Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

Summary: As a quick look at the Google homepage shows, Google is really throwing its massive weight behind its one-day free Nexus S deal

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If you are one of the poor saps that paid full price (or anything, really) for a Nexus S recently, Google sure does seem like it wants to rub it in your face.

Google is really pushing its one-day deal with Best Buy to offer the Nexus S for free, going as far as to advertise the offer on the Google homepage. Of course, as with all smartphone deals nowadays "free" isn't really free: The Nexus S will only cost you zero dollars if you add a two-year contract to it. So it's only mostly free. Even so, considering how much of a wonder the Nexus S is, you could certainly do worse.

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Topics: Google, Mobility

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  • In trouble already?

    When they have to start having "free phone" day, you know it's not selling well.

    Well, that's what I heard.
    William Farrell
    • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

      @William Farrell
      1+. Yes our iPhone and Android friends here told us so, when these WP7 phones were made available as BOGO for sometime during holiday period last year.
      Ram U
  • Meh

    Let me know when it is free with no contract.
    Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

    I remember that OS/2 2.0 was also "free" for a while. That is not always a good sign for the future.
    armingaud@...
  • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

    It's called a loss-leader. The two year contract is a deal breaker, free isn't cheap enough.

    Who's the contract with? and how much per months for two years? (including all the hidden fees and taxes that get tacked on!)
    wkulecz
    • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

      @wkulecz I think the Nexus S was Sprint. That, in and of itself, is a huge dealbreaker.
      Champ_Kind
    • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

      @wkulecz The per month cost including all the taxes is going to be the same with the free Nexus as it will be with any other phone you purchase with the same plan.
      non-biased
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    Userama
    • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

      they are running an ad tomorrow advertising the free apple 4 phone (normally around $800) with no contract required......all you have to do is show up yesterday with two forms of picture I.D.
      legamin@...
  • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

    old phone surpassed easily by current offerings...so who's surprised they want to move them and use it to get contracts? Means nothing really except someone had an idea to get the old inventory moved.
    timspublic1@...
  • Too bad.

    If only they had updated it with a dual core processor when they added 4G capability to it.
    And a status LED.
    And maybe a memory card slot.
    Then, maybe I'd be tempted.
    geolemon
  • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

    There is a ton of "free" Android phones. What is the news?<br>That Google is joining the Android manufacturer race to the bottom? Or that they excess inventory?
    Scrabbler
  • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

    People who wants to buy this phone on install ment basis den its good offer..give $39 per month to AT&T for two years.Then its actual cost and two year contract will match..
    prasadjachak
  • Free is normal

    Outside the US that is. The capital cost of mobile phones being funded through the subscription has been a normal option in the UK for 15 or so years. It is not a reflection on the quality of the handset, just the US vendors finally getting imaginative.

    I got my unlocked Nexus S on the back of a contract renewal where my. monthly contract was reduced significantly. Monthly revenues is what makes mobile networks profitable.
    putt1ck
  • Why do I always find out about *free* deals a day late?

    These ZDNet alerts arrive in my mail box a day late...for instance this was dated the 3rd, I got it on the 4th (not that I would have taken advantage of it). Is there another way to receive them?
    damnfingers
  • RE: Google really wants you to know that the Nexus S is free today

    What's a Nexus S?
    In other words, so what?
    dhays