Sprint Cans Nexus One; Getting the iPhone?

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It seemed that an EVDO version of Google’s Nexus One was a sure bet. Google had been promising a Verizon version of the Nexus One since launch, and that was followed by word that Sprint would also be handling the phone. Recently Google itself dropped the promise of the Verizon model, and today comes word that the Nexus One is off the Sprint table, too.

This is not that big a deal to either carrier, as Verizon has the Droid Incredible and Sprint is preparing the launch of the 4G-enabled EVO. It probably does spell the end for the Nexus One, Google’s flagship phone for its experimental business model aimed at removing the carrier from the phone business. I guess the carriers are thumbing their collective noses at Google. It’s not clear if Google will ever release another phone.

In the “totally unlikely to come true” department, yesterday I was told that Sprint will be getting the iPhone this summer. You heard that right, while rumors have long pointed to Big Red getting the iPhone this year, never has it been mentioned that Sprint would be selling the iPhone. I can’t believe this is true, although the source has been reliable in the past and does work for Sprint. I’m not holding my breath.

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