Nexus Prime could be an exclusive to Verizon Wireless as the DROID Prime

Rumors have been circulating that the Nexus Prime would be the first Nexus device to make its way to Verizon Wireless. Then we heard last week that Verizon won’t be carrying the Galaxy S II. After this announcement I started to believe the Nexus could wind up on Big Red because why would they pass on the Galaxy S II?

Things are starting to look like a Verizon Nexus device could be a reality. BGR has learned from a close source that Verizon passed on the Galaxy S II because they did not think it would be able to compete with the iPhone 5. Instead, Verizon is going to launch the DROID Prime in October, and it will be the first device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The model number is SCH-i515.

The first question is why this would launch in October shortly after the DROID Bionic launches? To me it doesn’t make sense. The second question is if this will indeed be a true Nexus device? The DROID branding leads me to believe it won’t. I hope I am wrong, but I am not expecting this phone till at least November, or possibly December.

Stay tuned, this one looks to be a wild ride.

[UPDATE] If the Prime comes to Verizon, it will most likely be a Nexus branded device, not a DROID.

[via bgr]

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • NexusFTW

    First of all,

    Second of all,
    I sincerely hope Verizon doesn’t screw with a Nexus. I could totally see them forcing you into something like a tethering plan even if you tried to apply the phone off contract, since stock Android has tethering built in…Lame-Os