Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich finally arrived officially in Canada as both Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile Canada made available the Samsung GALAXY Nexus this week. The device is the first Android smartphone to run on Android’s latest and “best ever” version.
The two Canadian carriers offer the GALAXY Nexus for $160 with a 3-year contract. If you don’t want to be tied to a 3-year subscription with either carrier, you can get the GALAXY Nexus at full retail price of $650.
The Canadian variant of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is reportedly the same as the 5-band GSM variant released recently in Europe and in other markets. It has support for HSPA+ networks, so it will presumably work with a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card.
The GALAXY Nexus has not yet been officially released in the United States. Verizon Wireless is expected to be the first U.S. mobile network to exclusively release the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, but has not yet done so. Earlier rumors hoped for a December 8 release date in the U.S., but new information points to a new release date to look forward to: December 15. Verizon’s variant will reportedly be equipped with 4G LTE capability.
Feature image courtesy of Virgin Mobile Canada