For those of you who have been anticipating the Nexus 6 coming to Verizon, I have good news: the wait is over. The Nexus 6 will finally arrive at Verizon, America's biggest carrier, with a release date set for March 12, 2015. This is a long delay since the Nexus 6 initial announcement almost half a year ago, and Verizon seems to want to make it up to customers by offering a decent price, plus some other bonuses.
If you don't know the history of the Nexus 6, it is a relatively new smartphone that was announced October of last year. According to Gotta Be Mobile, the intention was that the Nexus 6 was going to be on all U.S. carriers, and the Verizon's first Nexus device that the company had offered in years. By November of last year, all other carriers had the Nexus 6, except for Verizon.
So why the delay from Verizon? Well, according to The Verge, Verizon hasn't offered any reason for the delay. Verizon has stated: "To all Nexus fans, thank you for your patience". That is about it, but I would like to know if there is any good explanation.
The price of the Nexus 6 on Verizon will be $249.99 on contract, with Edge customers given the option of paying monthly installments of $27.08 over 24 months. As an added bonus (and quite possibly an apology from Verizon), those who purchase the Nexus 6 will get six free months of Google Play Music All Access, provided you purchase the Nexus 6 before the end of the month, according to Phone Area.
Another bonus feature is that the Nexus 6 will come with Advanced Calling 1.0, allowing users to take full advantage of HD Voice Calling when connected to compatible Verizon handsets, with voice and data being used at the same time.
Also, Verizon's Nexus 6 will come with Android 5.1 right out of the box. Those that have the Nexus 6 with Sprint should be receiving the 5.1 update today as well. Android 5.1 was announced just earlier this week, and Google's Nexus devices are the first to rollout the patch.
The Nexus 6 is a phablet (large sized smartphone that is not big enough to be a tablet) with a screen that is 5.96 inches. It has a rear camera capable of 13 Megapixels and a front-facing camera of about 2 Megapixels. It is water resistant and Qi-enabled for wireless magnetic charging. It is part of Google's Nexus series of mobile devices, and these devices were recently updated with Android 5.0 (otherwise known as Lollipop or Android L).
If you want to pick up the Verizon Nexus 6 at retail stores, you will have to wait until March 19th. It is also available from Google Play, Motorola, Sprint, and T-Mobile, but AT&T's version is locked and it cannot be taken by another carrier. Users can also buy it for $649 for the 32 GB model.