Apr 25, 2012
The Nexus line of phones began with Google selling the Nexus One online. Now Google is taking another stab at selling a phone directly to consumers, by selling an unlocked GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus on Google Play. While the phone is available on contract from Verizon and Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US have not carried it. However, this phone will work with those carriers, and while it will not support LTE, it does support what is marketed as 4G, HSPA+. As well, the phone is available at a relative bargain price, $399 plus tax and shipping. This is only $100 or $200 more than similar Galaxy models on contract.
While this is a win for consumers, what this really means is that Google is setting up an architecture to potentially sell their much-rumored-but-never-seen Nexus Tablet on the web. Rumors of this plan been floating around the web. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and this definitely smells like smoke.