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Sprint Galaxy Nexus saunters through the FCC

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus saunters through the FCC
If you’re a U.S. customer that has been patiently waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to show up on a wireless network that isn’t Verizon, it looks like the reward for your patience draws near; the FCC just approved the Samsung SPH-L700, which is the model number for the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus. The FCC document didn’t shed any light on whether or not we can expect any refresh in the phone’s specifications, but it did list an LTE radio that uses the 1900 MHz bands that power Sprint’s nascent LTE network.

Of course even if you don’t live in one of Sprint’s upcoming LTE markets, the Galaxy Nexus works quite well on 3G (and gets substantially better battery life in 3G mode to boot), so Sprint customers everywhere have reason to rejoice if they were hoping for a Google Experience handset that’s a bit less dated than the Google Nexus S 4G.

Clearing the FCC doesn’t guaranty that a device will be shipping imminently, but we’d imagine that whatever exclusivity agreement Verizon had with Samsung is nearing an end, and previous rumors have pegged April for the launch date, so the stars seem to be aligning around “sooner” rather than “later” in this case.

Who is hoping to pick one of these up on Sprint?

Sprint Galaxy Nexus saunters through the FCC

source: FCC via Engadget

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posted on 15 Mar 2012, 17:15 3

1. meccausa02 (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Eh, might wait to see what HTC has up their sleeve ...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 17:55 3

2. f1r3z0r (Posts: 78; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


HTC makes good phone but the battery always suck

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 19:48 3

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'm not really sure what you're talking about when you say that the batteries always suck. I've had 2 HTC phones, the Sprint HTC Hero and Evo Shift, and could/can get through a 14hr day with about 45% battery left. My battery has actually lasted longer than the original Evo Shift that it came with. I know that not all HTC devices are like that though, look at the T-Bolt, but it also depends on how well you take care of the battery.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 18:07 3

3. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


It was about time for the exclusivity on Verizon to expire! I wonder if there's any hope to see the GSM version any soon.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 19:34 1

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


You can get an unlocked GSM version that will work with At&t or T-Mobile. You'll just have to look online for one that matches what you want.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 22:44

14. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


I know, just worried if something is wrong with phone I don't want to deal with an international type of warranty...if you know what I mean.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 18:16 4

4. the_EDJ (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Sep 2008)


As an HTC fan, I've been really disappointed with their phones lately. The specs are fine, but every HTC phone looks like every other HTC phone, and while Sense is an okay overlay with better integration, I'm over the same boring looks. My Evo looks too similar to what's coming out almost 2 years later. I know Samsungs and other slabs look a lot alike, but it's still different to me. Beats Audio just isn't enough of a selling point for me to stick around. :(

The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is my next phone unless a new announcement comes out and blows my mind. I'd also consider the new Sony S, but there's no way that comes to Sprint, and there's no way I jump to Verizon or AT&T.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 19:38

6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Too bad Sprint Doesn't get a GSM band Gnex

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 19:53 1

8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I just hope that I can get a good paying job so that I can afford to pay full retail for this phone. At least that's my plan until HTC/Sprint decide launch another device in the Evo line (especially if it has a physical keyboard.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 20:29 1

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sprint + Samsung are a BAD combo. They always have a radio issue, super slow data speeds. My Verizon Galaxy Nexus on 3G gets more than double the speeds on my old Epic Touch on Sprint. And yes, basically the same signal strength as well. Sprint might have unlimited data, but the speeds are so slow, you won't even care.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 22:01

12. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Well thats because LTE is faster than WiMAX. Even so, I still get 10mbps down regularly on Sprint 4G. Almost as fast as my FiOS.

Patiently waiting, Sprint is hauling ass with their Network Vision / LTE deployment and the future looks bright.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 22:15

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I said 3G vs 3G lol I do not have LTE in my area yet so it is a fair comparison.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 00:22

15. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Nobody ever argued that Sprint 3G was faster than Verizon 3G, but that doesn't make it a radio issue. I know first hand what you're saying, owning a Nexus S currently, but data speeds are all within 10% of Motorola, LG, Apple, HTC etc.

Speed tests from the exact same area don't generally favor one manufacturer over another. Despite the Photon having an incredibly robust antenna, speed testing proved exactly the same as an Epic Touch, even while showing 2 more bars of coverage. My Nexus showed 2 out of 4 bars and actually scored higher than both the dual core beasts. Could be that your area may differ, not sure

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 21:12

10. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


By the time this comes out I might as well start waiting for the next best thing, this phone is almost half a year old now, that's very long in tech-time.
Summer is almost here and Sprint releases their new devices around that time, not sure how much sense it will make to get it if it doesn't come out til around May.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:28

16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


They have a GN sweepstakes that ends April 5th...it will launch soon. The galaxy Nexus is definitely top of the galaxy line. Exynos just didn't play well with LTE. Unfortunately Sprint will have 1900 LTE, and this will change sometime to 800. But I bought an EVO 4G before Wimax came to NY, and even though Wimax will fade my Photon will work until LTE arrives. If the damn phone has no issues I will buy it for the Google experience. and 2 years from now get the LTE 800 next best thing

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 21:46 1

11. JGuinan007 (Posts: 619; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Yo wha happened to Samsungs march 15th press event in Amstredam?

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