Deal alert: $396 T-Mobile Nexus 5 after $0 down and $16.50 per month for 2 years

by: Chris SmithJanuary 12, 2014


Android fans looking to score a Nexus 5 should check out T-Mobile’s new Nexus 5 offer, as the carrier has dropped the price of the device.

Initially priced at $450 over two years without a contract – $41.99 up front followed by 24 monthly charges of $17 – the 16GB Nexus 5 is now $54 cheaper. In order to get it now, buyers will simply have to pay for it $16.50 per month for two years, for a total of $396, and there’s no down payment for Google’s latest flagship Nexus handset.

While T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 offer is still more expensive that Google’s, it certainly has its perks, as buyers don’t have to pay the full price of the device at once and instead buy it over the course of two years, without inking a two-year service contract with the carrier. Furthermore, if T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, or if you’re looking to switch over to T-Mobile for some reason, you should definitely check out the Nexus 5.


Meanwhile, the 16GB Nexus 5 costs $349 on the Google Play Store, while the 32GB model retails for $399, so those buyers with cash on hand would still be better off getting their Nexus fix directly from Google.

  • bobprobert

    still better to buy from tmobile on installments if you are coming from another carrier and want them to pay your etf fees. 50 bucks cheaper from the play store true but between my wife and i our etf from sprint is $350 and the deal with tmobile is you have to buy your phone from them. plus with the jump program we can upgrade every 6 months. bye bye sprint!

    • tom

      Lol Sprint is in the process of buying out T-Mobile. ;)

      • Mr Mop

        From c|net on January 8th

        • AA :P

          that’s good actually, guys like at&t have been lazy for a long time. time to kick their butt. nice to see an energetic ceo, gatecrashing a rival party, how cool is that ? :)

  • Jayfeather787

    Just buy it unlocked from google play. Best place to buy a Nexus, other than maybe Amazon during the holidays.

  • Luka Mlinar

    “$450 over two years without a contract” well this made me lol. So basically it’s just buying a phone with monthly installments and taking the T-Mobile sim card with it. But than again the phone is locked to T-Mobile isn’t it? I have a T-Mobile Sony and it comes with their custom kernel. Not a lot of people bought this phone so of course no one made a custom root for it. Anyhoo i hope no one i stupid enough to buy this thing.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      This is a Nexus device, not a Sony device… the one from T-Mobile isn’t locked and doesn’t have a custom kernel.

    • David Bowline

      You keep saying the same thing. Now your saying it’s $450, when it’s $396, with free shipping. The only thing I can say in your favor is that the taxes are higher from T-Mobile.

      It’s a good deal for someone like me you who has no credit cards, but good enough credit to not pay extra.

    • Chazz Matthews

      NO, it’s NOT locked to T-mobile. It’s full HSPA+, CDMA, LTE just like the one from the Google Store. Swap sims at your pleasure.

  • Siddharth Shukla

    Good to know, it’s only $17 more than the Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store (With all the shipping and handling fees). You also have a choice to pay for it however you want. I’d say it’s worth it now and anyways it’s always good when prices for tech go down :).

    • Luka Mlinar

      It’s a SIM locked device with a custom kernel. Have fun rooting it :D

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Nope, it’s exactly the same as the one on Google Play. The only difference is the price and the place you’re buying it from.

        • Luka Mlinar

          You don’t mind if i don’t believe you. I had quite a few T-Mobile phones pass trough my hands. I never herd of them selling a unlocked device.

          • Nickan Fayyazi

            Look it up if you don’t believe me. This is a Nexus device, and ever since the GNex fiasco, Google has made sure that all Nexus phones, no matter where they’re sold from, are completely unlocked and have no carrier modifications. You may have had quite a few T-Mobile phones, but have you ever had a T-Mobile Nexus device?

          • Luka Mlinar

            No, but ill believe it when i see it ;)

          • David Bowline

            Since you’re not buying one, that’s a pretty convenient statement. You’re full of it. I got my Nexus 5 for half of the original T-Mobile price and it’s exactly the same phone as the play version. It’s been rooted unrooted. I also bought a Nexus 4 from both and the only difference was the s/n was on a sticker on the back of the one I got from T-Mobile.

            So lighten up Francis.

          • tech4life

            Well I will say that Telstra in my country was able to avoid not keeping the stock nexus 5 because one of my friends has it and he can’t update past 4.4

          • Tom

            Lol 4.4.x is the latest android. There is no 5.x or any other version in between

          • tech4life

            No I meant he hasn’t got 4.4.1 or 4.4.2

          • Luka Mlinar

            Hey i might be wrong, but it’s just hard to believe T-Mobile would do something like this. I am sure they would lock the hell out of it here in Croatia. They once gave me a free camera for extending my DSL contract for another two years. Turned out that that particular model of cameras is faulty. T-Mobile here in Croatia has a really bad reputation and is extremely hated. So as soon as i see their name i just assume they are trying to f* you.

          • David Bowline

            I’m with T-Mobile USA. They may be owned by Deutsche Telecom, but that’s really the only connection. I have no idea how they operate in Europe. They’ve never touched a native android phone over here and they’ve carried the HTC G1 (known as the Dream in the rest of the world), Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.

          • Tom

            Nope. Actually Sprint is in the process of buying out T-Mobile. ;)

          • Chazz Matthews

            Sprint isn’t buying T-mobile, according to T-mobile.

          • needa

            i guess you have never had a tmo moto x in your hands. because that phone comes unlocked.

          • Chazz Matthews

            Well you’re wrong. IN this case, it’s the same phone Google is selling.

  • thats a deal? thanks for looking out for us

  • tech4life

    Why does everyone seem to be able to get better deals than me.

    • David Bowline

      I was able to get this deal because I’ve been with T-Mobile for 7 years, I became eligible to upgrade the day after they completely got rid of all subsidized contracts and was furious because they were trying to force me into the same plan that anyone can get walking off of the street. The total cost for me would raise my total 24 month cost by 25%. I told them fine, I’ll go to Verizon where I get coverage across the nation and an 18% company discount. After 3 weeks I called them to see if they’d changed their minds and the offered me a $25 discount on my plan and two phones (for two lines) at half price.

      I only ordered one for my 2nd line because I’d just bought the Nexus 4 in September when Google dropped the price $100. Unfortunately, I cracked the back of the N4 the next day and decided to give the N5 a shot. I also received the 4.4 update the day before the phones arrived and immediately noticed that it drained the crap out of my battery.

      So now I need to replace the back of the N4 and sell it, lol

      • tech4life

        I’ll buy it, a nice mess around with roms phone or something ;)

        • David Bowline

          What will you give me for it? I haven’t rooted it, but am tempted to put Ubuntu on it. It looks like a fabulous ROM!

          • tech4life

            Nah never mind, I’m in Australia anyway so it could be difficult.

  • Metro

    Nexus 5 is worth more than Google or any of the carriers are charging. Installment or cash out the pocket.

    • Chazz Matthews

      Yeah, but no need to pay more unless you have to.

  • Aj

    Once you add shipping to the Google Play purchase, you’re price point is dead even with Tmo’s for the 16gb. And Tmo’s is unlocked and identical. I have it and returned my G Play one once this hit.

  • Coorsleftfield

    If you. don’t have cash in hand you don’t need to be buying a new phone.

  • Carney3

    Love how T-Mobile is shaking up the business in a pro customer way. Unfortunately despite their coverage map saying otherwise I get no T-Mobile reception at work. Had to hastily cancel and beg AT&T to take me back and reinstate my grandfathered-in unlimited data plan.

  • Carney3

    I’m basically happy with my 4 except for the horrible camera. Slow, blurry, indoor photos are magenta-tinted. Is the 5’s better?

  • N2fw

    Actually after tax & shipping through Google Play the TMobile version is about the same price

    • gphillimo

      NO. The T-Mobile version is till gonna tack on tax. $380 with tax and shipping from Google. $430 from T-Mobile with tax.

  • Phil

    NOT a deal. Still $350 from Google. If they drop the price to $300, then you could call it a deal. Right now they’re still shaking you down for an extra $50

  • gphillimo

    Anybody saying the price is the same when you add tax from Goggle is a flat out idiot. T-Mobile is gonna charge you tax as well Still gonna cost you $50 more. Might as well get the 32 gig from Google Play if you’re willing to be an idiot and spend $400 for 16 gig from T-Mobile.

  • MG

    Still won’t have the FREE WI-FI calling. No doubt a great phone, but best value is Nokia 521 – $89