Wait Till February To Buy A Nexus S?

Posted: Dec 7 2010, 12:48pm CST | by , in Android


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Wait Till February To Buy A Nexus S?

That's when LTE could hit.

The Nexus S is one hell of a smartphone. Google and Samsung have poured just about every next-gen feature they could think of into this slender, curved plastic frame. The result may be the best smartphone in the world right now.

...chained to two of the lamest networks in the telecommunications industry. Sure, T-Mo and AT&T aren't that terrible, but a phone as zippy as the Nexus S deserves WiMAX or LTE. Thankfully, recent evidence points to a CDMA version of this smartphone due out in the not-too-distant future.

We were promised a CDMA version of the original Nexus One, too. It never happened due to poor sales and other market developments. But the Nexus S has a different manufacturer, a different sales strategy, and even more hype behind it than its predecessor had.

There are two big hints that point at an imminent CDMA device. First, the Nexus S contest rules from Google say this:

"The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint."

AndroidGuys thinks that's a little suspicious. It seems even more so when you add it to this tweet from SamFirmware:

"Latest news from Samsung insider its better to wait to buy this Nexus S. February!!!"

So you can buy an unlocked Nexus S for $529, a subsidized one from T-Mo for $199, or you can wait a couple of months in the hope of putting some LTE behind this bad boy. Or you can try to win a free Nexus S by solving the puzzles put up by the @GoogleNexus Twitter folks.

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