Samsung Galaxy Nexus hits Bell, Virgin on December 8th


Given that it’s going to be the first device in Canada to come equipped with the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich to those of you in the know – it’s fair to say there’s a good amount of anticipation surrounding the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was confirmed to be arriving on Bell and Virgin’s networks.

And now we know when and how much: December 8th is the date you’ll be able to take your place in line at participating retailers to grab one of these smartphones before the holidays and it will cost $159.95 on a new three-year term.

I know, I know – another line. I’m not a big fan of lining up either. Heck, I will intentionally wait weeks after a movie opens if it means I can avoid a line up for tickets.

So I’m a little intrigued by this new concept (at least I think it’s new) that Bell has cooked up called a “Bell Twitter line up.”

It works like this:

If you want the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on launch day, but you do not want to go and physically line up at a store, you can do your lining up a week earlier, and from the comfort of your home or office. But you’ll need a Twitter account and reliable internet access to do it.

On Thursday December 1st, hit Bell’s sign-up website between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST. If you’re one of the first 100 people to sign-in, you’ll be given a pre-populated tweet that you will then need to tweet from your account immediately. You must then check back in to the site every hour that day until 10 p.m. and repeat the process. This is how you will “stay in line.” At 10 p.m., if you’ve successfully tweeted the required tweets during the day, Bell will get in touch with you and arrange the shipping and payment.

Follow this process to the letter and your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be shipped to the (Canadian) address of your choice and arrive the same day as the phone goes on sale (December 8th). No line ups, you don’t have to take the day off work or leave your kids or even miss your favourite TV show, and you’ll get your phone on the same day as those who had to line up. Not a bad option.

So Sync readers, does this idea of a virtual line up work for you? Or will you go the tried-and-true route and take your chances at a retail location?

Disclosure: Sync is owned and operated by Bell Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of BCE Inc.

Advertisements

4 comments

  1. mike lehnert

    i guess the only REAL problem here is that samsung makes crap products. i bought a samsung monitor that didn’t even last a year. that will be the LAST samsung product i EVER buy.

    Like

  2. Phil

    Never say never it can come back to bite you. Anyway, this Bell tweet in line is a great idea, never heard of this kind of tweeting before. If I were able to get one, I’d do it just to avoid the line up. I have many more things to do than line up for a phone.

    Like

  3. xzu

    I’ve never understood this mass gathering together and lining up for hours on end in order to be the first to own some new gadget…especially when that gadget will be widely available in the weeks following its release. What is the point, really? People just want to be first? Weird.

    Like

  4. John

    Just imagine the power we as consumers could weild if we didn’t behave like stupid sheep and and play these dumb “gotta have it , or see it first” games you can bet prices would drop quite fast.

    Like