Vibrant 4G
Last Updated: January 20th, 2011

Well, if there was any lesson against being an early adopter, let it be this: TmoNews has gotten ahold of some official T-Mobile slides that give details on the Samsung Vibrant 4G, an update to T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S that will make any current VIbrant owner cringe:

  • Full HSPA+ connectivity
  • Front-facing camera with Qik (not Skype) pre-loaded and still no flash on the rear camera
  • Android 2.2 Froyo

By full HSPA+ connectivity, I mean that the Vibrant 4G is able to reach download speeds of 21 Mbps (2.6 MB/s) and above, while T-Mobile's current 4G phones, the MyTouch 4G and G2, are limited to 14.4 Mbps, or just under 2 MB/s. The front-facing camera isn't much of surprise, as T-Mobile will probably want all of their upcoming 4G phones to be capable of video calls. The fact that it has Froyo pre-loaded as opposed to Android 2.1, like the rest of the Galaxy S phones, may be either good or bad news, depending on whether they have 2.2 in the cards at all anymore.

One thing is for sure - if you've been planning on picking up a Vibrant, you'll probably want to hold off until this upgraded version hits the stores. Sorry, the date was not provided, so stay tuned.

Vibrant 4G image

Source: TmoNews

  • Cesar

    Damn samsung/google?&$$#@_!!!! This is what the nexus s should have been with gingerbread.... Epic fail...

  • Rizo

    I really hate you samsung, and how much it hurts to say this, I'm really starting to hate you too T-mobile. Where is 2.2 for existing vibrant owners? I will never buy another samsung phone again.

    • Rich

      There is no money to be made updating old phones. Typically you are locked into a two year contract and won't go anywhere. Why should they spend the money, time, and resources to upgrade an older phone constantly?

      You should always consider that all support will cease the moment you buy your phone. Root it and update it yourself.



  • ravidavi

    T-Mobile and Samsung to customers: "We'll sell you a phone, but we won't ever support it. Instead, here, buy a new version of the phone!"

    I wonder how many original Vibrant owners will actually pay for this "upgrade".

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com/ Aaron

    This stinks, I just bought two Vibrants in September. Time to sell them both...Not sure what phone I want to get, G2 or what...

    • Kane

      Why not just wait till this is released first at least?

      • Pat

        Because if they don't support the phone I just bought, how can I expect them to support this one?

  • Andy

    yea and if its right about the nasty trick t-mobile have pulled in the UK (reducing 3gb data plans to 500 mb) what use is 4g?? so you can use it for 24 hours of the month?? hmm

    Gonna phone em later and if it is true, they sold me a useless phone (galaxy S) GPS use alone would probably wipe that 500mb out :(

  • shadowjin

    I was under the impression that mytouch 4g and G2 are 21mps capable as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sumyunguy sumyunguy

    This is why I got a Nexus One!

  • kevin

    Samsung sucks hairy balls

  • Joe schmo
  • Dbob1949

    Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Will never, ever buy a Samsung product again. Shame on you T-Mobile. I have been a loyal T-Mobile customer (Sidekicks, G1, and Vibrant), but no more. you have let your customer base down. Promised 2.2 for the Vibrant never delivered, customer service clueless, and now this insult.

    • pax

      I am on this with you...Samsung SUCKS.

  • pax

    It said my comment was too short, so here I go...
    Samsung SUCKS.
    Samsung SUCKS.
    Samsung SUCKS.
    Samsung SUCKS.
    Samsung SUCKS.
    Samsung SUCKS.
    Samsung SUCKS.


    Samsung and T-mobile are playing Games, T-mobile is in 4th place in Carriers in the USA, so do you think that people who bought this Garbage Vibrant who was lied too about the Froyo Update, now want to buy another $499 to $599 phone to get lied to again? Fool me Once Shame on you! Fool me Twice Shame on Me!!!!