The Carphone Warehouse has announced it will be giving away the Google Nexus 7 tablet for free on a tethered contract.

Google's first own-brand tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be available from the retailer this Friday. Customers can buy the 16GB model for £199 on its own or from £20.50 per month on a 24 month tethered contract.

Nexus 7 free at Carphone Warehouse

The tethered contract means that new or upgrading customers will get the Nexus 7 for free alongside a smartphone, the data allowance of which can be used on the tablet by connecting to two together.

Smartphones on offer with the Nexus 7 include the LG L3, HTC Desire C and Sony Xperia U.

Google has sold out of the 16GB model of the Nexus 7 on the Play Store which is the only place to get your hands on the cheaper £159 8GB model.

Graham Stapleton, chief commercial officer at Carphone Warehouse said: "It’s interesting to see that despite larger 10 inch tablets dominating the market, Google is forging ahead with its own 7 inch model."

"A smaller tablet has yet to prove itself in a category dominated by bigger screens, but if anyone can make it happen, Google can. I’m sure the other leading tablet manufacturers will be watching closely and be ready to follow suit in the coming months."

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