By Ermal Hajrizi
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – Google’s flagship phone – is about 6 months old at this point, it still remains a beast of a device, able to hold its own amongst a sea of top-notch smartphones from manufacturers across the world. Featuring a behemoth 4.65-inch screen at a resolution of 1280 x 720 paired with a dual-core processor pushing it along at 1.2 GHz, the phone certainly keeps up with nearly anything you can throw at its Android 4.0 core. And on top of that, you get the added convenience of software updates directly from Google, so you don’t have to wait for Samsung to push it out months after the initial release.
So, if you’re looking to get your hands on one, you can take advantage of this crazy good deal: Google is selling the HSPA+ (international edition) version of the Galaxy Nexus on its Google Play store for just $399, off-contract. This might seem like a lot, but when you consider the fact that you’re not locked into a 2-year contract, it’s really a great deal. After all, just a few months ago, this phone cost upwards of $700.
Now, of course, in order to actually use the phone, you need access to a wireless network. The best deal by far in that respect is T-Mobile USA’s Monthly 4G plan. At $30/month, you get 100 minutes, unlimited text messaging, and 5 GB of 4G data. Additional minutes come in at 10 cents/minute. If you’re the talking type, though, you can opt for the $50/month plan, which gets you unlimited minutes in addition to data and messaging. Remember, these plans are also sans contract, so you’re free to leave at your own will. Similarly, whenever you feel like changing carriers, you can simply swap the SIM card in the Nexus and you’re set to go.
Google has slashed $50 off the price of the Galaxy Nexus, which is now retailing unlocked for $349 on the Google Play Store, making this an even sweeter deal.