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I know, I know. Getting locked into a two-year contract for a Nexus 4 is something that not everyone wants to do, and I don't blame them. But, for those who don't mind two years on T-Mobile, you can get a free Nexus 4 if you order it before Sunday, February 24th. That's a pretty solid deal, because this is one of the best Android phones money can buy. But if you get it for free, money isn't buying it. So it's one of the best Android phones you can get for free. Actually, it's probably the best Android phone you can get for free.

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So, let's recap: free Nexus 4, two-year agreement on T-Mobile, order it before Sunday, February 24th. Got it? Then head to the link below to get it.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • chris31jct

    Are you kidding me? This just happened when I decided to go pre-paid because my contract with TMo expires this 24. UGH! What to do?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

      ...so, buy it off contract still? It'd still be way cheaper in the long run...

    • marcusmaximus04

      Get the N4 for free, cancel the contract and pay the $200 ETF. You now have a 16GB Nexus 4 that you got for $200

    • Demetrius Beasley

      Get it unlocked and switch to the truly unlimited 4G pre paid plan.

    • Bg

      Go to walmart at get tmob prepaid everything for $40 per month

  • Kenny O

    Good Guy Tmobile

  • leo Finn

    Buy it then cancel your contract. Might be cheaper then buying it out right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/miguel.zamoraoceguera Miguel Zamora Oceguera

      Just did the math and it is cheaper and you get it faster :)

  • Demetrius Beasley

    Its 50 bucks out the door, 50 comes in the form of a mail in rebate.

  • michael carrion

    you still gotta pay $50 up front. its free after mail in rebate

  • Detoren

    Nexus best phone ^^ lol its a middleclass phone for a middle class price :)

  • Dalibor Kollár

    There's this thing with free phones on contract. I don't know how it's working in the rest of the world, but where I live the monthly fee for the contract is calculated like this: price of services you have "for free" plus 1/24 of the price of phone (if the contract is on two years). This means that after two years you pay to T-Mobile maybe slightly less money as you would pay for it in shop.

    There's no such thing as free mobile phone on contract. It's just a matter of common sense and first grade math to prove this.

    Providers are not in business for charity people, they're doing this to make piles of money

    • marcusmaximus04

      So buy the phone and then cancel the contract. $0 + $200 ETF is still cheaper for an off-contract 16GB Nexus 4 than you can get anywhere else.

      • challenge_accepted

        Etf is $350

        • marcusmaximus04

          That's Verizon. T-Mobile etf is 200(google T-Mobile etc, first result)

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    Unfortunately, these online deals from T-Mobile aren't what they first appear. If you read the fine print you find out that buying the phone this way requires signing up for a more expensive plan. TMo has two plan types. One is like traditional plans that is one price whether you are paying off a subsidized phone or not. They also have plans which has cost less for the same service, but include no phone in that. If you do choose to add a subsidized phone then they tack on extra money each month until the handset is paid off. At that point it drops back down. With these extra cheap online deals you can only get the permanently higher price plan. It really weights the value against these deals. Though maybe free will be enough for some, you definitely want to look at all the options before going ahead with this deal. From the math I've done, it's best to buy from the Play Store even if you are going to sign a contract with T-Mobile.

    • marcusmaximus04

      ... unless you break contract immediately. T-Mobile's ETF is only $200.

      • missinginput

        Or switch to a value plan with a migration fee that gets lower as time goes on http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3282

        • marcusmaximus04

          From looking at that chart, the "migration fee" seems to just be the same thing as the ETF... though likely still keeping you on contract.

          • missinginput

            It's a little better http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2938 and if your opposed to the contract buy it from google and get prepaid

          • marcusmaximus04

            Ah, you're right, the reductions happen quite a bit faster. So if you're going to switch to the value plan right away, best to break contract completely and pay the ETF($200 either way for that, but breaking contract gets you out of the 2 year commitment). If, for whatever reason, you plan on holding on to it for 7+months first, it may be better to do the migration.

          • Dalibor Kollár

            I would be surprised if giant like T-Mobile would let you go just like that. Canceling contract, keeping 360€ phone for 200$.. In situations like this, the customer is the one who gets tricked usually, not vice versa. The carriers have seen all kinds of stunts and its safe to assume that they're prepared for every single plan that can pop in your mind, plus few more.

      • xnifex

        wouldn't you still have to pay the first month of service? I'd like more info this process because I'm tempted to do it!

        • marcusmaximus04

          You'd have to pay for the first 15 days(the duration of the trial period). You also wouldn't get the MIR, since that requires at least 6-8 weeks of service. Still only comes to ~$280 though

      • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

        By the time the service and taxes get involved you're still spending about $300 and getting quite a bit of hassle. Its still easier to buy from the Play Store then just get a cheap prepaid plan and you save money long term. The only savings your method will have is the mail in rebate, so there is no up front savings. I haven't looked sat the fine print for the rebate, but I bet it requires you to maintain service a set time. So if you can cancel before the time you can redeem it or before the 6-8 weeks it can take to get these things you probably won't get it at all. If that happens there is no savings at all.

  • Bg

    That is going to bee one very expensive free phone

  • Esteban

    Yes TMo rep said it cheaper to get phone from Google Play and then get a contract from TMo. When you get the 'free' phone you pay 20/mo anyway +taxes and fees

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