More than a few of you probably have at least $299.99 in your wallet at the moment, saved against the day when the seven trumpets sound, the moon turns blood red and Verizon finally decides to release the Galaxy Nexus in the US. If you live near a Costco you can save a few bucks when it actually arrives; PhoneArena reports that the retail chain is preparing the phone for a debut at $289.99, exactly ten dollars less than the rumored Verizon price. Naturally you’ll still need to sign or renew a two-year contract.

Costco is also including a “Costco Member Bonus Accessory Pack”, but there’s no information on exactly what this entails. Some Samsung accessories would be nice, but a cheap-o case, car charger and perhaps a screen protector is more likely. Still, beggars can’t be choosers, and ten dollars off is ten dollars you wouldn’t have had before – the better to buy a $50 extended battery with. Costco’s internal system is showing a December 9th launch for the Galaxy Nexus, but multiple insiders are saying that it’s the latest in a long line of missed dates.

This is the part of the Galaxy Nexus article where I close. I typically describe how Americans have been waiting for the Galaxy Nexus for far too long, and how upset US Android fans are with Verizon for its horrible timing. I mention how the complete lack of communication with its customers is a major disservice, and how it’s probably going to lose potential converts from T-Mobile and AT&T, who may just wait for the Galaxy Nexus to arrive on their carriers instead of switching. But I’ve done that a lot already, so I won’t mention any of Verizon’s poor policies like booting out Google Wallet and saddling the phone with bloatware. Nope, not at all.

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[via SlashGear]

  • You nailed it, without technically saying it. I’m a t-mob guy who was going to make the jump, but after all this, I’ll just sit it out and buy one from Canada or something.

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Google did not make the best decision partnering with Verizon for the US release. The GSM version has been out for a month, but we can’t buy it here, on top of that, there’s this whole Verizon delay. Way to push ICS to the masses Google.

  • Jester016

    Every few days I call around to another local store to ask them about the Galaxy Nexus, my last try was Best Buy.  I told the guys that the word on the web was that they were supposed to be releasing it in the next fews days and I wanted to make sure I got one.  He himmed and hawwed for a second and then told me he would check on it and put me on hold, he came back after a minute and said that they didn’t know what was going on with it at the moment but I should call back tomorrow to check.  Not sure if I should read anything into this response. I’d really like to, but I don’t want to be disappointed again.

  • Vash1988

    Yeah even Costco isn’t getting it tomorrow the got a notice saying to hold off Intel further notice that suxs