Since January, we’ve been hearing that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would hit Sprint on April 22 and today Sprint verified the rumor. The model phone for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be hitting Sprint shelves in less than a week for a cool $200 with a two-year contract. That’s about $100 less than the Verizon version. The Galaxy Nexus will be the carrier’s first 4G LTE device.
Since Sprint is the only major supporter of Google Wallet, Galaxy Nexus owners will actually be able to use the new service, which lets you use your phone as a credit card at stores. Those who activate a Google Wallet account within three weeks of buying the phone will receive somewhere between $10 and $50 (the press release isn’t quite clear) in free Google Wallet money.
The Galaxy Nexus (review) is one of our favorite phones, though its battery life is not the best. We recommend you pony up for the extended battery. It’s not much better, but having two batteries is helpful if you tend to use your phone a lot (we do). You can already pre-order the phone at sprint.com/nexus. Those who pre-order may receive their phone as early as April 20.
Sprint makes no mention of WiMax 4G in its press release, indicating that the Galaxy Nexus won’t be able to tap into Sprint’s existing 4G network. Sprint’s first cities with 4G LTE will be Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.Baltimore and Kansas City are also expected to have 4G LTE by “mid-year 2012.”
Oddly, though Sprint recently announced a new HD Voice initiative, the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t appear to have HD Voice built in, so your voice calls will sound the same as they always have (crappy). We’ve asked Sprint about this and will update you when we hear back.