Telstra this week confirmed that while it will be stocking the massive phone/tablet hybrid, it won't actually be selling the device until "early next year".
In a post on its Exchange blog, Telstra Web Producer Leigh Price stated, "Well, we can now confirm that Telstra are bringing the Samsung Galaxy Note II to Australia's largest 4G-enabled network early next year. This will bring the number of 4G devices available to Telstra customers to 20."
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Pricing information is being held until closer to release date, but either way the news is a blow to potential customers expecting an imminent launch on Telstra's network.
Noted on Optus this week
Meanwhile, rival 4G telco Optus is shipping the device this week, with pre-orders for the phone claiming a sic to eight day shipping timeframe.
Vodafone, which Samsung also claimed would be selling the device, has kept quiet about its planned Note 2 release.
With more than 20 million Note 2 handsets expected to sell, the delay could prove frustrating enough for Telstra customers to switch networks.