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Not to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so. And now we have official confirmation of what we've been saying for months -- the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus is headed to Verizon "later this year", with 4G LTE capability.

So now we can all relax. Hit the jump for the official presser, along with the now-familiar spec list.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Additional features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
  • 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
  • Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
  • Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
  • Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google+ app

Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

There are 67 comments

envoy510 says:

My pain is that the next N days will move very, very slowly.

hanano17 says:

Yup, god I hope the first to second week of November rumor is true, or its sooner than that.

Bong Bubble says:

You'll have to wait till after I recieve my unlocked GSM first;)

johnyguy says:

that's a good one I'm on tmo too lol

RaiderWill says:

Really? With CES 2012 only 79 days away.. No Thank You. I will wait for the anouncement of the 28nm Exynos Next-Gen Quad-Core 1,800 - 2,000 mhz Processor that will power the Samsung Galaxy SIII.. Then we will have Battery Life that matches the playtime these phones and their Huge Screens get.. Smaller, Cooler Running Processors are the key to this.. That is what you will see in 2012 Technology.. These 45nm Dual-Cores running at 1,200 mhz and powering a 4.65 screen running on Verizon's 4G LTE = 5-6 Hrs of Battery Life! Oh Current Phone? 1,300 mhz Droid Charge on Verizon's 4G LTE Unlimited Data Plan ...

Alchemy#AC says:

There is always better technology coming down the pipeline. If you spend your life waiting for the next best thing, you'll always be waiting.

SpaceDroid says:

Point being alchemy is that the Exynos chip is a much better chip than OMAP. Like everyone who waited on the Intel Core2Duos knew what they were waiting on.

rueme says:

You're going to wait until 2012 for the announcement of new technology that wont be implemented until at least Q3Q4-2012. . .If the apocalypse happens, let it be known I was using the best phone to update my facebook status to "ROFL, oh well".

SuperTongue says:

So now instead of complaining about it potentially probably maybe coming to Verizon, everyone can complain about not having a release date!


cj100570 says:

The comments below yours show just how prophetic your comment was. All this teenage angst is hi-la-ri-ous!

captain_dl says:

I'm due for upgrade in March. I think this will replace my Droid X.

lilnate says:

same thing for me....i was going to throw down the off contract price as an early christmas gift to myself for working so much, but now it looks like ill just wait if it isnt till past november that they launch it

EvanJ18 says:

Nowhere on that press release does it say "Exclusive(ly)" (something I'm sure they would have added if it were so). Which makes me hope that a T-Mo version is close behind.

vansmack says:

First thing I noticed too...

dman977#AC says:

Another phone they can add to their memos regarding not carrying the iPhone.

Actually, this will give them a good market share if they do carry the Galaxy Nexus.

briankurtz79 says:

"So now we can all relax"? I don't speak French. Who we all? Verizon was the biggest lock of anyone. They had their logo on the damn thing in the video. Its the rest of us that are still hoping and preying.

And did I see that right? Minimum plans of a combined $70 with 2gb of data and probably a couple hundred minutes?! If this thing was quad core with a 1080p screen and could drive my drunk ass to get a booty call at the end of a good night I still wouldn't go to big red with that kind of crap pricing. I pay $70 a month with insurance and taxes for my evo with unlimited everything. Thanks Dan!! You da man!!!!

pappy53 says:

That is not a standard rate for Sprint. You must get a discount. That said, it is well known that Verizon service blows away Sprint in most of the country, so I guess you get what you pay for.

Bishounen says:

"Its the rest of us that are still hoping and preying."

Not to go all "spelling nazi" on you, but it's "praying" with an 'a' not an 'e'.

Otherwise, yes. those of us not on Verizon don't really care all that much about this announcement, other than to note the conspicuous lack of an exclusivity statement.

Hope springs eternal that this phone will show up on Sprint shortly.

DWR_31 says:

Rogers in Canada is getting it and they use AT& T radio bands.
Sorry Verizon....

smooth3006 says:

what do they mean by "later this year?" i cannot imagine they will miss the holiday shopping season? and what happened to the htc vigor that was hyped up? i wish these carriers would give specific dates.

vansmack says:

Going out on a limb here, but sometime between now and Dec 31.

EvanJ18 says:

That's a pretty bold statement ..

aergern says:

Droid 1 came out in earlier November and it sold quite well ... this could do the same. I think they have to give the RAZR/Bionic at least a month of decent sales before they kill them dead with this one. :D

blaque37 says:

I thought ice cream sandwiche was suppose to have usb host

dannychaos says:

Full retail price anybody?

Masheen says:

Their statement was too vague. If the leaked MAP dates are true, then Nov 10th it will be. I wonder if they will allow preorders for the Prime.

dman977#AC says:

I did not see a device called the Prime on the MAP. I did however see a Galaxy Nexus on there for Nov 10th. That must be what you are referring to.

sseymour says:

The "leaked" MAP prices are 100% legit. Its listed as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus i515 for $299.99

Hand_O_Death says:

"Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data."

Maybe it is the cynical part of me but why doesn't that say "New Customers"???

Should existing customers with unlimited plans be worried or am I just seeing problems where none exist?


dbdynsty25 says:

Yes, being cynical. New customers are stuck with the 2GB cap...whereas the old customers are grandfathered in to unlimited data. Nothing has changed.

nate3382 says:

They are just talking about new customers, it says this on all their smartphones. Current customers will still have unlimited data

Hand_O_Death says:

That is what I figured, but I am needy and had to hear it from my AC community. Thank you both.

tugcapt1#CB says:


Scottatron says:

So, minimum of $70 a month? Damn Vzw mobile are expensive! Are they all that bad?

sseymour says:

you have to take into consideration the quality of service verizon offers....and the fact that they have the Fastest and Most Reliable 4G LTE network....i don't see anyone else that offers that. Buck up and pay the bill. I have 7 phones on my account. 5 of which are android smartphones.

briankurtz79 says:

That's a bunch of garbage. Sprint has their nation wide wimax network. Just because the tech isn't as good or as fast doesn't mean it didn't cost them a shit ton to set it up. That lte statement is just a cop out.

mhmmdy123 says:

you have to take into consideration the quality of service verizon offers....and the fact that they have the Fastest and Most Reliable 4G LTE network....i don't see anyone else that offers that. Buck up and pay the bill. I have 7 phones on my account. 5 of which are android smartphones...

Nirvana328 says:


skyboxer says:

I'm not about to drop 3 bills on myself during the Christmas shopping season. Either I talk someone else into dropping 3 bills on me or I wait.

zorak950 says:

I'm happy for all you Verizon customers. Now let's hear some release dates for the U.S. GSM version(s). :P

sseymour says:

YAY!! Anyone wanna buy a rooted Thunderbolt????? haha

Hand_O_Death says:

LOL nice.

I have a couple friends at work that have Charges because they could not wait and now think they will sell them online for a good enough price to buy the Nexus.

sseymour says:

sweet. i have stupid friends who i might be able to talk into buying my tbolt. lol.

If not, i'm sure a pristine thunderbolt with root access currently running bamf forever and all of the damn accessories i have should have no problem fetching a fair price online. I vote for a discounted full retail at initial launch lol. $350? anyone with me? doubt it...i'll be forkin over close to $600

zourtney says:

I just about got the Charge and am glad I didn't. I still rockin' summer '09 hardware...Which was literally outdated the day after I bought it...thus sending me into these dark corners of the internets. But I digress.

I want this phone. Tell we when it'll be available, Verizon. I'm your marketing department's worst nightmare -- withholding release dates doesn't make me go out and buy today's best device. It makes me wait indefinitely for the "next best thing." Call it a lose-lose situation.

kinster02 says:

Will you take a dollar plus free 2day shipping? lol.

sseymour says:

my tbolt is actully one of the only ones that doesn't have every single issue known to man that these have been known for. I fully expect to get a decent amount out of it. Nice try though :)

Corey says:

Sweet. Maybe it'll be released at the same time as the Nexus One.

droidbeat says:

Saying "enabled" for NFC implies "disabled" for something. Hope they don't disable free mobile hotspot. Is it just me, or is it nuts that we don't have release and preorder dates by now? I thought that was really a big part of what is "announced" at an announcement. Leaving us hanging is not cool!

BrianTufo says:

Thankfully VzW didn't screw this up and we will finally get a Nexus phone on the best network in the US!!!

clackout says:

I got that rooted bolt as well that I need to sell

Thank you for something for once vzw.
My ass was starting to hurt

Dostovel says:

You should probably lay off the jailhouse charity visits...

Small_law says:

Unless the Verzion version had spikes sticking out of it a la Metalocalypse, I was getting it. An LTE Nexus phone? Mine!

Now let's guess on release date

Yadao says:

I was hoping this article would have been posted by Phil. Though, I suppose it's a bit more professional without the "told ya so, told ya so (wayyyy before anyone else), neener neener neener!"

I have the thunderbolt which is not rooted.. I plan on picking up the nexus.. But I have a question. when I get the nexus, can I take my Sim card & just swap it back & fourth if I wanted to use my thunderbolt again? The reason I am asking is I want to learn to root my phone &I think it would be perfect if I had the nexus but could still use my tbolt to learn to root. So if I can just swap Sim cards & use the tbolt to then I can finally learn rooting..

Tango6 says:

"... will need to subscribe to a Verizon ... plan..."

Does anyone know if you can buy the phone out-right? I'm in Canada, and want to go to the US and purchase it with no contract, no questions, and take it back. Obviously I'll be paying the full $600-$700 price for it. Is that possible?

RaiderWill says:

Tango.. We would love nothing more than for you and a few of your friends to come America in 19 days and drop... Well.. Let's just do the Math.. $649.00 is the Full Retail Price + $58.41 (9%) Sales Tax + $40.00 for the Home Dock Station + $29.00 for the Car Charger + $20.00 for a Decent Case + $40.00 for a Second Battery ( Gotta have that with the Juice this Screen is going to Suck..) That Brings Your Total To: $836.41.... For a Fricken Phone! Are You Kidding Me! Hell Yeah Come on Down and Buy One! We need the Money!

RaiderWill says:

And for everyone that wants one on contract with the "Must Have" extras I listed your price is only $586.41 Really? Oh.. My.. God. And in 79 days your going to be sick to your Stomachs when you see whats new for 2012.. ( Shh..! 28nm Fab Next Generation Exynos Quad-Cores running at 1,800 - 2,000 mhz.. = Galaxy SIII..) and with this New Found Space on the Circut Board 1.5 gigs of Ram.... So get the next $800.00 Bucks Ready for April...

1dann2 says:

i would love to see this phon on T MOBILE

ScottG says:

If the Verizon version has a giant logo slapped on the front of this thing I'll be pretty upset. It's not that big of a deal, but from an aesthetic stance it just ruins the simplicity of the front (a single, expansive screen with an earpiece and front camera). Not to mention that there's nothing achieved by doing so (I don't need to be constantly reminded that I'm using a Verizon phone, I think I would know that...)

tx_tuff says:

Hell I have a BB Storm 2 and it doesn't have Verizon stamp on the front, it's on the back. I think we are safe it won't be on the front and from pics of the back of the Verizon one it's not on the back either.

Yadao says:

I actually was concerned about this too, I'd love for the front to be 100% untouched. So I checked those pics of the supposed Verizon version posted on Google+. There are a few shots showing the screen, with no logos in sight. Lets hope it stays that way.

mrk#AC says:

What about the thickness of this LTE version vs. the HSPA+ version that was demonstrated at the event? That would be good to know...

storm14k says:

Don't know if anyone has asked but I don't see carrier branding on the front. Is it possible they may let the phone go without the carrier branding? It would really harm the look of it. I hope Google forced the issue since they let Apple get away with it lol.