Nov 27 AT 1:11 PM Nick Gray 54 Comments

Best Buy launches Nexus Prime product page with $299 price

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Well, that $199 price tag on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus certainly didn’t last long. It looks like someone at Best Buy got a little trigger happy and flipped the switch on their Samsung Galaxy Nexus product page, revealing the handset’s $299.99 price effective from November 27 (that’s today) until the end of the year.

Since Best buy can’t seem to get the handset’s name quite right, we’re not sure how much faith we have in their two-year contract pricing and the $799.99 contract-free price they have listed.  Come on, Verizon, all we want is an official price and launch date so that we can put all this speculation behind us. This waiting game is getting a bit ridiculous. Are any of you considering giving up on Verizon in favor of the unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus that works on both AT&T and T-Mobile?

Via: Android Central

Source: Best Buy

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • BiGMERF

    I knew it! that 199 was just a joke..

  • evelio

    I’m so sick of this… (sigh… look at an empty space) however still waiting for my Galaxy Nexus (smile)

  • Brent

    Uhh, check the domain shoplocal.com???? WTF??? FAKE

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Shoplocal is a site that maintain offline local catalogs for big chain retailers. It’s definitely NOT a fake site. Their data, however, is as good as the catalog provided by the retailers. So, if the Buyer flyer we’ve seen previously says “Nexus Prime” by mistake, there’s no reason to believe that Shoplocal’s staffs will be smart enough to correct it for BestBuy.

  • ddpacino

    IDC What the price is (which is the SAME as 32GB iPhone 4S – don’t panic), I just want it in my hands already. Playing with ICS on my NS4G is cool, but now I need the whole enchilada!

    • GUI_Center

      Exactly my thoughts… take my money and give me the phone already!

  • teecruz

    I’m just honestly waiting for a GSM announcement. Otherwise, screw this phone.
    Verizon? Really, Google?
    Shot yourselves in the foot with that one..

    All I know is this phone is already about to be overshadowed by what comes next. I’m not gonna waste time + money on something that even Google doesn’t care enough about to launch successfully.

    At least the Galaxy S III are guaranteed globally. Idk. Maybe HTC might make a come back (I’m doubtful)

    Gotta love Android! :)

    • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

      Yes, Google did left some technical problems with their phones. According latest reports, the phone has this volume bug when using a certain network. A fix has been promised to be released sometime before Christmas, but it would be much better if they fix the problem before they released the phone to the market.

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus Nolasco

    That $199 price didn’t last long at all :-\ hopefully it is fake. I’m going with the GSM version.

  • Drew

    I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but this handset launching on Verizon just feels like selling out. When Android launched on T-mobile, it was like the underdog platform, on the under dog network. But, now that Android has taken off, it feels ( feels is the key word here) as if Google has turned their back on the little network that started this whole thing for them.

    I love me some android, and wont jump ship to another platform, but I will not be getting this phone either. The little network that could, still can, and I’ll wait for T-mobile to release an ICS phone that makes this one look like a kids toy. Patience… you know the rest.

    • morgan

      I feel u man I might do the same thing Drew

    • nory826

      Agreed. I love t-mo and couldn’t think about leaving , especially now that at&t has withdrawn their papers for the merger for now, so I ordered a GSM galaxy nexus last week, and hopefully it’ll be here soon ;)

    • endone

      Agreed!

      I’m still hoping for a T-mo release when Verizon gets theirs. I dont care if its through google directly or not, as long as it releases… I really don’t want to import one… but if it comes down to it, i will

      Hopefully this week will bring some HSPA+ version news…

  • AsakuraZero

    this is more like they are pulling a bad joke for those who wants the nexus

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

    honestly i cant understand how you guys let them get away with it $300 for a phone! as well as your contract price?! it’s like begging them them to ass rape you. madness.

    • NotRelevent

      Would you rather pay full price for it? The full $500 or $600 of it? No? Well then quit complaining.

      • angie

        He’s from the UK (right?) So I’m guessing there is a price difference.

        • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

          a massive price difference. i worked out that on average i save about $1000 a year on my phone bills than you guys. and i’m not having a go at you the consumer so much as the disgusting prices the carriers think it should cost.

          • charliethesuperturtle

            I would if it means I could use that walmart-tmobile $30 plan with Google voice…

          • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

            $30 a month on 24 month contract pluss $600 phone = $1240
            or $300 phone but $100 a month contract = $2700

            fairly obvious isnt it?

          • charliethesuperturtle

            Its prepaid…..
            But yeah its obivoius!!!!

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

    well no you see where i live you dont pay for the handset AT ALL.

    • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus Nolasco

      Lucky :( Americans are getting ripped off. I remember the good old days when everything was cheaper…

    • Legend

      Same in Australia :D ..I’m so confused why the u.s.a does :S

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Prices here are screwed up big time, but there are some deals for consumers if they look hard. T-Mobile has some create off-contract deals and they allow you to finance your phones if you want. The problem is that most people here like the idea of getting the phone for free which significantly increased the cost of the plan.

  • CJ

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; “All this angst is hi-la-ri-ous!” The phone will get here when it gets here and it’ll cost what it costs. How’s that for some solid, reliable information?! Lol.

  • Balthazar B

    Given that Best Buy has inflated the MSRP by $150, anything is possible. On paper, the NG doesn’t fare so well against some of the competition on other carriers (see Verizon’s own comparison chart), and it’s plausible VzW could sell it for $199 to move it. Also plausible that we’ll see it for $150 from Amazon before the end of the year.

  • Anthony44

    Really just sell the damn phone already. The nexus galaxy is seriously getting old fast.
    Google once again you found a way to screw up this phone.Verizon shit the bed on this one.
    Google should have launched on all carriers.Verizon through nothing more that greed held this phone back deliberately to hurt other carriers such as T-Mobile ill explain.
    The previous nexus brands were first made available to T-Mobile and others followed. Verizon this time got the nod and a exclusive in turn placed phone on shelf.
    Verizon could care less about this phone all they wanted to do was keep it away from other carriers.
    Verizon launched the razr and resound what ever its called. The nexus was purposely shelved and Google can’t do squat about it.
    The nexus should have been out long ago Verizon still selling other Androids and holding the trump card
    Nice job goofle or I meant Google my bad

  • Edawg

    Gentlemen, I understand the frustration and angst over the release of, perhaps, the most exciting phone ever. However, we must appreciate what is actually going on here. This is America and American “Big Business.” Verizon recently released the Razr and Rezound. They are deploying these devices in stages to maximize sales. The Razr marketing campaign has continued into the release of the Rezound. Only this week do we see much of a marketing campaign for the Rezound. I have no inside information, but it makes sense for Verizon to release the Galaxy Nexus in early December. That way, they can continue to capture sales on the Razr and Rezound, and then capture sales on the Galaxy Nexus. And yes, I’m sure the device will sell for $299, with prices dropping to $249 after the holidays. Gentlemen, be patient, our phone is coming.

    • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

      Yes, I agree with you. I think it would be best to wait for the phone’s release. Google has been fixing some major bugs on the phone and I think you wouldn’t like to own a malfunctioning device,

  • pjamies

    Not sure what you guys are talking about .. I just went to the site and NO phone ..
    It is the US site correct ?
    A Nexus search only shows the Nexus S .. and the docking station,,,, ;(

  • Kevin

    I did give up. I bought a used phone so I could ride it out until the Galaxy Nexus or another vanila Android 4.0 phone comes along. I would have waited longer if I at least knew what date I was waiting for.

  • spintrex

    Is $299 going to be the norm for latest smartphones?

    • Nathan

      Kinda, only Verizon does this kind of pricing.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      It loks like prices are moving back up. The HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile is priced at $249 with a two year contract.

  • kazahani

    Verizon has a track record of high prices for their LTE handsets. The Thunderbolt, Charge, Bionic and now the RAZR have all launched at $299. The other three national carriers have not broken the standard $199 price for their top end phones, and AT&T has actually lowered their top-tier android prices. They only want $99 for their version af the GSII.

    In short, I expect that when the other carriers announce their pricing, we will see the Prime at $199.

  • Heroine Headliner

    If u peons cant afford 299 please STFU…..

    Not for no broke ass mofo’s…..

    A phone dis pimpin clearly was only made for a P-I-M-P…..

    Get ya money rite an maybe u cud shine like ya boi…..

    • Legend

      oh god…here we go…

  • Heroine Headliner

    Scared money dont make no money…..

    #TeamSanjay

    #TeamHTC

    #TeamFukkWitchaBoi

  • Anthony44

    I have no idea what ur talking about and better yet why.we are simply responding to each other this isn’t ur therapy session.
    The issue isn’t about who can afford what its about people’s choices.
    I leave you this ,perhaps u can wrap ur mind around this
    Empty barrels make the most noise.

  • JoogleMe

    I most certainly am getting an unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus if not extending my contract with T-Mobile with everything a lil murky it makes me uneasy about whom to continue on with.

  • kest009

    wow and $799 outright, what happened to the days of the Nexus One & S that were $529 outright??

  • ethanmc12

    Thats crazy for on contract! No matter how sweet the phone is

  • http://keeskluskens.nl spacek33z

    $800 is hell of a lot money, but I think it’s worth it. I’ve played with Android 4.0 and it’s 99% perfect. They need to change a couple of things I think. The contact list for example is inconsistent with the rest of the UI…

    Too bad I purchased the SGS2 last month :(.

  • classic_hero

    wondering if i should get this or wait for some quad core phones

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I’m waiting at least another 6 months to see what Qaulcomm’s S4 chips are capable of. I’m happy with my T-Mobile G2, but it’s starting to show its age since it can’t play games like Wind Up Knight.

  • xwaylayx

    Whats taking so damm long…. release the phone already!

  • SCJaredJ

    Not to jump on the fear bandwagon, but the $799 really bothers me. BB usually jacks up the non-contract price for phones, but I was hoping that the nexus would make a gsm appearance on BB’s shelves for the $650 msrp. Surely BB wouldn’t sell the gsm unlocked at a lower price than the non-contract VZW phone, right? Well, as a TMO customer, I guess that’s what I’m hoping for.

  • julian.hornquist

    Im thinking ill just wait until something offical pops up. Dont know if Id pay 299 but i might pay 199. Plus the fact that its called then samsung nexus prime sort of takes away from the credibility

  • osc707

    man, isn’t $299 steep for a 2yr contract? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want this phone as much as anyone else, but really… 299, dunno

  • F4

    I doubt Best Buy is to blame for the incorrect name. Telecommunication companies have a history of making these types of mistakes – they see these products as a quick sell and then jump on to the next one. They need to start having a tighter relation with OEM’s and gain a passion to what they’re selling.

  • Dlux

    I would totally get an unlocked version but I still can’t justify $750 for a phone. Would rather get a laptop for that. Please ATT. Get this phone!

    • Wunako

      have to agree with 800 i rather get mid to high end laptop… i was ready to pay at the very most 550 for this phone but idk about that now… Im just gonna wait it out, im sure in January itll drop or be made avaliable on contract for the usual 200 thru bestbuy. till then ill just be held off by playing with one when ever my store gets them in for displays

  • Charlesbrown79

    It would quicker getting an SGSII and getting a custom ICS ROM than to wait for this release.

  1. I knew it! that 199 was just a joke..

  2. I’m so sick of this… (sigh… look at an empty space) however still waiting for my Galaxy Nexus (smile)

  3. BrentGuest 3 years ago

    Uhh, check the domain shoplocal.com???? WTF??? FAKE

    • Shoplocal is a site that maintain offline local catalogs for big chain retailers. It’s definitely NOT a fake site. Their data, however, is as good as the catalog provided by the retailers. So, if the Buyer flyer we’ve seen previously says “Nexus Prime” by mistake, there’s no reason to believe that Shoplocal’s staffs will be smart enough to correct it for BestBuy.

  4. IDC What the price is (which is the SAME as 32GB iPhone 4S – don’t panic), I just want it in my hands already. Playing with ICS on my NS4G is cool, but now I need the whole enchilada!

  5. I’m just honestly waiting for a GSM announcement. Otherwise, screw this phone.
    Verizon? Really, Google?
    Shot yourselves in the foot with that one..

    All I know is this phone is already about to be overshadowed by what comes next. I’m not gonna waste time + money on something that even Google doesn’t care enough about to launch successfully.

    At least the Galaxy S III are guaranteed globally. Idk. Maybe HTC might make a come back (I’m doubtful)

    Gotta love Android! :)

    • Yes, Google did left some technical problems with their phones. According latest reports, the phone has this volume bug when using a certain network. A fix has been promised to be released sometime before Christmas, but it would be much better if they fix the problem before they released the phone to the market.

  6. That $199 price didn’t last long at all :-\ hopefully it is fake. I’m going with the GSM version.

  7. DrewGuest 3 years ago

    I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but this handset launching on Verizon just feels like selling out. When Android launched on T-mobile, it was like the underdog platform, on the under dog network. But, now that Android has taken off, it feels ( feels is the key word here) as if Google has turned their back on the little network that started this whole thing for them.

    I love me some android, and wont jump ship to another platform, but I will not be getting this phone either. The little network that could, still can, and I’ll wait for T-mobile to release an ICS phone that makes this one look like a kids toy. Patience… you know the rest.

    • morganGuest 3 years ago

      I feel u man I might do the same thing Drew

    • nory826Guest 3 years ago

      Agreed. I love t-mo and couldn’t think about leaving , especially now that at&t has withdrawn their papers for the merger for now, so I ordered a GSM galaxy nexus last week, and hopefully it’ll be here soon ;)

    • Agreed!

      I’m still hoping for a T-mo release when Verizon gets theirs. I dont care if its through google directly or not, as long as it releases… I really don’t want to import one… but if it comes down to it, i will

      Hopefully this week will bring some HSPA+ version news…

  8. this is more like they are pulling a bad joke for those who wants the nexus

  9. honestly i cant understand how you guys let them get away with it $300 for a phone! as well as your contract price?! it’s like begging them them to ass rape you. madness.

    • NotReleventGuest 3 years ago

      Would you rather pay full price for it? The full $500 or $600 of it? No? Well then quit complaining.

      • angieGuest 3 years ago

        He’s from the UK (right?) So I’m guessing there is a price difference.

  10. well no you see where i live you dont pay for the handset AT ALL.

    • Lucky :( Americans are getting ripped off. I remember the good old days when everything was cheaper…

    • Same in Australia :D ..I’m so confused why the u.s.a does :S

      • Prices here are screwed up big time, but there are some deals for consumers if they look hard. T-Mobile has some create off-contract deals and they allow you to finance your phones if you want. The problem is that most people here like the idea of getting the phone for free which significantly increased the cost of the plan.

  11. CJGuest 3 years ago

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; “All this angst is hi-la-ri-ous!” The phone will get here when it gets here and it’ll cost what it costs. How’s that for some solid, reliable information?! Lol.

  12. Balthazar BGuest 3 years ago

    Given that Best Buy has inflated the MSRP by $150, anything is possible. On paper, the NG doesn’t fare so well against some of the competition on other carriers (see Verizon’s own comparison chart), and it’s plausible VzW could sell it for $199 to move it. Also plausible that we’ll see it for $150 from Amazon before the end of the year.

  13. Really just sell the damn phone already. The nexus galaxy is seriously getting old fast.
    Google once again you found a way to screw up this phone.Verizon shit the bed on this one.
    Google should have launched on all carriers.Verizon through nothing more that greed held this phone back deliberately to hurt other carriers such as T-Mobile ill explain.
    The previous nexus brands were first made available to T-Mobile and others followed. Verizon this time got the nod and a exclusive in turn placed phone on shelf.
    Verizon could care less about this phone all they wanted to do was keep it away from other carriers.
    Verizon launched the razr and resound what ever its called. The nexus was purposely shelved and Google can’t do squat about it.
    The nexus should have been out long ago Verizon still selling other Androids and holding the trump card
    Nice job goofle or I meant Google my bad

  14. EdawgGuest 3 years ago

    Gentlemen, I understand the frustration and angst over the release of, perhaps, the most exciting phone ever. However, we must appreciate what is actually going on here. This is America and American “Big Business.” Verizon recently released the Razr and Rezound. They are deploying these devices in stages to maximize sales. The Razr marketing campaign has continued into the release of the Rezound. Only this week do we see much of a marketing campaign for the Rezound. I have no inside information, but it makes sense for Verizon to release the Galaxy Nexus in early December. That way, they can continue to capture sales on the Razr and Rezound, and then capture sales on the Galaxy Nexus. And yes, I’m sure the device will sell for $299, with prices dropping to $249 after the holidays. Gentlemen, be patient, our phone is coming.

    • Yes, I agree with you. I think it would be best to wait for the phone’s release. Google has been fixing some major bugs on the phone and I think you wouldn’t like to own a malfunctioning device,

  15. Not sure what you guys are talking about .. I just went to the site and NO phone ..
    It is the US site correct ?
    A Nexus search only shows the Nexus S .. and the docking station,,,, ;(

  16. KevinGuest 3 years ago

    I did give up. I bought a used phone so I could ride it out until the Galaxy Nexus or another vanila Android 4.0 phone comes along. I would have waited longer if I at least knew what date I was waiting for.

  17. Is $299 going to be the norm for latest smartphones?

  18. Verizon has a track record of high prices for their LTE handsets. The Thunderbolt, Charge, Bionic and now the RAZR have all launched at $299. The other three national carriers have not broken the standard $199 price for their top end phones, and AT&T has actually lowered their top-tier android prices. They only want $99 for their version af the GSII.

    In short, I expect that when the other carriers announce their pricing, we will see the Prime at $199.

  19. Heroine HeadlinerGuest 3 years ago

    If u peons cant afford 299 please STFU…..

    Not for no broke ass mofo’s…..

    A phone dis pimpin clearly was only made for a P-I-M-P…..

    Get ya money rite an maybe u cud shine like ya boi…..

  20. Heroine HeadlinerGuest 3 years ago

    Scared money dont make no money…..

    #TeamSanjay

    #TeamHTC

    #TeamFukkWitchaBoi

  21. I have no idea what ur talking about and better yet why.we are simply responding to each other this isn’t ur therapy session.
    The issue isn’t about who can afford what its about people’s choices.
    I leave you this ,perhaps u can wrap ur mind around this
    Empty barrels make the most noise.

  22. I most certainly am getting an unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus if not extending my contract with T-Mobile with everything a lil murky it makes me uneasy about whom to continue on with.

  23. wow and $799 outright, what happened to the days of the Nexus One & S that were $529 outright??

  24. Thats crazy for on contract! No matter how sweet the phone is

  25. $800 is hell of a lot money, but I think it’s worth it. I’ve played with Android 4.0 and it’s 99% perfect. They need to change a couple of things I think. The contact list for example is inconsistent with the rest of the UI…

    Too bad I purchased the SGS2 last month :(.

  26. wondering if i should get this or wait for some quad core phones

    • I’m waiting at least another 6 months to see what Qaulcomm’s S4 chips are capable of. I’m happy with my T-Mobile G2, but it’s starting to show its age since it can’t play games like Wind Up Knight.

  27. Whats taking so damm long…. release the phone already!

  28. Not to jump on the fear bandwagon, but the $799 really bothers me. BB usually jacks up the non-contract price for phones, but I was hoping that the nexus would make a gsm appearance on BB’s shelves for the $650 msrp. Surely BB wouldn’t sell the gsm unlocked at a lower price than the non-contract VZW phone, right? Well, as a TMO customer, I guess that’s what I’m hoping for.

  29. Im thinking ill just wait until something offical pops up. Dont know if Id pay 299 but i might pay 199. Plus the fact that its called then samsung nexus prime sort of takes away from the credibility

  30. man, isn’t $299 steep for a 2yr contract? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want this phone as much as anyone else, but really… 299, dunno

  31. I doubt Best Buy is to blame for the incorrect name. Telecommunication companies have a history of making these types of mistakes – they see these products as a quick sell and then jump on to the next one. They need to start having a tighter relation with OEM’s and gain a passion to what they’re selling.

  32. I would totally get an unlocked version but I still can’t justify $750 for a phone. Would rather get a laptop for that. Please ATT. Get this phone!

    • have to agree with 800 i rather get mid to high end laptop… i was ready to pay at the very most 550 for this phone but idk about that now… Im just gonna wait it out, im sure in January itll drop or be made avaliable on contract for the usual 200 thru bestbuy. till then ill just be held off by playing with one when ever my store gets them in for displays

  33. It would quicker getting an SGSII and getting a custom ICS ROM than to wait for this release.