Now that Samsung has announced that it has changed the Galaxy Fold and will re-release it in September, the next question is: does anyone have to trust it enough to buy it? We cannot really answer that question until we look at it (again), but we do have an answer to another question: will carriers trust it enough to to sell the? We have asked both T-Mobile and AT&T, the American airlines that originally announced that they would have the Fold in stores or online. AT&T does not say anything definitive yet, but we have received a clear answer from a T-Mobile spokesperson:
T-Mobile will not wear the Galaxy Fold because we already offer customers a wide range of the latest smartphones. Contact Samsung for further questions.
That is probably about as shadowy as you are going to get in the close-knit world of PR, talk to two large companies that regularly work together. It's no surprise, but T-Mobile has the reputation of being more willing to take flyers on new and different Android devices than other major US airlines. It was the first major American airline to pick up OnePlus telephones, for example.
It appears – and I am I'm deeply sorry for this – that T-Mobile knows when to walk away.
For clarity, we still expect the unlocked version of the re-released Fold to work great on all four major US airlines. But when it was originally announced, only T-Mobile and AT&T had committed to sell the phone. Both had to cancel pre-orders and it was quite a confusing mess there for a while.
T-Mobile was also the only carrier that realized that the & # 39; protective layer & # 39; on the original Galaxy Fold was sufficiently problematic to justify a warning label stating that he would not flake it off, as you can see in this tweet from Desmond Smith, director of creative content on T-Mobile:
As far as AT&T is concerned, it still has nothing to share officially, but it said it still worked with Samsung. Perhaps this means that the company was almost as surprised as we were with Samsung's announcement that the fold is fixed and still needs units to go through its own tests. Even if AT&T wears the Fold again, it's not great for Samsung to have sent an announcement last night at 9:00 PM ET without repeating its major US transportation partners.
Samsung claims it has made various improvements to the screen and hinge that should protect the Fold from damage that easily. It extended that protective layer "beyond the ring" so that it doesn't look like something you need to take off. It also added "extra reinforcements" around the hinge to prevent dirt from entering it.
The fold is expected to be released in September, but we do not yet have a specific date. I doubt if there will be a lot of fanfare when it comes out: September is the same month that the new iPhone is usually released, so Samsung would find it hard to get much attention, even if it wanted to. We let you know if we get anything more concrete from AT&T or Samsung about the retail in the Fold.