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Will the price be right for the Samsung GALAXY Nexus?

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Will the price be right for the Samsung GALAXY Nexus?
Everyone has been so focused on when the Samsung GALAXY Nexus should be launched that they are forgetting that there is a price that needs to be paid to own the device. We have reported on leaks that showed an apparently legit price of $199.99 on contract, and we have seen the Wall Street Journal write in Monday's edition that the phone will be priced $100 more than the Apple iPhone 4S, or $299.99 with a signed 2-year pact.

The story, in the financial paper's All Thing's D column, points out that Verizon has pretty much solidified $299.99 as the price for its 4G LTE models, which would cover the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. And don't forget that Verizon's recent MAP list shows a minimum advertised price of $299.99 for the GALAXY Nexus. However, the prices posted on the MAP list are not official launch figures.

The carrier charged the $299.99 subsidized price for the Motorola DROID RAZR, the Motorola DROID BIONIC, and the HTC Rezound, all requiring a signed two-year pact. So the bottom line is that Big Red has kept the $199.99 subsidized pricing for 3G models like the Apple iPhone 4S and the Motorola DROID 3, even though both are dual-core phones. On the other hand, once we start talking about smartphones with an LTE radio, the price goes up. Consider that the carrier charged $299.99 on contract for the Samsung Droid Charge. This model does support LTE, but has a single-core 1GHz processor under the hood. 

So based on all of this evidence, it would seem that the Samsung GALAXY Nexus would be offered by Verizon at the $299.99 price point. Of course, it would also seem that Verizon customers are getting impatient and are demanding a launch date for the first Android 4.0 handset.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:16 3

1. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

If it's 299.99 for 32 gigs of Nexus that's a fine deal. That's the same Price Apple Charges for their 32 gig model so it isn't really more expensive, you just don't get a 16 gig option. If it's 199 for 32 gigs, that would make it the best deal in wireless. I feel like Google may try to push this at lowest subsidized cost that it can.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:25 3

13. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

how's that iOS 5.0.2?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:26 5

14. hybris (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Whoa, pretty worked up about what other people want. Why does it bother you people are so excited about something? If you're not, that's your right. But really, why all the hate? I read a lot that I disagree with, but never take it out on people who are interested in it. Why so negative? It seems like somethings got you insecure, man.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:59 2

20. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

LOL you're the idiot. You're getting so worked up about a phone that you will never own and never know about. The GPU is still one of the top GPUs in current smartphones, you cannot see the differences in a pentile screen at that resolution (yes, I have held the Nexus at Columbus Circle and looked at it), and there is no lag (again, you don't even have any personal knowledge of this). Besides, if anything Apple is the one that overcharges...

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 23:00 1

21. mikerouche (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

ugly pentile? you moron you obviously dont read/watch reviews. theyve all said the screen is amazing and that the Os is really quick. oh and hows that nice new notification bar on ios 5? LOLOL have fun with 3g

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:08

28. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

The GPU doesn't matter a whole lot since ICS features hardware acceleration. If it were gingerbread it would matter a lot more, but yes, the GPU ain't the best and I'm talking inferior to my Adreno 220, that says a bit.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 09:20 1

32. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

you are misinformed about HDW ACC.. it actually uses the GPU to accelerate the OS. therefore the GPU definitely matters. also, it is NOT inferior to the Adreno 220. not on the 4460 version of TI's cpu. do some research.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:21

2. newerapro (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Actually the HTC Thunderbolt Launched With A $249.99 Price Tag....

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:28 6

15. hybris (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I bought it and have no regrets. Not saying its the right phone for everyone, but I love mine and know plenty of other happy t-bolt owners.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:38 6

16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

You are one sad individual.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:23 2

3. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I think that Verizon should sell the phone at 199.99! this would sure heal a lot of the hate that has accured over this phone situation. It would be a good move!!
People might tend to forget all the s**ty little rumors and games that has surrounded this device.
Come on verizon time for redemtion!!

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:43 1

18. hybris (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I really hope it's like the iphone pricing, $199 for 16gb and $299 for 32gb. If there's no $199 option, I'll have to hold out for a while :(

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:29 2

4. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

I'd buy it for $199. $299 is ridiculous.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:24 3

12. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)

no, ICS is supposed to unite all. duh! =P

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:39 2

17. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Jealous much?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:57 3

19. JGuinan007 (Posts: 684; Member since: 19 May 2011)

ok taco stop we know its you

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 23:06 3

23. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Did taco need to get another new account?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 23:17 2

24. belovedson (Posts: 988; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

he doesn't make much sense I dont know if it's taco. taco has the ability to make some sense at times

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:37 1

5. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

I've said it before, it should be $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB and it will just capture the entire Verizon Market and even take away from other carriers.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:44 3

6. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Only apple can get away with that. 100 dollars for 16 gigs of memory is insane. way overpriced. Google would never. 250 for 16 300 for 32 would be fair.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:53

35. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

Apple put a patent on the "16GB for $199" and "32GB for $299" pricing. Here comes another law suit.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:46 4

7. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Well you all would buy it at whatever price your not fooling me. I really don't understand why the keep launch dat so secretive but Verizon has started know rumors it's all been us wanting as much info and reading up on any pice of info we can find. Everybody is beginning to say and act weirdly about this phone. The fact it's not released is weirder though because there probably missing out on millions of dollars of potential money befor ics is available on other phones and carriers. That is a bad move and I know they know that which makes me think they really under thought the design and hardware and software compatibilities and are rushing with a lack of properly trains personal to get this phone released in the timeframe that was planned out at the beginning. Partly because they were not prepared and partly because they want to get there fingers to far into the OS and have to start over from how android was with android 2.whatever to 4.whatever. The thing is that android phones have a lot of a shorter lifespan and the top than most phones. And the value of the phone drastically goes down after a short period of time unlike the apple iPhone, with android phones coming out so often. Which is weird because apple which has a long history of not bring down there prices still under stand that a quick release after announcing is important to consumers because we have short memmories and little patience.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:56

36. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

It's the same strategy apple uses. They want people to follow the product and watch for it's news of specs and price and what not. That way when they do anounce the launch date people will line up to buy the phone. They will sell out quickly and only release the phones slowly here and there so more people want it and by the time they get it all joy is rained from the heavens and they have their new phone. Same strategy, different phone. It worked for Apple, now its working for them.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:51

8. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

ur welcome sir for the lead =)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 23:05

22. droidguy2323 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)

why is everyone so worked up about the price? Just wait for amazon's christmas specials. The nexus prime will prolly 0.01 on contract lol. Remember how the razor was $299 but amazon had it and the rezound for one cent.I say by feb. this phone will be free on contract

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 00:19

25. mikeystar (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

agree with this, amazon has ridiculous deals, my family switched and saved 1200 dollars on 4 smartphones, granted the data has high costs, but we were going to get data either way. so regardless of the price the nexus starts at, I recommend waiting for amazon or even Verizon christmas deals

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 00:31 1

26. davin8r (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)

Anybody know what the non-contract price will be, since I just upgraded recently? I'll probably pay the $700 (or whatever), and sell my Droid 3 on EBay.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 01:36 1

27. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Amazon only gives those deals to new subs, not people upgrading. I tried to get the Skyrocket that way when they had the deals a week or 2 ago and it wouldn't let me because it was an upgrade. And Verizon is the only carrier that rips people off with a $300 price for high-end phones. AT&T's highest is $250 but I've never paid that. Usually there's some online-only discount for $50-$100 instant rebate. Prolly the commision they'd pay the rep to sell the phone lol.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:11

29. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

theReplier isn't taco because he has sense in his posts, Miz on the otherhand, does not, if anything, he's probably Miz.

On topic: LOL I remember when $199 was unimaginably expensive, if people will pay that Much for a Razr the Verizon will probably get away with it for the nexus.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:57

30. SoopaManLuv (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)

If all else fails, wait till it hits tha certified pr-owned bin. That's when u get ur real discounts. Mayb by Feb depending on when tha phone actually comes out...jus saying

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 08:18

31. Tux4g63 (Posts: 118; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I feel like Verizon raising the "subsidized" pricing on their 4G smartphones really has been a rip-off of sorts. $300 for a smartphone that costs $600 outright isn't really a good deal to me. Iphones have a legitimate argument in that they retain so much of their value, evidenced by street value and trade-in value on used models. But anything else drops minimum 40-50% as soon as it isn't NIB status anymore. I understand that they are a company like anyone else and their goal is to make a profit. But outside of that, I feel slightly betrayed because to me it makes more sense to spend the extra $ out of pocket to outright buy the phone, not deal with the early termination fee, and still have the same exact service and support that a contracted customer has. It's a tough sell, and I don't feel as if I am being treated as a loyal customer. Especially with Verizon getting rid of the new every 2 credit. What other incentives are there?

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 11:17

33. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Well that's the case as to why apple doesn't want to make an LTE iPhone yet, or even why they didn't launch the first iPhone in AT&T's then developing 3G. Verizon is increasing the cost on 4G products because as of right now they have the market in LTE effectively cornered. No one else has a rollout like them. And they need to make back the money they invested into the 4G network. They could do it by raising the prices for everyone, raising the monthly rate for 4G or one time charging you more. I'll take the last option as clearly the best option. And they clearly have shown that if you wait you'll save money, as the T-Bolt, Revolution, Charge, and Bionic are now 200 or under. The other thing that's not talked about with the pricing of these phones is that you're generally getting a good amount of stuff for 300 bucks. For example 300 bucks on the iPhone gets you the iPhone with 32 gigs. For the Rezound you get 16 internal plus a 16 SD, You also get the iBeats headphones which retail for 120. RAZR you get the same memory and it's water repellant, Most of the 4G phones you get a solid bang for you buck at 300 bucks. Problem is that the majority of people are brainwashed into think the iPhone is still a better steal even though it features a similar price cost to build and doesn't include add-ins like a micro SD card or anything like that.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:50

34. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

But what about my "free" upgrade. Stupid wireless companies trying to rip you off. I'm going to sue them for false advertisement.

Or this one: So it's $200 so with my $150 off I pay $50??

Customers crack me up when they think a phone retails for $200 when it's already discounted $350 for their upgrade price.

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