Did Tony Hawk just out the T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus?

T-Mobile and Tony Hawk go way back. We’re talking way back to the days when Tony Hawk was relevant. You know, the whole Pro Skater video game era, back when the Sidekick was so cool that Mr. Hawk had his name applied to a special edition of the proto-smartphone. Apparently the two parties are still on good terms, but the folks at Magenta may be a bit steamed after Hawk posted a photo to Twitter of a Galaxy Nexus along with the text “I love T-Mobile.”

Sure, it’s very possible to run an unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile’s network, but this isn’t the first we have heard of the device getting an official release on the network. We’ve have it from inside sources that a Galaxy Nexus with T-Mobile branding definitely exists, though release details are a bit murky. Given the history between the carrier and their extreme sports spokesman, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Tony Hawk got his hands on a pre-release handset.

Of course, Tony could just be a huge Android geek that bought an international Galaxy Nexus. His love for T-Mobile may stem from the fact that it is pretty easy to get the thing up and running on their network. Who knows? Regardless, T-Mobile is at least toying around with the idea of releasing the Galaxy Nexus. It only makes sense given their history with Google’s developer phones.

[via Android and Me]

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  • sc0rch3d

    “What’s Tony Hawk doin’ on the freeway?!?!?”
    “frontside nosegrind”

    (sry, couldn’t help myself)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

      Ha ha ha ha! Funny! Thanks for the laugh this morning. (For some reason, when I hit the like button, it doesn’t show.)

  • TheReder

    Finally good news! I’ll be first in line when this becomes available on Magenta.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AlmightyAdam Adam Dave Collins

    Or Mr Hawk could have just dl’d the Codename Android ROM (or many others as a matter of fact) and put ‘T-mobile’ as his carrier name in the options ;)

  • Russ

    Is it a Galaxy Nexus though? It could easily be a Nexus S from that shot?

  • http://twitter.com/timmyjoe42 tim bennett

    And using instagram?  So he took a picture of his Android with his iPhone and uploaded it to his instagram account?

    • geedee82

      Yeah I caught that too, wtf!

    • JRomeo

      instagram is on android

      • ekh

        only rumored, not on the market yet.

  • geedee82

    It looks like it was then retweeted by TMoGalaxyNexus

    • UMA_Fan

      So you can say for sure it was a ‘T-Mobile’ version and not the unlocked one?

  • geedee82

    double post

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

    Yes please! I’ll take one! Just hope it is easy to flash it with the stock ROM without the TMO bloatware on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1245012560 facebook-1245012560

    It’s difficult to be certain, but it doesn’t look like a lipped bezel, so it looks like something other than a Nexus S running ICS, but who knows? 

    • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

      I was thinking the same thing, but when I pull up the same screen on my NS running ICS 4.0.3, the styling is a little different. I could be that he’s still on a different iteration of the software. Unfortunately, I don’t (yet) have a Gnex to compare to the picture.

  • geedee82

    I think hes saying he loves Tmobile because he was able to go way over his data limit, hes at 3.63 gigs

    • famished

      I’m on the $20 preferred plan and  we get throttled after 5 GB.

  • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

    Oh course the Gnex is coming to T-mo. You know why?…because I JUST ordered an unlocked version two days ago!!!! GRRRR….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISJTML75MEKKABUDGA6JZUHX2U R.

    why wouldn’t they want to put oy=ut the most desired android phone?…no seriously why? i’m still waiting!

  • Lauren Berns

    Let it be so.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDULQFCLEXI4PRUQGIBNGEWVKQ John

    why would he love T-Mobile’s data limit caps?  is he being sarcastic?

    • spicymeatball

      Tony is probably grandfathered in to the original unlimited data like I was.  That had no caps.  I became cheap and now pay $10 a month for data but have caps.  Can’t beat the pricing and not being nickel and dimed like other carriers do to you.  I have tethering and don’t pay anything and didn’t have to root my nexus s.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDULQFCLEXI4PRUQGIBNGEWVKQ John

        i see but why is he looking at that particular data cap screen?

        • Michael O’Sullivan

          Probably because he won’t have to pay for any overages. I Love T-Mobile toooo!

  • wtpanos

    Apparently mister hawk is a chronic tetherer

  • UMA_Fan

    For some reason, Tony Hawk doesn’t strike me as the guy to import a Galaxy Nexus just to use it on T-Mobile.  If he really wanted one, he would get the Verizon version.  All these celebs have accounts with multiple carriers anyway.

    Regardless, this is awesome news.  Hopefully it’s HSPA+ 42 capable!!!

  • zoozie

    How do you guys know its a Gnex? What if its a Nexus S with ICS just like mine? 

    • Michael O’Sullivan

      If you look at the bottom left of the picture you can see the gunmetal-ish gray of the outer bezel. 

  • spicymeatball

    This is a great way to start your buzz about the Galaxy Nexus on t-mobile

  • Michael

    Obviously a cheap advertising stunt on behalf of T-Mobile to show off some sort of unlimited data plan … seems to have worked with it turning up here for starters

  • LazaroCasanova

    He was in London when he tweeted this so me thinks he’s referring to Tmo UK who actually does officially carry the Gnex :(

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

      Damn you logic!!!

      • LazaroCasanova

        lol…I really want this phone to officially hit tmobile USA. I just went to the verizon store to play with the galaxy nexus a bit and 4g LTE speeds in Miami seem to be horrible. It was sluggish, I was getting about 400kbps on the download and the upload would stall. My Nexus one on tmobile was pulling 4mb inside the Verizon store. I asked the employee working there what was the deal with the 4g LTE and all she said was “Yes it’s very fast its 10 times faster than 3G” but when I told her I couldn’t get any good speeds on the test unit she just said, she didn’t know.

        • scuttlefield

          It seems like that happens a lot on Verizon’s LTE. It sounds like it can be quite spotty. Meanwhile, I get consistently blazing speeds on my 3G Nexus S. I’m excited to try out the GNex on HSPA+!

          • LazaroCasanova

            ah ok…yea if i spring for the gnex on verizon I’ll mostly keep it on cdma for the battery life. The double data promo starts tomorrow and will last 10 days so looks like I’ll be making a decision soon with the $99 amazon deal

          • Adnoxaei

            It really does depend on where you are. In and around LA and San Diego I keep a pretty solid blazing fast LTE connection. Between I loose coverage, but it’s improving, and it’s more like leaving the blob of coverage instead of becoming spotty.

            The “spotty” issue seems to be the entire network, not the coverage. Verizon’s 4G seems to crash every once in a while, so you loose it for a day, which is annoying.

          • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

            That makes sense. I’m sure as Verizon (and the other companies) build out their LTE systems, the coverage and consistency will continue to improve.

  • Butters619

    I almost  bought a GSM G-Nex to use on AT&T, but I can’t justify dropping that kind of money on a phone that doesn’t support LTE

    • Greg Sanders

       Battery life is much better though :P

      I get a full day of heavy use easily. 8am to ~1am

      • james_bell

         Ditto on the great battery life, best of any Android phone I’ve seen so far.  And I’m getting an average of 6Mbps on T-mo’s “4G” network.  I am loving this speed/battery-life ratio.

  • Nicholas Falletta

    I have a gsm galaxy nexus, running on ics 4.0.2. It does look a little different on mine than it does in that picture. The blue bar on top is thicker on his (the half bar, mine is one thickness across), and the ‘usage’ in ‘Measured by your phone. Your carrier’s data usage accounting may differ.’ is on the first line of text on mine, on Tony’s it wraps to the second line.  Though I have seen this run off the screen before on my phone, it may indicate a lower resolution phone – like the Nexus S. There’s also no ‘wifi’ label on the status bar on mine or orange icons – I don’t know wtf that is…maybe this is just a themed phone? 

    • C-Law

      You can add wifi by simply clicking the menu button at the top right and clicking “show wifi.”
      The word “usage” is on the second line on mine too.
      I’m on a vzw gnex with 4.0.3
      I don’t see any orange icons in the pic above. If you are talking about the color next to wifi, that’s just glare

      • Nicholas Falletta

        Ah then the wifi and bar menu on top makes sense then, I never use data usage…the orange icons might be glare then. The text is still wrapping differently though on my galaxy nexus than his, and the apps on the bottom are lined up the same as Tony’s now. 

  • Nicholas Falletta

    That’s also scrolled to the top, the first item is ics browser + and you can see part of the next item in the list on the bottom, on his the first item is cut off a bit…looks like it is a lower resolution on his.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIW6VK47SOYFXUDHPMAAFEUDIQ Sergio

    i have a gnexus… and for sure this is not a galaxy nexus looks more like a galaxy s

  • DYNK

    All the american lot complain and complain about the Galaxy S series arriving late last for them but their carriers can’t even sort themselves out with a Pure Google phone…they should launch the minute Verizon loses their exclusive

    • scuttlefield

      Verizon must have already lost it’s exclusive deal since the GNex for Sprint has already been announced. Unless Sprint has some kind of secondary exclusive deal, I’m not sure what is holding up a release on T-mo.

  • chuckles87

    lookin at my gnex comared to the photo id say it is it