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AT&T Announces the Nexus S, Leaving Verizon as the Only Major U.S. Carrier Without It

Yeah, that just happened.  The Samsung Nexus S has been announced for AT&T, leaving Verizon as the only major carrier in the country without it.  You can pre-order it today through BestBuy.com/mobile for just $99 on new two-year contract or pick it up in stores on July 24.  It’s not the HSPA+ edition you were hoping for either – it’s essentially just like T-Mobile’s version which runs on regular ol’ 3G.

Back to the point made in the title though…hello, Verizon?  Let’s make something happen here, guys.  At least with the Nexus One, we could say, “Well, Sprint doesn’t have one either!”  That argument no longer works though.  Now, we all adore and love the “DROID” franchise to death, but can a brother get a little stock Android lovin’ from time-to-time?

Press release after the jump.  

SAMSUNG MOBILE ANNOUNCES AVAILABILTY OF NEXUS S ON AT&T

Nexus S hits Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, as well as online on July 24; pre-sale begins July 21

DALLAS – July 21, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced the upcoming availability of Nexus™ S from Google™ through Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and www.BestBuy.com/Mobile.

Optimized for AT&T’s network, and powered by Android™ 2.3, Nexus S offers an experience with uniquely powerful technology. Nexus S is designed with Samsung’s special Super AMOLED™ touch screen technology providing a premium viewing experience.  Nexus S runs off of a 1 GHz Samsung application processor, producing rich 3D graphics, as well as faster download and upload times. With Nexus S AT&T customers will now have access to the latest and greatest Google applications and Android updates first.

Nexus S will be available at Best Buy in stores on July 24 for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation. In addition, the phone is available for pre-sale in Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at www.BestBuy.com/Mobile beginning July 21.

Key Features:

  • ·         Pure Google experience
  • ·         4” Super AMOLED™ Contour Display
  • ·         3G Network Speed and 1GHz Processor
  • ·         Latest Google Mobile Apps
  • ·         Full HTML Browser with Pinch to Zoom
  • ·         Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • ·         Multitasking
  • ·         Front-facing VGA camera
  • ·         Rear-facing 5.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder
  • ·         Voice-enabled Keyboard
  • ·         Text-to-Speech
  • ·         Wi-Fi
  • ·         Bluetooth 2.1
  • ·         3D Motion for Gaming
  • ·         Business and Personal Email, Contacts, and Calendar Sync
  • ·         Tethering
  • ·         NFC Support
  • ·         Internet Calling
  • ·         Google Voice
  • ·         Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market™

Specifications:

•        Frequency: GSM850/900/1800/1900 UMTS 850/1900/2100

•        Dimensions: 123.9 x 63 x 10.88(mm)

•        Weight: 129 grams

•        Display: Super AMOLED™, 480 x 800 pixels

•        Battery: 1500mAh Li-ion standard battery

•        Talk Time: Up to 6.5 hours

•        Standby Time: Up to 450 hours

1Number one mobile phone provider in the United States claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns.

Nexus S, Google, Google Voice, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

  • Anonymous

    Where is the cheap plastic case in the list of features on this phone?

  • TheCastleGuard

    Honestly I think the phone from a technical aspect is a bit underwhelming.  The only reason I would even consider getting the Nexus S if it came to Verizon is because it will probably be one of the first phone upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.  If the next Nexus is a beast like some of the latest superphones then maybe I will consider it.  

  • Anonymous

    coughXperia Playcough, It doesn’t come stock from anyone else…of course it’s got a *dramatic music* *extreme close-up* locked bootloader, so everyone will just piss and moan about it anyway *shrug*

  • Anonymous

    I got $31.68 f.or a XBOX 360 and m.y mom got a 17 inch Dell laptop for $95.84 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $53.79 to get. Here is the website we are using to get all this stuff GrabNow.com

  • MFG

    Thats ok, we don’t want it

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  • Anonymous

    everyone bitching and moaning,if it came to Verizon you would bitch it is months old and has no lte. Why would they waste their time with it when the new nexus is right around the corner? Not saying they will get it but come on people its common sense. Which from reading a lot of these comments seems some of you are lacking.

  • Anonymous

    erhmm… QuadNexus via VZW 2012′

  • WormDoes

    I tweeted VZW and asked when they were going to release a stock Vanilla Android phone now that every US carrier has an up to date one and I got back….nothing, obviously, lol. Everyone assault their twitter and ask the same thing

  • DBK

    Verizon = Android Nazis

    “No Stock For You!”

  • Anonymous

    this phone is too old to care about anymore

  • Anonymous

    My son just got a new Sensation and only get 250M before “4G” connection slows to a crawl. 250m is nothing!!!! And it’s slow before the data cap. :)

  • Anonymous

    nothing new in these spec’s, Not even HDMI out? Please way behind the curve. No 4G? either. Just another phone if you ask me. 

  • The Observer

    Off contract price for this will be $529.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ecrosby Edward Crosby

    WTH is going on with Verizon? Why aren’t they getting any good phones any more? I’m eligible to upgrade my OG Droid but Verizon has NOTHING of interest right now for me to buy. I’m waiting out to see if they get the Galaxy S2 and if they don’t I’m VERY tempted to leave the carrier to some other that has, at least, a decent selection of Android phones.

  • http://twitter.com/Bretth5324 Brett Henderson

    VERIZON YOU ARE THE BIGGEST SCUM BAGS ON THE PLANET TODAY. WHO THE HELL LETS AT&T GET A DAMN NEXUS S BEFORE VERIZON!! AT&T’S FIRST ANDROID PHONE WAS THE BACKFLIP. THE FRIKIN MOTOROLA BACKFLIP.

  • John

    People complaining that Verizon isn’t releasing an 7-month old, outdated phone that isn’t LTE compatible.  Find that kind of funny.  Yes, vanilla rules the world, and updates will surely come quickly to this phone.. but that’s not everything.  Personally I would never lock myself into a 2 year contract on this phone when this time next year I’ll be sporting a quad core LTE with HD screen.    

  • John

    People complaining that Verizon isn’t releasing an 7-month old, outdated phone that isn’t LTE compatible.  Find that kind of funny.  Yes, vanilla rules the world, and updates will surely come quickly to this phone.. but that’s not everything.  Personally I would never lock myself into a 2 year contract on this phone when this time next year I’ll be sporting a quad core LTE with HD screen.    

    • http://twitter.com/imurgirlsdream Obz(urgirl’sdream)

      they did it with iPhone, why not android.

  • http://twitter.com/lpklemmer Larry Klemmer

    Don’t worry, it’s because Verizon will be receiving the next Nexus phone before anyone else.

    /sarcasm

    • John

      dunno about that. i really hope that’s true

  • Mario Lo

    Meh, as long as I still have my unlimited data I can live without it.

  • webby

    Don’t care about that, but Big Red had better get the Nexus 3 / Nexus Prime !!!

  • Anonymous

    BYE BYE VERIZON. MY NEXT PHONE IS A NEXUS NO MATTER WHAT CARRIER ITS ON! And AT&T is global which is something i need. maybe ill cancel….. stupid control freaks. theyre going back to theyre old days where they lock everything and you had to pay extra to activate the gps chip. greedy fags

    • Anonymous

      See ya:)

  • Anonymous

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabIt.com

  • Mcneilmoe

    i personly like the droid franchise better but i would probably still buy a nexus

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

    The OG DROID was the first and only stock Android on Verizon.  Kind of sad, since that venerable device is what pushed Android into the mainstream.

  • Anonymous

    Why would anyone want that outdated phone?
    VZW will get the Nexus 3. They won’t let anyone down. Again. 

  • Anonymous

    If Verizon wasn’t the only carrier with usable service here, I’d jump on this in a heartbeat. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d rather have this stock phone than the Bionic and maybe even the SGSII.

  • tjhrulz

    I bet Verizon signed a deal when they got the i*hone that they can not have the Nexus line on Verizon until a certain date.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I doubt it they already sell android phones

  • Anonymous

    stock android sucks anyway.. Sense rules!

    • Christian

      I guess if you want a slow phone and slow development then sense would work out better for you.

      • Anonymous

        slow phone? .. Take the Thunderbolt for example.. Froyo Sense is STILL the fastest and smoothest experience of all the roms created by the developers. Stock apps, especially calendar and camera suck big time.

        • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

          Meh. My wife has a tbolt and I prefer the speed and ease of LaucnherPro+ and OMFGB on my DInc over any phone currently available in the US. I have yet to see a reason to upgrade. I has sense, but the thing DRAGGED my device into the ground. It was heave. Installed LPP, and it was faster but sense was still there hogging resources. Rooted and went with a Stock ROM, found perfection! My Dinc runs faster and smoother than my wifhe’s thunderbolt. Plus it is a ROCK!

          • Anonymous

            different strokes for different folks I guess. I’ve tried every which rom with every which launcher on my TB. Stock Froyo with Sense (or Launcher Pro)..has been the best for me.

        • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

          Meh. My wife has a tbolt and I prefer the speed and ease of LaucnherPro+ and OMFGB on my DInc over any phone currently available in the US. I have yet to see a reason to upgrade. I has sense, but the thing DRAGGED my device into the ground. It was heave. Installed LPP, and it was faster but sense was still there hogging resources. Rooted and went with a Stock ROM, found perfection! My Dinc runs faster and smoother than my wifhe’s thunderbolt. Plus it is a ROCK!

    • Christian

      Oh and that was just a joke, a lot of people like sense…I just think stock is way better than any skin (blur, sense, etc.) It’s how Android is supposed to be :D

      • Anonymous

        I thought Sense was ok, but it changes the Android experience too much. I was trying to teach my dad to use the Dinc 2 with Sense after using my OG Droid and I was lost on some things. It really is different.

        • Christian

          I agree. Plus it uses up a lot of RAM that could be used for keeping apps running and making the phone snappier. That’s why a stock Android device with 512MB of RAM will be as fast as, or maybe faster than a phone running sense with 1GB of RAM. In my opinion, the resources used by sense outweigh its benefits.

      • Anonymous

        if Android is supposed to have a retrograde and mickey-mousey UI experience.. then no thanks.
        Sense combines speed and UI experience.. while stock Android is only good for speed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

          Wrong, stock means you can customize it as you wish.

          • Anonymous

            we are not talking about the ability or inability to customize. On the contrary.. pretty much all the customizations you can do on AOSP.. you can do on a Sense rom.. sense is just an overlay.. one of the customizing that you can do with Android.

      • Anonymous

        If sense was stock, people would bitch if the current aosp skin was on the phone. :P

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      i would take a shit on sense if I could

  • http://twitter.com/DailyPlunge Michael Henshaw

    If VZW blows the GS2 it might be time to switch providers.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I don’t know what Verizon’s issue with stock devices has been. One of the beautiful selling points with Android is choice–but so far Verizon has (seemingly) deliberately withheld that choice from us. Sure, allow OEMs to develop custom UIs, that’s the grandeur of Android, but not to the exclusion of natural vanilla.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      no bloat=no money 

  • The Observer

    This will be the perfect gift for my girlfriend. It keeps her from buying an i*hone, and gets her into the wonderful world of Android.

    Now I just need to look up the off-contract price.

  • Jake

    Verizon will get the Nexus Prime, autobot logo and all

  • Anonymous

    That live wallpaper is looking soooo tired

  • Materofkungu

    I am on Verizon. I do not want a device that does not have 4g, does not have a dual core processor, and doesnt have a micro sd card slot! Am I alone?

    • http://profiles.google.com/r3dlined Harold Williams

      I’m starting to care less. 3G is fast enough for me when Im not on WiFi, and there is nothing I want to run on my phone that a single core cant handle at the moment. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Maybe not now, but with a two year contract and at the pace mobile technology is moving, it would be foolish to get a single core 3G phone IMO.

        • Anonymous

          Single-core phones work wonderfully for day to day stuff unless you play high-end games or want to record/watch 1080p video.  Unless, the next version of android has so much overhead that you need dual-core.

          So, for the majority of people out there…a single-core phone is perfectly fine.

          • Anonymous

            Most games aren’t even optimized for dual core. You’re right, for now a single core is suitable. However, Ice Cream Sandwich is bringing support for dual cores so you might want a dual core phone by the time that is out.

          • Anonymous

            Which might not be for a few years. Gingerbread is in no hurry to hit phones so I can’t even imagine the timeframe for Ice Cream Sandwich.  By then many of us will have had 2 or 3 more phones… :)

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

          Which is why I am leaning towards porting my VZW number to Virgin Mobile’s Motorola Triumph when my VZW contract expires.
          I am not locked in for two years, and maybe in a year or two one of these providers will have a respectable nationwide 4G network at a reasonable price.

          • Anonymous

            You will lose unlimited data and won’t be able to get it back.

      • http://profiles.google.com/r3dlined Harold Williams

        I think until something really throttles me (Im done with Verizon in about a month) Im going to grab one on a month to month plan for now. Anyone wanna buy a used Droid X? =)

    • http://profiles.google.com/pdenson Paul Denson

      My requirement of stock android outweighs my desire for dual-core, 4g, etc. If Nexus Prime does not release on VZW, I’m moving to sprint.

      • Christian

        I agree. I actually already left Verizon for a phone with stock android. I’m always open to going back – Verizon definitely has the best service and coverage available, but like you said, stock android is a top priority for me. 

        • ROUSELLBRANDON

          I started to leave. For stock Android but I couldn’t give up unlimited data. So I gave tbolt to my wife and ordered a iPhone. And I’m not coming back to Android unless VZW gets a pure Android. I hope nexus prime comes to VZW…….

  • Guest

    Verizon doesn’t care about this or about their customers that are screaming they want a stock Android experience.  They will keep doing what they want because their network gives them an ego bigger than it should be.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon you make me hate you more every day.

    • EC8CH

      Can you hate me now?

      Can you hate me now?

      Can you hate me now?

      • Joshua Granville

        Gonna guess by the plethora of comments its not a busy day at work for you.

        • EC8CH

          takes about as much time to write a comment as it does to read one ;-)

  • jimbob

    At least Big Red will get the Prime, right?

  • EC8CH

    OK VZW….

    Just release the Nexus Prime when it comes out and we’ll forgive you for being a bunch of lying bastards about the the Nexus One, and a bunch or arrogant pricks for ignoring the Nexus S.

    • Anonymous

      I completely forgot about the verizon nexus one.. I remember seeing the verizon logo on google.com/nexus

  • Anonymous

    Let’s pretend VZW is holding out for the ‘Nexus Prime’.

    • EC8CH

      sounds like fun…. I’m in!

      • Anonymous

        Imagination Land!

        • tjhrulz

          Imagination 

    • Jeremy Gentry

      while we are at it, lets pretend that we will all have 4g by 2013 like they promised :)

  • BrokenDINC

    Bit off topic question.  I just destroyed my DINC2,  i’m up for renewal,  i was trying to hold out for Bionic or GS2 but i guess that won’t happen.

    I hate the Tbolt so which 4g is the best option now? i’m trying to select one that will also have good resale value so i can do the switch later and subsidize part of the cost…

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      The Charge, by far. The screen is stunning and it is open enough to put a different ROM on it, like GummyCHARGED. 

    • Anonymous

      A lot of people are leaning towards the Charge right now.  Personally, I would load up a flip phone and wait for the two phones you just mentioned to arrive. :P

      • shr1k3r

        or a droid eris for cheap.  Keep your unlimited plan and threaded messages

        • Anonymous

          This. Go on to Craigslist and grab something to tide you over for cheap. When the SGSII comes out (or a VZW Nexus phone; yeah, right), sell it again on CL for the same price you bought it for.

          • Eklinger79

            That’s what I did! My OG was just not cutting it for me anymore (even with CM7).  Picked up a used Dinc for $100 to hold me over till January 2012 when my upgrade comes through.  You can find some great deals from people trying to unload their DX’s, Dinc’s, or whatever tickles your pickle, because they have recently upgraded. 

      • Anonymous

        Def watch out you don’t lose unlimited when you jump back to that flip phone

        • Anonymous

          Good point, edited my comment. :P

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

            Yeah.  Switching between smartphone and non-smartphone forces a change in data plan.  I experienced that when my OG Droid bit the dust and used my RAZR while I was searching for a decent OGD on the used phone market.

            That was before they killed off the unlimited data plan.

      • Gzeller13

        Kellex,
        Once rooted, the Charge isn’t that bad. I picked one up which will probably go to my wife when either bionic or lte sgsII come out. Its extremely easy to root, obviously screen is great, good camera, hdmi out, etc. Yeah it would be great if it was dual core with more RAM, but once you root and change the file system, its pretty fast. Did I mention to root it?

    • BrokenDINC

      might have to get a Droid OG off CL and hold out… i’d be shelling out the same if I had the overpriced protection plan..

    • Anonymous

      The Thunderbolt’s still a mess and battery life on 4G without the extended battery is unacceptable. Go with the Charge or find a stopgap phone to wait for the Bionic with.

    • Anonymous

      My OG Droid is on month 20, and i’m treating it with kid gloves until the Bionic and/or SGS2 arrive AND prove to be worthy replacements

  • http://facebook.com/gotmurph Ben Murphy

    Verizon doesn’t believe in stock anymore.

    • Anonymous

      They’re like Apple, now: Control comes before customer satisfaction. Sprint has the right outlook (as does T-Mobile, but they’re going away).

      • EC8CH

        Remember when VZW released the OGD… 

        I really need to know… I’m starting to think I just dreamed that.

        • Anonymous

          That was the one Android thing they got right. One.

          But the Sean Connery Droid don’t care; SC Droid is a badass.

          • EC8CH

            Sean Connery Droid is Badass

          • Anonymous

            “I’ll take the rapist for $1000!”

          • EC8CH

            So a man walks into a bar with a monkey. I forgot the rest of the joke but your mom is a whore.

          • Anonymous

            You must think you’re pretty smart, don’t you, Trebek? With your dego mustache, and your greasy hair!

    • Anonymous

      let’s not pretend like verizon never cared about control.. its only the past 2 years that we’ve had semi freedom with android.. remember the stock red UI on every single verizon phone? They drew customers in with android, now they are making them their slaves.. how awesome would it be if AT&T’s LTE network was as expansive as VZW’s? The only thing keeping me from jumping ship is the amazing services of verizon, makes me forget that my cell phone is just a cell phone, I have full internet everywhere

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Well, the Xperia Play comes with stock Android. I don’t understand Verizon’s issue with releasing this.

    • Anonymous

      The Xperia’s version of stock is about as bad a chop job as that Bionic DroidDoes.com page. :P

    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

      Stock is using the term loosely. Besides, it’s laughable how Sony is willing to fully “unlock” it for a price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        I haven’t followed it beyond the initial announcement because I wasn’t interested in the device. So it’s not actually stock Android? It can be stock and just have a lot of bloat on it. And they’re charging for an unlock?

  • http://www.twitter.com/slinky317 slinky317

    Frankly, the DROID name is no longer needed.  Embrace the Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      Boo. DROID forever!

    • tjhrulz

      How about a merge between the two for the first verizon nexus, Droid Nexus or even Nexus Droid, I could get used to the sound of that

      • EC8CH

        an oxymoron of marketing… but pure awesome nonetheless.

      • Djstar2k2

        actually the droid Nexus is hot ! so i approve this message! +1

    • tjhrulz

      How about a merge between the two for the first verizon nexus, Droid Nexus or even Nexus Droid, I could get used to the sound of that

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Verizon and Moto have mercilessly gutted the Droid brand in my opinion. I used to get excited hearing about new Droids, but now, nothing. The Incredible is the only Droid line up with any appeal to me. Bring on the Nexus!

  • Brendan

    It’s not good enough for Verizon.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    F**k you, Verizon.

    They better get the Nexus 3.

    • Anonymous

      If they don’t, I’m leaving. That alone isn’t enough to leave, however it would prove just how much more reluctant they are to adopt a pure google experience.

  • Dash Speeds

    Soooo frustrating, I’d love a Nexus phone on Verizon.

  • Zach

    Sigh Verizon where’s your LTE version? Here’s hoping the Nexus Prime or whatever it will be called will be a LTE phone on Verizon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    A little late don’t you think? Especially with the next Nexus dropping the end of this year.

    • Anonymous

      Probably why it’s so cheap.

      • Anonymous

        I hate Verizon for this. They can get the year old iPhone but not the Nexus S?! WTFF