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Nexus 6 now available from Best Buy for AT&T and Sprint

The Nexus 6 is now available at Best Buy. The device is available for either AT&T or Sprint, and comes in the Midnight Blue color. The Nexus 6 from either carrier costs $249.99 up front.

The Nexus 6 was released late last month, and is the latest in the line of pure Android Nexus phones. It's got a 5.9-inch, Quad-HD display, a 2.7GHz quad-core processor a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing sensor, and a large 3220mAh battery. The Nexus 6 supports Qi wireless charging, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the gate.

Be sure to check out the Android Central Nexus 6 review for our complete thoughts on the Nexus 6.

Will you be picking up a Nexus 6 from Best Buy, or do you already have yours? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I just walked out of a best buy right outside of Philly and two different employees in the cell phone area looked at me like I was crazy when I asked to see one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Did they try to sell you a Best Buy service plan before letting you look at it?
  • Did you show them this article? Posted via my Rooted Sprint GS3 FreedomPop(MVNO) (Rooted Sprint LG G2
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  • They both say "coming soon" on the website- they absolutely are not available in store yet, and even mock units haven't arrived IF they will at all.
  • I was one of the people lucky enough to get in with the first batch of pre-orders. Had it since Tuesday. Love it.
  • Mine arrives today from AT&T Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm hoping Walmart gets it soon. Hopefully around black Friday and take advantage of the $100 gift card Posted via Android Central App
  • What's the gift card? Posted via Android Central App
  • Every time I am reminded of the QI charging it makes me want this phone over my X. Then I turn my phone around, pet the leather and am happy again. Honestly, I do want it, but it doesn't have any gotta have it features for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, same here. I love the Nexus 6 but goodness the size ruled it out for me.
  • So, if I was to get one of the Sprint ones off contract from them, would I be able to swap in my Verizon SIM and use it? I know the ones from Google are cleared to work on all bands and I know the AT&T ones have some oddities built in to not make it as easy, but I wasn't sure on the Sprint ones.
  • No, you wouldn't. Sprint doesn't sell their devices factory unlocked.
  • Last year's Nexus 5 from Sprint was unlocked. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think it would work on Verizon's network due to the whitelist that they use.
  • Actually this has been covered before. If you have a Verizon nano sim card, it is supposed to work.
  • I think so far only the ATT version is locked.
  • LOL and they needed it up with the bloat!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only if you already have an active Verizon SIM. The CDMA carriers are using specific IMEI numbers to verify which Nexus were bought from them. Sprint only is allowing PlayStore & Sprint bought Nexus 6's on their network. Verizon can be worked around by having a already activated SIM because of FCC regulations. I know this because I'm at Best Buy right now watching a very cool rep try to activate 3 customers phones, while taking notes. Cool rep. Posted via my Rooted Sprint GS3 FreedomPop(MVNO) (Rooted Sprint LG G2
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  • The rep was activating 3 phones on Verizon?
  • No. He was trying to activate a Sprint and a PlayStore on Verizon. Verizon was a no go for both until he put an already activated Verizon SIM into each model. (Sprint and PlayStore)
    As for Sprint, they wouldn't activate the AT&T model. (But they would activate Sprint and PlayStore models) Looks like all Nexus 6 will work with AT&T or Tmobile, no matter where you bought it from. Posted via my Rooted Sprint GS3 FreedomPop(MVNO) (Rooted Sprint LG G2
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  • I really hope that the Sprint Nexus does not have a logo. Posted via my Rooted Sprint GS3 FreedomPop(MVNO) (Rooted Sprint LG G2
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  • It doesn't. At least the one i got from Sprint yesterday doesn't :) It also doesn't download any weird crap like the ATT version does. I think even the T-mobile one downloads an account management app or something. The phone actually even comes with the SIM removal tool unlike the Sprint Nexus 5.
  • It doesn't. I work at sprint store. We finally got some in yesterday. Exactly the same as the Google play version.
  • Even my note doesn't have it. Sprint is pretty good with that Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • My stores by my house in Detroit don't even have them in stores!!!!!
  • The store on Telegraph Rd and 7 mile has them. You have to ask a rep.. No demo unit out.
  • what is at 7 and telegraph? at&t?
  • So tempted to get one from AT&T... but hate their logo they stuck to the back. Gotta stay strong for the unlocked 64GB version direct from motorola or the Play Store! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup
  • Ya people sound so stupid when it comes to this logo crap. Who cares? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its SIM locked, with garbage on it and a stupid logo. That combined is why i wont be buying it from them.
  • Exactly! Posted via the Android Central App
  • And under recall because of a major software problem, probably 100% related to their bloat ware. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No thanks, I will be keeping the OnePlus One. Idk what google is thinking making the nexus line so high end. Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Probably thinking they want he nexus line to be the best android experience available.
  • According to the BB rep they want have them in the store, special order only. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Sprint version has been there for a week. You can't actually order the AT&T version. It's store pickup only, but no stores have it.
  • At&t version nor available for shipping and not in the states of California and Colorado. Fail Posted via Android Central App
  • Question...hopefully a few of you can actually confirm this...True or False: The N6 you purchase from Sprint, the N6 you buy from AT&T, the N6 you buy from T-Mobile, the N6 you (eventually) buy from Verizon, and the N6 you buy from Google play are ALL IDENTICAL IN EVERY WAY, HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE AND UNLOCKED, EXCEPT FOR THE RETAIL BOX IT'S PACKAGED IN? There seem to be a lot of comments, on this thread and others, that somehow the carrier versions are all different. For example, I saw one comment claiming that the "Sprint Version" was locked and could not be used on Verizon because Sprint doesn't sell unlocked phones. I saw another comment from someone who hoped that the Sprint Nexus didn't have any ugly carrier branding. As far as I'm aware, there is no way to tell the "carrier" of a given N6 because they are the exact same handset that works across all carriers. So why is this not so clear to everyone else? I'm not criticizing, I'm just asking.
  • It has been confirmed that at least at&t's Nexus 6 variant is SIM-locked, won't let you tether without verifying your subscription status, has the at&t logo in the back, has the at&t boot animation, and has AT&T's suite of ringtones as well. The kicker is that even if you get any other variant, the moment the at&t sim is detected you will be subject to your phone verifying your subscription status to use the hotspot (unless you root).
  • AT&T GoPhone includes hotspot feature at no charge - subject to regular data plan. not that i use it a lot but it's nice to have in a pinch.
  • Interesting, thank you for that info! IMO that's complete BS for a Nexus device.
    As far as the hotspot function, however, I don't suspect that's strictly an AT&T thing or really anything to do with an AT&T modified firmware. I have a Google Play N5 and can't use the hotspot on Sprint w/o root. I think that's a check on the carrier end, not the device. But that's just an educated guess, I can't say for sure.
    So if the AT&T branded version has it's own "junk" on it, what happens when you flash the image from Google? Or can you?
  • Apparently flashing Google's factory images will not get rid of any of these things on the at&t variant as they are stored independent of the ROM. In terms of the hotspot feature, at least with at&t none of my phones (N5 and Moto X Developer) have ever checked subscription status so this is new for this phone. At&t's variant also comes with at&t's ringtones, which you can't get rid off either. It's been reported that if you buy another variant (Play Store, T-Mobile, Motorola) to use with at&t that you do the initial set-up without inserting your SIM card as this avoids you receiving the at&t bloatware.
  • Yeah, the Nexus 6 blocks me from even trying the hotpot with Sprint. A window immediately pops up before the slider can even be switched on that says it won't work. Rooting it, modifying that setting.db file and adding a line to the build prop gets it working though.
  • I use a 3rd party tether app (requires root). I haven't tried any method of making the built-in hotspot work since I had a rough experience doing that w/ the NS4G (somehow it borked something badly and factory-flashing didn't fix it).
    Your explanation sounds fairly simple, though. This isn't the place for a tutorial, but do you happen to have a link to one?
  • For getting tether to work on Sprint: Post #7 in the XDA thread below. The procedure is the exact same for the Nexus 6: However, with the Nexus 6 you have to add an additional line to the build prop file. Just add it to the end of the file. Make sure the build prop edit is all one line so it should look like this: net.tethering.noprovisioning=true
  • hmmm thanks! ;-) I appreciate the info!
  • Actually looks like the article below addressed this, so nevermind.
  • They are all identical and unlocked. The problem is that the CDMA carriers have whitelists. If your IMEI is not on the list, it won't activate. AC had an article about this a couple days ago.
  • Your not talking the truth here and shouldnt be spouting out info you have no idea about. The AT&T one is SIM locked, has branding and downloads apps once you put a sim in it.
  • beware of carrier logos, bloatware, jingles, ringtones, boot animations, restricted hotspot, SIM locks, and other shenanigans!
  • That's att, not everyone so clarify Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Still am disappointed that Google did not continue the run of the nexus line being off mainstream.. Much preferred it when you could only purchase through google, no carrier bloatware, sim unlocked and the price was down... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Carriers and price do not go hand in hand here. Google finally decided to stop paying for you to have a phone Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Anyone able to purchase the white nexus6? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Im ready to EDGE the hell up and Verizon is taking their sweet a$$ time announcing a damn date. 4Ev3r Rooted Note 3
  • Looking to go to store in dc/md/va area. Has anyone bought one today at tmobile--nexus 6? If so, what store.
  • Since the ATT version of Nexus 6 has been recalled from the ATT stores over bad software, can you still get them at Best Buy? Anyone who has bought one from their stores is being asked to return them for a credit and get a new one next week. I'll have to go to Best Buy to check stock.
    "The bug renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on, essentially leaving the device useless. Only the initial batch of AT&T Nexus 6s were impacted and Motorola is currently working on shipments with corrected software. Unfortunately for customers, that means AT&T stores may not have Nexus 6 stock for a least a few days. As far as we know, this is only an issue with the AT&T units."
  • There was a display model in the T-Mobile store near me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I will be buying mine from Best Buy as soon as its available. I signed up for the $50 phone freedom gift card.
  • I wish bloggers would stop listing contract prices. The industry has changedand service contracts are, thankfully, going away. Just tell us the REAL price, not the price* Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe people say the same about my note. ...but. ...what's the cult appeal of nexus devices? To me, an outsider, it's like getting excited about a base model car. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think the main draw is the so-called "vanilla" android approach to the Nexus line. Pure virgin OS with no skins or bloat. Which also means hardly any special features, no SD card slot, not a high performance phone, midrange, generic Google. And in the case of the N6 and the new Lollipop OS, a surprisingly amateurish and dodgy execution by Google makes me rethink their smarts and strategy. The new Android One line died at the starting line, while the poor bastards that have them are crying for the promised and timely lollifiasco update. Glass is well past its general consumer 'adopt or not' window and the word was clearly 'not'. A lot of the promise of Googles ingenius vision of the future was just that, an empty promise. Hopefully they don't trigger another huge tech bubble burst like back in 2000. And then you've got some of these jaded Nexus fuckboys that won't buy the dam thing because of a LOGO. ON THE BACK. OF A SAME OVERPRICED CRAP PHONE. Priorities. It's like calling piss lemonade because it's yellow.
  • So FDE is on by default, halves performance and cannot be disabled in the settings. Is this issue a Nexus device issue or will all phones getting Lollipop suffer from this? Posted via Android Central App with my LG G3
  • what do you think of your G3 RenoD2010? i'm thinking of getting one as Moto won't ship my moto X , literally, refuse to ship it, all i get is its waiting for pickup (by fedex) the Nexus 6 didn't feel good when i held it, but the LG G3 did just wondering how you liked it.
  • Got one today at Sprint just outside of Boston, MA. Went in to see if they had any display models and she's like, "yeah and we have one in stock, just got it in." Even though I've been doing my homework on this phone for over a month, it felt like an impulse buy because I was not expecting that at all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • i don't want to go to bestbuy to sign a contract, i want to go to bestbuy to buy an unlocked version.
    i ask, nexus 6? they say what carrier, i'm out. its none of their business. i buy the phone , use it where i want, oh i can't!? then they won't sell me one.
  • To buy the Nexus 6 for a huge discount only at