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5:35 PM Some users could definitely save money over time by paying more upfront for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Google

Dan Jones

April 24, 2012

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Save by Paying More for the Google Nexus

5:35 PM -- The unlocked $299.99 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) Galaxy Nexus Android phone now being sold by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) could definitely save some money for cellular fans, particularly for users who travel internationally.

Just as Google unveiled this latest push with contract-free phones, Verizon Wireless slashed the price of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) Galaxy Nexus by $100, to $199.99 with a two-year contract.

So I thought it would be good to compare how the cost of the Google Nexus and the Verizon Nexus stack up for a 24-month period: For Verizon, I selected the 450-minute voice plan, the cheapest $10 texting plan with 1,000 messages, and the $30 2GB 4G data plan. Big Red is currently offering double data on the LTE plan, which means you get 4GB of data a month. Verizon also adds a $35 activation fee for the phone.

So, assuming no data overages, you'd pay $2,154.75 overall over the two years of the Verizon Nexus contract.

If you twin the $299.99 Google Nexus phone sale with T-Mobile US Inc. 's $60 4G prepaid plan it costs $1,739.99 over two years for the phone and the plan. This T-Mobile plan gets you unlimited talk and text and so-called "unlimited" data, although T-Mobile actually throttles back data speeds after 2GB of downloads in a given month.

The real steal, however, is if you can hang with just 100 minutes of talk time a month: T-Mobile's $30 Web plan throttles back data speeds after 5GB of downloads and offers unlimited text, but not much yap. Buying that plan would cost $1,019.99 for the phone and the service over two years.

T-Mobile sells SIM cards for $1 over the phone, or for $7 to $25 when bought in-store, and the Galaxy Nexus is the phone they've seen the most SIMs purchased for recently. You can also grab a SIM kit off Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) for just over $5.

Of course, because the Galaxy Nexus from Google is a GSM-based phone, you can also swap in a SIM card from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and many other wireless carriers worldwide. Being able to pick up a SIM at the airport for the Nexus will appeal greatly to users who go abroad a lot. You could save big on international data roaming fees.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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