Apr 16 AT 9:29 AM Anthony Domanico 28 Comments

Sprint now taking preorders for Galaxy Nexus, launching 4/22 for $199.99

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Sprint has just dropped us a note letting us know that the flagship Android 4.0 device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be coming to the Now Network on April 22nd for $199.99. The Galaxy Nexus will be the second phone to feature support for Sprint’s 4G LTE network, which will be live in a handful of markets by the summer, and will cover some 120 million people by the end of 2012.

While we’re certainly a bit more excited about the upcoming Galaxy S III line, which will be unveiled in just a few short weeks, the Galaxy Nexus received exemplary scores when we reviewed the Verizon Wireless variant back in January and is a solid choice for any Sprint customer. When it launches next week, the Galaxy Nexus will be the best Android phone on Sprint’s network, and a smart upgrade for those of you anxiously awaiting the next big thing.

Preorders for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus are starting today, and you can reserve your Nexus by visiting the Sprint website. All Sprint customers who purchase the Galaxy Nexus will receive a $40 Google Wallet credit in addition to the $10 credit for activating Google Wallet, bringing it up to a total of $50 back in your pocket. Preorders will go out for delivery on/around launch day, set for this coming Sunday. Who out there is planning on picking up a Sprint-branded Galaxy Nexus, or are you holding out for the Galaxy S III or HTC Evo 4G LTE?

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  • spazby

    Not sure this phone sells well as it is dated a little… I am sure people will wait for galaxy announcement…

  • josegb2011

    Great for sprint users buying a nexus is never a wrong choice.. I know enjoy my Verizon’s variant..now if we just get our update

    • westy

      eehhh i would have to dis-agree. Im sure they are plenty of sprint users who wont be so quick to jump aboard nexus phones after all of the BS they had to go through the Nexus S. Google really needs to streamline the updates for the Nexus line Period. I have said it time and time again. Google needs to invest MILLIONS into their QA/ Development departments and/or work on their process and policies. The bugs that make it to the production builds for their updates sometimes are just to horrible and sometimes take forever to get right. Also Google needs to improve their communication with their users.

      G1,Nexus one, Nexus S, and current Galaxy Nexus owner.

      • josegb2011

        I see you’re point but at the end of the day I prefer to get a phone that is secured for the latest software updates Even if it takes a little time than not getting it at all.

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    Really just awful timing. Not sure who to blame, but it seems it wouldn’t be Samsung since they would know that this won’t work well with a GS3 launch imminent.

  • Dave Clary

    I have a Verizon Galnex on a single plan and five lines on Sprint. First one to deploy LTE in my city will get my businesses. I’m betting on VZW at this point. So no upgrade for now.

  • LittleGreenDude

    Lol, new galaxy gets announced, and Sprint finally gets the GNexus. As good of a phone as it is, I think it will be easily outmatched by the new GS3 if that’s what Sammy has to announce this May.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    It’s great to see the GNex expand to another carrier, the more, the merrier. I honestly think it should be available on all carriers…exclusivity be damned!

  • fletchtb

    I love my VZW Galaxy Nexus and I am sure many Sprint users will be very happy. With that said, I agree with the other posters that holding out for a Galaxy SIII may be the best choice at this point in time.

  • fletchtb

    I just noticed the $50 in Google Wallet credit. That’s a great way to sweeten the pot!

    I use Wallet as often as I can. Even if I have to top-up my pre-paid card before walking up to the register!

  • MrMrMan

    If this phone was released back in November I would’ve scooped it up. But now that the HTC One X and the SGSIII are around the corner, this phone is no longer exciting.

    • Steve Barry

      If the specs are the same as the one on VZW, you’re absolutely right. If they upgrade a few things, then it’ll be interesting, but if the SGSIII comes with that dual A15, it’ll trump everything out there currently without question.

    • grimduk

      yes the sgs III will be announced on may 3rd but just like the 1 and 2 that will be the international version seeing how that will be in london. so that will mean that it will not be released in the states until 2013 most likely so why wait for that save that for next year

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Believe it or not, I actually plan on picking up the GNex as an upgrade from my Evo 4G.
    I understand why people would wait for the Evo 4G LTE or the SIII, but I want a pure Google device!

  • txbluesman

    To wait or not to wait? Do you want a phone (GNex) without bloatware or one with bloatware? It is all about preference.

  • Orion78

    People will pick this up. As for me, I’m waiting for the GS3.

  • Efrain

    Why it such a big deal that the gnex come out late on other networks apple iphone did the same thing few month later on Verizon then sprint and people keeps buying them, the gnex can do it too, the iPhone is out dated too and people keeps buying it with no problems. That the problem with Android phones a new one come out every month and people freaks out “my phone is out dated” blah blah blah, and i don’t see iPhone people crying. I own a gsm gnex and loving it not worrying that next month my phone will be out dated

  • Nathan D.

    Well this isn’t surprising, I wounder why this phone was handled so differently then the other nexus.

  • Rockstar323

    While I agree the GS3 should obviously have the Gnex beat on specs when it’s announced, if past Galaxy S device releases are any indicator, you’re still looking at another 6 months before it will hit Sprint.

    The Galaxy S was announced in Mar 2010 and Sprint got it’s variant in Sep. (6 Months)

    The Galaxy SII was announced in Feb 2011 and Sprint got it’s variant in Sep again. (7 Months)

    While we knew it was coming for a while, the Gnex was announced in Oct 2011 and will be released on Apr 22nd. (6 months)

    I’m not sure why there is so much talk about it being outdated, Samsung and HTC phones have usually been on the global market for months before they get released here, especially on CDMA carriers, not including flagship devices with exclusivity agreements (VZW Gnex and Sprint’s EVO series).

  • cwjones4

    too late to the ballgame, if this phone had come out in January i would have upgraded. Now it’s between the EVO 4G LTE and the GS3. i wouldn’t really even recommend this phone to anyone unless they needed one NOW, although it is still a great phone.

  • inviolable

    Is it true T-Mobile and AT&T didn’t think the phone was “worth” it, and that’s why they never picked it up?

  • yankeesusa

    Although its a great phone I think sprint is a little late on this one. They should price this really good and sell as many as they can and then focus on getting their lte network up and running before apple announces their phone and the htc evo lte is released. I myself am eligible to upgrade in june, but will wait till december to see whats available then.

  • DNA

    Does anyone know if this phone will work internationally on the Sprint Network?

    • Klaus

      No i’m pretty sure this device is CDMA only so it can’t roam on GSM networks.

  • Ichigo

    Amazing phone I just got it a week ago ( gsm version) but I will wait and c what the galaxy s 3 is about if I was a sprint customer. Scratch that I will get the galaxy s 3 definitely!

  • Dirge

    I hope this will cause Verizon to lower the price on their GNex to compete.

  • Paul Atreides

    I’m going to skip this one. Almost seems like an after thought for Sprint or a place-holder to get the LTE ball rolling at this point. My sights are set on the EVO LTE for the time being, hoping it releases in May. However, in the back of mind I’m hoping Samsung can pull off the worldwide launch of the SIII by early July(before the Olympics begin). That’s another option to consider.

  • Wojtek Poppe

    Get it for only $49.99 at wirefly and get double data on Verizon. I think that beats the Sprint option by quite a bit…
    http://phone-fanatic.com/phones/11-Samsung-Galaxy-Nexus#tab-deals?filter=1

  1. Not sure this phone sells well as it is dated a little… I am sure people will wait for galaxy announcement…

  2. Great for sprint users buying a nexus is never a wrong choice.. I know enjoy my Verizon’s variant..now if we just get our update

    • westyGuest 3 years ago

      eehhh i would have to dis-agree. Im sure they are plenty of sprint users who wont be so quick to jump aboard nexus phones after all of the BS they had to go through the Nexus S. Google really needs to streamline the updates for the Nexus line Period. I have said it time and time again. Google needs to invest MILLIONS into their QA/ Development departments and/or work on their process and policies. The bugs that make it to the production builds for their updates sometimes are just to horrible and sometimes take forever to get right. Also Google needs to improve their communication with their users.

      G1,Nexus one, Nexus S, and current Galaxy Nexus owner.

      • I see you’re point but at the end of the day I prefer to get a phone that is secured for the latest software updates Even if it takes a little time than not getting it at all.

  3. Really just awful timing. Not sure who to blame, but it seems it wouldn’t be Samsung since they would know that this won’t work well with a GS3 launch imminent.

  4. I have a Verizon Galnex on a single plan and five lines on Sprint. First one to deploy LTE in my city will get my businesses. I’m betting on VZW at this point. So no upgrade for now.

  5. Lol, new galaxy gets announced, and Sprint finally gets the GNexus. As good of a phone as it is, I think it will be easily outmatched by the new GS3 if that’s what Sammy has to announce this May.

  6. It’s great to see the GNex expand to another carrier, the more, the merrier. I honestly think it should be available on all carriers…exclusivity be damned!

  7. I love my VZW Galaxy Nexus and I am sure many Sprint users will be very happy. With that said, I agree with the other posters that holding out for a Galaxy SIII may be the best choice at this point in time.

  8. I just noticed the $50 in Google Wallet credit. That’s a great way to sweeten the pot!

    I use Wallet as often as I can. Even if I have to top-up my pre-paid card before walking up to the register!

  9. If this phone was released back in November I would’ve scooped it up. But now that the HTC One X and the SGSIII are around the corner, this phone is no longer exciting.

    • If the specs are the same as the one on VZW, you’re absolutely right. If they upgrade a few things, then it’ll be interesting, but if the SGSIII comes with that dual A15, it’ll trump everything out there currently without question.

    • grimdukGuest 3 years ago

      yes the sgs III will be announced on may 3rd but just like the 1 and 2 that will be the international version seeing how that will be in london. so that will mean that it will not be released in the states until 2013 most likely so why wait for that save that for next year

  10. Believe it or not, I actually plan on picking up the GNex as an upgrade from my Evo 4G.
    I understand why people would wait for the Evo 4G LTE or the SIII, but I want a pure Google device!

  11. To wait or not to wait? Do you want a phone (GNex) without bloatware or one with bloatware? It is all about preference.

  12. People will pick this up. As for me, I’m waiting for the GS3.

  13. EfrainGuest 3 years ago

    Why it such a big deal that the gnex come out late on other networks apple iphone did the same thing few month later on Verizon then sprint and people keeps buying them, the gnex can do it too, the iPhone is out dated too and people keeps buying it with no problems. That the problem with Android phones a new one come out every month and people freaks out “my phone is out dated” blah blah blah, and i don’t see iPhone people crying. I own a gsm gnex and loving it not worrying that next month my phone will be out dated

  14. Well this isn’t surprising, I wounder why this phone was handled so differently then the other nexus.

  15. While I agree the GS3 should obviously have the Gnex beat on specs when it’s announced, if past Galaxy S device releases are any indicator, you’re still looking at another 6 months before it will hit Sprint.

    The Galaxy S was announced in Mar 2010 and Sprint got it’s variant in Sep. (6 Months)

    The Galaxy SII was announced in Feb 2011 and Sprint got it’s variant in Sep again. (7 Months)

    While we knew it was coming for a while, the Gnex was announced in Oct 2011 and will be released on Apr 22nd. (6 months)

    I’m not sure why there is so much talk about it being outdated, Samsung and HTC phones have usually been on the global market for months before they get released here, especially on CDMA carriers, not including flagship devices with exclusivity agreements (VZW Gnex and Sprint’s EVO series).

  16. too late to the ballgame, if this phone had come out in January i would have upgraded. Now it’s between the EVO 4G LTE and the GS3. i wouldn’t really even recommend this phone to anyone unless they needed one NOW, although it is still a great phone.

  17. Is it true T-Mobile and AT&T didn’t think the phone was “worth” it, and that’s why they never picked it up?

  18. Although its a great phone I think sprint is a little late on this one. They should price this really good and sell as many as they can and then focus on getting their lte network up and running before apple announces their phone and the htc evo lte is released. I myself am eligible to upgrade in june, but will wait till december to see whats available then.

  19. DNAGuest 3 years ago

    Does anyone know if this phone will work internationally on the Sprint Network?

  20. IchigoGuest 3 years ago

    Amazing phone I just got it a week ago ( gsm version) but I will wait and c what the galaxy s 3 is about if I was a sprint customer. Scratch that I will get the galaxy s 3 definitely!

  21. I hope this will cause Verizon to lower the price on their GNex to compete.

  22. Paul AtreidesGuest 3 years ago

    I’m going to skip this one. Almost seems like an after thought for Sprint or a place-holder to get the LTE ball rolling at this point. My sights are set on the EVO LTE for the time being, hoping it releases in May. However, in the back of mind I’m hoping Samsung can pull off the worldwide launch of the SIII by early July(before the Olympics begin). That’s another option to consider.

  23. Wojtek PoppeGuest 3 years ago

    Get it for only $49.99 at wirefly and get double data on Verizon. I think that beats the Sprint option by quite a bit…
    http://phone-fanatic.com/phones/11-Samsung-Galaxy-Nexus#tab-deals?filter=1