More details about availability of the Nexus S are appearing lately, with official word from Best Buy on opening times and that every single store will be receiving copies of the device. What's more, AndroidandMe is reporting that they received a tip revealing what the stocks for certain stores will look like.
Below is Best Buy's official statement on when and how customers can purchase the handset:
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.
Below are the details on Nexus S stocks which were sent to AndroidandMe:
Big box Best Buy locations that sell T-Mobile contracts in store will have on average 35 units Thursday
Big box Best Buy locations that do not, will have on average 4 units Thursday
Best Buy Mobile locations that sell T-Mobile will have on average 72 units Thursday
Best Buy Mobile locations that do not, will have on average 4 units Thursday
There will be plenty of transferring product around from Best Buy to Best Buy to even out counts as needed, but these are the numbers shipping to stores
There will be plenty of units for orders placed online and shipped to the customer
AndroidandMe also notes that "if your store does not regularly carry T-Mobile phones and you want to purchase one on contract for $199, you will not be walking out of the store with a device. Instead you will have to place your order online and then have the Nexus S delivered to your home. However, if you want to buy it off contract for $529 then it will of course go home with you on launch day."
I thought that the amount of 4 handsets for some outlets was a tad small, so I called the Best Buy in my hometown to see if I could wrangle out any information on their expected availability of the handset. The guy I talked to seemed to think that their location wouldn't be getting any copies of the handset, and that if someone wanted a Nexus S, they'd have to order it online and have it delivered to their house.
This obviously is a contradiction from what Best Buy themselves have announced, so I'll just assume that he isn't very informed about the handset's launch. It is also possible that he thought I wanted to buy the phone with a plan, which would explain his answer. I'm crossing my fingers that there will still be a copy of the handset by the time I want to buy one.
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