Nexus 4 is free on T-Mobile until Sunday, but it's still a bad deal
0. phoneArena 22 Feb 2013, 17:09 posted on
We were actually a bit torn about whether or not to put the "deals" tag on this post, because in some ways it is a special deal, and in others, it really isn't a deal at all. Either way, we wanted to let you all know that you could get a Nexus 4 for free on T-Mobile, and the deal runs until Sunday. Of course, now we feel obligated to break down this supposed "deal"...
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1. cjjohnson86 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
Take note all of you who love contracts.
4. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I love contract..................................end dates
11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm on their value plan with my GS3 paying $120 for 2 phones with unlimited EVERYTHING. :)
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Why anyone wouldn't just save up a little bit of money and buy it OFF contract through Google directly is beyond me. Oh look I just saved 100-200 dollars, is it worth that 2 long painful years?
3. _PHug_ (Posts: 443; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
I've tried to break this down to so many people over the past 2 years.
I eventually gave up.
5. denney (Posts: 98; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Same boat man. No one seems to understand. I have a friend that has a little less that a year left on his 4gig, 2 line contract with verizon. There was so much math going on, but I eventually proved that even if he initiated an early termination on his contract he would make up for it in under 2 years on a tmobile value plan. Needless to say, he is still wasting money as a verizon customer.
9. sectime (unregistered)
Yeah because Tmobile coverage and LTE is just like Verizons.
Saving money is good but staring at that E is not.
16. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I had 2lines on Verizon kicked them to the curb in June 2012. Joined Tmobile brought the Galaxy S3 then in November purchased the Galaxy Note 2. Tmobile pimp slaps Verizon here in New York City that's for sure. I haven't looked back tmobile is a great network.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
It also depends on your location and service in that location. I'd be all on the T-Mobile train if they didn't just have 2G in my area. Sure data speeds might not matter to some, but to others it's everything...
12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
20+ mbps here in Chicago with T-Mobile bud. :)
14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
And trust me when I say I'm jealous lol
8. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
When it comes do Nexus 4, getting it free on 2-yr contract is beyond stupidity.
But when it comes to other high end phones, a lot of people opt to go with 2 year contract even if they'll be eventually paying more after 2 years.
"I don't wanna pay $700 bucks for a phone!" and they choose to pay $20~30 extra each month for 2 years
18. bbdol (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I use to love phonearena, but I suppose it's part of a natural life-cycle to see a tech news feed site fall apart.
Instead of reading curious, well written, and open-minded articles I'm presented with bias in the header and throughout the body. This article is full of rage and tension that makes it hard to read.
Leave while this site still has it's credibility, John V. Thanks for the good reads of the past. And thanks, phonearena, for paving the way at the dawn of the touchscreen handset revolution.
20. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2700; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I'm sorry, but where is the bias? A claim of bias would presume that what I've said isn't accurate in some way.
You can get a Nexus 4 for free on contract, but that makes no sense as it is cheaper to go the other route. That's not bias, that's making sure our readers don't think a deal is better than it is.
19. ChafedBanana (Posts: 367; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
No thanks. I actually DON'T LIKE being contractually obligated to a carrier, paying more money, and dealing with mail-in rebates.
25. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
All pokes and jabs aside, this really made me laugh.
26. AceStorm1249 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
For t-mobile its smart because as soon as ppl see "free" they'll buy it and then be mad when one of their friends has the same device but costs less...
27. p.johanna (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
It is interesting to read those that put down a service thinking someone is poor or cheap. The question is, what will they do when Big Red stops offering subsidized phones? As a matter of fact TMO is also going that route. They will offer you to pay $600 over payments when the same phone is sold at $350, and still lock you in a contract.