Samsung may have confirmed the US release of its Galaxy Nexus for sometime next month, but if you’ve got the cash to spend, you needn’t wait any longer to get your hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. Retailer Expansys has just updated its US site to indicate that the handset is currently in-stock and shipping-out to customers.
Obviously, with Verizon’s LTE version of the phone yet to arrive, we’re talking about the HSPA+ version that hit the UK late last week. That’s not a big deal, though, from a compatibility standpoint, as the smartphone’s unusually flexible 3G radio will let you get full-speed service on either AT&T or T-Mobile. With the Galaxy Nexus arriving unlocked, that choice of carrier is totally up to you.
In spite of the model’s current availability, the vast majority of users will likely wait for Verizon. More so than for the LTE speeds, US smartphone customers will largely balk at the nearly $750 price tag for the 16GB model. For those who are able to see the big picture, though, it can be a preferable situation to the subsidized cost.
Verizon will likely launch the phone at around $300 (though maybe as low as $250), and its cheapest qualifying plan with more than a pittance of data works out to a minimum of $70 a month. If you were to snag the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus and hook it up with T-Mobile’s pre-paid $30 plan, though you’d start-out spending $450 more, you’d save $480 in just the first year of service alone. This might not be the best solution for everyone, but we’re just saying: don’t let high upfront prices scare you away from what could be a very affordable deal.