The launch of the Nexus 5 this morning has seen a flurry of orders, with the 32GB Black Nexus 5 seemingly the most popular model, with Google Play reporting the lead time as ‘Dispatched from warehouse in 2 – 3 weeks’. So what alternatives will you have for getting your hands on the latest Nexus phone from Google?
Telstra has already advised that they are looking at the possibility of ranging the Nexus 5, advising:
Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in its range. Customers who would like to be kept informed can register their interest here: Telstra EOI Page
Unfortunately the news from other carriers is not so promising, with Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Optus all advising that they will not be carrying the Nexus 5 at all.
LG has indicated that there along with an operator partner – note the use of a Singular when describing the Operator – for release of the Nexus 5 in Australia, there will be a retail launch here in Australia :
Further information on the retail launch date, operator partner, pricing and sales channels will follow on completion of local network testing.
The Nexus 4 saw an exclusive retail partnership with Harvey Norman, and we’ve approached Harvey Norman to see if there are any indications that they will be repeating the exclusive arrangement but we have not yet heard back.
We’re also attempting to check on availability of the Nexus 5 accessories, as a delivery charge on top of what are some fairly expensive accessories is not something you really want to have to pay.
With a possible carrier launch and retail availability coming, the choice is now down to paying a $19.95 delivery fee or waiting for a local release.
Will you be waiting to get your hands on the Nexus 5 through Telstra or a retailer or jumping into Google Play?