xchange magazine today presented Samsung Mobile, the #1 mobile phone provider in the U.S1, with the Best of 4G Award for the Samsung Mondi™ in the Mobile Internet Device category. The awards recognize leaders in the development, deployment and service of next-generation telecom technology. Nominations were open to all parties involved in 4G technology, products and services, and selected by a panel of 4G subject matter experts.

Samsung Mobile received the Best Mobile Internet Device award during ceremonies at the 4G World conference and expo (www.4gworld.com) in Chicago. Samsung Mobile and their award will be featured on the xchange and 4G World Web sites.

“xchange is pleased to honor Samsung Mobile’s contributions to the development and advancement of 4G technology and services,” said Mike Saxby, group publisher of xchange. “The growth in the 4G arena has been incredible, as shown by Samsung Mobile’s achievement.”

“The innovation and effort that have been demonstrated by Samsung Mobile reflect the type of leadership that continues to drive opportunity and benefits throughout the emerging 4G industry,” said Eliot Weinman, conference chair and president, Events Division of Yankee Group. “We extend our sincere congratulations to Samsung Mobile on behalf of the entire industry.”

The Samsung Mondi can harness upload and download speeds that double comparable devices running on 3G networks while taking advantage of the widespread connectivity of Mobile WiMAX. The Mondi is also equipped with WiFi, allowing users to keep strong wireless connections while working outside designated Mobile WiMAX markets.

Available in a solid black finish, this device slides open horizontally to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The Mondi is packed with multimedia features that offer instant access to E-mail, Internet, video content and business applications. The device also supports various services including Fring™, Gypsii™, and Windows Live Messenger along with many other downloadable Windows Mobile apps not preloaded on device. The Mondi is equipped for GPS Navigation through Route 66, providing turn-by-turn directions.

The Mondi’s compact design provides the user with a more mobile form factor and ease-of-use than the typical laptop or netbook. While it is small enough to fit into the user’s hand or pocket, the Mondi packs an impressive Web browser, powered by Opera 9.5, which takes full advantage of the device’s 4.3-inch touch screen.

The Best of 4G Awards winners were selected by an independent judging panel that consisted of Berge Ayvazian, senior adviser and principal consultant for Yankee Group; Adlane Fellah, CEO and founder of Maravedis Inc.; Caroline Gabriel, research director for Rethink Research; Phil Marshall, vice president, enabling technologies, for Yankee Group; Craig Mathias, principal, Farpoint Group; Andy Mitchell, technical editor for Yankee Group; and Jennifer Pigg, vice president, enabling technologies for Yankee Group.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungmobileusa.com.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About xchange

Founded in 1996, exchange is an online publication for facilities-based service providers offering voice, data, wireless, IP, WiMAX and content. Its seasoned editors do more than simply report on industry news; they dig beneath the surface to provide analysis on what new technology, new equipment, new services, new regulatory activities and other new developments mean to xchange readers. xchange content, including news, articles, e-books, Webinars and industry buyer’s guide is accessible online at www.xchange.com, as are subscriptions to the publication and the xchange weekly e-newsletter.

About Yankee Group

The people of Yankee Group are the global connectivity experts—the leading source of insight and counsel trusted by builders, operators and users of connectivity solutions for nearly 40 years. We are uniquely focused on the evolution of Anywhere, and chart the pace of technology change and its effect on networks, consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in Boston, Yankee Group has a global presence including operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit www.yankeegroup.com.

About 4G World

4G World™ is the first conference and expo covering the entire landscape of next generation mobile networks from infrastructure to devices, applications and content. To reflect the scope of the 4G ecosystem, WiMAX World™, Mobile Internet World™, and the 15th Annual International Symposium of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) will be co-located at 4G World™.