Oct 31

Google and the Australia Tax

Google have released a new wave of the Google Nexus devices. These devices all run Android and are not locked or limited in any way – paving a new path against carrier lockdown and interference. Their motto, “Openness at all costs” (Slashdot discussion)

Interestingly, these articles show:

Nexus 4 – $349 (16Gb)
Nexus 7 – $199 (16Gb)
Nexus 10 – $399 (16Gb)

Now, these prices are all in the US, so they’re in $USD.

Imagine my surprise when I check the Google Play Store where they sell the devices only to find:
Nexus 4 – $349 (8Gb)
Nexus 4 – $399 (16Gb)
Nexus 7 – $249 (16Gb)
Nexus 7 – $299 (32Gb)
Nexus 10 – $469 (16Gb)
Nexus 10 – $569 (32Gb)

This means the ‘Australia Tax’ on the 16Gb Nexus 4 is $50AUD, The Nexus 7 is $50AUD, The Nexus 10 is $70AUD.

So, what I would love to see is that if the motto really is ‘Openness at any cost’, why are Australians being stung so much more per unit than in the US? It certainly can’t be shipping costs!

2 comments

    • Alex on November 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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    What do you propose we do about it?

    1. This is actually a good question. I’m not sure there is anything directly we can do about it except name and shame the companies that do this stuff.

      There are signs of things being looked at (see this article), but right this minute? There’s nothing.

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