You won’t see a better deal for T-Mobile’s Nexus 4 than the “free” price tag they slapped on it this past weekend, but don’t fret if you happened to miss that particular sale — there’s still a very lucrative offer for anyone who doesn’t mind signing a new two-year contract. The device can be had for just $50 following instant discounts and a $50 mail-in rebate.
You’ll be paying $100 up front, but if you’re patient enough to wait for that rebate you’ll be better off in the long run. T-Mobile’s Nexus 4 is pretty much identical to the Play Store version in every category except price. Google subsidizes the cost of the Nexus 4 itself, of course, so you could get it from them for just $300-350 without signing a two-year contract.
It might save you a lot of money to go that route in the long run, but if you don’t think you’ll be leaving T-Mobile within the next couple of years then getting those extra savings from T-Mobile up-front might be worth it. T-Mobile’s service gets cheaper if you bring your own phone, though, so you’ll have to consider the long-term savings, as well. Do all the math you need to do to figure out which solution is right for you, and get to it at T-Mobile’s site or the Google Play Store.
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