T-Mobile has kicked off Nexus 5 sales on its website, at a time the handset is not exactly available any more from Google’s Play Store (or at least the version the carrier is selling).
As previously announced, the T-Mobile Nexus 5 retails for $449.99, a full $100 more than the phone’s starting price in the Play Store – we’re looking at the 16GB model here.
T-Mobile offers Nexus 5 buyers the possibility of paying for the handset in 24 installments of $17 each, after a $41.99 up front fee.
The carrier insisted a few days ago that it’s not pocketing the extra $100, and that buyers will pay for the full price when purchasing the handset, thus implying that Google is subsidizing the device.
However, the 32GB model of the handset is not available from T-Mobile. We’ll also note that the white Nexus 5 is also unavailable from the carrier. These models can still be purchased from the Play Store, even though you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get some of them.
In case you don’t want to wait for Google to ship you a Nexus 5, you can always get it from T-Mobile (or from Sprint for that matter, which has it even cheaper, but bundled with new two-year contracts), even though that means paying an extra $100 for the handset.
Have you purchased your Nexus 5 yet? Are you buying it from T-Mobile? Don’t forget to check out our full review of the handset available here!