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| The Nexus 4 is a slightly different situation than the Nexus tablets in the US market.|
The Nexus 7 sold well because it was inexpensive and a very good product. Until recently, it was Wi-Fi only (which is all most people care about in a tablet). So it did not matter who your wireless carrier was.
But when it comes to selling phones, the Nexus 4 is in a very unique and new situation here. Most people are not used to buying an unlocked phone off contract. They just wait for their 2 years to be up, and sign another contract for a subsidized device. Prepaid customers are used to buying a device that was way out of date 1 to 2 years ago.
For AT&T postpaid customers, the Nexus 4 costs more than similar phones purchased on contract from AT&T. The cheapest Nexus 4 is $299 unlocked, while you can get a Galaxy S III or an iPhone 5 for $199 on a 2 year contract. Furthermore, if you are on a postpaid AT&T plan, you get the bonus of paying for everyone else's device subsidy even if you buy the unlocked Nexus 4. AT&T Prepaid isn't a very good deal for smartphone customers.
Now, people who have the following are much better off: T-Mobile Value Plan, T-Mobile Prepaid, SIMple Mobile, StraightTalk Bring your own phone plan, Red Pocket Mobile, etc. They don't get device subsidies, so suddenly a high end phone that costs between $299 and $349 starts to look a lot more attractive (especially when anything close in specs costs $500). A Nexus 4 on one of these plans can save a lot of money. I think Google estimated this growing portion of the wireless market.
Also, a large portion of the US wireless market - all Sprint and Verizon customers (and a few regional carriers such as US Cellular) can't even use the Nexus 4 since it won't run on their network.
Most people don't realize that the subsidy model for smartphones artificially inflates prices and limits your options. They just look at the sticker price of the phone and worry about how much it will cost them later (if they worry about it at all).
As for the stock issues in other countries, I can't really say anything about that. I don't have enough knowledge of how people buy phones outside the US.
| |MaxoYour tax dollars at work.Premium,VIP
Re: How does this happen?
said by LightS:Same here. Verizon has the best network here in Tallahassee. I run a Galaxy SIII with Cyanogenmod which, IMO, is the next best thing.
That last part is exactly why I don't have a Nexus 4 - I like my Verizon too much & their LTE coverage. Anything not LTE is okay, but I would prefer to not take a step backwards..
Re: Nexus 4
said by iansltx:I am wondering if they will disable this with a baseband update seeing as the phone doesn't have approval from the FCC for the LTE band.
It takes about 15 seconds to turn on LTE with the Nexus 4. Granted, it only supports one band, but it supports that band quite well.
I am thinking about getting one as soon as I can as an upgrade to my Galaxy Nexus on T-Mo. Figuring I'll use the LTE as my market will have T-Mo LTE shortly.
| |mech1164I'll Be Back
It will sell That's a givin,the price alone assures this. If all you believe in is that it MUST HAVE LTE you aren't paying attention. LTE is great and all but HSPA42 is plenty fast and in many cases can be faster then the implementation of LTE that is out there. As it is now on my Gnex on Tmo with HSPA21 I can get 8+ down and I've seen that with 42 on the N4 hitting up to 22 down.
When VOLTE comes out then we have something to really talk about. All I can say it that 30.00 prepaid on Tmo is gonna see a big increase once there is proper stock of N4's in the play store.