At the CES this past January, Sprint outlined its plans to begin offering LTE service later this year. It revealed that it would kick things off with a pair of LTE-compatible Androids, the LG Viper and Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. What we didn’t learn thanks to Sprint’s announcement were the details on just when these devices would become available. We still don’t have anything like a date, but there are a couple signs suggesting Sprint’s getting itself ready to release the Galaxy Nexus in the near future.
First up, Sprint has kicked-off a contest where you can enter to win one of 30 Galaxy Nexus phones. According to the rules, entries must be postmarked by April 5, received by April 12, and the drawing will take place on April 16. Assuming the Galaxy Nexus hasn’t already been released for Sprint by then, we’d hope to see sales start around the same time these winners start getting their prizes.
The other bit of evidence suggesting Sprint’s hoping to launch the Galaxy Nexus sooner rather than later ties-in to the news we discussed yesterday of Sprint expecting at least ten new NFC-equipped Androids this year running Google Wallet. The carrier just posted a video to its YouTube account introducing users to Google Wallet. While it might make sense to feature the Nexus S 4G, which Sprint already has, instead the video focuses exclusively on the Galaxy Nexus. If Sprint didn’t plan on having it up for sale very soon, we’d hardly expect to see it featuring the handset so prominently in promotional material already.