Richi Jennings

Galaxy Nexus release date: Credible rumor, but not $199 :-(

December 07, 2011 6:00 AM EST
By (@richi ) - December 7, 2011.
[Update: Adds an intriguing tale of an encounter with a Samsung rep in a Verizon store]
 
More well-sourced leaks give us the Galaxy Nexus release date on Verizon Wireless LTE. However, the price won't be $199, we're told. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers' frustration reaches fever-pitch.
 
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Matt Hamblen reports the good news:
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon...could go on sale Friday. ... The phone has already launched in the UK. ... Shipments are expected to begin this week on Canadian carriers.
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Verizon would not comment on the release date of the Galaxy Nexus on its LTE network.    M0RE
  
Greg Bensinger adds the bad news:
Verizon Wireless...will start selling the device this month for $299.99 with a two-year contract, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Forcing the customer to pay a higher price upfront means Verizon Wireless is paying a lower subsidy. ... The strategy, though, is risky as carriers are battling over an ever-smaller piece of available market share.    M0RE

Eric Zeman sticks it to the man:
[T]he stars appear to be aligning for the device to (finally) arrive in stores...Dec. 9. ... Verizon likes to launch major new phones on Fridays...it is running out of time this month to get the device on store shelves.
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Verizon has priced its new [LTE] smartphones at the same $299.99 price point at launch, so the...report is likely accurate.    M0RE
 
And Alan Ng tells us how to order it:
We’ve been informed that the Galaxy Nexus page will go live here. ... At the moment, the pages are empty, but expect this to change very soon.    M0RE
 
Meanwhile, JR Raphael busts a rumor:
[The] rumor that the phone won't receive future software updates directly from Google...[is] plain ol' fiction.
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[It] will be a pure Google phone that receives regular OS updates straight from Google. ... [However] Verizon has slapped a couple of its own apps onto the phone (cough, cough, bloatware)...but on the plus side, Ice Cream Sandwich allows you to disable and hide preinstalled apps.    M0RE
      
Update: The pseudonymous tmljunkmail from Dearborn Heights, Mich., tells this intriguing tale:
I was in a VZW store in Michigan (Farmington Hills) and was asking about the Nexus. ... [A] woman walked over and handed me her Nexus (complete with VZW branding)...saying "Is this what you want to see?" ... [S]he is the Samsung rep for that particular district and [was] at the store demonstrating the phone to the store manager. ... It was fully functional (fast as hell). ... She would not let me take any pictures. ... She did confirm that it will be released on Friday. 
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[T]he manager of the store confirmed that "If she says friday....then it's Friday", and...that she had just been delivered today 15 large boxes with specific instructions to not open...until instructed to do so by corporate on Thursday. ... [A]fter having the darn thing in my hand, I'm a believer.    M0RE


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Richi Jennings, your humble blogwatcherRichi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch -- for which he has won American Society of Business Publication Editors and Jesse H. Neal awards on behalf of Computerworld. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: itbw@richij.com. You can also read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.