Back to the Future! Buy the Galaxy Nexus direct from the Google Play Store
A few observations should be made here. First, $399 for an unlocked Galaxy Nexus is quite a good deal (that’s just $100 more than Verizon customers were paying as a subsidized cost up until this week). Second, since the phone will work on AT&T and T-Mobile, the Galaxy Nexus can now be purchased and used by almost anyone in the U.S.
And finally, Google is back in the phone business.
Which probably shouldn’t be a surprise. Online shopping is more ubiquitous now than it was back in 2010, and Amazon, Best Buy, and the carriers all sell large numbers of smartphones over the web. Google has also been developing its customer service division since 2010, which was considered a significant pain point for Nexus One shoppers at the time. Finally, as we discussed when the Android Market was rebranded, Google fully intends to use the Play Store to sell a wide variety of products. It was already expected by most that the upcoming Google tablet will be sold online, and making the Galaxy Nexus available direct from Google lets them ramp up to that, as well as get the device in the hands of more customers.
Sadly this offer is available in the U.S. only right now; hopefully Google will open it up to more markets soon. If you’re interested in getting one, click on the source link below. Any AT&T or T-Mobile customers thinking of picking one of these up?
source: Google Play Store via The Verge
1. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
thats is good news for the T-Mo squad...
8. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
yea it is good news!! i might get it but i wonder if itll work with tmo 3g/4g??
12. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)
Yup, "Compatible networks include: AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM service providers." also "High speed data access requires 3G/4G HSPA+ cellular data service plan. (HSPA speeds and access may vary based upon network carrier.)"
Just look at the details in the Play Store..
17. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea, its pentaband. its 4g compatible with any GSM HSPA+ network.
400 bux unlocked is awesome. Thats about what i was expecting to have to shell out for my SGS3 when it launches.. so if something goes haywire with that somehow, the nexus will be a great back up.
26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the pentaband version doesn't have an LTE Radio does it? because if it did AT&T users will have that to take advantage of now. o:
35. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)
doesn't. Plus, AT&T and Verizon have different LTE networks, so being LTE ready wouldn't necessarily mean it would be able to run on either network.
36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
did i ask if it had an LTE Radio that would work on Verizon? :P
42. cellphonejunky (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
How would you get a SGSIII for 400, I also work for t-mo and the SGSII is 600 outright, I'm assuming pricing won't change for it's successor.
46. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
because I get a 40% discount on the full retail (then we get taxed out the wazoo).. im an employee :)
Im assuming its going to be 600 again, but u never know. It could jump to 650. Its a beast with a huge following, people will pay it.
especially when they save 60-70 a month on the much cheaper tmobile 4g plans compared to the competition. :)
43. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
You can't buy the nexus as it doesn't have exynos.
47. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thats the exact reason I passed up buying it so far. But I dont have an exynos choice that still gives me 3g/4g.. and considering how much i need/use tethering, thats not something I can give up. Its unlikely that I'll pass on the SGS3 though unless they really monkey something up.
Now, according to the FCC, Jacksonville will be getting some of that ATT 3g/4g bandwith.. so My options might be opening up quite soon.
2. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Awesome price.. too bad it's US only. :(
3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
this is almost a must-buy. the only factors are the Ones. o:
4. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Google should sell more physical items in the Google Play Store. That should include the Google-based apparel and all three of the Nexus smartphones. Google just needs to create its own mobile gaming network.
11. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
They need to create a GOOGLE clothing line :-)
5. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
It says buy devices I wonder what else they will sell
6. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
On March 3rd I "DailyStole" this thing for a "STEAL" for $530!
To put the cheapness of this price into perspective - You can also pick up a 2010 model MyTouch 4G for $399 as well.
7. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
$399? Woah! ............................Crap! Not available in my country. FFFFFFFFFUUUUU!!!!!!
9. bubba78 (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 May 2011)
Man Verizon sells it for $650 without a contract. $399 is a great price for a contract free Gnex.
10. dcgore (Posts: 206; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
This has me thinking...this has me thinking.
13. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
$399 sounds like a good price. With all these quad-core phones coming out this year, this thing will be "outdate" in a few months.
15. imkyle (Posts: 1007; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Exactly. $400 for a pure Google phone is outstanding, but with the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III coming out, they make this look old.
20. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
depends on what you want. If you prize horsepower over anything, then yea, wait (thats what I am.. lol).
if you want an "apple like" experience where you get updates direct from the OS maker months before anyone else does, and have first access to everything, then the nexus is the phone for you.
And lets not forget its an HD screen, very good dual core, PowerVR GPU, an unaltered ICS.
23. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
True true! Many of us on here mainly look for the "horsepower"!
I agree with your opinion about the Galaxy Nexus. This phone has its own special treatment than most of the phones out there. STILL, new "wave" is coming this year and we are all expect something greater than the Nexus.
29. imkyle (Posts: 1007; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I do agree with both of you. I have a international galaxy s ii and I really want an HD screen. If the galaxy s III isn't appealing to me than I will most likely pick this up.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'd say go ahead and pick it up now. it'll hold a $400-$350 resell value. this is a Nexus. i bet you could even sell your Galaxy S II to bury the cost if it's in good shape then when the Galaxy S III comes out it'll be between that and your Nexus and by the time it got to that you'll have lost little to no money.
14. salic (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
All of a sudden I wish Sprint was a GSM carrier.... /sigh
16. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
the only android phone where the processor isn't such a big deal... so smooth! i love my nexus!
19. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
Smart move. Seems like they're anticipating the arrival of the Galaxy S3.
22. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if your on the fence, think about this.
grab the phone for 400 unlocked.
if you dont use a lot of minutes you can pick up Tmobile's $30 unlimited text, w 5gig of 4g data before throttle, and 100 mins plan. High usage with a tiny bill and an exellent phone.
25. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Just use viber or bobsled something like that to call
48. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
or.. google voice, skype, vonage, fring, on and on :)
24. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
This is an amazing price for the phone. Just 3 months ago I paid $650, and it was worth it then as well.
You'll be getting updates as soon as they come out, no waiting for delays due to manufacturer/carrier BS.
Despite not having as much horsepower as some of these new phones coming out, the phone delivers a very smooth experience
30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
this is off-contract which means that you won't be obligated to pay money every month for 20 months or face the $350 early termination fee.
32. JunitoNH (Posts: 927; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Thank you for the reply KingK. Guess most folks took it as sarcasm; another question, I have never owned a GSM phone, is it possible to just get a sim card from AT&T? Not sure if I want to go with T-mobile, although they do offer best prices.
34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, this version is unlocked so i believe you just go to a AT&T or T-Mobile Store to get it activated. there might be more to it then that i'm just not sure. i'm on Verizon a CDMA Carrier.
39. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)
yea i work for att u can just get a sim from att and use whatever phone u want
44. michael2973 (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
why dont you ever see cdma devises unlocked?
50. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
because CDMA devices can only work on the carrier they were designated for. They dont work the same as GSM devices.
49. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ATT and Tmobile have similar networks. When it comes to 4g HSPA+, TMobile smacks ATT around like a little red headed baby. Tmobile is also way way way cheaper than ATT.
If you get good service from Tmobile in your area, its in your best financial interest to give them first shot.
28. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
can i use paypal/bill me later for this? this is amazing.
33. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)
can it be used with any gsm sim around the world
a friend coming down to india thinking to get one
37. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)
cheap toy like plastic phone is not worth $399. Googles please, you have good software and motorola know how to make good phone. Can't wait the next , Nexus phone by Motorola that googles just bought.
38. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
This is great!
My 2yr contract with Sprint is almost done. I can get this and just go on a prepaid plan and pay $30 less each month.
41. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
So can I get a Nexus S for $299? That would be a steal also considering you can run ICS on it :)
45. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
Damn, that's tempting AARGH! I have to wait for the SGS3 then I'll pull the trigger, it's not only about specs, but money too!
51. guyver192 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
I have the phone working on T-mobile. And its very fast no worries at all. took 2 shipping days for the google store.