Google selling unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $399 via Google Play Store

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Apr 25, 2012
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  1. Google is once again trying to sell hardware directly to consumers by offering the Galaxy Nexus smartphone free of contract through the Google Play Store. The unlocked Samsung-built handset is...

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  2. kiklion

    kiklion TS Rookie

    If you bought this, how would you connect it to an account? having never bought a non-contract phone and not having looked into it much, I remember some stuff about sim cards but can anyone explain it like I'm 5?
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Kiklion - You buy the phone, and walk it into the carrier of your choice and have it activated to their network.

    It's the same thing as buying a phone at the carrier, except you already own the phone.

    You're basically making yourself eligible for a month to month contract with (potentially) no termination fees.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,223

    Is it possible to switch carriers then 9Nails?

    Unlocked really does help too... I finally rooted my old HTC Evo and it's much faster than it was with all the sprint crap on there. Even get better 3G speeds now.

    Would the carrier offer insurance? I bought my phone off ebay and I have insurance through sprint, so probably. Just wondering though.
  5. Ultraman1966

    Ultraman1966 TS Enthusiast Posts: 94   +10

    Even factoring in 20% VAT and 1.6 exchange rate, the price of 399USD is equivalent to 300 quid, which is 100 quid cheaper than the +400 pounds we get charged for an unlocked model. Can google open a shop here please?
  6. Why not also 32GB!
  7. Every day I hate Canada more. We're never in on any of these deals and the CTRC has zero interest in protecting consumers from all the greedy telecom corps that want us to sign away three years of our lives to get decent pricing on mobile devices.
    AFAIK Canada is the only country where three year contracts are standard. Don't even get me started on broadband bandwidth caps.
  8. Valimere

    Valimere TS Rookie

    Carefull you can get the nexus from verizon, but on there page they claim:
    "?The unlocked Galaxy Nexus requires GSM compatible service provider for voice calling. In the United States this includes AT&T and T-Mobile. Phones purchased from devices on Google Play are not compatible with Verizon or Sprint."\
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Because Google doesn't even make a 32GB model any more.

    I think everyone already knows that Sprint and Verizon still run primitive EvDo networks. Nobody on a CDMA carrier buys their phones off contract, it makes no sense.
  10. Yes, but the article specifically names Verizon, and this phone can not be used on their network. So care should be taken.
  11. Exactly. Our government regulatory agents are working for Big Corp not the people who elected then. What gives with that?

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