Samsung Galaxy Nexus lands on Sprint today for $200
Samsung's coveted Nexus-class Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset can be yours today. It promises Google Wallet and 4G LTE data speeds -- but there's a catch.
Available for $199.99 with a 2-year contract, the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus is (as you'd expect) nearly identical the
The Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus will be one of three announced phones to be compatible with Sprint's 4G LTE network. (The
The problem? Sprint is in the middle of-- from WiMax to LTE. Last we heard, Sprint was ready to light up by the middle of the year. Complicating things is the fact that the new LTE phones are not backwards-compatible with WiMax.
Bottom line: prospective owners of those new phones (including the Galaxy Nexus) should know that they won't be able to get 4G data speeds until at least June -- and then only if they live in one of the markets getting the new 4G service from Sprint. Think of it as basically buying a 3G phone that's future-proofed for Sprint's upcoming 4G network.
Though the Sprint Galaxy Nexus won't surf on 4G LTE straight out of the gate, it will immediately boast a feature the Verizon Galaxy Nexus : support for Google Wallet. In fact, customers who sign up for Google's mobile payment service within a week of activating their phone will receive a $10 credit. Sweetening the deal even further, Google will dole out an additional $40 three weeks after registration.
What's the verdict?
CNET will have a full review of the Sprint version of the