T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 might be a bit more expensive than the one you can find in the Google Play Store, but it’s still a good option for those who aren’t interested in paying the full $350 bill for this device up front. The device has become even cheaper through Magenta, with the carrier now offering it for $0 down at an off-contract price of $396. That figures to be about $16.50 per month installments for 24 months with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans.
The carrier made waves in the wireless industry at CES last week with a big announcement — they would pay your ETF fee for up to 5 lines for leaving Verizon, Sprint or AT&T. That proposition comes with the commitment to trade your old smartphone in and buy a new one from T-Mobile, but it’s not a bad idea if you’re looking for a change and your contract situation is holding you back. The icing on the cake is that T-Mobile’s the most open and accepting carrier out there, so having the most open phone seems like a no-brainer.
The Nexus 5 was awarded numerous high marks in our testing, with the Snapdragon 800 chipset, 5-inch 1080p display and 2GB of RAM being quite the combo to run stock Android 4.4 KitKat. It being first in line for future Android upgrades definitely doesn’t hurt. If you don’t mind looking past the fact that you’re paying nearly $50 more than what you can get it for in the Google Play Store, you can head to T-Mobile’s site right here to get started.