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Google To Sell Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S 4

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May 15, 2013, 11:59 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Google today announced that it will start directly selling a special version of Samsung's Galaxy S 4 flagship phone that is unlocked and ships with stock Android 4.2, essentially expanding the Nexus family of "pure Google" devices. The device sports LTE compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile's networks. It is bootloader-unlocked and will receive Android updates before most other phones, like Nexus devices. It ships June 26th for $649.

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tjobrien21

May 15, 2013, 12:30 PM

Not available for Verizon, of couse...

I didn't see Verizon on the list of providers. :-/ Bummer. I'd love an unlocked vanilla S4.
Of course, Verizon only allows phones made specifically for their network on their service. Even if it was CDMA capable and had LTE in their frequency, and even if it was unlocked for that, they still wouldn't let you use it.
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shanesaccount

May 16, 2013, 1:42 PM

Specific Hardware Features?

Hey fellow tech geeks -- Does anyone have an answer to this: will the new "nexus" device have support for hardware specific features. (NFC, S-Beam, Air View, Air Gestures, Barometer, Pedometer etc.)?

The android geeks I've asked chant "stock is better," but other than timely updates and lack of 'bloatware', they can't give me any concrete answers as to why it's better. And when I suggest I may actually lose features -- they shrug, and get defensive. So does anyone know -- will the hardware advancements of the Galaxy S4 be utilized by the stock version offered by google?

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FYI - reason I'm asking is -- I bought a new Samsung Galaxy S4 on the 1st and have 4 more days to decide if I want to return it and wait for the Google version t...
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Zpike

May 15, 2013, 12:15 PM

Missed the boat

Damn. Why can't this come to Sprint?
Yes it is a shame that Sprint cant activate unlocked phones. However I understand the discrepancy that they have with unlocked phones. Keep in mind that they have different network frequencies that are optimized for their network. The unlocked phone w...
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This can't come to Sprint & Verizon because these operators do not use R-UIM cards. We use them in India, China, Japan, Korea South, Indonesia & Hong Kong
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rockinfigs

May 16, 2013, 10:46 AM

Will Google Wallet Work???

Will google wallet work with the unlocked google edition s4 on ATT?? im hoping yes since google wallet works on nexus 4
It works on the unlocked Galaxy Nexus
T Bone

May 15, 2013, 12:14 PM

If it is a Galaxy S4

How can it run stock Android?

I thought that many of the 'Galaxy' features were Samsung add ons?

It is very tempting....if it was $200 cheaper it would be more tempting...if it was $300 cheaper I would order it right now.
It is a Galaxy S4. Same hardware. Just running stock Android, without all Samsung's crap added to it. There's no reason it would or should be cheaper since it's the same device. It's unlocked too, which makes it that much more valuable since you have ...
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Google S4 will work on Att & T-Mob, with LTE on each.

As to cost vs. previous Nexus phones pricing: Previous Nexus (Samsung Galaxy & LG) prices were subsidized by Google to get them in to circulation.

This new vanilla Android sounds great, even ...
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