Back to the Future! Buy the Galaxy Nexus direct from the Google Play Store

Back to the Future! Buy the Galaxy Nexus direct from the Google Play Store
Remember once upon a time when Google thought it could sell the Nexus One direct to customers? How that experiment ended in failure, and all subsequent Nexus devices have been sold through traditional channels? Time to rewrite the ending to this story, as Google is once again selling phones directly to customers. For $399 you can pick up your own GSM Galaxy Nexus 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

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51 Comments

1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thats is good news for the T-Mo squad...

8. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Dec 16, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

did i ask if it had an LTE Radio that would work on Verizon? :P

40. issa8

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Daang so sassy!

42. cellphonejunky

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 21, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You can't buy the nexus as it doesn't have exynos.

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Mar 05, 2012

Awesome price.. too bad it's US only. :(

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this is almost a must-buy. the only factors are the Ones. o:

4. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They need to create a GOOGLE clothing line :-)

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Goog Unlimited? :)

5. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It says buy devices I wonder what else they will sell

6. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 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: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

$399? Woah! ............................Crap! Not available in my country. FFFFFFFFFUUUUU!!!!!!

9. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

Man Verizon sells it for $650 without a contract. $399 is a great price for a contract free Gnex.

10. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

This has me thinking...this has me thinking.

13. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Dec 23, 2011

All of a sudden I wish Sprint was a GSM carrier.... /sigh

21. kevin_wsy

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I hear you.

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