Long lines greeted buyers of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus
at some Verizon locations as the first Android 4.0 model was launched in the U.S. on Thursday by Big Red. A Verizon spokesman told phoneArena that in Florida, inventory had to be shifted around
in order to get the phone to the locations where it was heavily in demand. Despite the juggling, some Verizon locations have sold out of the model. The first Ice Cream Sandwich powered handset is priced by Verizon at $299.99 with a two year contract although some online retailers like Let's Talk are offering the model at a steep discount
. The phone is currently on backorder at Let's Talk and is expected to ship in 1 to 2 weeks. Amazon is selling the phone for $149
with free two-day shipping and as of 3pm Eastern time, the device appears to still be in stock.
The lines at Verizon for an Android phone are somewhat ironic considering that Android manufacturer Samsung has recently started an ad campaign that pokes fun at the long lines that greet buyers of the Apple iPhone
whenever the Cupertino based tech giant launches a new model. Long lines and sold out stores are unusual for Android models, but the long wait for the U.S. launch combined with good reviews of the GSM model
launched overseas, and the latest Android OS
have led to strong pent-up demand for the unit.