topics like this. They all see Samsung on the phone and immediately think it’s their fault while they forget that T-Mobile (or any other carrier name) logo is also on the phone and they make the final decision, not the manufacturer.

          • http://Website Ryan McKay

            I see your point, but I haven’t seen 2.2 on any carrier in the us, not just T-Mobile. Plus, everytime a question is asked to Samsung they only say “soon”. If they were to say, oh we’re done with our part, but its still in testing by carriers, I don’t think you’d see the same finger pointing at Samsung. And if it were just the carriers, I’m surprised not a single one has pushed out the 2.2 update yet. I’m not saying the carrier’s aren’t doing their part to hold it up, but Samsung isn’t blameless.

      • http://Website Usman

        As has already been said… anyone that bought a Vibrant thinking they’d get good support from Samsung is an idiot. When these phones were announced, numerous people on these blogs, including myself, were warning people not to get sucked in by specs. The Behold II debacle should have been enough notice to anyone that they’d get @#$%ed in the @ss by Sammy.

        I don’t feel bad for anyone that was dumb enough to buy a Samsung… think of it as Darwin’s theory applied to a technology product in a capitalist society.

  • http://Website android abuser

    The least they can do is let current the current galaxys S users do is upgrade for half price. This bites 4 real, if Sammy wants to keep my business let me upgrade to this 2.2 phone. The fragmented updates really bites

    • TrixR4Trey

      i agree let me trade in my old phone for half price or something

  • sl8125

    LOL. You can say good bye to your froyo update now for those of you who are waiting. i was looking forward to buy new Samsung Infuse but nevermind. All samsung android phones are a joke.

    • http://Website Usman

      Glad someone finally learned not to trust Samsung. Now if only the bloggers like Taylor and Phil Nickinson would start calling out Samsung…

      The only thing that will change Samsung’s behavior is if people stop buying their products.

      I’d rather own a freaking iPhone than a Galaxy S.

  • krazytrixxxsta

    im too much of an htc fanboy to fuck with any other phones.

  • http://Website Joe

    There’s no way I’m buying any piece of junk from Motorola nor Samsung.

    They both lock down their phones, making it hard for developers to create roms for it, and they suck at updating their phones.

    • http://Website Charlotte

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Motorola locks their bootloaders but Samsung? Have you ever been to the Vibrant development section on XDA?

  • http://Website anon

    if Samsung doesn’t provide Android updates then it doesn’t matter if it is a good phone when it is released. The honeymoon will be over as soon as the new Android features are announced. Then the regret will take over.

  • http://Website Christian1183

    I am a currant Samsung vibrant owner and I purchased the phone the day it was launched. I too was extremely pissed off with all the promises from Samsung and was on the verge of dumping this phone. Before I did I rooted the phone and I could not be happier with the vibrant. To all the original vibrant owners out there understand this. The Samsung vibrant will not get froyo or gingerbread anytime soon or at all. Root your phones its easier then ever. Everyday new Froyo roms come out that push the performance of these great phones. The power is in your hands people.

    • http://Website Irishrally

      Exactly. If people put a tenth of the time loading custom ROMs on their phone as crying in comments sections they would all be running Gingerbread.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    What a joke!

  • http://Website SphericalPuma

    I don’t know why anyone’s surprised by this….it’s Samsung after all. However, I’ll throw Samsung and T-Mobile a bone for the time being as we have no idea when this will release and it’s possible (though highly unlikely) that the Vibrant 2.2 update will be out before or around the same time as this phone launches.

    Outside of that, I recommend to anyone considering a new phone, that you stick to vanilla android, or HTC Sense, as HTC is terrific about updating their products.

  • http://Website Richard


    • http://Website Charlotte

      All caps makes the baby jeebus cry.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    Anyone who owns an original Vibrant should recieve some sort of rebate or be allowed the ability to trade up for this. This would definitely be a slap in the face for me if I owned one.T-mobile/Samsung really need their arses kicked with steel spike toed combat boots.

    • http://Website Usman

      B.S. T-mobile didn’t have anything to do with this, and Samsung is a KNOWN bullshit manufacturer. YOU should have known better… but you were in awe of the screen and hummingbird processor and got sucked in, just like a moth to a flame. Hopefully you’ve learned your lesson about Samsung. Stick to HTC if you want manufacturer support after you buy a phone.

  • http://Website Whap

    My wife is starting to complain and she is not techie at all! She just sees how much faster my phone is and knows froyo will improve the speed of her phone!

  • http://Website billbob

    >_< Aghhh
    All I want is froyo, not a bumped up version of the same phone. I think Samung is trying to be like Apple and release a fun everyone buys, the come out with another phone that said people buy next.

    • http://Website Usman

      I think you’re right… and as Android users, we should refuse to buy Samsung devices to change their behavior. Corporations don’t understand anything but money. Stop giving it to Samsung and they’ll change.

  • http://Website Kory

    I really want to know when T-Mobile will announce a Tegra 2 phone. Whether that’s the LG Optimus 2X, an Atrix knock-off, or something from Samsung, I really don’t care. The other carriers seem to have already announced theirs.

  • http://Website bigmerf

    This is a smack in the face to us Nexus S owners too… wow smasung/google, you just coudnt throw in the antenna for 21+ ? dont give me that crap that it wasnt ready… BS. I really feel for current Vibrant owners also..

  • http://Website itrustme

    Wow. I sold my nexus one to get a vibrant. sold my vibrant for a nexus s . No wonder the NS wasn’t hspa + capable. I’m positive the carriers are the culprits to blame in this fiasco.

  • http://Website Daryl

    I need your help to help me organize a consumer boycott of Samsung mobile products. Until Samsung supports the mobile products that they presently have on the market we have to stop buying their products . Enough talking about what you’re going to do and as long as we keep spending our money they’ll keep giving us the middle finger . The only thing Samsung understand are numbers and if we take those numbers away from them they’ll know how upset we are . I will be posting this on every site that has any information about the Samsung products please help me to make them to stop not supporting their products via timely updates and product support. Contact : [email protected]

  • http://Website Frank

    Wow..all those upgraded yet still NO FLASH on the camera. I don’t care how many megapixels a camera has or even how gorgeous a picture looks in daylight. It still should have a flash for night time/low light photos. Sammy FAIL!

  • http://Website ab jimenez

    No thanx I’m extremly happy with my G2 after been a cliq owner I learn lol ill wait for the next HTC phone with dual core on tmo. Everything is just trash

    • http://Website Noriega713

      Agreed! I had the G1,Moto Cliq (which sucked) and now the G2 never been a Brand fandroid but now I am…

      HTC FTW!!!! Maybe…maybe G3 by the end of 2011 running 24mbps with all the other goodies…but as for now I’m Good with my G2.

  • http://Website Mark

    LOL! Don’t say you didn’t see this coming, Samsuck owners. “Yay! We get AMOLED screen, Sims 3 preinstalled and Cameron’s Avatar”. Big whoop. Should have read the reviews, done market research and asked around. Matter of fact, you don’t even need to ask. People will tell you. Even the guys at the T-Mo store will tell you to steer clear and they will direct you to more suitable phones.

    • http://Website Kawika

      actually i was unaware of samsungs inability to properly update their products. and the thought of a salesman passing up on the sale of the most expensive product at disposal is asinine. i personally witnessed on numerous occasion different tmobil sales staff aggressively pushing the vibrant along with multiple promises of timely updates from both tmobile and samsung alike. this is overall a disappointment on samsung and tmobile. on a side note for all original vibrant owners visit XDA forums for vibrant and have no fear. lets just hope we dont lose good developers there cuz samsung dont got our backs!

  • http://Website greg

    Pretty sure im gonna call tmobile and demand they cancel my contract with no early fees. This is the biggest load of shit ever.

  • http://Nathanmoorephotography.com Nathan

    That’s why I’m not getting a nexus s. Samsung has a horrible update record in my book.

    • http://Website DF

      Google not samsung will be updating the Nexus S please don’t spread obvious FUD like this

  • http://Website Nate

    Wow, has sanding ever released a phone with the most current OS. The released the original galaxy s phones with 2.1 right after 2.2 came out and no they’re gonna release this with 2.2 right after 2.3 came out.

  • http://Website Bruce

    Fuck samsung and fuck tmobile. Never again will I buy a samsung phone and once my contract is up tmobile is fired.

  • http://Website Ryan

    “Are you a T-Mobile Vibrant owner patiently awaiting your Android 2.2 (Froyo) update?”

    …should read:

    Are you a T-Mobile Vibrant owner permanently awaiting your Android 2.2 (Froyo) update?

  • http://Website jay

    Not only will this make tmobile look worse in the long run but it will make it loose customers. I for one will be switching to verizon in the coming month now that my contract with tmobile is almost done.

    Why tmobile do you still support samsung after the behold 2 ,gps issues on the virbrant and froyo .

    i don’t understand.

  • http://Website qada

    Now we know why they didnt include hspa+ on the nexus s. Because if they did no one would have any reason to buy this phone.

  • http://Website tracks

    i wouldnt buy this phone even if it can make me lunch. SAMSUNG sucks withe their updates i bought the vibrant on lauch day just because they said it was getting 2.2 so after months of lies i switched back to a htc phone. i will never ever ever ever ever ever ever buy another SAMSUCK phone!!!!! And you Can Take That To The Bank!!!!!!!!

  • http://Website RandyN

    As someone mentioned earlier, it’s Samsucks not Samsung. Being an unsatisfied Vibrant owner, I have no plans on buying anything from Samsung for a very long time. My Vibrant wasn’t usable until I started running Nero (custom mod from XDA). If XDA can do it, why can’t Samsucks.

    Anyway, next phone will be an HTC and most likely not on T-Mobile.

  • http://Website Adam

    It’s almost like T-mobile’s taken a page from Apple. Refresh old ideas after 6 months and then push people to upgrade to the “new and in” things.

    T-Mobiles getting on my last nerve just accepting the bad rep Samsung is pushing onto them.

    • http://Website DLFB

      Dude, at least you now Apple is annually, and they try to reach out as far as they can to upgrade older phones.

      Samsung keeps making new phones like it’s music. I used to have the Captivate but I just thought Samsung needed to refine their software.

      This is truly a kick in the nuts for Galaxy S and Nexus S (especially you guys) owners, lol.

  • http://Website Samuel

    I do believe to many people blame samsung, im running a froyo build on my vibrant, i do believe tmobile is holding up the update, but the super amoled screen is whats keeping me a loyal samsung customer, i will buy a dual core samsung phone with super amoled plus screen whenever one and if one becomes available to tmobile. The Vibrant 4g seems nice but i will wait, normally i would probably call tmobile and order the vibrant 4g.

  • http://Website Daryl

    This is incredible samsung has to be the most arrogant group of SOB’S in the entire mobile industry. They have no respect for the intelligence of the customers they think we are stupid. I will never buy another samsung product ever.

  • http://Website Lasse

    Does it ship with the legendary Samsuck support?

  • http://Website Me

    Unbelievable. First they promised a froyo update for the vibrant in September 2010 and never came through with their promise, second the plan on releasing the same phone with the front facing camera and 4g radio! They couldn’t do that the first time? In other words what Samsung is saying to their customers is …. fUck you and……….FUCK YOU!

  • http://Website khush

    this is a joke i bet next week they will announce the vibrant 4g plus… were adding in the Flash for the camera this time that phones from the 90s have had

  • MomoRocks

    Still NO flash!?!? WTHECK???

  • http://Website Jenna Jameson

    Does it vibrate?

  • http://Website Dre

    Ouch, yet another body blow to your customers Samsung….

  • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

    Who cares if they release a 4G version of the Galaxy S. It doesn’t take anything away from you just because a newer better model comes out. I know it comes with 2.2 but I’m certain that T-Mobile will get their customers 2.2 for the original by the time this releases. It’s done, the rest of the world has it, just waiting on US carriers as usual.

    You guys really go off the handle and it just because an updated version of your phone comes out 6 months later. Are you really that daft to think that Samsung and T-Mobile will not continue to release new devices. I can’t wait till MWC when Samsung announces dual core phones and everyone who bought this phone comes on this site and cries all over again.


    • http://Website Kawika

      Lets hope they do. I for one feel for those who are too afraid or are without help/knowledge to root and flash.

    • http://Website Justin

      Exactly! Even if the Vibrant had 2.2, people would still be complaining that the phone didn’t come with a flash. That wasn’t a secret when you purchased it.

      Asking for a 1/2 price upgrade? Come on. Something new will ALWAYS come out within a few months of purchase. Sorry, that’s just a fact of life in 2011.

  • http://Website watbetch

    These slides look preliminary.

    The Vibrant 4G should have the slightly higher clockspeed and the SAMOLED+ screen.

    In other news the Rogers Captivate just got 2.2. I wonder what the hold-up could be for AT&T, which has nearly the exact same phone.. give it up folks, T-Mobile and the other US carriers are the reason for the delays in 2.2 firmware.

    HTC fanboyism is disgusting. So disgusting that you can’t even recognize the horrible update history AND speed on T-Mobile or other carriers.

  • http://Website jay

    Its going to suck just like the first vibrant phone.

  • http://Website samsung student (retired)

    i bet it reboots!

  • http://Website Miguel Lopez

    I think T-Mobile should give this Samsung Vibrant 4G for FREE to the people who actually own the Original Samsung Vibrant who’s with me!!!