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RumorTT: Google subsidizing the new Nexus 4 on the Google Play store

Rumor: Google subsidizing the Nexus 4 smartphone that's for sale in the Google Play store.

By Trace Hagan on Nov 6, 2012 at 06:30 pm CST - 0 mins, 53 secs reading time

If claims by Phone House, a Spanish mobile phone retailer are to be believed, it would appear that Google is subsidizing the new Nexus 4 on the Google Play store. Phone House has claimed that LG are selling the devices for a much higher price than that being offered by Google on the Google Play store.

RumorTT: Google subsidizing the new Nexus 4 on the Google Play store |

This leaves us two options. Either Google is subsidizing the devices, a not unheard of option, or LG is trying to get a lot more money out of the device by selling to carriers. On the Google Play store, the Nexus 4 is available for $300 dollars, a cheap option to get a contract-free device that can be used with many different carriers.

However, Phone House is saying that LG has offered up the device with a MSRP of $770. LG could by trying to make a massive profit, or Google could be subsidizing. I'm going to guess that it's the latter. Google has a habit of doing things like this in the past, and I see no reason why they would stop now.

Last updated: Nov 30, -0001 at 12:00 am CST

Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.


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