The Nexus 5 is an awesome phone, but sometimes you don’t want to pay between $400 and $500 up front for a decent handset. If you’re a contract kind of person, Telstra will offer Google’s new Nexus handset on contract over 24 months, but be warned, it comes with a small catch.
Telstra will offer the Nexus 5 starting on a $60 Everyday Connect plan, which includes $600 worth of calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1GB of data on a 24 month contract.
The Nexus 5 on said plan will cost an extra $9 per month on the 24 month contract.
The only catch here, besides the fact that it’s a contract, is in regards to sweet new Android software going forward.
Update: An earlier version of this story said that Telstra would test the software updates Google distributed for Nexus devices before they’d go live on the network. Telstra has since got in touch to tell us that’s not entirely accurate.
Telstra it in fact will have Google push updates to its users on the search giant’s schedule. The telco will test software updates as its users get them to “provide feedback to Google”, but it won’t tie it up before it goes live is the point.
That seems more than a little curious, as Telstra would be left not being able to put the genie back in the bottle if it finds that a software update pushed to users was causing issues. That’s why it tests stuff in the first place.
We’re clarifying a potential response to this scenario with Telstra right now.
Those who pre-order online from Telstra before 26 November will score $100 in free Google Play credit (in the form of Gift Cards). That’s a pretty sweet deal! [Telstra]