Mar 21 AT 9:55 AM Taylor Wimberly 40 Comments

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus on sale for $459, but buyer beware


If you have been saving up for the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, internet deals site Daily Steals has it on sale today for only $459.99. That’s one of the lowest prices we have ever seen, but Daily Steals doesn’t exactly have the best reputation.

The unlocked GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus has penta-band support (850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100MHz) and will operate on both AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ networks.

Browsing through the reviews on Reseller Ratings, we can see that Daily Steals has a 6-month rating of 5.9/10. Some of the reviews are positive, but others are scary. One customers recently said, “This is by far the worst company I have ever dealt with. They do not even have a phone number for customer service.”

If you don’t feel safe ordering from Daily Steals, we should also note that Amazon has lowered their price for the GSM Galaxy Nexus to $527.99, down $100 from a month ago.¬†Recent rumors¬†also suggest that Google might eventually sell the unlocked Galaxy Nexus on their own web site, but we don’t know how soon that could happen.

I still use the Galaxy Nexus as my daily device and I think it’s the best Android phone available. HTC and Samsung might lure me away with their upcoming devices, but I need to play with their new models before making a decision. I would say the Galaxy Nexus is still a safe bet, but the Samsung Galaxy S III could make it obsolete in just a couple months.

Source: Daily Steals

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  • spazby

    Has anyone here tried daily steal?

    • xandr00

      Yes, I bought my gnex on march 1st, got it on the 17th. Smooth and easy purchase. Just be patient.

    • Anas Qtiesh

      I bought my phone from daily steals 2 months ago. They’re slow to ship and respond to emails, but I got my phone in 2 weeks, and their staff was very nice and professional, even if they were over-worked.

    • grizzly

      I bought my GNex from daily Steals the first time they listed it. It took 2 weeks to get it, but they emailed me to let me know before the first week was up that it was delayed due to demand. (I was one of the last orders and bought it 3 minutes before the deal closed.)

    • elijahblake

      I did in the first round they sold a couple months ago… I was one of the last to order and mine was delayed.. It took about 3 weeks to get it, but I’ve had zero issues and it was in perfect shape.. They also sent me an email letting me either wait or cancel since it took longer to ship than expected…

    • BruceCLin

      I also got my GN from there. Like most said, slow to ship but you will received it in about 2 weeks.

    • A.Noid

      yes, I bought some “refurbished” Logitech 5.1 speakers from them, and they showed up loose inside a box with some very small scraps of bubble wrap in them. 2 had torn cloth speaker covers. Not only were they not refurbished, but they make crackling noises, and I am not happy at all. I would be extremely leery from buying from them again.

  • Donnieace

    No real point on buying a Gnex now. There are better phones that are soon to come out. Might as well wait for these new ones that sport ICS. Or just wait for the next version of the Nexus.

    • AndyH_STi

      “Or just wait for the next version of the Nexus.”

      Maybe some people don’t want to wait until sometime in the Fall to buy a new phone? I seriously doubt we’ll see a Nexus smartphone before November…and it could be months after the announcement of the device before it’s available for purchase in the US.

      • Donnieace

        I understand that its hard to have patience when you are addicted to gadgets. We all want our toys now! But I’m pretty sure with all the new updates to hardware, one can’t help but think of the next version. Will it blow all of the other phones away? Will the software shine more than the hardware? These questions make me keep my money in my wallet to find out. Plus, I can’t help but smile when I see all these cool phones that are soon to drop.
        No one expects a new Nexus before the the end of the year. And I really hope that we don’t rely on overseas purchases like last winter to get one.

        • thel0nerang3r

          or you can get stuck waiting for the “next” phone. Say you wait for the HTC one X (if that’s what you want), you could also wait a couple of months for the next set of updated phones… then a few months for the next Nexus.. so, you will never get anything because “something better is always a few months away.”

    • BigCiX

      Yeah but those other phones will still be behind in current updates.

  • YellowDucati

    I thought they were being informative by putting the word “steal” in their name.

    • Shay D. Life

      From Reseller Ratings: “What a good name they chose! They “Steal” on a “Daily” basis
      and hence the name Daily Steals!!”

      • thel0nerang3r

        However true that statement from a customer may be, it’s useless. I really don’t care how customers feel. I care to hear what happened. Did the item not get shipped but they got charged? Was is not what was ordered? Could they not return a defective product? Most of the reviews I see on most places are about how people “feel” about the company, but not why they feel that way. That someone loves/hates product X is meaningless without a description of why. My $0.02.

  • Shay D. Life

    The Samsung Galaxy S III could make the Galaxy Nexus obsolete in just a couple months??? Ouch Taylor. Lol

    • Joel

      Hey its harsh, but accurate.

    • ion orov

      I’d argue its already obsolete :D

      You can get it at 429 here in Australia… from a stratospheric 800 just 1-2 months ago.

      IDK… I don’t think anyone here wants it. Its a hulking thing compared to other Androids, which puts some off. The ones who like it big, usually buy the Galaxy Note.

      • thekaz

        I hear that a lot from people who do not own one. Coming from a Droid Eris, I thought so at first, but I quickly adapted. The only issue I have is that on a few coats/jackets, my “cell phone pocket” is a little too small to keep it in there without sliding out if I bend over for something.

    • thel0nerang3r

      the word “obsolete” gets used a lot, has it changed meaning?
      I don’t see how the GS3 would make the GNex fall under any of the terms above.

      • thel0nerang3r

        I mean, that i think that people use obsolete with “no longer flagship” interchangeably. Which they are not.

  • themetatron

    If you want a gnex but don’t wanna spend all that much try Swappa. I spent $525 for a gnex that is perfect.

  • Qrkchrm

    I’ve ordered a few things off Dailysteals, including a Palm Pixi. ($40) I have never had any problems. It comes with the a Samsung warranty, too. I already have a Galaxy Nexus, or I’d probably pick this one up.

  • Joe

    If you don’t feel comfortable with daily steals, negri electronics just put it on sale for the same price!

  • Phillip

    I bought a new unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus from the Daily Steal. It was a good deal, and the only way I was able to get this phone on my network (TM).

    HOWEVER, the customer service was a nightmare. They charged my credit card within a minute of the transaction, but unlike most other online retailers, I never got an email confirmation. Ok, I thought, no big deal. I wrote an email, then another and a third. Three days and no response.

    Hmmm. I went to the net to see if they were legit. Most folks said yes but that it took a long time and not to expect ANY customer service. Their phone line says that it’s disabled to “better serve their customers” and the chat function on their web page is actually non-functional.

    Next I started to complain on the forums (Reseller Ratings), and sure enough after one or two posts, someone finally contacted me. They apologized for the poor service and promised delivery. Ok cool.

    It took THREE weeks from the time they took my money for my phone to arrive, but arrive it did! Whew.

    Scary but it worked out for me. Would I do it again? I don’t know, I AM happy to have my phone and the price WAS right! I don’t think they are dishonest, but certainly understaffed.

  • n25philly

    $459 to be locked into 16 gigs of space? lol, anyone here want to buy a bridge?

    • Dr.Jeckyl

      How often are you away from your computer that 16gigs wouldn’t hold you over? I never understood the need to carry EVERY digital file on your computer with you. ESPECIALLY with cloud services like Google Music or Dropbox.

  • pekosROB

    Daily Steals? I don’t even like the name of the site!

  • McLovin

    I’ve bought stuff from Daily Steals before. Most of the stuff was smooth and successful and I was happy. But all that was stuff under $50. I would never buy something over $200 from them. Their tech support is minimal. It took me several weeks to get an account problem resolved with them. They say on their website that there are no returns and if you don’t like it you can sell it on eBay.

    If you know what you want and what you are getting, it can be a great place to find excellent deals. But if anything goes wrong you are sorry out of luck.

    I took myself off their daily mailing list because it was too addictive seeing all those deals. I was buying crap I didn’t need!

  • Ramon

    I got mine from Daily steals around two months ago, At the time the steal was USD 525.00
    They are legit but with very bad customer service if anything at all. It took 2 weeks for delivery i never got a confirmation number.
    So if you order from them be ready to fly blind for a week or more. Is like a leap of faith.

  • alexanderharri3

    Daily Steals is VERY VERY slow…..and their site needs work on order details, updating you when things like shipping happens, etc. Got a pair of Logitech Speakers from them (computer – 5.1) and after what seemed like a month they arrived.

    Seems like you get what you order…eventually.

  • honourbound68

    i’ve bought several items on daily steals (bluetooth, bt headphones, and couple of other small electronics). I might be one of the luckier customers because I haven’t had any issues with them (nor 1saleaday, nor woot).

  • Juan Almanzar

    While I sometimes debate if I should have bought the unlocked version and gone with AT&T Service, I’m happy I got the Verizon version since I was able to wiggle my way into their unlimited data plan with mobile hotspot.

    Regardless, I’m loving the phone.

  • @stezozz

    if you have an american express you can just fight the charge if anything bad happens… that’s what i did when i paid $399 for an HP touchpad from newegg when the fire sale was first announced, hoping it would go down to $99. It did not and American Express honored the $99 for me.

  • SCJaredJ

    Bought my Nexus from Daily Steals. Got freaked out by all of the bad reviews. It took a while to ship and I never got shipping information from them in cart, but was able to track it down via their FAQ. While I had no issues with buying from them, since it’s the same price @ NegriElectronics, if I were buying one today I’d go with Negri.

  • rauelius

    You can pick up a brand new GSM Galaxy Nexus for $530 at Newegg

    Use promo code EMCNGJD47 at check-out and it’ll knock it down to $530, which may be $70 more, but NewEgg is very reputable.

  • Hall Lo

    hmm i guess now it’s a bit too late to get the galaxy nexus isn’t it? but still nice deal there, just that the ratings are funny xD

  • Brian G

    Daily Steals is so sketchy. Their site says the GNex is silver. I wasn’t aware that they came in silver!

  • Nathan D.

    Why is this phone still not available to other US carriers beside verizion? What is taking so long? Hurry up and give it to other carriers already

  • William Cardoza

    I just bought my white Galaxy Nexus from daily steals a week and half ago. It was $529, and I couldn’t be happier. It said it was going to take 6 days to ship, took 8 but it came. Oh, and I did happen to write customer service about it getting shipped, they wrote me back the next day.