Google’s new Nexus 4 (Engadget review) will go on sale Tuesday, November 13. It’s the best smartphone you can buy for under $300 and works on GSM carriers without a two-year contract.
Comparable smart phones, without carrier subsidies, cost $500-$600. It will work on the AT&T network, but it can’t use LTE. T-Mobile’s network, on the other hand, will able to deliver HSPA+ data speeds.
The Nexus 4 4.7-inch display has a 1,280×760-pixel resolution, driven by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor paired with an Adreno 320 GPU that will match or beat the quad-core Tegra 3 and Exynos 4 from NVIDIA and Samsung. It has an 8-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
It comes with 4.2 Jelly Bean which includes Google Now search application, a Natural language user interface, support for wireless display Miracast, and Photo Sphere that lets you stitch multiple images from various directions into a 360-degree super panorama.
Several Mobile virtual network operators are available that use T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.
- Ultra Mobile, a T-Mobile USA MVNO, offers a prepaid unlimited plan that includes up to 1,000 minutes of international calling. It operates on a bring-your-own-device, SIM-only model and has a $29 per month unlimited talk and text and $39 per month for unlimited talk, text and HSPA data. The $49 per month service features unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of unthrottled HSPA data (throttled thereafter) and a credit for around 1,000 minutes of international calling.
- Simple Mobile is a T-Mobile MVNO which offers $40 and $50 voice and data plans. A $25/mo (750MB) or $45/mo (2GB) data-only plan can be used with a mobile hotspot like the ZTE MF61 Mobile Hotspot and a data-only SIM from Simple Mobile. No contract or long term commitments.
Those same MVNO deals that provide SIM chips for voice and data, can also provide a tablet like the $299 Nexus 7 (with a built-in cellular modem) with contract-free, data-only connectivity.