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Geek Deal: Score a Nexus S Android Phone for Free

If you’re an AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile customer and you’re itching for a free and snappy new smartphone, Best Buy is currently running a one day promotion–get a Nexus S for free.

What’s the catch you say? As far as promotions go this one is really straight forward. Visit or a physical BestBuy store and either sign up for a new contract or extend your existing contract. Rather than pay $99 after mail-in rebate you’ll pay $0–the only money you’ll pay is the standard $18 activation fee. Again, this is a one day deal. If you don’t snap it up today you’re out of luck.

If you’ve been looking to upgrade this is a fantastic deal–I’m heading to Best Buy right now to upgrade my aging HTC Hero to a Nexus S.

Nexus S Promotion [Best Buy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/3/11

Comments (10)

  1. e1sunz

    Ah man good deal but im not in any contract :( wish i had that phone *sniff*

  2. Blisk

    If only I had one of the carriers that had the Nexus S. I would much rather have it than the Droid X I currently have. Not that this phone isn’t great, but it’s locked down by Motorola. I just now got CM7 and MIUI on it, and they still aren’t as feature filled as on the Nexus S.

  3. ikon810

    Shame….not available online any more.

  4. mccartyb03

    awesome! wife and i are in the same boat. we both have heroes on sprint. ill be doing this today for sure!

  5. punkgamer

    I just got mine!!!!!!

  6. Jason Fitzpatrick

    I just got back from Best Buy. It was so easy! I upgraded my wife and I from a Hero to a Nexus in like 15 minutes, no hassle at all.

    Even if the Best Buy web site is telling you that it’s not available online… you can still use the stock checker to see if the phone is in your local store.

  7. mccartyb03

    gah, this is only available if you are eligible for an upgrade.

  8. eric

    ya there is a catch…I have t-mo and my data plan is only $10 the lowest plan they show is $30. Not worth it for me.

  9. Dark

    hmm so what you’re saying is I can extend my contract…get this phone, switch from my phone (EVO) to this…wait a few days and switch back ($18 fee each activation) and PROFIT!?

  10. Morely the IT Guy

    A mandatory two-year contract is not “free.” Best-case scenario is $30 x 24 months == $720 (and I defy you to find a cell carrier that will let you use a smartphone for only $30/month; I’d expect something closer to $50 with effectively no data usage at all).

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