Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s latest flagship Nexus 6 is still facing supply shortages. But the company continues to roll out the device in new markets. Nexus 6 comes with a premium price tag, so Google has adopted a different strategy to sell more units this year. It has partnered with various telecom operators around the world. Carriers can sell the handset for a subsidized price.
US Cellular offers Nexus 6 at $199
In the U.S., AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have already been offering the Nexus 6. Now US Cellular has joined them to sell Google’s 5.96-inch phablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device is available in Cloud White and Midnight Blue colors. US Cellular is selling 32GB Nexus 6 for $199 and 64GB model for $250 with a two-year contract.
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You can also buy it without the two-year contract through US Cellular’s ‘Shared Connect’ plan. If you choose this plan, you’ll have to pay 20 monthly installments of $33 each for 32GB version and $36.50 for 64GB version. Alternatively, you can buy the device for an upfront payment of $660 (32GB) or $730 (64GB). However, US Cellular’s on-contract prices are $50 cheaper than similar offers from Sprint and AT&T.
Nexus 6 yet to arrive on Verizon
Google sells the Nexus 6 through its Play Store for $650 and $720. Now Verizon is the only major U.S. carrier that hasn’t yet launched Nexus 6. There have been rumors that Verizon will bring Nexus 6 to its network on Dec.13, but there is no official confirmation. The phone comes with 6-inch Quad HD display, 13MP main camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 3,220mAh battery and turbo charging technology. The phone is powered by 2GB RAM and 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.
Earlier this week, Android source code revealed that Google had included a fingerprint sensor in the early prototype of Nexus 6, but scrapped the feature in the final build. The company is still working on fingerprint technology, which could be introduced with future versions of Nexus.
Google shares inched up 1.01% on Tuesday to close at $536.11.