We've received word (with proof that's going to remain between us girls) from an anonymous ninja that regional U.S. carrier I Wireless will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on a two-year subsidized agreement come March 21. According to the documents received, the G Nex will sell for $199.99 after a $100 mail in rebate, or $609.99 if bought outright.
I Wireless is an affiliate of T-Mobile, and the phone being offered is identical to the penta-band GSM version many of us have imported here in the states and is for sale everywhere else in the world. They're a regional carrier that covers parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and most of Iowa using T-Mobile's EDGE/HSPA+ network. Their plans seem competitive with the big four, and this just might be a way to get your hands on a contract-model Galaxy Nexus if you live in their main coverage area.
This begs the question -- is there something T-Mobile would like to tell us? When your affiliates start carrying highly desirable phones, a lot of people are going to want to know when they are coming or why they're not coming. I've reached out to T-Mobile, and while I don't expect an answer to either question, I'll be certain to follow up should they deliver. In the meantime, congrats Iowans -- one hell of a phone is headed your way.