Galaxy Nexus Release Date: Signs Point To December 15th

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For those of you who have been waiting for what seems like ages to get your hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich-loaded Samsung Galaxy Nexus, two more days shouldn't really seem like that much longer. If a couple of recent indications are correct, folks in the U.S. might just be able to get their hands on the coveted device by Thursday, December 15th.

First up, Engadget has obtained some internal pricing documents from Costco that list the Galaxy Nexus as available beginning 12/15/11. The price of the device is listed at $289.99 with a new 2-year agreement. Of course, if this proves accurate, it still doesn't guarantee that Verizon stores would have the device on that date. But it's a hint that it might pop up somewhere on the 15th.

This date lines up with one reported over the weekend over at Droid Life. Their sources said that Verizon was "telling all employees, stores, managers, and indirects that December 15th is the new target just like they did with December 9th."

Their reference to December 9th concerns the previous rumored release date. Verizon sources said that the 9th was the date that everyone expected the phone to drop, but it was delayed at the last minute by the higher-ups.

Many feel that the supposed Verizon delay could have been due to a giant LTE outage. If the December 9th release target was a real one, then Verizon could have delayed it to make sure everything was up and running perfectly for the big launch.

At this point, we have plenty of indication that the devices are sitting on the shelves of at least some retailers. Earlier this week, excited Android fans were reporting that Best Buy and Verizon retail stores had sold them the Galaxy Nexus, but were asking for its speedy return.

Of course, rumors are still just rumors. But that time is fast approaching where any more delay would just be devastating - I mean, it's less than two weeks until Christmas.

If you're unbearably impatient, Business Insider found that Newegg has the unlocked version of the device available for a cool 700 bucks.

Have you been able to hold out? If it does in fact launch on the 15th, will you be one of the first in line? Let us know in the comments.

Josh Wolford

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