The week is starting off rather nice with Verizon announcing their Samsung Galaxy Nexus (LTE) will be dropped down to just $99 with a new 2-year contract. This marks the lowest Verizon has sold the Google experience device for, and is a pretty solid deal. We’ve seen low prices like this before but not directly from the folks at Verizon.

With impressive new smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III stealing the thunder it makes sense to drop the price of a few older, lower spec’d phones to help sales. The Galaxy Nexus is no slouch though. The camera might be lacking compared to the competition, and it has an older processor under the hood but it gets the latest and greatest Android OS versions from Google. Not to mention the huge development community for said device.

It might be a “Nexus” but Verizon manages to take their sweet time with updates sadly. When Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean they stated the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Xoom would all see the update mid July. Which has came true and all the above have received the update — except Verizon models. Both the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and XOOM are still waiting. Hopefully Verizon gives the okay and the LTE Nexus gets Jelly Bean soon, but for now we have no definitive date.

This is still a solid device with tons of upside and potential. Who’s snagging one now they’re only $99?

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