T-Mobile Announces Holiday Smartphone Lineup, “Premier Nexus 4 Partner”

Update: An early post stated that the Nexus 4 would be available via Google’s Play Store beginning today, that was incorrect. The correct dates follow below. 

Wow, what a day to be a T-Mobile customer as they unveil their official holiday lineup which includes two awesome surprises: T-Mobile’s the “premier partner with Google for the Nexus 4 as well an HSPA+ compatible version of the Nexus 7.”

We’re already pretty familiar with the Nokia Lumia 810, Windows Phone 8X, LG Optimus L9, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″ and Galaxy S III.

What’s new? T-Mobile is billed as the “premier launch partner” for the Nexus 4, which will be available from Google’s Play Store beginning today, October 29th and in select T-Mobile stores and online beginning November 14th.

  • Available via Google Play on 11/13 and in select T-Mobile retail stores and online starting 11/14
  • Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans
  • Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is also making its official T-Mobile introduction with HSPA+ compatibility beginning November 5th. No word on pricing.

As for Windows Phone 8 launches:

Nokia Lumia 810

  • Expected to be available on 11/14
  • Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans.
  • Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Windows Phone 8X by HTC:

  • Expected to be available on 11/14
  • Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans
  • Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans


  • The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory is currently available in T-Mobile retail stores and at www.T-Mobile.com for $99.99.
  • The MOGA™ Mobile Gaming System will be available at www.T-Mobile.com on 10/31 for $49.99 and will be in select T-Mobile retail stores on 11/14.


Press Release:

Smartphone Powerhouses, Exclusive Gaming Experiences and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data – All for T-Mobile Customers This Holiday

 T-Mobile brings amazing 4G experiences to consumers this holiday with Windows Phone 8, Android smartphones and exclusive gaming services

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Oct. 29, 2012 — Continuing to deliver on choice, value and amazing 4G experiences this holiday, T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled its full lineup of smartphones, tablets and innovative services for the upcoming season. Featuring the latest cutting-edge products and services, T-Mobile’s portfolio offers the newest Windows Phone 8 devices, including the Nokia Lumia 810 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC; the Google Nexus 4 with T-Mobile as a premier launch partner; and the Samsung Galaxy Note II featuring premium gaming experiences from world-class partners such as EA and MOGA™. Combined with T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, T-Mobile’s portfolio is providing its customers with the devices, innovative services and 4G experiences they desire this holiday.

“At T-Mobile, we recognize that consumers want to choose the device that best fits their lifestyle. Whether they are new to the smartphone market, love entertainment and movies, or enjoy playing games on their device, T-Mobile’s product lineup provides the latest, cutting-edge products to choose from,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “When you combine these products with our innovative applications, exclusive gaming partnerships and a truly Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, our customers have the best choice and value in the industry for their wireless service.”

Windows Phone 8

T-Mobile will have two Windows Phone 8 devices – the Nokia Lumia 810 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

The Nokia Lumia 810 is an exclusive to T-Mobile and offers access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G network (HSPA+42), an enhanced camera with Carl Zeiss optics for crisp photographs, impactful design, integrated wireless charging via swappable back covers, navigation features and high-performance – all in a simple silhouette.

With the Lumia 810, users can capture, share and relive life’s moments with new camera features such as Cinemagraph, a lens that creates animated GIFs, as well as panorama settings and Group Shoot, which allows the customer to choose the best faces and smiles from a burst of photos and stitch them together to produce the perfect group shot.

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is a premium Windows Phone 8 device that packs a punch with a beautiful 4.3-inch HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen, a powerful dual-core processor and fast speeds running on T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 network. Customers will enjoy the feel of the pure unibody design in California Blue, access to Windows Phone’s Live Tiles, immersive studio-quality sound with Beats Audio and incredible camera capabilities of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

Both devices are powered by the new Windows Phone 8 operating system, making it easy for users to personalize their device and experiences and always stay connected to friends and family. Taking advantage of the only truly Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, on a nationwide 4G network, T-Mobile customers will see a superior value with T-Mobile’s lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices.

Latest Android Devices

T-Mobile will continue its history of providing customers with the best Android devices available, including two of the newest options: the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.

The Nexus 4 is the latest device in the Google Nexus lineup, and T-Mobile will be the premier U.S. launch partner. With cutting-edge hardware designed collaboratively by LG and Google, favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of a customer’s hand. And, with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+42) network, T-Mobile is again giving its customers the best choice of devices. Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images to capture every detail of the world. The all-new camera lets customers quickly view and edit photos with powerful new tools, and share favorite shots in a snap. When combined with T-Mobile’s Value plans or T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, the Nexus 4 gives consumers a top-notch Android experience.

With a stunning 7-inch display, powerful quad-core processor and all-day battery life, Nexus 7 was built to bring the best of Google in a slim, portable device. With a vibrant, 1280×800 high-resolution display, Nexus 7 brings apps, games, books and movies to life in stunning clarity. Over 1 million pixels in your hand means text is sharper, HD movies are more vivid and gameplay is smooth and dynamic. All of this is protected under scratch-resistant Corning™ Gorilla Glass and designed for the whole family to pass around and enjoy. Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor so everything is faster: Pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze.

T-Mobile also recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Note II, giving customers a powerful all-in-one device with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED® screen and a speedy 1.6 GHz quad-core, Samsung Exynos processor that are perfect for gaming, productivity, entertainment and more.

For the value-conscious shopper, T-Mobile will offer the LG Optimus L9. Featuring a gorgeous 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 display and equipped with a long-lasting 2150 mAh battery, users can listen to music, explore the Internet or chat with friends and family for hours with just one charge.

Further, T-Mobile will continue to offer the Samsung Galaxy S® III and Samsung Galaxy S® Relay 4G, rounding out a complete portfolio of powerful Android smartphones.

Innovative Gaming Experiences

Only T-Mobile provides its customers with access to the most innovative and compelling gaming experiences made possible with the exclusive content, devices and accessories gamers want paired with T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. T-Mobile customers now can realize truly unlimited 4G gaming experiences — without having to worry about surprise bills or overage fees.

T-Mobile will be the first U.S. carrier to preload EA’s Need For Speed™ Most Wanted game on the Galaxy Note II, including four free events. In addition, this T-Mobile exclusive version of the Need for Speed™ Most Wanted game on the Galaxy Note II will be optimized to interact with a MOGA mobile gaming system, bringing an immersive, console-quality gaming experience to the palms of T-Mobile customers’ hands.

Further, T-Mobile will offer a new social gaming destination which will directly connect customers to Zynga games right from their device’s homescreen. The Zynga games destination will feature With Friends games, is preloaded on the Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus L9, and will be accessible via the Bonus Apps widget on several other Android devices this month.

The Best Entertainment Value

T-Mobile is bringing innovative entertainment applications and services to its holiday devices. The Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II enable T-Mobile customers to bring their entertainment to the big screen by wirelessly sharing content, such as games, movies and TV shows on their smartphone, to any HDMI-capable TV via the AllShare Cast feature and AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory.

Additionally, only at T-Mobile, new and existing owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III will receive “Marvel’s The Avengers” – the number 1 movie of the year and 3rd biggest release of all time – as a virtual preload, available for download in the Samsung Media Hub. Taking advantage of T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, customers can download unlimited video content, such as “Marvel’s The Avengers,” on our nationwide 4G network without having to worry about data caps, speed limits or overages.

T-Mobile is also excited to partner with Samsung to deliver the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, a high-powered, premium entertainment device. Running Android 4.0 and powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with access to T-Mobile’s fast 4G (HSPA+ 42) network, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the ideal device for customers who want to stay connected and entertained wherever and whenever.

Pricing and Availability

Information about devices and services can be found at the embedded links below orwww.T-Mobile.com. Full pricing and availability information is expected as follows:

·         Windows Phone 8

o   Nokia Lumia 810:

§  Expected to be available on 11/14

§  Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans.

§  Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o   Windows Phone 8X by HTC:

§  Expected to be available on 11/14

§  Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§  Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

·         Android

o   Google Nexus 4:

§  Available via Google Play on 10/29 and in select T-Mobile retail stores and online starting 11/14

§  Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§  Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o   Google Nexus 7:

§  Available with T-Mobile service via Google Play starting 11/5

o   Samsung Galaxy Note II:

§  Currently available online and in retail stores

§  Value Plan: $249.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§  Classic Plan: $369.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o   LG Optimus L9:

§  Expected to be available online and in retail stores starting 10/31

§  Value Plan: $49.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§  Classic Plan: $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

o   Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:

§  Expected to be available starting 11/14 online and in retail stores

§  Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a  two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

§  Classic Plan: $349.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two year service agreement on qualifying mobile broadband data plans

o   Samsung Galaxy S III:

§  Currently available online and in retail stores. For more information, visit: http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-s3

 ·         Accessories

o   The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory is currently available in T-Mobile retail stores and at www.T-Mobile.com for $99.99.

o   The MOGA Mobile Gaming System will be available at www.T-Mobile.com on 10/31 for $49.99 and will be in select T-Mobile retail stores on 11/14.

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  • Guest

    But…it’s an LG :-(

    • ratnok

      Which means it has incredible build quality- much better than Samsung, Motorola, and equal to HTC. The only issue with LG has been software. Google is handling the software on the Nexus. Best of BOTH worlds.

      • DuvallMariano


      • Samsung> LG any way shape or form.

    • DuvallMariano

      All the problems you had with the G2x will bot be present.

      1. G2x was one of the first if not the first dual core phone. Of course it was going to have a lot of bugs and battery issues.
      2. Its a nexus so of course we are going to have updates that makes the phone that much better.

  • Deon Davis

    Nice! No wonder T-mo pass up on the LG G phone

  • ratnok

    I’m buying my Nexus 4 on-line. I have a feeling T-Mobile is going to screw up the updates just like Verizon and Sprint did for the Galaxy Nexus.

    • HalfwayCrook

      meh, i dont think so. And I’m hoping the tmo version will have lte

    • Its the same phone no matter where you purchase it from

      • 21stNow

        What are you seeing that I’m not seeing? The phone is $350 in the Play Store and $600 on the Value plan.

  • youngt82

    Wow! Go head f@$king T-Mobile! Nexus 4 here I come :D

  • Jason

    Great news

  • peter

    Guess google learned from their Verizon experience.

    Welcome back.

  • Deadeye37

    Eh? $199 down and $20/mo for 20 months? That’s $600 out of pocket for that phone. Or you can buy it through Google play for $299.

    As for the classic pricing, it should be $99 or cheaper since its so much cheaper through google play.

    I’m excited that T-mo is the premier partner for the Nexus 4. This would be my first choice of phone if I didn’t care about that microSD slot.

    • JB

      That is a little pricey for Value (seems like it would’ve been 100 down and 10 for 20 months)… but it’s a reversal of what they have been doing. The upfront price on both plans are the same… For me I’d rather spend the extra 100 bucks and get it from Google directly. But it’s good for those people who thinks they’re getting a deal at that 199 price point.

      • Pampher

        Ppl the value plan is cheaper per month by at least $20 if not more. Put the downpayment in, then pay $20 on your bill for 20 months or pay it off sooner. You will save money every month after the phone is paid off.

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m just going to pretend I didn’t read this. O_o

        • 21stNow

          Run this by me again, and this time explain how $600 is cheaper than $350.

        • Zach Mauch

          I think you are missing the point. People are suggesting you just buy the phone through google (299-399) and get the value plan for it. That is much cheaper than getting the nexus 4 through the value plan offer which would cost 599 overall. Same rate plan, different price for the phone.

        • thepanttherlady

          Party pooper! LOL

    • whiteiphoneproblems

      Yeah that Value Plan pricing is obviously an error (or something)…

  • ccnet005

    Yes Nexus, No LG.

  • BahamasGeek242

    Finally T-moible the premium device list has gone UP way up Finally! On another note I dont think it makes any sense to get the New Nexus phone on contract what would be the point its $299 and $350 no contract

  • Chad

    So tell me again why I would choose to spend $599 with the value plan when I can buy it for $349 on the same plan? T-Mobile better correct that pricing cause that’s crazy!

    • Yeah, that’s really stupid. I wonder can we buy it outright on Google Play for $299.99-$350, then have it coupled w/ our insurance since they’ll be selling it on T-Mobile anyway. I think that would work.

      • Jason Crumbley

        I bought my GS2 off of Ebay last year and my insurance through T-Mobile still covered it. You have to change the device you have in your profile on T-Mobile’s website and it will work.

        • I figured, thanks.

        • thepanttherlady

          You don’t have to manually do this. The device will register within 24-72 hours I believe. I always make a couple calls and send a few texts when I get a new device so it registers. If I have a problem before it registers, they’re able to trace those calls/texts to the actual device used, not the one that shows in the system.

        • well you have to manually update it yourself if you’re using a custom rom with no CarrierIQ

      • thepanttherlady

        The insurance is on the line, not the device so if you have insurance through T-Mobile already, it will be covered.

        • Maybe you don’t understand what I’m saying. I understand what you’re saying, I know it’s on the line. I had a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I did not purchase insurance for it because I spoke to Google & they said if I have it through my carrier, they’ll cover the insurance stuff. So out of nowhere i end up getting into a car accident & someone stole my Samsung Galaxy Nexus within that whole thing. So I was like whatever, I have insurance. Called T-Mobile, went through the process, sent over the proof of me purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Originally I was supposed to be offered a Samsung Galaxy S II, but what they end up offering me was a MyTouch 4G, for $110. I was like NO! My phone is too high end for them to dare, slap me in the face w/ that. I refused it, they uped the offer to a MyTouch Slide 4G, which was better, but still not comparable. So, I end up having to just purchase a HTC One S on contract extension, because I couldn’t really afford anything off contract comparable, & I wasn’t paying T-Mobile for a downgrade. This is why I ask. Because it may be covered on the line, but it doesn’t mean it’ll be fully covered of the device, that was my question.

        • thepanttherlady

          How could anyone have understood that what you “meant” in your original post was what you posted above? Sorry, I failed mind reading 101. ;)

          Nowhere does T-Mobile’s insurance (not that I have read anyway) state that it covers the full cost of a device. If you choose to “bring your own device” to their network then I suppose it’s a gamble you would take on what they consider a fair replacement. Key words: they consider. Not what you or I consider is a fair replacement.

          I would “assume” Asurion would replace the new Nexus with the same device since T-Mobile is carrying it but if you want to be sure check with them directly.

        • Never said you had to, but you responded to the post when I had already got an answer & responded to the person, clarifying I got the answer I needed (“I figured, thanks”). So, with that said, I posted what exactly i meant since no one else got what I had already concluded from the original person’s response, that was all. & I’m really not here to for you to go over Asurion insurance. Already spoke to Google, T-Mobile & Asurion about that. So thanks, but no thanks.

        • I knew what he meant, but I warn you I can read minds and I was actually wondering the same thing.

        • thepanttherlady

          I’ll remember to wear my foil hat when going through these posts. :-P

    • 42mbps versus 21mbps & I am sure their option will have wifi calling on it

    • Metal Maniac

      Read my comment, Metal Maniac.

  • GwapoAko

    If you buy Nexus 4 from Google playit will only be $299 8GB and $349 16GB!!!
    I’ll wait for a few weeks and see if there will be a lot of issues with early users.

  • Tim Moore

    So will this be pure Nexus unlike what Verizon did? I don’t want any bloatware. And is it the 16gb one that is $200 or the 8gb?

    • HalfwayCrook


      • Tim Moore

        Well that’s an ok deal then, again if it’s pure Android. If it was the 8gb I was thinking that’s not a real good deal when you can go unlocked for $300.

        • HalfwayCrook

          Agreed. I wouldnt get it if it was 8gb, but I think this is my next phone!

    • live2ski

      wifi calling would be nice – but not if it prevents updates

    • T-Mo was first to do Android do you think they would pull a Verizon?

  • Guest

    I don’t understand the pricing on value for the Nexus 4. Why would anyone buy it from store if it’s going to cost $599.99 instead of just buying it from the Play Store? Hopefully that’s a typo for the press release

    • Pampam

      Your rate plan is higher if u purchase the play store

      • 30014

        Wow, just wow.

        • thepanttherlady

          I snickered. :)

      • what? you’re saying that the prepaid plans are higher than the value plan ? i am missing something ?

      • Zach Mauch

        wow, not true at all. I’m bought a galaxy nexus and started new service on the value plan several months ago. With Tmobile you can use any phone with any plan. That’s part of the point. You just pull out your sim card and stick it in the new phone. Now you might not be able to keep a plan and buy a new phone through that plan. That’s something different entirely though.

  • f_prefect

    Why would one buy the Nexus 4 on the Tmobile value plan when you can save $250 to $300 by getting directly at Google Play?! (The press release doesn’t say if it is the 8GB or 16GB version.)

    I don’t know that I would trust LG with this phone, plus no SD card and removable battery are two other cons. Bummer that the Galaxy Nexys is no longer for sale, was hoping it would go down to $300 with the launch of the Nexus4. Oh well, I can wait.

  • GwapoAko

    It would be better if Google Play will still sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $249.99 :0)

    • HalfwayCrook

      one can dream

      • GwapoAko

        It will be a dream come true :0)

  • JB

    What?? T-Mobile stepping it up! That’s what I like to see!!!

    • Stomping more so with this, Nexus and Note 2 sold at the 1st Android carrier!

  • mikkej2k

    Can you use Nexus 4 as a WiFi hot spot on an unlimited plan without jacked-up charges?

    • Bruce Banner

      I tether my galaxy nexus to my nexus 7 almost everyday. The only time i got the screen to purchase a tethering plan was when i tried to tether my laptop.

      • mikkej2k

        Thank you. Anyone else with experience tethering with a pure Nexus device on the NEW unlimited plans?

        • I don’t have a Nexus anymore currently however I do have a Sensation 4G and the new unlimited data, t-mo doesn’t bother me.

        • mikkej2k

          Thank you. Do you tether with your laptop without any problems ?

        • Without problems? No, I’m not entirely sure if its T-mo or the phone but every now and then my wifi manager on the laptop will tell me there is no internet access even though on the phone itself shows me connected to 4g but all you do then is just reset the connection by turning it on and off and back on fr the hotspot

  • kev2684

    Value pricing should be $50 out of the pocket and $15/20 months. $199 and $20/20 are you kidding me?

  • Chris

    Super happy t-mobile got this. Got the Note 2 and don’t think the nexus 4 even compares to it, but this will be great for t-mobile!

    • You have no idea how backwards this phone is in comparison to Note 2 regardless.. Im a still get the nexus 4 as well because I am a firm supporter of pure google products, I will still have that Note 2 though.

  • FILA

    damn, this holiday is a good year to be on T-Mobile, not only for the Nexus’s!! but for the Moga game controller, the note, the tablets, jeesh!

  • skizzoid

    Looking through the press release, it seems like the T-Mobile version will be HSPA+ 42, as opposed to the regular version which is HSPA+ 21. At least, I’m hoping that’s the case, because then I can (sorta) justify extending my contract for the T-Mobile version.

    • You would pay $200 more for the chance to possibly run 21mbps faster? I hope you wouldn’t unless you know for sure that your area even has 42mbps….

      • skizzoid

        Goodness, no. I have a grandfathered Classic plan that’s about to expire, so I might renew it with the Nexus 4 at $200 (if I don’t switch over to prepaid). And there’s 42Mbps support in my area, so no worries there.

        • Or save an extra $150 and pay $350 for the 16gb version or 8gb for $300 and don’t renew your contract because if you are grandfathered, most likely you have a much better plan than the current one and that way you don’t get screwed out of a good plan, but if you were planning on moving to a current plan anyways then it doesn’t make much difference unless you get a value plan.

        • skizzoid

          The last time I renewed I was able to keep my old plan intact, so I’m planning to do the same again. But if they force one of the new plans on me, I’m buying it outright from Google.

  • sp

    i will wait till the nexus 4 is avaliable for free via tmobile since i have upgrade available. For now i will enjoy my galaxy nexus.

  • achusaysblessyou

    Good idea but poor execution… seriously…

  • itshigherspec

    The T-Mobile version will be HSPA+42. The Play Store version will only be HSPA+21

    • 30014

      My galaxy nexus is hspa+21 and i always get between 6 and 8 down. That’s usually fast enough to get the job done for me.

  • I would NOT buy this phone through T-MO when you get it direct from Google for the prices below.

    8GB model = $299.00
    16GB model = $349.00

    Source: play . google . com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_4_16gb

    • Apparently the T-mo version has 42mbps where as Googles has 21mbps which is sufficient enough and not worth choosing the other over

  • TMoFan

    I was hoping for something like this and it actually happened. Great to see Google partnering up with Tmo on this. I almost went for the GSIII but I’m not enthralled with the build quality. If the reviews on the build quality are positive I’m going for the Nexus.

    This news makes dealing with Sandy a little better.

  • GS3

    darn I just bought a GS3!

  • T

    According to the T-mobile press release their version has 42MBps support “…And, with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+42) network…”

  • justme

    Guys, the pricing on nexus is simple: google sells it at no profit wanting you to use their services. Tmobile sells it for a profit(albeit a higher profit than seems reasonable). Wanna stick it tohe man? Buy it from play store and get a value plan.

    • Don’t get a value plan unless you plan to always pay more than $400 for a good device.

      • Zach Mauch

        Why? It’s going to be the lowest per month cost for most people anyway (if you use more than 100-300 minutes). Phone price has nothing to do with it. It’s the best value either way.

        • Not if you have a family. With subsidy you can get Free devices, or in general cheaper devices than what t-mo offers but if you buy brand new phones from t-mobile with the EIP for a 3 line plan on Value, you are tackling on paying 3 full phone prices monthly of 20×3 which if you compare from Classic to Value in this regard in the course of the 2 years you will pay at least $40 extra each month

      • thepanttherlady

        That is only if you want T-Mobile to finance your phone purchase. If you want to control the price you spend on a phone, purchase it elsewhere then use it on this plan.

        • Precisely but I don’t like buying used from sketchy people/businesses though.

        • maa89

          Google Play is not a sketchy business.

        • Well besides that lol

  • FlyerR

    Charging $600 for a $350 phone — that’s a value plan for you.

    Only one thing to say — Tmobile — go scr@w yourself. This is how you lose customers. This is by far the most anti customer action I have ever seen.

    Never trust t-mobile again. Never. Bye t-mo. My contract expired last month .. .guess I won’t be renewing it.

    • thepanttherlady

      So which phone are you getting?

      Sorry, had to ask. :)

  • portaltonowhere

    so if i have a classic plan, its only $199.99 right?

  • Leonardo Dimagio

    199.99 on a value plan + 74.99 for Unlimited talk/text+5GB of data + 20 dollars a month for device payments.


    299.99, no contract, $70 dollars for an equivalent prepaid plan.


    • maa89

      Or, $299.99, no contract, $30 for a prepaid plan with the same benefits, except minutes capped at 100 (who needs more anyway?).

  • Noel

    I guess Tmo as premier partner to the N4 makes up for not having the One X+. Hope HTC will do a more compact variant of the JB Butterfly type device for Tmo. Hopefully they will put that sucker in a former factor similar to the Sensation XL or One X+.

  • WOW you better off buying this thing off contract. Is “42mbp” versus the pentaband 21mbps worth the extra cash no..if u gon spend 199.99 plus 400 over 2 years might as well get a note II or if u want “pure” google then I’d just pay outright for the device no contract

  • bleeew

    Congrats T-Mobile! Kick the comp!

  • Metal Maniac

    Hopefully the information in this comment will help many of you who question the pricing of this device. First of all…it’s a great thing that Google is making this phone available outside of the typical carrier format. However, there is a logical explanation for both T mobile and what Google is doing. All of you choice lovers who despise even the idea of being on contract and willing to pay a flat fee…Google is calling your name!!

    What you guy’s are forgetting is cell phones are purchased by all types of people in various family and financial settings. I have the Value Plan, and I WANT ANYONE WHO JUST CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT HAVING THE VALUE PLAN IS OR MEANS, FOLLOW ME CLOSELY HERE. First and foremost when you choose the value plan three elements are VERY CLEAR!! You have chosen to save a considerable amount on you monthly rate, you are going to remain or return to a 24 month contract depending on what plan you had before, AND YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND YOU WILL THE FULL RETAIL VALUE OF THE DEVICE IN QUESTION. To my knowledge the value plan is based on a good or fair credit rating essentially because you will be issued a credit line to buy phones with. That line is usually about 3 to 400$ for each line of service. So a family plan with 3 cell phones will have at least 1200$ initially for phone purchases.

    The value plan essentially is comprised of post paid customers…Customers who have had a long history with t mobile, but mainly people who PAY THERE BILL AND DON’T CARE ABOUT BEING ON CONTRACT TO SAVE MONEY. I believe most if not all Value plan customers are what t mobile calls post paid customers. THIS IS WHERE MANY OF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT IN BUSINESS THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING PUT IN PLACE TO HELP BUILD AND RETAIN A STRONG CUSTOMER BASE. I don’t work for T mobile but I get some of what I’m spending my money on and why.

    So how do you understand Google play store VS T mobile purchase options. Easy Google is saying all of you tech geeks who love our products and dont want the middle man experience, send me your cash and you figure out or research possible future device support….how you’re going to run your device…will it be on your present carrier or will you go the prepaid route?? I’m be a little sarcastic because choosing to go with the cash option has it’s perks and it’s future problems hiding around the corner.

    Now enter’s T mobile multiple device support options, guaranteed 42.2 mbps connectivity where available….the ability to walk in a retail store and trouble shoot or return the phone if you decide. Here’s the BEST part, SOME OF US WITH KID’S AND FAMILIES NEED AND APPRECIATE WHAT THE VALUE PLAN OFFERS!!

    You can beat yourself up and say that $ spending 350 at the play store is your best option….FINE!!! With the Value Plan or the Classic plan THE WALK OUT THE DOOR PRICE WILL STILL BE LESS THAN THE 299 8GIG OR THE 350 16GIG…

    This is how the value plan works for those in the dark, I live in Dallas Texas the sales tax here is 8.25%. This phone is 599.99, you will pay tax on the full retail amount.
    So…$599.99+tax is $649.49

    Now you will subtract the financed portion of $400.00,(paid out over 20 bills at $20 per month. Now you’re walking out of t mobile with your new Nexus for$249.49!!!

    SO, IN THEORY THAT’S OVER $100 DIFFERENCE considering the tax on Googles 349 with tax. My main point here is, SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE OTHER USES FOR THAT ADDITIONAL $100 DOLLARS AND THESE COMPANIES KNOW THAT. In addition to many T mobile customers still appreciate the relationship that the direct carrier can offer them. AGAIN….NO MATTER WHAT ROUTE YOU TAKE ON VALUE PLAN YOU STILL GET THE PHONE CHEAPER AND FOR ME THAT MEANS MORE THAN HAVING TO PAY OUT $400 OVER 20 MONTHS OR GIVING GOOGLE NEARLY $400 UPFRONT.

    I sure hope this helped someone in there buying decisions for this great new phone!


    “T-Mobile is again giving its customers the best choice of devices.” REALLY? The audacity of these people. Galaxy S3 and this LG nexus phone and theyre giving us the best choices? They have no shame.

  • Jorge Suero

    can some one help me understand how this whole “Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans” works cause it got me confused as hell

  • Mark

    So, is the HTC One S discontinued already?

  • Nice

    So the one time (in recent history) the other carriers let TMO be the “premiere partner” of a Nexus device – and it’s on LG hardware. No thanks at all. I will ride out this GS3 till an actual upgrade comes along.

  • hi

    htc one s in black?