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Google has now dropped price of the Nexus 4 by $100. Google Play has the LG Google Nexus 4 Unlocked 8GB Android Smartphone for $199 + $10 shipping = $209 shipped and the 16GB model for $259 shipped.

  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2GB RAM, Android OS 4.2
  • 4.7" IPS (768 x 1280) w/ Gorilla Glass, microUSB, BT 4.0
  • 802.11b/g/n, 3G, HSPA+ 42, 1080p video, 8MP camera
  • Retail: $299

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      dennis007 Ben's cred: 206
      Posted 6:27 pm PDT 08/27/13

      Of course they drop the price. Latest technology is LTE and this phone is still run on 3G.

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      rms9 Ben's cred: 5
      Posted 7:19 pm PDT 08/27/13

      dude it's 209 off contract. no phone is even close to this in that price range.

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      cubancheapskate Ben's cred: 154
      Posted 7:35 pm PDT 08/27/13

      dennis007 wrote:
      Of course they drop the price. Latest technology is LTE and this phone is still run on 3G.


      Though true for $209 + tax this is still a bargain for a No Contract phone with these spec's and build quality. Bought two for when I drop Verizon in a couple of months when the contracts end and can switch to a carrier for half the monthly fee.

      It was $12 shipping for two.

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      Goob Ben's cred: 156
      Posted 7:37 pm PDT 08/27/13

      ^^ Actually it's 4G with AT&T and T-Mobile which use cell networks based on the GSM protocal. Sprint and Verizon use the CDMA protocol so no LTE out of the box. If you are tech savvy you can root and flash this phone which will activate the LTE radio. The next generation of this phone is rumored to be out soon. Hopefully the next gen has expandable sd memory and a replaceable battery which are the two biggest drawbacks to this phone IMHO.

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      cubancheapskate Ben's cred: 154
      Posted 7:49 pm PDT 08/27/13

      8GB already sold out. 16GB still available.

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      Rarb Ben's cred: 121
      Posted 8:04 pm PDT 08/27/13

      The price on this phone was already good at $350 for the 16GB - at $250 it's a terrific deal. Combine with a T-Mobile SIM for great rates.

      Regarding 3G/4G, from the first link below:
      - While it does support 4G-level data speeds, its network compatibility means it supports only HSPA+ connections -- not the faster LTE connections that have become commonplace with many smartphones in the States.
      - I found the Nexus 4's data speeds to be perfectly satisfactory while using the device on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. I routinely clocked in near the 18Mbps mark when I checked my speeds using Ookla's Speedtest.net application. The phone is capable of speeds as fast as 42Mbps, depending on your area and connection.
      - Some analyses have actually found T-Mobile's HSPA+ network to be comparable to or faster than LTE networks in parts of the country.
      - We aren't talking about 4G vs. 3G here; we're talking about 4G LTE vs. 4G HSPA+.


      JR Raphael 2012-11-07, Google Nexus 4 deep-dive review- Android at its best - Computerworld

      JR Raphael 2012-11-14, Google's Nexus 4, Understanding your carrier options - Computerworld Blogs

      JR Raphael 2013-01-29, Nexus 4 revisited- Detailed thoughts after 3 months with the phone - Computerworld Blogs

      JR Raphael 2012-10-10, Android off-contract- My prepaid journey, 3 months later - Computerworld Blogs

      T-Mobile SIM Card Activation Kit | T-Mobile

      And also: Setup a Wi-Fi hotspot or USB tethering without having to pay more.

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      cubancheapskate Ben's cred: 154
      Posted 8:07 pm PDT 08/27/13

      Nice summary Rarb

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      fc Ben's cred: 21
      Posted 9:12 pm PDT 08/27/13

      Dang, I just bought a Galaxy S3 Mini for $240 3 days ago and now I see this! I feel like a total 1di0t now!!

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      Rarb Ben's cred: 121
      Posted 9:23 pm PDT 08/27/13

      Goob/#4, you're unlikely to see expandable memory on a Google Nexus device (phone or tablet) - that would compete with their online Drive services.

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      Aphall Ben's cred: 3
      Posted 9:32 pm PDT 08/27/13

      Rarb, good links. I had followed and read JR Raphael's links then made the jump from Verizon's contract plan to the prepaid T-Mobile plan. $30 a month, 5GB data, 100 minutes talk, Unlimited Texts. Best decision I've ever made. T-Mobile made me go through hoops to get my number ported and to get the $30 plan, but with a little persistence it worked out.

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      andy1001 Ben's cred: 59
      Posted 9:58 pm PDT 08/27/13

      No SD card slot - no deal.

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      Goob Ben's cred: 156
      Posted 10:11 pm PDT 08/27/13

      That's too bad Rarb. I personally have no interest in a phone without it and was holding out for this feature.

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      LJW Ben's cred: 220
      Posted 1:27 am PDT 08/28/13

      Great price on a great phone, as long as you don't mind the lack of microSD card slot. I like the built-in wireless Qi charger.

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      matthew Ben's cred: 244
      Posted 5:15 am PDT 08/28/13

      What *did* happen to the CDMA version anyway? I think...only Verizon offered it...and Google stopped supporting it...? Too bad my area has weak coverage, with Verizon as the best option. The TMo scenario looks tempting.

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      ironbadge Ben's cred: 334
      Posted 5:16 am PDT 08/28/13

      Aphall wrote:
      Rarb, good links. I had followed and read JR Raphael's links then made the jump from Verizon's contract plan to the prepaid T-Mobile plan. $30 a month, 5GB data, 100 minutes talk, Unlimited Texts. Best decision I've ever made. T-Mobile made me go through hoops to get my number ported and to get the $30 plan, but with a little persistence it worked out.


      Agree. Use Skype. Fast. Hotspot built-in out of the box. I use it with my Nexus 7 tablet and Macbook Pro. Still have a lot of data left unused. One complaint: the Nexus 4 battery does not last very long. I've got a day with minimal use. Probably this is caused by tons of apps I loaded into it.

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      benben Ben's cred: 103
      Posted 6:28 am PDT 08/28/13

      fc wrote:
      Dang, I just bought a Galaxy S3 Mini for $240 3 days ago and now I see this! I feel like a total 1di0t now!!


      Galaxies are sweet phone, come on...

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      benben Ben's cred: 103
      Posted 6:32 am PDT 08/28/13

      ironbadge wrote:
      Aphall wrote:
      Rarb, good links. I had followed and read JR Raphael's links then made the jump from Verizon's contract plan to the prepaid T-Mobile plan. $30 a month, 5GB data, 100 minutes talk, Unlimited Texts. Best decision I've ever made. T-Mobile made me go through hoops to get my number ported and to get the $30 plan, but with a little persistence it worked out.
      Agree. Use Skype. Fast. Hotspot built-in out of the box. I use it with my Nexus 7 tablet and Macbook Pro. Still have a lot of data left unused. One complaint: the Nexus 4 battery does not last very long. I've got a day with minimal use. Probably this is caused by tons of apps I loaded into it.


      One thing that T-mobile has that nobody else does: UMA, e native calling over Wi-Fi, which is better than Skype because it's tied with your plan and it's transparent with regards to your mobile number. When you travel abroad to places with lots of hotspots, this is priceless, easy to keep in touch and calls to family are totally free. Implementing UMA was the decision that only T-mobile made, other companies which participated in working out the protocol decided to stop, and keep milking you for roaming charges. So as good as generic unlocked phone might be, I'll try to stick with TMO for that reason.

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      ahoss2000 Ben's cred: 4
      Posted 8:32 am PDT 08/28/13

      Hi Ironbadge,

      To make WiFi calls on T-mobile $30 plan with 100min and 5GB data, does the phone have to be from t-mobile ? Can any unlocked GSM smart phone use this feature? Also, what is the call quality over WiFi? I use google voice and you can tell it is over the WiFi vs the better call quality using the cellular network.

      Thanks.

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      gnimble Ben's cred: 61
      Posted 8:43 am PDT 08/28/13

      It seems like you need specialized phones in order to make wifi calls on Tmoble, at least from the news on 2007...

      http://www.t-mobile.com/company/PressReleases_Article.aspx?assetName=Prs_Prs_20070627&title=T-Mobile%20Introduces%20Unlimited%20Calling%20Over%20Wi-Fi%20With%20the%20National%20Launch%20of%20T-Mobile%20HotSpot%20@Home

      I have a TMoble plan and my room has no signals, I would love to get my quadcore padphone running android 4.2 to call over wifi without going through skype.

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      Stumpy Ben's cred: 153
      Posted 2:57 pm PDT 08/28/13

      How much can you really fit on the 8GB version? Seems like it would fill up quickly. The 16GB sounds like a good price. It could be used as an Android alternative to something like the iTouch. It could be used at home over wifi and/or for Apps / Music / Movies / Games.

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