Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners should enjoy their last few months of carrier exclusivity, as Google’s latest is poised to hit AT&T in late February. We have confirmed through two independent sources that Verizon’s exclusivity on the Galaxy Nexus is limited to 60 days, with AT&T poised to pick up the Ice Cream Sandwich phone shortly after in late February or early March. While AT&T (and GSM users around the globe) have been able to pick up a pentaband unlocked unit (with support for AT&T and T-Mobile 3G/4G HSPA+) for a few weeks now, it should come as no surprise that Ma Bell is next on the carrier supported list. In early December we saw what looked like a Galaxy Nexus (GT-i9250T) pass through the FCC sporting support for the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, but lacking the unlocked model’s support for the 1700 MHz “AWS” band that would let it run on T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network.
Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm if the 60 day Verizon exclusivity period began when they announced the device or when it started shipping. If it’s the former, CES would be the perfect stage for an AT&T unveil of their Galaxy Nexus.
We have alo heard unconfirmed rumors that Samsung and AT&T are working on an LTE version of the device, but it looks doubtful that we’ll see that Nexus anytime soon. AT&T is under increased consumer pressure to get an Ice Cream Sandwich device to the market soon, and so likely won’t choose to complete LTE integration and testing before getting Nexus into customers’ hands.
Would the lack of LTE be a deal-breaker for you, or would you be happy to pick up an HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus on AT&T?