T-Mobile confirms Nexus 5 release dates and $450 price tag

T-Mobile confirms Nexus 5 release dates and $450 price tag
A couple days ago, we saw a leaked plan that set the T-Mobile release date of the Nexus 5 at November 20th, the day is also planned as the release date for the Nexus 7 on the carrier. Well, we just got word directly from T-Mobile that does partially confirm the news that we had been hearing, but adds in some other important details including the price tag that you'll find on Google's flagship device.

According to T-Mobile, November 20th is one of the release dates for the Nexus 5. That is the day the device will make it to T-Mobile stores; however, if you want to get it a bit earlier, the device will be on sale through T-Mobile's website starting November 14th. Of course, as was the case with the Nexus 4, unless you really need to be on T-Mobile's equipment installment plan, you might be better off buying the Nexus 5 directly from Google and just getting the SIM from T-Mobile. 

Directly from Google, the Nexus 5 will set you back just $350 (plus taxes and shipping), but you would have to deal with the delays in shipping because of product shortages. The 16GB models of the Nexus 5 are showing shipping times of 3 to 5 weeks in the Play Store depending on the color you want. So, you'll be able to get the device sooner through T-Mobile, but the 16GB model will end up costing you about $450 ($41.99 down and 24 equal monthly device payments of $17). So, you'll have to decide if getting it sooner is worth the higher price tag.

Of course, it should be noted that we would expect the carrier branded versions of the Nexus 5 to come in at a higher price point than directly through Google. Carriers still need to make money off of devices sold, while Google has no need to generate profits on hardware sales. 

source: T-Mobile

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1. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

ok price not bad. great phone.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Paying 450 and giving us T-Mobile logo. Oh please go and buy phone on playstore, just 350 unlocked.

9. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

i agree carriers should keep the original price specially nexus phones

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

True, but u know sometimes unlocked phone price is high and low on carrier so sometime we can have benefits but only thing we have to do is unlock that phone that we have got from carrier.

16. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

$450 is paid over a 2-yr period. The extra $100 (which is more like $50 after the shipping/taxes from Google Play purchase) is basically the interest you would pay on monthly installment purchases. In fact, it comes out to be cheaper than $350 if you factor in the interest normally charged by your credit cards.


Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

450 is not cheaper than 350. check your math. as for your credit card theory. don't buy things you can't pay for out right. saves you 100 bucks. This is why the consumer constantly gets ripped off. People like you try to defend a carrier charging 100 dollars more than retail for a phone.

19. blingblingboy

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Okay, I am a current Tmo customer and this is how it works: I purchase a Iphone 5 four months ago at $199 down plus TAX upfront and sim kit (wtf?) which come out to $278 (base on full price of phone) then $20 for 24 months and $10 on the jump program. So it's best to pay off the phone quickly and get rid of the JUMP program to truly a value on Tmo plan. So if they do this with the Nexus 5 at $450 and $42 up front, you will be coughing out minimum $100 up front and payment add to your plan for the next 24 months. $100 on top of the phone is still unjustifiable. Sure, payment plan are good for people that cannot pay all at once, so it's basically like buying a car, you get the shaft when you leave the parking lot and another one when want to trade it in. That being said, Tmo is still have the best plan in the industry but at $350 for a Nexus 5, I rather save up and just buy it out right at google store. Oh yeah, the Iphone 5 is sh*t compare to the HTC one.

2. pokedude750

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Yeah.. How about NO. Seriously T-Mobile. Let's take a Phone worth $350 on the Play Store and jack it up.

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

One could argue that the Nexus 5 is "worth" considerably more than $350.

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

UK retailers revealed that wholesale price of Nexus 5 is higher than retail price on play store. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Googles-Nexus-5-wholesale-price-exceeds-retail-UK-retailers-say_id49178

3. Knightmare64

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

if they don't charge tax then its like your paying about $50 more cause on Google Play you have to pay shipping and taxes, its close to $400. If they charge tax on top of the $450 then this is BS!!!

6. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The reason is they have to offer customer support. Walk in customers and call in support. There is a price for that. Plus, they offer it to people for 40$ first installment . Then payment plan. There are alot of people that can not shell out 400$ right away.

8. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

1st of all there is tax on all phones no way around that maybe if you have a corporate Tax ID...but the bottom line is tmobile charging $100 more with the ability to pay in installments is not that much more the buying it from Goggle with the shipping. so I dont know why you guys are complaining!

10. nasketon

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

450 or 350......... HMMMMMMM too hard to decide math too muchh... brain cant take it

11. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I don't see what the big deal is. 450 for a phone over the period Of your contract so you don't have to pay all up front at once and get the phone right away seems like a fine trade off to me.

12. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

what about the 32GB version ??? are they going to carry it too???

13. jarrettnz unregistered

Why are you defending Tmobile for marking up the price when we don't know what wholesale price google is selling them the phone at?

14. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I think I'd have to pass at that price even though it's well worth the money. I received mine on Wednesday and it is a great improvement over the Nexus 4.

17. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

People here complaining about the "price hike".....please take note. $450 paid in installments over a 24 month period vs. $350 up-front price, not much difference at the end considering the interest you would normally pay to a credit card company.

20. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

If T-Mobile is going to charge Nexus at a higher price than Playstore, why not include Wi-Fi calling and HD Voice? So that there's at least some merits for purchasing from T-Mo.

21. mrsriram13

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

when it is going to release in India???.... i'm impressed with nexus 5, but i'm very well upset with battery back up i heard from other's, is it true i won't last long? and is it true display time is between 1hour - 1hour 30min???... I'm a heavy user, i use whatsapp and facebook all time like 24hours, will nexus 5 satisy my needs with battery back up or it drain soon for my usage???... please help me out here!!.....

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