Sprint getting the Galaxy Nexus sooner than expected.4>
Ever since Verizon received the Galaxy Nexus, many wondered if it would be made available for wireless carriers in the US. We now know that Sprint will be getting it to operate on their coming 4G LTE wireless network. That was great news, but exactly when Sprint was going to launching their 4G LTE network is an unknown. It is expected that we will see it by the middle of the year. It makes one wonder where that leaves the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus. Ever since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus cleared FCC, we have been waiting for Sprint to make an official announcement. It would appear Sprint may be releasing this phone before their 4G LTE network arrives.
We are now hearing that Spring may be releasing the phone ahead of the 4G LTE network and possible as soon as April 15th. There are multiple reports of Sprint launching on April 15th, it will be operating on the 3G network until the 4G LTE comes up some time later in the year. We had questioned the announcement of the Galaxy Nexus for Sprint’s 4G LTE network as being a long ways off to be of value. There are follow on reports that the Sprint release will be April 22nd at Sam’s Club
It would seem that Sprint has realized that they need to get the Sprint Galaxy Nexus version out soon or risk it being out of date as more phones are released. With growing rumors of Samsung releasing the Galaxy S3 by June, it means they must get the Galaxy Nexus out before they lose that momentum. The unfortunate problem is that it will not be taking advantage of the great 4G speeds until Sprint opens up their 4G LTE network. Since there are limited cities where this is going to be available, it is going to be another year after 4G LTE is launched for wide spread coverage, the value of a 4G LTE phone is somewhat limited. That is the same problem faced by both Verizon and AT&T when they launched their networks.
For Sprint, that is a much bigger problem because of their current situation. With the loss of LihtSquared and the problems with Clearwire, they are in a strange situation. Whether they can rapidly ramp up their 4G LTE wireless network is an important consideration. Sprint has been trying to keep up with Verizon and AT&T and now it is critical for them to get their 4G LTE network out quickly. If they can surprise us all and announce the 4G LTE network launch for April, it would be great. If not, offering a Sprint Galaxy Nexus is not going to make a lot of difference.