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Nexus S Price Slashed By £120 [Updated]

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Nexus S Price Slashed By £120 [Updated]

It seems as if Carphone Warehouse want to give everyone who has shown some patience (or indecision) a little Christmas bonus. If you have managed to hold back and not ordered a Nexus S from the retailer, you will now get it for just £429.99 – that’s a whole £120 less than you would have been paying last week.

Today is when Google’s latest handset goes on sale officially in the UK and while this price cut is welcome news for those still deliberating whether or not to purchase the world’s first Gingerbread-running device, it must be a bit of a kick in the nether regions for those who have already bought the phone. The reason for the dramatic cut in price is not exactly clear but if we are allowed to guess we would assume that poor pre-order figures may have something to do with it.

The price fall doesn’t stop with the SIM-free version though, as you can now get a free Nexus S on a two year, £30-a-month contract with O2 and Vodafone compared to £35-a-month last week. A saving of some £120 over the lifetime of the contract. While the site listed the phone as on "back order" yesterday, by last night the phone was once again listed as “in stock” – which is good news for those hoping to see it under their Christmas tree come next Saturday morning. The price cut will help to appease those who complained about the price difference between the UK and the US when it was revealed two weeks ago - though those who have paid the higher price may not take much comfort in this fact.

Update (December 20, 2pm) Carphone Warehouse just issued a press release to say that the release date of the Nexus S in the UK has been pushed back to December 22. They also confirmed the price cut but we are still awaiting a reply to our question regarding the rumour that people who purchased the Nexus S at the old price will be reimbursed. We'll keep you updated.

Update 2 (December 20, 2.30pm) Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that all those who pre-ordered the Nexus S will benefit from the new lower price of £429.99. So Christmassy feelings all round then.

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BOFH UK

December 20, 2010, 2:16 pm

Ouch, they really ought to refund anyone that bought at the previous price all things considered.





Can't say I'm shocked about the price drop though, there's just nothing really special or compelling about the Nexus S unless you're a developer. Sure it's got NFC built in but there's no real application for that technology yet and by the time there is it'll be in other handsets. The screen's nice but nothing special, the camera (specificaly the software) is actually a step back from the regular Galaxy S handset, the processor has already been eclipsed by that LG dual-core unit, it doesn't feel particularly high end in its construction and without an SD card slot to allow expansion the 16Gb of memory looks a little light for the sort of power user likely to be considering a gingerbread phone right now.

TechnicPuppet

December 20, 2010, 2:17 pm

I have ordered this and a Desire HD in the last week. Think I will cancel both and wait till the new phones hit.

baller86

December 20, 2010, 2:18 pm

"it must be a bit of a kick in the nether regions for those who have already both the phone"- I guess you mean bought instead of both?

LetsGo

December 20, 2010, 3:25 pm

Good Price for a great phone.





@BOFH UK LG Dual Core phone is not out yet, if I was designing a "gaming phone" it would look very much like the nexus S but with the addition of a micro sd slot & slide out controllers ;).

Andy 17

December 20, 2010, 3:27 pm

Those that ordered early will get a cheque for the difference so there's no sting in the tail (carphone warehouse have confirmed this looking at androidforums etc).


I imagine the price drop is more to do with Google than poor pre-sales. The contracts are just cheaper options at £30, now more for less, and as there was huge disparity with the US and more than likely CPW pushing for contract sales for bigger margins, Google may have stepped in to reduce the artificial gap.

Andy 17

December 20, 2010, 3:42 pm

Just a follow on, and I realise this maybe a bit prickly, but this is another article that seems to show Trustedreviews to be progressing towards the tabloid end of technology reviews, rather than the well researched information that we used to see some years ago. Maybe I'm just getting old and cynical, but there seems to be a growing amount of stories aimed at headline with guesswork information, rather than fact or more researched opinion.

nickl

December 20, 2010, 4:16 pm

@Andy 17





I disagree. I think the site is an excellent mix of in-depth reviews and news stories.

David Gilbert

December 20, 2010, 4:28 pm

@Andy 17 Reporting the 'fact' that Carphone Warehouse has reduced the price of one of the most high profile phones in the world at the moment by 22 percent doesn't strike me as as tabloid reporting. While we did offer our opinion as to why this reduction was made, it was highlighted as 'our opinion' and not a definitive explanation. We are waiting to hear back from CW to confirm if people who ordered the devices earlier will get a refund. They said a press release should be coming around by 12.30 so we will update you then.

Andy 17

December 20, 2010, 4:47 pm

Thanks David, its good to know you had contacted CPW, if you'd mentioned you would have saved me writing the post! Cheers.

Runadumb

December 20, 2010, 8:07 pm

On the one hand I want to say well done on the price cut but on the other I want to slap them in the face and say "what were you thinking in the first place!?" They were really sticking their hand in on that one, it wasn't even the usual taking the piss with a direction dollar to pound conversion it was higher - $529 = £550. Some maths there.





Anyway maybe now a stock Android device stands a chance, at least more of a chance than the nexus one had. I kinda hope Google release a series of Nexus devices from all the big manufactures throughout each year. Maybe that would confuse the market further but seeing as these Nexus devices are the only way to get stock Android it would be nice to have a choice of devices.

HarryGlass

December 20, 2010, 11:43 pm

@Runadumb: You mean the only way to get a stock device apart from custom ROMs which you can get for all phones...





I'd get the Galaxy S over the Nexus myself, the lack of expandable memory on the Nexus is bad, especially for a flagship device. I noticed in the paper this morning it's now £25 a month at CW, seems like a great deal to me. Latest Froyo (JPX 2.2.1) dropped a couple of days ago and is the nippiest yet and the Gingerbread port with be with us soon. Who knows with the Nexus delayed til the 22nd it may even be out first if Supercurio keeps at it.





Then again most people would be advised to wait til CES for Tegra 2 phones to give themselves a bit more future proofing.

rav

December 21, 2010, 12:28 am

They were having a laugh with the original price. This seems more reasonable but still not really a bargain.

TechnicPuppet

December 21, 2010, 2:08 pm

Well they never got my cancellation email and it has been despatched. It's in Glasgow just now so hopefully it will come today, i'm only 20 mins away.

TechnicPuppet

December 21, 2010, 9:03 pm

Nexus S has arrived, freezing. Just getting a play with it just now.

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