(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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  • 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.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

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

      • http://www.twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

        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….

        • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ 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 !!

    • https://plus.google.com/106721695871122826476/posts?hl=en Aja Hemphill

      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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    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?

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

      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

  • http://social-catalog.com/is-this-proper-google-nexus-prime-specs google nexus prime

    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. 

  • http://www.sharathsays.com Sharath Chandra

    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 !!

  • http://www.sharathsays.com Sharath Chandra

    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.