When Google made the product announcements about its latest lineup of devices, few people anticipated the game changer that the Nexus 4 is turning out to be. Probably the biggest change is the low price point of $299 unlocked – a huge difference compared to other smartphones which retail for as much as $6-$700 without a contract. Of course, you can also buy it from T-Mobile for less, but for most individuals buying it unlocked is an absolute steal since you end up paying far more for the phone over the life of the contract. T-Mobile is one of the few carriers that provides you with discounted pricing plans if you bring your own device.
This means a great deal for VoIP calls as users won’t have the pressure of having a lot of bundled voice minutes to use and can rely solely on Internet-based services. They can also subscribe to a prepaid mobile plan that allows them to make calls in times of emergency when there is no Internet connectivity. T-Mobile also has some of the most interesting data only plans that will be of tremendous use for a device like the Nexus 4 which many individuals will be purchasing without a contract. For example, you can pay $25 a month for 1.5 GB of wireless data from T-Mobile. For those times when you are not within range of a Wi-Fi network, this much amount of data is more than sufficient for your needs. And if you find that the data networks are not up to the mark for VoIP, prepaid mobile plans can pick up the slack.
All in all, it is an excellent option for those who want to give up the traditional PSTN phone system or dramatically reduce their calling bills. It’s not difficult to foresee that a large number of college students and other economy minded customers will be making a beeline for the Nexus 4 as soon as it releases on 13 November. Hopefully the sales of the Nexus 4 will be large enough to make the carriers sit up and take notice and prompt them to introduce their own low-priced unlocked devices. The US telecommunication industry has stagnated for a long time and innovation has been hampered by carriers who refuse to provide their customers with timely OTA updates. It’s about time that customers were able to get a better deal and receive their phones directly from the handset manufacturers instead of coming bundled with carriers.
This will also prompt more “stand-alone” voice and data plans. Few people had anticipated such a move from Google with its Nexus devices. Come mid-November, we will all be anxiously watching how this phone performs with its awesome screen, dazzling camera, and best of all low-price point.