November 27, 2014

Sprint Follows Verizon's Lead, Bails on Nexus One

Say good bye to the CDMA Nexus One.  Like Verizon did a few weeks back, Sprint has opted to drop the Nexus One from its future handset roadmap.  Why, you ask?  Well, the EVO 4G is going to be a considerably beefier phone with (presumably) a similar price point.  According Gizmodo, a Sprint rep tells them that the “upcoming availability of the award-winning Evo 4G”  is a “more robust, full-featured device”, thus bumping the Nexus One.

And we were just telling you guys earlier why it was still a lock.  Obviously, we’d like to see the Nexus One arrive for Sprint, so we’ll keep crossing fingers.  Unfortunately, things look grim.



  • Julius

    i guess you were wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein @BenjRubenstein

      Don't tell my wife :(

      I really wanted this phone. This is heartbreaking.

  • mike

    This is good for us sprint retail reps. this keeps more money in our community instead of sending it all to google. The evo is going to be a one size fits all phone, plus I get paid to sell it. Also you as the consumer can hold it and see it before purchasing.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/juandg juandg

    The cat is out of the bag, all media outlets are reporting this and 3 very respected publications confirmed independently with Sprint that they are NOT releasing the Nexus One:

    Gizmondo ->http://gizmodo.com/5535436/sprint-wont-sell-the-n
    InformationWeek gets an email from Sprint ->http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives
    Engadget confirms with Sprint ->http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/10/sprint-cans-ne

    And if you need more proof, Phone Scoop also confirmed on their own ->http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=5952

  • Julius

    That's a pity – the Nexus One is more likely to bring a more unified experience for Android users without the manufacturer or carrier branding plus swifter updates to consumers (IMHO).

    PS – not the same Julius as above…

  • rampage

    So Sprint is making decisions to help retail reps instead of the customers? Ridiculous. One size fits all? What a joke.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/npkimmey npkimmey

    I doubt this is because of the Evo; at least, not entirely. Sprint doesn't want a new, non-4G phone confusing their customers.

  • Jackie

    Damn you sprint!! Throws tomatoes too!! The EVO does NOT fit all. :o(

  • wolflair

    Booo Sprint! *throws tomatoes*

  • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein @BenjRubenstein

    I can't believe the timing on this. Hours after I post about why it WILL come to Sprint, Gizmodo gets word that it WONT. Wow. Crazy stuff.

    It's sad that Sprint could neglect such a large portion of its power users. They could have gained a lot of subscribers from the Nexus One. I was set on getting it over the EVO 4G.

    Since the device did pass through the FCC, and therefore probably exists, perhaps Sprint will allow it on their network, but unsubsidized? Fingers crossed.

  • justaphoneuser

    Just switch to t-mobile. You will cut your bill by about 1/3, you get your phone and the people at t-moble are pleasant to talk to. Makes better sense to me…

  • hazydave

    It's sensible… and there's some more coming, I'm sure.

    Everyone knows HTC made the Nexus One for Google. Google was supposed to change the cellphone model with this, but they didn't really try. Ok, so then why not sell it through telcos?

    Well, the problem is, why do I want an HTC phone with Google markup on it, when I can get essentially the same HTC phone (or, perhaps, their next one, since they seem to have new one every other month) directly from HTC? I'm not speaking from my prespective directly… I'd probably go with the N1, just 'cause it's cooler. But the telcos can only sell so many different smartphones. They don't need too many that are essentially the same model.

    If you look at Verizon's Android phones, that's probably how things will progress. They're delivering these phones with tight cooperation from the vendor. Verizon wants to sell you a "Verizon Droid", even if it's a "Droid by Motorola" or "Incredible by HTC". They don't want to sell you a Google product… Google's maybe a little too close to their business.

    And more than you might think… they are a partner in Clear, the WiMax company behind the WiMax network supporting Comcast and Sprint (Sprint provides the 3G fallback for the same network). I'm sure Verizon's savvy enough to know they don't need the Google name to sell a phone, and probably don't want to toss a bone to a partial competitor, even if they do like what they get out of Android.

  • miguel

    Lol… after that long-article you wrote about why it would still be released by Sprint…

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  • http://www.smackspot.com SquiggiE

    They are going to gain even more subscribers with the EVO 4G. Why would anyone want the Nexus One when the EVO 4G has everything, plus more and they are close to the same physical size? On top of all that, the Nexus One has major 3G problems on the current frequencies, what makes anyone think it would be any better on Sprints?

  • Craig

    The 3G issues are with GSM not CDMA. There very well could be an issue with the CDMA version but I have not seen anything from anyone who has even seen a CDMA version.

    The EVO does have everything. But for those who don't want to be locked down to Sense and the crazy slow updates, the N1 is a better option. Even though the EVO is better hardware wise, I would still rather have the N1 so I woudln't be left waiting for the new Firmware versions from Google, instead I would be the first to have them! That, and 4g will probably take years before it reaches where I live. We just got the 3g tower turned on about a month ago.