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Galaxy Nexus Officially Released – Rogers / Fido / Telus

The Galaxy Nexus officially releases on Rogers, Telus and Fido. Technically Fido released it on January 10th, but in a matter of speakings the Galaxy Nexus is available for our big 3.

As mentioned in my previous post, the Rogers/Fido and Telus Galaxy Nexus are all selling for $99 on a 3 year term and $599 Buyout. Some users have reported that if you buy your phone from a Rogers dealer, they pull that mail-in rebate nasty business. That being said, it might be in your best interest to stick with Futureshop and Bestbuy for your mobile phone needs.

It is said that this $99 price is a promo and won’t last forever. I probably don’t need to tell you, but if you’ve been waiting for the Galaxy Nexus now is the time. Stop reading this, grab your coat and run out the door to your nearest dealers! btw…. don’t forget pants.

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  • Anonymous

    Bought mine yesterday outright from Rogers, such an amazing phone. So much better than my iphone.

    • Anonymous

      Well that was short lived but looks like I’m going to be returning it. First day it was fine, but third day and it is rebooting randomly, stock apps crashing (haven’t installed any apps), and the battery is lasting 7 hours with the screen at minimum brightness and light texting. Maybe I’ll wait for the G Note instead. Really sucks, phone is smooth otherwise.

  • Tyler Durden

    But what is this business I hear about not all Galaxy Nexus phones will be getting updates right from Google? Isn’t this one of the two main reasons for getting a Nexus device? We need an article about this issue.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      I agree… I would need more facts before I post something.
      You have a great point there though.

      • Tyler Durden

        This is a petty big issue if it is indeed a reality. It needs some major investigating. I’d really like to know what Rogers, Telus, Samsung and Google have to say about this. Without updates coming straight from Google, it shouldn’t be branded a Nexus device. Very misleading.

        • Tyler Durden

          *pretty big issue

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

            I couldn’t agree more.

          • Tyler Durden

            I’ll keep my eyes peeled here, like I already do anyways, and hope to see some info about this.

  • Kyam83

    TELUS sold out in Ottawa, did my rounds… (we live in a tiny cityso doesn’t take long).

    What’s worst, dealer called me while I was in the middle of a high level meeting, left message… An hour later, came out, called at noon and gone.

  • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

    Futureshop in Winnipeg lists it for $649 outright. Was even higher ($674.99) at some of the small phone shops.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Strange… I’m seeing mixed stories. I personally seen it with my own eyes at $599. I wonder if it varies from location.

      • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

        I took the hit and got it at futureshop. If I find it cheaper elsewhere in the next few days they’ll always do their price match/beat deal within 30 days.

        Should also note mine is running 4.0.1. Isn’t 4.0.3 the latest iteration for the GN?

        • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

          No 4.0.3 is Aosp right now. 4.0.2 is being pushed out between now and a couple days. 4.0.2 is ready available in factory recovery images, but is currently in the process of being pushed OTA

          • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

            And that’s why I check here first. :) Thanks!

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

            No worries bud, Thanks for reading and hanging out with us :D

  • Daniel Evans

    Come on WIND… how long is “coming soon”?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      They haven’t dropped any hints, but I will be sure to post something when I find out.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a Rogers customer with a little over 6 months till I can HUP. I called Rogers last night  and was quoted a price of 209 plus all the other fees. What the deal? Is $99 for new customers only? 

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Rogers recently updated their HUP policy.
      If I understand correctly, if you had 6 months left, you pay $20 for every remaining month as an “Early upgrade fee” Plus the cost of the contracted phone. so it would be approximately $120 + $99 + $35 Activation + Tax So $209 Sounds about right. It’s rogers way of squeezing those extra dollars out of your pockets.

      • Anonymous

        The other fees are $120 for early upgrade fee plus $35. There was a $50 rebate in there somewhere.  The final price with taxes was I think $335. I’m going to call again and mention the price on bestbuy. If can’t get the 99$ price I’ll be a little choked but not surprised. As soon as your in a contract your theirs. Speaking of that I’ve read if they make changes to the contract, which happens on occasion I hear, you can get out it with out penalty. Does anyone know of a site or blog that monitors cell phone companies for contract changes?
        Cheers

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Rogers recently updated their HUP policy.
      If I understand correctly, if you had 6 months left, you pay $20 for every remaining month as an “Early upgrade fee” Plus the cost of the contracted phone. so it would be approximately $120 + $99 + $35 Activation + Tax So $209 Sounds about right. It’s rogers way of squeezing those extra dollars out of your pockets.

      I have heard others saying rogers is riding that “Mail in rebate B.S” you might have better luck doing a HUP at Futureshop or Bestbuy. As far as I know they don’t do that garbage

  • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

    Well, I’m packaging up my Galaxy Nexus to return. 12 hours on standby with the exception of one 1-minute call and 3 text messages and the battery is flat dead. I get no signal in my condo. Comparing this with my Nexus S, with that I get full bars on 3G at home and everywhere I go day-to-day, and with similarly minimal usage my NS will go a couple days on a charge with WiFi and 3G on all the time. Further more, benchmarking…my Nexus S hits between 1400 and 1600 on Quadrant (usually high 1400’s with everything running). With all similar settings, my Galaxy Nexus hasn’t been higher than 1700, but typically in the high-1500’s. That’s a pretty big disappointment. So I tried Smartbench, and the GN handily outbenched the NS in productivity, but the NS actually BEATS the GN consistently by a hair in games, which is unacceptable.

    As a final dagger, I find the NS has a more vivid screen and warmer colors…at least at default settings with the brightness at the same setting. My NS was a quantum leap forward from the HTC Magic I started my Android journey with. I was hoping for the same from the Galaxy Nexus, and came away cold.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Thanks for your feedback. I wasn’t totally impressed with my Galaxy Nexus either. I like the phone an all, but I found my Galaxy S II LTE performed much better for what I needed it to.

      All the issues you noted above are all the same things I noticed as well on my initial thoughts. It’s a shame that this phone didn’t meet your expectations.  Thanks for very much from coming back here with your story ^_^

      • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

        The worst part is I’ve been waiting eagerly for this phone since I got my NS. I loved the NS so much I figured the GN was sure-fire more-of-a-good-thing…

        Just for kicks I ran a quick Linpack benchmark on both phones, and the Galaxy Nexus DESTROYED the NS…but I think Linpack is designed to squeeze the most out of multi-core setups, so it should. Goes to show benchmarks aren’t everything….but it’s still gotta work for everyday life. Worth noting that my Viewsonic gTablet running CM7 hammered out slightly better Linpack scores than the GN. And the gTab, despite its Tegra2 hardware, is hardly a smooth running fire-breather.

        This might be blasphemy, but my short experience with ICS left me with a little bit of a Windows Vista after-taste. They moved some things around, hid some things away, and at the end of the day I almost feel like ICS’ “enhancements” was the reason for the disappointing performance. I had no experience with Honeycomb, but after turning in my GN, I went and played with a couple of the Honeycomb tablets on display. It felt more natural than ICS, despite some similarities. Makes me gun-shy about the upcoming OTA for my NS.

        For the record, I’ll be starting the clock for the next Nexus. The One was great (or so I’ve heard), the S was outstanding despite the early “disappointment” tags, guess a dud was due. I’m hoping the next one is the comeback kid.

        • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

          You and me both :)

          Sent from my Android

    • Dinesh Abraham

      i am another htc magic -> gnexus user. i think something is defn wrong with your nexus. i have my wifi and 3g on all the time like you. but i have never had signal issues. and the phone is blazing fast in the same wifi where i use my sgs2(office device) and my good old htc magic. i used it for almost an hour in making calls and 45-50 mins in music , 1-1:30 hrs in games , browser. it was 25% left after 25 hrs. 

      “I get no signal in my condo. Comparing this with my Nexus S, with that I get full bars on 3G at home and everywhere I go” This alone clearly shows that your device does have an issue. i would go to rogers and return them this device and get a new one as they have a DOA policy for 30 days.

  • Bogdan

    If you know someone at TELUS, it’s $552.49 with no contract and $2.49 with a 3-year contract in the TELUS team webstore.