Feb 09 AT 9:26 AM Dustin Earley 39 Comments

Did Tony Hawk accidentally unveil T-Mobile’s plans to sell the Galaxy Nexus?


T-Mobile and Tony Hawk have a positive relationship like not many carriers and celebrities do. The pro skateboarder turned media superstar has always been a good friend of Magenta’s, and they’ve never been afraid to give him special treatment. At one point, they even made a Tony Hawk special edition Sidekick. But do they love him enough to give him an unreleased phone like a T-Mobile branded Galaxy Nexus?

Mr. Hawk posted a picture on Twitter today (from Instagram no less) that features a close up of a Galaxy Nexus with the text “I love T-Mobile.” How do we know it’s a Galaxy Nexus? For one, it’s the stock Android 4.0 data usage menu from in the settings. And if you compare what’s being displayed in the picture to the same thing on a Nexus S, it’s obvious whatever Tony has sports a bigger display than the Nexus S.

As to why Tony Hawk is posting a picture of a Galaxy Nexus and talking about his love for T-Mobile, we don’t really know. The international Galaxy Nexus works just fine with T-Mobile. He could just be bragging about his data, or the tethering app you can just barely see at the bottom of the Nexus’ display. But he could be talking about a free T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus he was lucky enough to score before it went to retail.

Mind you this is all speculation at this point, but we’re an Android blog, and that’s what Android blogs do. So what do you think, did Tony Hawk just accidentally spoil T-Mobile’s secret plans to sell the Galaxy Nexus? We know quite a few of our readers out there would love that, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. But not for a Tony Hawk branded Nexus. Please, anything but that.

Source: Twitter

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

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    I’d bet it’s just the international version, but I’d love a Tony Hawk branded Nexus :)

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      If it can kick flip itself I’ll take two!!!

    • kazahani

      That dude is rich like whoa.

      I bet he has a different Nexus for every day of the week.

      Probably just sprung for the international version.

      • elijahblake

        rich people don’t have to pay for stuff… they get it free!!!

    • BiGMERF

      you see in the upper right hand corner where it says “WIFI” ? Mines does not have that Hmmmmm. I just have the wifi signal image and whats the green stuff to the right of that?

      • mike

        Idiot. There is no “green stuff” to the right of that. And further more, who cares???

  • bigrob029

    if it doesnt come with a Hawk logo plastered on it i will certainly be interested in replacing my 3G slide with it…

  • triangle

    Nexus devices should be available on all carriers. Hopefully, T-Mobile will be able to sell it soon.

    • lancaster09

      My wife is looking for an upgrade soon and I want to her have this ANNND I really want one too. So I hope it is a real Nexus Galaxy for TMo and not the international version.

  • MrMrMan

    Hopefully this is true. Otherwise I’m jumping ship for Sprint when the get their Nexus.

  • PapaLos

    I dunno.. Could go either way with it being the international Nexus and him just bragging about tmo’s data (he’s coming up on the end of his cycle, you can see on his pic).

    Or it could be a tmo branded Nexus, which is why he took such a close up shot with him looking at it rather than just using the screenshot feature the Nexus has.

    I hope it is a tmo branded one, it’ll give me a nice reason to stay with them once my contract is up later this year.

  • Stigy

    Can anyone check the EXIF on the original image to see what kind of phone it was taken with? I have a feeling he took this with an iPhone and uploaded to Instagram, but ya never know.

  • http://ericweiss.me Eric Weiss

    I love T-Mobile but having a 43 year skateboarder as your “celebrity” endorsement doesn’t exactly scream “hip” or even “up to date”

    • Stigy

      I wonder if kids these days even know who he is.

      I know my generation (born in the 80s / early 90s) played Tony Hawk on Playstation all the time and was the best skateboarder we knew of, but now i wonder if he’s even a household name in skateboarding.

      • KenG

        “kids these days” shouldn’t be buying $600 phones. Maybe the target market is slightly older.

      • gbeason

        FWIW, my 12-year-old son has known who Tony Hawk is for a couple of years. And he knows him as a skateboarder, not a video game character.

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

    As much as I want this to he true, it’s probably the international version :\ that’d be awesome though! Hopefully if T-Mobile plans to seek the Galaxy Nexus, they’ll release it before Sprint :-P

  • spazby

    Come on google, just release the beast on all networks already

  • Jorge Vieira

    yeah i feel like its international because he was talking about overseas data charges. But i know my buddy would be mad if after he gets a SGII this Saturday for free, and then later this month sees the Gnex out on tmobile.

    • honourbound68

      i wouldn’t be surprised to find most celebrities with gsm phones because they may spend significant amounts of time overseas so TH’s GN is probably the international version

  • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

    The fact that it was posted via Instagram is truly hilarious. I have friends who use Instagram on their iPad, yet own like six Android devices. What?

    • honourbound68

      lol. i own an ipad2, ipod touch 4g, htc evo view, sammy epic 4g and now the gn. i also owned a web os device. i barely use the ipod touch now and probably giving that to my son. there’s nothing wrong with owning devices with competing os’s. if anything, it allows me to be objective in my criticisms/praise of their strengths and weaknesses as well as be rational in arguments for/against the different os’s. for example, the task mgr in ics functions much like the card system in web os. android was on eclair (or donut) when the palm pre came out. i’m fairly certain that android/iOs programmers saw that feature in web os and thought it was cool/useful. competition drives innovation. you can’t close your mind on products or product features just because you don’t like the manufacturer. what better way to beat a competitor than to know what they’re all about and what they can/can’t do.

  • Donald Williams

    Come on t mobile. Im itching for am upgrade and this could be it!

  • greeny42

    I thought Tony Hawk was just a video game character… YOU MEAN HE’S REAL? What else has been kept from me?

  • romy134

    big V must be squirming

  • mike

    I think he’s just showing off how much data he is using. If I remember correctly Tmo charges $15 per MB for into data roaming and Tony is way up over 2GB. He either doesn’t have pay for it or he’s got a $30k bill coming. I’m sure he just has to do a kick flip to pay for it.

  • UMA Fan

    For some reason, Tony Hawk doesn’t strike me as the guy to import a Galaxy Nexus just to use it on T-Mobile. If he really wanted one, he would get the Verizon version. All these celebs have accounts with multiple carriers anyway.

    Regardless, this is awesome news. Hopefully it’s HSPA+ 42 capable!!!

  • n25philly

    This is the best T-Mobile can do? I can’t wait until November when I can get the hell out.

  • Wunako

    Well im going to be optimistic and hope that TMo is getting it, after all im sure the VZW exclusivity is ending soon so they wont be the only ones to have it atleast as far as it being subsidized or cheaper then being the $700 it already is for the intl version.

  • Lazaro

    Thing is….right after this tweet he tweeted “goodbye London” so I’m assuming he was referring to Tmobile UK who actually does carry the Gnex. As much as I’d like it to be a US variant I don’t see this being that. Still thinking on jumping ship to Verizon tomorrow for double data and 98$ gnex (Amazon)

    • Lazaro

      $99 **** woops

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully they will sell it on t-mobile some time this quarter or next.

  • TallguyDale

    T-Mobile might not be limiting his data……. at 3.6GB you are supposed to be crawling……

  • Adam Curtis

    He’s obviously talking about the data usage, which you can’t get on other American carriers that you can use the Galaxy Nexus on…

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    TH is some serious Instagram power-user, I wonder if he’ll make the complete switch to the GN once Instagram gets to Android? As for the rest, I would love a TH GN, but a Mike Vallely one would be better :-p

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    As much as I want the GNex to come to T-Mobile, I still can’t get off the fence on purchasing it… I just have this.. thing.. against Samsung, and I can’t even justify it.

    • GNex kicks all kinda ass dude just spring for it….u cant lose with verizons super network either.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        I think the month of December would argue with you there, as does my wallet. I can never justify the obscene prices Verizon charges for their service.

      • mike

        Yeah… ok. And you CAN lose with Verizons super fees though!