(Updated) T-Mobile, AT&T Ready Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime Passes Through FCC

Update: I feel compelled as I see your comments to remind everyone that passing through the FCC doesn’t guarantee a T-Mobile launch. If anything it would mean a T-Mobile compatible version would be available, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Also, for those asking the 2100 band is often omitted from FCC testing, it’s still there. 

The T-Mobile/AT&T Samsung Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus has passed through the FCC earning approval (and our excitement) for a world capable version. With every indication in the past few weeks suggesting the Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive in the United States, a GSM version with AWS on board gives Magenta users hope. This GSM version, know as the Samsung GT-i9250 supports AT&T world bands as well as T-Mobile’s 1700 AWS band allowing for the possibility of a T-Mobile supported model.

Of course all of this is very confusing as we’ve seen leaked specs conflict with leaked specs and names conflicting with names which has led us to simply dub this the “Samsung Nexus Prime Galaxy Nexus soon to be launch on some carrier device.” It’s possible that a DROID branded model could exclusively land on Verizon and then be following up by the launch of the Galaxy Nexus as a worldwide GSM version. Still, we emphasize that is possible as we honestly can’t pinpoint anything about this phone that leads us to suspect an American carrier.

With the Samsung Unpacked event next week delayed among Samsung’s decision to find a more fitting time to launch the newest Nexus smartphone we’ll continue to keep an eye on the leaks to learn more about a T-Mobile 3G/4G model. While the debut itself is delayed Samsung hasn’t given us any reason to suspect that the actual launch and release date has been delayed so we’re just going to sit back, relax and wait for Samsung to announce a new timeframe to debut Ice Cream Sandwich on their newest Nexus phone.

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  • Turtle6988

    It has to have both 1700 & 2100 to be compatible with T-Mobile

    • Guest

      thats what i thought too maybe i am wrong

    • Anonymous

      If it lists aws or 1700, its TMobile supported.

    • See my post above!

    • Michael O’Sullivan

      yup because I think every gsm comes with an 2100 band and the FCC only tests uplink (1700)

    • J-Hop2o6

      FCC only tested for Tx, not Rx, which woulda shown the 2100 part for Tmo.. But it says above “AWS/WCDMA/HSPA — 1700”

      So trust me, this phone WILL be both Tmo & AT&T HSPA+ capable.

  • J. Williams

    Oh boy! Here come the phone wars! We all know specs can only say so much, so let’s get it on now!

    Prime vs Epic

  • RIP steve jobs

    Sprint iphone 4s seems to be the best value

    • Fcw

      LOL

    • Michael O’Sullivan

      Well as you can see even Steve thought it sucked.

  • Mikex915

    I believe FCC doesn’t always put the 2100 support on there filings. Like with samsung’s 10.1 tablet for t-mobile. My ? Is and if anyone can answer it is with t-mobile’s bands is this a 3G or a 4G(14.4, 21 or 42 HSPA+?) phone?

    • Anonymous

      prob 21

      • Mikex915

        That would be good with me. Need atleast 21 HSPA+. Hopefully we get more info soon. Was going to get Amaze or Galaxy S2 but now Prime all the way.

        • Anonymous

          The amaze is out of the question with me. Nice phone but the gs2 is better. The prime trumps everything though. Latest os, bigger higher res screen, automatic dev support…. Although i wouldnt be mad if i had to root, overclock and flash ics to my gs2 lol

        • Anonymous

          The amaze is out of the question with me. Nice phone but the gs2 is better. The prime trumps everything though. Latest os, bigger higher res screen, automatic dev support…. Although i wouldnt be mad if i had to root, overclock and flash ics to my gs2 lol

      • Mikex915

        That would be good with me. Need atleast 21 HSPA+. Hopefully we get more info soon. Was going to get Amaze or Galaxy S2 but now Prime all the way.

    • Anonymous

      Good question depends on the processor if it has exynos then it’ll be 21

    • T-Mobile only uses 2100 for receiving 3G/4G, but 1700 for transmitting. The above chart from the FCC only shows transmissions (Tx).

      • The FCC does not require Rx to be listed, though most test reports do list them. As long as the common names (Cellular for 850, PCS for 1900, AWS for 1700/2100) are listed, then it is guaranteed to work on those bands.

  • Anonymous

    this is awesome news…..the only questions that remain now is when and how much? id be perfectly content with paying full price online or bestbuy while verizon gets it subsidized exclusively. i have a feeling that vzw will charge atleast $350 for this thing (after mir)

  • Anonymous

    google has never been this secretive about a nexus device. in some ways im surprised that an official teaser page hasnt gone up yet….a few pics of the device and a few tidbits about ics

  • Blueice1995

    this better..and i mean BETTER come to verizon fully equipped as it was released to everyone else….or else!

    • Anonymous

      Most likely Verizon will just be a Droid and not a actual nexus

  • MH17

    i have a question regarding the Nexus prime

    I wanna buy the Galaxy S2 and i’ve waiting for it for a long time 
    but my friend told me to wait for the Prime what do you guys think? should i get the S2 or wait for the Prime?
    and is the Galaxy S2 gonna get the Ice Cream Sandwich update?

    • Anonymous

      I can get the gs2 dirt cheap…. Id have to pay full price for the prime, but i dont care. Id take the prime over the gs2 any day….. Im planning on buying the gs2 bc who knows when the prime will be announced/released.

      • Anonymous

        Dirt cheap?

  • Thereugo67

    I’m hoping that it comes out on T-Mobile as well as the other carriers, why wouldn’t it. I need a powerful phone like this, sounds good. Been reading on for months now get it done. I’m wondering why HTC didn’t manufacturer the phone. Oh well, super Amelod, stock android what else could I ask for.

    • Thereugo67

      Must be to early for me…..AMOLED!

    • Anonymous

      Because HTC can’t make a phone with decent sound and speakers I say eff em HTC sucks and I say this typing through my sensation.

  • Anonymous

    Awwwwwww YEAH!!!! Stick that in your juicebox and suck it, Verizon exclusivity! Say whaaa?!

  • Greenlatin

    Any indication of sprint being in the mix just cracked my EVO in need of a new phone can anyone tell me

    • Anonymous

      Prob compatible with sprint. It would be interesting if google actually marketed the phone as a competitor to the iphone

  • Anonymous

    What’s the big surprise?

    Nexus is a Google device, it serves to show off the latest OS version and new features. It serves to give developers a Google certified platform to work on. There will never be Nexus exclusivity, the best VZW can do is have the contracted OEM make a carrier specific version.

    However, Sprint will subsidize it again and T-Mobile will bleed even more customers. Sprint is aiming to squeeze T-Mobile with the Epic 4G Touch, the iphone 4S and the Prime and the plan seems to be working. Even tmonews regulars have left and Sprint sold out it’s iphone stock.

    • HalfwayCrook

      Naaa sprint. Shitty 4g, even worse coverage (by my house at least), cdma, and more expensive then T-Mobile. I’d jump shit to Verizon or even AT&T before I went to sprint

  • Anonymous

    What’s the big surprise?

    Nexus is a Google device, it serves to show off the latest OS version and new features. It serves to give developers a Google certified platform to work on. There will never be Nexus exclusivity, the best VZW can do is have the contracted OEM make a carrier specific version.

    However, Sprint will subsidize it again and T-Mobile will bleed even more customers. Sprint is aiming to squeeze T-Mobile with the Epic 4G Touch, the iphone 4S and the Prime and the plan seems to be working. Even tmonews regulars have left and Sprint sold out it’s iphone stock.

  • Chad

    I just think it’s hilarious how all the Verizon heads thought they were getting this exclusive, if you know anything about the Nexus line, Google doesn’t roll like that. I knew a GSM version would be released.

    • Anonymous

      Everyone knew a GSM version (i9250) would be released.

      • Chad

        Not Verizon customers. lol

  • I knew it but still very excited, very Excellent!!

  • Anonymous

    This phone will surely be the next!
    Sorry Hercules!

  • Tortionist

    I can only hope…. This is my next device.

  • Ilyas_k15

    Why is everyone so excited for this phone? The specs are not all that impressive, T-Mo’s Galaxy S II is clearly better: better processor, better camera, better battery. The only things that are impressive about the Galaxy Nexus are the Super AMOLED HD screen and the 32gb pre-installed memory. The rest is pretty much the same. Galaxy S II will probably be the first to receive ICS anyway, so this phone looks unimpressive to me.

    • Anonymous

      Noone knows the exact specs of the prime…. So many conflicting reports. Saying one processor is better than the other when comparing two phones that havent even been released yet isnt fair. Sure the rumored 1.2 ghz dual core rumored for the prime might not seem like anything special, but well find out once someone goes completely hands on with it. The screen and ics alone are enough for me to go prime over gs2…. Thats just me though….. In your defense, the nexus s was mediocre when it was launched compared to the n1 when it launched.

    • Anonymous

      Just fyi, and i’m not trying to be a douche, but the nexus device will be first with ics…

  • Anonymous

    I dont get all the excitement over a 2G TMO phone?

    • Anonymous

      Why do u say its only 2g?

      • Anonymous

        Shouldnt we see 2100mhz somewhere?

        • Anonymous

          Ppl over on phandroid are saying that the 2100mhz band is often omitted in fcc testing….. Other notable tmo releases in the past went thru the fcc without the 2100 band showing up in documentation

        • Anonymous

          Thanx Get_at_Me and thanks David!!

          Thats great to hear.

        • Ash

          Unless google wants this phone to only work in USA, they will have 2100, as it’s used in most carriers in other countries.

        • supposedly other t-mo phones that Passed FCC didn’t have 2100 either but they still ended up on t-mo

        • supposedly other t-mo phones that Passed FCC didn’t have 2100 either but they still ended up on t-mo

    • Chad

      The last 2 Nexus devices Google made them atleast 3G for Tmobile. What makes you think they’d be dumb to do less than that in the new Nexus. It’ll probably be 3G or maybe HSPA+ compatible on Tmo bands but atleast it’ll prob be 3G

    • Anonymous

      2g?

    • Anonymous

      2g?

    • Michael O’Sullivan

      they only test for uplink 2100 is downlink

  • John56

    my next device!

    • John56

      True Google experience (no Touchwhizcra p), 1024 x 768 pixels HD SAMOLED, NFC, first Android updates…!!!

      • According to the FCC documents, there is no NFC chip inside.

        • KG

          I highly doubt that, google will push NFC with Google Wallet and this is their flagship phone…

        • Well, NFC requires FCC authorization since it involves transmitting on a radio frequency. If it isn’t there, it isn’t there.

        • Oops, found the documents that indicate that NFC is supported. It’s listed in a different entry for A3LGTI9250, but it exists… My bad…

      • Graph

        Pardon me for correcting the Resolution which is not 1024 x 768 as its out-dated 4:3.
        It should be 1280 x 720 which is 16:9 and the current ratio.

      • Graph

        Pardon me for correcting the Resolution which is not 1024 x 768 as its out-dated 4:3.
        It should be 1280 x 720 which is 16:9 and the current ratio.

  • Chad

    Davids update is right this doesn’t mean a T-Mobile launch but I think I speak for most of us when I say we don’t care about it actually launching on T-Mobile’s line up of phones just so there is hope of a version compatible with T-Mo bands whoever sells (Bestbuy, Google, etc..) it we’ll buy it!

    • Anonymous

      The previous 2 nexus devices were sold by tmo either…. Only compatible with tmo….. Prime will most likely be the same way

      • KG

        I think so too….

    • Ash

      What Chad said.

      Yep, I don’t want T-mo to mess with my good plan, so I gave my wife overseas my Sensation4G and got a Euro/Asia version Sensation since it’s got AWS.

    • Anonymous

      Hell yeah!! I’d buy that thing full price. subsidized or not I’m getting this beast.

  • Chad

    Davids update is right this doesn’t mean a T-Mobile launch but I think I speak for most of us when I say we don’t care about it actually launching on T-Mobile’s line up of phones just so there is hope of a version compatible with T-Mo bands whoever sells (Bestbuy, Google, etc..) it we’ll buy it!

  • Sanman202

    You guys are so funny. Everyone wants this Nexus phone and you hear complaints about Samsung in how the Vibrant wasn’t updated an how the hardware had issues and you all want this phone. Who makes the phone? Samsung! It’s not going to be much different than the SGS2. 

    • Eggsonbacononchesse

      Simmer down Sally.

      • Sanman202

        Just stating some specs. That’s what it’s all about, right? Most of the info so far is just general information about the Nexus. When it’s announced then we’ll know what’s up. I don’t think it will stray too far from what we are seeing so far. 

    • Ricktrann

      Of Course it is bro, it’s pure google which means we will get the updates first hand, and dong have to with for the new OS to reach samsung for them to put their touch wiz on there, there for us getting updates super fast too!!

    • Thereugo67

      Its going to be a Stock Android phone, so the updates will be first. Samsungs Galaxy line has touchwiz and that’s what slows down the update process. Google isn’t going to let this happen with this phone. Pure Google.

      • badaphooko01

        I actually love my vibrant, I just want a bigger screen. The only reason I would need an update for my vibrant would be to get better battery life on miui.

        • Sanman202

          Yeah, the Vibrant is still good. I used it as my daily driver and it’s stock. Does what I need it to do. I just want better battery life also. The SGS2 battery is larger but there is also a larger screen to keep going. It just may even out in the end. I hope it’s better though. I am also looking forward to a newer version of Android. I’m sure the memory and power will be managed better as we see the Android versions advance. The 1.5ghz processor should make things snappier also. You picking it up this week or waiting for the bug reports? 

      • Anonymous

        real stock? or “….G2X stock vanilla?

        • KG

          Nexus = real stock

      • Sanman202

        True, it should receive the latest updates, however with Ice Cream Sandwich just getting released and the SGS2 coming out just before the release it can’t be too far down the road before the phone is updated. Even if it’s a few months wait it’s not that bad. The specs of the hardware itself between the SGS2 and Nexus Prime are not too far off from each other. Truly, the HD screen you will probably not notice the difference from the SA Plus. The battery in the SGS2 is the largest of all SGS2 variants. It should be plenty. Nexus may be a sliver larger which is not noticeable. The camera and the HD video recording if anything will be exactly the same.  NFC is available in both devices. Also, remember the SGS2 has a 1.5ghs processor. The other variants have 1.2ghz. I also would not worry about the Tmo merger situations as the SGS2 is ready for ATT switch. Also, there are rumors though that Nexus will have a better shutter and overall better camera but then there are rumors only a 5MP. These are minimal things once you get to a certain level of speed and features. To upgrade there should be significant changes in the device to warrant paying $200 plus for a phone. I’m guilty of wanting the latest and greatest and thinking the SGS2 is the way to go. 

        • KG

          I am done waiting months for updates, Stock UI FTW

        • Michael O’Sullivan

          Hell you can see the difference between 800×480 and 960×540. Imagine 1280×720 you wont be able to see the pixels (naked eye) the PPI is going to be insane..

    • Mark1207

      Obviously, Samsung has stepped up their game!

    • Mark1207

      Obviously, Samsung has stepped up their game!

    • 21stNow

      The Nexus S wasn’t nearly as buggy as the Vibrant. I owned both. Samsung is OK as long as Google is in control.

    • 21stNow

      The Nexus S wasn’t nearly as buggy as the Vibrant. I owned both. Samsung is OK as long as Google is in control.

  • don’t care about a t-mobile launch. the last two didn’t have a t-mobile launch. t-mobile didn’t even care. as long as i can buy a t-mobile compatible version of the phone i’m in heaven.

    • Ash

      Yeah, if the final spec is really good, same here.

    • Ash

      Yeah, if the final spec is really good, same here.

    • Thereugo67

      The last Nexus’s where both from Tmobile first. Google and Tmobile have a great partnership.

    • KG

      exactly my thinking, i am buying this unlocked full retail anyway….

    • Tomm CT

      What are you talking about? The Nexus One and Nexus S both released on Tmobile first before going to AT&T or Sprint.

      • I think what he means is that T-mo didn’t sell/support it themselves

      • I think what he means is that T-mo didn’t sell/support it themselves

  • Anonymous

    This is gone be the best phone to use on Tmobile. Im debating between the Prime, Amaze 4G and the Galaxy S II. Probably get the Prime since it’s the only phone with Icecream and a HD screen.

    • Thereugo67

      I like the AMAZE but this one will be the phone I get just because, I use screen for surfing the web alot, YouTube, etc. I’m tired of hiding under a tree to get shade to see what I’m looking at.

      • Don’t forget that it won’t have Wi-Fi Calling support, just like the Nexus S before it did not either.

      • Anonymous

        AMOLED is great aint it?

      • Michael O’Sullivan

        Hell AMOLED aint that great under sunlight either. In fact its worse than LCD

      • Michael O’Sullivan

        Hell AMOLED aint that great under sunlight either. In fact its worse than LCD

    • KG

      for me, it’s w/o question, the prime. Will probably never buy a non-stock UI.

  • Anonymous

    There will be two versions of the phone. A watered down version you can get on Verizon and a beefed up version for the rest of the world.

    • KG

      I am beginning to believe this and what itrustme wrote above that the GSM version will be exynos based while the VZ version will have the OMAP proc..

      • Kevinmarchibald

        Question is whether the Exynos that is used is compatible with HSPA+ 42, otherwise I doubt T-Mobile would sell it directly, and would want the OMAP4. But I would be stoked if the phone was Exynos and HSPA+ 22 and was sold unlocked through a third party. How would that work though if T-Mobile’s requiring contracts (I have an EMN SIM a.t.m.). Let’s say Best Buy offers a Nexus Prime compatible with T-Mobile’s network. How do I get a HSPA+ 22-enabled SIM from T-Mobile without buying another phone from them with either the Value or Classic plan?

        • J-Hop2o6

          It wont matter since its not Tmo branded, but it supports Tmo’s AWS spectrum, maxing out @ 21 HSPA+.. and it might be the newer Exynos chip (4212), instead of the previous one thats in the GSII (4210).

  • Anonymous

    I think the GSM world version will have an exynos 1.5 ghz. Dual core processor. And the Verizon version will have the omap dual core with lte.

  • Anonymous

    I think the GSM world version will have an exynos 1.5 ghz. Dual core processor. And the Verizon version will have the omap dual core with lte.

  • Anonymous

    I think the GSM world version will have an exynos 1.5 ghz. Dual core processor. And the Verizon version will have the omap dual core with lte.

    • J-Hop2o6

      That newer (4212) Exynos? or the previous (4210) thats in the GSII, but OC’d? Hopefully its the Exynos 4212.

  • Anonymous

    Tmos galaxy s variant is the nicest of the batch. It has a real metal chrome border not painted plastic, which looks fantastic

  • Thereugo67

    Your absolutely right there. But then again they got the BEATS, but a little to late. Samsung had the rights to produce it by the time HTC got with BEATS.

  • Thereugo67

    Your absolutely right there. But then again they got the BEATS, but a little to late. Samsung had the rights to produce it by the time HTC got with BEATS.

  • Fmu76

    At the rate android devices are advancing, it seems most will be outdated within a year. I gave a Nexus S as a gift in January and those specs already look outdated. I have a Sensation now but I think I will wait until a quad-core phone is out to upgrade.

  • Jeryfrias

    That’s just great, I was already set on getting the Hercules and now I might have to wait. Decisions,decisions!

  • dfrrf

    HOPE!

  • Brazilianguy

    My sensation is on cragslists,waiting for nexus prime, the top device of this year….

  • Orlandoisthebestplace

    Love my sensation but ice cream sandwich bring me G1,G2 NX1 memories after G2X problem tmobile gave me the sensation,when I was looking for the pure thing.

  • JP

    There’s always going to be a better phone just around the corner. How do you decide? Just get the one that’s going to best suit your needs for the phones that are available. If I kept waiting for what was coming down the pipe that’s the latest and greatest, I wouldn’t have a phone and probably never get one.

    • Most of us are looking for something to distinguish our phones in some way.  Some mistakenly try to do this by specs, but as you mentioned above, this is foolhardy as even the top spec’d phone is sure to be surpassed within a few months. That is why I stay with the Nexus line of phones. Between the pure Google experience and the fast (relatively) upgrade cycle, no other line of phones can compare… a true differentiater.

  • UMTSoverPCSplease

    I love this post. It goes to show that the new Nexus phone is definitely not a verizon exclusive. Now I don’t know which is to pick between the new nexus and sgs2 for t-mobile.

    On another note, clearly the guy in phandroid is totally naive about fcc spectrum bands and yet allowed to post a totally ignorant comment — “oddly left out the 2100MHz part”

  • KG

    + the SAMOLED, once you go SAMOLED, you can’t go back…!

  • josue cifuentes

    Samsung Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus > Iphone 4s

    • Nexus prime yes

      Galaxy Nexus no

    • Nexus prime yes

      Galaxy Nexus no

      • ??? Nobody knows the name of this device yet… You just threw out 2 speculated names for this upcoming device. Are you buying/not buying based off the name?

  • josue cifuentes

    Samsung Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus > Iphone 4s

  • GinaDee

    Stock doesn’t mean it’ll get the updates first unless it has the Nexus badge on it.  

    Look how long it took to get updates for the G2 and the G2x.  Frustrating I tell you.  

    I’m still getting the GS2 now and will get the Prime later.    ;-) 

  • Davenycept

    I agree frias I was set on tmobile gs2 but now if a pure google comes to tmobile then I may have to reevaluate

  • David I don’t know why you’re doubting the new Nexus will be on T-Mobile there’s every reason to believe(including history) that it will.  Although maybe not in stores but definitely will be able to order it online most likely.

  • Does a phone passing through the FCC mean that its for the US, or do phones for other countries have to pass through the FCC. Just trying to figure out if i can buy this unlocked for tmo at best buy launch day :)

    • 21stNow

      Canada uses FCC certifications, too, so this phone could be for Canadian release only, but I doubt it.

  • Michael O’Sullivan

    I dont expect there to be a tmobile launch but i hope theres still tmobile subsidization. I know there was for the nexus one but cant recall if there was for the nexus s.

  • Michael O’Sullivan

    I dont expect there to be a tmobile launch but i hope theres still tmobile subsidization. I know there was for the nexus one but cant recall if there was for the nexus s.

    • Anonymous

      Why do you want to get locked into a pricier contract for subsidization?

      Just buy the phone outright.

      • Anonymous

        Not everyone can afford $600+ for an unlocked phone, and you’re not saving a dime going unsubsidized if you already pay for unlimited data on T-Mobile anyway. What’s the alternative, switch to AT&T or Verizon and pay more for the same service?

        • Anonymous

          You are mistaken.

          Subsidized plans cost $20/mo more,  amounting to $240 extra per year.

        • Anonymous

          Where are you getting this info? Are you referring to a “Value” plan? Because most are on a Classic plan. I am on a grandfathered plan and pay $85/mo for unlimited minutes, text and data. Tell me how paying $600 for an unlocked device is cheaper than $250 without making a single change to my plan.

        • Seanmmvi

          if you want an upgrade on your phone you will have to change your plan…

        • Anonymous

          Not true. I have a full upgrade coming up and the only thing that will change is my phone. I already have unlimited everything. There’s nothing to change.

        • God

          watch… LOL once you get that upgrade you will have to change your plan…. i work for T-Mobile and those old plans will not work for the new phone… TRUST ME I KNOW!… and yes i will charge you for breathing once you walk into my store…. (hate customers like you)

        • Anonymous

          1. You’re not God.
          2. My unlimited data plan is only a year old.
          3. Unlimited data is unlimited data, regardless of the device. My plan won’t change.
          4. Then it’s a good thing I’m not your customer, because customers hate reps like you.
          5. You should find another job.

        • God

          LOL…. i love getting people all  wild up… 

        • Ash

          There is not unlimited plans on T-mo, no matter how long ago you started.

        • lu

          Uhh im a tmobile rep and he can def keep his older plan….dont know who trained or taught you your facts but your way off bro

        • Lee

          I call bs. Your plan will have to change in order to get the subsidized price.

    • Anonymous

      There was subsidized for t-mobile as well 199 on a two year sucks that i got it from best buy because i don’t think they allow one year upgrades.

    • Anonymous

      There was subsidized for t-mobile as well 199 on a two year sucks that i got it from best buy because i don’t think they allow one year upgrades.

  • Lee

    Will the Prime have external memory (sd card slot) available?

  • Isaelbox

    I just hope there is a T-mobile compatible Nexus Prime, I can’t wait!!!!! 

  • Anonymous

    now i got it people! its the usual BESTBUY exclusive for at&t and t-mobile.like other nexus most likely it won’t be available in t-mobile retail stores but unlocked t-mobile version will be available in bestbuy for upgrade and new contract for customers.

    • yeah! i agreed….. i think the Verizon exclusive it’s just like NexusS4G on Sprint! 

      • 4G LTE on Verizon and will be sold on Verizon retail stores…. and 3G or HSPA+ on T-Mobile and AT&T for Bestbuy retail stores!

        • Troll

          Why are you stating your opinion as fact, just because that is what happend in the past doesn’t mean the next Nexus is going to be similar. Wait until the announcement.

    • Kevinmarchibald

      How does that work? I’ve never bought an unlocked phone before from Best Buy, and now T-Mobile has these Value/Classic plans that have the phone cost built into them. So if you pay Best Buy up front for the full cost of the phone, is there some kind of special T-Mobile contract that removes the phone cost, or is there a special Value contract that bumps the price up (assuming an unlocked phone costs more than a phone directly from T-Mobile)? Thanks in advance.

      • Abrikot

        Both are contract, Value is basically doing a loan on the phone that you pay off monthly till the end of your contract. In the end it cost more then a value plan, even though you save 20 dollars a month (50 instead of 70, unlimitted everything) you end up paying more. Usually by going with the Classic you can save more then 480 on a HIGH END phone, on a low end different story. Remember you can buy these phones in many places, Costco is a whole sale place to buy it, best buy once in a while has great deals. 

        Think of value as a car loan type idea still 2 year commitment
        and
        Classic as what your used to, discounted phone for 2 year commitment

        Manager at a Area Manager for T-Mobile

        • Anonymous

          Actually not true. No matter how you look at it the value is a better plan. Example. 1 Line UTTW cost $59.99 on the value or $79.99 on the classic. The down payment will cost the same as the classic upgrade and you break the phone down in $3, $5, $10, or $15 payments. For arguments sake lets say a sensation. $199 down payment on value or $250 on classic – $50 MIR = $199. So upfront it will cost you the same. However you break the payments up in $15 dollars making your plan $74.99 on value for UTTW and a phone payment vs $79.99 on classic. 

          Lets do 5 line family plan. On value it costs $205 for UTTW however on classic it will cost $290. 5 Sensations will cost $1000 upfront after MIR on classic or $1000 for Value down payment but your monthly payments will be $15 x 5 = $75. That means the plan will cost you $280 for UTTW and 5 phones vs. $290. Also the savings will be greater because you are not paying taxes on the phones per month because you take the taxes up front. Tax difference will be like $10 bucks or so but still is savings. 

          :)

        • Realcool2000

          Was following til the tax part at end,…..ok not true….wasn’t following at all…over my head….

        • Ash

          Ha ha, most people can’t do basic math, good for your company.

        • T. Ferguson

          If you work at t mobile you should know value is the best plan out there.

    • Ntylerr83

      It will also be at costco for wholesale. So if you want to pay less and dont need to a sit down to work a phone swing by a kiosk and save a couple hundred bucks.

  • Man

    i hope this nexus is capable of taking advantage of the 42mps speeds.. supposedly the 1.2 exynos samsung processor was removed from the tmo sg2 and replaced with s3 qualcom snap dragon processor so it can take advantage of the 42mps.. this will determine if i’d be getting the nexus prime or sg2 this winter 

    • Anonymous

      it will be 4G but most likely not 42mbps maybe 21 would be my guess I don’t think they would leave out 4G again.

  • Boss302Owner2013

    Hey David, do you have any idea if the Samsung Nexus Prime will come with Gorilla Glass?  

  • Boss302Owner2013

    Hey David, do you have any idea if the Samsung Nexus Prime will come with Gorilla Glass?  

    • Anonymous

      Nexus Prime will have freaking Rhino Glass!

      • Realcool2000

        Tyrano glass btchs

        • Anonymous

          Its packing a Godzilla Glass son!

    • Boss302Owner2013

      No you bunch of idiots!  I’m talking about Gorilla Glass, which is found on Tablets, notebooks, Cell Phones, and now even LED TVs.  It’s scratch proof and shatter proof.  That’s the Gorilla Glass I’m talking about, so grow up gentlemen.  I was asking David or any other intelligent people with any insight on the said subject.  Thank You. 

  • Boss302Owner2013

    Hey David, do you have any idea if the Samsung Nexus Prime will come with Gorilla Glass?  

  • JoshuaTree

    After reading the specs, the Prime will make the Galaxy S2 totally “obsolete”!! and the GS2 is not even out yet! darn. What will kill it is the fact that both are made by Samsung. Can’t compete with a SAMOLED 1024×768 and Android 4.0, let alone NFC and pure Google OS..

  • Hey09

    So can I get the beefed up version on AT&T or not?

    • J-Hop2o6

      beefed up version?

      • Falangie

        Ya on other sites it said versions might be different. Who knows

        • J-Hop2o6

          Is he talking about a beefier version than whats already been released (GSII+ ?).. or is he just saying the AT&T version is just better than the Tmo version since it has Exynos?

        • falangie

          no idea i think there has been talk that verizons might be 4g and other features that at&t and others might not have. 

  • nerdlust

    Amaze gs2 nexus they all seem tight in my book. All winners. Also just played with a sensation that thing runs circles around my cliq 2

  • Mrstrat

    Anything will be better than this POS G2X. I’ve had it with this piece of junk. But I don’t want TMO to try and give me another one. It’s made by LG, so the defect is in basic design and execution.

    • kiladubz

      not really, while i do agree LG messed up bad, it was a software issue, if you have already updated to gingerbread, master reset it and you should be good. No issues over here since ive done that.

      • T. Ferguson

        Shut up dubs

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to hear that your G2X doesn’t perform to your liking. My G2X has been perfect since day one and has continued to be so thru the update to 2.3.3.  Seems as if all G2X’s aren’t made equally. However, once this Prime phone comes out, yours truly will be upgrading to it, even though my phone is giving me no problems at all.

  • Kevin Kerr

    Just need to confirm the metal chassis, SGX 543MP2, and 42mbps HSPA+ and I’m all set.

    • J-Hop2o6

      The first two, YES! hopefully!.. the last one, meh.. i’ll settle for 21mbps for the first two!

      • Anonymous

        especially if its samsungs exynos i know hummingbird processor in the sk4g got reaal close to the claimed 21mbps at a point at 14mbps which is good because real word times are usually half of the capability.

      • Kevin Kerr

        But have you seen the speeds that a 42mbps baseband can reach? A consistent 15mbps download! That’s the next best thing from LTE and it doesn’t have the extra fee, crappy battery life, or limited coverage.

        • J-Hop2o6

          I’m willing to sacrifice data speed, for a stronger body, and a strong phone GPU.

  • guest

    I think they delayed the nexus prime to allow the recent release of the gs2 in the 3 carriers some time to sell

    • Anonymous

      Nope. Google issued a statement letting people know it was out of respect for Jobs’ funeral.

    • Anonymous

      Nope. Google issued a statement letting people know it was out of respect for Jobs’ funeral.

      • emac

        You really think that Google or Samsung cares that he died? They were getting sued by Apple! Its all a marketing ploy.

  • J-Hop2o6

    FCC only tested for Tx, not Rx, which woulda shown the 2100 part for Tmo.. But it says above “AWS/WCDMA/HSPA — 1700”

    So trust me, this phone WILL be both Tmo & AT&T HSPA+ capable.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Meant to reply to Turtle, not new post.

  • t.shaw.31

    I have a dumb question to ask and I also ask for some understanding due to the fact the Prime will be my first smartphone. Ok so here’s the question: I have a G router at home will the Prime work with a G router ? Read somewhere it uses dual band N. Not the most tech savvy guy so a pleasant response would be very much appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Do u mean like a linksys wireless g router? If so, then yes, it will work…

      • t.shaw.31

        Thanks !!

    • If you mean you have an 802.11g router then yes… in fact, I can’t think of any reason it wouldn’t work with any router.

      • t.shaw.31

        Thanks !!

    • Anonymous

      it will work :]

      • t.shaw.31

        Thanks !!

  • Aza8312010

    Thank u lord for answering my prayers! Haleluya

  • heres the thing with BANDs

    in ATT 1900 is for Download and 850 is for upload and CA Rogers/Telus and AU Telus

    in Tmo 2100 is Download and 1700 is upload and CA Wind

    for the rest of the world 2100 is Download while 850(Asia) and 900(EU) is upload

    so 2100 not being there on the list doesnt mean its not there

    • Don

      where did you get these figures?

    • Uhh. NO!

      Any band number you see is actually referring to a band pair. Since UMTS FDD requires paired frequency bands, each mentioned “band” is actually two bands.

      For example: AWS-1 is often mentioned as 1700 or AWS, but the actual bands of AWS-1 are 1710–1755 MHz for uplink/upload, and 2110–2155 MHz for downlink/download.

      AT&T’s PCS band is often known as 1900, and its actual frequencies are 1850–1910 MHz for uplink and 1930–1990 MHz for downlink.

      AT&T’s CLR (Cellular) band is often known as 850, and its actual frequencies are 824–849 MHz for uplink and 869–894 MHz for downlink.

  • Anonymous

    Nexus Devices have almost always been a “compatible but not launched on t-mobile” device. The fact that its there is enough to say that t-mo will get one of course be that its unlocked so either at full price or online or through BB.

    • Michael O’Sullivan

      Nexus one was straight from google but subsidized or unsubsidized through t-mobile.

  • SD Guest

    Drooling while reading this article. My Nexus One and I patiently wait for the Prime’s debut. Having had the N1 for almost 2 years, I’m a fan of the Nexus series, especially given the direct link to Google updated software/OS. 

    • Mj4mvp

      Had N1, then Nexus S, Hello Prime! After having nexus since N1 I cannot go back to a branded phone from a carrier. My 6yr old daughter is tired of her iPhone. She gets to have my Nexus S when the Prime comes out! Woohooo.

      • Guest

        your 6yr old little girl has a cell phone ? …

        • Mj4mvp

          Its not activated as a phone just for the apps and games and music.

  • Enoel69

    My decision is made now that i know the new Nexus will follow tradition and call Magenta home..even if it won’t be on Tmo store shelve and will be sold by best buy. But i think it will make sense if Google let them carry it instore this time around..i think it will boost sales. Because in my view when ppl walk into a mobile store most of the times they want to get the best phone available…and the Nexus with its sexy design and specs will be the best. In the case of Tmo stores u will have the new Nexus , Amaze 4G and the Samsung GS2, HTC Sensation etc…most ppl with a lil explanation from the sales person or the tech savvy will go with the Nexus.  

    • Anonymous

      Since T-Mobile has such a laissez faire attitude toward use of their network, there’s little reason /not/ to launch a T-Mobile version. The main reason I can think of that Google wouldn’t is that for most of the development process to date there was a strong possibility (there still is a possibility, though somewhat lower now) that long before the new Nexus reached its end of life, T-Mobile would no longer exist. That may have caused them to hang back and concentrate on other networks. As much as we may love it, recall that T-Mobile /is/ still the smallest of the big four U.S. carriers.

  • Anonymous

    google could really make a splash if this phone launches on all us carriers at the same time (same day)….that would be a first i believe. bring it google! and hopefully well find out when they will launch it next week. on a side note, i had no idea steve jobs was on his death bed….i knew he was in bad shape, but…..

  • kresk

    Coming from the Nexus S and loving the four inch screen, I’m a bit scared of the rumored (giant) screen size of the Prime. Is liking a little four inch screen old fashion of me.. 

    • StormCharge

      I have the G2x, also with a 4″ screen. 4″ screen is perfect, will settle for 4.3″ but this 4.56″ or whatever is just crazy. These screen sizes are getting out of hand.

      • Enoel69

        Look at it this way..the current GS2 on Tmobile will be 4.52″ with a little more bezel and some unused space at the bottom for cap/buttons and a little space at the top. Meanwhile the new Nexus will be mostly all screen at 4.65″ and have a little bezel and little space at the top and bottom. I will guess the size will be closer to that of the GS2..not too bad after u get used to it. I am beyond excited…time to rest my N1. It served me well only gripe was the meager internal memory and smaller battery. 

        • kresk

          I just can’t wait to get some personal hands on time with it. The pocket test will play a huge factor for me. Only time will tell.

        • Cool Hand Luke

          The nexus prime is the gsm version. The size is going to feel the same or smaller than the nexus s. It’s display is longer not wider, just picture 
           the buttons on your nexus s as part of the display. If you buy any android phone other than this phone your phone will be out of date in months if not weeks. It’s still debatable if ICS will use the capacitive buttons at the bottom of upgraded android phones. It’s hard to understand how a bigger display will feel smaller in the hand but if you are smart you will wait and see. This is the iphone killer (until Iphone 5) and Samsung knows how underwhelmed people were with the release of the iphone 4s hence the delay out of respect.     

        • Anonymous

          indeed, the N1 still rockin hard, just showing the wear.

        • Chwsho

          I’m waiting to rest my N1 as well, I got the bigger battery upgraded lol last a day and a half. But really sucks is the internal memory, live the phone but that does sick.

        • Chwsho

          I’m waiting to rest my N1 as well, I got the bigger battery upgraded lol last a day and a half. But really sucks is the internal memory, live the phone but that does sick.

      • Anonymous

        remember that the back, home, and recent app icons are taking up space on the screen now, and not taking up physical button space on the front. so the size of the device may be similar to what you’re accustomed to.

  • rob

    Doesn’t T-Mobile recieve the nexus line annually anyways?…usually the 1st carrier to carry it..so why r we so worried? sum kind of version will land on magenta so just chill n wait

  • jaZzyjeff

    Have you guys seen the video for the Nexus Prime…
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvsXyeY0HVE&feature=player_embedded#!

  • nexus prime !!! i am waiting for this phone :)

  • Anonymous

    I am salivating for this phone! I think Nexus is the way to go if you want updates. And apparently there will be daily updates on Ice Cream Sandwich?

    • Guest

      Daily updates?  I don’t think that will do wonders for the stability of the platform.

    • David McClellan

      Not sure where you heard that steveb944, but Google doesn’t do daily releases for their stable software. This phone should receive future Android updates as soon as they’re ready, but it will not receive daily updates. 

  • I have a SGS2 intl version.,i can order my Tmob version today but if the prime is coming out in the next few weeks id rather get prime but no one seems to be sure about it ! decisions/decisions !!

  • I have a SGS2 intl version.,i can order my Tmob version today but if the prime is coming out in the next few weeks id rather get prime but no one seems to be sure about it ! decisions/decisions !!

  • Tech7

    Gotta call BS on the reason why they pushed the date back. If it was really an attempt to show respect to Steve, postpone the date a couple of days, a week at most but don’t keep potential customers in the dark during a week where all the other big phones still get released. I think it’s more about the patent wars going on or a glitch in hardware/software and the Steve passing thing is an excuse.

    • Guest

      I second that.  I think it was a pile of ***** that they delayed because of that.

  • J-Hop2o6

    That’s a Nexus S

    • jaZzyjeff

      :(

    • guest

      no its not – look at the hardware buttons placed on the bottom of the phone

      • J-Hop2o6

        The Nexus S capacitive buttons are deactivated.

      • J-Hop2o6

        The Nexus S capacitive buttons are deactivated.

      • J-Hop2o6

        The Nexus S capacitive buttons are deactivated.

    • Ehook68

      It is the Prime

  • Billy C

    Any chance the Tmobile version of this phone will have the exynos processor?  I know they opted for the snapdragon in the GSII because it wasn’t playing nice with the 42+ 4G, but is it possible that they would try and work with the exynos again (as it’s clearly the superior option)?

    JW because I’ve been eligible for an upgrade on Tmobile for a while now and I was waiting for the GSII, until they swapped the processor out.  Now if this phone is only a few months away, I want to know if it’s really worth waiting for.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing’s impossible, but I sort of doubt it. Honestly, though, unless they run benchmark tests I seriously doubt the average user would ever be able to tell the difference. I’ve played with both the AT&T and T-Mobile SGSII, and they run pretty much identically. I’m not an authority on computer hardware, but as far as I can tell the whole Exynos thing seems to be more a geek/vanity stat than something that would ever actually meaningfully affect performance. It’s your decision, of course, but I would discourage you from making a purchasing decision based primarily on something that is so trivial in practice.

  • Itgnjc

    I have nexus s and I cant wait till nexus prime…but will the nexus prime support tmobile 4g network? it will be sad having Edge network with this nexus prime. And tmobile better get this phone or available through other retailer like nexus s..

    • Anonymous

      I really hope its hspa+ , but I keep hearing it wont be, and that would be an absolute step backwards for T-Mobile. I don’t think Google or Sammy will let us down that way though, I mean they’re giving one to Verizon with LTE, so I don’t see why ours wont have hspa+ :) atleast that’s what I’m thinking

  • Rayfinn

    If its anything like the disappointing S2 I’ll pass.  I watched a live showdown last nite between an S2 and an old iphone 4 .  As much as I don’t want to admit it- at the end most people there wanted the Iphone- for various reasons ; the size was more pocket friendly the user interface was easier, less garbage loaded on the phone and the funny thing -the internet kept running after the person thought several times they turned it off, bad if your on a lower data plan.    I personally like the big screen on the s2 and the snappyness of it, but they also couldn’t get the wifi working – not sure if it has it.  Sammy needs to get it right for the nexus launch, and stop allowing all the added spamware and proprietary garbage to be put on it.  As much as I’ve never cared for Apples, if they don’t get it right this time I may have to change my thoughts and be open minded.   Also, tired of the lies these co’s use to keep delaying the release of phones. Pretty soon they’ll blame it on the weather. 

    • Anonymous

      What makes you think they’re lying? As for the Android platform in general, one of the reasons manufacturers and carriers like it is /because/ they can put their own UI and apps on it to differentiate the product. I don’t think you’re going to see that change anytime in the near future. I agree with you on one thing, though: I’ll be very disappointed if the Nexus line falls victim to that tactic. The vanilla experience and absence of bloatware is what first attracted me to it. Google has already started to fall victim to carrier pressure by locking down tethering on the NS4G, and it disturbs me to see them moving in that direction.

  • kcb

    Re-joining the android user space after a long wait (g1… *cough*)…   I recently acquired an international galaxy s.   Despite the sad fact that I can’t do 3G/4G, it really is pretty much the perfect phone for me.   UI…   speed…   tethering… etc.     It’s just a sweet phone.     I am now drooling over the galaxy nexus, and that WILL be my next phone.    And if samsung and the US carriers repeat history (and you know they will… *sigh*) – I will most certainly wait for and then acquire an international unlocked version.   And yeah, pay full price.    Just to solve my curiosity- when I got my Galaxy S, I also bought a VIBRANT- and oh my god, did tmobile trash that compared to the standard galaxy S.    I seriously will probably NEVER buy a carrier-mangled phone again.    Sadly, that means I have to miss wifi calling.   That disappoints me greatly, but it’s not a deal breaker.  

  • Harvey Marasigan

    Anyone have idea if this will ever come to T-Mobile? My Vibrant is starting to suck and I need a new phone.  The GS2 has screen problems and I just don’t want to spend that much to deal with that.