Some Best Buys selling Verizon Galaxy Nexus early

Some Best Buys selling Verizon Galaxy Nexus early
It's unclear if these sales were intentional or mistakes, but a couple people have reported being able to purchase a Verizon Galaxy Nexus from Best Buy today, which is a full 4 days before the latest rumored release. Two separate people reported to Android Police that they were able to purchase a Verizon Galaxy Nexus today, and have the pictures to prove it. 

The most telling pictures came from Sean Bates, who even posted a picture of his receipt from the transaction. The suspicious thing about his receipt though, is that the SKU for the device comes up as 99999999. As we said at the top, this could be because someone sold the device accidentally before it was given a proper SKU, or it could be because Sean had some help on the inside and the Best Buy employee in Olathe, KS knowingly broke the release date. 

Unfortunately, the two are pretty much the only ones to successfully purchase a Galaxy Nexus, so lends credence to the idea that they may have had some inside help. Still, the whole ordeal just continues to prove that Verizon and Google are making a mess of this launch, no matter what the excuses for the delays. 

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38 Comments

1. Jeremyt727

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Where's the phone?..

6. MOTIVR

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Maybe he took the photos with the phone.

33. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

My store has had them in stock since Friday last week. Although we cannot sell them and have no Idea when we can.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

This means the damm phone its already baked and ready to sell what could be the best produc launch ever has being screwed up by verizon. Well congratularions. Sure hope Google learns from this and does not let verizon manage the product lanch un US it if it where tmo will have already

3. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Verizon sucks, they shouldn't let Verizon have exclusivity if they're gonna force the release date back a month.

4. dyson

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

something fishy is going down here. the phone's sku is 3904141 :) the employee that sold that is probably going to get in a lot of trouble

5. usarmy1494

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

well Verizon might as well just release it tomorrow if someone already has it...

7. keithrandy

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 05, 2010

That fool who sold that in Olathe is about to be in some trouble!

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Either a screwup or deliberate help, as we're not supposed to acknowledge we even have the phone in stock or anything until the official release.

9. goos2134

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

i work for best buy mobile . this guy is gonna get fired . he sold it as not on file merch nor did the guy ring it with it plan. his employee # is on the reciept.

27. jess0417

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

i also work for bby mobile and thought the same thing...employee numbers in plain view.

28. goos2134

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

hope he mad some side money hes gonna need it till he gets a new job . im will to bet his asm will be there tomarrow. by they way hows your broadband push going lol?

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Ours is going okay, but being in a major city with cheap landline and free wifi everywhere kinda kills its appeal I think. I have much more fun selling phones.

35. veRdiKt

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

thanks to pcho, we are sitting at 35 for the month. 21st in the company overall

34. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Same here... HAHA I want to send him an email stating he is an idiot. lol

10. THE_RAY

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

so it will be $299... Ok leggo. Thursday can't get here fast enough.....

11. bohannibal

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2009

I need to go to best buy mobile right now lol

12. shifu

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

former bby emp here. Unless it was a GM or CSM/CEM whatever there called these days. They can get away with it; if there able to push weight. I was always told if the product has a HARD street date then they can never sell before the said date. But cmon with this phone how many street dates were given? Theres not even a pre-order system.......WTF lmao..............i gave up the week of black friday. I am a fan of quality service but VZ is not try to Cater to us fan because where not as loyal....And i mean loyal as in not allowing the Razr and Rezound to have the great sales numbers its been showing we should have just waited out, show disinterest and hound and cry for the nexus........just saying

13. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

OMG I lived in olathe before I joined the Army f**k!!! At least I go back to olathe next week...

14. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I work for best buy mobile in minnesota and was able to buy mine under the table. We have not sold any to customers and can't until the 15th but two other employees have been able to get a galaxy nexus also.

15. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

WOW!!!! Verizon just F**KIN release it

16. Kmack

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

SEAN BATES SHOW SOME MOAR SKIN PLZ!!

17. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

maybe this pic was taken by an employee and made fake receipt?

21. shifu

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

its def not fake

18. cdk118

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

someone should forward this to verizon and press the issue for a release.

19. SweetLou

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

wow verizon has really dropped the ball on this launch. They were hesitant to carry it because its a small niche product, so what did they do? Push it further and further back, not accept pre orders, and still have not announced a launch date, when the phone has been available for weeks now. Maybe its some weird desire to replicate the frustration/uncertainty of the 4s launch, who knows.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

RELEASE THE DAMN PHONE ALREADY VERIZON! SO THE REST OF US ON SPRINT AT&T AND T-MOBILE CAN GET OURS

22. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

wow as much as I think the nexus is better than the iphone. At least Apple knows how to market their products at least Apple releases products to customers on time! And for those defending verizon saying verizon never gave a release date it doesnt matter! Google wants to compete with Apple as far as I am concern vwz is nothing but the middleman Google should have marketed this phone more efficiently. Samsung galaxy 2 was release back in early 2011 in Europe when they finally released it to the states Samsung had a whole event to announce the phone here in the states. Even if the phone does release this week Google should have had an official press release for the state release. What a joke this phone launch is. VWZ can careless they have the best network and when your cocky your cocky you dont care what anyone thinks as long as they got something others don't the best cell phone coverage.

23. sprintguy09

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 17, 2010

I work at Best Buy mobile in Charlotte Nc and we have the Nexus since the 6th but cant sell them I called the store and they told me they havent sold any thing yet that is best buy carpet in the pic lol

24. sprintguy09

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 17, 2010

ok so I just called and spoke to someone since i work at bestbuy also he told be a couple went out but was caught and they fixed the problem so only two phones were sold

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