The Nexus 4 has been making its way to a variety of Canadian carriers, and it looks like Virgin Mobile Canada is next in line to receive the device. The smartphone has already made its way to Videotron, WIND Mobile, and Fido. Virgin Mobile Canada didn’t release an official date on when they’ll sell the device, but they do have a sign-up page if you want to be notified once the Nexus 4 is released.
The Nexus 4 is the latest Nexus smartphone device from Google, and it packs quite an impressive spec sheet for such a small price tag. The specs include a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8/16GB built-in memory, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and a penta-band radio. The device should also receive the Android 4.2.2 update pretty soon.
What’s strange to me is why would people buy a Nexus 4 from a carrier when it’s being sold so cheap through the Google Play store. Though it’s understandable that some people don’t want to pay the $299 or $349 price tag (not including tax or shipping) and would rather pay a subsidized fee for their phone.
There’s no word from Virgin Mobile on what the device will cost when it’s release, but we can’t imagine it’d be more than $200. Otherwise it would make more sense just to buy the device straight from Google without needing to lock yourself into another contract.
Virgin Mobile Canada
Virgin Mobile launched in Canada on March 1, 2005 as an MVNO, in conjunction with services provided by Bell Mobility, Telus and Rogers Wireless though at the time, Virgin Mobile was operating solely as a prepaid service. In February 2008, Virgin Mobile Canada launched postpaid wireless service, referred to as ‘myPlan’, offering a multitude of options, including the ability to set one’s own timeframe for unlimited calling, as opposed to the windows generally offered by competing mobile companies. On May 7, 2009, Bell Mobility acquired 50% of Virgin Mobile Canada for $142 million and entered into a long-term agreement to use the Virgin brand.
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