Home

Share this Story

R.I.P Galaxy Nexus LTE – Device No Longer Available From Verizon

galaxy nexus verizon

Just over a year after being released as one of the most anticipated devices in Android history (in communities like ours), the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus is no longer available. The last we saw of the G-Nex was when Big Red killed off the 32GB variant in favor of a 16GB at $50 with a new 2-year contract. Since then, it has gone in and out of the certified pre-owned section when it’s not making appearances on daily deal sites

It had a great run. Even if Verizon made a mockery of it as a Nexus device by refusing to give it the update attention it deserved, the Galaxy Nexus LTE is still one of the top devices among DL readers. It has a ROM community that won’t quit and seems to give the phone new life every time a new version of Android is released, again, no thanks to carrier it is connected to.

So since the device is no longer available directly from Verizon, let’s have a quick moment of silence for one of the icons in the industry. And I don’t care that it had abysmal battery life – it was still one of the most important Android phones to ever hit store shelves. But also, we need to have a moment of silence because we may never see a device like it on Verizon ever again.

Cheers Andrey!

  • Andrey

    Holy Droid, my tip got on DL :)
    :( rip gnex

  • D.C.

    FU Verizon! I’m headed to roll-your-own GSM with a fistful of SIMs when my contract (with 5 lines) is up. Meantime, you can get a refub for $220 here. Maybe I’ll pickup a spare.

  • DanSan

    im still rocking mine since launch day. threw AOKP jb mr2 on it yesterday and still loving this phone. thinking of grabbing the note 2 but not sure. might wait for that S4

  • Diablo81588

    Good. Junk phone needs to go to the junk yard for good. Terrible battery life, worthless reception and a speaker as loud as a silent fart. The only reason it got so much praise is for being a nexus on Verizon. If it was a carrier branded phone no one would have bought it.

  • Johnpa2006

    Aside from the horrid battery life, it was a very nice pure android phone.
    I wish it’s rom was on my galaxy S3 instead of touchwiz.

  • Jonathan Williams

    I’ll pour some of my 40 onto my Gnex box since I’m still using my phone.

  • d32486

    Bought the gnex off swappa in December and it is the best phone I’ve ever had..the seller put mmuzzy on it before he shipped it and its been great. Battery life is decent and the phone is quick with no reception issues at all. Not sure how stock would be but I love this phone and I don’t plan on getting rid of it anytime soon, especially because I am still on unlimited with Verizon

  • VoiceofSky

    There should be a Smartphone (or just a Phone) Hall of Fame ..if there was the OG droid and Gnex would inducted … A current proud owner right here. =)

  • Matt Gondek

    Someone cue up “Taps”

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    Still Rocking mine and with AOKP JB build 2, it’s like having a new phone, so I’m Good!

  • NyReynolds

    I’d like to know where all the GNex haters live. Everyone claims the reception was horrible, but I still have mine and have never had a reception issue other than in places that I know Verizon has issues. I’m not saying that people are lying, i’m just wondering where you’re all living where reception is so horrible. I’ve had a G1, Droid, Droid X, Thunderbolt, GNex, and a GS3. No reception issues at all with any of them.

  • Arachnyd

    Still the reason I’m going to drop Verizon as soon as I’m off contract.

  • SD_Scott

    Did the value of my GNex just go up!?

  • ckeegan

    Still love mine, but would buy a Nexus (or even vanilla, without the nexus moniker) MAXX in a heartbeat.

  • Tony Gonzalez

    I love my GNEX….Verizon can suck it! that is no way to treat a Nexus. Running CyanogenMod 10.1 and tethering like a motherf@*ker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djamATL Derrick James

    what is the insurance replacment for it now?

  • bojangles

    i have 5 of them and wouldn’t trade them for any of the newer devices currently availible.

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Skittlez

    Still have mine since December 13, 2011, and i love it. i don’t have any desire to get rid of it until the next Nexus device. everything else thats come out hasn’t really been that interesting to me. i’ve never had problems with it. Radios are awesome, and i get 12-20 hours of battery on it, running Bugless 4.1.2. Just wish Pete would update already! Anyone know about Shiny? thought about trying that out. Any other recommendations for a “Bugless” like experience would be appreciated. Also tried muzzy and hated it.

    • Jwhap

      I heard Pete is done…… Too bad bugless was great while it lasted! Shiny is a great ROM and the Dev is super responsive! I can not say enough good things about shiny!

      • http://twitter.com/mickmel mickmel

        I’m having great luck with mmuzzy. Is Shiny that much better?

        • Jwhap

          I haven’t run mike’s rom’s since the early jelly bean ones, but a lot of people are running mmuzzy, so it must be pretty darn stable. Shiny is the closest to stock I have found, so much so that you have to flash root with the rom to stay rooted.

          • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Skittlez

            i tried it in early december and had to switch back. my battery life was horrible and it had gingerbread sounds for when you clicked something, and it felt laggy in certain areas. so i switched back to 4.1.2 Bugless

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Skittlez

        he didn’t say he was done. he just said he’ll only work on them when he has time, which isn’t too often

        • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

          Too busy modding his car these days, heh

    • Tedphoneguyniceman

      Switch to shiny right now. I think you can even dirty flash, but of course your experience may vary

  • giri0n

    Love mine. Running custom ROMs on mine and the wife’s, smooth, stable, and packed full of fun tweaks (toggle buttons, colored nav buttons, etc…) – the next phone is going to have to have a ton of punch to draw me away from this bad boy.

  • Travis Shepherd

    abysmal? maybe it’s just me, but 14-16 hours isn’t bad.

    • Diablo81588

      Lol. Yeah 14 to 16 hours of idle time..

      • Travis Shepherd

        I’m not a heavy user. if I’m not on wifi I usually have my data off too, so yeah probably idle time…oh well I still love it.

  • n11

    Ironically I lost my back casing to mine SOMEHOW 2 days ago. I KNOW I left it on my desk :/

  • edwoordd

    I love my Gnex! Rooted with paranoid 4.2.1 :)

    • jewvee

      Me too Paranoid is nice

  • edwoordd

    Hopefully a Nexus 4 or 5 comes out to vzw!!! even thought the moto x phone is coming out I still plan on waiting

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Cuca64 Nino_64

    Buried alive

  • Kelly

    I guess we’re not getting a 4.2 update then? Time to install a ROM?

  • rreich49

    Love my GNex. Best phone I’ve had to date. I will wait until a worthy successor comes along to replace mine.

  • http://twitter.com/trlovejoy trlovejoy

    Any issues I ever had with my GN were solved by flashing 4.2.1 and the 2100 ma battery VZW was selling for $25 soon after launch. I too came from an OG Droid. It was like stepping off a bicycle and into a Ferrari. I drive it til it dies.

  • Buckoman

    So this means there isn’t going to be another update?

    • RoadsterHD1

      right

      • Buckoman

        Damn.

    • KleenDroid

      No… We get updates the very day a new version comes out. The only people not getting updates are those waiting to get them from Verizon. But there shouldn’t be many of those people since this is a Nexus.

  • RoadsterHD1

    WOW this thing died faster than the Bionic.

  • C-Law

    How many people started like me with an og DROID and then skipped the bionic/razr and saved their upgrade for the gnex?

    • Comk4ver

      I did but I bought mine from eBay a 32gb for $125? so I still have an upgrade with some dummy lines. so, I am willing to wait till the next Google droid/Nexus/developer phone.

  • Shawn_Locke

    Will Verizon continue update support? Please say I’ll still be getting Key Lime Pie!!

    • KleenDroid

      It will continue to get every update as always. The very day an upgrade releases our devs have it available for us.

      • Shawn_Locke

        And what if one doesn’t want to root? (the reason I bought a Nexus to begin with)

        • Jim McClain

          dude I went thru 8 gnex phone trying to get a good one, the only way is to root, its scary at first, but it makes the phone the superstar its meant to me

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=794060687 Derek Jones

    Still rocking my VZW G-Nex, until my contract is up in a few months. Then I will be waiting on the next revolutionary Nexus device (unlocked of course, because of VZW shenanigans with timely updates). Damn my battery life sucks!

  • steven sullivan

    Great phone, great network and great developer support.

  • http://twitter.com/Real4life72 Real4life

    Had mine since day one. After many tweeks still the best phone ive owned. So does this mean i wont go to cell phone jail now?

  • Jim McClain

    Well after having 8 gnex phones I gave up trying to get a good one and finally rooted, it went from being the worst phone I’ve ever had, to being the best ive ever had, slapped a 3800 battery on it now its a beast

    • KleenDroid

      That is the answer for everyone that has any issues. Being a Nexus it is all very easy.

    • drparty

      Which battery did you get? (Brand) thanks!

      • Jim McClain

        I found it on ebay for 27.99 , its a Trexcell , for 28 bucks you get the battery , the new back and a nice cover, only adds about one quarter of an inch in thickness, and a little weight, but I don’t even notice it now, love it

        • drparty

          I bought a cheap one a while back, think it was $12 and it doesn’t hold as good of a charge as the Samsung 2100mah, trying to find a good extended battery so my wife can use it without it dying at noon like it normally does but since the phone probably won’t be used more than another couple of months I don’t want to buy the $70 seidios. That said I may try and get a trexcell like you mention. How much screen on time can you get with the trexcell?
          Thanks!

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Damn Verizon…. Tell us how you really feel about nexus devices…

  • azndan4

    It hardly had “Abysmal” battery life. Although like all Samsung devices, the reception left something to be desired.

  • Rodeojones000

    I still love mine. Not a single device released by Verizon in the past 13 months since it came out has led me to consider replacing it.

  • Michael Quinlan

    May never see another one like it again? If by that you mean Verizon will never again trot out a typical Verizon device masquerading as a Nexus, then good. It may have been a big deal tosome vVerizon customers, but as an owner of a real (gsm) Nexus, I find there’s no end to the confusion caused by using the name ” Galaxy Nexus ” to refer to both the real Nexus and this Verizon abomination.

  • Radgatt

    I sort of wish they didn’t have any certified like new devices available for replacement. What would they do if that was the case and my phone ended up being defective?

  • DanWazz

    Such a dream phone when it was announced. Then reality hit, and problems aplenty arose. thanks VZW for destroying a dream!

    Still have mine and won’t give it up for the foreseeable future. I compared it to my brother’s DNA a few days ago and it still hold its own.

  • Brad

    Got my GNex the morning of the day it was released. I’m not a guy who flashes ROMs frequently, but I’m on my second ROM now, namely AOKP 4.2.1, and absolutely loving it. Battery life has been an issue, but my recent installation of Juice Defender Ultimate seems to have significantly improved that, so I really have zero issues with this phone right now. I’m grandfathered on unlimited data, and making good use of it with my Netflix account.

    I’m not sure what my next phone will be, though since I’m faced with paying full price for a new phone to avoid losing my unlimited data, it doesn’t matter what I pick or when, so we’ll just have to see. I started with the Droid Eris and upgraded to a Fascinate, both good phones, but both a bit lacking on specs and development, leaving me anxious to upgrade. The GNex is honestly big enough and fast enough that I’m really in no hurry to upgrade at this point, and considering the development available for this device, I’m sure it will be kept alive long past its intended life span. Guess I’ll just have to see what kind of new shinies come along, and see if any of them give me a compelling reason to shell out some $600, give or take.

  • http://twitter.com/dewguzzler Jesse Perkins

    its funny because if you go to look at smart phones its got the picture splattered on the screen

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

    Still the proud owner of a 32GB Gnex from VZW. Never getting rid of it. As my first Android device, it will always have a special value to me

  • red8rain

    my only issue w/ this phone is the damn radio. it freaking suck ass.

  • guy

    can you still get a warranty replacement if you own a GNex ?

  • Eric Soriano

    This was dead on arrival! As excited as I was for this device, the bad battery life and poor signal along with no updates from Verizon made this DOA!

  • brarelabben

    Where one dies another shall rise.

  • Booyah

    Love my GNex. Will hold onto for at least another year. This phone has serious staying power.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jmkentington John Kent

    So I take it we won’t get that pogo car dock.