Nexus 5 gets a bit cheaper through T-Mobile online

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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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

2. alextheZowner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

Great choice

3. kevin_wsy

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

5. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

6. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

7. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

9. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

You can always get the Z1s then it has 32gb

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

13. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

10. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Michael 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.

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 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".

12. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 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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