Mar 21 AT 8:38 AM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

Samsung Nexus S 4G coming to Sprint stores this spring for $199

As expected, Samsung and Sprint announced today that the Nexus S 4G would be available this spring for $199 with 2-year agreement. The device is exactly like the Nexus S that launched for T-Mobile last year, with the addition of 4G WiMAX support.

The Nexus series of phones are special because customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps.  In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

Customers can pre-order the Nexus S 4G starting today by visiting their local Sprint store and purchasing a $50 gift card as their deposit. Unlike the Nexus S which was available exclusively through Best Buy, the Nexus S 4G will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including the web and Telesales, as well as select national retailers.

To sign up for Nexus S 4G news updates, please visit sprint.com/nexus.

“Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, VP Product Development, Sprint.  “As the first 4G smartphone with Android 2.3, Nexus S 4G delivers on the promise of the advanced data capabilities of 4G to deliver an incredible Web browsing experience, offers quick and easy access to future Android updates and access to the services built into Google Voice.”

Sprint will also offer tight integration with Google Voice on their Nexus S 4G. Customers will be able to use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges and potential service disruptions.

Overall it looks like this is a solid release and I’m glad to see another carrier supporting the Nexus series and stock Android devices. I still use the Nexus S as my daily phone and I would suggest the Nexus S 4G to any Sprint customer looking for a pure Google experience device.

Additional key features of the Nexus S 4G include:

  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Android Marketâ„¢ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar, Voice Actions and YouTube
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
  • 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi — 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated GPS
  • 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
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First Pure Google 4G Device with Android 2.3 in the U.S., Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung, Coming to Sprint this Spring

First 4G device powered by Android 2.3 boasts pure Google experience, Google Voice integration, Super AMOLED display and Mobile Hotspot capability is Sprint’s 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone announced to date

Visit www.sprint.com/nexus to register to receive more information

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — March 21, 2011 — Sprint (NYSE: S) extends its 4G device innovation lead once again with the upcoming availability of the 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone, Nexus S 4G1 from Googleâ„¢.  Coming to Sprint this spring, it will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented controls and services enabled by Google Voiceâ„¢ integration built into the Sprint Network.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G comes packed with a pure Google experience using Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones.  It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

“Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president — Product Development, Sprint.  “As the first 4G smartphone with Android 2.3, Nexus S 4G delivers on the promise of the advanced data capabilities of 4G to deliver an incredible Web browsing experience, offers quick and easy access to future Android updates and access to the services built into Google Voice.”

It is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen technology providing a premium viewing experience.  The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face.  It also offers a screen that is bright with higher color contrast, meaning colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.

Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps.  In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

“We’re excited to partner with Sprint on Nexus S 4G, which brings innovative hardware by Samsung and innovations on the Android platform, to create a powerful smartphone experience,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of Engineering at Google.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera.  In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Android Marketâ„¢ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Google mobile services such as Google Searchâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendarâ„¢, Voice Actions and YouTubeâ„¢
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
  • 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi® — 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated GPS
  • 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery

“Samsung is thrilled to work with Google and Sprint to create the next generation Nexus S. Adding 4G capabilities takes this iconic device to the next level,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile.  “Nexus S 4G integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and the exciting features of the Android 2.3 platform with the impressive speed and connectivity of Sprint’s 4G network.”

Nexus S 4G from Google will be available exclusively from Sprint this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), as well as select national retailers.

Sprint Nexus S customers also will be able to easily use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges and potential service disruptions.  Google Voice makes it easy for people to manage and access most of their voice-based communication. It lets users manage up to six different phones through one number with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking and recording.

Now Sprint subscribers can use their Sprint number across their office, home and wireless phones, and personalize settings so calls from friends ring their wireless device and home phone, while calls from the boss only ring at the office.  Google Voice users can receive transcribed voicemails and read or listen to them online.  They can also read, send and search text messages and call logs online at www.google.com/voice.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge — a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint customers get more with unlimited data plans on the Sprint Network. Sprint offers real simplicity, value and savings versus competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones without using a calculator to tally up costs or worrying about how much data they’ve used.

Sprint Everything Data plans qualify for automatic enrollment in the Sprint PremierSM loyalty program3.  Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008.  As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint is America’s Favorite 4G Network4.  Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states.  For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Via: Google Mobile

Source: Sprint

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  1. If AT&T and T-Mobile merger goes through, Google will make buddies with Sprint considering both AT&T and Verizon carry iPhone.

    Sprint will be the go to carrier for any major release for Google. This is the plus (and the only) side for Sprint. I, myself a T-Mobile customer for 7 years, am thinking of switching to Sprint if this deal goes through.

    • UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

      That might be true. We will have to see. I’m hoping Google won’t be shy to push out a dual core one towards the end of the year. I don’t think it would hurt it I mean the phone would of had a year of life. And even though it’s a 4G one it is still the same phone that came out at the end of 2010. If and when they do though I hope they make it out to all carriers or Sprint again. Not one sided and then late in the game on another. That’s the perfect phone. Pure, latest hardware inside and out, screen, build, on a 4G network, Latest features, multiple carriers if not all, etc.

  2. mGuest 4 years ago

    this sounds awesome. the only deal breaker is that sprint uses cdma ;(

    • tevinGuest 4 years ago

      i dont see the problem with cdma i mean yes no sim and you cannot just change out your phones but with sprint all you do is call them give them the esn and bam there you go plus the 4g is amazing where i live!

  3. UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

    This is still tempting even though it isn’t dual core. It still performs well and pure. I hope people don’t become blinded over dual core. I do wish and hope a pure dual core phone comes to Sprint later in the year or all carriers from Google. I just rather have the latest hardware with the pure experience. Maybe if this had the Plus screen and dual and sd card slot I would be just fine. And a slightly bigger screen but keep it curved. Maybe even the same design but made out of aluminum unibody colored black smoke.

    So many options for Sprint. I think I will still wait close to the end of the year to see if anything else gets rumored up. A dual core pure google phone is my last confirmation on getting a new phone.

  4. ChrisGuest 4 years ago

    I bet this will become Sprints best selling phone ever. I hope that other carriers will take notice and realize that people want a pure Google experience and quit adding custom UI’s to their phones…. I’m looking at you AT&T.

    Google Voice integrated with Sprint’s network? How cool is that??!!!!

  5. EvaGuest 4 years ago

    i think i’ll wait for iPhone 5 and decide later…

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      Eva said

      i think i’ll wait for iPhone 5 and decide later…

  6. DaveCGuest 4 years ago

    My Nexus S will be headed back to Best Buy cause I’m switching to Sprint to get this phone and four more smart phones for my family plan. I just hope it comes out by April 15th because Sprint is offering $150 per line in service credit for transferring a number to a smart phone; however; that deal expires on the 16th.

  7. markGuest 4 years ago

    Does anyone know what T-Mobile is charging for a smartphone etf these days? Of I could port my number to sprint on this with their 150port credit and sell my vibrant and come out close to even I would do this in a heartbeat. Scared of att….

  8. Sexus NGuest 4 years ago

    samsung =
    terrible build quality (gps failures), unreliability, scam, software updates betrayal, very poor customer support (none)

    no thx.

  9. DaveCGuest 4 years ago

    Crap! Just read that ALL smart phones, not just the 4G ones, have the $10 data add on charge. That bumps this plan from $189 to $249 before taxes and fees. I may have to rethink this one.

    • DaveCGuest 4 years ago

      Typo – $239 before taxes and fees. Still steep.

  10. DaveCGuest 4 years ago

    The deal is done. I decided I can’t wait for the Nexus because I only have till the 5th to get a refund on the Nexus S so I’m going with an EVO. I’ll miss the Gingerbread (hopefully not for long) and the Super Amoled screen, but I take a lot of video and pics with my phone, so this is an upgrade. I managed to get a discount so that the final cost for five Android phones on the unlimited data plan is $240. That should hold me until VZW buys Sprint. :-)

  11. 2CGuest 4 years ago

    Why oh why doesn’t this damn thing have a microSD card slot? I will never understand that.

  12. AmyGuest 4 years ago

    Great update and report! I communicate for project Advanced Technology and Design Korea and look forward to those who share news related to Korean IT and Design. I think you’ll find useful information on the blog (www.advancedtechnologykorea.com), facebook (www.facebook.com/advancedtechKOR) or the twitter (www.twitter.com/advancedtechkr). If you would like to join in on the project feel free to email me or facebook me! Have a good one.

  13. karlGuest 4 years ago

    Is this a global phone? I mean, will it accept a SIM card when one is outside of the US?

    • SidGuest 4 years ago

      @karl- for outside of US better get a unlocked phone for full retail

  14. jpGuest 4 years ago

    Why isn’t battery life getting any better with new phones? 1500 mAh is not enough.

  15. Sprint Customer CenterGuest 4 years ago

    Sprint will always be the best value in wireless. $10.00 prem data add on? so what. other carriers will add on $30 to their plans for data and guess what? its STILL NOT UNLIMITED! Sprint is the only one with unlimiited data, NO DATA CAPS hello?!?!? Good luck saving some money at Verizon.

  16. cherylGuest 4 years ago

    the only thing I hate about the phone is that txt messages dont pop up on the screen.It just makes a noise you got a message. I wanna see the message. Not turn it on and find my txt message folder.

    • IzGuest 4 years ago

      the NoLED app is useful if you want alerts for this phone

  17. kaushal.vyasGuest 4 years ago

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