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Last Updated: January 7th, 2012

Update: The ad has been removed from CNET, but we've retained a couple images, below. Sounds like someone finally figured out the rather embarrassingly bad mistake they just made.

Well, it looks like someone doing ad-serving for CNET pulled the trigger a little early. If you head over to this CNET page (it may be taken down soon, in fact, it almost certainly will) you'll see an ad for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the first 4G LTE phone to hit Sprint's upcoming LTE network. Whoops. It looks 100% legit, and it looks like Sprint is planning on getting it out pretty quick judging by the advertisement:

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The people with the big leather chairs and power-ties at Sprint are likely going to be upset about this. As for the rest of us, it's probably the best news of the year (albeit only 5 days into the year). Oh, and did we mention that this ad indicates Sprint's Galaxy Nexus will be clocked at 1.5GHz out of the box (as opposed to the 1.2GHz Verizon version)? Interesting, indeed.

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  • PB

    This is what I have been waiting for

  • mastermind26

    Looks like I'm signing on for another 2 years!
    YESS!!!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    First LTE areas officially announced!

    Galaxy Nexus on Sprint!

    And it's LTE!

    Shit just got real, all in a few hours. The Sprint shit data agony is going to be coming to an end by 2013 hopefully.

    Come on, SF Bay Area.

    • jonathan3579

      Do we have theoretical speeds for their LTE network? Maybe I throw that word around so much because of being with T-Mobile. SMH.

  • SpicyCurlyMustache

    Well, now I know what I'm going to upgrade to in July.

    • Kris Smith

      Same here. Sooner if possible.

  • http://www.rjmprofessional.com Ryan Miller

    Woo hoo!!!! This is exactly what I have been waiting for.

  • toshistation

    Woo hoo! I had a dream about a Wimax GNex, but this is even better! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!

  • Kevin

    It was there when I went to that page... Maybe they aren't trying to hide it.

    OK, AT&T, now it is your turn to make an announcement. ( please please )

    • Adam

      That's what I am hoping for too!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The question is, will it still remain unlimited on LTE? If it is and has good coverage, it's game over for Verizon and LTE unless they uncap (or Sprint caps).

    • Tommy

      If anything I could see them going with capped with 3G and unlimited 4G.

      • jonathan3579

        I'd love to give Sprint a second look with truly unlimited LTE data and the Galaxy Nexus. I'd not even think twice about it... I was complacent at best with WiMAX here in Houston. To be honest, they couldn't hold a stick close to what I've been getting on T-Mobile lately but I am tired of their loosely implied unlimited data.

    • http://gthing.net sam

      It's likely that they are only still offering unlimited 4G because of their contract with clearwire. Once they roll out LTE this will no longer be the case.

  • Adam

    Well hopefully that means good news soon, for us users in the states that don't have Verizon.

  • Efraaflores

    And I was just about to switch to Verizon to get this phone. Looks like I'm staying with sprint. :D

    • mastermind26

      I was on the verge of the same. :D
      Looks like I'm on lock-down for another 2 years. :)

  • mike

    YES FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! I've been checking everyday for rumors about this, never been so happy, thank you guys!!!

  • Rob

    As a Sprint customer looking down the barrel of a contract upgrade in June/July. THIS makes me very happy. :D

  • http://gthing.net sam

    So LTE is rolling out to four markets in the middle of the year. Will this phone be available everywhere? Will it also have a WIMAX radio for everybody else?

    I'm guessing that this will launch middle of the year sometime along with their LTE rollout, and most people won't be able to enjoy its benefits until it's obsolete.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Sprint has already said that no WiMAX/LTE handsets will be made. They stated that they are looking into WiMAX/LTE dual mode hotspots, though they didn't commit to it.

  • http://gthing.net sam

    Don't be too excited about LTE on Sprint. The only reason we still have unlimited data is due to the nature of Sprint's contract with clearwire (the wholesale provider of their 4g). Once they roll out their own 4G network it's highly likely they will follow in the footsteps of their competitors and cap 4G usage. The best we can realistically hope for is probably a 5GB cap.
    That is my prediction.

  • Devin

    Any news on whether it has the same awful screen as verizon version?

    • Phil

      The same "awful" screen? The screen on the VZW Nexus is beautiful. We talking about the same phone?

  • Scooterman1

    I would really be excited about this but it won't make a difference how fast their network is when they have it in the 800-850 area. WiMax has proved that those frequencies don't penetrate buildings well. My home is 1000 ft from a WiMax tower, and it won't penetrate through the house into the far bedroom. So, we'll still be stuck with 3G until they open the higher frequencies. :( I'd love to have something penetrate the buildings.
    And Sprint is still advertising Unlimited Everything on their page that announces the 4G LTE .
    QUOTE: Additionally, Sprint is a leader in value, with Sprint Everything plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, including unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or data overage charges on their monthly bill as they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.
    SOURCE: http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2157
    6th paragraph.

    • Garrett

      800-850mhz spectrum will penetrate buildings much better than the current WiMax spectrum, which is around 2.5ghz I believe. The higher the frequency, the more it bounces off of buildings.

  • Matt

    What everyone fails to realize is that most people won't have Sprint LTE until the next Nexus comes out LOL.

    • Scooterman1

      That's just what appeared on the CNET page for a little bit. A Galaxy Nexus LTE on Sprint. Looked legit....

  • Bailey's Dad

    After 3 1/2 years, time for me to upgrade my iPhone 3 and move to Sprint !!! See ya AT&T !!!

  • Michael

    Awesome news but I'm concerned about LTE. I'm pretty happy with my 4G coverage now but when the EVO first hit, there wasn't 4G anywhere to be found. Will I have to wait another year (or 2) for any real coverage?

    • Js

      And will I ever see LTE? Still no Wimax.

  • Sam B.

    made my fuking dayyy hell yes

  • http://rockthatmobile.com Dana Rock

    shiny! and "Hell Yah!"

  • Jaz

    By the time this phone comes out there will be a quad core phone by htc hopefully. Maybe lte too. Its going to be an interesting couple of months. I hope by June the new nexus will be out.

  • Chris O

    This is great for everyone on Sprint looking for a good phone. I've got the Verizon GNex and I really love it. I'd suggest a second battery right away, also when your playing with it the first couple of days be sure to have it plugged in otherwise you'll kill the battery in about an hour flat like I did. I hope between this and the iPhone 4S that Sprint can gain some market share.

    (I'd really like to see 4 good, strong carriers so that we the consumers get options if we get fed up with one of them giving us all three other decent options!)

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