The white Nexus 4 is now on sales in the United States via the Google Play Store and T-Mobile. We checked the top plans available to help your figure out the best plan for your needs. The information is summed up at the end with a Dare 2 Compare chart. When compared to the iPhone on T-Mobile, the Nexus 4 is a cheaper deal, see comparison chart below.
The black Nexus 4 continually sold-out when it first went on sale. As of this writing, all models are showing "Ships in 1-2 business days"at the Google Play Store. The 16GB model sells for $299 plus tax and shipping while the 32GB models sells for $349.99.
Called "Limited Edition" white with sparkles for a "limited time" Google buyers get a free bumper that goes around the edges with a purchase. For a limited time buyers of the Nexus 4 in black also get a free bumper. The case of the Nexus 4 is entirely glass, therefore a bumper will help protect the edges in case of minor accidents.
On T-Mobile the 16GB white Nexus sells for $427.00. T-Mobile announced that Nexus 4 by LG is available for $19.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $17 for well-qualified customers with 0% APR on approved credit
From its pricing strategy, it is clear that Google is highly discounting the Nexus 4 to get more pure Google Android smartphone users.
The Nexus 4 is a high-powered smartphone but lacks LTE data. It uses the HSPA+ spectrum for data. Features include a 8MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and front camera along with fast Google Android updates.
Many were hoping for a new Nexus, a Nexus 5 in the fall, however there seems to be no company that admits to want to make it. LG recently stated that it does not need to make the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 4 has been the best reviewed, lowest priced high powered smartphone for months. Reviewers liked almost everything about it, except for HSPA+ data.
The white Nexus 4 has the exact same specs as the black version (expect for color) that include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 4.7" touchscreen, 2GB RAM and quad-core Snapdragon S4 Processor that sells for $299 with 8GB of storage.
Although the Nexus 4 can be used with the T-Mobile network with unlimited/text/talk of 2.5GB of data for $60 a month(unlimited data $70 month), you can configure it to be used with Straight Talk for $45.00 a month with unlimited voice, text and data (up to 2GB at full speed).
Along with the new un carrier plans, T-Mobile also offers $30 per month with 1500 talk & text with 30MB of data offfer that is only good in-store. Also for $30 per month T-Mobile offers unilmited web and text with 100 minutes of talk, the first 5GB is at 4G speeds is shown on the T-Mobile website. You have to pay on time or your accounts will be suspended. A $10 SIM starter kit may be required.
Let's look at the best deals per type of user for a Nexus 4 unlocked smartphone in either black or white.
Need Nexus 4 to Talk Occasionally - Have Good Wi-Fi at Home
For people who only talk on the phone and not often the T-Mobile $100 for 1000 minutes only for a year winds up costing about $8.33 a month, but you don't get any data. This would work well for someone who needs the plan as a secondary phone and is connected to Wi-Fi most of the time.
Non Talker but Loves to Surf and Text
By far the cheapest deal for heavy data users is the 5GB T-Mobile 100 minutes with unlimited texts, which only operates using the HSPA+ date network. The prepaid card was being sold through Walmart and is out of stock. The T-Mobile website shows that the plan is available but doesn't show how to buy it or activate it. We have seen forum members using the plan. When you activate your T-Mobile SIM be sure that you are getting the correct plan.
Bigger Discount by Paying by the Year
If you need a plan for the entire year and want the lowest price per month for all the bells and whistles then Straight Talk is for you. Wen you pay for Straight Talk by the year, you get one month free ($45)
Straight Talk offers unlimited text, talk and web when you pay by the month for $45 a month. Buy three months for $130 ($43.33 mo), six months for $255($42.50 mo) or a whole year for $495($41.25 mo).
The only problem reported with Straight Talkis that it managed by TracFone and there have been customer service problems if users need help. Also those who use over 2GB of data get warnings of termination. The data used is HSPA+ and not LTE which doesn't matter with the Nexus 4.
The Straight Talk plan is best for an all around user who needs voice text and data, wants a good deal and doesn't need tech support often. A SIM costs $15, be sure to buy the right SIM for the Nexus 4.
T-Mobile Un-Carrier Plans for Those who Need Carrier Support and Good Pricing
Although not cheap as Straight Talk, T-Mobile's un carrier plans paid monthly are cheaper than the other carriers. If you want to pay for Nexus 4 over time, you can pay for it monthly. A added bonus with either the $60 (2.5GB) or $70 a month unlimited plan is that each includes 500MB of tethering or mobile hotspot use. The Nexus 4 either bought from Google or T-Mobile is cheaper over time than the iPhone 5, which is cheaper on T-Mobile than any other carrier.
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