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As Expected, the Galaxy Nexus is Now $199 From Verizon

We received word on Friday that the Galaxy Nexus would drop to $199 on-contract at Verizon shops and sure enough, it has. If you head into stores or go online, you can pick up VZW’s best Android phone for this new price. Remember though, you will be charged an additional $30 through their newly activated upgrade fee that went live yesterday.

You should still be able to find this phone for even lower prices at other online retailers or big box stores, but remember that those come with rules and guidelines a lot of the time. What I’m trying to say is, be careful. Many of the online retailers force you to keep the phone on the same line for 181 days and not change a thing about your plan or features or they charge you the full retail price of the device without warning. Fine print, folks.


Cheers Mike!

  • Joe R.

    So I know everyone says I need to root this thing to get it to work better.   And I’m pretty much onboard now, but I need to know if it is really all that much better.   I don’t care about bars displaying, I care that when I need a data connection, I have one.   Right now, it’s probably not even a 50/50 crapshoot.   I’m debating going back to my old Incredible just because I could get a data connection when I wanted one.

    Sure, the OEM battery is horrible.  Getting a day out of it would be a dream.  I can’t get through a one hour flight by only reading from my Kindle app without it dying before I land, with a full charge at takeoff.  Will rooting help that?  So far, my option has been to buy a wireless charger and do that, but it’s a pain to carry that around all the time.

    I’m a somewhat technical guy, former programmer now moved on to running my own tech company, though still pretty hands on.  So I’m sure I could root it if I wanted to.   But I don’t know where to start. 

    Can anyone here tell me if the two things I mentioned above (data and battery) have tangible improvements by rooting?

    And if so, can someone point me to a good, trusted step by step on how to do it properly?

    Appreciate any and all responses and help.  

  • Jeremy

    Thanks for mentioning the 181 day thing, just saved my butt from getting it off Amazon.

  • this phone is only worth it with this battery upgrade: http://www.mugen-power-batteries.com/google/google-samsung-nexus-s/mugen-power-3300mah-extended-battery-for-google-samsung-nexus-s-with-battery-door.html
    i had many problems with stock battery it drains too quickly. and unlock the phone is a must as well.

  • So tempted to buy a GNex… yet the reviews scare me. I refuse to go for a Razr though. Everyone’s telling me to head in that direction and I’m saying no. I’m on a Droid X right now… but I still can’t bring myself to get a GNex.

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  • So glad I didn’t wait another two weeks to buy it… 

  • Coderedpl

    Verizon will price adjust of you are within 14 days of this change. I called earlier today and I’m getting a credit on my next bill

  • Ppelucas

    samsung sucks…if it was burning i wouldnt pee on it to put it out

  • Farrbb

    called and just got 100 back with the 14 day price protection, Verizon does do somethings to help the customer 

  • AranelAlasse

    do you think the price drop has anything to do with ICS coming to other devices soon?

    • JosephCabrera

      Probably has more to do with the release on Sprint for $199

  • Nascpats

    what is the best rom

  • gkinsella2

    The “predicament” now is get the GNex now, or wait for the new Nexus phone…I have an upgrade in July.

  • kervation

    I have no problems with the GNex at all.  I have been running stock 4.0.2  w/unlocked bootloader just if I decide to root.  Only gripe for me regarding the phone has been battery life.  Speakers, mic, radios are all non-issues for me.  I have rooted every VZW smartphone that I have had with the exception of the GNex and I thought that would be the same with the Nexus.  I haven’t felt the need to do so at this point.  If I do it will be based on the customization aspect and not the performance of the stock OS.

  • I love my GN and would not trade it for anything on the market. Yes it would be nice if I could make a phone call with out the external headset, but I will wait for a fix (which I hope is in the works). I love how easy it was to root and I am enjoying trying all the cool custom ROMs out there.

  • Ramp1188

    i dont care i want the updates. stop posting articles until the update comes out

    • LiterofCola

      Delete yourself.

  • Q

    Sigh… do you people EVER stop hating?  It really is getting ridiculous.

  • ashclepdia

    Don’t understand that but…
    Dead giveaway for me was the fact that I turned it on and saw no blur, saw an unlocked symbol under the Google logo (bought it already unlocked/rooted) lol
    I am not getting this toy phone feeling you describe.
    just because it isn’t made with metal encasing the entire phone almost?? I had an x2 before this, and I still don’t get any, toy phone feeling even holding them both St the same time lol.
    When I hold the nexus I can feel that it’s a beast, that’s all :p

  • Butters619

    You can get an unlocked GSM one for around $450….almost did it.

  • Gian

    I bought it exactly 2 weeks ago and received it on wed to activate. Will big red give me the diff?

  • Tim242

    I have a few things to say to a lot of the commenters on this article.

    1. Everybody whined and begged for Verizon to get a phone with an unlockable bootloader. People grab their pitchforks every time a moto phone is released. Now, you want to whine about updates.

    2. Obsessing over incremental .0.X updates is stupid. You are running around screaming for updates, when you don’t even know why you want it so bad. 4.0.4 stock is not better than 4.0.2 stock.

    3. Do yourself a favor. Unlock your phone. Install AOKP. You will be glad you did. It is on 4.0.4. But, that’s not what makes it better. It’s what the devs add to it that make it shine. I could never go back to stock. I get an update every few weeks : ). If you bought the phone with no intention of rooting, well just sit tight. Stock 4.0.4 is no better than stock 4.0.2. Stop being such whiney bit**es.

    4. The GN is the best phone I’ve ever owned or used. I’ve been through several HTC and Moto phones on Sprint and Verizon. Even with all of the new phones coming out, I am perfectly happy with my Nexus. If I had to choose a new phone today, I’d choose the Nexus all over again. This is the first phone I’ve ever been so content with, not rushing to buy the next new device.

    5. If you don’t unlock your Nexus, you are missing out on the fun of having a Nexus. Stock OTA updates will never make you happy.

    • Mudleyblind

      Thanks Tim. I was planning to buy Nexus but was concerned that if I root will there be any functionality issue like Camera doesn’t work (i have seen many comments like these)? From your comments, it sounds like no issues. 
      I agree with you Nexus being the best Android. I have looked at Moto and HTC, they suck with their Skins and not inmpressive UI at all. 🙂

      • Tim242

        Absolutely no issues. Everything functions. AOKP has been solid. The customization possibilities in from control settings will blow your mind.

        • EC8CH

          and you get pink unicorns

          • Tim242

            No, I don’t. In ROM settings, you can disable that : )

          • ostensibly


          • Tim242

            Haha I’m a jerk and gay, but I do not like pink unicorns. I just have to accept being a jerk : )

      • gibbshersal

        as Jeffrey implied I’m in shock that some people able to earn $7958 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you look at this link!!! http://Gotoonlinejob.blogspot.in

    • 99%

      Great post. It just confirms why the Nexus is the worst phone I’ve ever bought. Not because it’s a terrible phone, because it’s a terrible fit for me. I don’t speak computer and will probably never root my phone. 

      So what I’m left with is a phone that drops calls more than my old DX, and locks up and re-boots constantly. The only + is that I have ICS, which in reality was a hindrance at first because I had it before many of the apps I’m accustomed to using couldn’t be used on it.

      The lesson I’ve learned is that the DL community doesn’t relate to a consumer like me. All the hype and all the wait and in the end I’m a grandma driving a nissan gt-r because I was told it’s the best car on the market. 

      As soon as the Galaxy Note hits VZW, I’m trading my nexus in. And spare me the critiques of what a dumb move that is because the one lesson I learned, is that you guys are the 1% when it comes to droid owners… and I’m not.

      • MicroNix

        It comes with the site 99%.  You read a tech blog, expect techies.  Techies get excited over things they can tinker with.  The gnex is *the* tinker phone right now.

        Perhaps msn.com is a better fit for you.

      • LiterofCola

        + 1000

      • Noyfb

        i thought people said that when they rooted their phone to 4.0.4 that the update fixed a lot of problems, those who had problems, and worked amazingly betterthan the 4.0.2?

    • Prankm

      Sorry, but the GN is the absolute WORST phone I have ever owned.  The battery life is absolutely atrocious even with 4G turned off.  I thought my 2 year old Droid X was bad, but it doesn’t even hold a candle to how awful it is on the Nexus.  

      • Tim242

        Maybe your brightness is too high. Mine lasts about the same as other Androids I’ve had.

  • akazerotime

    6 months from now this will be at $99.00 and still on 4.0.3

  • I got a $100 off coupon in the mail last week for a 4G LTE phone, guess this will be $99 now

  • TankRizzo

    Best Buy must have known about this already.  They had the GNex on sale for $230.  I am not amused.  

  • Anthony Vella

    Cant wait to see the headline later today, “Verizon announces the release of the Galaxy Nexus II, improved radios, improved battery performance and is running 4.0.5. Current Galaxy Nexus owners can upgrade for a $50 fee on top of a new 2 year sign AND our FANTASTIC new $30 fee!”

    • r0lct

      You must be confused, this isn’t made by Motorola.

      • Kyle Fullmer

        The dead give-away being the toy phone feel.

        • r0lct

          The second give away is I’ve had it for about 5 months and haven’t had to watch two more iterations come out and see what I should have been sold in the first place.

          • MicroNix

            Then you *definitely* don’t have a Motorola.  

    • Liderc

      You’re thinking of Motorola. 

      • ashclepdia

        NOW THAT’S A ZING!
        And it’s funny cuz its true!!.

  • gorkon

    You know….maybe he DOESN’T want to root it?  Ever think of that?  Oh wait….no you haven’t.  😛

  • Still Waiting

    Im still waiting for the white replacement case for the Verizion Galaxy Nexus so I can change out the wifes G-nex. Who said once you go black you never go…………..  Well never mind

  • Aaron Burroughs

    Idk if its national yet, but people should really consider going to staples for there cell phones, much cheaper prices, less fine print, and they dont sell referbished phones, the regualr 32 gb razr has been 199.99 for some time now, and i suspect the price will drop even lower soon. just a heads up. as a note though, they can price match any big box retailer if its cheaper BUT they dont honor new every two, for anyone still lucky enough to have it though

  • Havoc70

    Didnt amazon just have this for 149? 

  • LiterofCola

    “VZW’s best Android phone”??  Nice to see no bias at all.

    • r0lct

      Well if he didn’t have an opinion then he would be an actual Android.

      • Stephen Morrison

        Not that I even care what someone else’s opinion is, a reporter (which is what the author of this is supposed to be, right?) is supposed to be unbiased.

        • LiterofCola


        • Chris Dobles

          This is a blogger website about everything Android OS not some news network.  The term “unbiased” smacked his head out the door and has been in a coma since. 

          • Stephen Morrison

            I’m aware of wha’t a news network is and what isn’t. I majored in it. The fact remains, he’s reporting what is on another site. No need for his opinion in the article, it can be saved for the comments.

        • r0lct

          “An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews..”

          No where in there does DL claim to be a news reporting agency.  They can correct me if I’m wrong but DL is to tech/Android news what TMZ is to celebrity news.  It’s not meant to be taken so seriously.

          • Stephen Morrison

            I certainly hope people aren’t taking what TMZ reports as news… But, bias is still bias. You see all the people arguing over which phone is better now?

          • r0lct

            Just like most of what is on DL isn’t news but tech gossip. I don’t follow TMZ so I don’t know what they do but I’m sure they argue over which celebrity is better.

    • Steve Benson

      He’s remained unbiased while only speaking the truth. At this point in time, it’s still the best Verizon’s got.

      • Zebra

        I would beg to differ on it being the best. To the average consumer who doesn’t know or care about rooting or roming, I think the Razr Maxx is much more attractive…all day battery life, slim form factor, and durable body. 

        • LiterofCola

          Yeah, everybody doesn’t have the same taste in phones.  Imagine that!

          • Liderc

            No, some people just have better taste in phones. 

          • LiterofCola

            Indeed they do.

          • Liderc

            Hint: It’s not you.

          • LiterofCola

            Hint: Ditto.

    • Liderc

      Can’t give him crap for speaking the truth. 

      • LiterofCola

        Yeah, sure it is.

    • MicroNix

      Best phone means different things to different people.  If it didn’t there wouldn’t be such a variety.  BTW, I do believe he speaks for the *majority* of folks that frequent this site judging from past surveys.

  • DanWazz

    Can’t wait!

  • Can we petitin VZW to give us the difference back? ……hahahahahahahahah. I think I just made myself piss my pants!

  • As Expected, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is Still Running Android 4.0.2.

    (Shut it, “just root the phone” people. It’s the principle of it.)

    • Tim242

      Funny, I thought unlockable bootloaders was for the principle? Some of you people are never happy.

      • LiterofCola

        let’em whine, they’ll tire themselves out eventually.

        • Iny

          We all know we can root the phone and install whatever we want, but one of the reasons why many of us bought the Nexus is because we were expecting a phone that would see timely, official updates from Google. The GNEX has gone almost six months without an update, while the GSM version, as well as the Sprint versions of the GNEX and Nexus S both have seen their official updates to 4.0.4.

          • Tim242

            As someone running 4.0.4 on my VZW GN, let me assure you that it isn’t really any different than 4.0.2. What makes it different and better is what the devs do to it. AOKP is awesome. I will never go back to stock. Stop obsessing over .0.X updates.

          • The fact is, the update is out there, and we don’t have it. That’s it. Yes, it’s great what the devs are able to do. I get it. But part of the Nexus program is supposed to be updates, and we’re not getting them. When you pay a company $300 for a product, you shouldn’t have to rely some random (albeit awesome) people to keep that product current.

          • Tim242

            You somehow miss the point. It is out there, but not ready in stock form. It is no different than 4.0.2. I don’t know what you are expecting from the update. Prepare to be disappointed.

          • Iny

            We get it, the update is not anything to write home about. But the fact remains, as @Enzy has described, that other Nexus phones have been updated officially, and someone, somewhere, whether it’s Google or Verizon or even Samsung, is not releasing it for this phone with no explanation.

          • Tim242

            Exactly. There is a reason. I promise you they aren’t just holding it up for no reason.

          • Iny

            Having another CDMA LTE Nexus coming out of the box with the latest version of Android is pretty much a slap to the face to those with the Verizon version.

          • Tim242

            Really? As already stated, there are no real difference between .0.2 and .0.4. Besides, ours came out of the box with an LTE network to operate on. I think we got the better deal.

          • Steve Benson

            Boo freaking hoo. Shut the hell up with that tired argument.

          • Iny

            Well, it IS the truth. Other CDMA phones have seen timelier official updates, but for some reason or another, the Verizon GNEX has not, with no word from anyone as to why.

          • Liderc

            It’s a tired argument?  Verizon is keeping people on stock from getting proper updates, I’d say it’s relevant. 

      • Rooting and installing a 4.0.4 ROM does not solve the Verizon specific issues like bad battery life due to LTE, horrible radios, and the mic cutting out during a call. When will people understand that a current 4.0.4 ROM just uses the base Android build not the Verizon one (which is what we’re all waiting for). Once that official Verizon build is released (whether it be 4.0.4 or 4.0.5) then ROM devs will start to build from that one.

        • Tim242

          The stock 4.0.4 doesn’t fix those issues either. The Verizon specific leak has been out. Bad battery life due to LTE is not a GN issue, that’s an all LTE phones issue. This nonsense about horrible radios is plain stupidity. In my house, all four LTE smartphones get -93 dBn. That’s my GN, a Droid Razr, Rezound, and Thunderbolt. I don’t have the mic issue.

      • Kyle Fullmer

        To me this is the equivalent of buying a car and getting a “free oil change for life” package, only for the dealership to make you do the actual oil change. “bro just do it yourself” isn’t what people who paid for a convenience want to hear.

        • Tim242

          Your analogy is lacking logical sense. The dealership only offers free oil changes, using generic oilm. If you want Pennzoil, you go elsewhere. You will get updates. 4.0.4 is not better than 4.0.2. You will see. You will never be happy with an OTA. AOKP FTW!

          • Kyle Fullmer

            No one is doubting that AOKP is better, but when you buy a phone for a google experience, and the other nexus phones have received the updates in a timely manner of course the person who bought the phone for google updates and isn’t getting them is going to be upset.  That has to make sense to you, or you can just keep on doing anything it takes to defend your phone.

          • Tim242

            A lot of people seem to be confused about what a Google experience is. Nexus means two things: Released with the new OS, and unlockable bootloader. A true Google experience is not lost by an update taking longer to work the bugs out. Look how long it took Google to get ICS to the Nexus S. For that matter, look how long it took the Nexus One to get Gingerbread. As bad as you want 4.0.4, it isn’t better than w,hat you have now. Having an update for the sake of having an update is pointless. If you want a true Google experience, unlock your phone. That’s what Google intended.

          • Kyle Fullmer

            So the nexus series isn’t for timely updates?  Because that is what EVERYONE was spouting off about until those updates didn’t come.  I don’t have a nexus btw, and if I did it would be running AOKP.  But for the people who bought in to the idea that updates would come through Google, I can see why they are upset.

          • Tim242

            They do come through Google. It took Google 5 months to get ICS on the Nexus S. The Galaxy Nexus released with 4.0.1. It updated to 4.0.2 on launch day. 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 taking longer than a bunch of geeks want it to does not mean updates aren’t timely.

  • $199

    $199 is the price it shouldve been to begin with hell…

  • Destroythanet

    People should thank Sprint for this price drop.

    • Butters619

      The main reason I think the One X wasn’t $250 is because of the sprint pricing of the EVO LTE.

    • iKing_5

      They can also thank the iPhone:

      “Apple iPhone Still Over Half Of Verizon’s Smartphone Sales”

      Outselling all of the pretend iPhones COMBINED is one sure way to get those prices down 🙂

      • Google

        Yep. iphone is not outselling all Android phones combined on all three major wireless networks. I guess that is what winning sounds like!

        • Google


  • RadicalPie

    … way to call out the trolls by saying “best android phone” on VZW. While I agree with that statement, you are just asking for rezound or razor fans or d4(jk) to B and whine.

  • realfoxm

    We can haz white version nao?

  • This at $199, or dinc4g at $300… i think i might be going with this…

  • Dan

    I need 4.0.4

    • EC8CH
      • LiterofCola

        They’d rather wait and complain.

      • That is NOT the Verizon build of 4.0.4 and will not solve the issues plaguing the Verizon variant of the phone (bad LTE battery life, mic cutting out, bad radio, etc).  If all we cared about was using the phone like a wifi connected laptop or tablet at home, then a 4.0.4 ROM would be fine, but most of us use it on the Verizon network. Some of us even use it as a phone.

  • The price might have dropped but the radios are still crappy…

    • Radios are fine for me, but that battery, oh boy. I was going to type more but I ran out of batt…..

      • John

        If you bought this phone for the battery, you chose poorly. This phone rocks but it’s not meant for several days of usage.

        • I LOVE the phone, but I’m not so biased that I can’t admit that the battery sucks. Unlike an Apple fan, I love the phone even with its flaws, I don’t just pretend they don’t exist. 😉

          • ostensibly


      • r0lct

        So you found the juice to hit submit log in as another user to like your own comment but not type the rest of your sentence?  
        Sounds like user error to me.

        • It was a joke.

          • r0lct

            OK, sounded like a troll, I take my ill will back. 😛

          • A joke in response to a joke never works out well… though both are funny in the end.

    • my radios and battery are perfectly fine. 

    • Jak_341

      I really wish this falsehood would stop going around. The Nexus has fine, even better, radios then other phones I will not name. It had been proven time and time again that the radios are comparable, but the signal bars are different.

      • gorkon

        Not so much the radios as the firmware that runs them….

      • BSweetness

        Tell the four different ones I had that it’s just a “falsehood.” 

        It’s a very real issue for many people.

      • chris125

         The only falsehood is the blind followers who think the bars are the only problem. I guess for all the people not getting signal when other verizon phones are it’s just the bars? Come on open your eyes you are as bad as the isheep.

    • possomcrast1

      The radios have nothing to do with it. Other phones have different graphical representations than the Galaxy Nexus making their signal seem better. However if you test the actual speed of the internet and call quality the Galaxy nexus Is the same if not better,I’ve compared my mom’s razr which showed 5 bars to my galaxy nexus with 2 bars and my Galaxy Nexus has faster internet . The only difference is the graphical representation. So stop trolling moto trolls.

      • Tim242

        +1! You are so right!

      • Funny, I couldn’t hold a call to save my life on 2 different Nexi and would be lucky to stay connected to the internet (how does no speed strike ya?) while feeling lucky to see -120dbm of signal strength, but my Rezound averages around -85 and works just fine without any of the aforementioned issues sitting in the exact same location.

        Feel free to call it crappy radios or crappy firmware, but one thing it isn’t is just an issue with the graphical representation because that isn’t the case.

        Oh, and I wanted so badly to love the Nexus and am no fan of Moto so your troll comment is meaningless…

        • Liderc

          My radio is fine…

          • Azndan4

             wow that is really good!

          •  I’m happy for you…

      • Zebra

        My roommate’s Razr Maxx is consistently 3-4Mbps faster than my GNex when running side by side tests. Graphical representations can be misleading but raw results aren’t.

      • Azndan4

         Motorola sucks

      • ostensibly

         whats wrong with trolling moto trolls?

  • nobody

    How about instead of dropping the price, you drop an update to 4.0.4/4.0.5?

    • r0lct

      Why should we listen to you, you’re a nobody!

      • EC8CH


        nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen…

        • ZING

        • Butters619

          If I could like this more than once I would.  Then I’d go eat some dorritos.

          • EC8CH

            My Doritos is a Taco

          • Butters619

            Although that taco is good, the beefy crunch burrito was better IMO.

    • possomcrast1

      root it.

    • sc0rch3d

      what is in 404 that you want so badly?

      • BSweetness

        Fixes to the bugs that the last update brought.

      • Josh Groff

        The problem is it’s just not found.

        • 4n1m4L

          Nobody caugh this? Im movin out /slams door

      • let me see, better battery life, better radio, no mic cutting out bug, better performance, fast recent apps, non-buggy landscape keyboard.

        • sc0rch3d

          root and rom…. i hate to say it, but having the gnex is not for the feint of heart and hoping that stock experience will be great. running DT’s Patient Zero is just WOW.

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      check the website from here http://www.ipad4test.com

    • I may be among the minority, but I am excited about Google’s new approach to memory management with this device. One solid block of 32GB means there’s no more selecting between an SD memory card or internal storage for audio, video, program and data files. This should put an end to filling up all available space on the internal storage, yet left with gobs of unused gigabytes on the external card.