AT&T and Verizon LG Nexus 5 not coming, unlocked Google flagship joining Best Buy and RadioShack too
The good news, at least for customers in United States and other Google-loved countries, Google unveiled today the new LG Nexus 5, the new Android flagship phone that will carry the latest features of Android mobile operating system out of the box. And yes, it’s available starting today in the US with unlocked SIM card slot. Also, the handset is available via United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea Google Play Stores and soon in India online store starting today with entry-level price tag of $349.
Surprisingly, Google has added a new wireless carrier partner in United States, Sprint Wireless, and that’s apart from T-Mobile which also participated last year with the LG Nexus 4. The bad news, Verizon Wireless and AT&T will not carry the Nexus 5. Another bad news for Verizon is the fact that its customers can’t purchase the Nexus 5 and use it on the LTE network of the big red. At least for AT&T customers, they have the option to purchase the handset off-contract and slap an AT&T SIM card in it.
Google also added partner retailers to attract more buyers. Big box retailers Best Buy and RadioShack will also offer the unlocked Nexus 5, though there’s no confirmation yet from Google if the two retailers will sell the Sprint and T-Mobile variants in brick and mortar stores.
Google’s SVP Sundar Pichai also confirmed in a blog post today that the LG Nexus 5 will offer Android KitKat out of the box with new features such as HDR+ mode, improved Hangouts app with SMS and MMS support, and other enhancements including some minor user interface tweaks.
The LG Nexus 5 is available for $349 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 32GB variant. Apparently, Google will not offer an 8GB model.
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