Nexus 6 Release Date Inches Closer

Google’s fancy new Nexus 6 smartphone which was announced earlier this month is set to hit multiple carriers in the United States in early November, but the release date is still a mystery for most. We know pre-orders start later this week, but the actual release date for US carriers is still unknown.

The company revealed the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus Player and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update all earlier this month and finally put months of rumors to rest. The Nexus 9 hits stores on November 3rd, and today the Nexus 6 release date inched closer as the phone has officially cleared the FCC.


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Last week Google confirmed Nexus 6 Pre-orders will kick off on October 29th from the Google Play Store, but buyers are still wondering what to expect from carriers in the United States, and what they’ll charge on contract. T-Mobile is the only carrier with a solid release date, but now that the FCC certification is done, we should be learning more soon.

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Prospective buyers looking to get their hands on the all-new Nexus 6 can expect more details, release dates, and pricing information to be unveiled this week. Either by Google, or from carriers. Pre-orders officially start on Wednesday from the Google Play Store, and with the FCC approval we’re expecting most carriers to open pre-orders as well, and start revealing information.


The Play Store pre-order is likely only for the unlocked model direct from Google, but it’s also possible they’ll be taking orders for carrier models as well, as we’ve seen them offer that in the past.

That being said, this is the first Nexus smartphone to launch on all five major carriers in the United States. Previously they only supported a few GSM carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile, and came with a T-Mobile SIM, but this year things could be different. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Last week we learned T-Mobile would launch both the 32 and 64GB version on November 12th in the United States, with the latter 64GB model being available as an online-only exclusive. We’ve yet to hear from other carriers, or from Google, and as soon as more details regarding the Nexus 6 release arrive we’ll be sure to update.


November 12th has also been a date we’ve heard for AT&T, but that has yet to be confirmed. Most likely Google and carriers will bunch all the release dates into a similar timeframe, but we could see a few days break between each carrier release, and most likely Verizon will be last to offer the smartphone. They don’t have a good track record with Nexus devices, but hopefully the Nexus 6 changes things.


The FCC filing confirms the release is coming soon, and it even mentions two different versions. One of course being the US model available for all carriers, and another international model that more widely supports bands used outside of the United States.

This is good news for those in the US, and for those abroad, as we’re hearing the Nexus 6 won’t arrive in November for most outside the US. Last week details arrived suggesting a mid to late December release in the UK, which is bad news for prospective buyers. That all aside, the Nexus 6 release date is almost here for some, and will be following for multiple regions around the globe quickly thereafter.