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T-Mobile is Now Selling the Nexus 5 Online for $449 Full Retail or $17 per Month

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Waiting isn’t typically something human beings are good at. So when you look at something like the Google Play listings for the Nexus 5 that show shipping dates ranging from 2-3 weeks to 3-4 weeks (or out of inventory altogether), most would start to look for other options. One of the newest options comes to us via T-Mobile’s online shop. We were previously told to expect the new Google flagship phone to arrive on November 14 at T-Mo, and sure enough it has for $449 at full retail or $17 per month installments. 

Now, clearly that price is higher than the $349 Google is charging for the same 16GB model in all black, but again, this one is in stock today, whereas the version sold through Google Play is completely out of inventory. If you don’t feel like waiting, here is your option. Is having the phone now worth an extra $100? That’s up to you to decide.

If you go the monthly installment route, which is made of 24 separate $17 payments, don’t forget that you’ll also have to throw in $41.99 down.

Any takers?

Via:  T-Mobile

Cheers David!

  • W3

    Be aware that any way you get the Nexus 5 on TMo you will NOT get the TMo WiFi calling feature that TMo gives their other customers. This is especially true if you live in a area of the country with low population densities where you con get WiFi in truck stops, but my not get cell service.

  • Nathan Rsomething

    Funny enough I ordered my nexus 5 last night 32gb white. It shipped today. From the Google play store.

  • http://bradjfitz.tumblr.com Brad

    That made my decision to buy direct from Google easier. Now the waiting game till my Verizon contract runs out. At least I can get my 32Gb Nexus 5 all prepped and ready to so on the day of the switch all I need to do is pop in a SIM card.

  • DoctorJB

    “3-4 weeks” is an exaggeration. Mine shipped in a matter of days.

  • Dustin Zirkle

    Does anyone know if T-mobile retail stores will be getting these today as well?

    *edit* – Nevermind, press release says November 20th in stores.

  • JRomeo

    Why pay $450 when you could get the phone for $349? I suppose there are some people that would say its easier to pay$42 now and then $17 per month for two years instead of just paying the $349 all at once…. but at least for me it is not easier doing it that way because if I had that mentality then I suspect I would end up with multiple subscriptions every month, for whatever other products I want, all withdrawing small amounts from my bank account every month. Multiple small payments every month eventually combined form the equivalent of one big payment every month… Same reason I avoid car loans.

    • JoshGroff

      I did it with the S4 only because it was the same price either way and I had to pay Verizon an ETF. Paying the remainder off with my tax return.

      • JRomeo

        This is another reason why buying it off-contract is better. especially if it saves you from ETF fees, or lowers your monthly cellphone bill.

        • JoshGroff

          In most cases, both. And with T-mobile I figured the unlimited was a pretty good bonus. Still plan on testing out republic and seeing how it measures up. Worst case scenario, I can use it as a work line and have the boss cover it. :)

  • Ian Bouchillon

    I called to order it at 7:30 pst and they were already back ordered and was told it would ship in 3-5 weeks

  • Maximus

    So T-Mobile criticizes the plan subsidy of other companies only to sell a phone for $100 more than the manufacturer’s selling price? Hypocrisy much? And we stupid Americans are going to pay for it as appose to just saving our money for a few weeks. IF YOU START SAVING YOUR MONEY NOW, BY THE TIME YOU HAVE IT, GOOGLE WILL HAVE THEM BACK IN STOCK. But no…we need it now. I’m going to start selling common sense in a bottle for $5. I’m going to be rich!

    • Dustin Zirkle

      Google subsidizes the phones through Google Play. All Carriers have it listed at that price.

      • johnediii

        This is true. T-Mobile took some heat for it when they announced the price and said they’re selling it for what LG charges them. Either Google gets a discount from LG or Google take $100 loss on every sale.

  • nforkner

    If you go with the purchase plan, sign up for the Jump program, and plan on upgrading within the next year or so (say when the next Nexus comes out next year), you’re only going to end up paying $245.99, so that’s not a bad deal at all. You basically get the phone for a $100 less and get to upgrade to the next Nexus when it comes out next year.

    • johnediii

      And this is my plan for not buying the thing outright. I like their JUMP plan. I just didn’t join because I had purchased my Nexus 4 outright. The idea of cheap upgrades and never paying full price for a phone again, is intriguing and I’m still paying $100 less per month than I was on VZW.

      • capecodcarl

        Why not just sell your Nexus 4 and use it towards paying for your Nexus 5 outright? Then you save $120 that you’re not paying for JUMP on top of that. A Nexus 4 should easily still be worth at least $200. I guess you could say the insurance aspect of JUMP is worth $10/month if you’re clumsy though.

        • johnediii

          Not sure how clumsy I am. Not as much of an issue probably for a Nexus 5. But, like everybody else I managed to crack the back glass of my N4, although not very badly.

  • guest8888

    Nexus products have never supported UMA, native wifi calling on t-mobile.

  • guest8888

    For those who talk on the phone, the Nexus 5 does not support an inline mic.
    http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/nexus/DbvPiXcyhi4

  • JeffColorado

    Beggars can’t be choosers. If you do not have the cash or credit to buy it from Google, T-Mobile is offering you free financing. The extra $100 is the penalty you pay for not having cash or credit to buy from Google.

    • besweeet

      Plus the $100 is for T-Mobile to make some money from selling the device, since they buy them at the full $350 price like everyone else.

      • Dustin Zirkle

        Google subsidizes the phones through Google Play. LG is the manufacturer and that’s who they’re buying them from at the same price.

        • besweeet

          That doesn’t make any sense that it would be considered a subsidy if Google Play sells them at the same price they’re buying at…

          • Dustin Zirkle

            The price we’re paying on Google Play is the subsidized price. LG is selling the phones at $449. Some carriers are subsidizing them with contracts and T-mobile is selling full retail at $449. Google Play is subsidizing them for whatever reason at $349. The same thing they did with the Nexus 4.

          • besweeet

            Is the $449 number a real fact? That would mean T-Mobile is losing money…

          • Dustin Zirkle

            How would they be losing money? 17*24 = 408 + 41.99 = $449.99. If you use T-mobile JUMP: 6*10 = 60 for JUMP, 6*17 = 102 for Phone = 162+41.99 = $203.99 Plus they get the phone back. That’s assuming you’d upgrade exactly at 6 months.

          • besweeet

            I’m talking about T-Mobile.

          • Dustin Zirkle

            Again, where are they losing money? They’re not making money by any means on the phone but no loss either. T-mobile is only trying to have the most competitive plans to keep people around, not force them with contracts.

          • besweeet

            Overhead, shipping, other resources that are being used, etc.

            If I drive over to Best Buy, buy a Nexus 5 at $450 (plus tax, irrelevant for this example), and return it a few days later for a full refund, I still lost money.

            Also, I really wonder how much not having contracts is helping T-Mobile. Personally, I can care less about contracts. Most tend to stick with the same carrier in the long-run, so eliminating contracts is probably irrelevant for many.

    • T S

      maybe the Google Play store is the direct pricing and Tmobile is the retail pricing? supposedly Tmobile is claiming they aren’t making money on the device at this price.

  • Meltdown07

    Anyone know if either the tmobile version or the Google play version of this supports HD Voice? I havent had any luck getting it to work on my Google Play Nexus 5 and the XDA folks havent had anything to say on the matter either.

  • Pet E. Bone

    I don’t know why everyone keeps saying that Google is out of stock. Well, the black one is but the white one is there. It says that it will ship by a certain date but I ordered mine two days ago and it came in yesterday.

    • besweeet

      I ordered the white 16GB model on Wednesday (the 6th) and it says that it’s not expected to leave the warehouse until December the 3rd :/.

      I’m assuming you’re not in the US?

      • DoctorJB

        I’m in NC and got mine yesterday after ordering on Sunday (white 32gb).

        • besweeet

          Play said 3-4 weeks on Sunday still, no? That’s crazy… With my luck, my package will get lost or some random delay will happen.

  • Josh Flowers

    I know 2 people who have bought a Nexus within the past week, and received the 2-3 week shipping disclaimer–only to get an email the next morning stating “your device has shipped.”
    So I’d still go online, regardless of T-Mo

    • Pet E. Bone

      Exactly.

    • InyRules

      Not yet for me :( ordered Nov 8th and won’t ship til Dec 3rd for the 32gb black version. Hoping it’s just an over estimated date as some like your friends are experiencing. Did they order the white or black model?

      • besweeet

        Pretty much me (ordered on the 6th, white 16GB). Not expected to leave the warehouse until the 3rd. Ordered when it said 3-4 weeks. Order status changed to 2-3 weeks a few days ago.

      • Josh Flowers

        White 32gb models (ordered fri 11/8, shipped mon 11/11…and ordered tues 11/12, shipped wed 11/13)

        • InyRules

          Yep, I’ve been hearing the white versions ship out way sooner than the estimated time on Google Play since they’re less in demand. Thanks!

          • Liderc

            I was going to order the white 32GB, but the white speaker grill on the front looks blah. I guess I could just color it with a black marker, but one of the things I like about the Nexus is it’s perfectly black front face. I actually like the white back though, it’s something new for me and it won’t collect fingerprints.

          • InyRules

            I wanted to order the White one too, but didn’t like the white speaker grill either. I can always get a white case for it and call it a day.

      • mark

        Ya I ordered 32Gb black on the nov 8 and shipping states dec 3

  • Tony Byatt

    No…

  • glimmerman76

    just have bestbuy match the play store price. I got mine cheaper from bestbuy because I didnt have to pay for shipping. They will price match it

    • Jordan Harvey

      Bestbuy will price match Google Play?

      • glimmerman76

        they did when I bought mine on Saturday. They have the option to match the play store in there computer system. Manager said no problem.

        • Jordan Harvey

          Do they carry the 32 GB or only the 16?

          • glimmerman76

            16 only see post below and yes it comes unlocked I’m using it on att

        • fauxshizzl

          I only saw the Sprint version when I was in there. Do they have anything unlocked?

          • Derin Richardson

            It already comes unlocked, regardless of the carrier you purchase it from.

          • JRomeo

            the Nexus5 sprint version is identical to the Nexus5 Google Play version…. they are the same phone…

        • zurginator

          Wait they have it? Might have to make a trip….

    • besweeet

      The Best Buys that I spoke to will only sell it to Sprint customers :/.

      • JRomeo

        they’ll only sell it on contract to sprint customers….. but they will gladly sell it full price to anybody.

    • Liderc

      They won’t price match, tried it yesterday.

      • glimmerman76

        then complain to the store manager.

        Welcome to Best Buy
        CHAMPAIGN IL (STORE #046)

        2819065 SPR LG NEXUS 5 BLACK$349.99

        3974499 SPR HANDSET ONLY – NO PLAN

        Subtotal$349.99

        SalesTax$30.61

        Total$380.60

        that is what I paid I can scan the receipt if needed for you

        • Liderc

          Thanks, but they were out of them anyways.

  • Raj Bhatt

    I wonder when I can choose the N5 as my phone on my.t-mobile.com

    • T S

      right now. just did it.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Really? It won’t show up for me! All I see are the white and black N4 and the N7.

        • T S

          maybe it will soon?

        • Meltdown07

          Same here, how did you get it to show up, T S?

          • T S

            i just went to my.t-mobile.com then went to “my phone” where it says “device” i just select “not your device” and went selected Google as the manufacturer. hope it works for you guys.

          • ambugger

            Works!

          • johnediii

            Yeah, it didn’t show up for me either until I selected Google as the manufacturer.

  • Morbid138

    Sorry to hijack but I found this supposed 3000mah battery for the nexus 5. Hopefully a brave soul buys it and tries the mod. Check it out.

    http://www.smavtronics.com/3000mah-bl-t7-li-polymer-battery-for-lg-nexus-5-32gb-optimus-g2.html?gclid=CO2I_4_O5LoCFQ3hQgodnzYA-Q

    • nmaxfield

      sorry, have to play devils advocate here. why on earth would anyone want to void their warranty physically taking their n5 apart and possibly rendering it a big brick, for only 700mah extra? that just doesn’t seem worth the obvious risk to me. i sit next to a charger all day, so it’s not a big deal for me, but if i spent my day out and about i think i’d much rather keep my external battery charger with me. having to plug what looks like a vibrator into my phone for an extra 2000mah vs ripping my phone apart for 700mah is a no brainer for me, but to each their own. i’m all for modding things, but it just doesn’t seem worth it to me.

      • Derin Richardson

        The battery is easy and modular enough to remove. Has very minimal adhesive, so you don’t risk bending or rupturing any flat ribbon cables.

        The only issue I see is NAND storage compatibility. The site claims this battery will not impede storage use (due to quick charge capabilities) but until I see visual evidence I’m not 100 percent sold.

        • LANCE

          its double sided tape holding it down, only need a small spudger or 1cent plastic knife

        • Morbid138

          Plus the original Nexus 5 battery is Li-On. This battery is lithium polymer. I wonder if it’ll make a difference.

          • Derin Richardson

            Well, volts are volts. That’s what the phone cares about, honestly. The only way it would be a problem is if the Li-Poly cell had too few volts. That’s a definite no-no.

      • mark

        Dude the Nexus 5 has the highest rate for ifix or repair..

        • nmaxfield

          i hadn’t seen that. good to know. i, however, don’t like to “break the seals” on something if it’s within warranty period. the only warranty voiding i like to do is unlock/root/custom rom, since that’s software not the physical device itself. beyond warranty period, sure i’ll take something apart to fix it, i just don’t want to deal with pulling something apart to “fix” it, only to screw something up and then have to deal with the manufacturer trying to replace something that i shouldn’t have pulled apart to begin with. but, as i said, to each their own :)

          • mark

            No worries bro..

    • Brian Barcus

      I can’t imagine cracking open the phone to switch batteries. My N5 goes from 5am to 9pm with 15-20% charge left with moderate use. KitKat power management is fantastic, especially with ART.

  • Daniel Garcia

    I am glad I bought mine on release date, even paid for 2 day shipping and was hoping it was less than TMOS price and sure enough it was.

  • zombiewolf115

    or i could u know go online and get it a 100 dollars cheaper?

    • JeffColorado

      Not everyone has the $350 cash to do that, and not everyone has a credit card they can put it on.

      • besweeet

        Then I can’t imagine someone who’s seemingly under financial stress should be considering a smartphone…

        • JeffColorado

          So in your world, if they cannot get it on credit or with cash, they do not deserve it. Ok.

          Me and T-Mobile beg to differ.

          • besweeet

            No. It means that their priorities are wrong. Anyone with financial problems shouldn’t be considering a smartphone whatsoever until they’re financially stable enough to think otherwise. I guess the likes/dislikes from my previous comment speaks for themselves.

          • shooter50

            sounds a bit elitist to me. according to your logic, the government certainly shouldnt be paying for healthcare for those that cant afford it. They should just wait until they are financially stable enough to afford their own healthcare

          • EliNorwest

            Healthcare is a need. A shiny new cell phone is a want. Hopefully, you can see the difference. If you can’t afford a want you shouldn’t be buying it.

          • besweeet

            EliNorwest nailed it.

            Although, the government really shouldn’t be paying for anything that the people should be working for themselves, and that includes healthcare, however the bare basics could be covered by the government. It’s something you should work for, which goes for everything, not a given handout.

          • shooter50

            Actually I agree. I believe the govt should help the few TRULY needy, but I’m totally against giving anything to anyone too lazy to go out and look for a job. We’ve created a whole class of people who’s resume’s consist of living off the government tit.
            Now back to the topic. If someone wants to finacne a phone at Tmo and overpay, thats their business. I paid 50.00 extra myself for a Nexus 5 on Craigslist Miami just because I wanted it. Then I decided I didnt like it and sold it on Craigslist too.

          • jose

            Apples to duct tape. Don’t go Straw Man. We’re talking about smart phones here.

      • MistaButters

        If you don’t have a credit card, then you’ll probably have to pay a deposit with T-Mobile anyways. Last I checked, those can be a couple $100 anyways.

        • LANCE

          not to long ago (2008) when the financial crisis happened i had credit cards interest rates skyrocketed and minimum payments went from $40 to $200. credit market is still too volatile for some people. but im going off topic…Tmobile gotta eat :p

          • MistaButters

            edit wait a minute

        • Fattie McDoogles

          He’s not saying he doesn’t have credit. He’s saying he doesn’t have any way to just drop that kind of money on a device, credit cards included.

          • MistaButters

            Well then the second point stands. If you don’t have $350 to buy a device, you should pay a 29% markup on the device because you want it now.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      And where would you be getting it from? Cuz the Play Store is completely out of stock with no time frame for replenishment.

    • palomosan

      I’ll wait 2 to 3 weeks as long as I’m saving that $100 and another 16gb.

  • decidedtochangename

    I have to believe there quite a few people out there with only $50 to put towards a phone.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I completely agree.

  • Terry

    I paid less including taxes and shipping for the 32GB White version.

  • aaron nyquist

    if it was the 32 Gb version I would do it.

  • Abe Villa

    Nope. Not at all.