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    Default No Nexus 4 for Sprint?

    According to the Verge and Google there will be no LTE version of the Nexus 4. I find this hard to believe. If Google want the nexus line to succeed they need to open it up to all carriers.

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    Default Re: No Nexus 4 for Sprint?

    Google hasn't announced a version for Sprint.
    The Verge is implying that Google doesn't want to bend for CDMA carriers.

    No one has flat out said that the Nexus 4 would never appear on Sprint.

    But one can infer that that a Nexus 4 on Sprint is unlikely.
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    Default Re: No Nexus 4 for Sprint?

    Quote from Google Admits Verizon Galaxy Nexus Wasn't A Good Experience :

    "In comments made today explaining why the new Nexus 4 doesn’t have 4G LTE, Google’s Andy Rubin admitted that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE, which includes the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and Verizon Galaxy Nexus, wasn’t a good experience for users.

    Rubin, Google’s Android head, made the comments to The Verge when explaining why the Nexus 4 is without 4G LTE connectivity this time around and will only feature HSPA+ speeds. According to Rubin, there are several reasons why the Nexus 4 doesn’t have 4G LTE. Very plainly, they consist of battery life issues, something that was prevalent with the Galaxy Nexus, and cost.

    Because Google wants full control of the software process on the Nexus, releasing a 4G LTE Nexus 4 was out of the question as it would require Sprint and Verizon, both CDMA carriers, which is a network type that is not friendly to unlocked phone. So, as Google points out, it would have had to build a custom GSM LTE phone for AT&T’s 77 markets which would have been an extremely expensive endeavor and one that didn’t fit into Google’s business model."

    Also a good article about the Galaxy Nexus.

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    Bummer. Love my gnex on Sprint

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    Default Re: No Nexus 4 for Sprint?

    I think when they refer to cdma carriers I think they mean verizon, they don't want to create another galaxy nexus fiasco do they?

    Sprint has done nothing wrong to google in the past, and as far as I know sprint is the most open to android "enthusiasts" as opposed to att or tmobile.

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    Default Re: No Nexus 4 for Sprint?

    Quote Originally Posted by gollum18 View Post
    I think when they refer to cdma carriers I think they mean verizon, they don't want to create another galaxy nexus fiasco do they?

    Sprint has done nothing wrong to google in the past, and as far as I know sprint is the most open to android "enthusiasts" as opposed to att or tmobile.

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    Google and Sprint have been relatively close.

    Google Wallet. Nexus S 4G. Google Voice integration.

    And yet, no Nexus 4 for Sprint. It's clear that it's not just updates that bother Google (CDMA).
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    My next upgrade is not until Dec, 2013 so I am sure there will be another Nexus from Sprint by then. Maybe more than one.
    I am very happy with my Galaxy Nexus and can see it staying relevant with continuous updates from Google and Sprint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VW Maverick View Post
    My next upgrade is not until Dec, 2013 so I am sure there will be another Nexus from Sprint by then.
    Same here.

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    4.2 is being released next week and we don't even have 4.1.2 how is this a good Nexus experience. If you think it's a good experience you don't understand what the Nexus is all about. I'm paying $200 and leaving Sprint, mostly because of the incredibly slow data but also to get the Nexus 4 unlocked for only $350. Also I won't have to worry about being locked into a contract and paying money while Sprint upgrades their network, in the meantime pretty much being useless in my area.

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    Default Re: No Nexus 4 for Sprint?

    I think Google's decision to keep the Nexus 4 a GSM/HSPA+ only device (for now) was mostly a cost savings measure. Historically, Nexus phones have never been bestsellers and therefore, I can't imagine building custom LTE variants for the CDMA carriers being particularly profitable in the long haul. By forgoing an LTE radio in the current unlocked N4, they're also able to keep the price down to $299/$349.

    Also, with unlocked GSM phones, Google can better serve Nexus customers with faster updates (that don't require carrier intervention) and offer a consistent user experience (another thing carriers tend to botch).
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    Mines not until sometime in 2014. As far as um concerned I will be sticking with my gnexus for awhile. At most I might pick up a note 2 to mess with but still have my nexus as my daily driver.

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    Waiting for Nexus 5 or the S4

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