Verizon will soon add Google's Nexus 6 to its flagship phablet lineup, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Promo materials for the device have arrived in Verizon's stores and a new report reveals its price and release date.
It's been quite some time since Verizon Wireless offered a Google Nexus smartphone on its network. Google partnered with Verizon in making it the exclusive U.S. carrier of the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus in 2011. The smartphone was the first smartphone to ship with Google's latest version of Android at the time, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google and Verizon ultimately received huge backlash from Galaxy Nexus customers who purchased the smartphone. Since it was a Nexus, Google had guaranteed the smartphone would receive timely updates whenever it released a new version of Android. When those updates were subsequently released by Google, Verizon didn't push the new software to Galaxy Nexus smartphones. Instead, it spent months testing the updates and by the time it did release the software, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was a few builds behind the GSM version of the smartphone. It now appears that Google and Verizon have worked things out and a Nexus smartphone will once again be offfered by the carrier, and hopefully it will receive timely updates in the process.
We reported back in October 2015 that Verizon would join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular in offering Google's flagship phablet, the Nexus 6. The smartphone made its way to all of those carriers, with the exception of Verizon. The carrier recently posted an image of the Nexus 6 on its site, claiming it was coming soon. The claim seems justified, as promotional materials, pricing information, and release date details have emerged.
Verizon will reportedly begin selling the Nexus 6 on March 12 and will price the phablet at $249 when signing a new 2-year contract or $29.16 per month with Edge.
We'll keep you posted on any new Verizon Nexus 6 news as it becomes available.