Expanding its availability beyond the exclusive confines of Verizon, the Galaxy Nexus is headed to Sprint. The country's third largest mobile network will soon offer its customers Google's flagship Android device— the first 4G LTE phone it has ever sold.

The news comes courtesy of a banner ad, of all things, which was running on the CNET website earlier today (perhaps ahead of schedule). Sprint, which previously championed the earliest 4G network WiMax, is switching to LTE this year. Its initial launch cities will be Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

The Galaxy Nexus, made by Samsung, is the only phone currently available with the vastly improved Android 4.0 software and boasts a 4.6 inch 720p display with no physical buttons. It debuted for Verizon in November.

[via BGR]