Last Updated: August 30th, 2011

Well, the Galaxy S II rumors are really starting to heat up stateside. Earlier today, BGR let loose a tip that Sprint may be getting its own Galaxy S II-based handset as early as next month (September), and that it will be dubbed the 'Epic Touch 4G.' This obviously implies that the device will not share the physical QWERTY keyboard of its etymological ancestor, the Epic 4G.

The phone will also feature Sprint's WiMAX 4G - which raises another big question: just how should Sprint subscribers reconcile the carrier's planned adoption of LTE with yet another WiMAX handset on the way? This could be a big speed tradeoff a year or so from now, when even AT&T(-Mobile) will be well on its way to a full-fledged LTE rollout.

Whether this rumor is even true, we don't know. But for the moment, we're willing to say it sounds pretty plausible. Of course, we also just love any news about US-bound variants of the jaw-droppingly awesome Galaxy S II - so maybe we're a little biased in that regard.

Here's to hoping.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Epic Name Fail 4G o_O

    • Blakemoo

      haha I just posted that on G+ lol

      • JustForJokes

        I read it and immediately thought that it sounded like a screen name that Chris Hansen should be looking into...."Hi my name is EpicTouch4G, want to be friends?

        • David Ruddock

          Hats off to you, sir. I approve of this comment.

  • PMJ

    1. Critisizing phone names seems a bit pointless and juvenile. Unless it's named like the "Sprint Holocaust" or the "Sprint Potato Famine".

    2. I wouldn't worry about LTE, 'cause by the time that's rolling in some sort of respectable amount you're gonna want a new phone anyways.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com chin foot

      Why So Seriousss?? Chill man

    • Phil B

      I just hope they release something with a Keyboard or else me and my Epic are gonna be sticking together for a little bit longer.

      • YOU DONT SAY

        Are you serious ???!!???????? You want a keyboard on your epic TOUCH? PROPOSTEROUS !!!!!!!

        • Phil B

          Honestly I dont want another phone without a keyboard, and its sad to say that the phone I bought nearly a year ago still has the best keyboard I have ever used.

          I get the appeal of candy bar phones but Ive been a keyboard nut since I had a Motorola Q9c.

  • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan A

    I'm actually glad they chose this name instead of calling it the Within. This way they can build a brand/line instead of starting a completely different line and destroying the customer base.
    Still I would prefer that the US carriers wouldn't do all this crap and just stick with the standard international version of the Galaxy S II. Not only would updates be faster but we wouldn't have to wait months after the rest of the world already got it.
    I've already posted this story on my blog after BGR dropped the leak. Check it out and leave a comment/follow if you like it:
    Broke Man's Tech (Click my User Name to the right for the link)

  • GraveUypo

    someone clear this up for me. what's with all the stupid model renaming? they actually change devices physically (as in altering the hardware) to "fit their whims"?
    so phones are carrier-exclusive in the us?

    that sucks cow balls if its so. why would they ever do that? also, get a naming sense for gods sake. "epic touch 4g" sounds like something a youtube kid would call his dick

  • Brendan

    Why rebrand the galaxy s 2? Thats just stupid!

  • bk w/ bloody sauce

    i thought sprint already said theirs would be call "within"?

  • myepictouch

    F September, I want it now!

    • TiT for TaT

      I could care less what they call it.
      Just NO KEYBOARD and BEFORE SEPTEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!
      I've been waiting for this phone for months.

  • Spinter

    Why have so much bulk with a Keyboard? Why not give it its own name instead of giving it a liposuction?

  • Biosfear

    I dont understand why US phone carriers rename phones for?

    As far as i know here in Australia we get the name chosen by the Manufacturer.

    Why do they have to give them shitty names and not keep the names the Manufacturer sets?

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/100980782830344981435/posts Askatek

    When will we know who's making the next Nexus (Prime)? If it's Sammy or HTC, then I'd like to hold out. Otherwise, the Galaxy R also looks like a good runner up to this.