As a long-time T-Mobile customer who is just passed the midway point of my contract, I’ve been trying my absolute best to find a reason to resign with the company for another 2-year agreement when this one ends in December. Thanks to a post from David over at TmoNews, my blood is now boiling, and I’ve found yet another reason to want to look elsewhere. Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G.
If you aren’t already familiar with the device, it’s not all that shabby, in terms of hardware specifications. The Blaze 4G features a Snapdragon S3 processor with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and is paired with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42Mbps network. Sounds pretty nice, right? Well, here’s the deal-breaker (for me, at least), and it’s one that’s got me fuming.
Considering the announcement that the phone will be available sometime in late March (thanks for the specificity, T-Mobile), you’re probably thinking there’s no way it will come rocking anything less than Ice Cream Sandwich, right? Well, think again. Get ready for a blast from last year with Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread). TmoNews contacted T-Mobile in regards to the possibility of an ICS update, and here’s what they got in response:
The Galaxy S Blaze 4G is expected to be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers’ experience with our devices, including providing upgrades to the latest Android operating system — Android 4.0. We are actively working with our OEM partners, like Samsung, to ensure that a number of eligible T-Mobile devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 in the coming months and will communicate updates as we have additional details to share.
Well, rudy-freakin’-pooh! Here’s an idea: why not focus on bringing a device to your shelves that comes with Android 4.0 out of the box? We’ve heard rumors about a T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus, but there’s been nothing solid and I honestly don’t expect anything anytime soon. So, before anyone chimes in Magenta’s defense, I don’t even want to hear it — there’s absolutely no excusable reason for T-Mobile to release anymore Gingerbread-based devices. Get on the ball, or I’ll take my business elsewhere, possibly before my contract ends if this taste in my mouth for T-Mobile grows bad enough.
Again, the Blaze 4G will be available sometime in March for 149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate (if you care). I’m so ticked about the situation, I’m not even going to post more pictures of the phone. If you want to see more or read the full press release, make sure to hit up the source link below.