June 5th, 2012
If you have Verizon and are thinking of getting a smartphone or are thinking of switching to Verizon, today is the last day to signup for the double the data promotion.
Currently Amazon has the Galaxy Nexus for just $0.01 for new customers or new family lines! It runs the latest and greatest 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich stock Android software. It will unlock at the sight of your face and can instantly sync the open tabs, bookmarks, and settings from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your phone, among many other features.
Verizon sells the Galaxy Nexus for $199.99 to new customers, so this is a discount of $200 off of their pricing!
The Galaxy S3 is coming out later this month, but by then it will be too late to signup for double the data. If you order today though you should still be able to exchange phones for the next 14, or possibly 30 days via Amazon. Note that the Galaxy S3 runs TouchWiz and isn’t a pure Google Android phone like the Galaxy Nexus is.
Normally Verizon charges $30 for 2 GB of data, but until today they will give 4GB of data for the same $30. The promotion is only on 4G LTE smartphones, not phones running on the older 3G data network (sorry Apple fanbois!)
During the Amazon checkout process you will be able to select 4GB of data for the price of 2GB, $30/month.
A data plan is required to activate any smartphone on Verizon.
Since I got my awesome Galaxy Nexus in December (a big upgrade from my Palm Centro ) I’ve averaged about 3GB of data per month, so although I’m on an old grandfathered unlimited plan, if you are thinking of getting a smartphone with 4G LTE you definitely will want those extra 2 GB.
Fair warning though, once you have a phone like this you will never be able to go back. The integration with Google is fantastic, internet browsing on the massive screen is perfect, and just the GPS app alone, which is awesome for driving and for walking directions when in unfamiliar places, is worth the price of admission. Seriously Garmin, you guys need to learn how to do POIs from Google!
While tethering on my laptop via the Galaxy Nexus (free with a free app!) I typically get speeds of about 15 Mbps down and 8 Mbps up which is awesome and is another reason to lock in those 2 extra GB of data!