18 Nov 2013
By Andrew Volard

Nexus 5 arrives at Telstra


When I say Gingerbread, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Kit Kat, you’re bound to get hungry and Google’s mobile operating systems might not be the first thing that spring to your mind.

But today, I’m pleased to tell you that the highly anticipated, 4G-compatible Nexus 5 smartphone, running the latest Google operating system – Android™ 4.4, KitKat® – is on its way to Telstra from Tuesday 26 November, and available for online pre-order now.

Customers have been waiting eagerly for this phone (which is the world’s first phone running Android 4.4 Kit Kat) and after extensive testing of the device and operating system, I’m sure customers are going to jump at it.

It’s not only the first phone on the KitKat platform, but it’s also the first 4G-compatible Nexus phone, which is great timing for Telstra customers following last week’s announcement that 4G speeds are now available across an area four times greater than that of any competitor 4G network.

That means customers using the Nexus 5 with Telstra will have access to superfast 4G speeds in more places than ever before.

I’ve been using the phone for the past week and have noticed the Android 4.4 Kit Kat really does deliver a simple, smooth and speedy experience.

Some of my favourite features of the Nexus 5 are:

  • The 8MP camera comes with image stabilisation technology to minimise blur
  • Google Caller ID looks for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps and people in your Google Apps domain, even if the number calling you isn’t saved in your phone
  • The contact dialler system automatically suggests frequent contacts
  • The large 5” full HD screen offers a sharp viewing experience for photos, websites and emails

Pricing and availability

The Nexus 5 will be available in Telstra stores from Tuesday 26 November or for pre-order online from today. Customers pre-ordering before 26 November will also receive a $100 Google Play voucher while stocks last.

Consumer customers can purchase the Nexus 5 on the $60 Every Day Connect Plan with a $9 handset repayment per month (when you stay connected for 24 months), with $600 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excluding use overseas) each month. Min cost over 24 months is $1656 ($69/mth) and 2 minute standard call is $2.38, excess data $0.10/MB.

Business customers can purchase the Nexus 5 on the $60 Business Performance Plan with $9 per month handset repayment when you stay connected for 24 months, with $600 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. Min cost $1656 ($69/mth) and 2 minute standard call is $2.38, excess data $0.10/MB.

Nexus 5 will also be available to be purchased outright in Telstra stores for $696 RRP.

The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, many surrounding suburban areas and in over 100 regional areas. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at

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Posts: 59


  1. Jimmy says:


  2. Glenn says:

    “Nexus 5 will also be available to be purchased outright in Telstra stores for $696 RRP.”

    Seriously? $399 direct from Google!

  3. Ron says:

    “RRP” ??

    I’d be very interested to know if Google actually recommended this mark-up…

    Also, it’s interesting that $696 = 24 x $29. It looks like the outright price has been marked-up to match the repayments over a 2-year contract.

  4. Rick says:

    Kidding yourselves with that RRP!

  5. Grant says:

    Yep Telstra. It’s great that you are supporting the Nexus line with the new handset, but to hack at consumer wallets with that ‘RRP’ is another in a long line of Telstra jokes -- not what consumers really feel is even reasonable, let alone good value as your advertising claims. Bye bye.

  6. Juan says:

    Don’t be greedy Telstra

  7. spatch says:

    I was excited by this announcement until the RRP of $696 was mentioned. Who is Telstra fooling with this rubbish?

  8. Z. says:

    LOL@ $696, really? telstra really?
    **dancing in the rain with fantastic price*

  9. Mike says:

    If you buy nexus 5 from google play store will it work on telstra network

  10. daman says:

    This is 32gb or 16gb version? 696 is a joke…Only fool rush in !!!

  11. Matt says:

    $399 / 24 months = $16 per month. Telstra only charges $9 per month on their plan. I don’t understand how your all getting ripped off?

  12. Derp says:

    Along with the phone being so cheap with its RRP being 175% of actual RRP, you get a whole 1GB of data!!! Going to be able to make so much use of that 4G network with a huge 1GB!

  13. Andrew says:

    Really? That is a disgusting mark up! Shame on Telstra for trying such a rip off. To be honest with there poor customer service and shamefully greedy price increases I’d rather the .5 % less coverage from Optus. Dare I say it but Telstra you just lost a 20 yr customer. Not to mention everyone who will purchase through google to save over $200!

  14. Saurabh says:

    Who has done the pricing for outright purchase?
    $459 for 32 GB from google play directly :) )
    Wake up Telstra ……..

  15. Matt says:

    Why is everyone so upset? American Telcos are pricing it as a high tier phone aswell. Google is the only company selling it that cheap because it’s their phone! Why are people so dumb? If you know where to get it cheaper then buy it from google! Also I just looked up what all the fuss is about. On Telstra’s lowest plan it cost $9 per month. That’s $216. What a bunch of sooks.

  16. curious says:

    Does anyone know if the nexus 5 has capability for very good regional coverage

  17. curious says:

    Does anyone know if Nexus 5 has good regional coverage in Western Australia

  18. Gina says:

    same question as “curious” because I’m in dunsborough.

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