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T-Mobile has the Nexus 5 for $0 Down or $396 Full Retail

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The Nexus 5 – Google’s 2013 flagship and our number 2 phone of last year – is available now at T-Mobile for $0 down or $396 full retail. For those keeping track, that’s not exactly cheaper than what Google is selling the same 16GB device for ($349), but it’s not a bad price. The beauty of the deal comes if you can’t afford the up-front full payment and go with the monthly payment plan of just $16.50 per month for 24 months. 

While we aren’t always excited about monthly payment plans, that’s about as cheap as it gets for one of the best Android phones on Earth (our review). And with T-Mobile now paying your ETF fees for transferring from another carrier, now would be the time to switch if T-Mobile has been on your radar.

Remember, T-Mo will pay up to $650 per line if you switch over to their network. That’s up to $300 for trading in your old device, plus up to $350 in Early Termination Fees (ETF).

I’d imagine they may even toss in free shipping, or at least cheaper shipping than Google.

T-Mobile Link

Cheers J!
  • functionaljunky

    Wasted my time in the T-Mobile store last night prior to getting anything back I would have shelled out $120 ETF + $75 for a line + $180 down. ETF reimbursement was 6-8 weeks according to the rep and obviously I dont meet the standards of “well qualified”. So my unqualified money will stay with Verizon.

  • JRomeo

    Even with this promotion, t-mobile is still selling it more expensive compared to the google play store.

  • therock

    I’m in Framingham and the coverage here is really good. Full LTE along Mass-pike. I work in Boston and pretty much the entire commute I get LTE. If you go a little west towards Worcester its still pretty good but HSPA+ for now

    • Anthony Bottari

      Great to know man thanks!

  • JSo

    This comes at a good time for me. I’m planning on going in there after work and possibly switching to T-mobile from Verizon. Last time I was there,it was $50 down. Now this may make it easier to make the move. I’m excited for my new Nexus 5.

  • jbdan

    So far the only phone I’ve ever owned for this period of time and take total joy in it each time I pick it up. Mainly for its speed/snappiness, but in a close 2nd it’s feel in the hand. It’s an incredible device IMO (came from gnex to gs3 with vzw to gs4 to motoX to N5 with tmo)

  • Justin Larmay

    I FINALLY got my nexus 5 today. Went into best buy and they had it for $450. Got them to price match the Google play store price of $350. Thanks a ton best buy for not making me wait to get it shipped.

  • Robert Lamb

    I traded my Verizon S4 on Thursday and got my number ported over. Couldn’t be happier with my new N5 on T-Mobile!

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Or just buy it from the Google Play Store.

  • Daniel Castro

    i would love this. my only question would you have to qualify for 0 down?

  • Imran Umar

    what is the difference between buying this phone on the google website versus at the Tmobile store? the tmobile employee was telling me something about the tmobile store version being better optimized for their 4G service, meaning the google playstore version 4G on tmoble might by a little “choppy”….. i smell a bunch of BS… anyone have anythoughts or know anything about this

    • David VanHouse

      Yes its BS, they are exactly the same hardware

    • shooter50

      its bs. phone is the same

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    They give u like $180 for a moto x if anyone is curious.

  • http://joelzehring.wordpress.com/ Joel Zehring

    Is this deal available with prepaid plans as well? I get a discount on top up cards at Target, so postpaid is a non starter for me.

  • John

    396.00? I can get the phone for 350.00 from Google… Unbranded. No thanks.

    • Maxim∑

      Don’t forget tax and the SIM kit

    • David VanHouse

      The TMO one isnt branded, its the exact same as play store

  • Joe

    Kid you not left sprint today and got me this N5 tmobile payed my ETF.

  • Ryan

    Its good for Jump because in 1 year you could get the Nexus 6 or whatever they call it, trade in the 5 for half of the payments made then pay for the new nexus. Just keep doing it every year and keep updated with the newest nexus.

  • Tobi De la Cuz

    That’s exactly what I did. Went to T Mobile, told them I needed their help breaking up with Sprint and got myself a Nexus 5. Plan came out to 30 bucks less than I was paying at Sprint AND with actual LTE coverage.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I can’t say enough about this phone. It’s an absolute beast.

    • jimt

      I’ll second that

      • Branden Khan

        I’ll 3rd that.

    • Tim242

      Only so much beast it can be with its poor battery life.

      • Ryan

        Samsung should pay you with your amount of trolling.

        • Tim242

          You apparently don’t know what a troll is. Having an unfavorable opinion is not being a troll. My point is a fact of any phone. It is only as beastly as its battery. The Nexus 5 is notorious for its lack of stamina.

          • Ryan

            Eh budget….gotta cut somewhere. And what are you doing up at 150 AM lol

          • Tim242

            It’s actually 3:50 here. I could ask you the same thing, mister : )

          • Niral Ramesh

            I can get similar battery to my note 2. Of course, I have franco kernel installed :)

          • Boblank84

            You were called a troll because you stated an opinion as fact that many would find to be very inaccurate. I apologize of you own the device and have a poor experience, but as far as it being “notorious for it’s lack of stamina” i think you are mis informed. I as well as many others get 6+ hours screen on time. I have gone four days without a charge.

          • Tim242

            What????? 6+ hours screen on time??? Hahaha The Note 3 doesn’t even quite make that.. You are so full sh!t!

          • Boblank84

            brows through the many battery threads on xda,not uncommon at all. i average between 4-5, but many are getting over 6. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2509132

          • Tim242

            The most anybody shows proof of getting in that thread is 4-4.5 hours…and that is with the screen on auto brightness, which is dim as hell.

          • Boblank84

            If you spend a few minutes looking you will see many over six. Your right though, the average is between 4-5. I guess I fail to see how that is poor. I guess we have different standards.

          • Tim242

            The results are skewed by changes made. The main thing being having screen brightness at 10%, or on auto brightness which is very dim. Another change is under clocking, and another is changing kernals. It took all of those combined to get over 5. For average users, the screen on time is 2.5-3 hours tops.

          • Boblank84

            3 hours tops is not accurate at all for me. I’m not a heavy user but I think your way off base. If you own the device I would RMA as that is pretty poor and may be defective.

          • Carlton Crasher

            I hate to agree but only way I get those times is straight usage with dim brightness…2.5-3 is average and pushing it sometimes for me when I just use it casually…it seems to be that idle drain no matter ROM/kernel is the culprit. A lot of people say they have 1-2% overnight and all I can say is how???

          • Pdiddy187

            Control your apps.

          • Carlton Crasher

            not the problem..for example today…. Screen 30%, Phone Idle: 10%, Android System: 9%, Cell Standby: 9%, GooglePlay Services 9% Android OS: 9%, Autotradeder 4% and goes down from there… Screen on Time: 1H 46Minutes…. battery percentage 39% on full signal most of the day at HSPA, Stock Rom, Stock Kernel…Rooted & Unlocked on AT&T with GPS off…this is my average performance, some days worse…my idle drain seems to be the culprit but no wakelock issues

          • Pdiddy187

            Well we all use our phones differently. I use my N10 more than my N5. So a charge off of my N5 will generally result in about 2 hours screen on time with 5-6 hours of streaming music and radio over almost two days. (1day 18hrs. off of the last charge) I use auto brightness so no cheating there. The battery is good if you control your apps. Also, Play Services shouldn’t even be on the radar after the latest release.

          • Cory_S

            That statement proves you’ve never touched a Nexus 5. Auto brightness is too bright if anything.

          • Cory_S

            In all fairness there was threads like that for the Gnex. I dont even open battery life threads anymore.

          • jimt

            I carry a 10,000 mah battery in my pocket at all times and have never used it with my nexus 5

          • Barney Fwank

            Is that a 10,000 mah battery in your pocket or are you happy to see me?

          • jimt

            Both and sure I can charge your phone while I stream a movie and charge my phone, anywhere.

        • AndroidUser00110001

          Why not LG paying him? The G2 blows the N5 away in battery life, camera and has a nicer screen.

          • shooter50

            absolutely and the G2 screen is more neutral too

          • Ryan

            Because all his posts are pro samsung. He hates all other OEMs.

          • John

            …and late OS updates.

      • Maxim∑

        Rooted installed Franco kernel used his stock settings and greenify. Nexus 5 now has 5-7 screen on.

        Also installed Qualcomm optimized dalvik, I don’t think a phone could get any better at this point

      • jimt

        Way better than my Gnex battery life.

        • Tim242

          Def way better than that! I dealt with that for 12 long months.

          • Anthony Bottari

            I still have my GNEX and I can’t decide what phone to get and if I should leave VZW and my unlimited data for TM or Sprint…ahh decisions!!

          • Tim242

            I’m not leaving Verizon unless they take my unlimited away. I think Tmo has a better network than Sprint. I work for Sprint, and I hate it. We just launched LTE here a few weeks back. Our coverage map shows great coverage. The reality is about 20% of the market. I get tired of making excuses to customers.

          • Anthony Bottari

            If i didn’t use as much data as I do monthly and could get a bill lower than $100.00 a month on VZW I’d happily stay..They just aren’t giving me much reason to stay other than the network and my unlimited I still have.

      • Branden Khan

        I get a full days worth of battery life on mine and then some checking emails, Facebook, watching a few videos, texting all day, a few calls. I like the battery life a lot.

      • Philip J. Fry

        LOL I don’t call 5+ hour of SOT “poor battery life.

        • Tim242

          You only get that with a custom kernel, screen dim as hell, and a lot of luck. The most I’ve seen proof of is 4 hours, 6 minutes…and that was with what I listed above

          • Philip J. Fry

            Yes, I use franco kernel but that is why I bought a NEXUS device. Screen is NOT dim as hell, actually about 30 to 40 % which is more than enough bright. There is a lot more proof of battery times higher than 4h 6m on XDA.

          • Tim242

            I’ve been through all 151ish pages of that thread. 4 hours 6 minutes is the highest proof shown in screen shots. Where’s your screen shot?

          • Philip J. Fry

            …….

          • Tim242

            So how did you manage 5 hours of on screen time, but the screen only used 30% of the battery? that’s not possible. Cell standby used 15%, your display used 30%. The only way that is remotely possible is that you had your display dimmed down completely. Those numbers don’t add up my friend.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Ok. Believe whatever you want to but that is nowhere near “dimmed down completely”. I know how I use my phone.

          • Tim242

            You can’t get 5 hours of screen on time and the screen only having used 30% of the battery. I’ve been on many Android phones since 2009. The Note 3 only gets about 5-5.5 hours of screen on time, and the display used around 70% of the battery. On previous phones, the display always used over 60%. You are pissing on my shoe and expecting me to believe it’s raining. I know better

          • Philip J. Fry

            Apparently you can because I have and get it constantly NOT dimmed all the way down. If I had it all the way down I could probably get 8h SOT. So you can sit there and believe what you want to and I’ll sit here and KNOW that iv’e got that much.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, your Nexus 5 gets better battery life than a Note 3. It got 5 hours, and only used 30% battery. That proves you are lying about the brightness. That contradicts every screenshot on XDA, and my 4.5 years of 8 phones. Plus, I work sales and tech in a cell phone store

          • Philip J. Fry

            My screenshot says 5h 2m SOT and it wasn’t charged NONE during that period, so I DID get that time. Do you not see how long my phone was NOT used? Look at the flat line. Of course the screen % will go DOWN when it’s NOT being used. AND of course that’s not all of the task being used, there’s more below that didn’t get in the screenshot. I’m through with this conversation because you won’t believe it until you do it yourself apparently.

          • Tim242

            Dude. You don’t get 5 hours of screen on time and it only have used 30% of the entire battery. If the display was on that much at a normal brightness, it would be 65-75% of the battery usage. The display is the biggest battery hog. No way it used only 30% in 5 hours of usage, unless it was dimmed down completely. The Note 3, with its 3200 mAh battery only gets 5-5.5 hours of on screen time, on 25% brightness.

          • jbdan

            Tim the battery life on the N5 is awesome. I posted some screen shots way back when someone questioned me about it. They didn’t respond lol. I’m on stock ROM stock kernel. I average 4.7ish hours screen time in about a 24 hour period. That is with 1hour of talk time as well. Gnow I don’t use. The N5 is the best deep sleeper I’ve ever seen

          • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

            “I know how to use my phone”

            If this requires *ANY* thought whatsoever, there is a problem. Just accept that as fact.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Learn to read first. I said “I know HOW I use my phone, not ” I know how TO use my phone”. What is so hard to understand that my phone got 5h SOT? Do you see any charge lines in the graph? I mean, really, is it that hard?

          • Philip J. Fry

            Here.

    • tu3218

      Picked it up and played with it at best buy today. First words out of my mouth, “F*** you verizon”.

      This phone is gorgeous and really hate verizon for not having it.

  • Alejandro Altamirano

    T Mobile when are you going to offer the 32 gb model

    • jimt

      The 32 gb is the one to get which is why the play store is were to buy it at the moment.

  • DanWazz

    Question: Will TMO pay your ETF if you only cancel one line? I’m on a family plan but want to go out on my own to TMO.

    • http://www.chasehammer.com/ Chase Hammer J

      yep, just did the etf waiver today. What happens is you pay off your ETF and t-mobile sends you a visa card for what you paid

  • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

    My plan of action to get rid of my Verizon line to move entirely to AT&T:
    1) Trade in VZW phone and get ETF paid by T-mo
    2) Buy N5 for $396 outright
    3) Cancel T-Mobile service the next day
    4) Use N5 on my AT&T line

    Anyone tried/planning to try something similar? I’m just fed up with having two lines lol, the AT&T line is corporate and the Verizon one is personal. Am I getting this process all wrong?

    • Android Spy 007

      First idiot to come out the cave lol

    • nabooska

      I believe it would work, you just have to pay off the phone when you terminate their service.

      • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

        No, I want to buy it full price for $396. Do you think that would work?

        • nabooska

          I dont see why not, but I am by no means a reliable source lol

    • jack584

      Depending what phone it is you could probably sell it on swappa or craigslist for the amount that your etf is or more and just buy the Nexus 5 on the play store.

      I heard that the money T-Mobile was giving for phones was pretty low. For example they give you up to $300 for the phone but a Note 3 is worth at least $150-200 more on swappa. Unless it’s in horrible condition of course but then T-Mobile would give you less too.

      So before you go ahead with it be sure to find out how much T-Mobile will pay for your phone.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      What kind of phone do you have? You could probably sell it for more.

      • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

        Verizon phone is a RAZR M so I doubt I could cash in much, anyway

        • jimt

          I think it’s about $30

        • Tobi De la Cuz

          What u can get for it on eBay ranges from 50 – 120 bucks depending on the usage/quality of it. I tried getting one to use overseas and that’s the prices they were going for.

        • http://www.chasehammer.com/ Chase Hammer J

          sorta true. i talked to t-mobile support and it doesnt have to be your CURRENT phone. as long as it is in their trade-in program list of devices they will take it. I traded in my old verizon droid x even though i was on sprint. kept my gnex

    • Tim242

      You won’t be able to cancel for a while. You have to pay the ETF and wait for a prepaid Visa to be mailed to you. I’m sure Tmo has a certain amount of time you have to keep service.

    • Ryan

      I think this is the first time a MOD (other than Ron) has been downvoted so much with no upvotes lol.

      • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

        Someone’s got to be first, am I right? :)

  • AbbyZFresh

    Improve your coverage first T-Mobile. It my friends on your service say it sucks here.

    • John Legere
      • Tim242

        Yeah, like that will really do any good. It will always be a sea of EDGE, even amongst supposed HSPA+ and LTE coverage.

        • Niral Ramesh

          I usually get LTE or HSPA+ where I live and travel: NJ, NYC, Philly, DC

          • Dominick White

            Come to Central Ny and all that will be 2g or in some areas no service at all

          • Niral Ramesh

            I can imagine; my friend goes to Vermont and he gets absolutely no signal there. Lol

        • John Legere

          Good thing those Verizon LTE towers will do us some good

          • KCCO

            Wish it would do some good.. :( I am in a 4g market according to the map on Tmobile website. No go in reality. Then 2 miles away where I work Tmobile offers no service. Verizon is flooded all over. ATT covers no problem. Amelia Island area.. Right north of Jacksonville. :(

        • Nathaniel Webb

          Bitter are we?

          • Tim242

            Yes. Their coverage map is a complete lie. I tested their service for a week. My city is shown to be completely covered in HSPA+42 and LTE. My neighborhood is EDGE, and could only manage GPRS in my apt. Go in any building in other areas, EDGE of glory.

          • Carlton Crasher

            No its completely true in my area.. Verizon 4G LTE, AT&T HSPA+, Sprint 3G, T-MOBILE EDGE for hundred miles in any direction

      • Eric R.

        Actions speak louder than words

  • nabooska

    I’m happy for what tmobile is doing but adding monthly payments for the 5 lines on my family plan hardly makes it cheaper than my current verizon plan, even just $16.50

    • John Legere

      Well, we lower the price when you pay it off. No other carriers do that.

      • nabooska

        I guess I don’t understand. Switching to T-Mobile saves me $90 per month on my bill, but having to purchase new phones drives that cost up. Hook a guy up over here? :)

        • jimt

          You can buy a new phone with that $90 a month you are saving and after that you are saving the full $90 a month. That would be a nexus 5 in about 4 months, for example

          • nabooska

            I get that, however there will be 4 others making payments as well for the next two years and so that extra 90 evaporates quickly. Basically as I understand it the benefits of a substantially lower monthly cost won’t come into effect until I’ve fully paid off phones.

          • jimt

            On Verizon you never reach the point of paying off the phone. You never save the $90 dollars a month.

          • jimt

            If you get enough money for the Verizon phones you won’t have much to pay for. If they are new , good phones that Tmo will give a fair amount of money for. That should soften the blow of 4 phones. I had to pay $300 when I dumped Verizon and didn’t get anything for the Verizon phones. Still extremely happy!

      • jimt

        Yeah at Verizon you keep paying for a new phone even when its paid for, forever.

      • Tim242

        You are incorrect Both At&T and Sprint take $15.00 per month off of your plan price when paying out a phone. You don’t have to wait until it is paid off Get educated.

        • John Legere

          Proof? Verizon guaranteed doesn’t do it.

          • Tim242

            I know Verizon doesn’t, that’s why I didn’t list them. I am a Verizon customer, and Sprint employee.

          • Ryan

            Edit: Sprint employee but dreaming of Samsung employee.

          • Tim242

            That is being a troll. Trolling is talking trash with no good reason.

  • jimt

    Tmo phone is probably sim locked isn’t it?

    • pdditty

      Nope

    • Jared Denman

      Nope. They are exactly the same as getting it from the play store (other than the T-Mobile marking on the box). Source: I have one.

      • jimt

        Have you put in an AT&T sim?

      • Dan Bracey

        Not sim locked. I’ve put an Australian sim in the TMobile nexus 5. I know it worked because I received some carrier messages on phone startup (with US rates/etc.) No SIM unlock code required.

    • Tobi De la Cuz

      At the store they will tell you it is Sim Locked. I even ahd a rep tell me that the ones bought from Google arent, but the TMobile ones are… I brought mine home popped in a SIM Card from Dominican Republic and all works.

    • David VanHouse

      No