CTIA 2011 was crazy for Sprint. Not only did they announce a pair of 3D devices on a voice and data network, they are now moving on to partner up with Google. Sure, the 3G version for AT&T is cute and everything, and I'm sure the Sidekick 4G is going to work wonders on the fake 4G network of AT&T-Mobile, but this is the real deal right here.
The Google Nexus S 4G is going to rock the Android Gingerbread OS and will come in at a couple of millimeters and grams heavier than its T-Mobile counterpart, but that's because inside this phone is the wondrous aroma of CDMA/EV-DO and WiMAX. (The WiMAX part means it's actually real 4G.) If battery life is an issue, you will have the option to even turn off the WiMAX radio.
Sprint announced that this phone will be launching in the Spring, so sometime soon, for $199. However, the cooler thing they announced is a deal with Google that's going to let you use Google Voice without porting your number over!
For that announcement, a cool video, some pictures and the press release, click the break.
If you wanted more than just a phone announcement, you came to the right place. Sprint and Google also came together to launch a whole new way of using Google Voice. You will now be able to use Google Voice with your existing Sprint number. However, your number, account and everything else will still be with Sprint. Even better, if you love Google Voice more, you can use that number with your Sprint Nexus S 4G to make calls and send text messages. You'll also be able to hookup your Google Voicemail box. Sprint has simply said it's coming "soon" and we'd expect it around the time of the S 4G launch.
Here are some pictures of the S 4G for your viewing pleasure along with a message screen from the Google Voice/Sprint enabling.
Here's a really cool video of the Google Voice partnership.
Here's the press release for the Nexus S 4G and the Google Voice integration.