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In addition to the absolute mania of incoming announcements we saw from Google today, there was one interesting carrier-related development for the Nexus line – T-Mobile, the US' fourth largest carrier, announced that it would be carrying Google's LG-built Nexus 4 and ASUS-built 3G Nexus 7 as a "premier launch partner" starting this November. In fact, users can already sign up for more info at T-Mobile's website.

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From T-Mo's press release:

Latest Android Devices

T-Mobile will continue its history of providing customers with the best Android devices available, including two of the newest options: the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.

The Nexus 4 is the latest device in the Google Nexus lineup, and T-Mobile will be the premier U.S. launch partner. With cutting-edge hardware designed collaboratively by LG and Google, favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of a customer’s hand. And, with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+42) network, T-Mobile is again giving its customers the best choice of devices. Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images to capture every detail of the world. The all-new camera lets customers quickly view and edit photos with powerful new tools, and share favorite shots in a snap. When combined with T-Mobile’s Value plans or T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, the Nexus 4 gives consumers a top-notch Android experience.

With a stunning 7-inch display, powerful quad-core processor and all-day battery life, Nexus 7 was built to bring the best of Google in a slim, portable device. With a vibrant, 1280x800 high-resolution display, Nexus 7 brings apps, games, books and movies to life in stunning clarity. Over 1 million pixels in your hand means text is sharper, HD movies are more vivid and gameplay is smooth and dynamic. All of this is protected under scratch-resistant Corning™ Gorilla Glass and designed for the whole family to pass around and enjoy. Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor so everything is faster: Pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze.

The Nexus 4 is expected to launch in "select T-Mobile retail stores and online" starting November 14th, just one day after the phone's planned Play Store debut. The handset will cost customers $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, which is just $100 off Google's $299 price for an unlocked unit.

Google's 3G-connected variant of the Nexus 7, on the other hand, will be sold directly from Google Play with T-Mobile service starting November 5th. For the full press release, just look below.

Smartphone Powerhouses, Exclusive Gaming Experiences and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data – All for T-Mobile Customers This Holiday

T-Mobile brings amazing 4G experiences to consumers this holiday with Windows Phone 8, Android smartphones and exclusive gaming services

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Oct. 29, 2012 — Continuing to deliver on choice, value and amazing 4G experiences this holiday, T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled its full lineup of smartphones, tablets and innovative services for the upcoming season. Featuring the latest cutting-edge products and services, T-Mobile’s portfolio offers the newest Windows Phone 8 devices, including the Nokia Lumia 810 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC; the Google Nexus 4 with T-Mobile as a premier launch partner; and the Samsung Galaxy Note II featuring premium gaming experiences from world-class partners such as EA and MOGA™. Combined with T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, T-Mobile’s portfolio is providing its customers with the devices, innovative services and 4G experiences they desire this holiday.

“At T-Mobile, we recognize that consumers want to choose the device that best fits their lifestyle. Whether they are new to the smartphone market, love entertainment and movies, or enjoy playing games on their device, T-Mobile’s product lineup provides the latest, cutting-edge products to choose from,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “When you combine these products with our innovative applications, exclusive gaming partnerships and a truly Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, our customers have the best choice and value in the industry for their wireless service.”

Windows Phone 8

T-Mobile will have two Windows Phone 8 devices - the Nokia Lumia 810 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

The Nokia Lumia 810 is an exclusive to T-Mobile and offers access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G network (HSPA+42), an enhanced camera with Carl Zeiss optics for crisp photographs, impactful design, integrated wireless charging via swappable back covers, navigation features and high-performance – all in a simple silhouette.

With the Lumia 810, users can capture, share and relive life’s moments with new camera features such as Cinemagraph, a lens that creates animated GIFs, as well as panorama settings and Group Shoot, which allows the customer to choose the best faces and smiles from a burst of photos and stitch them together to produce the perfect group shot.

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is a premium Windows Phone 8 device that packs a punch with a beautiful 4.3-inch HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen, a powerful dual-core processor and fast speeds running on T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 network. Customers will enjoy the feel of the pure unibody design in California Blue, access to Windows Phone’s Live Tiles, immersive studio-quality sound with Beats Audio and incredible camera capabilities of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

Both devices are powered by the new Windows Phone 8 operating system, making it easy for users to personalize their device and experiences and always stay connected to friends and family. Taking advantage of the only truly Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, on a nationwide 4G network, T-Mobile customers will see a superior value with T-Mobile’s lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices.

Latest Android Devices

T-Mobile will continue its history of providing customers with the best Android devices available, including two of the newest options: the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.

The Nexus 4 is the latest device in the Google Nexus lineup, and T-Mobile will be the premier U.S. launch partner. With cutting-edge hardware designed collaboratively by LG and Google, favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of a customer’s hand. And, with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+42) network, T-Mobile is again giving its customers the best choice of devices. Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images to capture every detail of the world. The all-new camera lets customers quickly view and edit photos with powerful new tools, and share favorite shots in a snap. When combined with T-Mobile’s Value plans or T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, the Nexus 4 gives consumers a top-notch Android experience.

With a stunning 7-inch display, powerful quad-core processor and all-day battery life, Nexus 7 was built to bring the best of Google in a slim, portable device. With a vibrant, 1280x800 high-resolution display, Nexus 7 brings apps, games, books and movies to life in stunning clarity. Over 1 million pixels in your hand means text is sharper, HD movies are more vivid and gameplay is smooth and dynamic. All of this is protected under scratch-resistant Corning™ Gorilla Glass and designed for the whole family to pass around and enjoy. Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor so everything is faster: Pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze.

T-Mobile also recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Note II, giving customers a powerful all-in-one device with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED® screen and a speedy 1.6 GHz quad-core, Samsung Exynos processor that are perfect for gaming, productivity, entertainment and more.

For the value-conscious shopper, T-Mobile will offer the LG Optimus L9. Featuring a gorgeous 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 display and equipped with a long-lasting 2150 mAh battery, users can listen to music, explore the Internet or chat with friends and family for hours with just one charge.

Further, T-Mobile will continue to offer the Samsung Galaxy S® III and Samsung Galaxy S® Relay 4G, rounding out a complete portfolio of powerful Android smartphones.

Innovative Gaming Experiences

Only T-Mobile provides its customers with access to the most innovative and compelling gaming experiences made possible with the exclusive content, devices and accessories gamers want paired with T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. T-Mobile customers now can realize truly unlimited 4G gaming experiences — without having to worry about surprise bills or overage fees.

T-Mobile will be the first U.S. carrier to preload EA’s Need For Speed™ Most Wanted game on the Galaxy Note II, including four free events. In addition, this T-Mobile exclusive version of the Need for Speed™ Most Wanted game on the Galaxy Note II will be optimized to interact with a MOGA mobile gaming system, bringing an immersive, console-quality gaming experience to the palms of T-Mobile customers’ hands.

Further, T-Mobile will offer a new social gaming destination which will directly connect customers to Zynga games right from their device’s homescreen. The Zynga games destination will feature With Friends games, is preloaded on the Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus L9, and will be accessible via the Bonus Apps widget on several other Android devices this month.

The Best Entertainment Value

T-Mobile is bringing innovative entertainment applications and services to its holiday devices. The Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II enable T-Mobile customers to bring their entertainment to the big screen by wirelessly sharing content, such as games, movies and TV shows on their smartphone, to any HDMI-capable TV via the AllShare Cast feature and AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory.

Additionally, only at T-Mobile, new and existing owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III will receive “Marvel’s The Avengers” – the number 1 movie of the year and 3rd biggest release of all time – as a virtual preload, available for download in the Samsung Media Hub. Taking advantage of T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, customers can download unlimited video content, such as “Marvel’s The Avengers,” on our nationwide 4G network without having to worry about data caps, speed limits or overages.

T-Mobile is also excited to partner with Samsung to deliver the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, a high-powered, premium entertainment device. Running Android 4.0 and powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with access to T-Mobile’s fast 4G (HSPA+ 42) network, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the ideal device for customers who want to stay connected and entertained wherever and whenever.

Pricing and Availability

Information about devices and services can be found at the embedded links below or www.T-Mobile.com. Full pricing and availability information is expected as follows:

· Windows Phone 8

o Nokia Lumia 810:

§ Expected to be available on 11/14

§ Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans.

§ Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o Windows Phone 8X by HTC:

§ Expected to be available on 11/14

§ Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§ Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

· Android

o Google Nexus 4

§ Available via Google Play on 10/29 11/13 and in select T-Mobile retail stores and online starting 11/14

§ Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§ Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o Google Nexus 7:

§ Available with T-Mobile service via Google Play starting 11/5

o Samsung Galaxy Note II:

§ Currently available online and in retail stores

§ Value Plan: $249.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§ Classic Plan: $369.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o LG Optimus L9:

§ Expected to be available online and in retail stores starting 10/31

§ Value Plan: $49.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§ Classic Plan: $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:

§ Expected to be available starting 11/14 online and in retail stores

§ Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§ Classic Plan: $349.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two year service agreement on qualifying mobile broadband data plans

o Samsung Galaxy S III:

§ Currently available online and in retail stores. For more information, visit: http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-s3

· Accessories

o The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory is currently available in T-Mobile retail stores and at www.T-Mobile.com for $99.99.

o The MOGA Mobile Gaming System will be available at www.T-Mobile.com on 10/31 for $49.99 and will be in select T-Mobile retail stores on 11/14.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Kenny O

    Interesting the TMO press release says the Nexus for will be available via Google Play on 10/29.

    And for the life of me I can't see why anyone would opt to only save $100 and get saddled with a 2 year contract and higher service pricing.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      T-Mobile followed up quickly with a correction to reflect Google's 11/13 date. I've updated the post accordingly.

    • QwietStorm

      The average consumer doesn't care about those details. They don't even visit these sites. Contracts are the norm, and "only" $100 is attractive to quite a few people, especially at this time. Nothing about it should really be confusing at all.

      • Freak4Dell

        Yup. The majority of people won't know that this is available from Google for just $100 more.

        However, with T-Mobile doing such a big push to Value plans, I have a feeling they'll train the reps to sell them unsubsidized. I don't think they'll tell customers to go buy it from the Play Store, since that loses sales for the T-Mobile stores, but they'll probably sell it unsubsidized in their own stores for the same price.

      • Kenny O

        Didn't mean to make $100 seem like something to scoff at, more so that you are spending a lot more than $100 over the life of the contract

        • QwietStorm

          Entirely true, but like I said, the average consumer doesn't look at that because contracts are just the way things work. If you can get savings immediately with a purchase, then everything is well and good.

  • Todd

    It's looking increasingly likely that Sprint won't be seeing a version of this phone. This makes me a sad panda :(

  • Luis Gustavo Gonzalez Taboada

    they usually sell it at full price for prepaid?

  • Olivia

    So the T-Mobile version WILL support HSPA+42? Does the unlocked version? This is one point that has been rather unclear.

    • live2ski

      it will 'support' (aka 'work on') the +42 network, but it will only be a +21 device locked or unlocked. every T-mobile android phone technically 'supports' the HSPA+42 network - even the G1.

      • lettcco

        This is the first time I heard of that. Do you have any source on this please?

        • live2ski

          unless it's a typo on the play store, look at the press release. no where does it say that it will have the +42 radio. everyone is assuming it's the +42 radio since it says it can 'access the HSPA+42 network'. every 4G phone can access the +42 network regardless of what speed radio it has (7.2, 14.4, 21, 42 etc).

          and why would google make a special +42 radio only for TMO and not include it in their normal phone?

      • marvin nubwaxer

        WRONG. it runs HSPA+42. original specs were incorrect on google play site. it's also why LTE is BS.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      From what I can tell, it's the same hardware version but a software tweak allows the T-Mobile version to utilize HSPA+42. So a quick tweak to the Play Store version should enable HSPA+42 (or just a flash of the T-Mobile's firmware). Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

      • leoingle

        exactly what i was thinking. it wont take long before the unlocked will be able to run 42 on TMO's network.

      • marvin nubwaxer

        you're all wrong--unlocked from google play is 42 out of the box. check again

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It used to say 21, then Google updated the description.

  • Jeremy Ahn

    I hope it comes to AT&T...

    • lettcco

      you do know that if you buy them from google play and stick your AT&T sim in it will work right?

      • marvin nubwaxer

        yep

    • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

      The unlocked versions of both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 work on AT&T (and T-Mobile). T-Mobile has just decided they are *also* going to offer it subsidized. However, this really isn't a good deal. It will be cheaper to buy the unlocked version of the Nexus 4 for $299/$349 and then get a 2-year contract with T-Mobile on their "value plans." These are bring-your-own-phone plans that offer the same features (minutes, data, etc.) as the traditional plans, but are cheaper since you don't get a subsidized phone.

      Over the course of the 2 year contract, you'll save much more money than the original up-front cost of buying the phone for $299/$349 instead of $199.

      • marvin nubwaxer

        "2-year contract with T-Mobile on their "value plans." wrong again. get prepaid month to month with the unlocked nexus 4. contracts are traps like apple's system is a trap.

  • lettcco

    This is actually bad news for consumers as
    1) you will get some less informed people who think it only works with T-mobile
    2) T-mobile will be able to control the IMEI and ROM to stop tethering, slower rom update, etc.

    I love tmobile, but keep your dirty paws off my nexuses.

    • Freak4Dell

      T-Mobile is pretty good about not interfering with updates too much. Plus, updates will be coming from Google. Verizon may have screwed up the Galaxy Nexus, but I don't think T-Mobile will screw this up.

    • Faust

      You know, T-Mobile is the only carrier that really does not give a damn about ROM modding and rooting. If anything Google probably chose them out of all the others just because how relaxed T-Mobile is compared to how other carriers want to control the device.

      Also, has there been any confirmed info about the 16GB and the price on T-Mobile?

  • yarrellray

    Gotta love this, Where are all the big talking heads who are Verizon customers?? Guess this shows everyone how Google feels about Tmobile and it's relationship. Verizon has gotten to big for it's britches and never plays fair. Verizon made the Galaxy Nexus a industry JOKE. It had poor battery life, disgraceful poor updates, dreadful signal/reception strength, just the worst Nexus experience ever. Google did right not including Verizon on this one Tmobile is the best place for this smartphone and it's wonderful network. Nobody needs a bloated LTE network draining batteries. Tmobile rocking this year.

  • Faust

    MOTHER OF GOF

    THANK YOU!

  • Freak4Dell

    I just noticed the press release says that on Value plans, the N4 will be a down payment of $200 (fair enough), then $20 a month for 20 months. That means T-Mobile is charging $600 for the phone. That's double what Google wants! Please, don't buy this phone from T-Mobile on the Value plan. Buy it from Google, and choose the SIM only option when you sign up for the Value plan.

    • leoingle

      Thats how i was reading it. That really doesnt make any sense to me. where is the value??

      • Freak4Dell

        Yeah, I have no idea why they're doing that. I'm hoping it's just a mistake, rather than them purposely trying to rip customers off. As far as I know, this is the first time they've tried to charge more for a phone than the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    buy it unlocked from google play. get t-mobile $30/month unlimited data prepaid. and whatever you do ignore the whiny bitches complining about it not being LTE.