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Galaxy Nexus Drops to $50 at Verizon on Two-year Contract

Still contemplating the purchase of a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon? How does $49.99 sound? Big Red appears to have dropped the price to that today after adding a “Promo” discount on top of a long-standing “Online” discount. We don’t necessarily think that this means a replacement phone such as the Galaxy Nexus 2 is on the horizon, but is instead a sign that Big Red is cleaning house to make room for the Galaxy Note 2, RAZR HD (and MAXX HD), Spectrum 2, Lumia 920, HTC 8X, and of course, the DROID Incredible X – all of which should be available by the end of November.

The Galaxy Nexus remains one of my favorite phones of all time even with its atrocious battery life. You just can’t beat the developer community that comes with a Nexus.

Via:  Verizon

Cheers Nico!

  • Steven Cornea

    oh I saw that, and ya….mind=blown

  • preed

    dude i paid 0 dollars for this phone at best buy like over a month ago. cant beat that. free phone, first time i walked out of best buy without spending a dime

  • geocab

    That’s a nice price for a Nexus, but I can’t bite. I was so looking forward to it last year until it came out and I saw the Pentile effect, the quiet speaker, and the notification light disappointed me too, not to mention the reports of the low battery life at the time. I really don’t know how anyone can enjoy the Pentile screens, but I’m glad it doesn’t bother everyone because to each their own. I’m going to wait for the next batch of phones and hopefully pick the HTC, Note 2, or Maxx HD. Unless another Nexus is announced, then maybe I’ll wait for that. But, man that Note 2 sounds like a winner. At first I wasn’t sure about going with such a big screen, but then I thought about it and realized I use my phone more for emailing and texting than I do a phone.

  • Verizon could be giving customers money to take the phone off their hands and I would still not recommend getting one. This phone was sold with a very serious radio problem only recently fixed by new software. The hardware is not so hot — I owned an OG Droid for three years and that hardware was not nearly as fragile as the LTE GN. The battery life is insanely awful — you will have no choice but to carry an extra battery and have your phone plugged in constantly. And Verizon delays the issuance of the software updates for the GN for many, many months as a matter of course — despite the GN’s alleged status as the Google flagship phone. And if there is something wrong with the GN — and I can assure you, there WILL be something wrong with your new GN — the replacement Verizon will send you IS A REFURB. Still think $49 is a good deal?

  • normmcgarry

    Wish the retail prices would drop with age too, not just the promo price.

  • PC_Tool

    I’d get another one and use it to replace my son’s Spectrum if it wouldn’t kill my Unlimited plan (I alone use an average 11.53GB per month according to their usage analyzer).

  • Southrncomfortjm

    5 years from now the GNEX will still have an off-contract price of $650. Amazing.
    GSM and Straight Talk or T-Mobile next time for me.

  • 4D331

    Finally some evidence that can back up some rumors about how there’s a new nexus phone on its way this month, this is becoming more believable due to the price drop..all companies drop prices before a new version of the device is announced, this is to get rid of as much of the old versions as possible before announcements are made and people stop purchasing and wait to get the new device….

  • jeff s

    I picked it up for my wife for $29 from target.com and you got the docking station. Last I checked the deal was still on.

  • Jim McClain

    Well if you want great battery the GS3 is your only option. If I were you I would hold out for the next nexus. This one is crap unless you root and run custom roms, I know cause I have had 8 of them,dont panic,just wait

    • Diablo81588

      ONLY option? Uh.. RAZR Maxx??

  • JohnPA2006

    Gnex for me had horrid battery life, even with a 3400mAh extended, it only lasted a full day.
    I sold mine on ebay and got the Galaxy S3, I love my S3. I wanted to love the Nexus.

  • Full retail price – $650. Seriously, Verizon?!

  • please help.. Galaxy Nexus or GSIII?

    As a person with limited cash, I’m extremely tempted to get the GNex as it would be free (NE2 $50) but I also want a phone that is going to last a while and it seems like GNex is too old (and has crap battery life).

    Upgrading within two weeks (lost my DX and stuck with Palm Pixi atm)

    • drparty

      Nah, OC that Pixi Plus and party on for a few months. All the good stuff is going to be announced in about a month and will be available in two months (Dec). Don’t waste a good upgrade on a Gnexus, or at the very least go get one on eBay and resell it for nearly what you paid. Use a contract upgrade for something that is really, really nice. Like a Galaxy Note or the rumored HTC super phone. Or maybe some other Nexus device.

    • capecodcarl

      Don’t forget the $30 upgrade fee… oh, and I hope you don’t have unlimited data now because you need to switch to a shared data plan if you upgrade with a subsidized phone. :-/ If you do you’d be better off just buying a Nexus off of eBay for around $250.

    • wm snyder

      Galaxy note 2

    • wm snyder

      Galaxy note 2

  • TheOiulkj

    What? I’m confused. I just got a 32GB Nexus from vzw about two months ago for $50. It was in-store though, so maybe the prices are different online?

  • MrSteve920

    Am I the only person who is content with the battery life on the Galaxy Nexus?

    • drparty


    • no

    • Could be better but it’s definitely nowhere near the worst.

      • Lactose_the_Intolerant

        For sure… I think that designation is reserved for the Rezound. (Battery life is pretty stellar now that the phone is on ICS but it was abysmal on GB.)

    • Yes MS920 — you must be the only person content with the LTE GN’s battery life.

  • David Elisha

    I love this phone but I really wish this phone’s price stayed higher. Hear me out. I want to sell a phone every year, like I used to with my iPhone, but this phone and most of Android phones have disappointing resale value. I bought this when it was 300, now its 50, sort of insulting.

  • Diablo81588

    Wouldn’t waste an upgrade even if it was FREE on contract!

  • wm snyder

    The new nexus better have top of the line hardware this time not inferior to any phone out to date! (specs). Must be ready to sell upon announcing! Accessories Available on announcement. And Google will back the phone for updates despite carrier’s animosity!!! That’s all.

    • drparty

      Your going to be disappointed, aren’t you?

      • wm snyder


  • I sent a tweet to DL yesterday about this deal and they’re just now posting about it. Way to stay up to date on current Android news DL … not!

  • Steven Cornea

    Looks like this phone is on its way out. If you ask me, this phone was a pretty big flop, you didn’t see any ads for it on Verizon, at least I didnt, my screen is horriable, has a purple hue always over it (didn’t realized it until my warranty was up and compared it to other phones) and the signal issues didn’t help also.

    being able to unlock it is real cool but I dunno if you ask me, stock is overrated, having no bloatware is cool and all but you can just disable it nowadays.

    just saying that if they release another unlockable nexus, its really gonna have to be top of the line for me to get one.

    • Steven Cornea

      my GF is getting a iphone in june and I just know when I see it and play with it I’m gonna end up getting one, unless something crazy comes out by next Nov

  • Droosh

    I would appreciate it if every time you promoted a carrier’s subsidized price, if you would also report the actual retail price available from the the same carrier.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      That price is in the picture.

  • How about they lower that ridiculous ‘retail price’, given the GSM version is almost half that.

    • hkklife

      They have no reason to do so, as long as the penny-wise, dollar-foolish American consumers demand “free” and heavily subsidized phones so everyone and their pre-teens can have a smartphone while failing to look at the big picture of TCO over the lifetime of that beloved contract.

      I will never forgive Steve Jobs for not using the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the iPhone to break the backs of the carrier/subsidy/contract business model. There is no reason that Jobs could not have mandated that new unlocked iPhones be sold contract-free at retail for a mere $100-$150 over a comparably sized iPod Touch, for example.

      • Chronon7364

        Well said. But Apple’s greed is matched by Verizon and the rest of them. It is what benefits Apple first, then the consumer.

  • Trevor

    Really hope this isn’t the last Nexus phone we see on Verizon.

    • I second this.

      • michael arazan

        The big question is whether Verizon will support this phone once it goes eol, other carriers have honored it with the older models, but this is the first nexus at verizon, and they don’t like to waste money on updates for devices, and they won’t update phones even if there is an update if it wasn’t popular or didn’t sell as well, or a whole list of reasons, because vzw pays for the updates and the testing, all it takes is one of the reasons to not support a phone anymore.

        • The community will still support it long after Verizon.

          • EC8CH


  • WickedToby741

    Atrocious battery life, please. You don’t own a Bionic. Try hitting 25% battery at 11:30 AM every day with moderate use.

    • Guest

      Atrocious battery life you say?


    • kixofmyg0t

      Atrocious battery life you say?

      • Oinkinator

        what are you running on your phone to get that battery life?! What’s your secret?

        • Diablo81588

          Nothing but wifi use. Nothing special here.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Yeah that’s totally it. God forbid someone actually use wifi when they’re home from work.

          • Diablo81588

            You made it sound like you get such great battery life, so I had to point out that you were on wifi 90 percent of the time. Battery usage screenshots are worthless.

          • kixofmyg0t

            No, I just said it wasn’t atrocious. Don’t worry, I’ll post another screen shot tomorrow after I turn my router off(I let Smart Actions turn my wifi on and off) so you can’t claim I was on wifi for “90%” of the time.

          • Diablo81588

            Can’t wait 🙂

          • kixofmyg0t

            Here ya go. Light use with no Wi-fi at all. This is a best case scenario as I was pretty busy at work and didn’t get to play with it much today.

            It’s “atrocious” battery life indeed.

          • Diablo81588

            Not bad 😛 Gotta love that extended battery!

        • kixofmyg0t

          232 ICS leak, extended battery, Smart Actions. That’s it. It’s not rooted, not even safestrap.

          • WickedToby741

            I’m also running the 232 leak, but no extended battery or excessive Smart Actions use for me. I can’t use the extended battery because it won’t fit in my case. I also can’t excessively use Smart Actions because I depend on my phone for email, which I should be able to do considering that’s what it should have been designed to do. I work on a construction site, so I need a case for protection and to keep my phone readily accessible (belt clip) and I can’t afford to sit in front of a computer all day so I use my phone for sending and receiving a good number of emails (lengthy emails are still best done on a computer, but I’m constantly checking my email through my phone). Also being on a job site, I don’t have the option of wifi and have to rely on 3G/4G.

            It’s ridiculous to insist that someone has to buy extra accessories, run leaked software, and run spend most of their time on wifi networks to get decent battery life out of a phone.

          • kixofmyg0t

            What do you mean “excessive” Smart Actions?

            Where is the “disable email” option in the “Excessive Smart Actions” Menu because I cant find that option.

            I’m Active duty, and a tank mechanic at that. I don’t keep my phone in a case, it’s NOT necessary plus IMO cases make phones needlessly thick and ugly. I don’t sit behind a desk….well at all really. I don’t have the benefit of Wi-Fi at work(their isn’t a wi-fi signal at all anywhere in my shop….for for 500′ in any direction outside the gates of my facility). I keep my phone with me at all times, no matter what track I’m working on or whatever. I too email(and text, call, browse r/Android, DL) quite a bit from my phone when I can. Plus I stream my hometown radio station on my drive to work in the morning.

            My extended battery Bionic lasts me all day usually. Mild to moderate use is easily 15+ hours. But if I really pound on it, I guess maybe 7-8 hours? IDK I don’t have a problem making it from the time I get out of bed at 0530 til I get home on a single charge. I then just swap batteries(I have 5 extended batteries and the charging station….you name a Moto product…I have it) before bed and do it all over again the next day.

            If you can’t even get til 11AM with your Bionic then your battery is either damaged or you have something draining it. It’s $17 for a extended battery, I suggest you ditch the unnecessary case. Hell if you WANT a couple of the regular size batteries I’ll mail them to you. I don’t use them at all. Also Smart Actions is your friend. That doesn’t mean you have to completely gimp your phone to use them.

            All of this is moot because I get my new phone back tomorrow and it’s battery life truly puts even the extended battery Bionic to shame. WAAAAAAAAAY better screen too.

      • JohnPA2006

        You can only get that battery life time with a super huge extended battery, I can go that long with the stock battery on my Galaxy S3 with the phone set to 3G only mode and everything else disabled. Why cant the Nexus do that???? It was supposed to be a contenda, it should have been somebody…..

      • BGRUGGER

        i have 2 spare batteries…i use the sh!t out of my phone and dont care to run smart actions…i also dont mind switching out full batteries/charging daily while at work either…but kudos for finding a good rom and making it last all day!!

    • Diablo81588

      You need the OEM extended battery. I go two days between charges with 6-7 hours of screenon time.

      • WickedToby741

        I don’t feel my phone needs to look like it has a tumor to get decent battery life. It also won’t fit in my Otterbox case then (I work on a jobsite, so protection for the phone is a must).

        • Diablo81588

          Its not that big… I bet your phone right now with the otterbox case is bigger. Even still, there’s either something wrong with your battery or you need to do a factory reset if you’re at 25% that early. When I use the stock battery, I still get a full days use out of it.

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      lol, HTC Rezound users would have given body parts for 25% by 11:30am… it’s all good now on ICS but wow, the suck was huge on GB.

    • Lol. THAT’s pretty damn atrocious!

  • Daddio56

    I’ve had this phone since it was first released by Verizon….other than a sticky camera lens on an Assurion replacement after I dropped my first one I have had ZERO issues….screen is beautiful….JB is awesome on it….love it! Great price too….

  • Just adding my 2 cents here, since I know this post is bound to be filled with “This phone sucks” and “It’s not a REAL Nexus” posts.

    I love this phone. I bought it at 2 AM the morning it was available on Verizon’s website. I’ve had 0 issues with it. No signal issues. Screen still looks amazing. Stock Android with quick updates direct from Google. The phone runs just as well with 4.1 on it as newer phones with 4.0.

    I know others have gotten duds. I know, depending on where you live, the phone may not give you the best signal strength compared to other phones that Verizon sells. But I’m extremely happy with the VZW Nexus, and will be for another 12 months when my contract ends. I wouldn’t trade this phone for ANY other phone on the market right now.

    • I left Verizon and my VZW Gnex for the GSM version. I don’t have LTE speeds anymore, but I can actually make phone calls on the GSM one, so I’d say it is a huge improvement. The VZW version was an abomination that never should’ve been released.

      That being said, I might consider paying $50 for it…. off contract. Even though it’s worthless as a phone, you could use it as a Galaxy Player type device.

      • counsel dew

        Not sure why he gets down votes… Should you down vote someone who had a bad phone? I had the mid-call muting issue on 4 phones. Simply admit, as he did, there are known issues with some devices and/or some locations. There is little to down vote in my opinion. Go read http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=24019 to see, near the end, how angry some are over the issue.

        • BGRUGGER

          “The VZW version was an abomination that never should’ve been released.” “Even though it’s worthless as a phone” – maybe he had a bad phone, maybe he lives in an area of bad coverage…down votes are probably for bashing the nexus phone due to users bad experience. My gnexus and majority of others would call above comment slighted or bias due to user experience, not phone. kinda agree with down votes.

    • Anon

      I don’t think the Nexus sucks.

      My issue is that there are OEM accessories that I want that aren’t available (car dock with 3-pin connector), or are overly expensive (standard dock), and I’d have to buy an aftermarket battery to go from there. That, and not being able to upgrade the storage is a minus.

      Dev support is the best, I’ll give it that, making it the most configurable Android phone on the market. I’m still waiting for something better, though. I’m hoping end of this year, early next, we’ll see that.

    • Yakuzahi

      How can you say “Stock Android with quick updates direct from Google” when the Verizon Galaxy Nexus just received the Jelly Bean update only a week or two ago?

      • ezpotato

        Because relatively speaking there is nothing else on Verizon that will get updates as fast as this. Get over it. Its still quicker than any other phone outside of the “real” nexus. Why bother bitching anyway? What else are you gonna carry on vzw that’s gonna get faster updates?

        • Yakuzahi

          The GS3 will get the JB sooner…

          • fakekellex

            No it won’t. the GS3 was released before Jelly Bean. That means, it has taken VZW over 3 months to get JB to the GS3. The Nexus got it in about 10 weeks.

          • Yakuzahi

            The VZW Nexus got the JB in 10 weeks? the phone become available around October last year and got the JB last September.

          • fakekellex

            JB was available for the GSM nexus in July of this year (this is the first device to receive JB. The CDMA nexus was next (Sprint, then Verizon) at about 8 and 10 weeks later, respectively.

          • Yakuzahi

            You right, got confused with it, it came with the ICS.

          • fakekellex

            Yeah, I mean the CDMA nexus will always be behind the GSM version, but it seems that it will always get the updates before every other phone. The GSM nexus got the minor update 4.0.4 first. Then the CDMA got the 4.0.4 update about 12 weeks later. Although CDMA is behind the GSM for updates, it seems to be behind “only” by about 3 months. Not acceptable IMO, but hey, it is better than any other Android Phone.

    • fixxmyhead

      quick updates from google? uhmm those updates come from verizon.

  • I just now realized something.

    Pursuant to the rules the FCC laid down on Verizon when they bought the C block, any device that is compliant with their network should be allowed on. Theoretically, Google would work with Verizon on the next Nexus to make sure it works on their network properly, but release it outside of Verizon. We should then be able to purchase the device, take it online and activate it, and get regular updates from Google without being restricted by Verizon.

    This is all, of course, a theory, so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Scottyb112

      If its not correct, atleast you made it sound good and believable to me! man a new VZW Nexus at $350 off contract from Google play would be great.. especially now since that unlimited data fiasco with VZW

    • Minion

      Are you saying that phone carriers are doing things that are illegal?! :O

      • I understand you were trying to be sarcastic, but it doesn’t even fit. I said nothing about them doing anything illegal. I was suggesting that Google do something in the future that Verizon legally has to abide to.

        • Minion

          Sorry if I said something that might have offended you. I wholeheartedly agree with you. Google (or whatever manufacturer) should be able to sell non-contract phones/devices at prices that are competitive across all characters.

          • I wasn’t offended, just wan’t sure where your comment really fit in, sorry if it came off that way. Sadly I think that this will never happen because Verizon is too uptight about everything.

    • florious80

      This won’t happen. The simple reason is that CDMA radio code is owned by Verizon, unlike GSM. That is not provided to Google and that was why google couldn’t update VGnex directly. Verizon won’t give out the code because they want control of the phone, and has added (minimal) bloat ware on it. Your scenario would probably never happen on a CDMA network, just the nature of the beast.

  • Daniel Zhao

    Kinda selfish, but I actually hope that the the next Nexus isn’t on Verizon. I got my GNex the day before they launched shared data plans (to keep unlimited), and I don’t want to feel like I’m getting a last generation Nexus.

    • You’d feel that way anyway, a new nexus would come out and yours would be inferior, and then you wouldn’t even have the chance to upgrade to it. Don’t ruin our fun simply because you made an investment you seem to regret.

  • Scottyb112

    That sucks… I have a Nexus Im trying to sell. Now it will be harder to sell.

    • frankandsimple

      Most people who buy phones from craiglist/ebay are the ones who do not want to get into a contract again. So you shouldn’t have too many problems. The price will go down a bit.. but not that much.

      • Scottyb112

        Yea, I was hoping to get like $350 for it, its New replacement from VZW. still has the stickers on it and what not. i guess I’ll put it on ebay

        • frankandsimple

          Ebay has become a complete rip off. First they charge you 10% of your selling price in fees.. and they double-dip when their company PayPal charges you again. It’s a big no no for me. Craigslist takes a bit of time.. but works.

          • PalmerAdam

            I recommend Swappa

          • mustbepbs

            Agreed. The whole eBay+Paypal scheme is really getting to me. By the time you get your money you’ve lost nearly 15%. It’s robbery.

          • Scottyb112

            Yea your correct on that.. Insane rip off. but ive sold stuff on there that i couldn’t sell anywhere else for as much as I did on eBay its the only one you can reach a large audience

    • ApplesNAndroids

      How much

      • Scottyb112

        $350. Its a new replacement still in plastic. have the extended battery, case, screen protectors, & the originals, etc..

  • frankandsimple

    For all the issues with this phone.. they should be giving the phone for free on 2 year contracts plus more.

    The launch of this phone and the way Google totally screwed up the launch single handedly pushed me away from android toward ios.

    Hopefully they do a MUCH better job with the next Nexus.. hardware, software and launch.. and woo me back.

    • florious80

      Your last statement I disagree with. As much as I think HTC has put out some great phones, lately they have been going with non-replaceable battery and no SD card. I really rather have a phone that I can swap a battery in case it runs out while i’m working out in the field. One X users had that complaint when they gave it only a 1400mah battery. This is also the reason why HTC is not doing well.

      I can see Motorola making a good Nexus, however. Moto always had strong radio, and if they can squeeze in a Maxx battery, i wouldn’t care if it is not removable.

      • capecodcarl

        Apple users don’t seem to complain that much about their non-replaceable battery anymore. They’ve just learned to work around it by carrying external battery packs that plug in via the dock connector and charge the phone. Why can’t you just do that with an HTC phone? A replaceable battery is kind of pointless since you still need to drop your call and/or reboot your phone to replace it whereas an external battery pack can provide juice to your phone without missing a beat.

      • frankandsimple

        This is the problem with the android world. You are made to think that the ability to change batteries is an “asset”… though in reality it highlights the underlying issue with manufacturers not optimizing their hardware and software to run on LTE for a whole day without having to run to a power source.

        Take the iphone 5 for example. It charges in about an hour and the battery lasts you for a whole day.. no issues. They use the second generation LTE chips.

        • LionStone

          Take the DROIDInc 4, for example…swappable batteries, yet no need. Even with stock 1700 mAh, lasts all day on 4G 🙂

      • LionStone

        One X has an 1800 mAh batt…

  • Kyle

    My friend just payed $300 for an iphone 4s 64 GB. I would try to convince him to trade it back, but has a tinfoil hat on when he hears the word Google.

    • frankandsimple

      $300 for an iphone 4s 64 GB is a pretty good deal. It is not a tin foil effect.. it is a rigid conviction based on user experience.

      • PC_Tool

        “a rigid conviction based on user experience.”

        Hey look! You spelled, “FUD spread by haters, targeting the ignorant” wrong.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      That’s a great price for a 64GB 4S believe it or not

  • Droidzilla

    Atrocious battery life. And crummy camera. And substandard signal reception.

    But for $50? I’ll take two, please! The GNex is the King of Modding, with vanilla Jelly Bean on Verizon LTE to boot.

    • TheCheapGamer

      $50 + 2 year contract.
      I love Android, but I wouldn’t go for it on VZW.

  • Buy This

    This is a great phone if you aren’t worried about keeping unlimited IMO. I may pick one up for 50 as a backup. Buy the oem extended battery if you get it. Worth the extra $$. Check that, necessary for the phone.

    • It’s not a $50 backup phone, it’s a whole other line.

      • Buy This

        Ha not for me. I got VZW to replace my Bionic with a ‘like-new’ G-nex. So far it has indeed performed like new. All for free and kept my unlimited and upcoming upgrade,

        • Then that has nothing to do with this article then. You replaced your phone, that’s fine, this is $50 for a new contract, so it’s not just a backup you can go pick up.

  • AhsanS

    Verizon BETTER pull their act together and get the next Nexus…only thing holding me back from getting this is the possibility of a new one in a month.

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  • John

    Hell ya. It’s still a good phone if you can get over battery life and so so camera. I hope they step it up a notch on the next nexus. Getting more and more excited every week!

  • Here’s to hoping that the next Nexus has CDMA/LTE radios or is on Verizon’s network…

    • nightscout13

      I’d suspect so, except seems any nexus device on Verizon, will not have a true nexus experience.

      • Fine with me. I’m a crackflasher, so as long as it’s a nexus… 🙂

        • nightscout13

          I’ve had the Nexus, and now the GS3 (Verizon) and i have to say, the hardware on the GS3 is more solid.

          • I’m sure, but it doesn’t feed the crackflasher within. 🙂

  • KB26

    Hoping my stratosphere breaks again.

    • There’s a high chance of that.

      • KB26

        It did a few times already (っ^◡^)っ

  • Wow so glad I paid $200!

    • And you expected it to stay at $200 forever?

    • And what about those of us who paid $300 on day 1? If you bought it within the last 14 days you might be able to go to a store and get a credit on your bill. If within 30, you might be able to at least sob story their manager.

      • I went to buy it @ retail pricing due to the fact I bought a Droid Charge to replace a OG Droid the was running Bugless Beast. I hated the Charge.

    • WickedToby741

      Suck eggs. I paid $300 for the Bionic.