It’s the end of an era for Google Nexus devices on Verizon Wireless. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was the first (and so far only) Nexus phone to grace Big Red, is now no longer available for purchase from the nation’s largest carrier.
Of course, the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon had a rough time. Because of its CDMA and LTE compatibility, Verizon was able to get away with practicing a bit more control over the device than what a carrier really should have over any Nexus phone. OS updates always came a little later than they did on the GSM, unlocked Galaxy Nexus. And perhaps most notorious of all, Verizon refused to allow Google Wallet on the device, even though every other Nexus device has this app.
The successor to the Galaxy Nexus, the LG Nexus 4, is so far only available for GSM networks, such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Google has hinted that it’s unlikely an LTE version will be available anytime soon, and I can’t help but wonder if Verizon’s poor treatment of the Galaxy Nexus is at least partially to blame for this.
In any case, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus can still be found on eBay, and it will probably make its way to a few deal sites every now and then, but you can’t purchase it from the carrier anymore. It was a good run, but unfortunately, it could have been even better.