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Costco Also Expecting the Galaxy Nexus on Friday

By now you should know that the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon will be in stores this Friday, December 9. One thing that many of you were wondering though, is whether or not Costco would carry it. As a major bulk retailer, Costco tends to offer discounted prices over Verizon corporate stores, sometimes even throwing in accessory bundles that can’t be matched anywhere. While we don’t know yet on the bundle status, we do know now that Costco will indeed be selling the device on Friday.

We are hoping to have info on the accessory bundle situation later on today or at least before Friday.

And don’t forget to grab the G-Nex user guide here.

Cheers ___!

  • Chimusicguy

    So…if Costco gets better pricing and bundling, and it comes out Friday, do I have to go to an actual Costco to get this or can I go to the VZW store? That’s what Best Buy Mobile told me I could do. 

    • Chimusicguy

      Sorry. I withdraw the question. It just seemed as inane as some of the others posted. Going to Costco Friday. Getting my GN on. Getting my unlimited data. W00t!

  • http://profiles.google.com/morganfboyle morgan boyle

    I just spoke to Wireless Advocates that resell for Costco and they are not planning to have this phone online Friday.  lets hope this changes soon since my 90 day exchange policy runs out on the 13th.   If you bought your Bionic online with Costco the day it came out good luck on the exchange.

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  • Christopher Heuer

    Crossing my fingers for a nice accessory bundle from Costco!

  • blind lemon sheeply

    I just now called my VZW corporate store. The rep confirmed they have received their shipment of the Nexus. She said they got a whole lot of ‘em. I have one being held for me for Saturday pickup. Hooray!

  • Dominick DeVito

    Does anyone know if VZW is going to offer this $50 cheaper online for upgrades?

  • Anonymous

    If I’m not a Costco member but have a friend that is, can I go in with her and purchase the device under my name?

    • Ericmarkwilliams

      Yes. It only matters that the person paying at the reg is a costco member

  • TROLOLOL

    Does anyone know if the extended battery will fit in the car dock?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bilello James A. Bilello

    I spoke with VZW and they said at a corporate store I could upgrade earlier than 12/19/11 (which is my current date for the 30 dollar discount), they were offering to overnight me a Rezound with a 2-year extension for 299. Question is – will I also be able to early upgrade at Costco too? I like their exchange policy in case there are issues.

    • Keith Sumner

      No, you would not be able to upgrade again.

  • Dominick DeVito

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    4.0 Device: __________________

  • TROLOLOL

    Awesome… Just awesome news.

  • Anonymous

    I have a corporate discount on VZW. Is that valid at costco? I would assume not.

    • Steve Jobs Ghost

      Your discount will remain. Your plan will stay put as it is. This isn’t as complicated as people are making it seem.

  • Anonymous

    Not gonna lie.. I’m gonna laugh if this phone doesn’t get released on Friday.. Oh the HUGE MANATEES!

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  • Rich

    So whats the cost of it with no contract?

  • Bkshaw23

    Just went past my local vzw store which had a ups truck parked beside it unloading a large box. I can dream that it was my GNex being delivered can’t I?

  • J RIDD

    So with all these “confirmed” places saying that Dec 9th is the day… Am I going to be able to pre-order this Dec 8th (tomorrow), so I don’t have to go to a store to get it on release day. I would much rather pre-order it, then it be waiting for me when I get off work. Any insider info regarding the pre-order? 

    • Blshaw23

      Everything I have read about a presale from vzw reps points to no presale. Would they really do a presale the day before the phone is release?

      • J RIDD

        I was just hoping to pre-order it, so it will be shipped directly to my house. I would prefer to not go to a VZW store. Does anyone know if the private stores will get the G-Nex on release day? The nearest corporate store is an hour away. 

        • Ericmarkwilliams

          Do corp stores hold phones? I have always been told they don’t but I see people saying they have the store holding one. I would be pissed if I wait inline to find out that they are all on hold.

  • Anonymous

    SDK ready ADB ready and Kellex you’re up early this Wednesday morning.

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      I think he’s going to be up early these next two morning, as well :)

  • Phekno

    So, I was dumb and got my Bionic on it’s launch day.  Now I no longer have an upgrade available.  Does that mean if I stroll in to a Costco on Friday and ask for one of these, I have to pay full retail ($650)?  Or do I get it for $289, because Costco is awesome?

    • Evan Knofsky

      Costco doesn’t sell phones off contract, your best bet to try and get VZW to let you upgrade now would be to call support and keep going up the chain until someone lets you.

    • Bkshaw23

      If you don’t have an upgrade to use then be prepared to pay full retail when you pick up the phone. I read on phandroid this morning that retail is $800 at RadioShack for the GNex.

    • Anonymous

      Costco does NOT sell off contract.. Period.. You either need to be a new customer or have a upgrade ready on your account to buy from Costco.

    • Sinofue

      I would complain like heck about all the Bionic problems until they let you exchange it for GN. Or sell your Bionic post haste on eBay and pay the difference outta pocket.

  • Justin Johnson

    I work at the Wireless Kiosk inside costco. Data plans are all grandfathered.

    • Bkshaw23

      Does Costco do buddy upgrades?

    • Bdfio

      let us know if you find any info on an accessories bundle.

  • ttreworg1426

    When you say OG Droid… what does the (OG) stand for?

    • Gerg04

      Original gangsta

    • Anonymous

      Original Gangsta

    • Evan Knofsky

      Original 

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  • http://twitter.com/FLNiner D Box

    it does not

  • Anonymous

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  • http://twitter.com/FLNiner D Box

    nope

  • http://twitter.com/FLNiner D Box

    if you have unlimited now nothing will change

  • Dshudson

    I love Costco, but when I think of Costco, I think of the 24oz NY strips I buy.. Not cell phones.. YUMMY

    • Anonymous

      What about $299 ice cream sandwiches?

  • Anonymous

    Sorta off topic, but does anyone have any gouge on VZW store opening times?  Same as usual or early-open (midnight clusterufck)?

    • Bkshaw23

      Verizon didn’t open up early for the 4S launch so you know they won’t open up early for this phone that they want to keep a secret.

    • bigrob60

      I would think it would be business as usual.  

  • Shane McKeever

    Bundle with accessories would be nice. Maybe I will sneak in there today.

  • Dfdf

    It’s really a pain that Verizon hasn’t allowed preorders for this online.  I don’t have the time to go camp out at a VZW store to pick this thing up on Friday.

    • Bkshaw23

      Why do you assume that there will be a line for this phone? If your not a android freak then you probably know absolutely nothing about this phone. There will be no lines.

  • Joshieca

    Costco’s price will be $289.99
    no VZW discounts or employee discounts apply
    Costco doesnt sell phones off contract, you have to reup your two year deal or be a new VZW customer
    Anything bundled with the phone will be via a mail in rebate offer, you’ll have to wait up to 8 weeks to get your “included” accessories.

  • gregwilliams

    I heart Costco

  • r8rs

    Can anyone confirm if bought from costco, does your ne2 discount apply?

    • sp3cterz

      You can not use your NE2 at costco

  • Anonymous

    Are costco’s off-contract rates ever comparable to those of Verizon, or do they need to upcharge there like radioshack/best buy? I know it’s not gonna be cheap to get this baby off contract, but I wanna make sure I’ve explored every possible option to save anything I can!

    • keith

      Costco doesnt sell phones off contract

      • Anonymous

        seriously? guess I shoulda checked that one out before I got my hopes up!

  • waveGuide3e8

    My contract is just about up and I have an upgrade available. Does anyone know if Costco includes the VZW Loyalty Credit, or if they include employee discounts that VZW provides?

    • Anonymous

      This VZW Loyalty Credit – what do you need to prove to get it honored?  I hear it’s $50 off…

      • Anonymous

        I got my Loyalty Credit in the mail from Verizon — mine is $30.

    • http://twitter.com/FLNiner D Box

      You only get the loyalty credit if you buy from vzw directly

      • Kelly

        so my $50 credit would not be valid at costco?

  • kretz

    The fact that this phone launches in two days and there has not been an official announcement from VZW is a complete and utter joke.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I’ve never seen a company have such disgust for one of their own products that will make them money and lock in contracts! Amazing.

      • http://twitter.com/Jpliamzon Jerome Liamzon

        its not Verizon’s product. The droid line i THINK is the one thats endorsed by verizon, so it is in there best interest to NOT promote the nexus. but I am with everyone else, want this phone now.

        • Anonymous

          Best interest not to promote?? I don’t get that at all…it’s a product they are putting out, therefore it’s their product.

          • http://twitter.com/P1X3LPU5H3R CreativeOVERDOSE

            It’s actually quite simple. They needed time to promote the RAZR and Rezound. I have seen nothing but commercials for these phones. They needed to make a quick buck… can’t blame em. It’s not like a ton of people will be buying them after the Galaxy Nexus comes out.

    • ntrddragn

      They have, its those so called “leaked” pictures. Why spend money when site like this do it for free? Smart marketing.

    • Anonymous

      While I agree, I’m not surprised.  VZW knows that people will buy this phone regardless of when they promote it, and they know that those of us who want it will know when it’s out.  What incentive do they have to announce a launch date?

    • MikeyBotz

      I guess we know now why we didn’t get an official announcement from VZW.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony

    if this device does not launch friday, verizon will have blood on their hands

    • Antivanity

      ZOMG!! RIOTS IN THE STREETS!

      • Anonymous

        Only in L.A. and Detroit!

  • Anonymous

    is it normal for a phone to not be offered online?

  • jsnny

    How does this work for people who recently purchased through costco…can they take advantage of Costcos 90 day return exchange policy??

    • http://twitter.com/FLNiner D Box

      sadly Costco’s 90 day return/exchange policy is just smoke and mirrors.  After 14 days you are stuck with the phone you purchased and with your contract no matter what the stores return policy is.  The value in their return/exchange policy is that if you have an issue with the phone in that 90 days and they have the phone in stock you can exchange for a new in box phone instead of going to vzw and getting a refurb

  • tjmonkey15

    Fingers crossed for a Bionic-esque bundle!!  Do you know if you can use Costco gift/cash cards at their phone kiosk? 

    • Justin Nolan

      Yes, the kiosk gives you a merch slip you take to merchandise pickup, who takes the phone to a regular cash register.

      • tjmonkey15

        Awesome, thanks for the info!

  • Kelly

    Nice! This is where I was planning on going too!

  • Anonymous

    Just to get my ducks in a row … If I buy at Costco, does my unlimited data stay? Any disadvantages of buying from Costco instead of vzw store? Thanks in advance … I’ve just always bought phones right from vzw.

    • Dirk Diggler

      No. You will have to buy a new two year plan just like at vzw, so you be forced to a tiered data plan :(

      • Anonymous

        But why wouldn’t his unlimited data get grandfathered in?

        • Anonymous

          I want to know this as well. As i am on unlimited..

          • Anonymous

            from my experience, buying a new phone has never changed my data status. i went from a flip phone to a DX to a Thunder bolt back to DX and now to a Bionic and Kept Unlimited data. you should be fine buying a phone from costco.  

          • Anonymous

            Thanks guys!

          • Evan Knofsky

            Buying at places like Costco, Best Buy Mobile etc is the same as renewing your plan at VZW so yes you will keep your unlimited plan if you have it.

      • Anonymous

        Wha ?? If I buy at vzw I KEEP my grandfathered unlimited data (coming from og droid). Does the same apply at Costco?

        • Evan Knofsky

          Buying at places like Costco, Best Buy Mobile etc is the same as renewing your plan at VZW so yes you will keep your unlimited plan if you have it.

        • Matt Dabrowski

          From what I’ve heard, speaking with a Best Buy Mobile Rep (could be completely wrong), if you upgrade to a 4G phone, you are forced into the 4tiered pricing. 

          What I am not sure about is if you are only using 3G data on a 4G phone – do you still have unlimited 3G (grandfathered) or are you put into the tiered pricing as well?. Does VZW differentiate if you are using up data from 3G or 4G or is it all still just data?

          • EC8CH

            “(could be completely wrong)”

            correct

          • Matt Dabrowski

            So if I get a 4G phone (GNex) what are my options?
            – Unlimited 3G / No 4G at ALL
            – Unlimited 3G and 4G
            – Unlimited 3G / Tired 4G
            – Tiered pricing on both (3G and 4G)

            Can someone clarify this for me?

          • EC8CH

            3G/4G doesn’t matter. A data package is a data package.

            If you have a line that currently has an unlimited data package it will remain unlimited when you sign a new contract even if it’s going from a 3G to a 4G phone (once again 3G/4G doesn’t matter. A data package is a data package)

            If you are getting a new line or renewing a line with tiered data, you will need to pick a tiered data option.

          • Matt Dabrowski

            10-4 Thanks for that info.

            I am currently unlimited 3G, so I’ll have unlimited 4G data – that is great news – contrary to what BestBuy Mobile reps told me.

          • Dominick DeVito

            some 3rd party retailers offer upgrades for phones at cheaper prices but force you into a capped data plan – this happened to me with WireFly and (I think) LetsTalk. Perhaps Best Buy is forcing a capped plan – but I doubt it, since they’re offering the same prce as VZW.

          • EC8CH

            exactly… and stop asking BestBuy reps for advice ;-)

          • Dominick DeVito

            some 3rd party retailers force you into a capped data plan. I think LetsTalk and wireFly do this, but doubt the biggers ones do like BB, Radioshack, etc

          • Jac White

            Its not difficult and I dont understand the confusion……

            DO you have unlimited 3G now? 

            Yes — You will have unlimited 3G and 4G
            No — You will have a tiered amount of data to be shared between 3G and 4G

      • J Loiacono80

        Wrong

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.
          I don’t know the Costco angle .. But his statement about vzw is wrong.

    • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        Why thank you, sir.

    • Abrego47

      No need to change from unlimited to a tiered data plan…..just as long as you keep a phone with a data package it should be fine

      • Anonymous

        So unlimited will be retained. Thank you.

        • Anonymous

          Well what happens is that Costco system doesn’t have an option to pick unlimited data. They select the 2gb option, and then call Verizon customer service right away explaining to them that you are a grandfather plan and put you on it. Just make sure they do it, and you double check when you get home. 

          • Anonymous

            Good info. Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            Hoping for a nice accessory package to go along with keeping my unlimited plan…maybe a $289 price tag…that may make up for another delay in the release.

    • Sius

      YES. I just bought the Razr on Wed before Thanksgiving from Costco in NH and returned it last Sunday in VA with NO problems at all. No restocking fee or anything. Also get to keep the HDMI dock that is in the mail. My Unlimited Data showed up no questions asked. Have you tried this Dirk or are you just guessing? I had no problem renting a Razr for 11 days at no cost to myself other than the 20 minutes it took to return it.

    • david mastros

      yes ur data plan stays the same as an employee for the wireless kiosk i have first hand know how on this matter. the other things is the price and no mail in rebates and we tax only on the pricew u see not full retail.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE Costco make this $249 + accessories! Otherwise I’m not sure if I need to wait a week or so  in hopes that Amazon puts it on sale for $199 or less. Oh the decisions!

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one still fearful that the rug may be pulled out from under our feet again?! I mean, all these screen shots are great to see but until I see something from Big Red I am still concerned … 

    • http://twitter.com/shehippie shehippie

      Same here  :/

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Don’t be surprised if we don’t see an announcement until Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

      • Anonymous

        As long as I hear SOMETHING! This whole stealth launch strategy is killing me!! 

      • Anonymous

        Annnnnnnnddddd there’s that rug being yanked lol 

  • Anonymous

    Friday can’t come fast enough!

  • Anonymous

    And yet still no official word from VZW.  More importantly for me, no official acknowledgement from Best Buy as that’s where I’m getting it from.

    • Anonymous

      I feel the same way, the Verizon reps that I talked to yesterday on their chat thing claim that the phone isn’t coming out on Friday. One would think that Verizon would be jumping all over themselves to advertise the first Nexus device on Verizon but not a peep. I just hope it does come out on Friday. 

  • Anonymous

    Also note that they will NOT carry this online… Would have been nice to overnight, especially since you don’t even need a membership to order from their online store… I called just mins after you posted the release date yesterday & that’s what I was told…