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Amazon drops Galaxy Nexus to $100

Online retail giant cuts the price of Google's flagship Ice Cream Sandwich phone in half. But it's only available to new Verizon customers.

Another reason to throw your money in the general direction of the Amazon cash vacuum.
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It might be cold in much of the world, but it's the best time yet to take a big bite of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Amazon today cut the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google's flagship Android 4.0 phone, to just $99.99 via its Amazon Wireless store.

There is a catch though, of course. The low price--roughly half that of similar online deals from places like only available to new Verizon Wireless customers and naturally requires a new contract with the carrier.

That means that if you're already locked into a Verizon contract like me and eagerly counting the 81 days until you can finally upgrade from your whacked-out Droid 2 with the flash that goes off every five seconds since you dropped it in the shower--hey, the gadget news doesn't stop just because I wash my hair--you're out of luck.

For existing Verizon customers looking to upgrade, Amazon charges $259.99 for the Galaxy Nexus. Not such a hot deal, but better than what you'll pay if you're the type who wants to have your Ice Cream Sandwich and travel with it, too--an unlocked Galaxy Nexus via Amazon gets only a $70 discount, bringing the price down to a whopping $729.99. Ouch.

So, if you're looking to jump to Verizon and are in the market for a top-of-the-line Android phone, this deal might be for you. If you're already in the custody of Verizon and looking for an upgrade but don't have $260 to blow, you could always wait five minutes--there's a pretty good chance a dozen new Android phones will debut in that time.