08
Nov
sprint

Sprint is getting some significant updates to its smartphone lineup today: two high-end phones from LG and two mid-range phones from Samsung, in a variety of sizes from petite to freakin' huge, man. The Nexus 5 and G2 from LG, as well as the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega (6.3) from Samsung, are all available on the online store now. They should be in most retail stores soon (with a possible exception in the midwest and southeast), though the Nexus 5 will probably be scarce as usual.

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Sprint is offering The Nexus 5 at $149.99 on a two-year contract (after a mail-in rebate for $50, so $200 up front), plus another $100 off if you port an old number in on a new line. That brings the final price down to $49.99 if you qualify for all the discounts, which might actually be worth considering if you're planning on sticking with the carrier for that long. (Dear Santa: this year for Christmas I want all mail-in rebates to die.) If not, you're better off buying it from Google Play: Sprint is listing the 16GB model at $449.99, $100 more expensive than the identical phone when bought from the Google Play Store. White and black models are available.

The LG G2 is being sold for $199.99 on a new contract, plus the same $100 rebate for porting in a number, for a final on-contract price of $99.99. Not bad, but the off-contract price is $549.99, pretty good for a flagship device. This is the 32GB model, available in white and black. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is $150, less a hundred for porting in a number and another fifty via mail-in rebate, which Sprint is calling "$0.00." The off-contract price for the black or white model is $399.99, or as it's known 'round here, "wait for Google Play to ship your Nexus." The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is being offered for $200 with the same $100 number porting rebate for a final on-contract price of $99.99, or $469.99 if you don't want a contract. It's also offered in black or white.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Brian Walker

    Man, that's a hard deal for a Sprint customer to ignore. If you don't plan on switching networks for 2 years, I say go for the $50 Nexus 5. It's not like you'll save on your plan by buying outright, so in that scenario you're just throwing away a bunch of money for some elitist principle. T-Mobile customers should absolutely buy direct from Google because of the savings on their bill, but Sprint peeps have no real reason to do that.

  • Willie D

    Before anyone buys a Nexus 5 on Sprint, it should be made clear that Sprint is having issues with LTE on the device. It will connect for 1 second before flipping over to 3G permanently, regardless what settings you change in the Settings menu or *#*#4636#*#*. The only way to get LTE to work on it is using the *# code then selecting LTE ONLY but that will disable 3G and all voice and text capability completely. So there is a flaw, Sprint knows of it, and is clueless why.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I think Sprint is just having issues with LTE since they deployed LTE

      • yankeesusa

        No. Their lte is fine. Its the nexus 5 and the sim card that is having issues. I have several lines with lte phones and they have all had no issues with LTE. It just sucks when there is no lte. the 3g is more like dialup. That is why I just ordered an xperia z off ebay and will be making the switch to tmobile next week after trying it out.

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      So for the time being, use "3G only" mode and wait for update from Google...

    • blindexecutioner

      I can confirm. Same issue with me and many others. Sprint is ignoring it or not admitting it yet. Every time you call it is the first time they have heard of the issue. It seems very much to have to do with the area you are in as well. Some people don;t get it at all and some get it if they drive like to a different city but don't get it in a strong area they did before. And yet others get it fine all the time.

    • Chris Pease

      The cell phones are incompatible with the towers in some markets. This could take quite some time to fix. The same will be true for any other Sprint Tri Band phone like the LG G2, HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Not all markets have the problem. I would definitely pass on one of these!

    • Jesus

      whats the code to enable lte only on lg g2

  • David

    Are they going to offer the 32GB variant of the Nexus 5?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Doesn't look like it. Couldn't you just get it from the playstore? Same Model no?

      • David

        Yea shouldn't be a problem. I just didn't want to wait the 3 to 4 weeks.

        • Brad

          Plus I'm doing one up, so EVERYTHING has to be done through the store... not even by calling in :-

        • yankeesusa

          the 32gb version is only at 2-3 weeks. My friend ordered that one and he got it in about 4 days. Google and lg are doing a really good job on getting it shipped fast.

      • Abraham

        I dont plan on changing carriers any time soon. So why pay full price when Sprint will subsidize it? Plus, according to Sprint support, it is not carrier locked. It seems to be the phone will be exactly the same as the one Google offers.

    • Abraham

      According to a chat I had with Sprint Worldwide representative, they are going to offer it. But customer support usually get things wrong, so take it with a pinch of salt.

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  • Kevin Welch

    Had Sprint send me an email yesterday saying my new phone was available for pickup. However, when I got to the corporate store they were not able to sell me the device due to some issue with their system and to come back today. Pretty frustrating when the store rep had the device in his hands.

  • navjot

    Is the version from Sprint the same one from Google Play? Depending on what the ETF is, couldn't you get the $50 deal and then terminate the contract and still end up under $450?

    • yankeesusa

      Nope. the current etf is $350. then you pay the $50 for the phone so at $400 you were better off getting it at google play. Also even if you pay the etf they may block your phone at first so you have to go through that hassle. It is not worth it.

  • Noah Stelte

    If you don't want to wait for the mail in rebate, purchase your phone from best buy... if Sprint offers a mail in rebate, they'll give you instant credit for it on the spot... (they then turn aroundand claim the rebate themselves.)
    It's win-win and I've been doing it for years..

  • Chris

    I work for sprint and as far as the nexus 5 issues go, it probably is the first anyone has heard of the LTE problem. You have to understand that the phone just launched yesterday and no one has had time to be aware of the issue. We are not phone die hards that are really in to phones. You have to understand thatwe have a lot of different phones that we offer and each of them have issues and strengths. To be honest though, the Nexus 5 is not that great of a phone. The battery life is horrible, camera sucks, bad call quality, and the LTE problems are probably phone based/manufacturer based. Understand that even though LG makes it, google does not let anyone touch the os or internals until very late stage so you can understand why there are a lot of issues. My suggestion is stop being a noob and so counter culture and buy a big brand phone that works.

    • Guest

      It's not the device. The Sprint cell towers in some markets are incompatible with the phones at this point in time. There is an eCSFB Gap Issue. Could be quite some time until this gets fixed.