Oct 08 AT 7:04 PM Sean Riley 40 Comments

GSM Nexus Prime visits the FCC, bound for AT&T, possibly T-Mobile?


We urged our readers to take rumors that Verizon will get a lasting exclusive on the Nexus Prime with a grain of salt. A recent FCC filing certainly suggests that there will be plenty of Primes to go around.

The phone is identified here as the GT-I9250, but we’ve seen that model number for the Nexus Prime several times now.

The device was cleared on the relevant bands for AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA service, but lacks an obvious, definite indication of which carrier this phone might be destined for. If you live in one of the handful of locations that are offering AT&T LTE at the moment, I’m sorry to say there is no sign of LTE in this version of the Nexus Prime.

There’s still the chance that this is just the international version of the Nexus Prime getting its clearance to do some traveling in the states, but I firmly believe that Google wouldn’t restrict the Nexus Prime’s US audience in that way.

In addition to the cell radios, we’ve got Bluetooth, dual-band 802.11n WiFi and NFC playing nicely together in the Prime’s slim and sleek shell.

The announcement next week may have been postponed, but this is a solid reminder that the Nexus Prime is coming. Samsung and Google won’t be keeping us in suspense much longer.

Via: Phandroid

Source: FCC

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • SphericalPuma

    I think what you could very well see here, is Google finally realizing that releasing a device compatible with other carriers 6 months after the first version, is not the way to market a phone.

    This phone has the capability for T-MO and ATT bands (the FCC doesn’t test the 2100 MHz band and if you look at the FCC Filing for the MyTouch 4g Slide, it’s not there either) which essentially makes this a true world phone (minus Verizon of course).

    I think Google should not only sell this in stores, but again put it online. If you want it subsidized, you go to a Best Buy or wherever, but if you want it outright, in addition to being able to purchase it at Best Buy, you can purchase it from Google, a-la the Nexus One, with free overnight shipping (that was the best!).

    Google wants to market this device, and I think they’ll succeed this time. Considering the fact that the event was to be streamed (and most likely will still be streamed) at YouTube.com, Google probably would have had some sort of advertising campaign on the Google search page and throughout YouTube.

    Good times are ahead, fellow Android lovers.

    • Sean

      Samsung is releasing this phone not Goggle. The staggered release dates are from carrier demands, not from the manufacturer’s desire to give preference to one carrier over another. It is the carrier attempting to gain a business advantage over another carrier, the larger the carrier the more influence they have over manufacturer.

      Google has only sold two phones so far; the ADP 2 and Nexus One. They tried their hand at marketing the phone and supporting it and decided that it wasn’t really a very good way to distribute phones. They lack the physical infrastructure, lack the ‘customer support’ infrastructure and it just didn’t really fit with their current business model.

      Google does, however, ask for reference designs and then selects a manufacturer than can best meet the requirements for the reference design. But, I suspect that is about as far as it goes.

    • itrustme

      Dammit! I meant to 1+ your comment but my stupid sensation registered the -1 button. I 100% agree and co sign this comment. they need to release it on all carriers at once, not months later like they did the nexus s with sprint . And it must go to T-Mobile. We deserve it, I’ve got every nexus first day on tmo.

      • Brian

        I agree it should be all carriers at once. I would imagine that not all of the developers for Android are on the same carrier. Since it’s a dev phone it would make it easiest on the devs to have it released on all carriers at the same time. And it’s my opinion that if they have it on Verizon elusively for longer than a week, it’ll be a slap in the face to all the loyal Nexus One owners who have been here from day one with Nexus devices on T-mobile. If anyone from T-mobile reads this, don’t let us loyal Nexus users down.

  • ags29

    I just hope it has Gorilla Glass. That is an absolute requirement from now on.

    • SphericalPuma

      Agreed. I would really love to see Gorilla Glass, even though I end up putting a screen protector on my device anyhow.

    • Manuel

      I find gorilla glass to be extremely overrated.

      • 4n1m4l

        I find gorilla glass overrated too. normal glass was used on the OG droid and the droid x, and you couldn’t scratch them with a key. You could try to, but it was very difficult to succeed. My dx2 can be scratched by keys. and since the other item that goes in my pocket is my keys, this is dissatisfying.

        • Haas

          the og droid is gorilla glass…

  • Cassie

    I dont care any more, i just preordered the new iPhone 4S already…

    • Nate B.

      So what was the point of your comment on this article? To express your feelings? I’m sure the 4S will be nice with its new internals but if you had the patience to wait you could have this. I mean you would of had to wait after the announcement anyways. I mean Tuesday isn’t even here. It’ll still be announced in Oct. Just not the 11th, giving it the original release it was going to have anyways.

      • _____________________________________________________________________

        I dont care any more, i just preordered the new iPhone 4S already…..

        • asdf

          No I think that he is trying to tell us subtly that he is stupid.

    • MaxSteel

      It’s the resident iPhone troll posting under different names…

  • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan

    This gives me hope. While it doesn’t mean it is coming to Sprint, it does mean that the phone is not a Verizon exclusive like previous rumors said it would be. Hopefully this device, like the Nexus S before it, will make its way to the yellow network.


    At this point anything sbort of an actual announcement that this is coming to tmobile, will get me exited.

    Its been to much of an emotional roller coaster… Lol

  • josegb2011

    i believe each carrier is gonna get their nexus version…nexus prime droid meaning verizon and so on..that way we will all be happy..

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    • BiGMERF

      I didnt click the link.. But the comment was funny, im not going to lie. Lol

    • inviolable

      I guess people can’t detect humor on the net. That was hilarious.

  • Nate B.

    I think next week we can exoect some more leakage. I feel lost knowing the event was postponed. Lol.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    Perhaps Verizon will have exclusivity in subsidizing the device (or the only version of the device that has 4G support), but it’s not in Google’s best interest to play keep away with this phone from other carriers.

    My guess is that this phone will at least be offered unlocked to be used with AT&T and T-Mobile. No one is going to buy a phone 9 months after release with a new carrier *cough* Nexus S on AT&T *cough*

    • Nate B.

      I agree that no one will buy a phone after that long but, only Big Red having 4G support is silly.

      • elarella

        I am sure it will support T-Mobile’s 4G at least most of it b/c there are a few phones out there that can support 42 mbps

        • Bon

          HSPA+ 42 is supported only by Qualcomm chips at the moment.. That’s why T-mobile had to swap out the chip on GS II to support HSPA+ 42. I don’t know if TI chips would support that.

  • SherlockHomeboy

    Dang, I was kinda hoping for one device world phone that supported ALL The carriers. But at least it seems like Google is sharing the ice cream sandwiches with everyone

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I suspect that incorporating Verizon’s LTE is the nail in the coffin for that idea. We’ll get there though.

  • Nathan

    Well atleast it wouldn’t be long until next nexus come out now :-D

  • Markinct

    The possibility that the Nexus Prime will be available on T-Mo is the only thing slowing down my “Gotta have it” itch for the SGS2.

    • BiGMERF

      same here mark……. Ssame here

  • nephariouz

    Can someone explain to me why this phone seems to be a big deal? From the rumored specs I’ve seen it is either equal to or a downgrade from the Galaxy S II (except for the screen res).
    I’m new to Android and I’m sure I’m just missing something, but can someone tell me what I’m missing?

    • nephariouz

      And while I’m asking, is Nexus Prime and Galaxy Nexus the same thing? There are to many Galaxies and to many Nexuses in this Android world!

      • Me

        The main thing people usually are hyped about a Nexus phone is because its a pure Google experience with no custom skins like Sense, Blur, Touchwiz, etc and they are the first to get software updates and no carrier bloatware. It does seem that the Nexus 1 was the biggest jump in hardware compared to devices before it, the Nexus S wasn’t really a jump in hardware like the Nexus 1 was and it seems this Nexus based on the rumored specs is the same story.

    • Foxy

      it’s a phone made according to Google’s specification, and offers “pure Google experience”. Nexus series are rid of manufacturer’s custom skin (read: bloatware), and is always designed differently than your average Android phones, with top of the line hardware (at the time when it was designed), having the best software + hardware integration on any Android phones. Always receives the latest Android upgrade faster than any other phones because they’re coming from Google themselves.

      Basically the Nexus series is a way for Google to showcase the latest iteration of Android with the best hardware available.

    • inviolable

      You see that Nexus word in the name? Heard of vanilla Android? Seen ice cream sandwich? Yea.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    glad to see there is a gsm version. means the uk should see the release at the same time as you guys.

  • fact

    The answer my friend is blowing in the wind *farts*

  • newjaruz

    Well well well…. look what we have here! I knew all along Google would not/could not forget about T-mo the company who put android on the map from day one. All the Verizon fans have been screaming out Exclusivity for a while now not taking into account that goes against the philosophy of the Nexus brand. What they fail to realize is that Verizon bargained for an exclusive agreement to house the device in stores. The only other location that can sell this device will probably be Bestbuy in the states but thats just my guess.

    • Nathan

      Well I hope your right

  • HackNet

    I’m glad its coming to At&t. I need to upgrade my Atrix 4G.