T-Mobile Offers Nexus 5 For $100 More Than Google

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If you’re bad at math or don’t mind paying  a lot of interest on a gadget purchase, T-Mobile has a great deal for you. The carrier officially announced today that, starting November 14,  it will offer the Google Nexus 5  for $41.99 down and 24 monthly payments of $17 with its Simple Choice plan, bringing the total device cost to $451.99. The same device can be bought unlocked from Google Play for $349 and used on T-Mobile’s network.

The carrier didn’t offer any explanation as to why it is charging $100 more than Google for the same device, but perhaps the company is  hoping that users will be too snowed by the relatively-low monthly price of the handset to do the multiplication. Users who have difficulty dropping $349 at one time, might appreciate being able to spread the payments across 24 months, but adding an extra $100 to the total, after spending $59 in the first month gives you a whopping 33 percent interest rate over 2 years. You can sign up on T-Mobile’s website now to be notified when the Nexus 5 becomes available. 

Unveiled last month, the Nexus 5 will run Android 4.4 KitKat on a 2.26-GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip with 2GB of RAM and features a 450 MHz Adreno 330 GPU as well. Better yet, the LG-made phone will support wireless charging and sports a slimmer, cleaner design than its predecessor. With a 1920 x 1080p 5-inch display, the Nexus 5 also houses an 8-MP rear camera and a 1.3-MP one up front. It will be available in black or white, and come in 16GB or 32GB storage variants.

MORE: Google Nexus 5 (Unlocked): Full Review

T-Mobile is the second network to offer the Nexus 5, with Sprint having been announced at the device’s launch. T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans start at $50 a month for unlimited talk and text with 500MB data a month. The uncarrier says it covers 96 percent of Americans with its expanding 4G LTE footprint that currently reaches 232 markets. With its recently-announced international data plans at no additional cost, T-Mobile proves to be an appealing carrier, dubious-pricing plans aside. 

If you don’t want to purchase your Nexus 5 from T-Mobile, you can already get it on Sprint for $149.99 on a two year contract or for $349 (32GB: $399) unlocked via the Google Play store. It is expected to retail via Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack in the near future. 

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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