Google selling unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $399

Want to get an unlocked Galaxy Nexus that will work on some wireless carriers that don't currently sell the smartphone? Then you might be in luck, if you don't mind getting one with a slower data speed. Google has started selling an unlocked version, via its Google Play site, of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $399 for US resident (the link may not work for non-US customers).

The smartphone has Android 4.0, one of the very few Android devices that has the new version of Google's mobile operating system. You will be able to use the smartphone on a number of carriers that have GSM and/or HSPA+ 21 wireless networks. In the US, that means the smartphones are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, neither of which currently sell the Galaxy Nexus.

The bad news, if you haven't guessed already, is that this unlocked Galaxy Nexus can't connect to Verizon's network and that means this version won't be able to take advantage of Verizon's faster LTE wireless services. Verizon lowered the price of its own Galaxy Nexus, which does connect to its LTE network, down $100 to $199 with a two year contract. Sprint is also selling an LTE-capable version for $199 but it's LTE network is not live yet.

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in fact, which phone is not crap? the iphone has been crap since the first generation, but a highly hyped crap. it couldn't even make a proper phone call, right to its 4th generation.

warr said,
in fact, which phone is not crap? the iphone has been crap since the first generation, but a highly hyped crap. it couldn't even make a proper phone call, right to its 4th generation.

My iPhone 4S works perfect. I have no idea what you are talking about.

UndergroundWire said,

My iPhone 4S works perfect. I have no idea what you are talking about.

Nothing wrong with the iPhone at all. I don't think there ever was. Antennagate was a big load of media hate that I never once had an issue with, no matter how hard I tried to lose reception.

The only thing I don't like was the fact that it was so hard to find a better phone than the iPhone!

Nashy said,

The only thing I don't like was the fact that it was so hard to find a better phone than the iPhone!

There are a lot of better phones than the iPhone.

UndergroundWire said,

There are a lot of better phones than the iPhone.

I found every phone I upgraded to after my iPhone 4, just didn't cut it. I moved back to it a couple of times, until the Galaxy s2 came out.

I get a new phone every 6 odd months, so I guess I notice it more than the majority of phone users. Phone nuts like me, if they aren't blind fanboys, should understand.

Nashy said,

I found every phone I upgraded to after my iPhone 4, just didn't cut it. I moved back to it a couple of times, until the Galaxy s2 came out.

I get a new phone every 6 odd months, so I guess I notice it more than the majority of phone users. Phone nuts like me, if they aren't blind fanboys, should understand.

I buy a new phone every 6 months as well. And I can tell you most Android phones I buy are much better than the iPhone. Windows Phone still remains at the bottom (but at least it is better than Blackberry).

The bad news, if you haven't guessed already, is that this unlocked Galaxy Nexus can't connect to Verizon's network and that means this version won't be able to take advantage of Verizon's faster LTE wireless services. Verizon lowered the price of its own Galaxy Nexus, which does connect to its LTE network, down $100 to $199 with a two year contract. Sprint is also selling an LTE-capable version for $199 but it's LTE network is not live yet.

Seriously? They are two different technologies. So if I buy a Lumia 900 from Amazon at the no contract price can I connect it to T-Mobile? Can I get 4G?

UndergroundWire said,

Seriously? They are two different technologies. So if I buy a Lumia 900 from Amazon at the no contract price can I connect it to T-Mobile? Can I get 4G?

What band LTE do they use?

Nashy said,
I didn't have it on my Australian one either. Mine was purple moving dots ona dark background.

can I have yours pleases!!!! They are more likes from where that one came from

mr lefleur said,

can I have yours pleases!!!! They are more likes from where that one came from

I don't know how to extract them from the phone. If you can tell me, then sure, I'll upload it for you.

Mr Spoon said,
See wherever I see shots of the Galaxy Nexus, I see that wallpaper. Yet I don't have that wallpaper on mine UK.

Have Android 4.0.3 Rom loaded on Galaxy S and it has that wallpaper. Using it at mo.

1blogger said,
Do they sell Lumia 900s as well? Im new to smart phones and I would rather have a Lumia 900 than a G. Nexus.

Yeah, Google isn't going to sell you a Nokia WP7 phone.

1blogger said,
Do they sell Lumia 900s as well? Im new to smart phones and I would rather have a Lumia 900 than a G. Nexus.

Those phones are made by Nokia not Google.

You can flash the "yakju" Rom to get around those problems and it's not that hard to do. The "yakju" Rom makes it so you can get all of the normal Nexus updates.

alpha2beta said,
You can flash the "yakju" Rom to get around those problems and it's not that hard to do. The "yakju" Rom makes it so you can get all of the normal Nexus updates.

Nobody listen to this person here. Clearly he doesn't know what he's talking about. This phone is takju because of the Wallet integration. This phone still gets the same updates directly from Google.

too bad 90% of the world cant buy this, its region locked, so much to be unlocked and free of everything... i hope google would address this issue and fix this. since amazon its more expensive and its sending weird japanese build version which have locked, sim issues and lack of updates... the idea of a nexus devices its to be free, fully updated and an unlocked full google experience although with some hardware limitations and decisions that google implement

eilegz said,
too bad 90% of the world cant buy this, its region locked, so much to be unlocked and free of everything... i hope google would address this issue and fix this. since amazon its more expensive and its sending weird japanese build version which have locked, sim issues and lack of updates... the idea of a nexus devices its to be free, fully updated and an unlocked full google experience although with some hardware limitations and decisions that google implement

There are still exclusive re-seller contracts operating in different countries. Legally they have to do this for now.

I personally don't buy my phones new, I can get a decent condition 2nd hand phone for 1/2 price. When the next one comes around I onsell the the old one and "upgrade" to another 2nd hand one. It's cheaper than a contract.

One of the benifets of living in NZ I guess, people will buy a 2nd hand phone here for a higher price than other countries, and i'll take a 2nd hand one from the US for almost nothing compared to the NZ market.

One thing with iOS devices, very expensive 2nd hand!! even the 3GS is up in the $300 range.


I think google have a good run with their phones, not ridiculously high spec (leave that to samsung and HTC) but well performing and up to date. If anyone wants a droid i'd recomend a Nexus. It really isn't about performance.

Auzeras said,
....not ridiculously high spec (leave that to samsung and HTC) but well performing and up to date. If anyone wants a droid i'd recomend a Nexus. It really isn't about performance.

Samsung makes these phones. They just have Google branding.

RangerLG said,

Samsung makes these phones. They just have Google branding.

Not even that. The Samsung logo is just as big as the Google logo on this thing. There is no branding on the front. There is just no Samsung boot animation.

alpha2beta said,
That's right, your opinion.

Of course it's my opinion. Just like yours is yours. I hate the stupid thing.

Nashy said,
It's a crap phone.

Have you even used the phone? I would say the constant updates alone makes it one of the best Android phones on the market. I just dont get, just because it does not have the highest end hardware does not make it a crap phone. The people on this site are really starting to show there true intelligence.

alpha2beta said,

Have you even used the phone? I would say the constant updates alone makes it one of the best Android phones on the market. I just dont get, just because it does not have the highest end hardware does not make it a crap phone. The people on this site are really starting to show there true intelligence.

Yes. It's currently collecting dust on my side table while I use my Galaxy S2. Also, it doesn't matter if it has the best hardware. All it is, is a phone that's trying to be something that it's not.

The reason why I don't see Google getting big into tablets, is because apart from their OS, they have nothing. Their design team suck, look at the devices they've released. IMo. All crap.

Nashy said,

Yes. It's currently collecting dust on my side table while I use my Galaxy S2. Also, it doesn't matter if it has the best hardware. All it is, is a phone that's trying to be something that it's not.

The reason why I don't see Google getting big into tablets, is because apart from their OS, they have nothing. Their design team suck, look at the devices they've released. IMo. All crap.

Totally agreed.

Nashy said,

Yes. It's currently collecting dust on my side table while I use my Galaxy S2. Also, it doesn't matter if it has the best hardware. All it is, is a phone that's trying to be something that it's not.

The reason why I don't see Google getting big into tablets, is because apart from their OS, they have nothing. Their design team suck, look at the devices they've released. IMo. All crap.

then why do you use the GSII? Your argument makes now sense.

I am Reid said,

then why do you use the GSII? Your argument makes now sense.

I, and a fairly sizable chunk of the smartphone market think the Galaxy S2 is a good looking phone.

I'm not quoting facts, I'm giving my opinion. I think the Galaxy Nexus is crap, I don't like it's design, I don't like it's stupid curved screen, and I especially hate it's flimsy battery cover.

Nashy said,

I, and a fairly sizable chunk of the smartphone market think the Galaxy S2 is a good looking phone.

I'm not quoting facts, I'm giving my opinion. I think the Galaxy Nexus is crap, I don't like it's design, I don't like it's stupid curved screen, and I especially hate it's flimsy battery cover.

The Galaxy SII has a similar battery cover.

UndergroundWire said,

The Galaxy SII has a similar battery cover.

Similar being the word to take note of in that sentence. The Galaxy S2 battery cover sits properly over the back of the phone.

I have not seen one of these devices (G Nexus) in Brisbane where all the clips would clip nicely and easily. Also, if you look at it, around the camera, it doesn't sit around it properly. On the bottom of the camera, it doesn't sit down where the surround of the camera sits, it sits above it, not flush.

I hate that.

Nashy said,

Similar being the word to take note of in that sentence. The Galaxy S2 battery cover sits properly over the back of the phone.

I have not seen one of these devices (G Nexus) in Brisbane where all the clips would clip nicely and easily. Also, if you look at it, around the camera, it doesn't sit around it properly. On the bottom of the camera, it doesn't sit down where the surround of the camera sits, it sits above it, not flush.

I hate that.

Sorry. They both look the same to me. They both clip on and sit properly. Perhaps you should drop this part of your argument. It really is weak.

UndergroundWire said,

Sorry. They both look the same to me. They both clip on and sit properly. Perhaps you should drop this part of your argument. It really is weak.

Why? I don't care how weak it is. Little things like this annoy me. A lot. I have 3 Galaxy S2's in front of me and a Galaxy Nexus.

The Nexus battery cover, on this Nexus, does not align flush, and does not clip down properly. Whether or not it's just this phone doesn't matter. This is the phone I base my personal opinion on. Based on that, and the other things I have said, I think the Galaxy Nexus is a crap phone.

Nashy said,

Why? I don't care how weak it is. Little things like this annoy me. A lot. I have 3 Galaxy S2's in front of me and a Galaxy Nexus.

The Nexus battery cover, on this Nexus, does not align flush, and does not clip down properly. Whether or not it's just this phone doesn't matter. This is the phone I base my personal opinion on. Based on that, and the other things I have said, I think the Galaxy Nexus is a crap phone.

Galaxy SII Battery Cover: http://goo.gl/2uiCg
Galaxy Nexus Battery Cover: http://goo.gl/2GA2E

Sorry, don't see a difference.

UndergroundWire said,

Galaxy SII Battery Cover: http://goo.gl/2uiCg
Galaxy Nexus Battery Cover: http://goo.gl/2GA2E

Sorry, don't see a difference.

So, you've seen the difference, and you're looking at them both, in your hands, right now?

Because, I'm not relying on the Internet to try and dispute someone's personal opinion.

Nashy said,

So, you've seen the difference, and you're looking at them both, in your hands, right now?

My friend at work has the Galaxy SII and I have the Galaxy Nexus. We are both looking at your post and laughing. Both battery cases are plastic. Both snap in. Both fit perfectly. We tried interchanging them but the snaps don't line up correctly on each others phones. But yeah, no difference. He has the Galaxy SII from Tmobile and I have the Verizon LTE model (just in case you wanted to know).

By the way, I ordered the GSM model from Google. It comes in today. Not that would make a difference but I have a sneaking suspicion that no more Nexus devices for CDMA carriers after this one. Just my gut instinct.

Because, I'm not relying on the Internet to try and dispute someone's personal opinion.

jerzdawg said,
I'd prob buy this if Verizon model was included. Always love to stay off contract when I can.

The Verizon version will be locked to them this is the SIM free version for GSM/HSPA+ networks.

That is actually quite a good price. They're still going for €370 (= $500ish) or a lot more (€450ish is very common) in Belgium. And you're not bound to a contract. Impressive.

GiedriusVarnas said,
its bad news for me becouse it us onlly, can anyone send it to lithuania?

Use http://www.usabox.com/ for example. Works like a charm. Although depending on the weight of the package the shipping cost increases.

GiedriusVarnas said,
its bad news for me becouse it us onlly, can anyone send it to lithuania?

Arba tiesiog nusipirk Lumia 800/900 skelbiu.lt po 900lt