Three will not carry Google’s new own-brand smartphone, it has been confirmed, adding heft to speculation that the search giant has erred by pricing it higher than previous models.
The carrier, which is the UK’s fastest growing network, announced it has no plans to offer the Nexus 6 for sale in response to a customer query on Twitter.
The handset is on sale in UK for £499 when bought SIM free and off-contract. The Nexus 5 was priced at a more forgiving £339 from launch.
Pick up the Nexus 6 on a contract and you’re looking at a monthly charge of £35 per month or above, pitting the handset against the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Apple iPhones at the top end of the market.
Google’s decision to break with its long-established Nexus pricing policy, assumed to be a loss-leading offer, for the Nexus 6 was criticised by the Android hardcore.
The price point seemed especially ambitious given that the Nexus 6 is manufactured by Motorola on Google’s behalf.
Given that Moto is now best known for its budget Android phones, it’s arguably something of a stretch expecting punters to choose the premium-priced Nexus 6 over rivals' efforts.