As we reported earlier, Samsung decided to release a redesigned version of its folding smartphone this September after being forced to cancel the initial launch of the Galaxy Fold last month when major design issues in its flexible display were revealed by early adopters.
So far, the assumption was that both U.S. carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile, that were confirmed in the initial April release of the Galaxy Fold will also carry the newly redesigned Galaxy Fold 2 Foldable Phone when it launches again in September.
However, to everyone’s surprise, T-Mobile—which $26.5 billion merger with Sprint has recently been approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ)—confirmed to The Verge that it will not carry the improved $2,000 smartphone this time around.
T-Mobile drops plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy Fold in a major blow to the success of the folding phone in the U.S.
“T-Mobile will not carry the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone because we already offer customers a wide range of the latest smartphones. Please reach out to Samsung for any further inquiries,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. mobile carrier which headquarters are located in Bellevue, Washington, in the Seattle metropolitan area.
We also reached out to T-Mobile for clarification and will update this report when we hear back from them. We’ve also contacted the U.S. offices of Samsung and AT&T to find out more. The South Korean company has not replied yet as of this writing while AT&T is thought to still be working with Samsung on the launch of the Fold 2.
“Regarding this device [the refreshed Galaxy Fold], we do not have anything to share right now,” confirmed to me Mike Makoid a senior manager with AT&T’s industry analyst relations.
Last April, the South Korean company was forced to cancel the initial launch of its foldable phone, after several design flaws were uncovered including the peeling of the thin layer of plastic that protected the foldable display which can then let substances get between the display and the protective cover, causing the phone to ultimately fail, as well as a small opening on the back of the display created by the small lift of the screen when opened and closed, also causing particles to get in. More