Samsung website hints at Galaxy Nexus for nearly all US carriers
The Galaxy Nexus, announced by Google yesterday, is one of the very best devices on the market today. As such, it was a disappointment when the vibe from the announcement was that the Android 4.0 smartphone would be a Verizon exclusive, at least for a time. Thankfully, according to a Samsung's official page on the device, that may not be the case.
As you can see from the image above, when signing up for information on the Galaxy Nexus, you can select a carrier preference. If you click on that menu, you will be presented with a list that includes Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. This is great news for users who don't want to use Verizon, or even users that just like to see competition.
Not only that, the menu also has options for much smaller US carriers like MetroPCS, Cellular South, and US Cellular. These small carriers, although they often offer only regional coverage and slower data, usually compensate with great plans and cheap prices. Unfortunately, they usually have a minimal selection of devices, and any so-called smartphones are outdated at best. A flagship device, not to mention the highest-specd Android phone on the market, would be quite a boon for budget-conscious users of these carriers who still want the latest technology.
Wide availability does not only help users of those carriers, however. Having a great device available on a cheaper carrier with unlimited data has the potential to draw users from larger carriers, who would then be encouraged to lower prices or offer better features. Basically, a flagship device will help the smaller carriers to compete more effectively, thus lowering prices.
While this is on Samsung's official form, it by no means confirms the Galaxy Nexus for any of these carriers. In fact, it could be as simple as a survey to gauge interest in other carriers. Still, I hope that the Galaxy Nexus will be coming to even half of the listed carriers, because exclusives really aren't good for consumers at all.[Samsung Galaxy Nexus official]