Best Buy lists the Sprint Nexus 5 for $799.99 outright, more than double the Google Play price [Update]

by: Andrew GrushNovember 2, 2013

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Update: Best Buy has now lowered the price down to $449.99, matching the off-contract price of Sprint. This leads us to believe that the originally listed price of $799.99 was likely just an error.

The Nexus 5 is here, and at Google Play’s asking price of $349 for the 16GB model, it’s an absolute steal. At Best Buy’s no contract price of $799.99? Not so much.

That’s right, the Sprint version of the Nexus 5 is now listed on Best Buy’s site for $149.99 with a contract or a massive $799.99 outright. While it’s not surprising to see the price listed above what we find it for at Google Play, paying more than double for the handset is completely insane. Even more crazy is the fact this is $350 more expensive than Sprint’s $449.99 asking price.

It’s very possible that this is just a listing error, though Best Buy is no stranger to listing its “phone replacements” above the standard retail price. We’ve reached out to Best Buy for confirmation on its Nexus 5 pricing, and will update the post if and when we hear back.


Of course the cheapest route for buying the Sprint Nexus 5 off-contract is obviously through Google Play directly. And yes, for those wondering, we have confirmed with a Sprint rep that you can in fact buy the Google Play version and activate it with the Now Network.

Any Sprint customers planning on picking up the Nexus 5? If so, will you be doing it via Google Play or do you prefer to get the handset on-contract for the lower subsidized price?

  • Tanner Hoyt

    The only silver lining here is that most people who know what the Nexus 5 is likely also know it’s price on Google Play. Those who don’t will not spend $800 on a phone. Either way, Best Buy loses.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      And people who buy at Best Buy and don’t realize Google Play’s is way cheaper will get pissed. :c

      • Chris

        Doesn’t Best Buy Price match though?

        • MadCowOnAStick

          Wha.. you drunk too? $349 on Google Play, $799 on Best Buy…

          • Cole Raney

            I don’t think you understand what price matching is. Price matching means if there is a retailer that sells a certain item for cheaper, then they will match that price. So it may be $799 at Best Buy and they price match, then you can price match with google play and get the phone for $349

          • Androidphan

            They don’t match internet prices.

          • Billy Royle

            visions electronics in canada price matches everything plus 5 %…love them

          • acras

            They match select online retailers. I know they match Amazon , can’t remember the others , but I doubt they will match Google.

        • jonathan3579

          Every single Best Buy I’ve asked says that they price match everything but cell phones. (Yet I hear otherwise from other people in different cities and states.)

          • Mike Kister

            I asked at Best Buy in PA last month and they confirmed that they would price match a mobile. Now, will they do it when I go to purchase?

          • jonathan3579

            Well, you’ll have to ask if they’ll price match specifically from the Google Play Store. They wouldn’t even match carrier pricing for me when I went.

    • Boonlumsion Piyapon

      I Think It’s a slick way to get people buy Nexus 5 on sprint contract.

    • Luka Mlinar

      They are making almost a grand on every 2 phones they sell. They are not losing trust me.

    • Abriltoteles

      And theyr name is best buy. Ironic

    • On a Clear Day

      Why? Why would anyone buy it from Best Buy in the first place? Unless they were offering it for the same or slightly more than what you can get it on Google Play (with the little extra being justified by the instant gratification of getting it on the spot in the store), there is no reason to buying it from them.

  • bobEveryman

    would be a good time to try for a price match though!

  • Luka Mlinar

    The Nexus 4 cost 818$ in the stores in Croatia.

    • shaynej

      yeah, BUT, what is that converted to U.S. Dollars ? $500 ??

      • Fred Chiang

        he said $

        • shaynej95

          They use dollars in Canada too…Right now, 818 $ Canadian converts to $783.30 U.S. dollars

          • Ngo Phuong Le

            he said Croatia, not Canada

          • Luka Mlinar

            I converted it from Croatian Kuna to American Dollar.

          • ezio gallo

            in italy nexus 4 costs 349$=259€

    • Wuchko

      Yup. Here in Croatia prices are ridiculous. I paid 780$ for Note 2. I wanted nexus 4 but price was too damn hight

  • Keith

    I thought the people selling nexus phones on eBay were bad!
    But really they probably just want people to buy the Sprint nexus.

  • paxmos

    NOBODY pays BEST BUYS’ retail price to buy A PHONE. This is only to force CUSTOMERS into CONTRACTS.

    • Hywel Davies

      Exactly. O2 here in the UK are doing exactly the same thing with the Nexus 5 available for £529.99 (£230 more than Google Play). Fortunately Carphone Warehouse aren’t doing that so I managed to pick two up from my local store yesterday morning for £295 each.

      • Edwin Walker

        Ever so slightly cheaper than the Play store, what’s up with that? Google’s probably charging us too much…

      • John Locke

        I’m actually surprised CPW aren’t charging extra for the Nexus 5 – they charged £100 more for the Nexus 4 last year.

    • RanRu

      Apple fans do. I’ve seen people walk into Best Buy and buy iPhones outright.

      But then, those are a different kind of people.

    • Jayfeather787

      Often times, Best buy is not the best buy.

  • Claude Poirier

    Because of policies like that, they will go bankrupt….

  • AmicusBrief

    Apparently, they’re not making enough profit on those $20 micro USB cables.

  • Niranjan Dandekar

    changed to 449.99

    • MadCowOnAStick

      So the world isn’t ending after all…

  • Jayfeather787

    Well, in my opinion, it is worth around that price!
    Don’t tell Google that.

  • John Locke

    The Nexus 4 was priced the same in many countries last year, even in countries where Google was subsidizing it!

  • Sunny

    Don’t buy lol.

  • N. K

    Wow, that’s more expensive than here in Sweden. Their selling it for 4400kr without ccontract (it’s more than $600). I would buy the nexus 5 but I bought a note 2 one month ago so I’ll stick with my note 2 for a while.

  • RanRu

    Um… I could a car for $800. Good thing that was an error. An insane error.

  • Carlo0404

    If you buy a “replacement” Sprint Nexus 5 for the $85 extra can you then just activate it on AT&T right away? These are not coming locked to Sprint are they?

  • solstice1221

    After all these years people still don’t get that Best Buy is a place where you try things out first before you buy it someplace cheaper online.