Galaxy Nexus Exclusive to Verizon, But For How Long?
This is probably the most confusing and changing part of the Galaxy Nexus. We have been hearing it will be exclusive to Verizon, but we have also seen GSM versions of the Galaxy Nexus pass through the FCC with frequencies that work with T-Mobile and AT&T, who’s networks are GSM and not CDMA like Verizon and Sprint.
The truth about Verizon having an “exclusive” is carriers, like many blogs out there, use exclusive whenever they can. If Verizon does have an exclusive on the Galaxy Nexus it won’t be forever, it will more then likely be until the end of this year or until February/March. I cannot see Google and Samsung not offering the Galaxy Nexus to other carriers in the US, especially when no other part of the world has an exclusive on the Galaxy Nexus. One more thing, the US has the biggest percentage of phones running Android, next to South Korea, where Android is on over 85% of all smartphones.
But, if history does indeed repeat itself, we will see other versions of the Galaxy Nexus hitting other carriers in the US, probably not as soon as we all want, it’s probably closer to the time frame I said above. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus gets a little tricky, especially with their upcoming move to LTE.
Now the really confusing and tricky part is that today we noticed that the banner Verizon has up about the Galaxy Nexus no longer says “Exclusively from Verizon”. So, does this mean that the non-exclusive Galaxy Nexus is still non-exclusive to Verizon? Where else could it go? I’ve heard rumors about it hitting T-Mobile and AT&T shelves very soon after it releases on Verizon, but we will see and as we always do, we will keep you updated on every Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0.