You might remember last Thursday when the Nexus 5 officially became available for sale via T-Mobile’s. That was for pre-order and Google’s latest flagship wouldn’t be shipping until the 20th.
Today the Nexus 5 has arrived at T-Mobile retail locations around the US, which means you can finally hop on over to your local retail location and physically walk out of the store with a
shiny matte new Nexus 5. Oh, and the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE is also available in-store as well.
Of course, when buying a new device with T-Mobile versus the Google Play Store you pay less upfront, but in the end it will cost you more. The Nexus 5 from T-mobile is $42 down, and $17 a month for 2 years. That’s about $450 for the 16GB, a full hundred bucks more than you’d pay versus buying on Google Play (and $50 more than the 32GB version).
The Nexus 7 for T-Mobile? Well, it’s not so bad. At $0 down and $16 a month for 2 years, it adds up to a grand total of $384 — only $34 more than you’d pay on Google Play ($350). Don’t forget T-Mobile also gives tablet users 200MB of data, something that can definitely come in handy when out and about.
Still, when a friend or family member is looking for their next smartphone, getting them to plop down $400 — as “affordable” as that may sound to you and I — isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Guess that’s why we have high-interest credit cards, isn’t it?