Just a few days ago, Samsung has confirmed that Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus (or Nexus Prime) would be released in the US in December – despite the fact that many had expected this to happen before the end of November.
And while there’s still no word on the exact day when the new smartphone will be launched, a recently leaked Verizon ad has caused further confusion around the Web, as it shows the Galaxy Nexus being priced at $199.99 on contract. All of Verizon’s high-end LTE smartphones have been launched at $299 on contract until now, so it wouldn’t make much sense for the Galaxy Nexus (the world’s first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device) to cost less.
The ad – which can be still seen at this address (we’re not sure for how long, though) – also showcases Verizon’s other two LTE smartphones from Samsung, namely the Droid Charge (which is about to be updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread), and the recently introduced Stratosphere. It’s worth noting that both the Droid Charge and the Stratosphere appear at discounted prices in the ad: $149.99 and $99.99, respectively (normally, they cost $199.99 and $149.99). This could mean that the $199.99 price of the Galaxy Nexus will be (or should’ve been?) part of a promotion, and isn’t the handset’s actual price.
Unfortunately, we won’t know anything for sure until Verizon and Samsung decide to officially announce the Galaxy Nexus, and all the details customers are impatiently waiting for. The latest rumored launch date for the new handset was December 8 – this would coincide with the Galaxy Nexus’ release in Canada, where Bell and Virgin Mobile will both have it on that day.
Sure enough, if you just can’t wait anymore, you can buy the Galaxy Nexus unlocked from Expansys USA. However, this unlocked Nexus won’t work on Verizon, but only on AT&T and T-Mobile, because it’s the GSM / HSPA version.
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