Nexus 5 in surprise price increase


Last week the new 2013 Nexus smartphone from LG and Google was released that has unsurprisingly proved to be hugely popular, as just like last year we have a high spec device available for a relatively low off contract cost, but now the Nexus 5 has seen a surprise price increase with one retailer.

Over in the UK the Nexus 5 can be purchased via Google Play for £299 for the 16GB model with shipping at the time of writing down for two to three weeks. Meanwhile UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse has the same model listed at a price of £429, which is for a SIM free 16GB version of the handset.

Previously the retailer was asking £295 for the handset when it first became available and while the retailer currently has no stock available, the handset is due to arrive soon. Stock of the white version of the Nexus 5 is down to arrive on November 7th, while the black model is down for arrival a bit later on November 15th.

The majority of those that want to purchase the Nexus 5 will go down the Google Play route, but to quickly recap the smartphone offers consumers a 4.95-inch Full HD display with a 445ppi pixel density that is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM.

Camera wise the handset features an 8-megapixel rear facer that is couple with a 1.3-megapixel unit around the front with the device using a 2,300 mAh battery.

Update: The retailer is no longer selling the Nexus 5 SIM free.

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5 thoughts on “Nexus 5 in surprise price increase”

  1. Alex A says:

    i drove for over an 2 hours today to Carphone Warehouse as yesterday i was told Manchester branch had it in stock and could sell it me ( for £295 ) arrived there today to pay in cash to be told its now £439. for a phone thats being touted as £300, in all markets for carphone warehouse to do this was to me blatent money grabbing and a waste of my time and effort. Wont touch Carphone Jokehouse ever again.

    1. G says:

      I had the same issue, was pretty furious given that my past experience with Carphone Warehouse has been generally positive. To add over £100 to the price of a phone that’s available much cheaper everywhere else just seems like shitty business to me.

  2. Batman says:

    CPW are probbaly making very little money on SIM free Nexus 5’s thats why theyve put the price up. They want people to buy the Nexus 5 on contract where theres more commision in it for them.

    But I’ve also heard rumours that theyve put the price up becuase they dont have any in stock and it will be back to 295 once they have them back in stock.

  3. Danny says:

    Just went into cpw…was told the price rise was in line with google store….got home checked google store onoy to find I had been lied to. Can’t imagine why the highstreet retailer’s are having such a tough time!

  4. Thor says:

    CPW are not selling SIM Free Nexus 5 handsets anymore, they only offer the phone on contract…essentially they make more money this way. The 295 SIM Free offer was only a limited time Nexus 5 launch offer

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