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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Available for $219 Without Contract

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Verizon may have killed off the Galaxy Nexus LTE, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Deal sites like Ice Monkey have “recertified” versions in stock at insanely low prices for those who aren’t willing to leave Big Red yet still want that Nexus experience. For $219, and no contract attached, you can pick up what may be Verizon’s first and last Nexus device. I’m not exactly sure what “recertified” means, but hey, it’s not a bad option if you don’t feel like shelling out $600+ for another phone.

Update:  If you want to go even cheaper, Cowboom has “preowned” versions for under $200.

Via:  Ice Monkey

Cheers John and Scott!

  • Todd

    Question……have any of you Galaxy Nexus owners received a text from Verizon telling you that you are eligible for a phone upgrade? I’m nowhere near two years in yet. Is VZW trying get these off the market or something? I called my local store to confirm my upgrade, and its legit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tristanblackirishscum.mccormick Tristan TheInfamous McCormick

    I’ve had the nexus for about 9months now if I was you I’d buy it and root it buy the Hyperion 3800 mah battery for it with the case with the kick stand you won’t notice the thickness but besides that great price go for it

  • steven sullivan

    Picked one up immediately, just a no brainer. Just hope developers keep supporting it.

  • Rick Mota

    Friend just stopped using his 6 months old one. I bought it for 60 from him and the wife is ridding herself of her iphone 5. After being droid for so many years she just couldnt find her way with the I5… Kid gets the 5 and i turn the 4 into an itouch….

  • joejoe5709

    Ha. Saw this in the Related Posts above: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/12/15/today-is-galaxy-nexus-day-at-verizon/ That was a VERY good day. My goodness… :-D I had been waiting for this phone for 6-9 months since the early Verizon GS2 rumors, the GS2 not coming to Verizon, and then the long long delay of bringing the Nexus to Verizon. Well worth the wait though!

  • http://goo.gl/oBLge Charlie Onassis

    A great deal on a great device – run a CM10 or Ubuntu Mobile

  • http://twitter.com/AMiller31 A.Miller

    A second question…. how are the radios so bad on this device? How could Samsung allow that? How did Google? Are all Samsung radios this bad (GS3?)

  • joejoe5709

    Despite all the arguments below and all of its imperfections, it’s still one of the best smartphones out there. Other than perhaps God’s gift to Android, the GS3, every phone has its pros and cons. The GNex is great all-arounder that has the specs and the dev community to help it easily last another 9-12 months. If someone is looking for a mid-grade phone, broke their phone, or wants to get into ROM’s/customization, buying a cheap GNex isn’t a bad idea! You’ll still get a ton of use out of it before it becomes outdated.

    • joejoe5709

      Oh and for those saying the Verizon GNex isn’t a true Nexus… Part of owning a Nexus is the massive dev community which this phone certainly does. So what if Verizon couldn’t keep the updates rolling. I’d still have a ROM either way…

  • http://twitter.com/AMiller31 A.Miller

    Any good deals on batteries? My battery life just sucks on this.

    • joejoe5709

      A new kernel did the trick for me. Lean Kernel is what I’m using. I went from 6-7 hours to 13-15 hours on a single charge. Also factory wiped my phone and started fresh. I suspect I had a crap ton of background stuff going on that hurt my battery life.

  • J Dub

    Looking for the GSM version at this price. What gives? I’m trying to find something to use to try out the $30 Monthly 4G plan from T-Mob.

  • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

    My coworker has a Droid X still, he called Verizon and they said that going 3G to 4G will not remove your unlimited data and that he’ll just need to take the phone into the store to get a SIM card. That’s is quite the contrary to what I’ve heard.

    • Detonation

      What you said is correct. Going 3g to 4g isn’t a plan change or “upgrade” – getting a SIM card is free. As long as you don’t use a contract upgrade to get a subsidized phone, you can keep your unlimited data.

    • yel

      You only lose the unlimited if you renew the contract to get a subsidized phone. If you buy a phone off-contract, you keep the unlimited data plan.

  • Dave

    Hey, Straight Talk just got the Galaxy S2. Haha.

  • Under the bridge downtown

    I love my Verizon GN. 1 year now and running 4.2.1 Rom. There is nothing else out there on VZN that I would prefer at this point. Yes, the battery is terrible, but I can live with that.

    • JohnPA2006

      If there was a rom that put the stock rom from the GNEX on the Galaxy S3 it would be the perfect phone.
      I kinda dont like touchwiz but its not horrible, but I would prefer the stock jelly bean as it is on the Gnex

      • mrribbits

        Doesn’t Cyanogenmod 10.1 pretty much do that? (with a few minor extra features added in to the stock experience)

  • AMPthe13th

    Ever since the last radios update on my Galaxy Nexus, I haven’t had the problems that used to plague my I515.10 hardware revision (work) phone. I am seriously considering buy one of these to replace the Droid Charge I still have as my personal phone. Love the dev support in spite of Verizon.

  • RicoDelicioso

    I got it at launch and has never given me problems. A year later and it works just fine.

  • trwb

    One of the worst phones on the market today. Even at free I wouldn’t buy this device.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    The arguments on this post are pretty hilarious.

  • Lucky Armpit

    Stay as far away from the Galaxy Nexus as you can. I had more of them than I could count (all defective) until Big Red let me swap it for a completely different phone. It’s a buggy POS that proces Samsung doesn’t QC their devices. Run, don’t walk, away from this deal.

    • Tim242

      I had the same one for a year, not one issue. I even dropped it in the toilet. After a five minute drying by a heat vent, it was good to go. Your experience does not equal my experience.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        But but, his phone was garbage, that means they all are. Right? Right?

        • Lucky Armpit

          Not all, but most of them are, yes. I’ve known several people with the GNex and they also had similar problems. One only needs to quickly search popular Android community foums as well as Google’s Android sites to see how poor this device was. Especially the dropped call issue. For someone that loves to flash a phone and not using as as phone, it’s a great device. For us normal people that expected to use the GNex as a phone… it is a phone after all… it was useless. Again, good riddance.

    • Detonation

      Defective refurbs are not just limited to the Galaxy Nexus or Samsung. I went through a ton of OG Droids and Droid Incredibles as well.

      • KleenDroid

        Sounds like someone needs to show you how to use your phones. Or at least perform very simple fixes. Seems like every phone you get needs countless replacements. Hmmm.

        • Detonation

          Actually I went through a handful of OG Droids that either had a very loose slider, sticky or broken keys, or headphone jack issues. They eventually swapped me with an Incredible which lasted about 2 months before the top half of the touchscreen went dead. They replaced that with another Inc that had the previous users screen protector STILL on it when it came. Finally they sent me a Droid X, which at the time just came out so it was actually probably just a return. Phone is still running great to this day being used as just an alarm clock now. When I upgraded to a GNex, I had no issues with it and the person I sold it to last November still has had no issues.

          Maybe I was picky, but my OG Droid was in mint condition when I had to send it, and I wasn’t going to accept anything other than a mint phone in return. I’m not saying all refurbs are bad, but a lot are and you shouldn’t settle with one of those.

          • KleenDroid

            I agree.

        • Lucky Armpit

          Lol @ you and Booyah, did you just seriously tell me that someone needs to show me how to use my phone? Really? Let’s see: 1. Turn on. 2. Make phone call. 3. Call gets dropped because of Samsung’s crappy hardware. 4. Call Verizon and get replacement. 5. Next 3 phones does the same thing. 6. Get different manufacturer and problems stop, even though I’m repeating Steps 1-2. Did I miss something?

          • KleenDroid

            It was not a reply to you. But yes you did miss something. At this point it doesn’t matter since you moved on. But I was first in line on launch day and was very excited… Till I went home with my phone and noticed my signal was either horrible or non existent. I was not happy… So I fully understand where you are coming from.

            Since that first week this has been the best phone I’ve had on Verizon. I love it and it gets better every month I own the phone. I am very confident that if you were given my my phone the way it is instead of what you got you would have a very different opinion. Trust me, if my Gnex was junk I would simply buy another phone.

          • Lucky Armpit

            Understood and thanks for the clarification. Trust me, the screen was beautiful and the phone was butter-smooth, but the radios/hardware was crap, hence my reason for my hatred and rage when it comes to the emotional roller coaster this phone put me on. My bro-in-law has one and the laments all the time about the problems he has related to the terrible signal quality and dropped calls. Maybe it’s a regional thing, who knows?

    • David Gilson

      Which phone did they let you swap it out for?

    • VinMessina

      That’s odd, had mine since day 1 and still going strong without a single issue. Guess I’m just lucky.

      • Booyah

        Not lucky, you just know how to use it.

      • joejoe5709

        I’m on my second GNex primarily because Best Buy killed it when they installed my Zagg protector and used WAY too much water. I’ve had this one for over a year now. Had to buy a second battery because the original one couldn’t hold a charge more than 6 hours. Had some charger port problems, but nothing a butter knife and steady hand couldn’t fix. I’m on my third Samsung USB cable, but that might have been because of said charger port not the cord’s fault.

        • KleenDroid

          Holy crap… They ruined your phone putting the Zagg on? They must have held the thing under the sink… :)

  • Will Frame

    It’s not a Nexus experience. Nexus devices get updates as soon as they’re available. Nexus devices don’t have carrier bloatware installed and obnoxious logos all over them.

    Good riddens. If Google is smart, they won’t let Verizon taint any further Nexus devices.

    • JoshGroff

      It’s good riddance. I do agree with your comment however.

      • Will Frame

        Thanks. I wondered why spell check was giving me grief over that word.

        • JoshGroff

          No problem. :) Yeah, spell check is both a blessing and a curse at times. Never helps when you actually need it, and corrects stuff you don’t want corrected.

      • blackjaguar25

        Why did this get downvoted?

    • John Malin

      It’s as close to nexus as VZW people are going to get. Root it and you can be up to date faster than the nexus 4 (depending on the devs)

      • Will Frame

        I know this is hard to believe, but some people don’t want to install a new custom ROM every week. One of the points of a Nexus device is pure stock with no bloatware or compromises. My Nexus 4 gets the latest update as soon as it’s available, so I wait for the OTA notification and apply it. I’m not interested in wiping my phone and restoring it every time there’s an incremental update, or some new features added to a ROM that I’m using.

        I can see custom ROM’ing a skinned phone, especially if the skin is bad, but I don’t see the upside to it on a Nexus device. You can basically install apps to duplicate anything you might be missing.

        • http://twitter.com/jbardrof Jeremy Bardrof

          Not sure you get the point @google-b7c7dda5c1fe985158766c9bb45842c0:disqus is making. There is no true Nexus experience for Verizon. It simply does not exist. So, if you are stuck with VZW, this is “as close as it gets”. There is no need to go on an anti root/rom rant, this is simply stating the state of life with VZW: There is no true Nexus, but with a little work you can get close.

          Also, that is great you get Nexus 4 updates, that is irrelevant to a VZW customer though now isn’t it.

          • Will Frame

            No, I get it. You made my point for me. There is no true Nexus device. That was really my only point. People refer to it as a Nexus device or a “Nexus experience”, but it’s really not. Not stock, anyway.

            I’m only passionate about this because I used to be with Verizon and I just got sick of their crap. They have been taking more and more liberties with Android phones over the years and the Galaxy Nexus really drove the point home for me.

          • Austin Warren

            A nexus experience is flashing custom roms, and customizing it every way you can. Not leaving it stock. There’s no fun in that.

          • mrribbits

            No, that’s an “Android experience”. A “Nexus experience” is fast, official stock updates from Google with no manufacturer skins or carrier bloatware. Custom ROMs on a Nexus is an option, but not a requirement as it is on most other Android phones :)

        • Xious

          Exactly what @google-b7c7dda5c1fe985158766c9bb45842c0:disqus and @twitter-78691258:disqus are saying. I’m a VZW customer. I am not leaving VZW because of the coverage in my area. I love my GN and will probably not go to another phone until this one dies. But I would much rather have this “tainted” nexus phone then any of the other phones out there. So you can go on your “it’s not a real nexus” rant, but most VZW customers appreciate the GN.

          • Booyah

            Exactly. I’m “stuck” with Verizon with unlimited data and a rooted GNex running 4.2.1. Yep, life’s rough.

        • mrribbits

          FYI: The latest CM10.1 does OTA updates for you. It’s seamless and very close to a stock like OTA experience. No “wiping and restoring” as you put it. I know it’s not the pure Nexus experience you are asking for, but it’s pretty damn good if you are stuck with Verizon.

        • Tim242

          I ROM Nexus phones because of the obnoxiously sized software buttons that waste screen space.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      NOOOO, we want VZW to have a true Nexus. If Google was smart, and it were possible, Google would strongarm Verizon into carrying a true Nexus where Verizon has no say over the phone at all, but we all know that won’t ever happen.

      • Will Frame

        Yeah, I don’t think they have the influence (or leverage) that Apple does. The iPhone is proof that you can have a phone on Verizon that doesn’t have bloatware and logos all over it. I’m not sure why Google caved to Verizon on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

    • Tim242

      People that buy Nexus phones install custom ROM’s. Why would you want a carrier update? I don’t call two apps bloatware. Google has more bloatware on it than Verizon does ie gtalk, latitude, places

      • Will Frame

        You’re calling Google apps on a google device bloatware? Really? Does that mean that the apps that come with iPhone are all bloatware?

        • Tim242

          Yes. Not all Google apps are good, nor do I use them all. Also, they shouldn’t bundle 4 apps in one and make Maps such a bloated mess.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steven.elliott.524596 Steven Elliott

            That’s actually hard to argue in a way. You make sense. Google apps = bloatware just as Carrier apps = bloatware. Both are uninstallable for the most part and some just take up space. Although they don’t really bother me.

        • c_hack

          The bloatware is Verizon’s apps, not Google’s. The Verizon apps are there for no other purpose than to sell junk you don’t need.

          However, it has less VZW bloatware than any other Verizon phone, and has no bloat like Sense or Touchwiz.

      • mrribbits

        Not all people. I have an N4 that I have yet to put a custom ROM on because “it just works”. I like the immediate official updates from Google more than I like the extra tweaks provided by custom ROMs. If your phone is not a Nexus, then I recommend a custom ROM just to enjoy a more stock-like experience. But if you have a Nexus, it’s not really that essential to flash a custom ROM unless you’re into that sort of thing.

        • Tim242

          Having a Nexus requires me to install a custom ROM to shrink the size of the onscreen buttons. I cannot stand them using up my screen space.

          • Eye4Detail

            Or you could leave the stock ROM and just alter the height of the buttons by finding the file and modding. I did this with my Archos 70 because there weren’t any ROMs that altered the soft-buttons.

        • Tim242

          Having a Nexus requires me to install a custom ROM to shrink the size of the onscreen buttons. I cannot stand them using up my screen space.

    • Booyah

      This dude is mad.

      PS my Verizon GNex is pretty Nexus if you ask me. Been running 4.2.1 for over a month.

      • Will Frame

        Yes, that’s it. I’m mad.

        P.S. You had to modify it to get the latest update on it, as you will the next time an update is released. So, you have to install a custom ROM every time you want the latest version of Android. Forgive me if I’m not impressed.

        • Booyah

          Yes, I did root. What’s your point?

          No need to rag on a Nexus just because you refuse to root (or don’t know how). 98% of folks on here are perfectly content (and rather stoked) to be running 4.2.1 on their Verizon GNex.

          • Will Frame

            I would be too, if it was the only way I could ever get updates for it.

            I root phones all the time, mainly to block ads and use other apps that won’t otherwise work without it. I’m quite versed on the subject of custom ROMs, rooting, and theming. I simply choose not to do so with my Nexus because there’s always an update around the corner and I don’t feel like anything is missing.

        • KleenDroid

          I understand everything you are saying. And I understand your disappointment as someone who never wants to root their phone. But there were many many of us who had the Droid 1 with its awesome development community wanting this phone. The Droid 1 and Nexus phones are development phones. Verizon gave it to us! Of course they didn’t let all the updates come through in a timely manner. But they gave us what we wanted. A phone with a fully unlockable bootloader that we can update on our own Very easily. Yes the phone is much better with an awesome ROM than stock. I thank Verizon very much for the Gnex. It is an awesome phone for those that will spend 10 minutes updating it. Before this all we were getting were phones with locked bootloaders, especially out of Motorola.

          I hope you enjoy your Nexus 4. I would love to have one also. I also hope we get some similar options for Verizon.

          • Will Frame

            I had the original Droid. I actually switched to Verizon for it. That phone was epic. Verizon did put Android on the map and I recognize that. It’s what they have been doing to the phones lately that bugs me. Take the persistent wifi notification, for instance. How do you guys live with that? I would root just to get rid of it. And then I get my hands on the Verizon version of a phone like the Note 2 and notice that it’s missing features that it should have (call blocking, S-Planner widget) and it just baffles me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Stick a huge battery in this thing and it’s the 2nd best phone in existence (behind the Nexus 4). With the crappy stock, and even extended battery, it’s just not useful for many people. I do love mine though.

    • Tony Allen

      Well the battery life was due to a much worse flaw, the bad radios. The OMAP in the VZW GNex is plenty efficient for great battery life, my Bionic would last 2-3 days on the Seidio 3500mAh. The Gnex would last through a day in the same places.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Either way, a giant battery would at least mask the issues with the radio.

        • Booyah

          I get great 4G in San Diego on my GNex. Can last until evening on a single charge no problem. All depends where you are.

    • http://twitter.com/DavidSheaffer David Sheaffer

      Seriously, is this what you think? It’s not even the 2nd best Galaxy Nexus. You can thank Verizon.

    • Detonation

      Giant battery or not, there are other short comings of this phone that keep it from being the 2nd best right now IMO. No sd slot, weak vibration, low speakers, lack of good accessories, weak radios. The dev community and custom roms are great, but they can’t fix hardware issues.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        I agree with you on the weak external speakers. I prefer no SD slot, don’t care about weak vibration or lack of accessories, and my radios are just fine.

  • Roberto Taylor

    I added my kids to my plan in October when they had the sale on them for $50 each. Couldn’t pass up that deal.

  • http://profiles.google.com/davidukfl David Wanless

    “nexus” experience

    • Tony Allen

      Mine is running 4.2.1.. pretty Nexus if you ask me.

      • Mike

        Also running 4.2.1, been running the latest OS within a week of release from Google for all versions since 4.0.4.

        • JoshGroff

          Also running 4.2.1, but on the Rezound. The dev community is what makes Android great.

          • snogods

            any chance you feel like sharing what your experience with 4.2.1 on the rezound has been like? what ROM are you running on it? is it fully functional? any tips on resources for how you got there? I’m interested in trying to give my wife’s phone a stock experience..

          • JoshGroff

            So far so good, haven’t really noticed many bugs except for an odd one. (Just flashed it Saturday) If you have the LTE radio on, WiFi won’t turn on, but if you set the radio to 3G/EvDo, WiFi works just fine. (could just be my phone as I’ve had the problem with other ROMs as well, but idk)

            Known problems: The camcorder only records in landscape orientation, and the noise cancelling mike doesn’t work so it sounds like you’re talking on a landline phone.

            Rom is an unofficial CM10.1 build.

            Link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2113140

      • Will Frame

        Because you rooted it and installed another ROM onto it. Your average consumer doesn’t do that. Not to mention, you should NEVER have to hack a phone to make it what it was supposed to be to begin with.

        Verizon Nexus was a complete fail. Now they’re putting a persistent wifi nag in the notification shade on all of their phones because they want you to stay off the network that you pay to access. They have been leaving features off that compete with their pay services for years. I’m surprised they don’t remove Google Maps from all Android phones and force you to use VZNav.

        They should have never had a Nexus device and hopefully, they never will again. If you really want a Nexus, switch to a GSM carrier and you can have a real one.

        • Tim242

          Average consumers do not buy Nexus phones.

          • Will Frame

            Please tell that to my girlfriend’s father who is not tech savvy and is currently using one. The whole “Nexus devices are only for modders” is a tired, inaccurate argument. Believe it or not, some people buy a phone in the store just because it catches their eye or the price is right. They don’t spend hours online reading about the phones and trying to determine which one will require hacking skills. And I’m fairly certain that Google wouldn’t limit their demographic by making a phone that JUST caters to hackers. The Nexus 4 is proof that they are going after a wider audience than that.

          • Tim242

            It is their own fault they didn’t do their research. Google would make a phone just for hackers. That why it is a DEVELOPER PHONE.

          • Will Frame

            Keep telling yourself that. I worked with the company who did advertising for the Galaxy Nexus when it was first released. I can assure you that Samsung’s advertising strategy was NOT “cater to the hackers”. They were advertising it as a consumer device.

          • Tim242

            What? Samsung did not advertise it at all. Verizon ran 2 commercials, for about a week. As already pointed out. Average consumers couldn’t care less about updates and stock Android. P.S. I work in a corporate cell phone store.

          • Will Frame

            Then you’re oblivious. Samsung most certainly did advertise the device and they most certainly did gear those advertisements toward consumers. I would know. I was there.

            Considering that the reps in the stores are the least knowledgeable people I meet regarding the phones they sell, there’s not a lot of credibility to be gained there.

          • Tim242

            Didn’t your mother teach you the danger of stereotyping? Not all store reps are clueless. However, most consumers are. We are not the majority.

          • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

            The only ads I ever saw for the GNex was when VZW felt it had run it’s course and you could get one free (or severely discounted) with a new or upgraded plan. I think I saw that ad twice.

          • Tim242

            Most average consumers do not like updates, especially when it changes the way their phone looks. They bring them in a lot, asking if they can erasethe update haha

          • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

            True, when my wife’s RAZR MAXX was updated from GB to ICS, she went from loving her first Android phone to absolutely HATING ITS GUTS. She was away visiting a cousin when the update came through and I spent a half hour on the phone listening to her rant about how much she USED to love it and how much the phone SUCKS now.

            She has since gotten past it and loves it again. :P

          • Will Frame

            I will concede to that. Especially Google updates, which generally contain drastic changes (as opposed to the incremental updates on iOS) that the manufacturer skins do a better job of hiding.

          • Will Frame

            It still baffles me that there are people as ignorant as you with access to the internet.

          • KleenDroid

            Just imagine how much money you could make if you directed all this energy in an intelligent manner.

          • Will Frame

            Just imagine how intelligent you could look if you actually made a valid point.

          • Tim242

            It is their own fault they didn’t do their research. Google would make a phone just for hackers. That why it is a DEVELOPER PHONE.

        • DanWazz

          Your average consumer doesn’t care about updates or a stock Android experience. Nexus devices are easy to unlock and root for a reason.

          The simple fact is, this is a Nexus device that runs on one of the fastest and most reliable networks around. If you want to most up to date software, all you have to do is a little reading and a little tinkering. It’s give and take.

          • Will Frame

            Why do people insist that Verizon is the the fastest Network? have you run any speed tests lately? Their 3G network is a joke and their LTE network is so saturated now that your speeds are often in line with HSPA+ speeds, rather than the 20-30 that you consistently saw when the network first rolled out. I see 40-50 mbps on AT&T’s LTE network on a consistent basis and 8-10 on their “3G” HSPA+ network.

            Verizon isn’t the “fastest” network. They simply have the most coverage. They also get the fewest phone options, though, because manufacturers don’t want to make a separate device with CDMA radios just for them when they can make a world phone that supports all GSM bands at once.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

            that is cause not many people on their 4g network, and yes verizon is way better than the rest because of the coverage it offers,only reason people bitch about verizon is cause of the price

          • DanWazz

            That’s why I said ONE of the fastest. Also, good thing you can jump on AT&T’s LTE network with your Nexus phone. Oh wait…you can’t. Even if you could, all that speed doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have decent coverage.

            Anyway I’m not trying to defend VZW or trash AT&T, just saying the GNex on VZW is still a great phone… at least mine is.

          • Will Frame

            You’re right. I missed the “one of” part. I just see references all the time in XDA about Verizon being “the fastest” and I find that confusing.

            I’m fine without LTE. I have several phones that have it and the Nexus 4 works just fine without it. I did a speedtest at home the other night and hit 10 mbps on HSPA+. I can live with that. Besides, with data caps, super fast speeds don’t do you a lot of good. You might load a web page a few seconds faster, but you’re certainly not going to be downloading a lot of large files.

            I don’t think the Gnex is a horrible phone. That’s why I gave one to a friend. I just think the Verizon version makes a poor Nexus.

          • KleenDroid

            I don’t agree with your Gnex opinion but fully agree with this. When I first got my Thunderbolt the speeds were amazing. And the speeds have suffered over time as more and more get in. I also agree their phone offerings are often inferior to the competition.

            I have 5 lines with Verizon all with unlimited data which is keeping me here at the moment. That and that it is only $10 per line for unlimited. Even so unless someone provides some reasonable off contract options I may also be looking elsewhere.

            I have no doubt Verizon is slowing down.

      • http://profiles.google.com/davidukfl David Wanless

        running a custom rom I’m assuming. That’s not nexus, that’s counting on developers to make sure you’re phone is running the latest software, not google.

        I run AOKP on my gnex and i’m just about always on the latest software, and nexus phones are easily the best for running custom AOSP roms….however, having to count on verizon to gives you stock updates gives a pretty loose term to the definition of nexus.

  • Tony Allen

    If you are considering picking one of these up, go ahead and do yourself a favor by buying a few extended batteries.

    • burntcookie90

      I just purhcased my 3rd…

      • Pdiddy187

        I just got my second yesterday. It was getting on par with the standard battery.

        • burntcookie90

          I had the 1850mah, which had 6 hours of usage. The 2100mah had 8 hours. Just caved and bought the 3800mah tumor. I just got tired of having to charge so often.

    • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

      I picked up a Hyperion 3800mah battery for like $20 off Amazon and it rocks… adds a bit of thickness to the profile, but it can make it through an entire day of pretty decent usage with 70% or more left over. Very heavy usage will usually result in 40%-or-so, meaning I can leave my pockets and thoughts open for other stuff and not just battery preservation.

      • JohnPA2006

        I had one of those 3800mAh batteries on my Gnex,
        stil barely lasted the day.

        Sometimes it got so hot I had to pull the battery.

        I got rid of my Gnex and got the S3 and have been very happy with it.

        Starting to think (know) the Gnex was a failed prototype for the S3

        by failed I mean unfixable hardware issues that hampered its usability.

        • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

          I do sometimes notice it gets slightly warm, but not hot, and no different than when I had the 1850mah battery… best phone I’ve ever owned. Had the GNex since release day and the 3800 battery for about 6 months now and never had any issues.

          • johnpa2006

            Agree, and after reading my own post I noticed I sounded douchy, basically if they had the stock rom from the GNex on the Galaxy S3 it would be the perfect phone. imho

          • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

            Agreed, though I’d say zap the big button and you’ve got yourself a deal :)

  • ddh819

    is this a good deal? cowboom has used ones for 170

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.keeley.18 Nathan Keeley

    I’m guessing its still gonna have the junk radio’s

    • Tony Allen

      Of course.

    • Your Dad

      Your moms radio is junk

    • Mike

      If by junk you mean power hungry, in terms of signal quality they are on par with Motorola and HTC. Never seen anywhere where my fiance gets 4G on her Razr HD and I don’t have it as well.

      • T4rd

        That wasn’t my experience. My wife’s Rezound and co-workers Razrs and GS3s all had 4G in my office building, whereas I was alway stuck on 3G on my Gnex, same with one of my other coworkers/friend who has a Gnex. When moving into and out of 4G areas too, my wife’s Rezound would pick up and keep 4G longer than my Gnex. Sometimes my Gnex would randomly drop data connection too even though I was outside with full bars. It didn’t matter what baseband I was using either (I tried them all). Now I have a Note 2 and have no reception issues whatsoever. I’m glad to have 4G at my office desk now.