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Going on a tip received from within Sprint's Product Development division, S4GRU, a site pretty well connected with Sprint's insiders, has reported that the third largest wireless network in the US is aiming to get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on shelves beginning April 15th.

The mid-April date has been rumored for some time now, as it coincides with the end of Sprint's Data Storm contest, and several WiMax device promotions which end on or around April 14th. You may remember that Sprint's Galaxy Nexus also just got through the FCC, making a not-too-distant release even more plausible.

Update: LG Viper is also supposed to come out on the same April 15th date.

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S4GRU also notes that while Sprint's Galaxy Nexus won't have LTE turned on by default (due to the network's as yet limited infrastructure), the device will fully support eHRPD, a protocol which allows the phone to switch back and forth between 3G EVDO and 4G LTE connections seamlessly.

Of course for now, the proposed release date is still a rumor (albeit a slightly more credible one, coming from S4GRU) but we'll be here to report on any new details surrounding Sprint's Galaxy Nexus as they emerge.

Source: S4GRU [1] [2]

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://www.twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

    cool.... but to be honest.. the GNEX should be available on every carrier...... but i'm happy for the NOW Network customers as they will soon enjoy the best Android phone in the market... the Nexus3 aka Galaxy Nexus

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      The first thing you said is the thing that's been bugging me about this phone and Google. I find it highly frustrating that a phone intended for developers still has to be carrier-centric. I realize that the GSM Galaxy Nexus at least friendly to AT&T and T-Mo bands and with Sprint getting it soon, that helps...but it should not have taken ~6 months to get sorta-universal coverage. I really hope that the next Nexus comes out with no exclusivity deals. This stuff is driving me crazy.

  • Heywud Jabloomeh

    I have been wanting this phone to come out since it's release. But with the Quad core HTC and GSIII specs, is this phone worth it?

    I really dislike that GSIII rumored picture, I think it's ugly. Also HTC always has a terrible time with their battery, I have an HTC Evo running CM7, and that battery itself lasts only enough to get through the day with 3G off.

    Choices choices.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      I'm in the same position, but I'm leaning toward the Nexus still.
      For me the advantages of having a Nexus (not to mention the form factor) outweighs a higher-powered processor.
      I'm also not counting on hearing anything certain about the GSIII before or shortly following the Nexus release.

    • Mike

      Love the idea of the new HTCs.. but non-replaceable batteries would be a deal-breaker here.

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

      You're comparing a phone that will actually be available for sale, with hypothetical phones that don't even exist yet.

      Why would I buy Madden '12 when I can just wait for Madden '13 to come out?

  • Bo

    I just wonder if the GPS will SUCK in it just like it does in all the other Samsung built phones. They really need to get with the program on GPS.

  • Fabrice

    stop teasing me

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  • bEYblader

    FC05!!??????? what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vicky

    > The first LTE phone on Sprint

    Wow!

    Other carriers have been offering LTE for more than a year now.

    Why is Sprint always so far behind the times????

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

      They made the wrong bet on WiMax.

      • jackgibbs

        it was the right bet, they just couldn't afford to roll it out properly and then att and verizon pushed their media blitz and now LTE is synonymous with 4g. wimax is still the better protocol

  • Samu

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    While I'm excited to see this phone finally come out on Sprint it'll be 6-7 months old by the time the LTE network rolls in, and by then the SGS III should be out (though maybe not in the states yet). Think I'll wait for the S III to upgrade the Epic Touch, though it'll be very tempting.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      I'm almost thinking about making the same move. I think I'm just gonna hold out for the GS3 and flashing CM9 or something.

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

      The SGSIII hasn't even been announced yet. Nobody knows when Sprint will turn on their LTE network. They have everything ready to go in a ton of markets, so they'll probably flip the switch April 15 or shortly after. If you aren't using WiMax, what does it matter if you get LTE right away or not? The phone will still function perfectly fine on 3G. Also, why does it matter if the SGSIII comes out internationally later this year? That isn't going to do anything for a Sprint user.

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com deidein

    Google Wallet in the screenshot...

    *hate*

    ~Bitter, rooted Verizon Nexus owner

  • Paul Atreides

    I'm going with the Galaxy Nexus for my upgrade. However, I'm going to start saving for the SIII just in case. The HTC One X doesn't have the battery option I'm looking for so I'm not interested in that one.

  • Steve

    Do you think Sprint will tack on $10 per phone monthly charge this time like they did with their other 4G phones?