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UK Carriers Selling Nexus 5 with a Huge Markup

The Nexus 5‘s budget-friendly price is one of the new smartphone’s biggest draws at just $349 for a 16GB unlocked copy in the U.S. and £299 in the U.K. through the Google Play store. With Google’s own supplies quickly selling out however, consumers may be forced to buy the device from other carriers, and for British Android fans that could mean a huge markup.

After receiving an anonymous tip, Engadget discovered that O2 and Three both appear to be making a handsome profit off of the Nexus 5. Three is selling the 16GB Google handset for £399, while O2 is selling the 32GB model for £549 (up from £339 on the UK Google Play store). Thankfully, it looks like British third-party phone-seller Carphone Warehouse is selling a black 16GB Nexus 5 for £295.

The Nexus 5 comes equipped with a 4.95-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, a 2300mAh battery and NFC. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and comes in white or black.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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