25
Apr
gnexus

Just yesterday, Google started selling the Galaxy Nexus on its Play store. The news caught many off guard - not only had Google not done anything of the sort for quite some time, but the price ($399) was surprisingly low for an unlocked, contract-free device. Unfortunately, however, there was a catch: namely, the gadget was still subject to all the usual taxes and shipping fees (at least in all the states we tested - CA, TX, KY, MN, and likely many others), bringing the total cost up by almost $50. Here's a screenshot:

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But fear not - Expansys USA has come up with a solution. The company - who, mind you, has quite the reputation - has matched Google's price (well, technically it's $.99 higher at $399.99) and removed tax and shipping charges in all states save for only one - Illinois. Moreover, you'll be able to order the phone regardless of where you live - unlike Google Play, Expansys' Galaxy Nexus is available internationally.

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Finally, as you can see above, Expansys is currently holding a deal wherein you can order a Galaxy Nexus, a $60 "Simple Mobile Re-Up Value," and an unlimited calling USA SIM card in one neat bundle for $569.99.

Hit up the source link to get started.

Source: Expansys via 9 to 5

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Elwarri0r03

    That is one expensive sim card otherwise just get the phone by itself, can't decide between this or the one x on sprint come summertime

  • biggerguy_sf

    I'm seriously considering buying this phone and am hoping someone can give me some reasoned advice.  I have a Galaxy S Vibrant that has been a real workhorse, but is showing its' age.  I'm due for phone upgrade credit from TMO in a couple of weeks.  The Galaxy S3 is being announced in about a week.  And nobody knows how long this great deal will last.  
    Yes the Galaxy S3 will have slightly better specs on all fronts, but not HUGE differences.  Given the history of Samsung with Android updates given their Touchwiz issues, and also not wanting to give myself options with an unlocked phone that won't lock me in for another two years with TMO, should I get this phone?

    • Ruperto17

      If you're happy with T-Mobile and don't mind staying in the same plan as you are now for another 2 years, then go with the One S. Of course you can never go wrong with a Nexus device.. if you do then be sure to switch to one of their value plans to save $20/mo since the phone obviously won't be subsidized by T-Mobile, so no need to pay extra per month.

      • biggerguy_sf

        I've got a great plan with TMO since I've been there for years, that would be unaffected by a new phone (unlimited data).  I don't know if getting the GS3, subsidized for about 200 with two years more commitment, is a better deal than paying 400 for a slightly less phone that will allow me options if I want to leave TMO or travel abroad.

        • Lieutenant

          traveling abroad isn't an issue. t-mobile unlocks all phones upon request.

  • sgtguthrie

    NNow if only they'd do that for the Toro version... LOL!

  • TheKaz1969

    Of course, just because they don't CHARGE you tax, doesn't mean you don't OWE tax.. might want to check with your state laws on that...

    • Adam

      Heh, show me one person who pays state tax on online purchases.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    This is absolutely awesome.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      After handling one at the store, I will replace my Galaxy S II with CM9 with Galaxy Nexus.

  • Caseybea

    Crap.  Should have waited a day.    Ordered mine from Google.    Oh well, that's the game one plays.   For example, I did not know how long Google's offer would be valid, etc!

    As an aside...   anyone here ever ordered from Expansys before?   Never heard of them.

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

      Click the link in the article that talks about their reputation.

      • Ass

        All I see are 5 star ratings... Am I missing something??

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

          What are you missing? That they're a solid company?

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

      Yeah same here literally seconds after the Google offer was posted I pulled the trigger. You can't win. Watch tomorrow someone will sell it for $350 out the door.

  • gosa

    420$ (shipping added) and the risk of getting hit in customs or 420€ from expansys.es (equals 555$)

    Hmmmm...

  • luciferz

    does the phone sold by expansys comes with US warranty? if it's not, then it's not worth the $50 difference.

  • spydie

    WTF did you get that information Jaroslav?  I ordered one at Google and there's no frickin tax.  Yeah, I did pay $10 shipping.  But that's OK to have the backing of google if something goes wrong.

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

      Chill out, dude. We tested from 4 different states, including Texas, California, Minnesota, and Kentucky, and they all had sales tax added at checkout. At the same time, Expansys only charges tax in one state. Apparently, your state is one where Google doesn't charge tax for some reason, congratulations, but you don't have to be a douche about it.

      • spydie

        NM..Don't get bent out of shape... you need to stop making blanket-comments if you don't know.  Professional writers should know better than to make statements like that.  So you tested 4 out of 50 states and drew a wrong conclusion.  Your scientific method sucks! chill out, dude!

      • kenyu73

        You get charged state tax if the business contains a registered and taxable office in said state. If you get taxed from Google its because Google has an official business there. I live in northern NY and Google has offices in New York City... I should get taxed if I bought something from Google.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Which state do you live in?

      • spydie

        NM

  • MattEden

    I seriously think the online Android device market is trolling me.  None of them offer these awesome GNexus deals outside the US, and when / if I eventually DO return to the States the ONE place they don't offer free shipping and no tax is my homestate of Illinois! 

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

    A question I have is where is the phone from? I ordered a phone off Amazon, it wasn't yakju, and when I called up Samsung and gave them the IMEI they said nothing came up. If this is imported even if it is cheaper cause of no tax I still would take the Google one because I know for a fact I will get a US warranty.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Which phone did you order? Was it the Galaxy Nexus, or just any "phone off Amazon"?

  • faceless128

    You're still supposed to pay use taxes to your state. stop cheating on taxes!

    • Jonathan Wong

      Some people see that a good deal of their tax money is being wasted and they feel no justification to pay such high taxes when some of it just ends up in someone's pocket

  • Martim

    Why don't they sell it in white?

  • danlmotif

    DAMN I already bought one from google play.

  • gilesian

    @archon810:disqus is the same device as sold by play store or this is an international one. Basically I'm more concerned about the build and support provided to the device.

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