Sprint is going to be getting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to run on their network this year and it is not going to be the GSM version. It will be the 4G LTE version which for all purposes would be the same one that Verizon is running on their wireless network other than frequencies on the modem. All of this is based on advertisements seen on the CNet CES site and clearly shows the Galaxy Nexus in the advertisements. It also clearly shows and is highlighted that this is a “4G LTE phone” in the ads. These were obviously not supposed to be shown until after it was announced, but now that it is out there, it cannot be pulled back from being shared around the web. The ads are no longer visible, but the screen shots are out there for all to see.
This is great news for those on Sprint’s wireless network who are waiting for the LTE network to be turned on in selected cities. We can expect Sprint to be making an announcement for the Galaxy Nexus next week at CES in Las Vegas, though the impact of that has now been lessened as a result of the ads being mistakenly being put up. At the moment, the Galaxy Nexus is a great phone running Ice Cream Sandwich along with good reviews except for battery life. It has an almost cult like following and until there is another better phone being released will be one that people desire. It is soon to be coming out as a White Galaxy Nexus in the UK.
The problem with Sprint making an announcement in advance of their 4G LTE network roll out is that things are constantly changing and if the first phones are not activated for say 3 months, a lot can happen between now and then. In article from PC Magazine
It’s almost certain that at the time Sprint launches the Galaxy Nexus – if it does – another hotly anticipated Android superphone will have arrived to take its place.
Technology keeps moving on smart phones and making an announcement this far out could prove to be a problem for Sprint. We are expecting to hear about quad core phones being announced as coming this year and more than likely will be available by the time that Sprint turns on their first cities for their LTE network. That would tend to make the Galaxy Nexus a less than desired phone. It will depend entirely on how soon it will be before Sprint can roll out their first cities. If they can do it in the first quarter, than having the Galaxy Nexus will be a big asset for them.