Last week we saw the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon’s LTE network, and today we see Google launching a 4G version of the Nexus S on Sprint’s rival WiMAX network.
On the surface, the 4G version of the Nexus S is very like its 3G sibling weighing in a few grams heavier and a fraction of a millimetre thicker. However inside the handset possesses both CDMA and WiMAX radios allowing users to take advantage of the faster connection of Sprint's 4G network. Users will be allowed to turn off the WiMAX option which will no doubt help conserve some battery life if you can do without the faster browsing experience. The phone will be available this spring on Sprint’s 4G network and will cost $199.99 on a two year contract.
While we will obviously be waiting for the 4G version of the Nexus S to make an appearance on this side of the Atlantic, what this release shows is that, in the US at least, companies like Google, Samsung and HTC all believe that 4G is going to be here to stay. The Nexus S 4G will also see a much greater integration of Google Voice which will allow you to use your Spring number with Google Voice or vice versa - without having to port it to the service.
With the progression towards 4G quickly gathering pace in the US, we hope that launches like this in the future will mean a lot more here in Europe when (if) the 4G network is rolled out.