Best Buy Details Nexus S Launch

Those fine folks at Best Buy have seen fit to detail exactly what you can expect come December 16th, otherwise known as Nexus S day. Best Buy is ready to make the experience as painless as possible:

Timing: Online sales of Nexus S begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time to coincide with the opening of Best Buy stores on the East Coast. As a reminder, all Best Buy stores have adjusted their holiday hours to open at 8 a.m.

Availability: Nexus S is available in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores. Exact inventory will vary by store. Nexus S will be sold out on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of 2 per phones customer.

Demo phones: All Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores will have a Nexus S demo phone on-hand so customers can see and experience the phone.

Pricing: The Nexus S is an unlocked phone and can be purchased without contract for $529. The Nexus S can also be purchased for $199 with a T-Mobile two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan. Nexus S can also be purchased for $249.99 for add-a-line activations.

  • Upgrade Checker: A quick and easy service that gives customers the ability to see when they are eligible for their next phone upgrade. When the upgrade time is nearing, customers receive a complimentary reminder call, e-mail or text message.
  • Walk Out Working™: Free in-store smart phone setup by a Best Buy Mobile Phone Specialist who will sync personal email accounts, set up Bluetooth headsets, transfer contacts and activate other services to allow the customer to leave the store with a fully functional new smart phone.

Best Buy via Android Central

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  • Xajuran

    Ill be first in line

    • Anonymous

      Lucky for you it’ll be a quick transaction, in & out as there won’t be any line to wait in ;)

  • Anonymous

    What is this add-a-line activation price all about?? $250 I’m not the primary line on my account does this mean I have to pay $250???

    • Anonymous

      no add-a-lines are considered the 3rd, 4th or 5th line of a family plan and are usually priced at $9.99 / month. Since Best Buy makes a smaller commission on those lines the discount for the customer is less.

      • Anonymous

        Oh good. I almost had a heart attack lol

    • Anonymous

      no add-a-lines are considered the 3rd, 4th or 5th line of a family plan and are usually priced at $9.99 / month. Since Best Buy makes a smaller commission on those lines the discount for the customer is less.

  • Anonymous

    i’ll hold off…

    • Wilma Flintstone

      First off, Tom & Jerry = Instant Awesomesauce Maxiniminimus!

      Now on topic, Agreed. I may keep my money and upgrade until a Meego Smartphone and Tablet Drops on Tmo. I may be waiting a while but it’ll be worth it.

  • Anonymous

    16gb onboard storage and no card slot for more? There’s no need to announce anything about this one, it’s pretty much DOA… It’ll wind up being Google’s Kin ;)

    • Anonymous

      Nope not at all. This Nexus S will sell alone for being a Nexus variant. Nothing is wrong with the device. Its pretty much perfect. It does so much without trying to be so much. Its better than the regular Nexus One in any case. Just because its not “revolutionary” doesn’t mean it won’t sell.

      • Anonymous

        Well, it might sell to people who bought the Nexus-1, but wasn’t that a huge failure sales-wise? I seem to recall they didn’t even hit 100,000 units sold and then it sort of just disappeared. Oopsy ;)

        • Anonymous

          That was because it was only available online and most people like to try devices before they buy them. I mean you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first right? If it doesn’t sell out the first week I guarantee the next week it would.

        • Anonymous

          That’s great — Google can breathe a sigh of relief now that you’ve provided your guarantee ;)

  • yea_its_him

    I’ll wait until January or February until I upgrade, this phone just isn’t cutting it for me.

  • It’s great that it has a lot of onboard, but nearly every single phone has an SD card.. I could have let go on HSPA+.. but the lack of SD Card support really stopped me here.
    So no go for me anymore.

    Let the Dual Cores come.. with.. HSPA+

  • It’s great that it has a lot of onboard, but nearly every single phone has an SD card.. I could have let go on HSPA+.. but the lack of SD Card support really stopped me here.
    So no go for me anymore.

    Let the Dual Cores come.. with.. HSPA+

  • Cybersedan

    Not sure about buying it, but I’ll definitely be stopping by my local best buy to play with it.

  • i’m scooping it up

  • Eddie Android

    Look at all the babies! Wah wah not hspa+ wah no memory card slot. I’m getting this phone because its a pure Google phone I have no problem with only 16gb since I only have less than 1500 songs and never watch movies on a mobile device and as for HSPA+ tmobile can’t get proper 3g in my area. I don’t care for all the dualcore crap coming next year bloated with moto and LG crappy UIs. I don’t like Samsung but they have better hardware compared to HTC’s stoneage camera sensors, touchpanels choices, and designs.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with your comment except the dual-core part. I will get the nexus s, then later when a dual-core comes up I will “steal” my mom’s upgrade and give her my nexus s.

      • Anonymous

        Or being that its a Nexus you could just sell it later because they retain their value.

        • Anonymous

          What I will do is buy it with a 100$ square trade warrantyfor two years, a month before its up, ooops.

          I think my phone will drop in a pool, hitting the hard concrete, the phone won’t stand a chance.
          That way I will get 570 cash to buy a new better phone.

      • Eddie Android

        Oh don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind having a Dual Core Android but I guess ill wait for the next Nexus (really am a fan of stock Android) phone or a non HTC G series phone (stock Android). What’s the point of HTC having HD cspable 5-8 mpx cameras if they can’t record in low light!

    • Anonymous

      Finally somebody said it

  • J-Hop2o6

    I wont buy since i just got my G2 (for free).. plus its missing a few things like trackpad and LED notification.. but i do like SAMOLED tho.. but i will like to check it out in person at my local Best Buy to play with it.

  • going_home

    After the Galaxy Phone debacle its advisable if you are planning on getting one of these,
    to wait and see if any glaring issues pop up, you know, with Samsungs history.
    Honestly I dont think that the sales figures will be what Best Buy and Google think they will be.
    I’m going to step out and say the sales will be better than the Nexus One but not even close to
    what Best Buy and Google have hoped for.
    Theres nothing jaw dropping/eye popping about this phone whatsoever.


    • Anonymous

      Samsung history with GREAT hardware you mean? Yes i believe so. The gps issues affected some people and not others. In any case if it was defective you could have exchanged it because of 1 year warranty standard. In any case the device uses a different antenna than the vibrant so there shouldn’t be issues with that. Just because its not revolutionary doesn’t mean it won’t sell out LG Optimus phones sell greatly and they are low end.

  • Anonymous

    I will be in line first thing in the morning cant wait getting one for me and the gf.

  • I will check the store at Bay Parkway and hopefully I could buy one before going to school.

    • Anonymous

      Good thing I go to options for youth, or else I would’ve gotten one a week or two later.

  • Anonymous


  • Eddie Android

    No SD card support? Its ok. no HSPA+? That’s fine. NO TRACK BALL/PAD WTF!!!!!? That’s an essential for the Android experience! Nexus S has a better screen, touch sensor, memory, camera, processor, GPU, all black body (thank god) and better looks than my N1 so yeah its an upgrade the N1 (except for THE LACK OF A TRACK BALL/PAD). Hopefully they make aftermarket battery covers like the G1 because the Nexus S stupid lump at the bottom of the battery cover is hideous.

    • You realize that “lump” is for the antenna right and is most likely built into the phone chasis like the vibrant and GT-I9000

  • Adj1272

    Can you get discounted price with a 2 year flex pay account?

  • Iseeupan

    what is a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan? I have a full discount upgrade on my account and i was waiting for the nexus s to use it, will that cover it and will i be “qualified”? or does that service agreement mean something else? i dont really understand. someone explain pleaseeee!

    • Jayherrera08

      you’ll just need to add the appropriate features if you dont already have them *cough cough* data *cough*

      nothing serious tho, if you have an upgrade available you probably have a qualified voice plan

  • thereugo

    The phone looks great and probaly works great also, but no HSAP+ I say, that HSPA+isnt even at full capacity, so I thinking when it is at full capacity then a HSPA+ phone will be great to have. I get good 3G coverage in my area, and I mean good not great so this phone would be good. But then again the G2 will be getting the updates just as fast as this Phone so why not get the G2 I tell myself. I will get the G2 for my son see how it is, then go from there. I’m waiting for 4.3 screen, 2.3 gingerbread, if dual processor great if not nothing to write home about, and a great design is that to much to ask for?

  • Someone

    Whoop there it is.

    Nexus 2 just announced via HTC. Dual Core technology – 8 MG camera SD Card slot – HSPA+ ready. Ready for delivery late Jan.

    Whoooooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Someone Special

      Got a link?

      • dont worry he is just trolling it up(talking about Someone of course, not Someone Special ;) )

    • Anonymous

      OMG REALLY?!?!?!??!

      Thats a complete lie! Look it up better, it has 10mp camera and full hd ffc, And it will be available the second week of January, which isn’t late!

  • I got the nexus one and is the best I have ever had, this seams to be smaller then Nexus One. I only saw it on pics so I can make a comparative between the two. But I wouldn’t buy it yet.

  • Jayherrera08

    wait for the vibrant 2… or whatever samsungs supa phone coming out in february is gonna b called

  • Rob

    This is unclear. Do only new tmobile costumers get the 199 price? I’ve been due for an upgrade as a current costumer. I tried to take advantage of tmobile’s online deal of getting the G2 for free and they wouldn’t do it because I was a current customer.

    • Bimmerz

      Not sure why it’s not posting my comments (try this again)… Yes, you can use your upgrade to get the NS for $199, w/contract. :)

      • Jjguaman

        i wanna upgrade my line only to a nexus s, can i do that? and i went to a best buy store and was told i cant upgrade to a nexus s but im eligible for upgrade.

  • Mitsu8

    Since my local Best Buys doen’t sell T-mobile services, according to Androidandme I will have to purchase at the store and it will be shipped to my home. I can’t walk out with one of these? Anyone?

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ll go by my non-Tmobile carrying Best Buy and ask to see their demo phone. I’ll then tell the salesman “See what you’re missing by not carrying Tmobile”. (Just rub their nose in it a little bit). My question is, since my local store doesn’t offer Tmo, how can they sell me the phone for $199.99 with Tmo subscription or update?