We’ve been doing the legwork today talking to manufacturers, carriers and retailers trying to find out Australian launch information for Google’s shiny new Nexus devices.
With Motorola behind the new Nexus 6, and their preference for going straight to retail with their devices, we’re not expecting to see Australian carriers range the Nexus 6. We didn’t expect to see the Nexus 5 either though, and Telstra did surprise us in 2013.
With the Nexus 6 starting at US$649 and the Nexus 9 with LTE priced at US$599 (both devices are yet to be priced for Australia), the new generation of Nexus devices carries a higher price tag than the 2013 range, perhaps making them more attractive on-contract purchases if carriers can get their plans right.
We’ve been tipped that Vodafone won’t be carrying the Nexus 6, but will carry the 32GB+LTE Nexus 9. We’re seeking confirmation from Vodafone.
This could make them the only carrier prepared to offer HTC’s new tablet, and if our server activity today is any indication, it should generate a decent amount of business for the carrier.
Virgin Mobile has confirmed that they won’t be ranging the new devices.
Optus confirms they won’t be carrying the Nexus 9, but isn’t sure yet about the Nexus 6. We’re awaiting updates.
Update (October 22): Optus has advised they won’t be ranging the Nexus 6.
Telstra’s statement isn’t a straight-up denial:
We’re always looking for new and exciting products to bring to our customers, however we don’t have any news to share at this stage.
We’ll update this post with more information as we get it.
Will you look at a new Nexus device on contract with a carrier? Why, or why not? Tell us in the comments.