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As promised, Three UK has today launched the LG Nexus 4, following the expiration of O2's month-long exclusivity period. Three's selling the new Nexus online on its £35-per-month, 24-month "One Plan" contract, which includes 2,000 minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5,000 texts and unlimited ("All You Can Eat") data. There's an up-front charge of £29 for the phone when buying with this contract.

The Nexus 4 supports Three's 42Mbps DC-HSDPA network, which it's been promoting over the past month as an alternative to EE's faster but more expensive 4G LTE. Besides a possible SIM lock, Three's Nexus 4 is the same phone we've become familiar with over the past month -- a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro running stock Android 4.2, sandwiched between two layers of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. For anyone wondering, this is the 16GB model -- we've yet to see the cheaper 8GB version outside of the Google Play device store.

Right now Three isn't selling the Nexus 4 on Pay As You Go online, so you may be out of luck if you want to pick up the device without a monthly commitment (especially considering the long wait facing UK Google Play Store customers.) We've reached out to Three to check up on any future PAYG Nexux 4 plans, and we'll update this post with any response.

Source: Three UK


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Nexus 4 now available from Three UK


So you end up spending over £840 by going on this contract with Three.

Or, if you're lucky, you can get the unlocked phone from the Play Store and only be just over £500 out of pocket over two years on GiffGaff's Pay As You Go £10 tariff.

I'd personally wait.

Even if you go with PAYG on Three, it's a better deal than this.
£12.90 a month on a rolling one contract gets you 200 mins, 5000 texts and all you can eat data. That works out as £309.60 over 2 years, plus the cost of the phone (£279). £588.80 over two years is a substantial amount less than this.

Three UKs are not SIM-locked or modified at all.

One of the employees of Three told me that the agreement with Google is that they can not modify the device at all, including a SIM-lock. I imagine the other operators who sell it have to agree the same.

When I looked at the picture up top, at first I was like, "Why would they put a hole in the middle of the back for the sim card?!" But then I was like, "Why am I so stupid?!"

16Gb ordered from the Play Store (and still waiting) with my Galaxy nexus with 4.2.1 doing just fine until my baby arrives