The Nexus 4 phone will go on sale at Harvey Norman in an exclusive deal from February 1
Harvey Norman customers will have the choice of buying the Nexus 4 outright (which was one of the original attractions of the Nexus 4) at $496 (almost $100 more than it costs buying the phone from the Google Play site), or on Optus plans starting at $35 per month.
The unlocked phone will be available at all Harvey Norman stores (subject to stock levels), but only certain stores will be selling it on a plan - either way, best to check before travelling to a store.
One of the drawbacks of the Nexus 4 is that it is a 3G handset, not 4G. Telstra reckons typical 4G download speeds are up to twice that of its 3G service, with upload speeds up to three times faster.
So if fast data transfers on your phone are absolutely critical to your daily work, you might notice the difference between a Nexus 4 and a 4G handset - assuming you're within your carrier's 4G coverage area
That said, the Nexus 4 does use HSPA+ with a theoretical download speed of 42Mbps, so it might be faster than your old smartphone anyway.
If you are keen to get hold of a Nexus 4, note that Harvey Norman is accepting pre-orders.