Activating a Nexus 5 on T-Mobile is far from a difficult process, but if you missed out on the first wave of Nexus 5s on Google Play, T-Mobile will soon be ready to sell one to you themselves. The company is launching the latest Nexus handset on November 14th online, and they will introduce it in-stores a week later.

Rather than paying $349 for the phone on Google Play, T-Mobile customers can buy it for $41.99 down, followed by 24 monthly payments of $17. Altogether, that adds up to a rather high $449 for the 16GB model, but that's the price you pay for getting to walk out with the phone for the equivalent of a tank of gas. If this sounds exciting, T-Mobile's willing to notify you when the phone goes up for sale.


T-Mobile is also now taking pre-orders for the 2013 Nexus 7. The tablet won't ship until November 20th, but you don't have to pay a penny upfront as long as you commit to 24 payments of $16 a month. That adds up to $384, just $35 more than what the Nexus 7 costs on Google Play. Either way, the device will go nicely with T-Mobile's free 200MB of data for tablets plan.


There you have it. Buying a Nexus 7 from T-Mobile kind of makes sense, but picking up a Nexus 5 from the carrier is much less appealing. Unless you're invested in T-Mobile's JUMP plan, you're much better off getting the phone from the Play Store for $100 less.

At the top of most everyone’s holiday wish list this year are cutting-edge consumer electronics, and a shining example – Google Nexus 5 – launches online at www.T-Mobile.com on Nov. 14 and in T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers Nov. 20.

T-Mobile makes it easy and affordable to get the hottest Android smartphone in time for the holidays with an upfront cost of only $41.99 down and 24 equal monthly device payments of $17[1] with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. T-Mobile offers Nexus 5 customers an unprecedented wireless experience by freeing them from annual service contracts, overage worries, ridiculous upgrade restrictions and complicated plans while on a speedy nationwide 4G LTE network. Consumers can sign up for more information on Nexus 5 at https://explore.t-mobile.com/google-nexus-5.

Powered by the latest and most advanced Android™ 4.4 OS, Nexus 5 is built to deliver a pure Android experience with a stunning, lightweight design, powerful 2.26GHz quad-core processor and LTE capabilities to keep people connected and multitasking while on the go. The vibrant 5-inch full HD display and advanced 8MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization deliver crisp and more true-to-life colors for all mobile entertainment, gaming, photo and video activities. For more information, please visit http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/t-mobileusa/google-nexus-5.

In addition, Google’s flagship 7-inch LTE tablet – Google Nexus 7 – is now available for pre-order for $0 down.  

[1] If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. 0% APR O.A.C. for well-qualified buyers.

Nexus 5 on T-Mobile

Nexus 7 on T-Mobile

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. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Josh C

    "exciding" indeed

  • robert

    I was interested in this until i read about its audio quality and camera quality, i read thats it software related and hopefully it gets ironed out, audio quality was crap on the n4 but franco kernel proved that it can be fixed

    • Chris Caldwell

      audio is fine through headphones. Its got one speaker, so if your one of the "people of wallmart" who walk around listining to music on your phone without headphones, then yeah, go for the one. The camera.... are you kidding? forget "the iVerge", the camera is the single best camera on any phone at the moment, and consistently gets reviewed as such.

      • remister

        I have to agree, for the price point, it is a great camera. I also have bluetooth headphones on!

    • NinoBr0wn

      I have the phone, and I don't know what audio quality issues there are. I think I may have read something briefly about some handsets having a problem, but I don't really know. The camera, I've seen *real world* comparison shots vs the GS4, the iPhone5 S, the G2, and the Note 3. The Nexus 5 surprisingly holds it's own. It's definitely not the best of the bunch, but it's easily the best Nexus lens, and it actually has better contrast and low light processing than the iPhone. There is a lot of bias and entitlement on the net, so you have to be just as decisive about following reviews as you are about what to buy in the end.

    • DaveTexan

      Those are not good but somewhat tolerable. (Nexus 4 was worse) However specifically with T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling is mandatory if you want good coverage. I have weak to no signal at home and my Nexus 4 is almost useless except when I go out to areas with better coverage. I got an used LG G2 instead which not only has Wi-Fi calling but also a better camera, a better screen, and a larger battery.

  • remister

    Nexus 5 isn't that bad. I am coming from an HTC One. The radios in the 5 are way better than the One.

    • Scott Ricketts

      Really? I'm on the One now and was looking to jump back on the Nexus train but the Four was such a letdown for me. I've been spoiled by the boomsound speakers and the great low light shots I get on the One. You're happy with the trade in?

      • remister

        I still have all the phones. I am not going to lie, I was spoiled by the front facing speakers for awhile, the zoe features was awesome. I liked the Nexus 4, but it was overshadowed by my One purchase. I am liking the Nexus 5, buttery smooth with the stock launcher (a bit better then HTC one). I usually use bluetooth headphones now and also can use Google+ Auto Awesome features to make "Zoe" videos.

  • redfox

    A shame that the free internet on the 7 requires buying it up front or you have to get a plan if you do the monthly payments. (The extra data gets added on to the plan but still requires one)

  • hurrpancakes

    With tax and shipping, buying the Nexus 7 from Google as opposed to T-Mobile is cheaper that T-Mobile's retail price.

    • Chris Caldwell

      yes, but its a far cry better than $1500 from sprint!

  • Ken

    If I buy from Tmobile, will I have to wait for updates just like I've been waiting for 4.3 on my GS3?

    • Chris Caldwell


    • remister

      Nope, its a GSM Nexus device.

    • NinoBr0wn

      It's T-Mobile, not Verizon.

  • Chris Caldwell

    it was nice of AP to actually print the full price of the phone from Tmobile. It would have been nice if they had mentioned that from Sprint its $1500, not just the $50 up front. AP, you should always print the real story, not buy into the marketing. How bout a price comparison article?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Can you please clarify how the Sprint version works out to $1500?

      • Chris Caldwell

        $50 (or $150 depending) up front.
        Sprint offers two "all you can eat" smartphone plans which have identical features.

        "on contract" = $120 / mo.
        "off contract" = $60 / mo
        If you buy the N5 online and get the unlimited Sprint plan (figuring 24 month service):
        $350 + $1440

        If you get the N5 from Sprint
        $50 + $2880

        They havent discounted the phone, they charge you $50 or $150 up front, then make you use a plan which is $60 MORE per month (but exactly like the off contract version). Its just shifting the cost somewhere else, but its still there. The only difference above is where you buy the phone, so if you buy it from Sprint you pay $1490 for the phone. Said differently, you will pay $1140-1240 MORE total over 2 years if you get the phone+2year deal from Sprint then if you buy the phone online and get the equivalent plan with no contract.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          I see. Well, if that's true, it is, indeed, insane. Either way, I'm on T-Mobile, so it's basically irrelevant to me. But... yeah, that's pretty insane.

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        • Mit10

          That's how all phone purchases work. However it's impossible to know how much out of your monthly contract goes toward the phone purchase usually.

          In T-Mobile's case, they don't tie phone payments into contract payments. You have two payments now--hardware and service. That's why AP could easily tell you the full cost. T-Mobile is transparent and actually tells you the hardware cost.

          • Chris Caldwell

            its not impossible at all. Sprint has two identical, all you can eat type plans for smart phones. One is a 24 month contract @ $120/mo, the other is NO contract, $60/mo. Theres no reason to get the more expensive, under contract version except that its required if you get a phone. Thats the ONLY difference between the two, the phone. So, $60/mo of that is part of the phone price. Its really that clear.

        • Ray Sunghwa Woo

          Tmobile price gets better if you have family members 3 or more. If you are alone and you have the "unlimited everything" you WILL pay more than off contract plans.

          If you have 3 family members with "unlimited everything" it will cost you $150 + phone payment which is around $20 each. So you will pay $210 a month for everything that's $70 each line a month. And if you live in LA, Sprint's LTE coverage is non-existent I got to check the speed in 90039 area there is nothing, no data from Sprint. Tmobile I get 20mbps in the same location.

          So that's when you have 3 or more lines, it's much cheaper.
          $120 for 2 lines $60 each line + Phone payment
          $150 for 3 lines $50 each line + Phone payment
          $180 for 4 lines $45 each line + Phone payment
          $210 for 5 lines $42 each line + Phone payment

          • Ray Sunghwa Woo

            Comparison with Tmobile and Sprint for 4 lines unlimited for 2 years.

            Tmobile = $180*24 + $449*4 = $6116
            Sprint = $60*4*24 + $349*4 = $7156

          • Guest

            Where are you getting $180 for t-mobile? Just pulled it up on their website - it's $120 for four people unlimited everything.

          • Ray Sunghwa Woo

            You need to change individual line to unlimited data which adds $20 each line so that's $180 for unlimited data for 4 lines

            $80 base + 2*$10 for 2 additional + 4*$20 = $180

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  • Dan Carter

    Huh. 449 isn't that bad. For me, a N5 16gb from Google costs $400 with tax and shipping. If I buy this online from T-Mo, I believe there is no tax and shipping is free. So you're really only paying 50 bucks more for the benefit of not having to wait a month.

    • Outrager

      When I asked about that they told me there is tax and you pay it up front with the down payment.

      • psychoace

        and you have to pay for shipping.

        • Dan Carter

          Well that stinks. Oh well.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Does it have WiFi calling?

    • live2ski


    • Scott Ricketts

      No. A CSR had a chat with someone last week saying it would, but now from the official G+ account the answer is no. There is no joy in Mudville.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Can anyone with one in hand confirm ?

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Nevermind the tmobile sold one isnt in anyones hands must wait....if it doesnt then ill get g2

  • Phil Shobo

    paying $449 for the N5 over 2 years is bondage. I'd rather look for a steal on eBay or buy it outright from Google

  • psychoace

    Tmonews is confirming that this is the 16gb model only and T-Mobile wont carry the 32gb version at launch

  • Josh Haug

    Preordering the Nexus 7 wont go threw unless you select a data plan of at least $20 a month.

    • Josh Haug

      Total Cost Monthly
      $36 x 24 /mo.
      $20 /mo. after that

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Any information yet on the trade-in deals they're offering toward the Nexus 7? I have a 32GB 2013 that I might consider trading in for the LTE version of the same if the deal is good enough. Just waiting to find out what the deal IS.

    • remister

      I guess that would be great to know also. Data plans for tablets aren't that bad either.

    • Gabernasher

      I'd recommend Ebay or Swappa, I guarantee you T-Mobile will pay less.

  • Seth Forbus

    Will t-mobile have the 32GB version? Anyone know?