Google's Nexus 4 was unveiled earlier in the week and at the time we learnt that O2 would be the only operator offering the smartphone on contract. That is at least for the first month following its launch on November 13th.
O2 have now unveiled their tariffs for the Nexus 4 , which havn't gone down well at all with consumers. Google themselves will be selling their smartphone SIM-free for £274, which is a fantastic price for a phone of its specification.
However, in order to get the Nexus 4 free on O2 you'll have to pay £36 a month which gets you unlimited texts and calls. That has provoked an angered reaction from consumers because such a high monthly cost is normally associated with smartphones costing significantly more than £274.
A quick calculation shows that total expenditure of O2's deal is £864 which means that after deducting the current cost of the smartphone your paying £24.58 a month for unlimited texts, calls and 1GB of data. That's already bad enough , but in reality its worse because the value of the smartphone at the end of the 2 years won't be anywhere near its current price of £274.
Those with the cash free to buy the smartphone outright might want to consider a SIM-free deal. O2 themselves are currently offering unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB of data for £20 a month. This is already cheaper than their Nexus 4 deal and the even better news is your only locked into a 12 month contract.
O2 has been widely criticized for its Google Nexus 4 pricing and we wonder whether they might make changes in response to the outrage. 3G will keep you posted on any developments !
By Simon Thomas on 01st November, 2012