The source of our Google LG Nexus 4 smartphone leak pictures and details late last week, Carphone Warehouse (CPW), has now re-uploaded the pages of information and offers for the new Nexus handset. The mobile phone retailer has offers starting from £31 per month with a free handset on a 24 month contract. Only Vodafone and O2 are listed as available networks for the contracts. Delivery to the customer is “expected 13th November”.
The Google LG Nexus 4 isn’t listed with a handset only or PAYG option on CPW but only on contract or upgrade offers. The cheapest contract at £31pm for 24 months, with a free handset, 600 minutes, unlimited texts and NO data (O2) seems very expensive. If you’re willing to put down £29.99 for the phone you can get a much more useable contract with 600 minutes + 500 O2 minutes, unlimited texts and 0.5GB of data for £32pm also with O2. For £33pm with a free handset there is a Vodafone option of 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 0.5GB data and 2GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi. All the above deals are with the 16GB version of the Nexus 4.
O2 has also released news today heralding the availability of the Nexus 4 on its network from 13th November; free on contracts starting at £36pm. If you are one of the first 50 people in the queue at the O2 store in London that morning you can get a free 32in LG flat-screen TV too. Unfortunately you will have to take up the offer of the minimum £36pm Nexus 4 contract for that!
Savvy buyers will probably be thinking these contracts are quite steep for a £279 handset on a 24 month contract. Also some people might decide that the 8GB version is enough for them which is priced at £239 SIM free. For example you can get much higher retail priced phones such as the iPhone 4S free for £33pm at CPW.
The answer then, if you are bargain conscious and would like a Google LG Nexus 4, is to buy SIM free and use your current SIM, or get a new SIM only contract to pair with it. Even more sensibile folk would wait a few weeks for the hubbub to quieten down and the Nexus 4 to be available at lots more competitive networks and retailers.