By Johnny Wills | Aug 04, 2012 02:09 PM EDT
Sprint is the latest entrant in the major league to offer the Google-branded Galaxy Nexus for free. Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which supports Sprint's emerging 4G LTE network, is now available free of cost from the carrier. The offer is only available for those buying the device online with a new two-year contract with the third-largest carrier in the U.S.
Sprint seems to be following Verizon Wireless' footsteps. Best Buy slashed the price of Verizon Galaxy Nexus to $0 in late July. When it comes to in-store purchases, Verizon Wireless still quotes $99 for the smartphone, giving Sprint a slight edge in the Nexus battle.
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus will soon be a second option for users in search of a top-notch smartphone. Not to forget, Galaxy Nexus is the first handset to pack HD display. Compared to Verizon Wireless, Sprint's superfast 4G LTE network is relatively new and small. Sprint launched its 4G LTE services in early June. As of now, Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 15 markets. The carrier will undoubtedly expand its LTE service to more markets in the near future. However, Sprint's 4G LTE network isn't widespread yet.
Nevertheless, the new price tag is giving a new lease of life to the device. The smartphone packs 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Under the hood, the Galaxy Nexus has a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. Sprint's model still runs on Android 4.0, while Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is rolling out for the international version of the Galaxy Nexus. The device sports a 5-megapixel main camera that can do 720p HD video recordings.
At this price point, Galaxy Nexus isn't a bad purchase. It is one of the best smartphones that Sprint offers. The carrier is yet to reveal any information about the Jelly Bean OS. However, we hope that the latest version of Android will reach the device within a couple of months.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the cheapest 4G LTE smartphone in Sprint's roaster. However, the $0 offer is for a limited time only. So, we recommend that Sprint users hurry-up if they are in search of a Nexus smartphone.
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