Galaxy Nexus Carrier Round-up – Will You Be Able to Get it?

October 19, 2011
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Now that the Galaxy Nexus has come out and you have seen all that is has to offer, you are probably thinking two things:

  1. Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus look amazing!
  2. How do I get it?

To answer your question, we start by reviewing Samsung and Google’s event. The only piece of key evidence that was revealed is that the Galaxy Nexus will be coming in November. ¬†Admittedly, that answers only a piece of your question, but that was all that was said about the newest Galaxy Nexus’s actual release date.

In addition, no information was provided about the price tag, but we know better. The Galaxy Nexus has showed up in different pricing systems throughout the country, including on Best Buy’s computers, RadioShack’s and even on Verizon’s. Thus, we know for a fact that it will have a starting price of about US$299 on a new contract.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to be able to lock yourself in for another two (or three–poor Canadians) years, and you have to buy the device outright, then you are most likely looking at a starting price of around US$599 for this particularly stunning device.

Here is a list of our take on the list of carriers for the Galaxy Nexus. After all, it was deemed a device for “all carriers.” In addition, Samsung allows you to select AT&T, Cellular South (now C-Spire), MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon when signing up for notifications on the Samsung site for the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Verizon: Just about anybody would tell you that the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon phone. In addition, rumors were also tossed around about Verizon having initial exclusivity to the device.
  • AT&T: After passing through the FCC just a little while back, the Galaxy Nexus was confirmed as a CDMA and GSM phone. Therefore, this opens up a door to AT&T. Although not confirmed yet, it looks like AT&T will be serving its customers some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Sprint: Not many rumors have been tossed around for a Sprint Galaxy Nexus. However, there is a bit of hope. More specifically, Sprint featured the Nexus S.
  • MetroPCS:¬†This is one of the providers listed on Samsung’s website, and therefore a very possible contender.
  • T-Mobile: After almost being bought by AT&T and not getting the iPhone 4S, T-Mobile has lost some serious ground and respect. However, it is one of the providers listed on Samsung’s website. Therefore, this one is a toss-up.
  • C-Spire (formerly Cellular South):¬†This small and fairly unknown carrier recently picked up the iPhone 4S and is one of the providers listed on Samsung’s website. Therefore, you can look forward to seeing the Galaxy Nexus with C-Spire.
  • DoCoMo:¬†Just before the formal launching of the Galaxy Nexus, Japanese carrier DoCoMo released a statement saying, “The latest Android OS smartphone with Google and Samsung Electronics will be announced on October 19, in Hong Kong tomorrow. DoCoMo is considered to be one of earliest carriers of the Galaxy Nexus, scheduled for release in November. More later.” Therefore, there is almost no doubt that DoCoMo’s customers will be seeing the Galaxy Nexus soon, if not first.
  • US Cellular:¬†This is one of the providers listed on Samsung’s website, and therefore a very possible contender.

No word yet on Canadian or European carriers yet, and it will probably be a long time before it’s available on more secluded networks like Telephone Systems International Ehsan Bayat, but what we are looking at is a coordinated and agile global launch of the world?s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device. Just hang on for another two to three weeks, and it could be yours.

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