Official: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Headed to Verizon Wireless


Though some out there were intent on spreading false rumors to the contrary, Verizon Wireless has officially announced that they will carry the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There isn’t much more to add; the phone has been run through the ringer this week as it is. But find the truth in the press release below, which sadly still lack a release date and pricing.


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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Additional features:
· 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
· Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
· First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)
· 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
· 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
· 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
· Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
· Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
· Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google+ app

Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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  1. “later this year.” Thanks for the update, Verizon.

    If there’s one thing Google really should “steal” from Apple, is their product launch technique.

    1. You nailed it. There’s this phone, and somebody’s gonna carry it, and when they do it’ll be sometime “soon” and will be priced “competitively”. I’ll give it to Apple, when they launch they send the rocket and everything in it.

    2. Ya no doubt typical of google do this

    3. Apple announced that the “i5” or “i4s” or both, would be available how many months before it was launched? They didn’t. Just because rumors are spread by the general public months before the release of a product because sites like this report on FCC applications doesn’t make the manufacturers the bad guys. At least new Android products are released several times a month as opposed to 1 new apple product very 12 – 18 months. Grow up and show some patience.

      1. Relax yo. He’s just complimenting Apples approach, that doesn’t make Android any less amazing. Just appreciating how when Apple DOES decide to release a phone you get the phone, date, network and price all at once, that’s all.

  2. Wish they’d said how much internal storage the phone would have since Google and Samsung stated that would depend on carrier and market.

    1. rumours are 16gb and 32gb models.

      1. Would be nice if different versions came out like the SGS2 with Sprint’s version having the bigger screen and notification led.. Maybe the Sprint version will have Microsd and notification led. :D Not likely though…

        1. It already has a notification light!

        2. It is very unlikely that they would put an SD card in a Nexus device. They didn’t do it for a reason. Plus they like the idea of the cloud more than removable storage.

      2. Issue is all of Verizon’s internal MAP leaks all show one variation.. so it will have 16 or 32… no options. Hopefully they don’t skimp out for $299 upgrade fee.

  3. Don’t freak out about “later this year” everyone. The Bionic was not announced until 2 weeks before it hit stores. I’m still counting on Nov 10th.

  4. *Calls Sprint Customer Service line*
    Me: Bye
    Sprint: F U
    Me: Your mother.

    1. http://phandroid.com/2011/10/21/samsung-galaxy-nexus-will-see-a-sprint-release/

      if that is correct sprint will see a GN as well. Unless you can’t wait i would hold off jumping ships. Unless you have others reason besides just the GN that is xD

      1. That would be so easy to fake..

        1. so would like 50% of what is on this site, and likely is… so whats your point?

    2. this shit is fucking hilarious!! +1000

    3. You might wanna call back sprint and tell them your sorry cause Sprint will carry this phone… sigh

      1. *Calls back Sprint*

        Me: Sorry about what i said about your mother.

        Sprint: Its cool, she became a iWhore, ever since she bought the

        Me: True story

        Sprint: -_-

        1. What the hell is wrong with you?


  6. i just hope it has expandable memory, i know the units at the event didnt the other day, but could this really be the first android phone to not have one?

    1. First android phone to not have one? I’m pretty sure the Nexus S didn’t have expandable storage either.

    2. My Nexus S didn’t have an SD we got along just fine till one day the river swallowed it whole :(

  7. I think the biggest news about this is that it doesn’t say that it is EXCLUSIVELY coming to Verizon. It doesn’t even say that it is getting it first. If it was, they would no waste time letting it be known.

    1. Agreed, I mean apart from the cellular company making extra $$ over an exclusive release, I’m thinking that if I was Google and Samsung (the REAL folks behind this product) why wouldn’t I want to release this thing simultaneously to as many carriers as possible. I mean if you want to compete with the iPhone, you shouldn’t just try to sell your product in one store, right? Especially considering it is now available from the top 3 national carriers. It IS about selling the phone after all and asserting Android as the top OS in mobile technology

      1. I hear your point but why didnt they do that with all the nexus phones then?? I guaruntee if it goes to Verizon first it will have the best sales of any nexus phone… Specially with verizon marketing it. Verizon and apple you can hate all you want, but they sure are good at marketing there products..

        1. Right but it’s NOT a Verizon product, its a Google/Samsung product. Apple doesn’t ask cell carriers or electronics stores to do most of the promo for their products, THEY market them themselves. By doing it this way Samsung/Google very effectively excludes all of their otherwise diehard fans who are currently with other carriers. By not putting their product in the shops of other carriers they simply guarantee quite a lot of missed sales, hands down.

          1. I undestand that and none of the other nexus devices really didnt sale that good at all cause google doesnt really advertise them to well… So maybe there gonna let Verizon market the hell out of the thing till it hits other carriers.. So with verizon marketing the thing people are gonna know what it is when it gets on other carriers.. Its a win for google and Verizon

        2. I doubt it would have the best nexus sales on verizon maybe due to being in store yes but shoot if nexus series for at&t and tmo were in store they would have just as good sales as well

  8. Being on T-Mo, I’m just happy not to see the word “exclusive” in here.

    1. Yeah, I mean I’m amazed there aren’t more Nexus One owners who aren’t annoyed about this whole Verizon thing. Because bottom line, if you got an N1 back on its original release, and of course you were then tied to T-Mobile, your 2 year contract is still not quite up yet. So then what, to those people, like myself and many others, will we have to ditch T-Mo to get this phone?? Not thrilled, this is not good news. But at least nothing about “exclusive” and both the LTE and HSPA+ models were given equal billing when the GNex was unveiled the other day, so it shouldn’t be thought of as Google/Sammy showing favoritism towards Verizon and LTE.

  9. where do i go to see this?!?! i wanna c it with my own eyes. (meaning where can i see Verizon said this officially)

    1. Its on Verizon’s site in the news section.

  10. “· 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas”

    LTE and only 5 – 12 Mbits? WTF?

    On AT&T I already regularly get 3-4 Mbits down on my Nexus One.

    How come 4G Galaxy Nexus users can’t expect 12 – 40Mbits?

    1. You realise that is just what can be expected and wont get any worse than that right?? Thats the speeds LTE get around here with one bar of service, and thats pretty damn good..

    2. That is expected which means you can get higher but in poor areas that is the low you will get. I see higher than that on my tb and am sure it will be the same with the nexus.

  11. This is another bit of information no one person should be surprised about. Ever since that little ‘leak’ of Verizon Wireless being on the notification bar of the reveal video.. it was a closed case on whether or not VZW would be carrying this device.

    For everyone else who are somewhat confused…

    Sprint will carry this device
    No SD Card – 16gb or 32gb Galaxy Nexus choices.
    No HDMI Out-put
    Yes removable battery.
    Gorilla Glass – Maybe.

    1. There actually is HDMI out via MHL. Please don’t post random “facts”.


      1. The dot above the “i” is called a tittle.

      2. None of my facts are random.. they are all very relevant to the topic… unless you meant ‘dont post invalid facts’ in which case the device itself wont actually have HDMI out put.. in other words, the actual HDMI out put where u plug in for HDMI will be absent…..

        Please don’t post pointless comments

        1. I meant that you took some rumors about this phone and “randomly” quoted them as truth. Of course it may not have actually been random; this isn’t a semantics argument. You were wrong about HDMI, and the Sprint release is definitely not confirmed. You also cited no sources.

  12. anyone else see the same pattern as with the nexus one?!

    1. Notice everyone ignored your comment. This happened before I believe. Guess we will see Nov 10.

    2. verizon never announced the nexus 1 though. It was on the google site as coming soon but never officially acknowledged by verizon.

  13. why would they only put 5mp.-_-
    turn off.

    1. Because with the new optics they put in i,t this 5MP camera actually takes better picture than most 8MP cameras out there. More MP doen’t mean better picture quality, just bigger file. Unless you plan to print posters out of them, you won’t see a difference anyway.

      1. You can keep telling people that, but it obviously goes in one ear and out the other..

    2. What makes you think high mp = better picture?

    3. If you need a camera with more than 5mp, get a friggin’ Nikon

  14. No rumor about it comes in16gb and 32 gb with no sd card slot.


    Now back to inside voice.

  16. And Bell will release it soon? We got three s2 early, so come on already!! !

  17. My only problem with the Nexus is the rumor of no sd card slot..

    1. How the hell many gigs do you need…on a phone!??!

      1. It’s more of the option to take out the memory card and put it in a reader to move files and stuff. A real convenience when you don’t have a flash drive. I guess Ill have to see how nexus S owners dealt with it or if they missed it.

        1. Sd cards are the floppy disks of this generation sure yeah you could have about 100 floppies ready to swap out but why when you can have one that is just there and you can access it and modify it any time? how many SD cards does one need? what are you putting on your phones that makes you need more than 32gbs?

  18. Verizon is the article of the month FINALLY!!!!

  19. Im guessing that since Verizon is not able to roll out the bloat factory with this device there is no real need to advertise it

    1. thats why they are launching the razr so close to it so they can advertise that and bloat it all up.

  20. does anyone know if the gs2 will get ICS?

    1. I would be VERY surprised if it didn’t. It may get it late because ICS is a huge update and Samsung would need to reconfigure touchwiz but im sure they woud update it

      1. However, sammy is already redoing touchwhiz for ICS’s eventual tablet launch. Its a done deal.

        1. Not to mention that Samsung is the one that already has all the info on ICS and the SG2 is very similar to the GNex

  21. Isn’t it typical for VZW to announce a phone only a few days before launch? If that is the case, then I recon this will be launched on 11/03. This is only speculation because VZW keeps things tighter than their virgin daughter.

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