It looks like Vodafone’s tradition of supporting Google’s flagship Nexus phones in Australia may be coming to an end. We’ve received word today from a reader that Vodafone has decided not to stock the Nexus 4.
Vodafone responded to a Twitter query from Ausdroid reader Mi7k regarding the newly-announced device, but also noted that the phone can be used should it be purchased outright.
@Mi7k As an update, we've decided against stocking it. However it will work on our 3G+ network should you choose an outright purchase. ^K
— Vodafone Australia (@VodafoneAU) October 31, 2012
We have no details about the reasons for their decision. It could perhaps be due to their past sales history with Nexus devices, or because the $399 16 GB price makes on-contract subsidies less important.
While we wait to hear from the other carriers, remember that LG told us yesterday they’ll have further announcements regarding offline availability towards the end of November. This may or may not influence Vodafone’s (and other carriers’) decision.
We’ve reached out to Vodafone for their side of the story and will update the post when we have more information.