Jun 27 AT 2:14 PM Dustin Earley 74 Comments

Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ goes down to $349 on Google Play


If you’ve been waiting to pick up a T-Mobile and AT&T compatible GSM Galaxy Nexus from Google Play, today’s your lucky today. Along with putting the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q up for preorder, Google has knocked the price of the unlocked HSPA+ compatible Galaxy Nexus down to just $349.

We’ve certainly had our say on the Galaxy Nexus here at Android and Me. Some good, and some bad. But no matter how you slice it, $349 for one of the best Android devices money can buy is an absolute steal. That’s incredibly close to what you’d pay for some Android devices on-contract. And for the one that’s guaranteed to get Jelly Bean first, well, like I said, it’s an absolute steal.

I’ve been very happy with my Galaxy Nexus. So what are you waiting for? Is the Galaxy S III still tempting you? Perhaps you still have you eye on the One X? Let us know in the comments below.

Update: If you’ve bought a Google Play Galaxy Nexus in the past 15 days, Google will refund you the difference after the price drop!

Source: Google Play

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Kelly

    Nice. I *just* bought one of these at the original price.

    • aranea

      I bought one on sunday for my father too :(

      • Call ?

        Has anyone who just bought it called the customer care center? Maybe they will send $50 back into your card.

        • NasLAU

          I just did that today. I bought one two days ago and they will be crediting me back the difference.

      • AnthonyRyan

        I just bought mine today when they were showing off Jelly Bean I went over to play store and saw it was $349 and total with tax and shipping was $380

        • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

          Ha so the keynote helped you make your decision then, yeah?

          • AnthonyRyan

            Yeah seeing jelly bean helped me with the choice and I just can’t wait til I comes in the mail now I’m excited it would be even better when I got it that it ships with JellyBean !

          • Fadakar

            The keynote converted me back from iOS! I went from the HTC Hero to the EVO 4G to the EVO 3D and then left Android for iOS. Definitely don’t regret it seeing as how ICS was still far away for Sprint users and I got tired of OEM skins. ICS was good but it was still missing a couple features I need, plus the whole choppy animations thing, I’m a bitch for fluidity. As of today the GNex is perfect for me, and I’m currently trying to offload my iPhone 4S onto some knuckledragger so I can afford the Nexus. I’m so stoked. :D

    • Joshua Perkins

      If you purchased the phone less than 15 days ago, you can get the difference refunded to you: http://goo.gl/rjmjl

      • aranea

        Thank you. I filled out the form. Now I am hoping and waiting.

      • Dustin Earley

        I might have to update the post with this. Thanks.

    • Ralph

      Bought one Saturday grr

  • Mix

    I was looking as the S3 but this price point is tempting!

    I wonder what it will cost in CDN as I can’t order from phone from the Google Play store in Canada but I will keep an eye on that Expansys site, that someone on this site recommended to me, for the price drop.

    This will be a huge impact for me on Nexus VS GSIII.


  • SirSid

    This plus T-mobiles 30 dollar 5 gig plan is heaven for any data centric user

    • duffguy123

      I am really leaning towards this plan but I don’t wanna leave Sprint’s “Truly Unlimited” data. I know my speeds are abysmal (<100 kbps) but I am expecting LTE in my area by the end of 2012/early 2013. Coupled with the newest nexus device at the end of this year,I think I can hold off until then. However, if I don't hear any update by the end of this year I'm definitely getting the T-Mobile plan.

      • kazahani

        Only problem is the fact that CDMA/LTE Nexus devices are not guarunteed to get Jelly Bean anytime soon. I bought the VZW Nexus and we JUST got our 4.0.4 update a couple weeks back.

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      Does this include voice??

      • spazby

        100 mins and unlimited text

    • Frank

      Does this work on T-Mobile USA’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ or just 21 Mbps?

    • Tyler

      Absolutely one of the best ways to use a smartphone right now I think. I’m using this on a nexus s and to have extra minutes I have a SIP account setup with callcentric. Can’t really beat 2 cents a minute and the quality is better than groove ip or line2.

    • Jeff Powell

      I am on that exact plan and bought the phone for that reason. It is going to be awesome

  • g0dsgreen

    Only thing stopping me is whether or not an updated version of the nexus comes out from somebody else in November.

    • Noven

      That’s what is stopping me as well. I am betting we will see a new Nexus phone by the end of the year, so I am reluctantly waiting.

      The Nexus 7 will hold me just fine until the next one comes out :)

      • AnthonyRyan

        That’s what I was thinking too and stopped me from buying it but then I sad screw it I’ll have the galaxy nexus and if thee is a newer one coming out where I need to have it I’ll get it and sell the one I’m getting otherwise its a good choice to buy it

        • jd

          I’ll either sell this one, or give it to my father. Nexus S seems to be holding the price pretty well, so I guess Galaxy should be too.

          I leave on Monday for holiday. I guess I have to wait until next next Monday to get it…

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    My Verizon contract is up in October… It’s starting to look a lot like I’m going to pick this phone up and a Simple Mobile or Straight Talk SIM.

    • masterpfa

      If your contract is up in October you may better off holding out, last year November 2011 Google released the Galaxy nexus and roughly the same with the Nexus S the year before.

      True it may not come to the USA straight away, but who knows.

      If in the market to buy now I would say go for it, I have had no regrets from my purchase, but I have had it from day 1 being in the UK and with your contract ending so close to a possible NEW Nexus phone I would say wait.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    I wish the next Nexus will have LTE and is compatible with Verizon …

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    I should also mention that the bells and whistles of an S3 or a One X are kinda nullfied by the fact that I’m a crackflasher more than likely going to just want to perpetually load nightlies on my phone.


    wow great deal !!

  • Adrien C.

    I paid $649 back in february and don’t regret it. It’s just great to see a nice piece of hardware so cheap. That’ll push down the prices for sure for aftermarket phones and other crappy overpriced devices.

  • Brian

    I would totally purchase this device right now if it weren’t for its lack of 1) microSD slot and 2) removable battery.

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      You can remove the battery.

    • BiGMERF

      i can remove my battery……. ?

  • Hansoo Lee

    Now it’s worth as much as Samsung Galaxy S II(used). I found an interesting article that analysed 4 kinds of used Samsung galaxy S II.

    I’d go for used Galaxy S II because it is also ICS and better specification.(better display).

    • Laurentiu V.

      But the Galaxy Nexus has 4.1 (not ICS) and is more good looking :)

      • Hansoo Lee

        I missed that point. I got to change my mind to get this phone. Thanks.

    • redraider133

      the sgs2 doesn’t have a better display….

  • Richard Yarrell

    This is a great deal no question. But not enough to stop my progress on getting the GALAXY S3. I sold my CDMA GALAXY NEXUS on Verizon for 250 dollars. On June 28th I will join Tmobile purchase my Galaxy S3 then wait for the NEXT NEXUS in November. This replaces my 2 lines on Verizon and boy do I look forward to better battery life on Tmobile. No more pointless overcharges monthly as well as over priced handsets on a overrated network. Trust me Verizon will NEVER SEE ANOTHER NEXUS AGAIN.

    • squiddy20

      Never say never, dumbo.

    • snowbdr89

      Stfu assface yarrell

    • snowbdr89

      Ok hold on, T-Mobile has better battery life?

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Would be great to be able to buy this in my country… oh well.

  • Nathan D.

    Dam, for this price off contract is pretty close to some phones on contract, this is truly a steal for one of the best phone of 2011

  • ixD9

    I keep getting excited every time the price drops, only to be crushed with disappointment once again when I remember that it’s 16 GB and has no MicroSD card slot. Augh. T_T

    • Mix

      Now this I did not know as Expansys doesn’t have the best information on their site and Bell told me nothing about the phone.

      I think I have turned my gaze back the Galaxy 3.

  • NamelessTed

    The $350 price tag is tempting but I can’t justify buying a year-old phone. At this point I need to wait for the next Nexus phone to come out, even if it gets priced at $500 I would be a lot happier with it.

  • Alex

    I still have a nexus 1 and the price point of 349 is tempting me to the galaxy nexus. I have wanted it since release.
    HOWEVER has anyone heard of new Google phones/nexus coming out this year? I did some research into a sites news articles and discovered Google’s purchase or Motorola was confirmed May 22 2012. Additionally back in 2009/10 prior to the htc nexus 1 Motorola’s ceo said there would be a Motorola Google phone. On top of these 2 items of info. May 15 2012 it was announced that Google will supposedly have more than 1 manufacturer making Google phones due for release this thanksgiving season. I’m not talking androids I’m talking along the Google/nexus line. It makes sense for this to be the case esp. with the price cut and the incentive of first jellybean however I have not found any specific evidence…

  • leeyiksheng

    I only wish that Google will allow my country to purchase devices directly from Play Store. :-(

  • masterpfa

    This is a great price for an awesome phone. I just wish these prices were available when first released, as I was an early adopter.

    Just waiting for my Nexus 7 now (plus OTA Jelly Bean 4.1 for my GSM Galaxy Nexus)

  • BigCiX

    Sweet deal. Especially for a phone that’s getting updated to 4.1 first.

  • Andy

    Question. I currently have an iPhone 4S on the $30 T-Mobile plan. If I buy the Galaxy Nexus, am I correct in thinking that all I have to do is take the sim card from the iPhone and put it in the Nexus and everything will continue as normal? There is no chance of me losing the $30 plan by switching phones?

    • uzunoff

      You should be able to keep your plan as to T-mo doesn’t care what phone you use.
      But I thought that the iPhone uses micro SIM cards. You would need a standard size Sim for the G Nex.
      I would also recommend that you check with T-mo to ensure that the SIM card you get is 4G compatible. Some older SIM cards don’t perform very good n 4G if they are not 4G SIMs

      • jonathan3579

        I have a micro-sim in my Galaxy Nexus but I also used an adapter to make it possible.

  • jenskristian

    I’d love to pick up a Galaxy Nexus to replace the Galaxy S 2, but I think I’ll wait for the next Nexus before I upgrade. The next Nexus + the Nexus 7 both running Android 5.0 would be a sweet combo for Christmas.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      Android 5.0 won’t be out for a while so I guess you meant Christmas of 2013…

  • vawwyakr

    Pretty tempting but I think I’m just going to wait for the next Nexus in the fall. I hope the keep up this thing direct sales. Its definitely the way to go for me but for now I’m sticking with my two year old Galaxy S.

  • iamXiV92a

    I’m tempted to get one of these and put my Skyrocket in the backup device drawer…

  • jonathan3579

    Embrace vanilla Android. Embrace it now!!!

  • Ardrid

    If I weren’t dead certain Google will be announcing the Galaxy Nexus’ successor in the fall, I’d be all over this price drop. As it stands, I’ll continue to patiently wait until Nov-Dec to finally ditch my Captivate.

  • New2Android

    After seeing the keynote, I decided to purchased one today to replace my iPhone. The reviews with Jellybean and the price really sold me. I also ordered a sim from T-Mobile, very exciting!

  • awundrin

    Go troll someplace else alice weng. Geez.

  • Scott Swain

    Happy with my Amaze still.
    Going to wait just one more phone generation before getting what I want:

    My next dream phone will be like my Amaze but with these changes:
    - 4.6″ or 4.7″ 720p screen
    - at least f-stop of 2.0 on back camera, sticking to 8mp
    - flash for front camera and that cam bumped up to 2 or 3mp
    - thinner & lighter
    - better battery (wish removable but not holding breath – trend)
    - 2gb RAM, 64gb internal storage (wish removable but not holding breath – trend)
    - power sipping quad core
    - s-off and unlocked bootloader – stock
    - no stupid HTC bloatware – yeah I’ll dream on

  • Scott Swain

    Oh and if you are thinking about a new phone, here is a list I’ve been working on for about a year now to help people plan a phone purchase: Comparison list of past, current, and rumored mid- to high- end Android phones for all four main US carriers. http://www.oceanmedia.net/phones.asp

  • A.Woodbury

    This is THE best unlocked phone deal to date. Latest software, great specs, and this low price. Can’t beat it

  • andrew wilkinson

    i ogot mine too, needed it unlocking so bought an unlock code from http://www.unlockscodes.com/

  • Carlos Torres

    Hi! I wonder if it is possible to use one of this Galaxy Nexus in a carrier of Mexico?

  • kevs

    hey… i want to give my little bro my tmobile gs2 but i was thinking is this was worth it over the gs2… excuse my english… PR

  • Counsel Dew

    While this device is nice, mine fails as a phone due to http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=24019. I sent it to Samsung for repair, and the issue remains. I hope your use experience differs from mine…

  • dejay

    i cant wait to pick me up a galaxy nexus this is a sweet deal, they just need to start shipping again lol

  • oksana

    I wonder if the price will stay the same until the end of this week.