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Google’s current Android flagship phone, the Nexus S, is available at no cost for new or upgrade customers willing to commit to a two-year contract through Best Buy. The deal is good for one day, starting Tuesday night, but could help Google push its Wallet service.

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There’s either a glut of Google Nexus S inventory, or Best Buy is a generous mood: The latest Google experience smartphone is available for free with contract for 24 hours.

All three Nexus S models, for Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, are part of the promotion, starting tonight at 11pm CST through midnight tomorrow. Made by Samsung, deals like this can help the handset maker boost sales in its bid to become the top-selling smartphone brand in the world.

The retailer is selling the Android 2.3 device in stores and online through its Best Buy Mobile website. The handset doesn’t have a dual-core processor, but uses Samsung’s vivid Super AMOLED Plus display, has a front-facing camera with support for Google Talk video and typically receives Android software updates before other smartphones.

While the phone debuted in December with compatibility for T-Mobile’s network, it only launched with AT&T network support July 24 for $99. A WiMAX version of the Nexus S launched in May for Sprint’s network, which is also the only handset with support for Google’s Wallet service. All Nexus S handsets include an integrated NFC, or near-field communication, chip for wireless payments using Google Wallet, but the T-Mobile and AT&T versions aren’t yet part of the Google Wallet payment system.

  1. Hey Kevin – do you happen to know it if is 4g compatible?

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    1. Art, the Sprint version does support WiMAX. The models for T-Mobile and AT&T are not 4G capable and max out at 7.2 Mbps on their respective HSPA (3G) networks.

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      1. Thanks.

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