Nexus One no longer coming to Verizon?

Google has updated their Nexus One page, and the news for Verizon customers patiently awaiting their chance to own Google's phone is, well, disappointing. On the pricing page, where we're used to seeing a T-mobile option and a tantalizing "coming soon" message from Verizon, Google has opted for this:

"For Verizon's network, you can buy the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One."

Similarly, in the Google Nexus One announcement blog, right after the news of Vodafone UK's release of the phone, Google makes the same statement about Verizon:

"In the US, if you’ve been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless’ network, head over to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed."

According to our own sources at Google, Verizon actually has a few CDMA Nexus one devices on hand for testing. The problem, which many who follow Verizon know, their testing is a long process that often causes delays to public releases. Sometimes this is seen publicly where Sprint is able to launch the same device well before Verizon does, even though the hardware is identical. Verizon was expected to support the Nexus One, it is not known if they would sell the device directly or support such devices sold directly from Google (much like Sprint announced in their press release). But, because the testing took much longer than expected, the initial late March launch that Neowin reported got pushed back.

Because of this delay, the HTC Incredible appeared on the stage. When this happened, Verizon suddenly had two high end devices without keyboards that both ran Android. Did Verizon really need two phones competing for the same customers? They couldn’t price the Nexus One low enough or else they would face the possibility of cannibalizing the Droid Eris sales and placing it into the same price bracket as the Incredible would result in lack luster sales; not to mention customer confusion over which phone to purchase.

So what do we have? The Nexus one hasn’t been officially ruled out on Verizon (according to our sources) but every day that goes by that it is not on sale means the likelihood of its impending offering is greatly reduced. Jumping to conclusions may be premature at this point, but when a company goes ahead and recommends that you purchase their phone from a different manufacturer, it's not likely they're going to be releasing their phone to you.

Verizon was due to announce their Nexus One plans last month but after the device passed FCC inspection, Verizon pulled out of the announcement due to the testing delays. If you're holding out for the Nexus One on Verizon then now might be a good time to plan for the HTC Incredible.

Neowin Editor Brad Sams contributed to this report.

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Doesn't surprise me - Verizon is epic failure, and unfortunately, us poor folks at work are stuck with them as our company phones.

I've never experienced more fail than with this carrier here in TX.

Amodin said,
Doesn't surprise me - Verizon is epic failure, and unfortunately, us poor folks at work are stuck with them as our company phones.

I've never experienced more fail than with this carrier here in TX.

I live in Dallas TX and my experience with Verizon's network has been excellent. Unlike AT&T, which I use for my personal phone, they have yet to drop a call or have issues with internet access. Go VZW!

NeoRaZor said,

I live in Dallas TX and my experience with Verizon's network has been excellent. Unlike AT&T, which I use for my personal phone, they have yet to drop a call or have issues with internet access. Go VZW!

Having quite the opposite in the same area. You can tell when you make a phone call to another Verizon customer, by listening to the very first ring tone. It will cut in half. That 'cut' is whether or not it decides to make a connection to whom you are calling. I can sit in the same spot (with full radio bars) and try to make the same phone call 15 times before it connects. I won't do anything different, and will finally connect the call. If it doesn't connect, you just get to go to the voicemail of the person you are calling. It's been utter garbage, and no one at the company I work for is happy with this terribad service.

Everyone saw this coming after the N1 problems, and then no announcement for Verizon in March. The Incredible is a better phone anyway so meh w/e.

In all honesty, I don't see this as a disappointment at all. The Nexus One is a nice phone, but its been riddled with bugs, and Goggle has dropped the plans to fix those. The Incredible is a far nicer phone, if I wasn't already enjoying my Droid I would certainly get the Incredible.

I talked to a Verizon rep last week and he said the Nexus One was having a hard time connecting to the CDMA network. It doesn't make sense that the Incredible can but the Nexus One cannot.

snelson said,
I talked to a Verizon rep last week and he said the Nexus One was having a hard time connecting to the CDMA network. It doesn't make sense that the Incredible can but the Nexus One cannot.

Well its just different hardware... whats so good about Verizon that every one wants a iPhone on Verizon and Nexus one?

snelson said,
I talked to a Verizon rep last week and he said the Nexus One was having a hard time connecting to the CDMA network. It doesn't make sense that the Incredible can but the Nexus One cannot.
It would have a hard time right now considering it's only available in a GSM variant.

Sebianoti said,
Well its just different hardware... whats so good about Verizon that every one wants a iPhone on Verizon and Nexus one?
I'm really not sure at all. I'm a pretty happy AT&T customer. I wish AT&T would hurry up and offer tethering for the iPhone, but otherwise, I've never had any complaints about coverage or customer service.

Edited by Elliott, Apr 26 2010, 3:53pm :

Sebianoti said,

Well its just different hardware... whats so good about Verizon that every one wants a iPhone on Verizon and Nexus one?

People want an iPhone but they are not excited about being on AT&T. Verizon has a more stable network and better 3G coverage, although it is slower than AT&T's network. From what I understand Verizon upgraded all of their towers to 3G and AT&T only did some. AT&T acquired Cingular a few years back and has probably been more focused on merging everything.

Nexus was supposed to be the big killer but then they launched on t-Mobile and they have not been selling it through stores, people like handling their hardware. It could be this is a sticking point with Verizon. The Incredible though does everything the Nexus does and with the Sense UI to clean up inconsistencies. Not an iPhone killer for sure but its a threat.

Sebianoti said,

Well its just different hardware... whats so good about Verizon that every one wants a iPhone on Verizon and Nexus one?

I live in a vastly rural state and Verizon's coverage is rock solid here. Even out in the middle of the wilderness, far away from a major highway, i had enough of a signal to call someone when I was with verizon. AT&T is good in populated areas, but pretty inconsistent inbetween.