Oct 21 AT 10:33 PM Dustin Earley 46 Comments

Verizon makes the obvious official, confirms they will be selling the Galaxy Nexus

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For months now the Galaxy Nexus has been rumored to release on Verizon. In fact for quite some time, it was rumored to release only on Verizon. But for some strange reason, Big Red has been oddly quiet on the matter. That was until, tonight when America’s largest carrier finally confirmed they will be selling Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich device.

I’m sure by now you know all the specs by heart — 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, NFC, 4G LTE — so this is really just Verizon getting the official stuff out of the way. Unfortunately, no specific launch date was given. All the press release says is “later this year.” There’s also no mention of price.

That’s one carrier down, and at least six more to go. Who do you want to see carry the Galaxy Nexus?

Show Press Release
VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE GALAXY NEXUS BY SAMSUNG

Features the Latest Version of Android and America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Androidâ„¢ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Marketâ„¢ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLEDâ„¢ display.

Additional features:
· 4G LTE — customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
· Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
· First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLEDâ„¢ display (1280 x 720)
· 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
· 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
· 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
· Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
· Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTubeâ„¢ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
· Support for Googleâ„¢ mobile services — Android Market, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earthâ„¢, Movie Studio, YouTubeâ„¢, syncing with Google Calendarâ„¢ and a redesigned Google+ app

Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Source: BGR

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    Well that’s a shocker.

    I’d hope to see the Galaxy Nexus on all carriers but specifically AT&T or TMobile. Hopefully it makes it to all six though…

    • JR

      i think all carriers are getting it if you look at samsung webpage about info it says witch carrier and it had VERIZON, ATT, TMOBILE, SPRINT , METRO PCS

      • Dirge

        From what I’ve read, that page doesn’t mean anything. It’s more to mine for data on what carriers people want this phone on.

      • BiGMERF

        sorry my friend while that is true, it is only for there research purposes. That was also on galaxy s2 signup page and not all got them

  • Dirge

    Woo, at least it’s official now. Now I have to sell my Droid Charge… >.>

  • BiGMERF

    We all know who i want…

    • Russell

      I’m wondering what your plans will be bigmerf, my Contract is up in march and I’m clueless as to what to do. Stay with t mobile and succumb to the merger? Switch to sprint and possibly have the unlimited data taken away like their broadband? Pay crazy prices at Verizon? Wondering what your thought where

      • Dustin Earley

        If the merger goes through, then you should be able to keep your current plan. Meaning you can use AT&T for way less than normal. That’s what I’m going to do. And if something crazy happens, it should be a good chance to get out of a contract for free.

        • Russell

          True that. Since the start of the rumors of Verizon exclusivity for the gnex I’ve been frantic about where to go. I’m holding onto my grandfathered unlimited 5mb capped data. I didn’t know if I should switch to sprint for their true unlimited or face potential overages with the pricy Verizon. and the fact that lte seems incomprehensible on Tmobile

          • http://oceanmedia.net Scotter

            Sprint canceled their unlimited data plan a few days ago.

      • Me

        Still doubt the merger will go thru……

  • slowz3r

    now if they would announce the price off contract ill be thrilled

  • Nate B.

    I’m not a Verizon customer but I’m happy they announced it. People were acting silly like Big Red wasn’t getting. It. Just because certain things aren’t said doesn’t mean it’s doubtful. We all knew the obvious.

  • nor826

    Now c’mon t-mobile!

  • Stella

    Please let Tmo get it!

  • NotRelevent

    VZW is getting it, who cares about the other? :P I surely don’t.

    • RockinEvo

      that’s the spirit have fun spending 300 with a 2yr contract

      • snowbdr89

        I will have fun spending 300 for the nexus prime and using it on big reds lte network while you creep along with the now slowest network sprint. : )

      • NotRelevent

        I plan on it. I will have lots of fun with my nexus on the fastest LTE network in the country. Thank you :)

  • R.S

    I hope that not only is it made available for T-Mobile but actually sold by/through T-Mobile. For that matter, I hope its sold by/through the other carriers as well for the following reasons:

    1) Bestbuy seems to have a much higher full retail price than the carriers.
    2) A lot of people prefer to buy their phones directly from their carriers.
    3) Some people have contract/plan restrictions that don’t allow them to upgrade through third party retailors like Bestbuy, Amazon, Wirefly, so on and so on.
    4) The more places it’s sold, the more overall sales it will probably have.

  • Nathan

    I hope T-Mobile gets it n everyone else as well, is it so wrong to want it come on my carrier first over other? (Which isnt happening =) )

  • Ryan

    The ending is confusing me a bit. Does it mean you won’t be able to buy it out of contract? I’m only 4 months into my existing Verizon contract, but want to ditch my iPhone for the GN.

  • Sean

    I find it a hopeful sign that the words “only” and/or “exclusive” were never mentioned in the release. That seems like something they would want to be known if it was the case even for a small amount of time. I think it will probably release on all major carriers from the start. Just a feeling though.

  • BiGMERF

    All tmobilers make sure you go to there sign up page and select tmoble.. with all your various emails.. lol. it may not mean nothing, but hey you never know

  • Jack

    Being the first Nexus device on Verizon… it has to be special. Therefore, to set it apart from the rest of the carriers selling Nexus devices, this one will have additional value in the form of Let’s Golf 2, NFS, CityID, Blockbuster and MORE!

  • BiGMERF

    I am hoping that Verizon is the only one to confirm, because it will be the only one with some bloatware and the only company to subsidize

    • NotRelevent

      Minus the bloatware of course.

      • BiGMERF

        im sorry man but i do not see a company subsidizing a phone with out leaving there imprint on the software somewhere

        • Chris125

          Uum the nexus s was subsidized and doesn’t have any bloat. same with original nexus.

          • BiGMERF

            not when they launched. Yu had to buy the n1online and the ns at best buy for full price

        • DaveC

          Your comment about having to buy the N1 at full price was incorrect. It was only $200 if you got a new line with TMo to get it.

  • Galen20K

    Well I hope that all Carriers get if of course but as always I can’t wait to get my hands on the AWS T-Mobile version. If I can’t wait the European version will be Penta band which of course includes AWS so I may just go that route as well, we shall see. : )

  • GangstaNexus

    Remember Galaxy Nexus is being released with LTE and HSPA+. Who is the only one with HSPA+???
    Yes, tmobile will be receiving the the Nexus…

  • Jasonhunterx

    If T-Mobile dont get it that would be a crime they have every pure android phone out there an that streak should not be broke and happy birthday G1!!

  • Melinda85

    No thx, I already have an iPhone 4 from big red…

  • iHole
  • charliethesuperturtle

    sorry to burst your bubble
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTQXjmoWh0

    tegra 3 FTW LG FTW

  • Shawn

    I keep hearing about this verizon exclusivity for the GN is short term. what exactly is short term? 2-3months?

    • shawn

      I hope t-mobile gets it, puts snapdragon, keeps the resolution specs/size, and gives maintains their their traditional pricing?…..ITS GAMETIME!!!

  • JoogleMe

    I’m hoping it’ll run with T-Mobile (until the end :-/ ) Google first introduced Android with T-Mobile and will continue to do so with The Galaxy Nexus. I surely do not feel like leaving to a new carrier.

  • http://oceanmedia.net Scotter
  • http://klout.com/#/SliestDragon SliestDragon

    Good for Verizon. Glad they finally want their customers to have a Nexus device.

    Now hopefully T-Mobile has a similar announcement soon…

  • http://jpae.wordpress.com/ JP

    Good for Verizon, the first of hopefully more providers carrying this phone

  • pritams

    it’s here now

  1. Well that’s a shocker.

    I’d hope to see the Galaxy Nexus on all carriers but specifically AT&T or TMobile. Hopefully it makes it to all six though…

    • JRGuest 3 years ago

      i think all carriers are getting it if you look at samsung webpage about info it says witch carrier and it had VERIZON, ATT, TMOBILE, SPRINT , METRO PCS

  2. Woo, at least it’s official now. Now I have to sell my Droid Charge… >.>

  3. We all know who i want…

    • RussellGuest 3 years ago

      I’m wondering what your plans will be bigmerf, my Contract is up in march and I’m clueless as to what to do. Stay with t mobile and succumb to the merger? Switch to sprint and possibly have the unlimited data taken away like their broadband? Pay crazy prices at Verizon? Wondering what your thought where

      • If the merger goes through, then you should be able to keep your current plan. Meaning you can use AT&T for way less than normal. That’s what I’m going to do. And if something crazy happens, it should be a good chance to get out of a contract for free.

        • RussellGuest 3 years ago

          True that. Since the start of the rumors of Verizon exclusivity for the gnex I’ve been frantic about where to go. I’m holding onto my grandfathered unlimited 5mb capped data. I didn’t know if I should switch to sprint for their true unlimited or face potential overages with the pricy Verizon. and the fact that lte seems incomprehensible on Tmobile

      • MeGuest 3 years ago

        Still doubt the merger will go thru……

  4. slowz3rGuest 3 years ago

    now if they would announce the price off contract ill be thrilled

  5. I’m not a Verizon customer but I’m happy they announced it. People were acting silly like Big Red wasn’t getting. It. Just because certain things aren’t said doesn’t mean it’s doubtful. We all knew the obvious.

  6. nor826Guest 3 years ago

    Now c’mon t-mobile!

  7. Please let Tmo get it!

  8. NotReleventGuest 3 years ago

    VZW is getting it, who cares about the other? :P I surely don’t.

    • RockinEvoGuest 3 years ago

      that’s the spirit have fun spending 300 with a 2yr contract

      • snowbdr89Guest 3 years ago

        I will have fun spending 300 for the nexus prime and using it on big reds lte network while you creep along with the now slowest network sprint. : )

      • NotReleventGuest 3 years ago

        I plan on it. I will have lots of fun with my nexus on the fastest LTE network in the country. Thank you :)

  9. I hope that not only is it made available for T-Mobile but actually sold by/through T-Mobile. For that matter, I hope its sold by/through the other carriers as well for the following reasons:

    1) Bestbuy seems to have a much higher full retail price than the carriers.
    2) A lot of people prefer to buy their phones directly from their carriers.
    3) Some people have contract/plan restrictions that don’t allow them to upgrade through third party retailors like Bestbuy, Amazon, Wirefly, so on and so on.
    4) The more places it’s sold, the more overall sales it will probably have.

  10. I hope T-Mobile gets it n everyone else as well, is it so wrong to want it come on my carrier first over other? (Which isnt happening =) )

  11. RyanGuest 3 years ago

    The ending is confusing me a bit. Does it mean you won’t be able to buy it out of contract? I’m only 4 months into my existing Verizon contract, but want to ditch my iPhone for the GN.

  12. SeanGuest 3 years ago

    I find it a hopeful sign that the words “only” and/or “exclusive” were never mentioned in the release. That seems like something they would want to be known if it was the case even for a small amount of time. I think it will probably release on all major carriers from the start. Just a feeling though.

  13. All tmobilers make sure you go to there sign up page and select tmoble.. with all your various emails.. lol. it may not mean nothing, but hey you never know

  14. JackGuest 3 years ago

    Being the first Nexus device on Verizon… it has to be special. Therefore, to set it apart from the rest of the carriers selling Nexus devices, this one will have additional value in the form of Let’s Golf 2, NFS, CityID, Blockbuster and MORE!

  15. I am hoping that Verizon is the only one to confirm, because it will be the only one with some bloatware and the only company to subsidize

  16. Well I hope that all Carriers get if of course but as always I can’t wait to get my hands on the AWS T-Mobile version. If I can’t wait the European version will be Penta band which of course includes AWS so I may just go that route as well, we shall see. : )

  17. GangstaNexusGuest 3 years ago

    Remember Galaxy Nexus is being released with LTE and HSPA+. Who is the only one with HSPA+???
    Yes, tmobile will be receiving the the Nexus…

  18. If T-Mobile dont get it that would be a crime they have every pure android phone out there an that streak should not be broke and happy birthday G1!!

  19. Melinda85Guest 3 years ago

    No thx, I already have an iPhone 4 from big red…

  20. ShawnGuest 3 years ago

    I keep hearing about this verizon exclusivity for the GN is short term. what exactly is short term? 2-3months?

    • shawnGuest 3 years ago

      I hope t-mobile gets it, puts snapdragon, keeps the resolution specs/size, and gives maintains their their traditional pricing?…..ITS GAMETIME!!!

  21. I’m hoping it’ll run with T-Mobile (until the end :-/ ) Google first introduced Android with T-Mobile and will continue to do so with The Galaxy Nexus. I surely do not feel like leaving to a new carrier.

  22. Good for Verizon. Glad they finally want their customers to have a Nexus device.

    Now hopefully T-Mobile has a similar announcement soon…

  23. JPGuest 3 years ago

    Good for Verizon, the first of hopefully more providers carrying this phone