Verizon Wireless' Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be hard to get in Verizon retail shops, but Amazon Wireless is riding in on its white horse with the Ice Cream Sandwich phones for half the cost.
Consumers who came away empty handed after Verizon
Wireless stores and other retailers sold out of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can
get the smartphone somewhere else for half the price: Amazon.
The e-commerce giant's Amazon Wireless unit is selling
the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone,
for $149.99 with a new, two-year deal from Verizon.
The hotly anticipated handset, which is powered by a
1.2GHz dual-core CPU and has a 4.65-inch, HD Super AMOLED display to run on
Verizon's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, had been delayed for at least a
week while Verizon and Google reportedly sparred
over the inclusion of the Google Wallet
mobile payment application on the handset.
Wallet didn't make the cut, with Verizon waxing concerned
about its security. With only 10 days left
to leverage Christmas sales, Verizon began selling Samsung's Galaxy Nexus for $299.99 on contract online and in its retail stores
Dec. 15. Google (NASDAQW:GOOG) noted
that shoppers can also buy it from Best Buy,
Costco or Radio Shack stores.
However, gadget blogs such as Boy Genius Report
noted lines for the Galaxy Nexus outside Verizon in Boston. Android and Me
said the Nexus was sold out at the Verizon store in Austin, Texas, that it visited.
To wit, eager Nexus shoppers can snag the device for half
the price here from Amazon Wireless
for a limited time. The phone is on back order and will take eight to nine days to ship, according to the Website.
Verizon users currently under contract but
eligible for an upgrade can get the phone for $249.99, still $50 cheaper than
Verizon's current asking price with a contract.
Customers who buy both a Galaxy Nexus and a mobile
hotspot data plan-the Nexus lets owners connect up to 10 4G LTE devices via
WiFi-at the time of purchase will get
a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
Gadget geeks have been raving about the Nexus,
which has software navigation buttons, better multitasking capabilities, an
Android Beam app to let two phones exchange information and facial recognition
software that lets users unlock their phones.