Verizon Wireless will begin selling its version of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone on Friday, according to documents purportedly from an authorized Verizon retailer.
An e-mail and PDF posted by RootzWiki say UPS will ship the phones to Verizon stores on December 6 and gives an "official launch date" of Friday, December 9.
"Do not receive the product in via your scanner (this is a change in procedure)," the e-mail warned those collecting the shipments to stores--perhaps in response to the frequency with which sales plans have been revealed through screenshots of retail inventory systems.
Verizon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The phone has been highly anticipated because it marks the U.S. debut of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. But where some companies give advance notice about when new models will go on sale, Verizon has been very cagey, saying only that the Galaxy Nexus would arrive before the end of 2011.
The Galaxy Nexus will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
The Galaxy Nexus has gone on sale in the United Kingdom, though it's a slightly different version than the model Verizon will sell. Verizon's uses 4G wireless networking with the LTE standard, compared to 3G in Europe.
Updated at 4:42 a.m. PT to correct one mention of purported ship date.