December 16th is the big day for techies who like to stay up to speed with Google’s latest iteration of their truly mobile OS, Android. And Best Buy is counting on a lot of those folks showing up at their retail locations on Thursday, ready to snatch up their considerabel supplies of the Gingerbread equipped Nexus S phones. Stock levels vary by location, but I’ve heard word of some stores holding over 70.
Best Buy will open up at 8am, and all will have Nexus S demo units at every single location. The phones will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, with a limit of two per customer. The unlocked S can be had outright for $529 and with a new contract subsidy for $199. The add-a-line price is $249.
Statement: Nexus S Lands in All Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile Stores Dec. 16
In addition to the in-store launch, online sales – via BestBuy.com – begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time.
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 13, 2010 – All Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores launch Nexus S in-stores and online at BestBuy.com on Thursday, Dec. 16. Nexus S, from Google and Samsung, is the world’s first smart phone with Android 2.3, Gingerbread.
Here are some important details for the launch of Nexus S:
Timing: Online sales of Nexus S begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time to coincide with the opening of Best Buy stores on the East Coast. As a reminder, all Best Buy stores have adjusted their holiday hours to open at 8 a.m.
Availability: Nexus S is available in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores. Exact inventory will vary by store. Nexus S will be sold out on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of 2 per phones customer.
Demo phones: All Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores will have a Nexus S demo phone on-hand so customers can see and experience the phone.
Pricing: The Nexus S is an unlocked phone and can be purchased without contract for $529. The Nexus S can also be purchased for $199 with a TMobile two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan. Nexus S can also be purchased for $249.99 for add-a-line activations.
As with all smart phones it sells, Best Buy Mobile will have a full assortment of accessories for Nexus S and offers an array of services aimed at improving the mobile phone buying experience, including:
Upgrade Checker:A quick and easy service that gives customers the ability to see when they are eligible for their next phone upgrade. When the upgrade time is nearing, customers receive a complimentary reminder call, e-mail or text message.
Walk Out Working™: Free in-store smart phone setup by a Best Buy Mobile Phone Specialist who will sync personal email accounts, set up Bluetooth headsets, transfer contacts and activate other services to allow the customer to leave the store with a fully functional new smart phone.
For more information on Best Buy Mobile and Nexus S, please see www.BestBuy.com/Mobile, www.BestBuyMobile.com, or call our dedicated Nexus S Help Line at 1-866-813-2021.