Want to buy Nexus4 and take to different carrier, two prices online!

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 5 years ago
  • Answered
I want to get the Nexus 4. Its cheaper at Koodo compared to every carrier in Canada. What do I pay, the 300 dollar on the "Monthly plans" page, or 350 on the "Prepaid plans" page?

I just want the phone and thats it. I have no intention of activating service with Koodo, just buy the phone and leave.
Photo of Jim P

Jim P

  • 92 Points 75 badge 2x thumb

Posted 5 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Ahmad

Ahmad

  • 96,102 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Koodo will NOT sell you a phone outright. It MUST be activated. So if you want to buy it and take it with you, you need to activate it on prepaid and then just ditch the sim card.
Photo of Jim P

Jim P

  • 92 Points 75 badge 2x thumb
So, is there any possibility they could sell it for 300 instead of the 350?

What happens if there's only one device price online, like the refurb Z10 for 350. No possibility to buy that one outright and leave? Or would I have to activate that one on prepaid as well. (Could I even activate it on prepaid)
Photo of Jonathan I

Jonathan I, Mobile Master

  • 114,404 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Looks like it would be $350 since prepaid is an outright sale on its own anyway... and then like Ahmad said, you would just ditch the service.

You only get the $300 retail price if you grab it on Tab or go no Tab (but you need to activate and go through at least one month of usage).

If this is bothering you, just go to Google and buy it from them. Carriers and even retailers don't like selling devices outright because they make no money from it and there's shipping costs to get the phones in the store. I hate it when people try to cheap out the system like this.
Photo of Jim P

Jim P

  • 92 Points 75 badge 2x thumb
^ I'm assuming activating on a monthly, going on no tab involves credit check, preauthorized payment/credit card, etc etc?

If that's so, seems a bit of a hassle. Probably better to spend 350 and leave it at that.

Besides, at Google its more expensive. If Koodo want's my business they'll sell me the phone lol, I don't see how they make no money from it. From an economical and consumer standpoint, its the cheapest to buy there, so I'll buy there. If I can get it for 300, fantastic, if I have to pay 350 then... Needs some consideration. No one is cheaping the system out at all. If their plans and prices were as cheap as competitors I'd be with them for sure. You need to see it from my POV lol.

Just weighing out my options here.
Photo of Paul Deschamps

Paul Deschamps, Mobile Master

  • 202,996 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Koodo doesn't make anything off of the Nexus 4 they're selling it for cost so that's how they're making no money from it and they don't want your business if your just buying a phone they make no money off of and you don't plan on getting Koodo's service as well.
Anyways what provider is cheaper than Koodo & is it prepaid or postpaid your looking for service with that company?
Photo of Sophia

Sophia, Mobile Master

  • 142,984 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Of course Koodo wants your business, that is why they sell it for $300 on a PLAN. If you want it without a plan, that is fine too, but it'll cost you $350 (= little bit of one time profit). I think that is quite fair and logical too. Your choice, take it or leave it :)
Photo of John Burke

John Burke, Mobile Master

  • 71,346 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
I'd say get it from the Google Play Store (or the Canadian carrier you're planning to use it with assuming they have it as well) - that way you'll get the warranty.
If you buy it from Koodo then leave Koodo I doubt Koodo will still honor the warranty.
Worth the price difference in my opinion.

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.