Why the U.S. interest in Canadian Galaxy S Vibrant?
I've been curious, and noticed in a few threads in here and in xda-developers.com that our friends south of the border have been asking for Canadian Vibrants (i9000M) but it was released (and seems easier to unlock) in the United States, so would seem to be easier to get.
Are there features in the Bell Canada release not present in the T-Mobile version?
Don't know but besides the buttons at the bottom the UMTS bands supported are different. The T-mobile Vibrant has 1700/1900/2100 and the i-9000M vibrant has 850/1900/2100. AT&T uses those bands down there so people would presumably be getting it to use with them. AT&T has the Captivate but maybe people want the round design of the i9000m or the front camera which is missing on the Captivate?
Also the Bell version is not neutered like the AT&T Captivate. You can install non-Market apps.
Really...hmmm...okay. So from what I gather, the Canadian version is closer to the international version. I'm curious what the Captivate will be like when Rogers releases it. I won the Vibrant through a Bell Contest, got it unlocked, and now use it beautifully on Rogers. If the unlock had not occurred in time, I would have sold the Vibrant and gotten a new Captivate.
So it's the same phone (as the i9000) but with the 850 Band?
exactly. Also the other advantage of the i9000 over the other 3 Galaxy S models is that it will always be the first one to receive any new firmware updates. which is probably another reason why any devs on XDA would want it.