Official: Nexus S 4G Announced for Spring Release on Sprint at $199 On-Contract


Looks like Sprint is content with allowing some of their CTIA announcements trickle out slowly before their big press event later in the week, as official word of the Nexus S 4G has just crossed the wires. As expected, it is the same Nexus S we know from T-Mobile’s network but with a fancy pants WiMAX 4G radio on top.

No specific release date has been announced just yet, but you won’t have too wait much longer to get your hands on the Nexus S outside of T-Mobile’s grasp. The Nexus S 4G will be available later this spring for $199.99 on a two-year contract. Press release below.

First Pure Google 4G Device with Android 2.3 in the U.S., Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung, Coming to Sprint this Spring
First 4G device powered by Android 2.3 boasts pure Google experience, Google Voice integration, Super AMOLED display and Mobile Hotspot capability is Sprint’s 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone announced to date

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 21, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) extends its 4G device innovation lead once again with the upcoming availability of the 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone, Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™. Coming to Sprint this spring, it will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented controls and services enabled by Google Voice™ integration built into the Sprint Network.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G comes packed with a pure Google experience using Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

“Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “As the first 4G smartphone with Android 2.3, Nexus S 4G delivers on the promise of the advanced data capabilities of 4G to deliver an incredible Web browsing experience, offers quick and easy access to future Android updates and access to the services built into Google Voice.”

It is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. It also offers a screen that is bright with higher color contrast, meaning colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.

Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps. In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

“We’re excited to partner with Sprint on Nexus S 4G, which brings innovative hardware by Samsung and innovations on the Android platform, to create a powerful smartphone experience,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of Engineering at Google.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Integrated GPS
1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
“Samsung is thrilled to work with Google and Sprint to create the next generation Nexus S. Adding 4G capabilities takes this iconic device to the next level,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Nexus S 4G integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and the exciting features of the Android 2.3 platform with the impressive speed and connectivity of Sprint’s 4G network.”

Nexus S 4G from Google will be available exclusively from Sprint this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), as well as select national retailers.

Sprint Nexus S customers also will be able to easily use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges and potential service disruptions. Google Voice makes it easy for people to manage and access most of their voice-based communication. It lets users manage up to six different phones through one number with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking and recording.

Now Sprint subscribers can use their Sprint number across their office, home and wireless phones, and personalize settings so calls from friends ring their wireless device and home phone, while calls from the boss only ring at the office. Google Voice users can receive transcribed voicemails and read or listen to them online. They can also read, send and search text messages and call logs online at www.google.com/voice.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint customers get more with unlimited data plans on the Sprint Network. Sprint offers real simplicity, value and savings versus competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones without using a calculator to tally up costs or worrying about how much data they’ve used.

Sprint Everything Data plans qualify for automatic enrollment in the Sprint PremierSM loyalty program3. Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint is America’s Favorite 4G Network4. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company is recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands. Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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  1. Dick, if u think the bolt is old news I don’t want to hear anything about how good this galaxy s clone is.

  2. I’m torn between the Nexus S and Evo-3D. Pure Google and tight Google voice integration bring something new to the table. I don’t really care about dual core. That might matter in another year or so, but as of right now, the app and software support just isn’t there. Also, seeing the Nexus S stomp the Atrix in review after review after review proves there is more to the story than how many cores are in a device. I’m also looking forward to 2.4 while everyone else struggles to get Gingerbread.

  3. Even though I know that the Evo 3D is coming in June, I’m switching to Sprint next month and then I will buy the Evo 3D in June.

    Next month, should I buy the Evo 4G or the Nexus S?

  4. Yay! I’m eligible now. Tell me when, tell me when, tell me when!

    Goodbye Samsung Moment, goodbye 3rd party UI, hello Gingerbread!

  5. PLEASE INSTALL DISQUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Leaving a comment on this site is annoying!!! That said I would like the EVO 3D over this.

  6. After an almost epic struggle to decide on and eventually BUY a new phone, it looks like this is what I’ve been waiting for. Now when’s the damn release date????? I want to get it in time to get their service transfer offer.

  7. The Nexus S is my next phone while the other phones have great features I know that if I get the Nexus S with Sprint my phone will be up graded to the next Android version first for the next couple of years. Now that AT&T has bought T-mobile I know AT&T is going to bring up plan prices and start putting a cap on T-mobile data plans and turn them into tier plans so that leaves Sprint as the most economical cell phone company and with the mobile devices and tablets that they’re about to release I for one think the that the time to make the switch is now.

  8. Is that a case or did they make it fatter for the wimax radio

  9. what about verizon!!

  10. With the whole AT&T buying T-Mobile crap deal, I’m jumping ship to Sprint for Nexus S 4G.

    QUESTION: Will one be able to use voice and data bands simultaneously with a Nexus S 4G on Sprint?

  11. I have an epic 4g I never really use the keyboard I love the multimedia functions of the phone but the lack of support from samsung is very annoying. I mean they think instead of upgrading your current phone to the newer software version just have you buy the newest phone with the latest software installed. I am still waiting for froyo while my evo had it installed about a month or two after I bought it in june.

  12. @SIGINT… Don’t be torn between the two the Nexus S 4g is great pure google that’s always a plus something we should all appreciate. But the Htc Evo3d can’t be denied it has all the best specs of any device on the market now and nothing won’t be better this year. The Htc Evo3d will ship with 2.3.3gingerbread and surely will receive 2.4 when the Nexus S 4g gets it now that google and sprint have a great business relationship and the same device on the same network. The integration of Google voice on all sprint device the only network to have this you simply can’t go wrong with the Evo3d. On day one this will be my device to replace the granddaddy of 4g my evo 4g. After sprint has there presentation today that is when the fun starts the device will shown then all the youtube comparisons will begin. Evo 3d vs Lg Optimus 3d, the Evo3d vs the Lg Optimus 2X, the Evo 3d vs the Atrix 4g, then the Evo 3d vs the Samsung Galaxy S2 as well as all the others. This is a great week the world will see just how great this well kept secret really is… Htc saved the best for last and sprint has it on there network we on sprint will be very happy and we have great devices to choose from including the Atrix 4g and just might be getting the Samsung Galaxy S2 also we will find out about that today… Sprint rocks the android world again

  13. What is the difference between the sprint evo 4g & the sprint evo 3d. I have the evo and want to know if evo 3d is better?

  14. the evo3d has dual core processors and a 3d screen( that doesnt use glasses) hence the name evo “3d”

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