The final release date for the worst Android device launch in Verizon's history since the Thunderbolt and the Bionic is still unclear, but some Best Buy locations apparently didn't get the memo and started selling the Galaxy Nexus ahead of schedule. Some of those who were lucky enough to grab this holiday season's hottest LTE-enabled Ice Cream Sandwich gadget decided to let the photos do the talking, as folks tend to get pretty edgy when it comes to Galaxy Nexus news. Let's have a look, shall we?

First up we have Sean Bates, aka sfbates, who posted the following:

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I'm not sure what the deal is with all 9s in the SKU, but something tells me someone either made a booboo or knowingly sold an item with a SKU that clearly indicated the item was not meant to be for sale just yet.

Update: I just heard from someone who works for Best Buy, and all 9s means the SKU was entered manually. Most likely that person will face severe penalties, regardless of his or her title in the company. I've now redacted the receipt, but since the photo was hanging out in the original thread for quite a while, potential damage has already been done.

Another lucky user who goes by the name dubya.t also bought a VZW Galaxy Nexus and quickly followed up with his own photos:

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Update: User guinnkevinr managed to snag one as well and noted that Best Buy at Sherman Oaks, CA had four more left when he left the store:

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Unfortunately, everyone else in the thread reported getting turned around with no ETA, so you will need all of your luck for the year to score one today.

One thing is for sure - these are some lucky sons of guns, though I have a feeling some heads may roll and some butts may be chewed.

Thanks, Chris!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • SparklingCyaNide

    I think the person who sold the phone might get fired lol

    • Fabulas

      Let's hope not!

    • Dan

      I'm starting to think that they sold it to a friend after telling them about it being in stock. :)

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        That's an awesome friend who posted the receipt online and probably got the guy fired from his job.

        In some weird way, I'd sooner hope it was an accident. Even if the cashier gets fired, I think it would be better this way than getting fired because your friend is a world-class moron. :)

    • jim

      Yep. Instant firing.

  • Dustin Evans

    Olathe, Kansas?!?! that's like 2 hours away (I'm near Wichita) Maybe living in a hick-state might pay off... haha.

  • Matt

    It looks like he brought that off contract...

    • tommy

      And how exactly is $299 off contract pricing?

    • Bees

      Not for $299 he didn't.

      • Matt

        unless best buy mobile has changed the way they process numbers, there is no activation on that receipt

        • David Faber

          There is no activation fee when you are upgrading on Verizon. Or, at least, nobody ever charges me.

  • jaime

    I dont think its cool to post the store location or have it show in the receipt. If it was me id be thankful I got it and just say my geographic location (Eastern Long Island)

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      I may not be getting your reasons, but if it's got anything to do with the cashier then Best Buy can look up who made the sale anytime they like, so that person isn't safe. If it's got anything to do with store location, then Samsung and Verizon both (and obviously Best Buy) probably have the ability to see which store made the sale, or at least can find out with a couple of calls. The damage is done and if anybody is going to get in trouble, it won't matter if the receipt is fully visible or not...though it might slightly increase sales for that store for the next day or two...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I've redacted the original receipt, but it's too late anyway, it's been hanging out in the linked thread for a while now, and either way it would take someone at Best Buy Corporate a few minutes to figure out where the sales came from. I'd like to say it was just lack of communication and honest mistakes, but somehow I doubt that.

  • Joe

    lucky. i wish my best buy was misinformed enough to sell me one

  • me

    Radioshack has no word on a hold but we have them in stock at some stores. So try a radioshack.

  • Bees

    Best buy near me said they didn't even have any in, wasn't sure when either. Said he was expecting in January. :-/

    He was probably just tired if people calling in about it.

  • JimJam

    You guys will love this when you finally get it and if you aren't on Vzw then do all you can to get the GSM version cos it will rock your socks off!

  • ck133

    Maybe this will prompt verizon to at least give a statement about it. The phones clearly are ready to go, otherwise they would not have shipped them to the stores.

  • KevinN

    Verizon sucks!!

  • will

    this seems fishy I work for best buy mobile and that receipt doesn't have any activation info at all. anytime we ring out a phone it clearly marks if the phone was off contract, upgrade...ect. Plus the fact that the phone was sold only for 300 without activation info is bogus, that person clearly knew what they were doing. It probably was some season person who didn't care about getting fired in all honesty.

  • L boogie

    I mean seriously when is Verizon gonna get off this idiotic merry go round and release the Damn phone already. If people have to resort these methods to get the nexus, won't it be much simpler to release the phone without people being reprimanded or unemployed. Lets see verizon pull the same stunt with the iphone5.

  • biggerguy

    I don't understand how they can be so brain-dead about this release. It's not like the hype is helping them at all, just they just look like they don't know what they're doing AND like they don't really have a partnership with Google that can be trusted.

  • Nexuz-Uno

    Guys, it's not Apple. No one is getting fired.

  • Tyler

    I picked up a Galaxy Nexus in London earlier this week and am back in LA using it on AT&T. It's the nexus as google intended and data speeds are averaging 6 mbps down and 1.5 up. Combined with the new browser, it's more than fast enough. And the battery lasts an entire day with heavy use. I'm very happy to not give Verizon my business on this one

  • Colecago

    They wouldn't let me buy it. I was there an hour going through upgrade paperwork, they activated the phone, did all the contract stuff, went to ring it up and it wasn't in their system anymore. They called the district manager and he said it was delayed with no ETA, so they took it back :-(

  • John W

    Wouldn't Verizon need to enable the phone on their network, and thus know who bought the phone?

  • Sean Bates

    the best part is 4 managers looked in the computer and said "lets see if we can even sell this.... yeah it says instock 12-11... i guess we can"

  • kevin guinn

    I seriously had 5 people therr check and make sure it was ok to sell and all said yes since there was no street date in their system. There was a lot of double checking before they sild it to me. I think best buy has their own guidlines for how they manage their inventory

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  • Elvis

    Maybe people that can't stand VZW lol time to sell me one too!

  • Jordan

    You should probably white out the barcode as well! I work for Best Buy mobile and the barcode tells the store number, register number, transaction number and date ..... so although damage probably has been done, edit the photo.

  • brad.

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS................... SOB

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    The guy at my Best Buy looked at me and grinned when he heard the words "Galaxy Nexus" come out of my mouth. I told him I was current on all of the Android blogs and knew all of the rumors and dates, and he told me the latest rumor of the 15th was correct and that as far as he knew the phone will release that day "unless there are more setbacks." Then he laughed and said "I'll bet it gets delayed again, no one knows what the heck is going on." When i asked him if he could explain "setbacks" he said the last delay was supposedly due to a battery glitch and that the phone will get an update to fix it out of the box. Not sure if he was talking about the 4.1 update we read about last week, or if there is a 4.1.x update now. He was probably just making stuff up. Needless to say, I walked out empty handed.

  • Salty

    Called my local Best Buy, and they said, "Yep, we have them in stock and will hold one for you if you want to pick it up tonight." When I got there they said their Verizon rep wouldn't allow them to sell them yet. Needless to say, I was slightly pissed after driving all the way out there. F**k the Best Buy in Virginia Beach and their managers. I hope they burn in hell.

    • Justin

      Seriously?!? You are blaming them because you took a chance trying get one early, KNOWING FULL WELL, that by the time you got there they would have realized their mistake. They should burn in help because you didn't luck out. LOL some people man...

    • http://www.connexxion9.com blast0id-_-b

      you must be one of those idiot occu-tards... self entitled prick...

  • Sean Bates

    I dont think so.
    4 managers were there trying to figure out the issue...
    and when bb called verizon to activate the phone, they told vzw it was a g-nex and they didnt say a thing.....

  • NeedANexus

    I'm in Chicago and my local Best Buy and VZW both confirmed they have them in stock and ready to go. I actually played with one last Wed at my local vzw store. I have one on hold keeping my fingers crossed for the 15th. My local Best Buy tried to play it off like they didn't have any in stock until i showed them this article with a Best Buy receipt. They started making calls to see if they could sell me one saying "I don't know why i'm sitting on this when I could be making money". With them just looking in their system, they found the reps name that sold the unit in KS. Come to find out, the rep sold a couple units this morning. I wish i was in KS. LOL but poor dude probably will lose his/her job over this but on the bright side, they might be famous :-)

  • me

    They can't get fired. There is no street date and it would be unsellable if it was early. And if you are so worried about getting someone fired then don't buy it. Best buy will get fined at most but can't fire someone for not breaking any rules.

    • ck133

      it was unsellable hence why they had to manually put in a different sku...

    • OperationHorror

      There should be a way to downvote posts for cases such as this. Making up your own rules and then attempting to support them with that special logic you used there does not in fact make them rules.

  • Lou

    Serves Verizon right for AGAIN holding off the Galaxy Nexus.

    Hopefully Google will next time hop back onto T-mobile with the next nexus device, or at least Sprint.

    • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

      I know that manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, etc) bid to make the next Nexus phone; I wonder if carriers have to do the same thing to be first to market with a flagship device.

  • Alex

    I live in Sherman Oaks. That best buy is a few streets down... but i already have a GSM galaxy nexus :D

    • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

      Yeah, if Verizon doesn't release it by the time I fly to Canada, I'm just going to pick one up over there I think. Hopefully getting it at a Best Buy up there will make it exchangeable at a Best Buy here in the states.

  • http://androidtidbits.com AndroidTidBits

    Well I think waiting for its official release is better, than firing someone for selling the device.

  • Mike

    Own 3 Verizon stores, I recieved an email this morning the official launch date is now 12/15. Phones have been in my stores for about a week now.