Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint's WiMax Network Offers Google Voice, Nothing New

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-05-19 Print this article Print
Nexus S 4G Unboxed

Nexus S 4G Unboxed

Sprint is selling the Nexus S 4G for $199.99 with a two-year contract this spring from Sprint retailers and Best Buy stores in the United States. Like the Nexus S, Sprint's Nexus S 4G is powered by a 1GHz Samsung chip and runs Android 2.3.
On May 8, Sprint rolled out the Samsung Nexus S 4G, which is ounce for ounce, inch for inch, and specification for specification, the same device Google launched on T-Mobile's network last December. Both run Google's latest Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" build, with support for NFC (near-field communication) technology, which enables mobile payments and other sensor-swiping capabilities; a gyroscope for improved gaming; and multitasking and a refreshed user interface with a better keyboard. However, while the Nexus S is equipped with a 3G radio, the Nexus S 4G has a 4G radio and the benefit of running on Sprint's WiMAX network. This means it shows some appreciable speed improvements over its predecessor, which is powered by T-Mobile's network. Moreover, the Nexus S 4G has another perk its older brother lacks: native support for Google Voice. Nexus S 4G users may use current Sprint wireless phone numbers as their Google Voice numbers without having to port their numbers. This means Sprint phone users won't incur porting charges and service disruptions. eWEEK runs through the Google Voice set-up and other applications on the Nexus S 4G in this slide show.

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