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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ GSM Android 4.0 Phone with 4.65 EXPIRED

ShoonMcgregor 50 140 June 27, 2012 at 09:21 AM in Tech & Electronics (5)
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Promoted 07-07-2012 by iconian at 01:38 PM View Original Post
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Google Play has Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ Unlocked GSM Phone for $349. Shipping is around $10. Thanks ShoonMcgregor
  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 4.65" HD (1280x720) Super AMOLED Contour Display
  • GSM / HSPA+ 21
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Android 4.0
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Edited June 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM by widgit
Google cut $50 off the normal price of the GSM variant with 1yr warranty.

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Last Edited by ThinkBig October 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM
WARNING: Phone Volume is really crappy.. (even at highest volume) a regular call to a home/cell sounds really low at your end, as well as other end also complains low volume. I tried different tools, volume+ didn't work fine for me(it made distorted), but Volume Rockers was better. all free apps i tried. But what the hell you buy 350+tax almost 400 phone and you have to have a bit compromise on the very basic feature of call quality. If its not an issue, you can be on top of it, I like for its sleek/screen etc.. except this one imp vol issue. Note: even with 4.1.2 there is no much diff i can recognize.


Runs latest Jelly Bean 4.1.2

Jellybean has been optimized for slicker performance (Project Butter), and includes Google Now, which is a competitor to Siri. Also note that this phone supports Google Wallet.

Siri vs Google...Fight

According to several forum posts, if you have a micro-sim card (used in iPhone 4/4S), you do not need a new sim or an adapter to use it in the Galaxy Nexus (which uses mini-sim card): just slide your micro-sim directly down the middle of the mini-sim slot in Nexus, and it should work.

This is a penta-band GSM phone for AT&T, T-Mobile, many prepaid providers, and the rest of the world. It is a world-phone in a very true sense because it's completely unlocked and supports all the major bands in use.

Galaxy Nexus Extended 2000mah battery. ebay [ebay.com] or cheaper here expansys [expansys-usa.com].
Please note that the NFC device used in Google Wallet and Google Beam need a compatible battery to function. A NFC-enabled battery costs more than the generics.

The screen is a pentile HD SuperAMOLED. It is very sharp, the contrast is great, the colors are vibrant, and it is very readable in the sun. Note that there are defects in the screen of some of the phones, so please look for any problems noted in this thread at XDA Developers. [xda-developers.com]

AT&T and T-Mobile both market their HSPA+ networks as "4G". So this phone will get you the non-LTE "4G" on AT&T. All of T-Mobile's "4G" currently is HSPA+.

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#781
Quote from freesty1er View Post :
I ordered mine mid-day Saturday and have no update past the order confirmation. Maybe I was amid a rush of people who finally decided to pull the trigger.
I am in a similar situation but I ordered on Friday. I need the phone this week as I'm going overseas next monday.
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#782
ordered it yesterday.

I googled about the ban, and found an article saying yes they are banned but they are banned from making more. They are not banned from selling what they have on hand. Same with the LTE versions.
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#783
Just in case Nexus really gets banned, is there another alternative with following? :

- Supports T-Mobile HSPA+
- Hotspot works out of the box.
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Quote from Van25 View Post :
I was actually curious, everyone who bought the nexus, how long did it take you to get it? On business days? It says 3-5 days, but people are saying you get it in 1-2 day, which is pretty crazy.
Quote from JetBlast View Post :
I am in a similar situation but I ordered on Friday. I need the phone this week as I'm going overseas next monday.
Don't quote me on this but I believe you'll be fine. I have a very good feeling you'll get it this week (*I hope). I hemmed and hawed a lot before I pulled the trigger - and now that I have (did), I'm SO impatient and want the thing NOW so I can play with it. Such a spoiled brat. Big Grin
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Quote from manfromnowhere View Post :
http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx

Check your T-Mo coverage there, I've found it to be pretty accurate.

Sprint is actually very good in my area on 3G. I'm getting 1000-1500kb down on my Optimus on Virgin Mobile. Sprint's 4G sucks here though. T-Mo is VERY fast if you're in a good area. Verizon beats them all but I couldn't justify paying so much $$ so I cancelled and went back to T-Mobile.
Just checked and I'm getting Excellent - Good for most of the areas, so I'm really happy about that!


Quote from runtohell121 View Post :
Yeah. That would work. Just have to get the SIM cards from the prepaid carriers. Get the phone now, activate on T-Mobile monthly 4G plan, the one that's $30 w/ 100 min and 5gb data. If that works well, keep it. If not, switch over. Don't port any numbers over yet though. If you like the service, then port the number you want. Unless you plan on ETF on Sprint early, then port. The 100 min, unlimited data, 5gb from T-Mobile only works on new activation sim cards. I'm not sure about AT&T/Straight Talk, etc.

I'm currently on AT&T pay by month (contract) and no where near end of contract.. but I plan on testing T-Mobile prepaid if I decide to get this phone just because I want to use the plan as a portable hot spot on the go for tablets/laptops. I'm concerned about losing my "unlimited" data plan from AT&T, so not worth tethering long period of time.

Thanks for the info. I do plan on paying the ETF. I guess I can port to TMobile prepaid and if I dont' like it then port to straight talk the next month. I think the 100 min might be a little tough to stay under.

The $35/month at Virgin is really appealing but I'm not sure if I'll be happy with the coverage since it's the same as sprint!

For anyone that currently has the Nexus - how is the battery life? My Epic 4G can't even make it through the day without it dying, and that's with very light data usage!
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Seems this unlocked phone attracted most T-mobile customers. For others, should we wait for SIII or even better Note II which rumored may come with jellbean in sept? At ATT, SIII is only $199 with a new 2y contract.
Actually it attract Straight Talk and other prepaid GSM service user also. Prepaid usually need to buy your own phone so this is great price to get unlocked phone that work with both T-mobile and AT&T HSPA+. In addition, it attract AT&T user that's using old data plan. AT&T currently does not recognizing this as smartphone so AT&T won't charge old plan user with smartphone data fee, etc. Only AT&T postpaid user that's paying smartphone data fee, then of course they want to get AT&T subsidized phone and not this phone which you pay the full price yourself.
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[QUOTE=XReflection;51373004]I believe the hardware is slightly better in the SII. I think that was considered the flagship phone for Samsung when it was released. It is being replaced by the SIII.



Actually, most of the hardware is superior on the galaxy nexus. The AMOLED HD screen on the galaxy nexus is both bigger, and much better quality than the sII. the galaxy nexus also has NFC, its also got a bigger stock battery, with the option to upgrade to a 2100 mah battery without adding bulk. The SII does have a better camera.

With software, you will be getting the latest updates much quicker with the nexus, and without the touchwhiz garbage. Jellybean will be officially out on the nexus in a couple of weeks, while the SII just got ICS a month or 2 ago.
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Actually it attract Straight Talk and other prepaid GSM service user also. Prepaid usually need to buy your own phone so this is great price to get unlocked phone that work with both T-mobile and AT&T HSPA+. In addition, it attract AT&T user that's using old data plan. AT&T currently does not recognizing this as smartphone so AT&T won't charge old plan user with smartphone data fee, etc. Only AT&T postpaid user that's paying smartphone data fee, then of course they want to get AT&T subsidized phone and not this phone which you pay the full price yourself.
My hubby has the OLD MW1 (media works) that comes with unlimited data and 1500 texts. Do u think they will knock him off that "feature"? I have read that if u use a phone that AT&T sells or if it's a version of one they sell, they will detect it and add the current data plan.

TIA
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Quote from Averwind View Post :
Just in case Nexus really gets banned, is there another alternative with following? :

- Supports T-Mobile HSPA+
- Hotspot works out of the box.
HTC Radar. Pick it up for about $150 at craigslist. Works fine with $30 / 5GB plan.
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My hubby has the OLD MW1 (media works) that comes with unlimited data and 1500 texts. Do u think they will knock him off that "feature"? I have read that if u use a phone that AT&T sells or if it's a version of one they sell, they will detect it and add the current data plan.

TIA
I'm currently using the gnex with the 10 dollar medianet plant from ATT.Big Grin

The imei number for the gnex will show up on ATT's database as an unknown device.
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Quote from Nickel1911 View Post :
I'm currently using the gnex with the 10 dollar medianet plant from ATT.Big Grin

The imei number for the gnex will show up on ATT's database as an unknown device.
Thx for ur quick reply!!
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Quote from XReflection View Post :
I believe the hardware is slightly better in the SII. I think that was considered the flagship phone for Samsung when it was released. It is being replaced by the SIII.


Actually, most of the hardware is superior on the galaxy nexus. The AMOLED HD screen on the galaxy nexus is both bigger, and much better quality than the sII. the galaxy nexus also has NFC, its also got a bigger stock battery, with the option to upgrade to a 2100 mah battery without adding bulk. The SII does have a better camera.

With software, you will be getting the latest updates much quicker with the nexus, and without the touchwhiz garbage. Jellybean will be officially out on the nexus in a couple of weeks, while the SII just got ICS a month or 2 ago.
It depends which Galaxy S2 variant you're referencing. T-Mobile received the worst variant (which the Galaxy Nexus bests albeit both have NFC) but the AT&T and especially Sprint variants hold their ground. The AT&T Variant (Skyrocket) features NFC and an 1,850 mAh battery (larger than that 1,750 mAh battery present in the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus). The Sprint variant (Epic 4G Touch) lacks NFC but features an 1,800 mAh battery with the largest screen of the variants (comparable in size to the Galaxy Nexus).

Furthermore, the AT&T, Sprint, and international versions of the GSII feature a significantly better SoC (especially in the GPU department).
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Don't you root your sii? I heard most android buyers root their phone the moment they get it. It then has ICS, tethering, removed samsung/carrier bloatware, etc.

Comparing to Sii, is nexus better in hardware/battery? assuming both are rooted.
This imo is a common myth.....There is 0 chance that after a million activations a day even half of those get rooted.

Just like Apple with Jailbreaking things....There are some that do it and some that just leave it the way it is, and JB Apple is much easier then rooting most Android phones.

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Seems this unlocked phone attracted most T-mobile customers. For others, should we wait for SIII or even better Note II which rumored may come with jellbean in sept? At ATT, SIII is only $199 with a new 2y contract.
Someone mentioned this earlier but ST also a great reason to get this phone. Rly any pre paid or if you want to sign up without a contract with ATT.

Obviously you can get cheaper phones with a contract but then you are locked into that for 2 years, you pay a ridic high bill, and if you want to get rid of it the ETF is outrageous.

Quote from Averwind View Post :
Just in case Nexus really gets banned, is there another alternative with following? :

- Supports T-Mobile HSPA+
- Hotspot works out of the box.
I would imagine the next Nexus will fit into those categories. Which may or may not be out by the time this could die. Even if its banned they have current inventory to get rid of plus you could simply buy from overseas. They are not banned from making or exporting them. Just simply banned from bringing them to the US. That is SAMSUNG would be banned so I am sure there will be plenty of ways to still get this if absolutely needed.

This is a tough situation since the Nexus phone is pure Google, Samsung can't just fix those 4 things that are causing it to get banned. Even though they are software issues. Hopefully Google will step in to this fight because to have Samsung fight this alone on a GOOGLE dev phone is imo just plain stupid.
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Thx for ur quick reply!!
np. Just realized I typed plant instead of plan.
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This imo is a common myth.....There is 0 chance that after a million activations a day even half of those get rooted.

Just like Apple with Jailbreaking things....There are some that do it and some that just leave it the way it is, and JB Apple is much easier then rooting most Android phones.



Someone mentioned this earlier but ST also a great reason to get this phone. Rly any pre paid or if you want to sign up without a contract with ATT.

Obviously you can get cheaper phones with a contract but then you are locked into that for 2 years, you pay a ridic high bill, and if you want to get rid of it the ETF is outrageous.



I would imagine the next Nexus will fit into those categories. Which may or may not be out by the time this could die. Even if its banned they have current inventory to get rid of plus you could simply buy from overseas. They are not banned from making or exporting them. Just simply banned from bringing them to the US. That is SAMSUNG would be banned so I am sure there will be plenty of ways to still get this if absolutely needed.

This is a tough situation since the Nexus phone is pure Google, Samsung can't just fix those 4 things that are causing it to get banned. Even though they are software issues. Hopefully Google will step in to this fight because to have Samsung fight this alone on a GOOGLE dev phone is imo just plain stupid.
Irrelevant arguments were also cited, as Posner noted in his written report: “Apple wanted me to allow into evidence media reports attesting to what a terrific product the iPhone is. I said I would not permit this because the quality of the iPhone (and of related Apple products, primarily the iPad) and consumers’ regard for it have, so far as the record shows, nothing to do with the handful of patent claims that I had ruled presented triable issues of infringement.”

I hope that isn't the same scheme that got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned.
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