Samsung Galaxy Nexus Exclusivity Mystery Takes Another Turn

Posted on Oct 27 2011 - 9:12pm by Kyle

As we were leading up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus the rumors were hot and heavy about Verizon Wireless carrying the device. First we heard it was a Verizon Wireless exclusive. At that rumor we were all up in arms because a Nexus branded device should never be exclusive, afterall it’s the “developer phone”.

Then when we saw the device launched late on the night of October 18th we heard no mention of Verizon Wireless. The only carrier announced when Google and Samsung did their press conference was Japan’s DoCoMo.  Still no official word about Verizon Wireless.

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Finally last Friday Verizon came to the table and said they were getting the Galaxy Nexus later this year. Then yesterday when you did a search for a Samsung phone on Verizon’s website you would be taken to a Galaxy Nexus sign up page that said “exclusively on Verizon”.  Now, the “exclusively on Verizon” tag line is gone.


We’ve seen the HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus go through the FCC. We also had a tip from Briefmobile which showed Samsung Galaxy Nexus posters headed to their number one third party dealer, United Cellular. Also as Russell Holly point’s out over at Geek.com, the Nexus has never been a one carrier phone. Sure T-Mobile had a subsidized Nexus One available online only.  T-Mobile also subsidized the Nexus S at Best Buy stores and then Sprint also subsidized their Nexus S 4G when it finally rolled out.  So no matter the strategy here, the game plan is obviously different.

Perhaps Google vetoed Verizon’s use of the word “exclusively” because the word in itself negates the vision of the Nexus program.  What do you think?

source: Phandroid

 

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  • NexusDev

    To be honest all this secrecy from Google is a bunch of BS. We’ve seen the phone. Now let us know where we can get it. I don’t need an exact date right now but it’d be nice to know what carriers should be getting it.
    Google is dropping the ball with the Nexus series of phones.
    Just sign the name over to Samsung. The phone is no longer the developer phone. Its just another phone made by Samsung.

  • Anonymous

    i love android don’t get me wrong but ios does a great job for software buttons, they’ve also had 4 years to make it perfect. i think the software buttons in ics are fugly.