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Not much to say on this one - T-Mobile just lowered the price of the 16GB Nexus 4 to $50 as an online-only deal for new subscribers (same old price for upgrades, unfortunately - $199), after a $50 mail-in rebate. That's $100 to buy it today.

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This is by far the best deal we've seen on the Nexus 4 to date, beating out the $76 promo price from Let's Talk (which required a more expensive monthly plan, and contains a separate ETF), after the rebate. Head over to T-Mobile to take advantage of this deal right now - the offer ends at midnight on February 18th.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    T-Mo customers - could one of you tell me what the price is for upgrades? T-Mobile requires you to log in to see it.

    • Andrew

      $199.99 with a 2 year contract extension. (after $50 mail-in rebate)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Thanks.

  • Scott

    I really wish I lived in a T-Mobile area. I could save so much money per month.

  • Ashish Raj

    With HTC's M7 being released/announced on 2/19; this offer expiry date is no-brainer.

    Anyways, I had sent this tip last night to AP but thought I will let it know here too: T-mobile is currently ready to pay off your ETF if you port over from another carrier. The only catch is that it is applicable only for family lines (i.e. more than 1 line has to be ported).

    • Ramacher

      Do you have more info on this? I have a 5 line family plan, been out of contract for a couple months now because I'm switching to t-mobile soon (Next month actually), but you just gave me an idea....

      If I upgrade my devices, and re-up the contract to 2 years, and then walk over to a t-mobile store, they'll pay the 2 year contract etf for 5 lines?!

      • Ashish Raj

        he he he.. Well, I would ask you to speak to the your nearest T-mobile store. I'm not sure if there is a limit on how much of ETF would they pay!!

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    WRONG. This is not a deal. It is cheaper to buy it DIRECTLY from Google and switch to a Value Plan. Why do you people continue to shill these stupid "deals"?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I'm sorry, T-Mobile lowering the price on a phone that was previously more expensive isn't a deal? I understand what you're saying, but some people prefer to buy on contract. It may not be financially wise in the long run, but far it be from you or I to tell people how to spend their money.

      • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

        A value plan is still a contract bro. Look at the numbers I posted then we'll talk. If people are worried about the high upfront price, you can get financing on any device. This is just dumb. Lets not forget, T-mobile is getting rid of classic plans with bridge-to-value program. So you will be stuck in an old plan for 2 years, paying nearly $300 more.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          OK 'bro.'

        • Wayne Randall

          Nothing like being a douchbag to get your point across.. Remind me to shake your father's hand.

      • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

        I'm personally getting the monthly plan, but my buddy is getting it on contract because he's on a family plan. So, in some cases it actually is better for people to get it on contract because they save money with family plans.

      • Peter

        Isn't that the point of journalism; to INFORM people? Sorry if I don't understand the concept.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Yes, and we've informed them that the price of this popular device is now the lowest it has ever been. It is the choice of those people as to whether or not they want to take advantage of that deal.

      • Bader

        Granted, S. Ali comes across like an abrasive mook, but...

        I'm having a little trouble reconciling the idea that advising people of the fiscal benefits of Value Plans is somehow different from advising people of the fiscal benefits of a T-Mobile sale.

        Sounds to me like both propose ways for people to spend their own money--one of them is simply a better value. Unless T-Mobile is a paying advertiser, it might be worth credibility points (and general goodwill) to clue readers in to these big picture financial values.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          We aren't going to lay out the 24 month cost of a phone on contract versus unlocked every time it goes on sale. I understand the argument being made - we're just pointing out the discount. As always when buying a product, do your research. And no, T-Mobile is not a "paying advertiser."

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            It's as if the TechCrunch commenters are drifting over to AP.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          That's absolutely true. There are certainly a variety of ways for people to save money. However, when we do Deal Alert posts, they're usually about one aspect of buying (in this case, subsidy cost) because cell phone contracts get complicated, and not everyone is in the same position. David mentioned a few points of comparison (with the Lets Talk deal, new vs. upgrade buyers), but given how complicated buying habits can be, we don't rehash the same arguments over and over.

          Someone might be better off buying the N4 on the Play Store and getting a cheaper plan from T-Mobile. Some people may prefer to pay more up front. This is crazy, but there are even people who don't mind paying more over the long run. It's everyone's choice. If we were doing a plan buying guide, we might go over all those options, but we can't do that every time a sale happens. So we leave that to the reader and just provide new information. Here is a better deal on a subsidy if that's a route you want to pursue.

      • FrillArtist

        No, David. It's not a deal. Contract is not a deal. Stop shilling and acting like it's one.

    • kenjab

      One correction--T-Mobile is selling the 16MB version, so you need to compare it to the same phone in the Play Store, which is $349.

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

        16GB.

        • kenjab

          Oops, right. I changed the original.

    • Eric

      Where is the info about the Classic plans being phased out?

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

      Outside of using the pricing for 8GB instead of 16GB and not including the Play Store's shipping, you're right - the Value plan offers a better deal overall. But just like with contracts, some people prefer to pay less and then pay more per month. They can use the money for rent, investments, or whatever else they desire. It's the Amuurrrcan way.

  • jknl

    For the ultimate Nexus 4 experience, add unlimited data on a nationwide 4G network, only from T-Mobile—the only carrier to offer Nexus 4.

    since when does the nexus 4 have 4g ?????

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      4G HSPA+, as T-Mobile calls it.

      • Peter

        I get 20mbps in chicago, so thats way faster than the LTE coming from ATT or verizon in my area.

        • Bob G

          Exactly. People like jknl do not realize that HSPA+ is still considered 4G and in most instances, faster than LTE.

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

            I call it 3.5G.

          • Garrett

            42mbps is still a respectable speed. :)

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

            It is, but latency, reliability, and max speed still lose out to LTE. Having used both, LTE is superior in many ways, so I'd still call HSPA+ 3.5G.

          • Garrett

            Yea, LTE is definitely better. At least this "4G" isn't AT&T's old 14.4mbps "4G". lol

          • Scott

            I still find it hilarious that ATT got apple to change their logo from 3G to 4G just to convince isheep they were on 4G.

    • FrillArtist

      jknl, Verizon doesn't have 4G either so stop acting stupid.

  • Eric

    I wish my verizon contract was up

  • Owewil3225

    im looking to switch over to tmobile from vzw. which phone is better gs3 or nexus4? i have gs3 now and its all around great but i do miss the nexus simplicity ui when i had the galaxy nexus. is the nexus4 plagued with the same poor battery life and bug issues that galaxy nexus had or is it worth the jump?

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

    For those confused:

    - T-Mobile regular plan - more expensive, contract, supports tethering with a high-speed data cap or no tethering and no 4G cap. Allows device subsidies.

    - T-Mobile value plan - less expensive than regular (by $20 on average), contract, supports tethering with a high-speed data cap and also has a plan with no tethering and unlimited data. No device subsidies.

    - T-Mobile Monthly4G - less expensive than regular (also by $20 on average), no contract, no support for tethering, unlimited data.

    • FrillArtist

      What are you on about? I have Monthly4G and I get tethering.

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

        None of the current Monthly4G plans include tethering http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans. If you can tether, it's unofficial, and if T-Mobile detects it (via packet inspection), they may redirect you to a page that says it's a no-no.

        Considering the $70 plan now has unlimited 4G, I understand why they don't have tethering support. Unfortunately, there's no option on Monthly4G to have a 5 or 10 GB data cap like you can have on Value and Classic, with tethering allowed.

  • Jm

    Do you have to make extra 20 dollar payment with this offer? I don't see anything online regarding this. Ty