The idiot savants more commonly referred to as branding people that work at each of America’s major wireless operators like to invent seemingly cool and highly creative names for products that otherwise get called something boring like “Nokia 6210″ in Europe and Asia. Samsung’s original Galaxy S fell victim to these overpaid derelicts when it crossed the Atlantic ocean and was called the “Fascinate” by Verizon, “Captivate” by AT&T, “Vibrant” by T-Mobile, “Mesmerize” by U.S. Cellular, and “Showcase” by Cellular South. It looks like this tradition of Alzheimer’s induced arbitrary renaming will continue according to an online web store that specializes in selling wireless accessories. They have a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with a generic Samsung Galaxy S II, along with the “Attain” for AT&T, “Function” for Verizon, and “Within” for Sprint. This is great news if you’re looking forward to picking up what many are calling one of the best smartphones to ever be released. We’re just wondering what other tweaks each operator will apply in order to further differentiate themselves and more importantly which variants will come with support for near field communication (NFC), and which don’t.
Notable in this leak is the “Within” for Sprint. The first Galaxy S came to Sprint … sort of. They made Samsung slap a QWERTY keyboard on it and throw a WiMAX radio inside. They called it the “Epic 4G”, and it didn’t really sell all that well. Looks like they’ve learned a lesson. Also notable is the absence of T-Mobile, who was not only the first to offer the Samsung Galaxy S, but also released a second version, slightly tweaked with a 21 Mbps HSPA+ radio inside from ST-Ericsson. Could T-Mobile be looking have just one flagship dual core handset this year, HTC’s Sensation, instead of offering their customers a choice? If so then for shame.
[Via: Pocket Now]