Big News From Google, Unlocked Galaxy Nexus Now Available For Just $399.99

Whoa, big big news from Google as they release an unlocked Galaxy Nexus device available directly from the Google Play store for $399.99. This unlocked, pentaband device supports HSPA+ 21Mbps and will work perfectly on T-Mobile’s network. As you see in the picture, T-Mobile is even highlighted as a supporting network along with other GSM carriers in the United States. This is an incredible offer and easily the best price we’ve seen on an unlocked Galaxy Nexus yet.

While we remain hopeful that T-Mobile will offer their own subsidized Galaxy Nexus device, anyone looking to grab one right away can’t do any better than this.

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  • Reaper

    Perhaps they doing this in advance of a new nexus being released or announced.

    • Kristoff119

      Maybe, or a hostile takeover of the mobile world, now that they have an awesome device. They can’t subsidize this, without changes, due to wallet, and they’re trying to expand, in all senses.

      • HildyJ

         I suspect it’s that the Verizon exclusivity is over (which is why it’s also on Sprint) and that AT&T and T-Mobile didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t meet Google’s terms. With T-Mobile being left out of all the Samsung ICS updates and AT&T notorious about phone control, Google may have decided to sell it unlocked and unsubsidized rather than deal with the two American GSM carriers.

    • AndyH_STi

      I seriously doubt we’ll see a new Nexus smartphone in the US until Fall 2012, at the earliest.

    •  Probably an offensive by Samsung to sell these things ahead of the new HTC One series which is set to take the planet by storm in the next few days.

    • nathan118

      Probably not. The last two nexus phones have been a year apart (and if you look only at GSM in the US, it’s been well over a year since the Nexus S).

  • Lythandra

    Sooooo, if I’m out of contract from the Nexus 1 plan what are my options to get the monthly payment lowered. This is very tempting.

    • Kristoff119

      With your monthly service you could go to any plan prepaid, simple mobile, or shift to a value plan. Each is probably cheaper than the, I’m guessing, even more non-plus plan you’re on.

      • Lythandra

        Yup, im at $80/month right now. Just checked out my account and they won’t let me change online to the $65 value plan. I might have to go to a T-Mobile store to do it. I’m gonna wait a few more days tho to see what the GS3 will be like tho. This Nexus is a good backup plan in case the monthly charges for the GS3 is more than I want to pay.

        • Kristoff119

          You choose the monthly charges, unless you subsidize a phone. Any way the gs3 won’t be in america until summer, at least, and probably closer to the end of the year.

  • this is very Tempting but I’m holding out even with this terrific price.  I love the Galaxy Nexus but its camera would just not do it for me, and I know for a fact that would bother me.  Even tho everything else about the phone currently is a dream.  I’ll wait for the announcement of the GS3 instead even tho it pains me a bit to do so… Never mind I got it, I”ll just sell it in the future.

    • Justamazing87

      Just buy it now 6 months later sell it for 275 and then buy a gs3

    • nathan118

      Look at this, and then tell me it’s not good enough. :)

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1392436&page=69

    • nathan118

      Look at this, then tell me it’s not good enough. :)

      forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1392436&page=69

  • Tempting but probably not. Will consider it though. They should have done this a while ago. I understand why they didn’t but should have.

  • Johnny Brown

    Ooooh tempting…

  • Guest2

    get it, I already got 2 updates from Google in 4 months: ICS 4.0.2 and 4.0.4..

  • MarcusDW

    OMG that’s cheap!

    T-Mobile should buy them and re-sell them for like a hunid bucks(subsidized of course).

    • nathan118

      Haha, well….5 of them.

  • mreveryphone

    This or the one s?

    • AndyH_STi

      This, easy decision.

    • Kristoff119

      No contract, and it is only twice the price of a good subsidized device, if that. This is the best device currently, though, as you know, there’s always something better around the corner. I’d say you could easily have this phone for a year and sell it at $300. I personally would be happy with this for a long while, and would be getting it were I not on my g2x, which is a great dual core, and my wife wouldn’t kill me. As Chris Chavez of Phandroid said, the nexus series are the holy grail of android.

  • Jeff

    Would mobile hotspot be available on this or would I need to root my device to have mobile AP?

    • terryjohnson16

       This is a Google phone out the box. It should have it. This doesn’t have any carrier markings at all.

      Its just like the Nexus One, and Nexus S.

    • Tris

      Mobile hotspot is already available.

  • Matthew

    So what band does Tmobile use for their 4G?

    • GalNex

      I think it’s 1700 2100?

    • 1700 band

    • Kristoff119

      Aws 1700/2100 mhz and soon 1900 mhz.

    • 21stNow

      The 1700/2100 MHz (UMTS IV) band.

  • Mam3128

    Does this have the ability to do “WiFi Calling” Like other tmobile handsets?

    • 21stNow

       No, not out of the box.  AFAIK, there is no Wi-fi calling app available for T-Mobile in the Play Store either.  You can check XDA to see if they have a work-around for it.

    • Roger

      Wifi calling is implemented by Kineto Wireless.  Because it needs low level access to the SIM card (and SIM cards are all about security) you can’t just install wifi calling on an existing system.  It requires a kernel module to do some of that SIM plumbing.  Under Linux kernels modules are specific to a particular kernel version, compiler and compilation flags.  You can try to bash modules compiled against one kernel into a different one, but there can be lots of issues.  This isn’t a big deal normally because Linux is all about open source so you can just recompile the module from source code.  Of course Kineto’s kernel code is not open source (which is considered by many to be a violation of the kernel’s license).

      And then once you have the kernel working you need to rest of the wifi calling app which does some nasty stuff as it intercepts calls, routes audio and generally interferes at a low level.  It has to be installed as a trusted system component.

      You can of course find wifi calling in other ways.  On Android Market you can find it labelled “Skype” :-)

      • Psaux

        It really wouldn’t matter where/how a module was built if the linux kernel developers would grow up and stabilize their interfaces within a particular revision family.  Having done kernel dev work on a bunch of different platforms, including a lot on Linux, I see them as being really immature for taking the position they have on that.

        • Roger

          The reasoning is explained in a doc file with the kernel – http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/stable_api_nonsense.txt

          The kernel is fundamentally about open source rights and responsibilities.  The issues really only affect those who don’t want to be open but still want the benefits of the open ecosystem.

      • Bratty

        Skype is NOT wifi calling.

        • Roger

          It is good enough for many situations for many people.

    • mrsbelpit

      Wifi calling is on certain t-mobile phones only.  You can always use google voice and groove IP to make VOIP calls on the Gnex.  It will not be using your cellular number, but it won’t cost you minutes.

    • Krunti40

      No…I looked into Wfi Calling for the GN.  I hope that Google releases it for T-Mo.

  • This is kinda messed up, because all those people bought it at a higher price just a little while back, and now because of the SGIII…they pull this.  lol, wow.  But I might get one, lol.  Who here has one?  Do you like it?

    • 21stNow

       No, I love it.

      • How the Google chrome browser work on it?

        • GalNex

          The only issue is that flash is not supported. Other than that, everything is perfect.

        • Nice, just bought me one.  Thanks for all the info guys…

        • Chad

          That’s not an issue. Flash is not supported in Chrome because Adobe is killing the mobile flash program. So yea it doesn’t have flash in Chrome but the regular browser does. buy the phone you won’t regret it loved mine.

  • Ephonus

    What about HSPA+ 42 MBPS?

    • Kristoff119

      Nope, though it will still get the speed the hardware of the nexus does, 21 mbps.

      • Ephonus

        Bummer. Or is it? Has anyone seen the performance difference between HSPA+ 21 and 42? I’m guessing it won’t really be noticeable. I have a MyTouch 4G, so it should definitely be faster. 

        • Kristoff119

          I think the mytouch 4g has 14 mbps hardware, so yes up to 50% increase in speed, but not all markets are 42 anyway, yet. Having the g2x, I wouldn’t be the one to ask about the difference in speed on a 42 mbps phone. I have been satisfied though with my speed.

        • Ephonus

          Thanks! Just bought the phone. Key sellers in my mind: Pure ICS, no carrier bloatware, removable battery, NFC, notification LEDs. And I’m voting with my dollars on HTC. The One S was nice, but they changed too many things, and are being so darn cheap with the headphone. 

  • Nathan S.

    Think I may have to sell my Galaxy S2 and pick this up instead. Tempting, lets see what CL sellers are offering and go from there.

  • Thomas Brezinski

    I gotta bite on this.  Lower price then the One S, better screen, removable battery, no bloatware, etc.

    • XMAGUSX

      It’s also much weaker (GPU particularly) and has a much worse camera. Not to say the GN is a bad phone, but you make it seem like there’s no reason to get the One S instead.

      • Spanky

        The fact that the camera has less megapixels doesn’t make it “much worse”.

        • Plus its a full HD screen (not pentile crappiness like the ONE S), bigger screen (bigger is better in many people’s opinion…not all tho).

        • XMAGUSX

          Have you actually looked at the One S screen, or are you just basing it off “omg reviews say pentile = bad and super-close-ups of icons shows red/green pixels”? Between it and the Galaxy Nexus, I honestly couldn’t notice much of a difference other than resolution. It’s bright, it’s vivid/colorful (whites especially), and I can’t really find a complaint (especially coming from a G2). And you’re right about the screen – personally, I wish the One V would be coming to T-Mobile, because I’d much prefer the smaller screen/build…not that 4.3″ is big, but I’d rather not go bigger unless it’s a Galaxy Note or HTC Flyer.

          Again, a few features the One S doesn’t have from the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t automatically disqualify it as a purchase.

        • nathan118

          Nexus screen is far superior. They’re both pentile, but Nexus is HD, and thus higher ppi.

        • XMAGUSX

          So I guess it comes down to whether you prefer far superior camera or far superior screen. The One S also apparently has one of the cleanest audio outputs in a smartphone, without the gimmicky Beats tacked on.

        • nathan118

          The galaxy nexus is also pentile, but yes…HD.

        • XMAGUSX

          Obviously, but the One S also has a much better lens and thus takes much better pictures. A coworker has a Galaxy Nexus, and comparing pics taken between the two, the One S blows it out of the water, especially with built-in features/effects.

      • nathan118

        Weaker in benchmarks maybe…but weaker in 99% of apps? Probably not.

        • XMAGUSX

          It’s not even benchmarks. I have to say this is the first time HTC put Sense on a phone in a while that didn’t lag in regular UI stuff right out of the box. I admit I can’t stand Sense, but seeing everything 100% smooth, regardless of what’s in the background, is truly a plus.

          So only 1% of apps count as games? You have to realize how weak the GPU on the Galaxy Nexus is – not only is it kinda old, but it’s also pushing it at 1280×720 and not the original 800×480 it was basically designed for. The GPU on the One S is not only amazing to boot, but still holds amazing thanks to the non-HD resolution.

        • nathan118

          So your argument for the One S being superior is that they finally have a version of Sense that doesn’t lag? And the you argue that because the One S has a crappy screen, THAT makes it more powerful because it has less pixels to push?

          I guess that’s one way to look at it.

        • XMAGUSX

          Mind if I borrow those GN-fanboy goggles and see what my post looks like? Because you really twisted my words around there.

          I said that even with how bloated Sense is in general, the fact that it doesn’t lag AT ALL with the new CPU/GPU basically means that it’d fly even better on a stock ROM. And again, you can’t spin the crappy/old GPU in the GN in any way to make it comparable to the one in the One S.

          And I have to ask again – are you basing the “crappy screen” on reviews, or have you actually been able to compare the two side-by-side yourself? Because I’ve done the latter, and found it difficult to notice a difference without holding the phones an inch or two from my face and trying to find anything bad with either. And no, I don’t need a better prescription to tell the difference or whatever remark you might have to respond to that.

          Also – I NEVER said the One S was superior. My original reply was point out that the poster made it seem like the Galaxy Nexus is the only phone to consider, which just isn’t true – just like there’s reasons to consider the Galaxy Nexus, there’s reasons to consider the One S. There’s no such thing as a phone fit for every person.

        • nathan118

          Nah, not a fan boy, we just have different opinions about what’s important. If the cpu/gpu can do most things great, then I’m happy. If you want something with a really long bar in a benchmark, then pick the One S. Unless developers start making games for the One series that can’t be played on any other phone, I think the Nexus will be just fine.

          You find me a single person that says the One S (256 ppi…nearly the same as my 2.5 year old nexus one) has a better screen than the Galaxy Nexus (316 ppi).

          The original poster never said said the Nexus was the only phone to consider.

  • JT

    Great news use on prepaid & save alot…considering Tmo was selling crappy Android for 325 couple weeks ago….do i lose all progress on my games if i switch phones? Been told it shouldnt, but I have in past..dont wanna lose all unlocked levels & accumulated points..and tmo never can help…this has to be the best bang for the buck phone no? My PlayStore isnt showing devices yet however

    • NardVa

      Didn’t see the device on my phone through the play store but it shows up online through the play store.

    • nathan118

      All that game data is stored locally. Google is helpful and will remember what apps you have installed…but they don’t store your game data in the cloud, just the original apps from the play store.

      You can use ES File Explorer to back them up, and then throw the backups on dropbox, and then reinstall to the new phone? Worth a try…but don’t know.

  • JT

    Wish it had better camera & hspa+42…tempting altho had decided to leave tmo & get iPhone in Oct..but could be best prepaid deal out there..or wish i were married & Id do the 2/49,99 deal

    • Thomas Brezinski

      5MP is good enough for casual photos and who needs 42mbps.  The 21mbps is plenty fast.

      • TMOTECH

        The great thing about 42 devices is they use dual carrier for data so when the network is slightly congested you still get pretty good speeds. 

    • Mattcat03

      I got 3 words to say. Zero Shutter Lag.  Also having an hspa+42 does not mean anything if the carrier only gives you speed under 20mbs.

  • Total: $439.70 shipped to me.  They only offer 2 day service.  It’s on the way, so get one now.  people are gonna start buying them up just to try reselling them, so it’s limited to 5 per person.

    • nathan118

      Why would people buy it “resold” when they’re available on the play store? What makes you think these are going to sell out?

  • NardVa

    Great deal on the Galaxy Nexuss. Low price for an off contract phone plus the savings of the Tmobile Value Plan equal more customers for Tmobile.

  • SurfsideFL

    Will this work with StraightTalk $45 Bring Your Own Phone unlimited 3G plan?

    • Ryan

       I don’t see anything that would suggest otherwise.

    • TMOTECH

      Yes… Straight talk is T-Mobile’s network. 

      • Lythandra

        And it would be HSPA+ speeds?

        • TMOTECH

          Of course. Why wouldn’t it?  

        • SurfsideFL

          StraighTalk told me only 3G where available –not hspa+21 4g

        • TMOTECH

          If straight talk is T-Mobile, and I am pretty sure it is, 4G should work with a data plan and a HSPA+ handset. Straight talk does not sell any so maybe that is why they told you that. 

        • Lordfinesse

          yes 21mbps but not 42mbps.  

  • Going_home

    Google just killed the used Nexus market lol.
    Those guys on Craigslist trying to sell them for $550 because they bought them online for $750

    • Thomas Brezinski

      There’s risk in everything.  They should have known that when they shelled out that ridiculous amount. 

      • 21stNow

         Hey! $350 for a 5-month jump on the masses was worth it.

    • TritonX

      Yeah I was just thinking the same thing.  People are going to have to swallow a loss on this one.

    • Spanky

      I paid $720 for mine back in December. I normally sell my phones when I buy new ones, but Google just rendered this one worthless. I look at it as an incentive to keep it as a backup phone when I move on.

  • Leeh

    Does it work with TZone?

    • Bfyfja

      Lol no you need a real data plan to support this device

      • dead

        Hahahaha!!!!!!!!

  • Young

    Was gonna wait a year for my upgrade but as soon as this article dropped I checked the resale value on my g2x and ordered it. 

  • does anybody know if this phone or any other high end phone (HTC One S,Amaze,..) will work with walmarts $30 100min/5GB 4G Data plan ? or could you only use their 3 selected semi-smartphones? thanks

    • It should, because they use the T-Mobile network.

    • mrsbelpit

      Any T-mobile phone will work, and the unlocked Gnex will also work.

    • Keith Hooker

      I use a Galaxy S 4G on that plan. Works great, and only 10 cents a minute when I (rarely) go over.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I really wonder if Google is selling these so cheap to cut back on inventory before Samsung announces the next Galaxy. Maybe the phone really is going to blow our minds. Who knows maybe it will give you the choice of O/S so you can have stock ICS if you wanted. This is my only reasoning unless Google plans on announcing their next Nexus…. we shall see.

    • nathan118

      More likely the verizon exclusivity is over, and it’s not a coincidence that it launched and sprint and the play store at nearly the exact same time. Maybe negotiations with Tmo and Att just never went anywhere (or they still are…just slowly like those carriers are good at).

  • zps

    If only the Galaxy Nexus didn’t have a woefully outdated camera and offered a microSD slot, I’d be all over this.  As is, meh.

  • N1User

    Anyone know if “shop devices” also means that they’ll carry the white version of the Galaxy Nexus on their website in the future?

  • zps

    I wonder why they didn’t put a decent cam in this device and offer more storage?  Still, the lure of pure android is tempting.

  • Test

    they are doing this because S3 will be out soon with way better hardware. Software is not an issue because we have XDA…Google should really learn to release Top of the line hardware and release across all carries at the same time.

    • You don’t know what the SGIII will offer.  No one does, as there are just rumors out here.  Also, just because a device is new to the market…doesn’t make it GREAT. 

  • Lordfinesse

    Well this settled my question from yesterday (GSII, ONE S, or Galaxy Nexus). Thanks to everyone who chimed in.  Gotta go with price on this one…

  • Caseybea

    Have had a “regular” Galaxy S for quite some time now.    Have been waiting on the sidelines for the best “high speed on tmobile” device to get.   At first, I passed on the nexus because of the lack of SD card and 5mp camera.    But realized over time, 16GB is fine for *my* needs, and my Galaxy S also started eating external SD cards (even new ones).    Got tired of losing pictures.     So, the camera isn’t 8mp – I’ve been pleased with my camera so far, this won’t be any different.

    I was going to get the upcoming Galaxy SIII.   really.   Based on what we sort-of-know, the specs are going to be amazing.    It really is probably my ideal device.

    But—    I just can’t let the Galaxy Nexus slide by, at arguably HALF of what I’ll pay for a locked SGS3.    I’m pulling the trigger.   I just can’t justify ~$800 for my new phone.

    galaxy Nexus now…    then maybe update to a (used?) SGS3 in a year.

    This is a deal that’s too good to pass up, IMO.

  • The lack of expandable memory is the thing that’s killing me on this.  I have a 32GB card in my phone now and its 16GB full.  Otherwise I would be on this.

    • nathan118

      Same here. Running 32gb card on my nexus one still. Check out play music. 40k songs is a LOT…as long as you’ve got decent internet most of the time. I figure I fill the phone up with my favorite stuff, and then if I’m ever without internet, I just have to listen to my favorite songs. Oh the horror!

      • And you can easily pin and unpin tracks from your cloud library so you can change up the stored songs whenever you have internet access. It’s a sweet feature. With Google drive out today, you get another 5GB free for storing other files online if you want, rather than having it all on your phone. I’ll bet the app is much smaller then 5GB lol :p

  • Mattcat03

    Awesome!!! The latest Google phone for this price “WOW” and the specs are decent compared to other high end phones .  This price is for low end phones but you are getting a Google phone. Those who want ICS don’t need to wait for leaks and Devs to try to give them somewhat close to the latest version of Android.  This phone I’m sure will be the first to be ugpraded to the next verson of Android whatever the name would be.  Bottom line is “waiting sucks”.  Thats all I want to say.

  • Bleacherbums1

    Really tempted …. it would be nice if it does 42mbs not just 21mbs…but again 21mbs is fast too. Camera … don’t care much cuz I got badass family camera that money can buy…..a pure Google experience or a bloatware full of non sense crap especially touch wiz…!!!!

  • Remister

    I have purchased this deal, so I can have a backup phone!

    • nathan118

      Haha, a backup for what?

      • Remister

        If a phone goes down, I can use nexus as a backup :P

        • nathan118

          What “primary” phone are you using that is better than a nexus?

        • remister

          I will be looking forward to using the HTC 1X (if it comes) and the S3.

  • Samadkins

    So get this or HTC One S?

    • nathan118

      I’m getting the Nexus. I’m due for a phone upgrade though, so I’m getting the One S just to flip on ebay and subsidize my new Nexus.

      Only advantage I see on the One S is the camera and a speedier processor. I don’t think I’ll notice the processor much, and I’ll take a slightly worse camera (which is still pretty decent) for vanilla android and faster updates.

      • Samadkins

        How much would you want for the one s?

        • nathan118

          If Tmo wants $600 new, I’m thinking ebay should get me close to $550. Will have to see. 

      • rwc1792

         Thanks for the idea, I too am due for an upgrade.

  • MarcusDW

    What do you think guys?  This for $399 or an HTC MyTouch 4G for $399.  Tough call.

    • nathan118

      What? How is that a tough call?

    • Sammy4281

      if you have to ask that question than go get mytouch

    • MarcusDW

      Do I seriously need to point out the sarcasm?

      • nathan118

        Haha, sorry Marcus…I guess you did. :)

        • MarcusDW

          Bout to say! Come on now lol

    • Guest

      You’re joking, right?

      • Guest

        On second thought, of course you are! /tired

    • FrillArtist

      Are you on cheap crack?!?!?!?!?

      • MarcusDW

        Wow your sarcasm meter doesn’t work at all. And why are you posting on this old a ss comment?

        • FrillArtist

          Yeah, because sarcasm is so easy to detect in a straight question over the internet.

        • MarcusDW

          Yo. Its an old a ss MyTouch 4G and the Galaxy Nexus. There is no way it would be a tough call.

        • Johnny Brown

          MarcusDW has been around this forum for a minute now.. if you’ve seen any of his older posts,  you’d know it was sarcasm. :-) I’m only responding because I started getting notifications on this post again. Haha

        • MarcusDW

          Thanks bro!

        • FrillArtist

          You’ll be surprised what some people will say on the internet these days. It’s whatever though. I’m just glad it was a joke.

  • Inertiaman

    Does anyone know if this would support mobile hotspots, without requiring the feature on your plan?  That’s one of the things I love about my G2, mobile hotspot have been enabled from the getgo (or maybe it was in an update) with no billing on my plan.  I don’t use it that often, but it’s good to know it’s there when I really need it.  I was thinking it may be the same situation here, since this has no T-Mobile software on it, just pure ICS. 

    • mingkee

       It does.

  • mingkee

    Wish Google will sell 32GB version for $450.
    I will buy 32GB version the next second if the price is above.

    • nathan118

      32gb model doesn’t even exist.

      • Craig McRae

        it does on verizon

        • nathan118

          Well you get that one and see how it works on your GSM carrier.

        • Craig McRae

          I’ll reference your initial comment and say that I was simply pointing out one does exist. Of course it would be foolish to buy an LTE model to use on T-Mobile’s network. I respectfully decline your suggestion.

  • unfaix

    a little too late for their nexus line wouldn’t you think?

    this phone is great, but it’s outdated to be listed on google’s store just now.

    it’s just not the same any more.

    • nathan118

      Based on the response here, I would say no…not too late. Some of us have been dying for this phone since November. Tmo and Att are getting new HTC phones, but many of us would STILL prefer the Nexus over those.

      • unfaix

         I know, I am using the gsm version on t-mobile and i still love it.

        My posting was regarding their timing for this phone versus the nexus s.

        When that nexus s came out, it was on google’s site for t-mobile.

        Now with the galaxy nexus, only verizon had it, kind of  a pain in the ass to get a samsung phone with normal updates.

        • nathan118

          Who knows…maybe Verizon demanded Nexus exclusivity. Can’t imagine Google wanted it…unless they really wanted to get a nexus on Verizon for the first time, and this was the only way to make it happen.

  • Danstek

    Does Google charge sales tax?

  • Steve Stevesheng93

    no lte…

  • Julian Haro

    I’m gonna wait until May 3rd when Samsung announces the Galaxy SIII. I’m getting the SIII only if it comes with stock (vanilla) android. If Samsung puts their stupid skin on the SIII then I’m getting this Nexus. 

    • nathan118

      You don’t need to wait until May 3rd. It’s going to have touchwiz.

  • James

    Thanks for the heads up. Great price. Bought one.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    If the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a non-pentile display I will wait for it to arrive on T-Mobile, otherwise, might as well just get this now. We’ll find out on May 3rd I guess..

  • Dang, I just spent a bit lumpsome on some new HD noise cancellation headphones, & my sister’s b’day is today. The deals always comes around when I have no more money, lol. I wish I knew how long this deal lasted.

    • 21stNow

      It doesn’t look like a temporary deal.  I would think that it would last until there is no longer a Galaxy Nexus to think about.

      • Hmm… that would be really cool, but now I’m tryna decide between the Samsung Note for T-Mobile & this, options, options…

  • nathan118

    For anyone saying the camera sucks, visit this thread at XDA.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=25146956&postcount=687 

  • Izzybrexx

    Insurance is my pet peeve..how can I trust samsung…my first gnex was busted after it stopped charging..idk wat to do

    • nathan118

      It’ll have a US warranty…just send it in to get it fixed. Not a problem.

  • Henry

    Is anyone successfully purchasing the GNex from Google?  I just tried to complete the transaction but the site just keeps saying “Processing…”  Are they sold out already?  I guess that’s what indecision gets me…

    • Henry

       Never mind.  Tried again and got through no problem!

    • That happened to me as well. Google Play representative said to log out and retry. Any $1 pending charges will drop off.

  • Nuh

    HTC One S or Galaxy Nexus?

    • nathan118

      Depends what you value.

      Nexus Pros:
      1) Higher Res Screen
      2) Bigger Screen (though could be a negative)
      3) Vanilla Android
      4) Faster updates
      5) NFC

      One S Pros:
      1) Faster cpu/gpu
      2) Better Camera
      3) 42mbps hspa+

      For me personally, all three pros of the One S are marginal pros. The Nexus offers all the One S Pros to me, just slightly downgraded. The One S doesn’t offer me any of the Nexus Pros.

    • Vim

      Depends on your priorities.  The Nexus has the much better display, a removable battery, NFC, and stock ICS.  The One S has a significantly more powerful processor, has a much better camera, SenseUI, and is thinner/sleeker.  

      There’s also the issue of whether or not you’re entitled to a subsidy on T-Mobile.  If I were on a Value plan (or not eligible for an upgrade on a subsidized plan) I’d likely go with the Galaxy Nexus, otherwise I’d probably save $200, take advantage of my subsidy, and go with the One S. 

  • Hi, guys what do you think I should get this or the One S? I really like the hd screen, but its a bit too big for my taste, I might get it for my dad, ( he has four phones b&o Serene, b&o Serenata, hd7, and i4), Thats all I really like from the g-nex also, I like stock ics. From the one s, I don’t think I’d be bothered by the screen because I had a sensation, this super amoled just seems a bit fuzzy on text, but I don’t think I’d be bothered also I believe the display is good, just not as good as the one X’s. I like the design, sense 4.0 , camera, camera software, sound quality, and its faster than quad core speed. Let me know please. 
     -Thanks and GOD Bless.

    • Ggg

      Get the HTC one s. I am using one right now and it is amazing. just root it and then run stock android.

      • nathan118

        Root it and run stock android? You have some “stock android” rom for the HTC One S that no one else has seen?

    • I got this deal because I need to replace my N1 badly and I like the software buttons and the Holo UI. Sense 4 looks like an updated Gingerbread UI and feels like a step back but that’s just me.

  • Vincent

    Debating if I should jump on this deal now, or wait for the S3 announcement… I don’t want to be assed out if the S3 doesn’t wow me.

  • Tward291

    this made me mad if they would have had this deal 2 weeks ago i would have never switched to windows damit lol lose some win some i guess

  • James

    Nice pics. Thanks for the link. I was nervous, but I liked the camera on my old galaxy s4G, so I went ahead and bought the nexus. Can’t wait to get it- so tired of HTC sense.

  • Slickdeals

    the deal gets worse with shipping and tax! i am getting the HTC ONE X. not the crappy inferior ONE S or the nexus

    • Youdumb

      Of course you pay shipping and tax. Have you ever bought anything before. and the HTC One X just has a bigger screen than the one s. you sir or mam are retarded.

      • AndroidBrian

        The T-Mobile one X sucks dude. Unless you plan on buying it from AT&T. Tmobile doesn’t have 720p screen and the screen size is 4.3

        • nathan118

          That’s because T-mobile doesn’t have the One X…they have the One S.

        • AndroidBrian

          Gosh this is T-mobiles version of the one x its just called one S. Its the same phone but the display is much worse.

          T-Mobile one S sucks. Happy?

        • nathan118

          It’s not a “version” of the one x…it’s a completely different phone.

        • AndroidBrian

          Are you kidding me? Its the exact same phone as as all the other USA one x phones. Same processors, same camera same software same name (ONE). Like I said its the exact same phone besides the display. This is tmobiles variant of the one X. Just like tmobiles variant of gs2. If T-Mobile called there version of the galaxy s2 galaxy Hercules (its original name by T-Mobile decided to call it galaxy 2) would you call that phone a completely different phone because the screen size is 4.5 instead of the 4.3. Stop being dumb.

          So like I said T-Mobile HTC one x sucks. Because this is there version of the HTC one x and they happen to call it “S” and it sucks.

        • Johnny Brown

          Sorry for butting in, but HTC has three phones in their “One” Series The One X (high end) One S (mid range) and the One V (Low end) T-Mobile got the One S, While AT&T got the One X.

        • AndroidBrian

          HTC one S is only for tmobile. You can’t call it the part of the HTC s one eries if its only for one carrier. Its just tmobiles version of the one x (aka variant).

        • nathan118

          It’s not the same. Different screen size, different resolution, nfc. 

          But yeah, they’re the same…

        • AndroidBrian

          Yeah they use a pentile pixel display which just sucks. Smaller and poorer display then all the other HTC ones out = fail for T-Mobile.

        • Johnny Brown

          Dude, look it up. There’s THREE versions in the one series, not just in the U.S.but internationally. you can even look back at older articles on this site that says the same thing. Sprint got the One X as well. They’re just calling it the Evo 4G LTE… it’s also rumored that TMobile may get the One X in the form of the G4x … Trust me, there’s three phones in the One Series…

        • AndroidBrian

          Jesus. All I’m saying is this is tmobiles version of the one X because it is! Like u said HTC evo 4g is there HTC one variant. Wtf. If T-Mobile comes out with another HTC one with similar specs to the HTC one X changes nothing. HTC evo which has a better battery so should I call that a completely different phone?

          This argument u jumped into started because I said “tmobiles HTC one x sucks” and I was saying this is there one x. If I was to say sprints HTC one x is the best and if someone said “they dont have the one x they have HTC evo”……. I’m just going to stop there I don’t know why I’m even discussing this

        • Johnny Brown

          I suppose if you’re saying it’s their One X as a metaphor, then it makes sense, but at the end of the day, it still doesn’t change the fact that it’s an S, no matter what you’re willing or not willing to call it.  Sorry, didn’t mean to get you all up in arms about it.. well at least more than you were initially. 

    • Gwapo

      How much is the tax and shipping?

  • phonegeek

    well i found my back up 

  • Jody Smith

    Plan in hand.  Pick up a HTC ONE S, hopefully with the $100 trade in.  Test drive it for 24 hours, very carefully.  Place on craigslist for $399.  Decide to sell it.  Order GNEX from Google Play and end up spending under $150 for a GSM Galaxy Nexus, taxes and shipping.  

    HTC ONE S
    $249.99
    -$100 T-Mobile Smartphone trade in
    ______________
    $149.99 
    -$50.00 mail in rebate (If the honor this with the trade in)
    ______________
    $99.99 final out of pocket

    Sell on craigslist / ebay
    $399
    -$99 out of pocket for HTC ONE S
    ______________
    $300 cleared on ONE S

    $434.07 according to Google Platy Checkout for Galaxy Nexus shipped and taxed to me
    -$300 cleared on ONE S
    ______________
    $134.07 final out of pocket for GSM GNEX.  Sounds like a deal.  Add on ensquared policy and it will still be less than the ONE S with it’s qhd screen.

    Just my 13407 cents worth after an evening of consideration.

    • nathan118

      Check ebay…I think you’ll get a lot more than 399 on ebay. If Tmo wants $600 for the thing off contract, we should be able to get something less than that.

    • Plus up to $20/mo for 2 years for that One S if you got it on a 2 year contract with subsidies. :(

  • BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    just sold my S2 for 330. Im buying this!

    • I sold mine on eBay for $406.00 and purchased this as well. Arrives Monday!

  • Zetsuei18

    I’m a little pissed that this happened RIGHT after I upgraded my phone….I wanted this phone SO badly when it came out…Now, if only Google does this again when their next Google phone comes out in two years…

  • This_dude

    How long do you think this offer will last?

  • me

    Very tempting. I have a Galaxy S II but I’ve always wanted a Nexus just because it’s completely unbranded and updates come more quickly. Hmm!

    • I have the Galaxy S II as well and decided to upgrade to this. Once the S III is announced the S II will depreciate in value. The Galaxy Nexus I think will have better resale value being unlocked. Just my thoughts on this. I get mine Monday and I will let you know if I’m still happy with my decision.

  • This phone isn’t even worth as a back-up to my unlocked iPhone 4s and Amaze. 

    #Pass

    • Sdfsdf

      bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I almost pissed myself reading this one.

      You truely are an iMORON.

  • Jnw8888

    Does anyone know if it will support wi-fi calling on T-mobile?

  • Jnw8888

    Does anyone know if it will support wi-fi calling on T-mobile?

    • nathan118

      Nope…that’s a tmo added feature….and tmo hasn’t touched this phone.

      • Jim Martin

         Dang…that is a showstopper…have a mountain cabin with sat internet and wifi…little laggy but do-able.  If we put a tmob sim in it and go on network…you would think we could get it as an app…sigh

        • Beaker

          I tried Skype and it seems to work over both WiFi and 4G/3G.

  • nathan118

    Already got shipping notification! Ordered yesterday around 8:30 am PST.

    • Gwapo

      How much is the shipping? thanks

  • Enoel69

    Good move bringing back buy directly from Google…they should have done this right after the Galaxy Nexus was released. I hope they always maintain their online store to facilitate future purchases of Google products…i prefer buying directly from them. This will come in handy when i get the Next Nexus w/ JB..hopefully HTC will be tapped as OEM. For now i have my eyes set on two devices…the rumored vanilla One X on Tmo or GS3 on Tmo.

  • ogopogo

    Good price. Nice phone. Only problem is that it doesn’t have an SD card slot. Not sure what they were thinking with that decision.

    • Bleacherbums1

      Any highend phones that will probably won’t have any removable SD card cuz there doing the cloud storage.
      You can use a hack using a flash drive check XDA DEV for more info..

      Maybe not the Samsung note …fingers cross ;)

    • WW

      Agreed.  At that great price, I’m still considering buying one though.  The only thing that’s holding me up is that lack of memory slot.

    • nathan118

      I’m going to put all my music on google music (I have 8k songs, about 40 gb…leaving me 12k songs I can still upload). I’ll put my favorite music on the internal memory also. Then, if I’m ever without internet, instead of having my entire library, I’ll just listen to my favorite stuff on the internal mem.

  • I wish when Google will start selling this in India…eagerly waiting for this

  • None

    This may be a stupid question but can we 100% expect yakju build wheb we buy from google? I really wish they would have specified. Can someone who takes advantage of this particular order process please update what you get??

    • nathan118

      It’s an even newer build….takju. Only difference is it has google wallet baked in. Also, someone saw a bug report or something or other testing Jelly Bean, and it was running takju, so we might have the best galaxy nexus version.

  • Mine has shipped…

    • Gwapo

      Congratz!!!

      • Just got it, and wow is all I can say. Stock ice cream is very nice. Wow.

  • Caseybea

    For those who asked:

    Phone: 399.00
    Shipping:  10.50   (2-day UPS service.   No option to pick anything else)
    Tax:     22.93   (For me, this is Wisconsin.   5.6% State sales tax.   This varies by state of course)
    total:  $432.43

    (annoyance factor:  How do retailers get away with charging tax on shipping?   I hate that).

    • Gwapo

      Thanks :0)

    • Beaker

      F&&king Tax!!!
      For reference I live in TX and tax was $30.71.

  • James McKay

    Woot! Just ordered mine to replace my POS G2. My G2 ear piece speaker just went on the fritz. 

  • Klawatti

    I think this may have just saved T-mobile’s bacon.  

  • AndroidBrian

    I hope someone can answer this question….

    Will my data significantly slow down from my current data speeds with my gs2 t989? I’m probably going to get this because of the pure Googleness of it all and the awesome display. All depends on data speeds though. Also sucks cuz my SD card will be useless now

  • OWNED!

    LOL.. AND IT’S AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT EXPANSYS FOR 399 NO TAX NO SHIPPING.. I GUESS ILL ADD $50 MORE AND GET US WARRANTY THOUGH IT SHOULDNT BE A BIG DEAL…

    • nathan118

      Agreed. $50 for USA warranty…totally worth it.

  • Mp

    Anyone know where these ship from?

    • Caseybea

       No idea.   and UPS tracking for my order doesn’t show where.   I can answer this when it arrives….

      • Caseybea

        Mine too, came from Kentucky (Louisville).   Appears to have been drop-shopped from UPS itself.    Nice.

        PS: Mine is awesome too.   Wow.

    • nathan118

      Mine came from Kentucky. Shipped Wednesday to Los Angeles, arrived today.

      Oh, and it’s awesome. :)

    • Louisville, KY, United States

  • Thecityboy781

    Got one for me and one for my mom for mothers day idk if that was a good idea?

  • I can’t freaking wait to get mine Monday! I live in Houston, TX. The total for my device with shipping & tax was $440.47. I think it’s an amazing deal! I can’t wait to root the device and flash the AOKP Rom along with the Milestone Kernel.