Nexus S 4G coming to Sprint, to be the first with fully integrated Google Voice
UPDATED: Sprint sent us the press release that now the Nexus S 4G is official, $199.99 from Sprint, available both in stores and online in the Spring. Super AMOLED screen and WiMAX connectivity plus Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for up to six devices are confirmed. As for the unique Google Voice integration in Sprint's fourth 4G phone, the carrier says:
"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."
Sprint's CTIA keynote is one of the main events of CTIA, which is kicking off tomorrow, but information about the carrier's Nexus S 4G WiMAX-capable handset already leaked out on their own website. It took a simple search for “nexus” on Sprint's website in order for confirmation for the Nexus S 4G rumors to show up.
And while the phone's main functions mimic the ones on its predecessor, the Nexus S, it will also offer novel features like “fully integrated” Google Voice allowing you to get voicemail transcriptions and most importantly make VoIP calls. If that really turns out to be a full integration of the services, it could mean that you should be able to enjoy nationwide free calling and very cheap international calling rates as well. Add the sweet smell of fresh Android Gingerbread on the software side, and you arrive at an alluring proposition. More details are surely coming soon as Sprint's very own Dan Hesse will step up at CTIA in sunny Orlando with the newest from the carrier, so stay tuned.
source: Sprint via Engadget