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Sprint customer's missed out on the Nexus 4 last year, but that won't be the case this time. The carrier will start offering the Nexus 5 on November 8th for $149 on contract (after a mail-in rebate). This applies for customers looking to sign up for a new line or those who are eligible for an upgrade, and anyone who jumps on the offer will get guaranteed unlimited data for life. Customers can pre-order the device on Friday, Nov. 1 by visiting www.sprint.com/nexus5.

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The Nexus 5 will be the first smartphone capable of tapping into Sprint's tri-band 4G LTE network, now known as Sprint Spark. Also keep in mind that at $349, the Nexus 5 is significantly cheaper than most competing handsets. Sprint hasn't revealed what price it will sell the phone for off contract, but if there was ever a device to pay full price for, this is it. One shouldn't let a chance to live contract-free go to waste.

Update: For the record, Sprint customers who purchase the Nexus 5 from Google Play will be able to activate it. You aren't required to purchase it directly from the carrier.

Source: Sprint

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Mike

    do you know if you buy the device from google, can it be activated on sprint?

    • Christopher Ferguson

      you can! it says in the technical specs that the unlocked play version works on t-mobile and sprint

      • Mike

        thank you!

      • xsirxx

        Do you know if this will work on Sprints MVNO's?

      • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

        I don't think so

        it says:
        "Unlocked: Use with any provider that offers service on Nexus 5 supported networks
        Carriers: T-Mobile, Sprint"

        Sounds like the unlocked version works with any gsm carrier and the carrier specific versions work on sprint or tmobile

        • ModXMV

          This not entirely true. The phone will work on AT&T as well. The "carriers" listing is just the companies offering it on a 2 year contract.

          • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

            I understand that - the question is will the regular unlocked version work on Sprint - I have yet too see that officially stated

        • Todd

          Sorry to double post.

          Great little update from theverge.

          http://www.theverge.com/2013/1...

          From the bottom of that page.

          Update: Sprint has priced the 16GB Nexus 5 at a whopping $449.99 off contract. So if it wasn't obvious before, you definitely want to buy this phone from Google Play if you're opposed to contracts. A company spokesperson tells us that customers will have no problem activating devices purchased from Google on its network.

          • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

            ok - If so I stand corrected - great news for everyone

  • John Bailey

    AWWWWW YEEEAAAAAAHHHH I LOVE ITTTTT

  • John Bailey

    Yes you can activate it on Sprint or T-Mobile.... hells to the motherfuckin yeahhhh

  • Abraham

    I need to know if Sprint will sell the 32 GB with contract.
    Im on a tight budget and that 200 dollar discount sounds nice. I dont plan on changing carriers, plus after the contract expires I can simply request for them to unlock it.

    • darkNiGHTS

      $200 discount = $8 discount per month of your contract. Do the math, I'm guessing prepaid would save you a lot more than that.

      • Mboogie

        I believe he's saying that he doesn't have $350 + tax to spend at the moment. While I agree that prepaid is great, it sucks if you can't afford the phone you want.

        • Abraham

          I do have the money both in savings and in credit. But saving for a wedding is hard! I cant just spend all that money straight out when I can work around it.

          I have a Sprint shared plan with employee discount (friends ftw). Prepaid is not really an option. Still, decisions, decisions.

          • darkNiGHTS

            An interesting idea - why not buy an iPhone to resell? It looks like you can get a 5s for $199. Sell the iPhone on eBay/Craigslist for $600. On eBay, you would get $522 after fees. Then use that $522 to buy a Nexus 5 from Google for $350. So total = $199-$522+350 equals about $30 out of pocket. So you'd save $120 towards your wedding just for selling an iPhone.

          • Abraham

            That is a VERY interesting idea darkNiGHTS!
            I like it! Hahaha. I might jump the gun and do what you are suggesting!

            Thanks man!

          • darkNiGHTS

            Haha, no problem, good luck with your wedding!

    • xsirxx

      Plus if you break your phone, you can just get the latest phone on any carrier you want on a new contract... rather than paying outright for another phone. Seems no contract is definitely the way to go on this.

      EDIT: Also I am currently on Sprint so I was thinking of just testing out the Tmobile network locally. This means I can buy the phone now and in a couple months when my contract is up, I can simply hop over to test their network and hop back if I dont like it.

      • Giza

        Planning to do the same. Test T-mo and Sprint at same time. Thanks Google.

    • Barry Ray

      You can also get it on Sprint's One-Up plan, which costs nothing up front and only locks you in for a year, but it raises your monthly bill by $18.75 and you have to give the phone back when you upgrade.

  • xsirxx

    so does that mean there will still be a crazy 550$ ETF?

    EDIT: saying that shouldnt the ETF now be 200$?

  • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

    ...and it will update months after the unlocked version. Google is no Apple.

    • Shiki8

      It's the exact same phone, meaning the subsidized Sprint Nexus 5, will work on any of the three carriers. Also, updates will all come directly from Google.

      • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

        Hope that's the case. But won't the Sprint version need to have fallback CDMA radios (for places without LTE)?

        • Vaughn Goy

          The North American version has CDMA radios along with GSM WCDMA and LTE.

        • Shiki8

          It does, CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10 and no one else on the planet other than Sprint uses BC10 :)

  • Zakarz

    This would be an ok price if it were for the 32gb but according to the press release this price is for the 16gb model.... link- http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-to-launch-nexus-5-by-lg-smartphone-on-nov-8-14999-with-sprint-unlimited-data-guarantee-for-life.htm?view_id=8028

  • Shawn

    Are we able to buy the Play Store version and activate it on Sprint? There seems to be some confusions and debate on this.

  • Todd

    Great little update from theverge.

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5051668/nexus-5-sprint-release-date-november-8-t-mobile-coming-weeks

    From the bottom of that page.

    Update: Sprint has priced the 16GB Nexus 5 at a whopping $449.99 off contract. So if it wasn't obvious before, you definitely want to buy this phone from Google Play if you're opposed to contracts. A company spokesperson tells us that customers will have no problem activating devices purchased from Google on its network.

    • Alec Cunningham

      Does this mean that I could activate it on an exisiting line? I'm on contract with my GS3 for another year, but if I could buy this on the play store then activate it on the line my GS3 is on that would be perfect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Yes, I seriously doubt they'd stop you from switching phones.

        • Alec Cunningham

          Awesome!

  • Barry Ray

    Sprint is asking $150 for a $350 off-contract N5 (or even the $450 they're asking for it off-contract) while asking only $100 for a $550 LG G2? Either they're trying to pocket a few extra bucks before it shows up on the other carriers or they really don't have a lot of faith in index finger buttons.

  • guest

    I contacted both sprint and google an they confirmed the google play store device is compatible with sprint. They'll give you a SIM for LTE upon activation

  • Cherokee4Life

    Does this work on Sprint's MVNOs? like Boost for example?

  • Jacob

    I have called sprint 3 times now. All 3 of those times they said that I would not be able to use a unlocked nexus 5 on the network. Called Google and they said that it will work on sprint. Sprint also told me if I knew someone who could hack it to it work on the network I could use the phone... lol

  • Rob

    While this phone will work on Sprint's new tri-band 4G LTE, it will still require CDMA for voice (correct me if I'm wrong). Plus the tri-band LTE network is just now rolling out, so I wouldn't expect too much performance until that rollout is completed over the next 3 years. So I don't think you can quit Sprint and take this phone to AT&T or T-Mobile unless the phone also carries the GSM radios used by those carriers.

    • Shiki8

      It does carry all of those radios.

  • Sorian

    Site is down

  • Kurt Wurmser

    I have Sprint now on a family plan. Under contract for a few more months. But now I'm wondering...say I keep my Sprint plan but want to try the T-Mobile $30 plan. I buy a N5, activate it on Sprint. Sprint uses CDMA for backup. (Calling the LTE rollout "under way" is being rather kind.) If I buy a T-mobile SIM and put it in, then what have I got? Does the CDMA take precedence or does the GSM SIM? Or do I now have a two-line phone?