2011-10-21 17h07_01

So, it looks like Google is getting back into the smartphone selling game - the GSM Galaxy Nexus just showed up on the Play Store. What's even more interesting, is the fact that it's selling for $399, unlocked and completely contract free. Three-hundred-ninety-nine dollars. That's only $99 more than many of Verizon's subsidized phones!

2012-04-24 09h57_54

Since this just landed, we're not entirely sure of all the details yet, but we're going to start digging through the page and will update this post with all the info we find.

Since it's unlocked and contract free, it will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile, along with "200 [other] GSM providers worldwide." Unfortunately, it's only available in the U.S. at the moment, and Google is limiting orders to five per customer.

Unlike other variants of the GN (saver for the Sprint version), the one directly from Google will come with Wallet pre-installed and ready to use.

All orders will be shipped within one to two days of the order being placed, and will be sent via UPS two-day.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • Landrovan

    Link doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe it is because I am in Canada?

    • RaviShah

      yeah. its usa only for now

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Олег-Цой/100002515142603 Олег Цой

        Get a friend in US to get you one. In the world of Tweetbook+ I bet you have few of those.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=846070299 DJ Stallard

    HOLY CRAP is right! Let's hope they open it up to the rest of the world sooner rather than later - would love to be able to buy the Nexus tablet when it arrives and have it shipped straight to my door in Australia.

  • brandon eisenbath

    so does it being unlocked and contract free mean that u dont have to pay the service? is it just buy the phone and use it? and if i am a sprint customer does that matter??

    • rdr0b11

      Of course you have to pay for service. And yes, it does matter - this phone is 100% incompatible with Sprint.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      No. It means that it can be used on a GSM carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T. It still requires a plan with a carrier, but you won't have to sign an agreement. 

    • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays Mike Garcia

      Hmm...  Sprint doesn't use GSM service, let's leave it at that, the rest is just extra details that you won't need to be concerned with at this time....

    • ZhenyaK

      When you say use it, what do you mean?
      You can turn it on and use wifi and play music etc. You can even set up SIP calling and make calls over the wifi

      To make calls and use data over GSM network you will need to purchase service from t-mo, att or any other GSM provider.

  • SoffMouf

    Jeez finally.  This is how I bought my N1, and would have done the same had this been available day one.  Now I'm waiting for the galaxy s3 before making a decision.

    • Guest

      exact same boat here

    • DrConan

      Unfortunately, even when Samsung announces the GS3, it likely won't hit US shores until the fall :(

      • SoffMouf

        You're probably right, but if the specs are worthwhile, I'm patient.

        • DrConan

          Yea, I'm waiting, too, but it's a forced waiting: I'm on Sprint and my contract ends in September I believe (meaning I'm eligible for upgrade in July IIRC) and I'm trying to decide if I will get the HTC Evo 4G LTE or wait/get the GS3 (get, should Samsung actually do a global, not "global," launch).

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        By Samsung's own claims, they plan to announce the phone and have it to carriers VERY quickly after that.  Truly, we can't be sure that includes the US carriers who are notoriously slow, but we also can't be sure that Samsung hasn't already resolved that issue.  It's possible Samsung has already pushed the SGS III variants through each of the US carriers for testing and probably even completed the FCC testing stage (it is possible to do that quietly, even though that's how many phones are leaked).  Sorry for saying it over and over again, but Apple already does exactly the same thing, which Samsung is taking all of their product plans from the fruit these days. It's not hard to imagine they've already got all of the paperwork handled, all of the handsets built and all they have to do is get on stage to tell the world right before they ship handsets out to the store locations.

        • DrConan

          Well, I've learned to not be optimistic when it comes to Samsung, frankly. If Samsung actually did a global launch (not just "global"... minus the US/North America), then I would be absolutely amazed and astounded, to say the least.

          Do you, by chance, have any links to Samsung's declarations of how they would launch their next flagship phone (not that I don't believe you, but I want to analyze their words myself).

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            The link to the AP article is here (yay search)


            It links to a BGR article that doesn't give it's references (at least no links).  I don't particularly care enough about it to go hunting for truly original statements (probably a quick googling away though).  Assuming the implied wording in the BGR post is as semi-correct as it ever is, it's worth pointing out that Samsung doesn't use the word 'markets' the same way that the US carriers do. Carriers are talking about cities, Samsung is talking about countries or at least individual carriers...

            I agree, I tend to be suspect of any target Samsung sets, but they've hyped this so much and with the advertising money you know they are going to throw at it, I have trouble believing they want one of the largest markets in the world (the US) to be forgotten.  I will say, at the very least, even if they fail to launch in the US as part of their initial release, I'd be confident that it will be launching in the US on the most expedited schedule that can exist.  I've got no doubts that Samsung wants to have that phone out for summer.

  • Amadeus Bonzai

    They should have done this from day one. 

    • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

      They did "this" from day one with the Nexus one and bombed miserably. I completely agree that they should have never stopped though. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771795572 Esa Edvik

        Nexus one was only available online in the US, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. That's what primarily bombed the sales. And Nexus phones aren't meant to be the top grossing phones anyways per se.
        But COME ON, be global for once, Google. We're STILL waiting for Google Navigation in Finland...

  • Ravynmagi

    This will be my 4th Galaxy Nexus. And I feel like I am due to get lucky this time. 

    Galaxy Nexus #1. Bought in February for $650 on Amazon. It was perfect, but I noticed prices had recently come down and I thought I could get a better deal elsewhere, so returned it.

    Galaxy Nexus #2. Bought in March for $530 from MobileCityOnline. It was an "open box" deal, so some risk. And it turned out it had a purple tint on the AMOLED at lower brightness. Had to return.

    Galaxy Nexus #3. Just bought last week from NewEgg for $450. It was suppose to be brand new, but they shipped me an open boxed phone (argh). And this phone has a very purple tint to the AMOLED display noticeable at any brightness level. *sigh* And now NewEgg is saying the serial number on the phone doesn't match their inventory, so the return process is delayed due to an investigation. *double sigh*

    Galaxy Nexus #4. I just bought today from Google Play for $400. I really hope this is a new phone without a defective AMOLED display. 

    • No

      if it does get your eyes checked lol. just messing around dont get offended.

  • BlackGod

    This is mind blowing. They need to do this for EVERY Nexus, CDMA or GSM!

    • jonathan3579

      The CARRIERS would never allow that.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Strictly speaking, they can't stop it.  There are regulations in place that give the carriers some control over what devices are usable on their networks and how they are used, but there are other regulations that basically dictate that they can't prevent a device that has passed all FCC regulatory testing and is legitimately compatible.

        Of course carriers don't have to play nice with Google, but I think we all know that (at least) 90% of people will never really understand what a Nexus device is or why they should pay $400 to get it from Google instead of getting ANY phone subsidized by their carrier...So the 1% of people who buy their phone this way are of little concern to the carriers who won't care as long as you're paying for service (after all, you're still paying for service, you just haven't signed a contract for a subsidized a phone).

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    It is about time, what I don;t understand is how cell phones are so much more expensive than comparable tablets, even though the tablets are unsubsidized and use more expensive screens and batteries.

    I understand that there might be some difficulty putting everything in a smaller device, but this really points to an atmosphere of price collusion in the cellular market.

    • Tyler Chappell

      Because being able to use a carrier network to make phone calls and browse the web from virtually anywhere without the need for wifi is a luxury, that's why.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      It's commonly accepted that the "cellular bits" cost between $100-$150 (this is components, patent licenses, regulatory fees, development/testing, etc).  After legitimate markups by the OEM and resellers, the prices get pretty high really fast.  Also, with tablets being generally unsubsidized and considered a luxury whereas phones are necessary (even if a smartphone isn't necessarily), OEMs know they will have a harder time getting people to swallow the price, so they are operating on much tighter margins with tablets than they do with phones.

      If you take something like the Galaxy Player (a mid-range device without cellular, much like the iPod Touch) and add $150 to the price, you end up with a device that most carriers would probably put on contract for about $99 (give or take $50, depending on carrier).

      The part that's insulting is something like the HTC Jetstream which when to AT&T.  Even subsidized it was something like $699 (I'm to lazy to confirm that, but it was WAY overpriced).

  • Glenn Stile

    BOOOOOOO....US only :( ... oh well I guess I'll have to buy a S3 instead ;)

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Love to see this, I'm curious if I'd be limited to EDGE if I used it on T-Mobile.

    • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

      No it runs on both ATT & T-Mobile 3G.

  • Gloria Tortorella

    US only, OBVIOUSLY.
    I paid mine 599€ mid december, no regrets :D

  • fixxmyhead

    is this "yakju" version. id rather get it out of the box instead of flashing it

  • K0rnball

    Any word on warranty with this phone? 

    • ThatGuy

      12 month US Warranty is included.

  • Doughnut Master

    http://www.straighttalk.com/$45 for unlimited everything "no contract"

    GSM Galaxy Nexus  will work there perfectly. 

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Mauro Oliveira

    this is wrong all over again, the rest of the world should have access to this too... sometimes google, you just suck.

    • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

      You should be able to find someone in the US who will by and ship one to you for a little bit more.

      • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

        i could but i shouldnt have to, friend...

        • douglasaharry

          Hey I offered you a solution and you don't want to do any work so don't complain.

  • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

    I just bought one a week ago. No worries this is only $30 cheaper. This is my 3rd Android phone and it is basically perfect.  Also agreeing that Google should have sold it at this price from day one, or even at $299. Google has money to burn, they would make the money back in ads pushed to the phone and revenue from the app store(sorry Play store is a stupid name).

  • Jack

    What should I do? Should I buy this one or, instead, wait for the SGS3? Any suggestions?

    • Jason

      I'm in the same boat.  This is so insanely tempting

      • Jack

        I'm gonna hold on for the SGS3. Decided.

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          As a mostly happy Samsung Galaxy S II owner I can tell you Samsung high end devices are awesome... until there's a major update, I waited almost half a year for my update, I've been using CM9 since long ago but it was alpha, pretty buggy (somethings are still buggy), and the camera didn't work until a few days ago.

          Also, TouchWiz was better than stock GB, but it's far from ICS. Perhaps Samsung's new TW will be better than stock ICS, but I doubt it, and even if it is, it won't be better than stock Jelly Bean.

          I think, as beautiful as other devices are, tech-oriented consumers should stick with Nexus line.

    • cashd00d

      Wait until 2015 for the Samsung HTC Galaxy S VI Nexus EVO 4G LTE.

  • http://gadgetstip.com/ aatif

    I wonder who will buy Sprint galaxy Nexus for $200 ? they Just started selling it from 22 April !! Any one will buy verizon or Sprint , what you think ? 

    • cashd00d

      Depends on who you have a contract with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Higgins/100000821001563 Danny Higgins

    I love how they do this now that the phone is almost half a year old and the SGS3 is coming out. I've always wanted a GNexus, but when I moved to Florida I had to get rid of my Galaxy S and find another provider, Sprint had the 1 penny deal going during Black Friday for the Galaxy S II and I've never been happier with a phone then with the first two Galaxy S devices, so I think I'll hold off for the SGSIII and get new hardware versus a 5MP camera (?!?!?) and find yet another carrier. Stuck with Shit, I mean Sprint for now.

    • Northstar17

      They do it NOW as the Verizon exclusive deal ended last week...try and put things together.

  • Tyler Chappell

    This is pretty exciting, I look forward to them selling the Nexus tablet directly and being able to have it shipped to me within 2 days of purchase.

  • sssgadget

    Meh .. $450 with tax and shipping....

  • http://twitter.com/Gehim Rehan Ahmed


    • Blake Forehand

      Wow you are an idiot.

  • Nick

    Any chance in hell this becomes available in Canada? What's the hold-up?

  • L boogie

    Please Google, all future Nexus devices should be sold directly by you from now on

  • http://Jemolian.com Jemolian

    Maybe i can use forwarding service :)

  • Bakemcbride21

    Unlocked phones really don't make sense in the U.S. unfortuantely...unless you don't mind paying more for a phone becuase you REALLY hate the thought of being locked into a 2 year contract.  But this phone only works on AT&T (it can only do slow crappy EDGE speed data on T Mob...so to me that means it really doesn't work...why would anyone buy this phone to get 100k down???).

    So why pay more to be contract free?  It's not like you can then freely go to Verizon and make this phone work on their network...so you may as well get the subsidized phone and save a few bucks....it's not like they offer you a better voice/data package if you are a month to month customer...it's the same price.  Save yourself a few bucks and get the subsidized phone.

    Just my 2 cents...

    • fixxmyhead

      ur retarded it DOES do tmo 4g HSPA+ up to 21mbps idiot. its pentaband it will work  on att or tmos 4g hspa+. do some research before looking like an idiot

    • Freak4Dell

       It clearly says right there in the specs that it supports the 1700 and 2100 bands that T-Mobile uses for 3G/4G. The 1700 band is really what's important, since most GSM phones do the 2100 band. This will work just fine on T-Mobile.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      The others have already pointed out the T-Mobile compatibility, so I will ignore that.  But you're not taking into account that there are people with different situations, and sometimes this makes more sense.

      An easy case would be somebody who frequently wants to change their plan, possibly they know they aren't going to take more than a couple of calls in a month so they can be pre-paid, and then the next month they will be on the phone as much as a telemarketer...I can say from experience that doing contract work can have these massive shifts in usage.  Obviously if somebody just wants to be a pre-paid customer (low usage quickly makes this an economically better choice) the phone is already bought off-contract, and if you've ever bought a 'replacement' phone from a carrier you know you're paying original retail price, they never drop the price until they are clearing inventory.

      Another possibility, particularly relevant to the Nexus devices, is that developers don't always want to buy them from the carriers.  The weird stuff carriers have done to the phones (notice that Sprint is the only one who hasn't gang-raped one Nexus or another?), combined with the phones being carrier locked (in case you actually do want/need to use it on another network).  Also, sometimes the subsidy isn't the best deal (depending on circumstances); like me, I JUST re-upped my contract less than 2 weeks ago for a new phone and the total cost of paying an ETF plus the subsidized cost of the phone (if AT&T offered it) would certainly be higher than $400.

      I am sure there are other reasons, anything from wanting a phone that's not offered on your network and a subsidy isn't an option (like the GN isn't for me) to people who just want to use it purely over wifi and the carrier is irrelevant.  Particularly in the world of Android, these scenarios do crop up a bit more often than you expect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    If gets cheaper even I wouldn't mind ordering from the U.S., unless you need it sent to a U.S. address.

  • RonD45

    Does take a micro SIM or a regular SIM?

    • Jonathan Wong

      Regular I believe.

  • Freak4Dell

    That's a great price. Well worth the extra $100 to not have to sign a contract.

  • Jeff Jones

    They are only liquidating the non-LTE phones.

  • Volleyball fan

    too bad it's only in the US

  • No
  • z3ro

    The price has dropped to $349 now.

    • z3ro

      And they also allow you to order up to 10 now.

  • nicholas ankrah

    pls i want to no the price of a samsung galaxy s3