Oct 19 AT 12:24 AM Edgar Cervantes 65 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Nexus not coming to Sprint?


The monumental Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich announcement has finally arrived. We’re quite impressed with the new features, but there is one part left out of the equation. There was no mention of a WiMAX version – only LTE and HSPA+.

Sprint does not have either LTE or HSPA+ networks, but they do plan to roll out a 4G LTE network in mid-2012 for select markets with nationwide coverage to be fulfilled by the end of 2013.

What does this mean to Sprint customers? It could mean a few things, but they all have a sad ending. Below are some possiblities:

  • Sprint will not be offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Sprint could get a WiMAX version, but it will take more time
  • Sprint will not be getting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus until its LTE network is launched
  • Sprint might get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus soon, but without 4G until its LTE network is launched
  • Samsung/Google just forgot to mention it, and the WiMAX version is coming

We would prefer to see the last option come true. While it would be Sprint customers’ best hope, it seems highly unlikely. Any other scenario results in a substantial amount of very unhappy Sprint subscribers. I’m curious how many would be willing to switch carriers.

This definitely does seem like an odd move, especially since Sprint and Google have been very close friends lately. The most feasible guess would be that the device will not be arriving on Sprint until the LTE network is up and running. This would mean the Galaxy Nexus will reach “America’s first 4G network” very late, just like its predecessor the Nexus S did.

For now, our only option is to wait and see what happens. We sure hope Sprint customers get some love, though. I’m sorry to break it down like this, but the near future is not looking that bright.

Do you think one of the mentioned results will prove to be true? Can you think of other things that might be happening? Would you switch carriers if the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t come to Sprint? Would you rather wait and see if it does eventually, or if a better device comes around? Speculating is always fun, and we’d love to know what our readers think.

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Techrocket9

    I was very disappointed when I failed to see mention of a WiMax Galaxy Nexus.

  • BilleyMaes

    After reading this I feel so bad for Richard :( lmao!

    • DownSouthLivin

      Why would you feel bad for him? It’s not like this is the HTC Nexus EVO. He has time and time again pledged his loyalty to HTC and the EVO brand.

      • Richard Yarrell

        I will always remain HTC first that will never change..The EVO BRAND in August 2012 will be mines just like the OG EVO in june 2010 and my current EVO 3D here in june 2011. I will always love EVO/HTC but yes i will have this Galaxy Nexus also plain and simple I am living in a good world…So don’t feel bad for me at all caise day on day one my track record clearly states I buy LARGE ON DAY ONE…So yes SORRY VERIZON WILL BE SEEING ME AND I WILL HAVE MY EVO 3D WITH ME….

  • Queen Laqueefa

    Oh well, guess my Nexus A 4G will have to continue to be the best phone I’ve ever owned for another year.

    • Queen Laqueefa

      Nexus S, God damned Swype

      • lol

        The irony here is incredible.

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

          i lol’d

        • DillingerSmillinger

          Not really. It’s an app issue, not a phone issue. Swype is horrible. Stick with the stock keyboard and you’re fine.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Look at the bright side, the Verizon version will definitely support CDMA, so may be Sprint can use it too. Look, it’s not going to be any slower than the iPhone 4S on Sprint, right?

    • Dirty_Azkals

      If it gets the phone out the gate faster than the Nexus S, release it w/o 4G and just 3G. Look whats likely gonna come out by next summer if Sprint is Sprint: the EVO 4G LTE and iPhone 5 LTE. Face it, a phone with the specs coming out now sounds huge but will most likely be obsolete by summer. Sprint will be a sucker if it they think they can the same phone that Verizon will be pushing but with Sprints LTE.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Personally I do believe the Galaxy Nexus will appear on sprint the relationship google and sprint has is espically close and with the Nexus S4g already on the network I can’t see sprint without the Galaxy Nexus. The thousand dollar question will it be at launch?? I really really hope so according to technobuffalo and the specifications there it does state 4g/Lte/Hspa plus but who knows. Yes LTE/HSPA PLUS was discussed during the presentation but you never heard one person during this event mention any carriers neither did they discuss any update paths so all remains unclear. Me I will get this device REGARDLESS. Yes it’s well knowm I dislike Verizon and hate At&t even more but I have never had a pure google device ever and this will be my first one. I can put my dislike of verizon to the side for the opportunity of just having this device along with my EVO 3D. So yes I will always remain a SPRINT FANBOY but will add verizon and my Google Nexus device to this list…What a great world I live in with both the EVO 3D and the Google Nexus I will have the two best devices on the market…Now everybody can put that in there pipe and smoke it…I believe in the best…One day one I will have that Goggle Nexus a head start on some ice cream….

    • BilleyMaes

      Do you really have to say the same thing on every artical?

    • squiddy20

      “according to technobuffalo and the specifications there it does state 4g/Lte/Hspa plus”
      And that right there is the EXACT reason it won’t be coming to Sprint “at launch”. Please. You “predicted” the E3D would be out on June 4th. It wasn’t. You “predicted” that the Sensation would have an inferior CPU to the E3D. It didn’t. You “predicted” not only that there would be 5 Nexus “devices” launched, but that Sprint would get one of them “day one”. Neither of those panned out at all. Just stop making predictions. You’re making a complete and utter fool of yourself.

      • Richard Yarrell

        At best the only fool on androidandme.com is you and your little buddy Snowbdr89. Everything is based on feeling and thought which you definitely have neither. Being right doesn’t matter because at the end of the day I will always pay for the best. You can rest assure that RICHARD will always have the very best. My question is ”What about you??”

        • squiddy20

          1. Do I REALLY have to have the talk with you about the phrase “the best”? It’s sad that after my numerous times repeating it, you still haven’t gotten it through that tiny little head of yours. “The best” is a completely subjective term. What does that mean? It means that what you think is “best” is someone else’s piece of shit. And by all means, keep paying for “the best”. I’m fairly certain that’s what led to your living on the streets of NYC a few years ago in the first place.
          2. “You can rest assure that RICHARD will” Again with the third person stuff? I guess you really are mentally handicapped/insane.
          3.”Everything is based on feeling and thought which you definitely have neither.” A) Not “everything” is based on “feeling”. Anything related to science, computers, medicine, hell even business, is about cold hard facts. Not wimpy little “feelings”. B) You don’t know me, therefore you can’t know what I have or don’t have in relation to “thoughts or feelings”. But I can assure you, as I am in fact a living, breathing human being, I do think, and I do feel. Good try though.
          4. “At best the only fool on androidandme.com is you…” Last time I checked, it was you who were getting pretty much all negative ratings and people telling you off. Not me. Argument = invalid.
          5.” Being right doesn’t matter…” It does if you want a good reputation. I mean if being right didn’t matter, Thomas Edison never would have invented the lightbulb, Newton never would have discovered the truth of gravity, and Ferdinand Magellan wouldn’t have set out to prove the earth was not flat. So yeah, being right DOES matter, moron. Go check your facts.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yeah your right. This experience will be new to me for sure. But I love new experiences always have. Let’s see how good all this HUB BUB is about Verizon LTE..

  • Richard Yarrell
  • Astria

    Neither is LTE common for other GSM carriers on the other side of the globe, we can always juz use 3G and wait for LTE to switch on…

  • Clcross18x

    Well….Remember that whole iPhone launching on Sprint thing? They committed to possibly up to 20 billion dollars to get it. Those upgrades have to come from somewhere. And if they’re pumping out killer Android handsets and placing them on the shelf next to the 4S, people might be mighty tempted.

    They banked the whole company on the iPhone in their desperation to compete with AT&T and Verizon..While the other two can afford to support two different fanbases of tech enthusiasts, if Sprint see’s that the only way for them to be profitable is to push the iPhone in order to see a return on their investment, then I would doubt your going to see much of anything in the way of Android superphones on Sprint in the future.

    Just a theory.

    • Hawk

      Unfortunately I suspect the same. Hope Sprint proves me wrong though. I can’t imagine leaving sprint or getting iPhone, but the former will happen before the later.

  • Nate B.

    Don’t you dare post on something like this lol. Sprint for the WIN!

    I either rather have a WIMAX one soon and be surprised, or LTE one soon, and not be able to use that feature until mid 2012. I’m always around wifi anyways. I rarely use my 4G now. Alexandria has good Wimax coverage to. I average over 11mbs as well. I just use it when I’m out and in a hurry to browse or want to watch something on YT or the reviews of the GN after I got off work tonight lol.

    Anyways, I don’t believe we will be let down. We can’t. If it’s another really late release for Sprint like the NS was, then.. we might as well get the next Nexus coming next fall.

    • http://www.404techsupport.com/ Jason H

      There’s nothing wrong with Option 4: Sprint might get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus soon, but without 4G until its LTE network is launched

      I currently have the Samsung Epic 4G but there is no 4G access for a 3 mile radius with WiMax. Yet, I have to pay an extra $10/month because my phone is 4G capable. The last time I was in an area with 4G, I turned it on and it wouldn’t even work. It connected but data connections were dropped. (I was in the stands at Busch stadium in St. Louis.) I use 3G or Wi-Fi everyday and it’s fine. The capability of the phone is going to be a bigger improvement. If Sprint picked up the Galaxy Nexus, it wouldn’t reduce my ability to connect to 4G. I’d just have to wait until LTE is rolled out to my area, just like I’m waiting now.

      If Sprint doesn’t get the Galaxy Nexus, I will be very disappointed. They’re contracted to X amount of money for the iPhone 4S for the next few years. They’re concerned about churn, people leaving Sprint for another carrier, and the top reason was the iPhone. Now the top reason is going to be phones. If Sprint can’t get onboard with this, then they have failed their loyal customers.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I had a funny feeling HTC was on the prowl for the ice cream update…I bet they beat all manufacturers to ice cream on the evo 3d the first dualcore device with the sandwhich..http://www.androidcentral.com/

    • Dirge

      Uh, G2X says hi as first dual core android smartphone in the US.

      • brandon

        Pretty sure Atrix beat G2X as first dual core phone in the US

        • Tico4674

          The g2x was the first dual worldwide, but the atrix made it to the states first.

    • squiddy20

      Wrong again. The “first” dual core “device” to get ICS will be the Galaxy Nexus. The second will be one of the Nexus S iterations (the original or Sprint’s 4G version, but my money’s on the original), the third *might* be the Nexus One.

      • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

        The Nexus S and Nexus One aren’t dual core devices. (Yes, I know that’s not the point you were trying to make) ;)

        • Tico4674

          My money is on the Samsung galaxy SII (all variants) getting ICS after the galaxy nexus via cm9.

        • squiddy20

          Very true. Point well taken

      • Richard Yarrell

        As usual your always way off base which is expected for you.. WHY… cause you love TROLLING.. As I stated I believe the HTC EVO 3D will be the first dualcore device to recieve ice cream sandwich. Plain and simple I put my faith in HTC they have a proven track record. What do you have??? Pretty much nothing I’m pretty sure..

        • squiddy20

          “…the HTC EVO 3D will be the first dualcore device to recieve ice cream sandwich”
          Wow. You really can’t read/comprehend anything can you? Try rereading my above comment until the meaning sinks in.

          “What do you have??? Pretty much nothing I’m pretty sure..”
          Well, given that you know almost nothing about me, and can’t remember anything past a week, all you’ve got is useless speculation. So, wrong again. Keep trying though.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    Like the Nexus S 4G, we probably won’t see the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint for a while. And I think the Galaxy S II was Sprint’s last major WiMAX phone. Spending more energy developing more WiMAX phones would be a real waste of time and money that could be better utilized on LTE devices.

  • Dirge

    Considering the ICS video has a Galaxy Nexus with “Verizon Wireless” in the notification panel, I’m sure LTE means Verizon LTE, at least in the US.

  • Quinncy

    Verizon LTE means it will be CDMA. So with Sprint not supporting WIMAX why would Google even mention or produce another phone that supports it. My point is Sprint could very well get CDMA version with LTE not activated.

  • Adam

    oh well… i already have evo 3D so it doesn’t matter to me.

  • 0100110110

    well, seems like im getting the new iphone4s then….sprint rulez

  • Mikeylikesit

    I think the Galaxy Nexus will come to Sprint but it will come probably the 1st quarter of next year. Remember what happen with the Nexus S 4G. Sprint will not loose out on this superphone.

  • Mmark27

    Well, we have the Epic 4G Touch and its pretty close. Just needs the software upgrade. I’m not disappointed. I like my search key.

  • Paul Atreides

    If this doesn’t launch on all major U.S. carriers and other regions in a timely manner(November 2011), then Google dropped the ball again IMO. There’s no way this shouldn’t at least appear on all major carriers with the Iphone. Doesn’t come to Sprint, I will get the Epic Touch for now root and apply ICS.

    • Daniel

      Same Here

  • Matt

    baaah, I don’t want to switch again!

  • Dan

    Best outcome would be to release the Galaxy Nexus immediately (LTE version but with no LTE access) with 3g access and then allow the phone to be upgraded for LTE when it goes on board next year (similar to what Verizon did with the Zoom). Since Verizon did it, sprint could as well. That would be the ultimate. I would be perfectly ok living with 3g only until the LTE network came online. PLEASE SPRINT

  • DeAndre

    I just switched to Sprint from T-Mobile and no Galaxy Nexus is disheartening. I have the Epic 4g Touch so life isn’t that bad but I would definitely choose a 3g CDMA Galaxy Nexus over my 4g Wimax Epic Touch

  • Paul

    What an interesting game these carriers play. Sprint isn’t in bed with Google/Android anymore, sad but true. They’ve leveraged their entire company behind the iPhone. They signed such a big agreement with Apple that they’d go bankrupt if the iPhone doesn’t succeed on their network. Sprint’s going to be pushing the iPhone hard, they’ve bet the entire company’s future on the iPhone. No Android love there.
    Right now it seems Verizon is the Android favorite. T-Mobile came out with the first Android phone, they believed in Google and gave it a shot, hell, they needed SOMETHING to compete against an iPhone. T-Mobile has always been traditionally the go-to carrier for the nexus phones, like the Nexus One and the Nexus S (initially). But T-Mobile sucked in advertising, the only real Android commercials people remember and see are Verizon’s. And Verizon did it well, and with the Droid line, they did very well. Thus I think Google has shifted their love over to Verizon. Sprint has Android phones and I’ve seen a commercial or two, but like T-Mobile they’ve been too quiet about it or not really pushing/promoting it, not like Verizon has. And with Sprint’s latest choice in who to back, it seems Sprint’s made their bed.

    • Paul

      What’s also interesting in the AT&T thing. Of course they were big iPhone fans, got them lots of sales. They were the very last carrier to come out with an Android phone, and their very first Android phone? The low-end POS Motorola Backflip, that, oh yeah, was de-googled. Couldn’t side load apps, search engine changed to Yahoo, Google Apps removed, etc. But as soon as they were losing their exclusivity with Apple, they jumped on the Android bandwagon, and granted, they jumped on it hard. They’re making progress in their Android line up by leaps and bounds, they’ve stopped changing the search engine, started allowing side-loading, etc. but I don’t think Google’s ready to become their ‘friends’ too closely just yet, considering that whole iPhone thing. Being the enemy for so many years leaves a bad taste in ones mouth, even when they start becoming your friend. My guess in the Google carrier love line up is at the moment, Verizon, then T-Mobile, then Sprint and then AT&T.

  • luke

    Loved the EVO. I was not impressed with the Evo 3D. The Galaxy Nexus is exactaly the phone I was waiting for. If sprint does not get a WIMAX version ……………… Hello Verizon.

  • Instrumentals

    I am definitely going to be disappointed if it does not come to Sprint, I have the Nexus S and was willing to step up to the Nexus Galaxy if it was announced but I don’t think I would switch carriers for it…ill probably just rock back and forth and hope Sprint announces it sometimes in the future I guess.

  • Nathan

    I just want it to be most carrier in the USA (but mostly T-mobile for few reason like I have a plan from them or it was the first carrier with a nexus phone just to name a few)

  • Adam

    My sad, small Sprint HTC Hero sits here and mocks me. “You thought you were going to get rid of me, eh? You thought the Nexus was going to come along and save the day? You will NEVER play Minecraft on your phone! NEVER!!!”


    Prove me wrong, Sprint! Prove. Me. Wrong.

    • Brian

      Oh I’m in the same boat. Thank God for Cyanogenmod.

    • Broccoli

      +1. I’m still chugging with a HTC Hero hand-me down from 2009, getting by with CyanogenMod. If the Galaxy SII came out in May I would have bought that, now I am in no man’s land since the SII seems old news already (its a great phone, but if I’m throwing down $150-$250, I rather get the latest and greatest). Not to mention the Galaxy SII won’t get ICS for a while (probably the same time the Galaxy Nexus comes to Sprint)

  • Perry Ahern

    Considering that most Sprint users can’t use the Wimax network anyway just leave it out of the phone, most of us won’t even notice. Give us 3G CDMA with an LTE antenna that can be activated on Sprint’s LTE frequencies when that network goes live next year.

    • Gabe

      Agreed… in fact, I don’t even use WiMax because of the inconsistent speed. When I need speed, it’s WiFi for me.

  • Gabe

    Seems that Sprint hedged all their bets into the iPhone 4s. Well, here’s one VERY disappointed Android user.

  • droidhackzor

    um, just i small thought before you assume that its not coming to sprint…
    according to several sources, there are actually 5 distinct models, GT-I9250, GT-I9250T, GT-I9250M, SC-04D, and SCH-I515 (though they all look the same) for the Galaxy Nexus. the two that were mentioned include the LTE and HSPA+(verizon and AT&T) there are still 3 more models to take into consideration and some do suspect that there will be a sprint model and an international model. leaving only one…the one being used for overseas.

    a quote from geek.com…

    ” the SCH-I515 will be the Verizon Wireless variant, packing an LTE and EVDO radio on the inside. Sources suggest the GT-I9250 will go to AT&T, while the GT-I9250T will likely go to T-Mobile. There’s not been any confirmation about the GT-I9250M or the SC-04D, but it seems like a Sprint version and an international version would be all that’s needed to tie this release up in a nice global package.”

  • some internet dude

    What a let down, I hope it makes it to Sprint one day soon. Hey Sprint I hope you didn’t bite off more than you can chew with that iPhone deal with Apple, would hate to see you guys go the way of the Dodo Bird. A little to late but FYI: Android is a pretty good OS all by itself, some people could care less about the iPhone. Good luck.

  • Taronba25

    There are so many options, now and on the horizon, it would be foolish to speculate, in one direction or the other, given that it isn’t even January 2012 yet. The changes in the industry, along with my contract end date at mid year, begs me to wait. I think I must!

  • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

    I just got word from my Sprint contact that the Galaxy Nexus is already in their system. They’re just waiting for an email from corporate on release details..

    • Scott

      I do hope that is true…. :)

  • Daniel

    actually i heard that it will come out for Sprint in February but not LTE but it will be 4g or that it will come out in LTE on May or mid 2012 when Sprint’s LTE network is finished

  • droidhackzor

    the smart thing for them to do would be bring it to sprint along with the rest of the releases with the lte radio in it and just have it use the 3g network untill they finish the lte network by the end of 2012+ that way if they finish it early or what not, the customers who will wish to stay with the nexus until a newer, nfc phone comes out can do so. i have the nexus s 4g and won’t be moving to a newer phone till i find a nother pure google experience phone with nfc on sprint, i would go with vzw but im saving a min of 50 bucks/mo that way and i gain nfc payments, un-modified android(vzw/att/more) branding and apps. so even with the lte4g speeds benifit, im getting more from the sprint nexus s than anything that vzw offered.we already know that sprint is getting advertising material from the poster requisitions so, who knows. but just like those of us who go with linux instead of windows, there are more and more people who what the pure product, avoiding the update delays and garbage apps that carriers place on thier phones.