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Nexus 5 gets a bit cheaper through T-Mobile online

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Nexus 5 gets a bit cheaper through T-Mobile online
One of the few gripes that users had about the Nexus 5 was that T-Mobile wanted to actually make a bit of a profit in selling the device, and hardware profits don't really go with the whole Nexus vibe. But, T-Mobile has quietly dropped the price of the Nexus 5 just a little bit, making it more competitive with the Google Play Store pricing.

The price has dropped by $54 through T-Mobile online. When the Nexus 5 first went on sale through T-Mobile on November 20th it cost $450 total - broken down as $41.99 up front and 24 monthly payments of $17. Now, you can get yourself a Nexus 5 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $16.50, which adds up to $396. 

On the surface, that seems like it is still quite a bit more expensive than buying through the Google Play Store, but actually it isn't so bad. Once you add in tax and shipping through Google Play, it would cost you $381; but, your 16GB Nexus wouldn't actually ship until January 17th. If you're going with T-Mobile anyway, and don't have the up front cash, $16 difference might be worth it to get your Nexus faster. 

source: T-Mobile via TMoNews

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posted on 09 Jan 2014, 16:18 3

1. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

well, I think I know what phone I will go with when I switch.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 16:40

2. alextheZowner (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)

Great choice

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 16:41 2

3. kevin_wsy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

I guess it depends on what platform you want to use and how much is your budget.

If it's Android, the Nexus 5 is a pretty good deal if you can wait for it from the Play Store.
The S3 is only $299 at Walmart.
One, S4, Xperia are all good if you can afford them, or wait till Spring for the successors to them.
Otherwise, other lower end Android phone works too if you just make calls and texting, and check mails and some social networkings.

Bigger screen? Note 2/3 or G2.

iPhone: either one works if money is no problem and single hand operation is your preference.

Windows: 521 for budget or 925

Blackberry: I guess there's only one to choose from.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 16:43

4. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

$15 for interest over 24 months, or less than 2% APR? Not bad for consumer electronics.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 17:19

5. iqjumpuw (Posts: 59; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

This is actually a great deal. I wouldn't say Nexus 5 is the best phone from Tmobile at the moment (iPhone 5S, LG G2, Samsung Note 3), but you won't find a better phone for the price.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 17:19 1

6. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

This is what is wrong with these big phone companys these day. People need to realize in the end you will end up paying more than full retail price for these phones u thought u were getting a deal on. For example those paying off their S4 or HTC one monthly, in end it adds up more than the retail price. If you wait a little while, the retail price for phones drops very fast, definitely not worth the 2 year contract. Right now I can get S4 or HTC one off contract for about $400 and any color of my choice. Every since Verizon screw me over on the contract terms, I started to reject the idea of phone contract. I know alot of other countries that don't even have phone contracts too.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 17:51

7. tyger11 (Posts: 195; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

But they still don't offer the 32GB version. This is unfortunate for all those people about to jump to T-Mobile via their new reimbursement plan to switch from another carrier.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 19:42

9. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

You can always get the Z1s then it has 32gb

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 18:15

8. papss (unregistered)

I'd just go to GP and order it for less or hell go on craigs list and get one cheap and use it. I lime the N5 materials better than the G2 but I like LG UI a lot

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:10

13. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I paid $388.40 (13.99 shipping and $25.41 for tax) for my Nexus through Google play store the day it launched. I believe the cheapest Google ships is $9.99, but could be wrong. So to me, $12 more to basically financing it for 24 months is pretty darn good for people that don't have $400 laying around.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 20:45 1

10. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

Are you sure T-Mo won't charge you tax? I think they do. If so, the difference will be $46. I assume they both offer free shipping.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 21:54

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Yes, T-mobile does charge tax. It seems like the author forgot to add that part. T-mobile charge tax up-front, so you actually have to pay around $30 up-front even though it says "$0 down".

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:14

12. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

That's why they said via online, i would order it it's cheaper

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:12

14. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Oh yea, I just checked again. No tax shown :P
That's odd though. Last time I tried to order phones from T-mobile website, they charged tax. Or did my memory get bad...

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