Verizon stores have Galaxy Nexus in stock, aren't selling it.

One of the big questions in the smartphone business at the moment is, "Why hasn't the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched in the US?" The first Android 4.0 smartphone has already launched in other parts of the world and even Canadian citizens can now purchase the Galaxy Nexus.

Now comes word on The Verge that the smartphone is rumored to be already in stock at Verizon's retail stores as well as other retailers like Best Buy and Radio Shack. However, the Galaxy Nexus is still not being sold to customers in the US, at least not officially.

So why won't Verizon Wireless light this candle and allow the phone to be sold? Officially, Verizon is staying silent on the matter but one rumor is that the company is waiting for a big Android 4.1 software update for the Galaxy Nexus. Yet other rumor has Verizon still talking with Google in order to allow the smartphone to support the Google Wallet application.

In any case, it seems that a few lucky US customers have actually convinced Verizon store managers to break from the sales embargo and sell them the Galaxy Nexus, according to posts on the Androidforums.com message boards. In the meantime, speculation has Verizon finally and officially putting the Galaxy Nexus up for sale on December 15. You can check out Neowin's review of the Galaxy Nexus along with Android 4.0 to past the time before Verizon makes the US launch date official.

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So stores have the phone but aren't releasing it.

How is this newsworthy when stores sit on games all the time without releasing them before a certain date?

Since when are you with verizon spork? And NO i NOT be going wp7. Ill just wait until there are themes for ice cream. Im praying for a webos port with access to the android market.

smooth3006 said,
Since when are you with verizon spork? And NO i NOT be going wp7. Ill just wait until there are themes for ice cream. Im praying for a webos port with access to the android market.

Depending on how WebOS Open Source license is, expect a lot of cool ports into Android (Officially and Unofficially).

I bet Verizon wants a portion of the Google Wallet fees because it cuts into their planned "pay through your cell phone bill" idea of using your mobile phone to pay. The carriers wanted some ridiculous commission of 20% or something like that.

If Google gives in I'm not going to be happy. They have the power. I don't even see why the Nexus is a Verizon exclusive.

i talked to my Verizon rep today every Big V store and 3rd party store has it in stock and was told NOT to sell them

1 due to NO training for the phone

2 the Google WALLET issues


she showed me the internal memos and the stock reports

smooth3006 said,
The nexus is far too overrated. Ive played with ice cream and im not really liking it, especially the UI.
Time for you to get a Windows Phone

Anthonyd said,
Time for you to get a Windows Phone

Not the easiest solution to make if one is heavily invested in a platform's ecosystem.

Verizon and Google fight it out over Google Wallet. Customers lose out, it's like Verizon do not want your money.