We’ve just gotten word from our friends over at TmoNews about a (sorta) new Samsung device coming to T-Mobile, and it’s sure to upset a lot of people. It’s the Vibrant Plus, and it’s essentially an upgraded version of the original Vibrant. It’ll come with Froyo, a front-facing camera, a 5MP rear camera with 720p HD video capture, “Inception” preloaded instead of Avatar, and HSPA+ connectivity. Not only will it have access to Tmo’s 4G network, the Vibrant Plus will be one of the first to be able to connect to their upgraded network, offering 21+ Mbps speeds. I know several Vibrant owners are screaming at their monitors right now, and they have every reason to be upset. The Vibrant Plus has everything its older counterpart was missing.
There’s two ways to look at this:
- It’s a good move for T-Mobile, releasing a device that can keep up with Verizon’s LTE speeds.
- It’s also a very bad move for them. Many Vibrant owners are going to be very upset that this new device will come with Froyo preloaded, not to mention the FFC.
Word has it that Tmo and Samsung will advertise the Vibrant Plus heavily, squeezing as much money as they can out of it. As I mentioned about half a dozen times, Tmobile is really losing a lot of customer base here. True, the new handset will sell, but is it worth it, to lose the support of original Vibrant owners? Only time will tell. We’ll keep you posted if any more news rolls in on this device. Anyone else upset with Tmo and Samsung? Speak your mind in the comments below!
UPDATE: I’ve been seeing a lot of activity on Twitter about this, so I thought I would clear one thing up. This leak in no way says anything about Samsung holding back the Froyo update for the original Vibrant. True, it may be a bit suspicious for them to release a device with the same specs that has Froyo preloaded, but we have to keep in mind that we don’t know when the Vibrant Plus will be released, hence the term leak. It could be months from now, at which point the Vibrant will surely have Froyo.