Nexus One

The rumors were true, folks. Sprint just announced that it's getting the Google Nexus One, hot on the heels of AT&T and some Canadian carriers getting their own unlocked and unsubsidized version. Pricing and exact date of availability to be determined, though this makes it sound like it's gonna be subsidized.

Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

Nexus One from Google Coming to Sprint; Availability Date Announced Soon

Nexus One(TM) is planned for the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network with twice the network coverage of AT&T and ten times the network coverage of T-Mobile, both by square miles; Expands Sprint's Android(TM) portfolio
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nexus One, the first wireless phone sold through Google(TM)'s web store, is planned for Sprint's 3G Mobile Broadband Network. Sprint (NYSE:S) will announce pricing and an exact availability date soon. Nexus One will benefit from Sprint's 3G network with twice the coverage of AT&T and 10 times the coverage of T-Mobile, both based on square miles.1

Sprint currently has America's largest voice calling area of any carrier reaching more than 307 million people in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands with a Sprint phone and plan that includes roaming. PC World recently said no one has a more reliable network than Sprint in a 13 city 3G performance test.2 Customers can check the quality of network coverage with street level mapping at

"Nexus One is a powerful device that belongs on a powerful network. This is another step in our continued partnership of innovation with Google," said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president of product development. "Sprint customers already have the option of two amazing Android devices with Samsung Moment(TM) and HTC Hero(TM). It is a natural fit for us to add Nexus One to the list of choices available for Sprint customers who want the best value in wireless with the best in Android."

Google's online consumer channel was created to provide an efficient way to connect online users with selected Android phones. Nexus One will not be available in any Sprint retail channels. It will be available directly from Google at The online experience of Google's web store is designed with a focus on simplicity allowing consumers to match a phone with the service plan that best meets their needs.

"While a pricing plan has not yet been determined for Nexus One, we are confident that it will be consistent with Sprint's commitment to deliver more value than our competitors and keep pricing simple," Adib said. "Right now, our Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime(SM) gives customers unlimited calling with any mobile phone in America, unlimited text and unlimited Web for just $69.99 per month - the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for just unlimited talk. Our Everything Data plans include unlimited GPS Navigation at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades with Sprint Premier."

Nexus One runs on Android 2.1, a version of the platform's Eclair software, which offers advanced applications and features including:

  • Google Maps(TM) Navigation: offering turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output.
  • Email: multiple Gmail(TM) accounts; universal inbox and Exchange support.
  • Phone book: aggregate contacts from multiple sources, including Facebook(R).
  • Quick Contacts: easily switch between communication and social applications.
  • Android Market(TM): access to more than 30,000 applications.

Hardware features of Nexus One include:

  • Display: 3.7" AMOLED 480x800 WVGA display
  • Thinness: 11.5mm; Weight: 130g
  • Processor/Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz
  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus with flash and geo tagging
  • Onboard memory: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM
  • Expandable memory: 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB)
  • Noise Suppression: Dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc.
  • Ports: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control
  • Battery: Removable 1400 mAh
  • Personalized laser engraving: Up to 50 characters on the back of the phone
  • Trackball: Tri-color notification LED, alerts when new emails, chats, text messages arrive

In addition, Nexus One offers new functionality and software enhancements including:

  • Enter text without typing.
  • Use a voice-enabled keyboard for all text fields: speak a text message, instant message, tweet, Facebook update, or complete an email.
  • Tell your phone what you want it to do.
  • Search Google, call contacts, or get driving directions by just speaking into your phone.
  • Take personalization to the next level.
  • Dynamic, interactive, live wallpapers react to the touch of a finger.
  • More widgets and five home screen panels allow for further device customization.
  • Capture camera-quality pictures and video with your device.
  • 5 megapixel camera includes LED flash, auto focus, zoom, white balance and color effects.
  • View pictures and Picasa Web Albums(TM) in the new 3D Gallery.
  • Record Hi-Res MPEG4 video, and then upload to YouTube(TM) with one click.
  • Read your voicemail messages.
  • Get transcribed voicemail with Google Voice(TM) integration, without changing your number.

For more information on Nexus One, please visit Follow Sprint on Twitter @sprint to keep up with news on Nexus One for Sprint's 3G Mobile Broadband Network.


Reader comments

Sprint getting a Nexus One, too


Well damn! Now do I get the nexus beauty or the wimax supersonic...
Why does it have to be so hard?!

Although hero updates are taking forever with sense... ugh why?!?

If you're having pangs over a Hero update, it sounds like you'd be happier with the N1 if you're not in 4G country. I'd rather have Android a la carte than have Sense delaying OS updates on for my devices.

This is good finally a phone for all carriers, maybe they will stop locking phones to there own provider cuz its stupid.If they all have unlocked phones then its just going to be a prices war even lower prices :D

Not until we have phones all coming out that are GSM and CDMA compatible. I really do hope it heads this way though, a price war of devices between AT&T/T-Mobile (GSM) and a price war of devices between Verizon and Sprint (CDMA).

It'll be a good day when I can pick up a device and throw it on whatever network I use. =D

As someone who operates large lecture halls and produces video of events, the only thing that will make me hate life even more would be even more of that effing GSM buzz. So many productions ruined because someone couldn't turn of their f$@!& iPhone.

WOW My eyes lit up when I saw this article. & with sprint prices everyone else who has a nexus one on other carriers just look plain dumb. This is amazing stuff. When this phone comes to sprint along with the supersonic why would you honestly want to be with any other carrier?? Great phones at even greater prices. Enough said

Dude thats stupid Sprints network Roams off Verizons so if Verizons goes down then sprints network goes down the drain real quick. And Besides Sprints is real low because they have been losing customers like crazy in the charts compared to other networks. They have to lower there price to get customers


Sprint has had the 69.99 plan for over a year now... lol

Sprint is getting more customers now with their cheap plans.

T-mobile tried to follow but tweaked their "cheap" plan.

Verizon Followed, like mentioned above doesn't include all the goodies,

and so did AT&T.

Who's stupid now?

lol soo you guys are just going off the price...not the performance...idk if you noticed but in tests sprint was the slowest network of the 4 major networks...maybe its just me but i think thats why its so much excuse me if i actually want to have my nexus one on a fast network like at&t or verizon

dude you can find test results for any of the carriers winning the 3g speed test. except for t-mobile, they never win.

and to the comment above about roaming on verizon, i use sprint and rarely see my phone on roaming, so pretty sure if verizon went down I'll be ok.

Sprint has always been the cheapest and their 3G network is second only to Verizon. I was paying for unlimited data since even my dumbphones because it was only $10-15/month. Now I split a $130 plan with my girlfriend that gives us 1500 weekday, unlimited calls to cell phones, unlimited after 7pm and weekends, and unlimited data, web, nav, text, etc.

As far as roaming, I only ever roam in two places: the DC metro due to exclusive Verizon contract and my girlfriend's parents' house in rural PA which I visit maybe twice a year. I get one faint bar of Sprint at their house but if I turn on free roaming I get a few bars. Sprint comes back as soon as I go to the end of their driveway and into town.


ATT, Sprint, and TMo:

it all depends to me... where I live there is not 4G yet... and I really want to get a phone with the Google experience... getting the latest updates rightaway and all that...

HTC takes a while to update their phones ex. the Hero... but if you leave in a 4G city... the Supersonic is a no brainer!

This is great news. Since my wife and I moved to the eastern panhandle of WV we've tried AT&T and I have a Nexus One on T-Mobile. Neither of them are very good here. So I now need to get out of both of those contracts by the time Sprint gets the Nexus One.

I guess it depends on the contract pricing with 4g vs. 3g for me. No wonder Apple is shaking (and suing...)- both of these HTC/Google phones on Sprint could change the market!

I don't think they will charge more for a 4G phone plan. I think this for a few reasons:

- They don't charge more for EVDO-capable phones nor did they when they upgraded to Rev A.
- Just like not everyone has EVDO or Rev. A, not everyone will live in a Wimax city. The phone will need to switch back and forth the way you switch from 1x to EVDO as it becomes available.
- Sprint needs a killer feature. They will be the only one with 4G and they will want to sell people on that as well as they can before Verizon starts LTE next year. They won't want to do anything to chase people off.

OMG, Nexus One and Supersonic news release both in one day!
Oh which one do I want?
Nexus One, no Supersonic, no Nexus One, no Supersonic...

Thank Google I have an upgrade waiting on one line and an upgrade coming on my primary in October, I'll pick up both and see which one I like the best.

Though I have to say waiting on the 2.1 update because of Sense really does suck!

I'm a WinMo user who's been tottering between WP7 and Android for my next purchase on Sprint. After reading the recent litany of restrictions coming to WP7 (no skinning, sideloading, C&P, removable storage, USB mass storage, user-accessible file management), the N1 announcement makes me want to cry with joy.

I was a happy Sprint customer who reluctantly switched to T-Mobile (of which I am not a happy customer, terrible coverage) to get a Nexus One. I would have stayed for sure if they had let us know they were actually getting a decent phone. Why do they have to sit on this stuff and keep it secret for months?

I don't think google was planning on releasing the N1 in all mayor carriers from day one, but the lack of sales have force them to do it... it's all for our benefit!

I thought about switching for N1 but it was pretty obvious that there would be either a Nexus or N1-class phone on Sprint at some point this year. Changing carriers for the flavor of the month is never smart. Carrier should be chosen based on cost and coverage.

Like most everyone else...I'm torn. Supersonic, with Sense, 4G, bigger screen, etc. Or...the N1: same size and form factor as my Hero, with Vanilla 2.1, possibility of Sense ROM rotting (maybe?), and a lot more expensive. :/

Both phones have pros and cons, I'm just torn! We'll see what CTIA brings next week. :)

Dude... What the hell! Where is AT&T's subsidizing?! I would LOVE to have a Nexus One, but there's no way I'm going to pay close to $600 for a phone, just ridiculous... Guess I can only hope for a Desire

I rather go for the Nexus One than the Supersonic, but im stuck with my Hero because i upgraded when i purchased it. BLAHH! I want the Nexus One!!!!!! =(

This is great news! I can't wait to buy one of these. The lag on my Hero is disgusting and I want the full 2.1 experience. Hope they fix that 3G issue by the time Sprint users get it.

OK I give! What's the point! I get an "unlocked" N1 that I can only use on certain carriers, but what if I want to go from AT&T to Verizon? Can I trade in my phone for one that works on the other carriers? What's all the fuss? You are still locked to a certain carrier, do I get a discount for NOT subsidizing my phone? NO, so I might as well get one on a plan that's subsidized, cuz I'm paying for it anyway.

The benefit is that if you want a Nexus One you can get one on your choice of carrier. This model is not perfect but it is an improvement that allows people to choose carriers based on cost and coverage rather than the desire for a specific handset.

oh my i almost pis*ed my self. i am so happy. i am gonna get this the day it comes out. or will it be the supersonic. choices, choices, choices

1st the news of the Supersonic, now the N1...DAMN! Who cares about the Hero upgrade now, they take to long anyway. Once these are available the Hero is a goner.

UMMMMMMM SPRINT has such spotty 3G coverage its so horrible AT&T has better 3G coverage over sprint but if you wanted coverage might as well go with Verizon anyways

sorry to hear sprint coverage is spotty whree you are but compare 3G maps; Sprint has so much more 3G coverage than ATT it's not even funny.

Sprint Coverage poor?! You have obviously never had a sprint phone that can roam on Verizon for free then. Happily surfed from the resort at Yellowstone courtesy of Verizon, while the tour guide's iPhone couldnt even place a call.

I'm a happy Sprint customer! Now do I go for the N1 and hope for faster updates, or go with the 4g powerhouse Supersonic? I love my Hero, but hate that it is taking so long for a proper update.

I will be getting a N1 for sure. I am a current Palm Pre owner and I cant stand this thing. I will pay full price for one the day it is available just to get away from this piece of crap. Here I come Android!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeeha!! It's about frikin' time!!! That's steppin' up to the plate Sprint!!!

Ohh but wait, the N1 doesn't have the oleophobic coating, smudge proof screen like my Hero has (and btw, the iphone too). Hummm, I wonder if the Supersonic or Legend has it??? Does anyone know???

+1 Also, when will people realize that the whole carrier debate depends on personal preference and the area you live in? I have sprint, and I am more than happy with the service. I was waiting for an announcement and this may just be it! I was waiting on news of the Incredible, but the N1 may just swing my vote.

Finally, ive been sitting on my blackberry 8330 waiting for sprint to get a decent phone. The question is, will sprint have this thing ready to ship before the next awesome device comes out?

Supersonic. Why? Sense UI. If the N1 had Sense, I'd likely opt for the smaller form factor... also, the N1 trackball seems a bit dated...

Finally! CDMA N1, and it appears to be coming out before the Verizon N1 that was hinted at the lauch of tmob's N1. I would love to buy an unsubsidized N1 with the condition that I can go month-to-month at their published rates. NO ETF's!!! Right now all I see on Sprint are two year contracts. I don't like that! I want to see something like T-mob's structure. And yes, I am willing to pay the slightly higher Sprint rates for their more extensive coverage.

How do you know it is supposed to come out before Verizon's N1? I heard that Verizon's is coming out March 23rd. When did you hear that it's supposed to come out and how do you know this?

I don't know...just a gut feel. There is a good chance that March 23rd will have Verizon, or Sprint, or both. But what I am feeling is that Verizon is probably one of the most protective of it's system and what devices it allows. I can see their bureaucracy slowing up the release. I also have a feeliing that they are not fully embracing this android thing and are possibly hedging more towards WinMob7 and that pesky rumor of iPhone on Vz. Sprint on the other hand seems more due for a new device and probably is feeling more pressure from customers to get updates or devices. We'll see. But you are right, I have no idea.

"I also have a feeliing that they are not fully embracing this android thing and are possibly hedging more towards WinMob7 and that pesky rumor of iPhone on Vz."

yeah certainly not feeling it - only spent $100 million on an ad campaign