The list of carriers who could possibly support a release of either the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 7 3G is rapidly dwindling with Virgin Mobile now confirming that they will not be stocking either device. In regards to the Nexus 4 they advised :
We can confirm that Virgin Mobile has no plans at this stage to stock the LG Nexus 4.
When asked about the Nexus 7 3G they responded with :
At this stage we don’t have any plans to stock any tablets, including the Nexus 7, but we do have mobile broadband tablet plans which can be viewed here – http://www.virginmobile.com.au/tablet-plans/
Telco is a pretty past paced industry and as you can imagine we are always in talks with a number of different manufacturers at any one time, so if this changes I’ll be sure to let you know.
Optus, who owns Virgin Mobile have also been approached with regards to the possibility of them carrying the 3G enabled Nexus devices on their network and they advised :
We don’t have any details to confirm around the Nexus devices at the moment.
So whilst Optus has not outright stated that they will not be ranging the devices it is looking increasingly bleak that either of the 3G enabled Nexus devices will receive carrier support here in Australia, but with such excellent pricing coming for the Nexus 4 as an outright and what appears to be quite a good price for the 3G enabled Nexus 7, is carrier support really required and was that Googles intention?