What exclusive? Thanks to a forum tipster, we now know that the Samsung GT-I9250, which is thought to be the Nexus Prime, is passing through the FCC’s wireless certification process. What’s confusing about it is that this particular model features a GSM radio with wireless bands for both AT&T and T-Mobile. According to all the leaks and rumors heard thus far, the Nexus Prime was supposed to be a Verizon exclusive  – that was thought to be part of the reason the carrier was the only one in the United States to pass up on the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The device being examined by the Federal Communications Commission lacks any sort of CDMA radio, ruling out a universal model a la the recently-announced iPhone 4S. Unfortunately, it also lacks any HSPA+, aka “4G” bands, which is odd, since there’s already a 4G model of the Nexus S. A possible answer is that we’re talking about two separate phones, perhaps with different code names – Nexus Prime, Galaxy Nexus, Droid Prime and Droid Nexus have all been bandied about lately. At this point it’s difficult to say which carrier might get the phone first, or how long it might be exclusive to any carrier.

The only thing we can say with any certainty is that Samsung has a new high-profile Android phone in the works, with a release date nebulously set for “soon”. Samsung had planned to unveil the device at CTIA in San Diego next Tuesday, but due to the untimely passing of Steve Jobs, the announcement has been indefinitely postponed. Rumor has it that Samsung and Google may reschedule the Unbox event for October 27th, with a possible London venue.

[via Phandroid]


  1. too bad. I can’t wait til it arrives on verizon network. In fact, i wish the galaxy note would come to verizon instead of att.

  2. Nexus One was on T-mobile and At&T
    Nexus S (Two) was on T-mobile, AT&T, and Sprintwhy wouldn’t Galaxy Nexus, Nexus prime (Nexus Three) WON’T be on those three carriers?

  3. I’m not worry about the HSPA+ that much…..

    Couldn’t it be packing a LTE chip, so you would be able to use AT&T LTE network….?

  4. why no hspa+ samsung/google? not a deal breaker (for me) but man, i guess you can’t have it all. I’m tired of only pulling in 1-2Mbps download on my nexus s, my mytouch 4g in the same area pulls 4-5. 

    • Think about it. Although we hate waiting this is a smart move for Samsung and Google. 
      1. The Google/Samsung event was scheduled prior to apple announcing the Iphone 4s. 
      2. Apple had to know releasing the the Iphone 4s  just days after Samsung/Google announcement would buried any press the nexus prime got. 
      3. Then Job’s passes away. which is dominating the news now. 
      4. Samsung would be foolish to not postpone this event. As amazing as this event could potentially be it would only be a footnote in the tech world with all that’s happening with apple now.

      I am super excited about what Samsung/Google have planned. But doing this in the missed of all the apple news would be suicide. Love it, hate it but that’s the reality of it. ATT has already sold 200,000 pre sells of the iPhone 4s and Apple is sold out of pre sells on their website and who knows how many pre-sell the Best Buy has done with over 2000 locations doing pre-orders

      Samsung’s claim the postponement is out of respect for Job’s passing is utter BS. 


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