There are a couple rumors here swirling around the Samsung Galaxy Nexus‘ availability that deserve a bit of a mashup. Firstly, there’s a leaked photo from Droid Life showing that the is in Verizon Wireless’ inventory system.
From this photo we can see that the Galaxy Nexus will be a 4G phone on Verizon’s LTE network. But unfortunately it will not be a world phone (see the “N” under the Global Phone column to the right?). Previously BGR has reported that the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive, at least for a few weeks. This leaked photo lends some credence to that report.
Furthermore, there is another report from a source that talked to Phandroid claiming that the Galaxy Nexus’ release date will be November 3, which is coming up pretty quickly. If it is released on the 3rd, then we should see an actual announcement from Verizon very soon, perhaps not too much later than the Samsung-Google event happening on Oct. 19 in Hong Kong. It would make sense if Galaxy Nexus availability from Verizon is announced at the Samsung-Google event, but so far no rumors surrounding the event have mentioned that possibility.
The last twist comes from a post on GottaBeMobile, where it is speculated that in concert with the Verizon Wireless exclusivity, the Galaxy Nexus may only be available at Best Buy during that time. There is another leaked photo showing the “Nexus Prime” in Best Buy’s inventory system:
The logic behind this is that when thewas announced for T-Mobile, it was never actually available in T-Mobile stores, and was only available through Best Buy. Also, as I mentioned above, Verizon hasn’t been mentioned when discussing rumors about the Samsung-Google event. It’s possible that they’re really trying to keep carrier involvement a secret (nice try), or perhaps Google and Samsung have set up the retail distribution to keep the Galaxy Nexus at Best Buy since it gets more traffic and visibility than Verizon Wireless stores? At this point anything is possible.
We only have 4 more days to go before the Samsung-Google event in Hong Kong, so it’s not surprising that the rumors swirling around the Galaxy Nexus are reaching a frenzied peak. We’ll know soon enough who got it right and who got it wrong.