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Samsung offers extended-life battery free with Galaxy Nexus

The phone maker is throwing in a free bundle with a longer-life battery and cover to protect it.

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Buyers of Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus smartphone can now score a free extended-life battery with the usual two-year contract.

The free battery bundle consists of the i515 2100 mAh battery and a special cover for added protection. This package normally sells for $49.99 directly from Samsung and runs anywhere from $30 to $40 from various online retailers.

4G LTE devices have been notorious battery hoggers, so a free extended-battery kit can come in handy.

Samsung did not immediately respond to CNET's request for details on the extended battery

But the battery kit earned four out of five stars among 16 Amazon users, though some said it provided them with only 10 to 13 percent more juice than the regular battery, providing an hour or two of additional life.

The five users who chimed in on the Samsung Web site also seemed happy with the extended battery, with one claiming three to four hours of additional life.

Launched in December through Verizon Wireless, the Galaxy Nexus was the first Android smartphone in the U.S. to come flavored with Ice Cream Sandwich.