The Nexus 4 is the best deal of any smart phone on the market today. Even better, it’s priced at just under $300 for an unlocked phone with no contract obligation ($299 – 8GB, $349 – 16 GB). This is why it has been so difficult to order one of these great devices. The first offering of this phone was sold out in the US and Canada within hours, and they were sold out around the world within a day. However, as I write this article, Google has the phone back in stock and shipping within 4 – 9 weeks, depending on the model you choose. Hopefully, mine will arrive by Christmas.
This leads me to discuss the options available for phone service. Some popular options include T-Mobile, AT&T, and Straight Talk. Depending on how you use your phone one of these options may server you better than the others. Each option will be discussed further in future posts, but here are the highlights.
This is the service I have chosen to use. The benefit to me is that I can buy 1000 minutes and one year of service for $100. Most of my calling and texting will be done using Google Voice (free calling to the US) over WiFi. The 1000 minutes of cellular service will only be used for emergencies. This also means my cell phone will only cost $100 per year.
With one of the best data networks available, AT&T cellular service is a great option for those who live in larger cities. Being from Asheville, NC, I know how important it is to choose a network with lots of towers as you’re driving through the Smoky Mountains. In that region, AT&T is not typically the best choice, but the service is great as long as you stay in a metropolitan area.
The great thing about the cellular plans available through Straight Talk is their agreements with multiple carriers. This means that each tower you connect to may be owned by a different company. Ideally, this could lead to a greater coverage area than choosing one of the larger carriers. Additionally, at $45/month for unlimited everything, this is one of the least expensive unlimited plans on the market. Although you may need to buy a SIM cutter to get their SIM card to fit the Nexus 4.
If you think there is a better phone available, or you know of a better cellular plan for the Nexus 4, tell me about it in the comments below.