Google Adds Sprint as Nexus One Carrier

And that makes four.

Sprint Nextel on Thursday announced support for Google's HTC-built smartphone Nexus One on its CDMA (define) network. That puts the Google handset on all four major wireless networks in the United States, though the Verizon phone is still awaiting a launch date.

As with T-Mobile and AT&T, the Nexus One for Sprint will only be sold through Google's online store. As of this writing, the phone is not available from Google's store. Only the T-Mobile and AT&T versions are listed, and the Verizon phone is listed as "coming soon." The Verizon phone could ship in the next few weeks.

Pricing and an exact availability date have not been disclosed, but the Sprint phone will likely sell for the same amount as the T-Mobile phone: $529 for the unlocked version and $179 for a locked version with a two-year contract.

"While a pricing plan has not yet been determined for Nexus One, we are confident that it will be consistent with Sprint's commitment to deliver more value than our competitors and keep pricing simple," Fared Adib, Sprint's vice president of product development, said in a statement.

Jury Still Out On Nexus One as Successful Mobile Device

Google began selling the Nexus One in January, first through T-Mobile. Sales in the first 74 days thus far are believed to total 135,000 units, compared to the roughly 1.05 million units for the Motorola Droid and around 1 million for Apple's iPhone in the first 74 days of those devices' availability, according to a recent report by analytics firm Flurry. This has some people declaring the Nexus One a failure, while others are still hopeful.

One of the knocks on Google has been its anemic ad campaign for the phone. Analysts have contrasted the lackluster promotion to Amazon's heavy marketing campaign supporting the Kindle. While Amazon promotes the Kindle all over its site and runs a heavy TV promotion, you'd be hard pressed to find the Nexus One mentioned outside of Google.com.

Sprint is the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., with 48 million subscribers at the end of 2009. It already carries some Android phones made by Samsung and HTC, which also manufactures the Nexus One.

Andy Patrizio is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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