Nexus 4

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out it’s more beneficial to grab a SIM-free Nexus 4 via Google Play than score an on-contract version from T-Mobile. Especially now that the whole limited availability debacle appears to be behind us.

And yet T-Mo seems to know just how to cut you a deal and make people not mind the contract restrictions. The N4 was available for free from the carrier a couple of weeks ago and now it’s up for grabs for just 50 bucks.

Technically, you’ll be asked to pay $100 upfront for the 16 GB “pure Google phone”, but if you don’t forget to claim your rebate you’ll get half of that back. In the long haul, you’ll still definitely shell out more dough if you go for T-Mo’s “special offer” (what with compulsory plans and all), but not anyone can afford to cough up $300 and get the N4 from the Play Store, right?

Just keep in mind that the $50 price is listed as a “limited time” promo on Magenta’s website, so the offer could expire any day now. Also, if you happen to visit one of the carrier’s physical stores, don’t be surprised if you’re going to see the Nexus 4 priced at $200 outright. Finally, the web-only deal waives the $35 activation fee (through March 7) and throws in a free car charger. Not bad, right?