Jan 29 AT 11:32 AM Taylor Wimberly 39 Comments

Google opens registration page for first 4G LTE phone on Sprint


If you are in the market for a new Sprint smartphone, then you might want to head over to Google’s site and register to receive more information about their Galaxy Nexus, the first 4G LTE phone on the Now Network. No release date has been provided, but Sprint’s 4G LTE network is expected to be up and running in select market by the first half of this year.

After you register with Google, be sure to head over to Sprint’s site and sign up too if you want to be notified when more information is available.

Sprint previously announced that Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio are expected to be among the first markets to benefit from 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage.

“Within the first half of 2012, Sprint customers should experience first-hand the wide-reaching improvements we have made in terms of boosting voice and data quality,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president — Network, Sprint. “With advanced smartphones and sophisticated wireless modems, our customers are using more and more mobile data, and one of our top priorities is to provide the best technology possible to improve our customers’ experience.”

Previously leaked ads suggest that the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus could ship with slightly altered specifications. An online ad listed the Sprint Galaxy Nexus as featuring a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (instead of 1.2 GHz), but keep in mind that could have been a mistake. Sprint also had the Galaxy Nexus on display at CES but didn’t show the back of the device, so it could have an upgraded camera or larger battery.

We also know the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will include 32 GB of internal storage and feature support for Google Wallet, something Verizon’s version lacked.

I’ve been using the Verizon Galaxy Nexus since it launched in December and it’s easily the best Android phone I have ever owned. I love the coverage and speeds of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, but I do have to keep an eye on my data consumption since my plan only has 4 GBs. I found battery life was acceptable with the included 1850 mAh battery, but I opted for the 2200 mAh extended battery since it didn’t add any bulk to the phone (and Verizon had it on sale for $25 with free shipping).

Hopefully Sprint will continue to offer their truly unlimited plans, so their Galaxy Nexus customers can enjoy their smartphones without having to monitor data usage.

Source: Google

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  • Alvin B.

    Beginning to look like T-Mobile’s not getting this :(… the execs at T-Mobile USA should be fired for sitting on their rumps as it was looking less and less likely the merger would go through. They’ve left T-Mobile with absolutely NOTHING in the pipeline for the next 6 months it appears.

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      There really has to be exclusivity clauses in Verizon’s contract that even prevent stores from selling unlocked versions in the US since the GSM version supports both AT&T and T-Mobile 3G. That doesn’t just randomly happen.

      It’ll probably happen by the middle of the year, but I find it sad that carriers make it impossible to roll out the same phone on all 4 carriers.

      • dclaryjr

        You can buy unlocked GSM version from a seller based in Las Vegas…Negri Electronics. Of ourse, you’ll be paying full price.

      • Galen20K

        yes but by the middle of the year the Galaxy Nexus’ already meh specs will be even less attractive, looks as if I’m just passing on this one all together for a better spec’ed monster.

        • DaveC

          But WHENEVER you a phone, a “better spec’ed monster” is just a few months away.:-)

        • thel0nerang3r

          Then don’t get a phone for 10 years, you will be amazed what you will get in 2022! It will put all these phones to shame.
          If you are buying a Nexus phone for it’s list of specs, then you don’t understand what Nexus phones are about, and they are not for you.

          • fantomblogger

            by then we wont have phone they’ll be wired into out brains
            or instead of the 3 month cycle we have now we’ll have the 1 week cycle where each company will trot out a new and better phone in a week and procesor speed will match an oc’d i7-2600k

  • dclaryjr

    A month ago I would have been thrilled to read this but i bought a VZW GalNex and the performance of their 3G network is so much better than Sprints locally, that there is no way I would switch back. The rest of my family is still on Sprint so I can go back if grandfathered unlimited LTE gets here, but I’m not holding my breath. BTW, Google Wallet restored from my Google back up and works fine.

    • Stoopered

      Or you can change the Sprint PRL to a hacked version and get Verizons network, but Sprints price and unlimited data.


    let the waiting game begin…

  • Bennie

    Ehh, I have ICS on my Photon now, I just need moto to release the camera drivers and I’d be good. I also don’t want a phone without a dedicated camera button. I do like the fact it would get its upgrades faster but the truth is if you get a phone that will have decent dev community, you’ll have all the upgrades you need….probably better ones

    • B-Real206

      I also own a Photon. Awesome phone! Can’t wait to see what Moto brings to sprint next.

    • Alan Reboli

      This is the main driver in my purchasing a new phone.

  • CTown

    Hope the $10 billion upgrade (and the $20 billion of iPhones Sprint promised Apple they will buy over the next few years) works out for Sprint!

  • Billy

    Love my GNEX .. hope Sprint and others get it soon.

  • Binary Joe

    Its pretty much still under wraps, but officially an 8mp camera. Verizon already laid in a couple of stinky emails to Samsung, but not enough to stop the production. The battery however, is the same output as Verizons model. Anyway, overall it’s the same phone with a slightly better camera. No biggie.

    And YES same Processor and Ram storage. :)

  • Vance

    I’m moving back to Utah from Alaska in 7 weeks and will be gratefully waving goodbye to ACS and my P.O.S HTC Desire. I assumed I’d be going back to T-mobile but now I’ll ne giving Sprint a serious look.

  • spazby

    Curious how it will stack up next to galaxy 3

  • klotz

    If only a couple months separate this phone from Galaxy S3 than im waiting for the Galaxy even if i have to switch to Verizon.(probably not Att or Tmobile). GS3 is gonna crush everything out there. After a year and a half with my Evo 4g its feeling pretty dated. I guess being stuck with the same phone for 2 years on contract means youhave to get the fastest damn phone you can the first day it comes out for it to have a decent lifespan.

    • yankeesusa

      Agreed! I upgraded my evo4g to the 3d since I had the sprint premier plan. Now that they got rid of it I have one more upgrade with the sprint premier but have to do it before end of year so its going to be an interesting few months. The nexus looks nice with lte but I’ll be waiting to see what lte beast htc comes out with. Hopefully it will include nfc and a micro sd.

  • YNWA

    So I am wondering about this phone. If it is launching soon without WIMax, with no LTE towers yet, what is so special about it? It will take at least until the end of the year for Sprint to have a decent nationwide LTE rollout if not longer. By then we will have the next generation of the Nexus.

    I guess a 3G Nexus is better than none, but it would have been nice to have a WiMax version. Seems like kind of a disappointment to me.

    • yankeesusa

      Sprint has to start somewhere with lte. If they keep coming out with wimax phones they will be moving backwards. At this point I’m glad they are focusing only on lte phones. Plus the lte market will be expanding pretty quick by the time this phone comes out. Just look at verizon. I prefer an lte phone with an ever expanding lte network over a wimax network that will not be expanded from what it is right now.

  • Mark

    Thanks, Google. The first network to support your OS and you just dump and ignore us. Thanks a big fucking lot.

    • Dirge

      Blame T-Mo, not Google.

      • UMA Fan

        It’s more Google’s fault. The Nexus One would have sold great in stores but Google wanted to sell it themselves and leave the carrier out of it.

        It was only when the at&t merger was announced, that Google lost it’s ‘love’ for T-Mobile and we saw them release the Nexus S on Sprint and now the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. I’m hoping at some point that will turn around.

        Also at that Google Music event, Google employees were seen rocking the unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus and using it on T-Mobile rather than the VZW one, so there’s hope.

    • yankeesusa

      Can you explain your comment? I don’t understand it.

  • Jackie

    Wow! Their first LTE 4G phone ever!

    Only 1-2 *YEARS* behind where they could have been.

    Keep up the excellent work, Sprint!

    • yankeesusa

      Really? Sprint was the first to release any 4g network. They just chose a different technology and now have decided to switch. Not only that but their current wimax network will continue to run for couple years while people switch over to lte.

  • Adam Snyder

    this will be my third nexus :) finally sprint. i’ve been waiting

  • sunrise

    A few questions about Sprint’s upcoming LTE network.

    -Is it their own LTE network. Do they own the towers, equipment etc, or is it owned by someone else like WiMax was?

    -What band are they using for their LTE? Building penetration?

    -How much spectrum do they own and can devote to LTE compared to Verizon and At&t?

    • yankeesusa

      All that info can be found online. But heres what I know. It will be their own lte network with possibility of them using lightsquared network if lightsquared passes fcc tests. As for the wimax, even though it was owned by another company sprint owns part of that company.

      The band they are using I think is similar to verizon but with more building penetration than verizon and by 2013 they say sprint will have lte advanced which should include voice over data so you can use your phone while you use the internet.
      But again you can google this and I’m sure you’ll find more detailed info. Either way sprints lte looks great on the books. Lets just see how it really works in the real world.

      • sunrise

        Not sure how accurate the following information is, but a quick Google search showed that the frequency is actually higher than Verizon’s 700mhz. Meaning building penetration will not be as good as Verizon.

        “The new [Sprint] LTE network will use 1900MHz band initially with 800MHz support to follow, and Sprint LTE will also eventually use the 1600MHz band thanks to the carrier’s partnership with LightSquared.”

        • mine

          Higher frequency = higher penetration!

  • Ruben

    You do buy a Nexus for its list of specs. It is a device Google uses to showcase what can be done and to poke the manufacturers a certain way. The Nexus phone is released and all the handset makers race to beat it. It is why Android specs matter, cause the Nexus pushes everyone to go farther. Your comment is way off, you buy the Nexus for the specs, cause it always is the most advanced when released, and the second but way less important factor is software. Updates in a timely manner, but of course if you are a Root user, you get timely updates anyways. So that leaves specs. Nerds like specs, average consumers like bling. That will never change.

    • Mark

      Where do people get this idea that a Nexus is supposed to “push the line’ in terms of hardware? We’ve only had 3 Nexii so far and the only one to “push the line” is the Nexus One. Nexus S was meh and so was Galaxy. They weren’t bad phones but they weren’t ahead of the curve like the Nexus One. Therefore, I think we can conclude that churning out super high tech phones isn’t their goal but putting out dev friendly phones with fast updates.

  • Matt

    Still holding onto my EVO4G and considering the battery complaints of the Nexus LTE variant I doubt I would get this. I really miss the freedom of GSM so I think I might just wait till the GS3 and buy that baby unlocked when it drops.

  • frankwhite44

    Was loving the GNEX at first, however the GS3 will be out soon as will the next Nexus. I have a NS4 and will get ICS soon. I think waiting will not be that hard.

  • K2theIzzo

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this device. I live in NY and see Google Wallet signs everywhere. It would be awesome to bust out my phone and put that NFC chip to good use.

  • K2theIzzo

    I cant wait to get my hands on this device. I live in NY and see Google Wallet signs everywhere. It would be awesome to bust out my phone and put that NFC chip to good use.