One of our Verizon ninjas sent over a gtalk message a little while ago saying that the document we had just posted still said that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was a Verizon Exclusive. I immediately stopped what I was doing to confirm what I was just told, and the wording actually revealed that Verizon Wireless won’t be the exclusive carrier for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
As our good friend, Russell Holly, points out in this article at geek.com, it’s all in the wording.
The exact verbage from Verizon Wireless is as follows:
Verizon Wireless is the exclusive launch partner for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE smartphone, the first to offer the Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.
While a layman may quickly translate that to “Verizon Wireless has exclusivity of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus” that’s not what that text is telling us.
More after the break
First off, it now says “launch partner”, we’ve seen this strategy many times before like with the iPhone 4S, AT&T was the exclusive launch partner but then Verizon received it. How about the Motorola Atrix 4G, AT&T was the original launch partner for that device however Sprint now carries it as the Photon 4G. What this text simply says is Verizon Wireless will have it first.
But, it doesn’t just say that Verizon Wireless will have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus first it says Verizon Wireless will have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE first. That means EXACTLY what it says, the 4G LTE version. As we saw at the launch event the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is known to have two flavors, 4G LTE and HSPA+. While Verizon Wireless and AT&T both have 4G LTE now, AT&T also has HSPA+ as does T-Mobile. This certainly paves the way for the T-Mobile or an AT&T version to launch, even alongside the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE version.
What about Sprint? There was no word on a WiMax version at launch however that doesn’t mean that Samsung isn’t making a Sprint version. Afterall Sprint was the launch partner for Google Wallet. Also, the Nexus S 4G (WiMax) version came out several weeks after the original version and has done quite well. Perhaps we will see a WiMax version in the early part of 2012.