Dec 08 AT 11:24 AM Taylor Wimberly 135 Comments

Galaxy Nexus now on sale in North America (Canada)


Sick of waiting on Verizon to release their version of the Galaxy Nexus? Those of you that live up north might want to cross the border this weekend as Canadian carriers Bell and Virgin Mobile have just launched the Galaxy Nexus today. Both carriers are selling the device for $159 with a 3-year contract, but you can also pick it up at the full retail price of $649.

The Galaxy Nexus being sold in Canada is the same penta-band GSM version that launched last month in Europe and other countries. It supports HSPA+ 21 Mbps and you should have no problem popping in a SIM card from AT&T or T-Mobile.

We have been hoping to see this unlocked GSM version available at US retailers like Best Buy or Radio Shack, but apparently the exclusive deal that Google gave to Verizon is preventing that from happening.

Neither Verizon, Google, nor Samsung will comment on the US availability of the GSM version, so we will just have to sit and wait for now.

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  • Sean LeRoy

    3 years? Why not just sell your soul to the Devil…I’m sure he’d be more accomodating.

    • AppleFUD

      I thought that’s what I was doing when I signed those contracts lol

      Buying unlocked gNexus this time. . . dropping data plan. However, Nokia has me looking at their handsets–Nokia Maps is great and allows you to download the maps so you don’t need data when you get lost. gMaps only lets you save a tile–arrrrgggg, maps are the only reason I use data.

      • Black Kristos

        A tile? Are you sure? Last time I went to Montreal, it saved the entire city.

        • AppleFUD

          Really? I’ll check it out again. I hope you are right!!!

        • AppleFUD

          Checked it out again. . . looks like gMaps now allows a 10 mile radius to be downloaded (don’t think it includes the ability to do directions though)–somewhat limited compared to Nokia Maps especially with Nokia’s new 3D maps. However, MapDroyd (didn’t think about it before) looks like a decent alternative for general offline maps for directions.

          Though I do have to admit, Nokia’s new 3D Maps are making me a little jealous.

          • Anthony E

            You could buy mapping software on the market.

          • ablkida

            Sweet baby Jebus!!!

      • stenzor

        You can buy them unlocked and without any plans at The Source

        • CJ LaFleur

          that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m sick of vzw so I’ll drive the 5hrs and 30 mins approx to montreal and get it unlocked and use my att sim card in it. can’t wait to finally get this baby after such a long wait!

      • Sean LeRoy

        Yeah, for sure. I’ve thought about doing the same thing and drop data; if my carrier won’t give me too much grief.


        Don’t get a Nokia phone, my wife had 2 of them and had had nothing but problems which you shouldn’t have when you pay $799.99 for a phone. I have a NEXUS S and never had a single problem so I went and got her one and she is absolutely in love with it.Get the GALAXY NEXUS it will last for years so paying full price even for it is a great investment. NOKIA IS GARBAGE. –KID ANDROID. NEXUS S / ACER ICONIA. OWNER AND LOVER; -)

  • pngface

    How do you purchase it off-contract? I can’t find it anywhere on Bell/Virgin websites

    • Kimbo

      I’m also wondering this. Anyone?

      • Conan Kudo

        Usually Telesales is the way to go for that. Or retail stores.

    • AppleFUD

      select the “30 day” option.

    • AppleFUD

      sorry. . .
      30 day option on Virgin. It’ll bring up the $650 price.

      • Angela

        How do you get past the part where it tells you that you have to pick a plan?

    • Soyo
    • stenzor

      Apparently you can get them off contract at some Costcos as well.. and for $599! ($50 cheaper)

      • Angela

        A) Costco isn’t selling it yet. B) they don’t sell phones off contract. At least, the one I work at doesn’t, and I assume it’s the same for all locations.

    • CJ LaFleur

      bell doesn’t let you. you have to go to a store. virgin mo will if you select the 30 day option. you just have to pay for a month of service.

      • CJ LaFleur

        *and it’s totally worth it!

  • aconner22

    Wow. That $159 price point is real sweet.

    • stenzor

      The 3 years though….not so sweet

      • Wayne Winkler

        I understand the concept of being under a contract unable to do anything or go anywhere without paying a termination fee. But Honestly lets use Verizon as an Example how many of us have been a Verizon customer for more than 3 years?

        We aren’t going anywhere, we say we might, but we never do.

        The service is good, I never have to call customer service or take my phone in unless I damage it and then the insurance covers things for me.

        I could foresee myself signing a 3 year contract to pay less for the phone up front. I mean it’s not like a can just buy this phone off contract and jump over to AT&T and use the same phone.

        • josher

          The 3 years with one of the big three Canadian telcos includes gouging for free.

        • Brandon

          I can see myself being with Verizon for 3 years but I don’t want a phone for 3 years. Historically, I have got a new phone every 12-18 months. I’m right at 24 with the OG Droid and the only reason is cause I got caught up waiting on the bionic and when it finally came out, I decided to wait on the Nexus. I’ve made up my mind to hold out for the Nexus but never wait for a phone again. Good grief this has been aggravating.

          • GeauxLSU

            so if you buy a phone every 18 months, then there’s not much difference between a 2 and 3 year contract. Either way you are getting 1 discounted phone and 1 full price phone every 3 years. You’re just spending 1 year with no contract if you go the 2 year route.

        • KID ANDROID

          Hey Wayne with the NEXUS SERIES of phones you can just take them to whatever service provider you want.

      • DroidSamurai

        Or you can pay the full price. There’s no free lunch, folks. What do you expect? Sell you a Galaxy Nexus at $159 w/o a contract?

        • stenzor

          No, of course not, but 2 years would be more reasonable especially with the price of plans we have here in Canada… much more expensive than in the US

  • ArticulateFool

    Can you order them online from Canada at that price?

  • Wayne Winkler

    Nice play there Mr. Wimberly…Hey EVERYONE the god phone is for sale in North America….I mean Canada yeah sorry United States. /runs off snickering.

    • stenzor

      Well Canada is north of America…..

      • Dylan

        Yes it is and all the Canadians are giddy and joyful while the US is stuck twiddling their thumbs waiting for the device

      • Futureboy

        Yeah… many Americans tend to forget the fact that there is more to North America than just America.

        It’s probably from the combination of our inward-looking-only media, and poor education system.

        • alxrock

          too true. but I would say “more to North American than the United States”

          • Futureboy

            Agreed. In any other situation, I would say “United States,” instead of “America.” However, to keep in reference to the article title (and the resulting confusion), I dropped “The United States of” because in this instance, it is implied.

      • Wayne Winkler

        I know this, but I have the feeling MANY people will skim the headline and read verbatim “Samsung Galaxy now on sale in ……….. America”.

        You know we have an average reading level of a 7th grade student.

        • iamXiV92a

          Hooked on Phonics worked for me! Kidding.

          In all seriousness though, I’m very much considering ordering this instead of waiting for the unknown release (for Verizon) therefore causing their exclusivity period to end (again at an undetermined date) allowing me to purchase this with AT&T (finally)

  • stenzor

    For once Canada gets something before the US and I’m not on either of those carriers… so much for Rogers being “the leading carrier in Canada”

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah I think Rogers and Telus are still launching the Galaxy Nexus in January, but haven’t seen exact dates yet.

      • stenzor

        Yeah Rogers had a pre-order page a while ago but they took it down due to “circumstances beyond [their] control”… Still, for a carrier that always boasts to be the leading carrier in Canada, it’s pretty sloppy that they can’t secure a deal to launch the GN at the same time as other carriers… And you should check out the cell coverage we have here in Saskatchewan from them… 3G (4G) in only 2 cities, the rest is EDGE and it doesn’t even cover the whole province.


  • jnforsyth

    what a cock tease of a blog post heading

    • Six8Six

      A little I guess… But at the same time, it does say Canada at the end, surely you can see that…

      (or did androidandme only add the Canada part later??)

  • YellowDucati

    Don’t go breakin’ my heart!

    • stenzor

      I won’t go breaking your heart

      • YellowDucati

      • Black Kristos

        Now THAT will be in my head for the rest of the day :|

  • rutgers2k

    big tease i had my CC out

  • Futureboy

    If I had a crap-load of money sitting around, I’d go on a over-the-border smuggling run and bring ‘em back for everyone!

  • Dylan

    Glad the Canadians have it. Take a hint Verizon release the phone before everyone jumps ship and buys the phone instead of switching to your company. Sick and tired of this BS from your marketing team and PR.

  • Wayne Winkler
  • Louis Atu

    This’s arguably the best phone of 2011 but the whole lunch team at big red and may be google and samsung screwed it up. At this point I don’t really care when it get’s release cuz it’s not on top of the list.

  • Jose Luis

    Im sorry, but, this version support any 3G band? Im from Honduras, Central América, and Im willing to buy a Nexus prime, so, I need a phone that supports att 3G, is this the one for me?

    • Oscar Ortega

      yes it is didn’t you read the article? ;0

      • Jose Luis

        Yup, but I Was not sure about it, Is that possible? a phone supporting any 3G carrier? Fucking amazing!

  • Dlux

    This is tempting since who knows if ATT is going to get it. Might get an iphone as an upgrade and flip it on ebay to cover the cost…

    • edaddy

      An AT&T version just passed through the FCC but it’s not the Penta Band version that you can buy from Bell. Here in the US we would want the Penta Band.

  • Lee Swanson

    You can run up to Canada to get your phone…and some Tim Horton’s doughnuts and coffee eh?

    • Dlux

      They have started invading the states now. Timmy’s is all over Michigan now. Mmmm Tim bits….

      • Black Kristos

        And New England as well…

  • Thomas Biard

    I would love to know what percentage of people that have a certain phone paid the full retail price. Does anyone know of a study about that? Because seeing the retail price on these is quite astounding, and I know that this phone isn’t even the top of the group.

  • Black Kristos

    If that is CAD, then we’ll save 5.50, too. Canada is only 2 hours from me *checks credit card balances*

  • Jon Shiflett

    I’m moving. That’s it. Living in Michigan I practically live there anyhow. Hell I live north of Toronto.

  • Billy

    I have resigned myself that its never coming out ….

    When does the Samsung Galaxy III come out ??

    I’m going to make a phone and call it Delicious.

  • Fabio Rojas

    dont wait come to germany and buy it in our version of “best buy” :P

  • goncalossilva

    650$ for the 16GB version, I suppose?

  • zyphbear

    At Least it’s one step closer to being in the US!

  • eioous

    How is the US the last place to get this phone!!!

    • Numbertwo

      Because of the carriers they prolong it just to add crap ware

  • mikego

    I live near the southern border. ¿Por que no telefono de Nexus en Mexico?

  • jamal

    That $159 looks so delicious until you see that you will be imprisoned for 3 years. ouch!

  • Angela

    I just live-chatted with Bell. They told me I’d have to activate the phone and keep service on it for at least 30 days, I could call and pay $75 to have it unlocked. Doesn’t sound right to me. Why should I pay for service on a phone that doesn’t get Bell service? Has anyone else been told something similar?


      ANGELA. The person you talked to is mistaken, the phone is already unlocked so you don’t have to pay to have it unlocked. You just have to pay the buying it outright price and then you own the phone so they can’t tell you what to do with the phone. They’re just trying to get more money from ya. –KID ANDROID. NEXUS S / ACER ICONIA. OWNER AND LOVER; -)

  • ken

    That headline is misleading. North America is Canada, USA, and Mexico. androidandme is kind of a d*ck for posting the misleading title.

    • Angie Wimberly

      It definitely wasn’t a good idea. Sorry it got sent out that way.

  • SCJaredJ

    Great. Now I’m going to be thinking of ways to convince my wife. That getting this shipped down here is a great idea.

  • George

    Bell is the devil and Virgin is Virgin sooooo I can’t wait for Rogers/Fido to come out with the LTE 32gb version

    or else I’ll just buy it off-market as always… time to upgrade this Nexus One !!

  • halo0

    I talked to Bell a couple of days ago. They refused to sell me the device, saying it had to be sold to only Canadian customers and would only be shipped within Canada. They also claim the device is locked, which is almost certainly a lie. I ended up just buying an unlocked European one for use on AT&T. Since I didn’t have to pay tax it ended up costing me almost the same as I’d pay for a no-contract Verizon version (IF it ever comes out). And I have the joy of knowing I have a unadulterated, non-bloatware, non-Verizon-delayed pure Nexus device. I already received the volume fix update as well.

  • donger

    I want this phone to come out here already, for T-mo of course.

  • Charlesbrown79

    3 year contract? What’s that aboot?

  • Deeds

    Yes, but when will it come to the US?

  • cmorris

    widespread exclusivity contracts are a symptom of the lack of competition in the mobile service provider market. This is just another in long line of reasons to not allow mergers or buyouts in this field.

  • Eric R.

    I gave up on galaxy waiting, and happily bought the SGS2 (I777 – AT&T) with the 4.3″ SuperAMOLED+ 800×480 screen.
    1st love
    - The camera on this thing is amazing (front and back).
    2nd love
    - The screen on this thing is “sub-pixel perfect” amazing (unlike the 720p pentile layout)
    3rd love
    - In Portland, I get HSPA+ at an average data speed of 16.9Mb (down) -plenty fast for hulu, netflix, onLive and surfing.
    4th love
    - the dual core never seems to break a sweat multitasking (the device is barely warm after an hour into ShadowGun), no UI lag either !!

    And really, 4G-LTE is the hype of 3G from two years ago, the carriers are up-selling the new data service just as the previous data service becomes robust and mature. “Faux-G” or HSPA+ backhaul, is fast enough for everything I do.

    4G LTE? – maybe by my next upgrade point (1.5 years from now) it will be mature and robust.

    Did I mention that I love my SGS2 ? :)


    • Tony Torres

      thank god someone has sense not to get the skyrocket! The sgs2 4.3 on att is the best glaxay hands down in the us. its the phone that best resembles the european version. Plus the screen doesnt look huge, seen the tmobile and sprint version and the apps look way to big, seems like everything is just zoomed in. Nice choice!

  • hurric

    too bad Bell really sucks and have no retention dept and their plan prices are ridiculous

  • Nathan D.

    three letter WTF!!!!!!

    • Nathan D.

      now that, that out the way what gives I don’t care that in canada but it still not landed on USA shores. Verizion really bomb this one (galaxy s II anyone?)

  • Julian Roden

    They should bring it to the US for 550 flat for the wait. Lol

  • Marlon Rompis

    seriously 3 years?

  • Hector Ruiz

    Once they release it unlocked at BestBuy/Readioshack I’m getting this phone!.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Lucky canadians…..

  • breinhar

    Next it will come to Mexico so we will be teased on both sides of the boarder.

  • minimax

    is the bell galaxy nexus unlocked? or would i need to unlock it to use on rogers network?

  • Angela

    When I go to order it from Virgin, it asks for a Canadian address. Which I don’t have. So… How am I supposed to be able to get this phone from them?

  • mvndaai

    Everyday I find out something more about Verizon to make me like them just that much less…

  • sylar

    Man do I want one of these, my Samsung GS II is great but I imagine this would be many times better.

    • Jeb

      really? after everything that has been happening with this phone I’ve been thinking about just going with the Samsung GS II

  • beatrixasdfghjk.

    Poor Verizon customers…
    The way this is going, even us in Australia are going to get it before you guys, and we didn’t get the Nexus One until the May/June after the release.

  • Jeb

    darn you Verizon!! Google, I hope you have learned your lesson on this one!

  • Marc’us H.

    Womp, womp …

  • paicebailey

    It makes you wonder if there will be some crazy boxing day sales

  • Kevin Amundson

    I Guess I’ll have to head to Canada to get my Galaxy Nexus.

  • humidity

    How much longer VZW!? This is getting ridiculous!

  • smisa27

    Wow! Really? Not in the US yet? I want it to come here already so I can have a chance to play with it since I won’t be able to upgrade my phone for a while. =(

  • ramenchef

    The US GSM carriers will never get this phone :( well not never, but a very long time.

  • Jhall222

    Does that mean that this phone will be out for tmobile too? I think i might switch from Big Red… all these delays. I mean the phone is already out in Europe and Canada… why not US?

  • mclarensr

    Is there a cut off to the exclusive only period? Meaning, if Big Red does not launch by a certain date, the exclusive only is thrown out of the window. I am sure, not Google as much, but Samsung must be hurting.

  • epps720

    First time I’ve ever wanted to be Canadian

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    While I’m glad for our Canadian friends, this just highlights the ridiculousness of the failed Verizon GN launch.

  • epps720

    I hate VZW, and my loaner Razr right now. Give me the G-Nex

  • Joseph Banks

    Jerry Seinfeld got some pull huh?

  • damambt

    wow! if this is not the ultimate sign of economic collapse, then i don’t know what is. manufacturers don’t even bother with the US market anymore. We need change. What happened to the “HOPE” that was promised to us Mr.President?

  • jst4tim

    I think 2 year contrats are crazy but 3 year Ouch!

  • Samar

    $649..hurts..C’mon Google..It’s holidays..

    • Samar

      or is.

  • flamesbladeflcl

    why aren’t you in the us yet!! rage

  • lufy0000

    for those who don’t know, if you want this phone, bell actually give credits if you have to pay early cancelation fee to get out of contract with other carriers……just got myself 150 dollar credit….so going for this phone now

  • Maurizio Bonelli

    woot! :)

  • Granna

    Any idea when it would be available in Europe?

  • Tom Murphy


  • Said Tahsin Dane

    I want this phone so much.

  • Steve Heinrich

    I’m pretty sure that at this point, for me, I will just be flashing a stable ICS ROM on my Nexus S and pretending it’s a Galaxy Nexus before I actually get a Galaxy Nexus. Don’t get me wrong, I still desperately desire this phone.

  • huotg01

    I still think that I should get a Samsung Galaxy S2x instead.
    What do you think ?

  • blaseb

    I hope T-Mobile gets this.. or @ least that the Unlocked version isn’t outrageously priced.

  • Tony Torres

    Damn 3 Years! Thats CRAZY! I love android but the galazy nexus will be dead in about a year and a half. Lol most people cant even keep a phone for 2! Canda is stupid

  • tvalentine

    All I want for Christmas is the Galaxy Nexus on AT&T so that I can finally stop using my iPhone 4.

  • kimminer1

    i am jealous

  • islander

    I bought two Galaxy Nexuses from Handtec in the UK. One for me and one for the wife. My unit has defective GPS. Just found out on Saturday night it was defective. Will have to wait till tomorrow to see how to resolve the problem. Samsung USA’s website already claims not to support non US devices so this should be interesting.


    Make sure your GPS works on your Galaxy Nexus. Disappointing.

    • huotg01

      …for my information, what is making this Galaxy Nexus superior to the Galaxy S2x ?

      (just curious, other than ICS)

  • rushikh

    So, they can sell it in Canada to a decent company, but they can’t sell it here to a terrible company? What happened to Sprint?! And if Verizon why not AT&T?

  • Alexandra Sedlack

    no fair!

  • Brian Singer-Towns

    Oh come on–one more proof that we are not the world’s most technologically cutting edge nation. We can’t even get a a phone released on time!

  • redraider133

    I could not see signing a 3 year contract. Look how the original nexus 1 is about 2 years old and is no longer officially supported. If the devices would be supported the whole time maybe then but with android that is not happening. There is always the developer community though.