AT&T is selling the Google Android 2.3 Samsung Nexus S smartphone for $99 on contract through Best Buy stores and online. Preorder it now, receive it by July 24.
Nexus S has found support from the leading U.S. wireless carrier, as AT&T (NYSE:T) will begin selling the Google-centric
Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" handset
July 24 for $99.99 with
a two-year contract.
sell its Nexus S through Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and the BestBuy.com
Mobile Website, where users may preorder it now
launched its first Nexus S smartphone from T-Mobile
for $199.99 last
December. Sprint rolled out a 4G Nexus S model
in May for
$199.99 before cutting the price in half to $99.99 last week.
The device has
a 4-inch, contoured Super AMOLED (Super active-matrix organic LED) display powered
by a 1GHz Samsung processor, along with the full complement of Google mobile
applications but without the carrier bloatware AT&T and others have become
accustomed to putting on handsets they sell.
also has a 5-megapixel camera in the rear and a VGA camera in front for video
chat. Perhaps, most importantly for some users, the Nexus S is equipped with NFC
(near field communication) technology.
along with the native NFC tag-reading support in Gingerbread, will enable it to
work with the Google Wallet mobile-payment service
as many consumers to snap up Nexus S smartphones equipped with NFC capabilities
so that users will have the opportunity to use Wallet when it launches in New
York and San Francisco this summer.
mobile payments are building momentum, with Wallet and the Verizon, AT&T
and T-Mobile-backed ISIS launching this week.
said the number of worldwide mobile payment users
will surpass 141.1
million in 2011, a 38.2 percent increase from 2010.
research firm projects that worldwide mobile payment volume will hit $86.1
billion, up 75.9 percent from 2010 volume of $48.9 billion.
Google hopes the
bulk of these users are using Android smartphones such as the Nexus S in
conjunction with Google Wallet to purchase goods from retailers.