"Freedom in a phone"5.0 starson by mn459
Pros: Freedom (I'll explain more in the summary)
Cons: None so far
Summary: I almost never write summaries, but this phone is extraordinary. My cell phone progression went from Motorola Razr V3 -> LG Vu -> Apple iPhone 3GS -> Samsung Infuse 4G -> Apple iPhone 3GS -> Google Nexus 4. I loved the iPhone, but wanted to try Android a year and a half ago. I bought a Samsung Infuse 4G and liked it at first, but really grew to hate it. It ran an old version of Android, it ran into glitches constantly, dropped calls, and had bloatware from AT&T. I eventually got so sick of it that I popped my SIM back into my brothers 3 year old iPhone 3GS and I've been using that for a few months now. I didn't want to try Android again, but the Nexus 4 seemed special and I'm glad I took the leap. It runs pure Android and constantly gets updated to the newest version. The hardware and software specs are comparable to the highest end flagship phones, but it is a fraction of the cost. Google has a vision for unlocked, free phones, and I am glad to jump on board.
Which brings me to the most important point. The Nexus 4, to me, is a symbol of freedom. I bought it unlocked for 300$ with the intention of getting a cheap monthly plan that I could afford and take me off my family plan so I could be independent and have just me on my own plan that I pay for. I'm going to go with T-Mobile for now but the beauty is that I can jump around based on where I am and what I like. NO CONTRACT. The big carrier companies really screw you over with contracts. My father was paying almost 5000$ a year for 4 phones. It's ridiculous. That is between 75$-100$ a phone per month. What carriers essentially operate is a high interest loan. You get charged for fees and you end up paying so much more than the phone is worth by the end of the two year contract. And to top it off, if you don't upgrade your phone immediately after the 2 year contract, you will STILL pay the same amount per month beyond that, just sinking dollar after dollar into the company with little to no value. I'll offer a comparison:
My dad: ~5000$ a year + ~0$-200$ for each phone even with the contract + fees = ~10000 over 2 years/ 4 phones = ~2500$ for each phone over 2 years.
Me: 300$ Nexus 4 + 10$ Tmobile SIM + 30$/month *24 months = 1030$ over 2 years.
You will end up paying a fraction of the cost if you go unlocked. And even more important than the money is the freedom that comes from knowing that NO company has control over you. You buy your own hardware and you choose whoever you want for service. If you don't like it, you can pick someone else. You have the freedom not to be bound by anyone. It is YOUR phone.