Nexus S priced for the UK – £549 unlocked, £35 per month on tariffs

If you want an unlocked, Android 2.3 powered Nexus S on its December 20 launch date, you’ll have to pay Carphone Warehouse £549 for the thing. That’s quite a lot of money for a telephone. That’s Apple territory.

However, the retailer is planning to bundle the Nexus S with SIM cards connected to and subsidised by Vodafone and T-Mobile, which brings the monthly tariff down to your more usual standard of £35 per month for a 24 month contract.

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Initial enthusiasm wearing off now the price has been revealed? Or still MAD for it? Check out CPW’s range of Nexus S tariffs here, if you fancy doing a bit of limited shopping about.

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  1. Disappointingly high price, no doubt to try to tie people into 18-24 month contracts. I cant justify upgrading my phone for that i’d be lucky to get £150 for my Desire. Shame.

  2. Gary C

     /  December 6, 2010

    The SIM-free price is bit of a shocker. What was the Nexus One available for on direct import? About £440 or so after taxes and everything, wasn’t it?

  3. JiMMaR

     /  December 6, 2010

    wow , phandroid just said that best buy is pricing it for $529 unlocked (337.094 GBP) .. what a bummer >.<

    • k0zmic

       /  December 6, 2010

      Do you know if the one from Best Buy work in the UK?

      • JiMMaR

         /  December 6, 2010

        Google said that it’s gonna be unlocked and should work on all carriers
        at least I know that the US nexus one worked in my country (kuwait) so I guess it should work on all GSM carriers

        • k0zmic

           /  December 6, 2010

          Brilliant! I’m going to the US in a couple of weeks so I might pick up a couple.

          • Let us know if you got some going cheap :P

          • Gary C

             /  December 6, 2010

            Make that three. Can I have a discount if buying the one you had to hide in your pants?

          • k0zmic

             /  December 6, 2010

            Sure! I’ll be putting one on eBay for less than £550. It all depends on how many I can get in the suitcase though. I might have to put one down my pants!

  4. Meister_Li

     /  December 6, 2010

    That price is way too high for me. I’ll just stick to my Galaxy S and hope Google Provides us with enough open source drivers that we can bring Gingerbread/Cyanogen Mod easyier onto it with them.

  5. Bloody hell its even £ than it is $ and thats without taking the conversion into the equation. Nexus S should be £340 over here. Boo profiteering.

  6. Tom Robson

     /  December 6, 2010

    If this phone didn’t have 2.3 on it would be a big fat meh! Once 2.3 starts making it’s way to the custom ROM scene and / or is pre-installed on other handsets, the Nexus S will lose most of it’s appeal. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is the one to watch for desirable hardware.

  7. That is very expensive. Think CW/Google/Samsung may have shot themselves in the foot with that one!

    • Gary C

       /  December 6, 2010

      I foresee a Galaxy Tab style PRICE CRASH in the new year.

      • Tom Robson

         /  December 6, 2010

        Yes, once the dual core chip based handsets are out (Feb 2011) the Nexus S will be selling for <£400

        • I am definitely going to wait until the MWC. Remember it was here that the HTC Desire was announced!

  8. The dag

     /  December 6, 2010

    Don’t forget that the US price will be before tax – if buying within the US, a typical sales tax of 9.5% would result in the price being $580 (about £370 – still quite a difference). Direct import into the UK would attract 17.5-20% VAT, so the UK price would work out to about £405 before p&p and credit card currency converson commission (nice bit of alliteration there.) Still a difference of £100+ that you could put towards a plane ticket to the US …

    • k0zmic

       /  December 11, 2010

      I’ve checked and Sales Tax varies between state to state as far as a I know, so it could be cheaper in some places, e.g. Virginia only charges 5% sales tax.

  9. brypie

     /  December 7, 2010

    No Micro SD slot??

    Big mistake if you ask me…

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