Sprint nixes Google's Nexus One phone

With the impending launch of the HTC EVO, Sprint has decided against supporting Google's Nexus One

Sprint said on Monday that it no longer plans to support Google's Nexus One phone, making it increasingly uncertain that Google can achieve its vision for phone sales in the U.S.

People can visit Google's Nexus One Web site and buy a full-priced or subsidized version of the phone for T-Mobile's network, or a full-priced version for AT&T's network. The site refers interested Verizon customers to the Droid Incredible, another Android phone from HTC.

It makes no mention of Sprint, which announced in March that it would support the Nexus One. The operator now says the phone won't be coming to Sprint given the upcoming availability of the HTC EVO 4G, an Android phone that will run on WiMax as well as 3G.

When Google unveiled its phone sales strategy in January, it envisioned allowing people to choose a phone, pick an operator and service plan, and check out. But even then experts worried that given the variety of technologies and frequencies used by operators in the U.S., that vision would be hard to realize.

"I wouldn't give up on them, but it's a hard thing to achieve in the U.S. cell phone market," said Allen Nogee, an analyst at In-Stat. "In Europe, where they use the same frequencies and technologies and users can just trade SIM cards, they can do that, but in the U.S. it's not so easy."

Even in Europe, however, Google is facing some challenges. For instance, Vodafone agreed to carry the Nexus One but is selling it through its own stores, rather than through Google's Web site.

Google also may be struggling because of the amount of time that it takes some operators to approve new phones and for versions of the phones to be made to work on different networks. Such timing issues could be behind Sprint's change of heart. With the impending release of the EVO, which is superior to the Nexus One in many ways and runs on a faster network, Sprint may have lost interest in the Nexus One.

Google did not reply to a request for comment about how its phone sales strategy might change with Sprint's decision.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags sprintnexus oneGoogleAndroid

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?