Best Buy Announces Nexus S Price at $529 or $199 With T-Mobile Contract

The one big glaring omission from today’s Nexus S announcement was its sticker. We knew Best Buy would be offering the phone, but how much would the retail giant be selling the phone for? Well, that question has been answered in two parts: It will run $529 outright and $199 with a two-year service agreement with T-Mobile. In a move that is sure to help sell a few more units, Best Buy plans to have working devices in their stores and 157 Best Buy Mobile outlets. Huzzah!

Full press release after the break.

Best Buy Mobile® Partners With Google to Exclusively Launch Nexus S Smart Phone

Nexus S, from Google and Samsung, is the world’s first smart phone with Android 2.3, Gingerbread. Nexus S hits Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com after Dec. 16

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2010 – Best Buy proudly announces the exclusive North American launch of the new Nexus S™ smart phone, co-developed by Google™ and Samsung, the world’s most advanced Android™ smart phone.

Nexus S is available after Dec. 16 in all Best Buy big box stores, the 157 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and on BestBuy.com. Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.

Best Buy Mobile has rapidly become a leading destination for mobile technology purchases with the most smart phones under one roof. With the addition of Nexus S, Best Buy Mobile now offers more than 20 Android phones across all four major networks, a full line of accessories for the devices and highly trained mobile associates providing support and guidance.

“We have invested a lot of time and resources to ensure people get the smart phone and support that’s right for them, and we expect to see significant consumer excitement focused on Nexus S,” said Mike Vitelli, president of the Americas for Best Buy. “This is a groundbreaking mobile device that you have to see to believe, and that’s exactly what people can do at every Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile location. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Google and Samsung to launch this phone in time for the holidays.”

Nexus S also is launching in all Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK later in December.

”We’re thrilled to launch Nexus S with Gingerbread, and we’re also excited to be partnering with Best Buy to launch this device,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

Nexus S is the world’s first mobile phone to feature a 4” Contour Display. Its unique design and curved display make it easy to use while the powerful 1GHz application processor combined with the newest version of Android 2.3 or “Gingerbread” means users will enjoy one of the fastest and most seamless user experiences available. The combined Flash and HTML5 technology means internet browsing is high-speed and sophisticated.

Additional Nexus S features include:

  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows users to read NFC tags
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • Voice Actions allows users to text friends, search for and call restaurants and stores, write notes to self, receive step-by-step directions via Google Maps™ with Navigation and Latitude, and ring and email contacts just by speaking into their smart phone
  • Access to Google mobile services including Google Search™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, Google Talk™, Google Voice™
  • Gyroscope support for enhanced gaming and motion detection

Nexus S, Google, Android, Google Maps, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Voice are trademarks of Google, Inc. T-Mobile is a trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

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15 Comments

  1. Prototype V
    December 06, 15:14 Reply

    Verizon version?? If not, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m gonna have to skip this! :(
    – Proud Nexus One owner

    • Anonymous
      December 08, 15:41 Reply

      How is this relevant? There was not a Verizon version of the Nexus One either.

  2. Ben
    December 06, 16:06 Reply

    The “write notes to self” on a smart phone has always worried me. How do we know this private information isn’t being zapped back to the big boy companies and they’re stealing our ideas?

    I’ll pass. Too advanced for my liking.

  3. mkr
    December 06, 17:19 Reply

    The phone looks amazing but why sabotage it in the UK by charging £550, $862!

  4. someguy
    December 07, 09:57 Reply

    i guess ill do the notes when i have no service 😛

  5. Eric
    December 07, 11:40 Reply

    I’m a Google fan, I’m an Android fan, and this product looks pretty darn slick. Too bad that they chose the single most incompetent and unethical retail electronics chain to sell it for them. Until someone else sells it, I’ll have to stay with my little Backflip. WorstBuy doesn’t get a dime of my money. Ever. Used car salesmen have more scruples.

  6. Albert
    December 07, 21:54 Reply

    Even with the lack of a micro SD slot & no 4G capability, I’m still drooling all over this phone. I’ve just never had a Samsung phone before, but I’m sure Google did their homework before they partnered up with them. I love all things Google & just hope this phone doesn’t change my feelings towards them. I’ve been holding off & waiting for a LONG time to finally get a smartphone & it looks like this one will be it!!

  7. vahid
    December 10, 06:13 Reply

    if google sell it in iran with irancell operating that’s will be so cool

  8. Selim
    December 10, 22:03 Reply

    Just do not be like the nexus one can take a few months, customers are left on their own to repair I personally had to pay $ 196 HTC Despite the fact that I had the guarantee and eventually had to wait 16 weeks to fix my phone

  9. Diana
    December 15, 17:22 Reply

    Why are we always being published by google! I still don’t have a nexus because they make it too difficult. Even though I have T-Mobile, I will have to pay the $529 because my phone is not available for an upgrade…

    So….I have to pass on this as a gift for my son.

  10. z
    February 08, 17:15 Reply
  11. zxcvbnm
    March 15, 13:17 Reply

    Does anyone know how much T-mobile will be charging monthly for internet use on the phone?

  12. Peter Shen
    April 03, 22:14 Reply

    That’s a pretty good deal! But I’m not sold on the Nexus S yet.

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