Are Verizon and Sprint next in line for the Galaxy Note?

At least one analyst believes that U.S. consumers may soon have alternate carrier options for the Galaxy Note.

The Samsung Galaxy Note may come to Verizon and Sprint as the Galaxy Journal. CBS Interactive

New rumors have surfaced which suggest that Verizon Wireless and Sprint will offer their own versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note .

Announced for AT&T at last week's CES, the handset features a massive 5.3-inch HD AMOLED screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2,500mAh battery. Oh, and then there's that stylus thing that's getting a bunch of attention too.

As it turns out, though, AT&T may not be the only carrier to offer the phone/tablet hybrid. According to analyst Paul Mueller, both Verizon and Sprint are expected to carry the device, possibly under the name of Galaxy Journal.

Should the rumor pan out, I expect AT&T to get a few months of exclusivity out of the handset before it moves on to other wireless providers as well. Samsung employed a similar tactic with the Galaxy Nexus, giving Verizon a head start on Sprint , for example.

With Mobile World Congress arriving in but a few weeks, I would not anticipate any announcements out of Sprint or Verizon given the show's GSM focus. Looking ahead a bit further, however, it would not surprise me to see either carrier unveil the phone at CTIA in May.

 

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