Nexus 5 price drops through Tmo online store

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I’m aware that I may be a little late with this news, but, with covering the T-Mobile event in a foreign timezone, all the follow up stuff and all that goes along with it, I must have missed it somehow. Regardless, I guess it’s better later than never to inform you that at some point over the past couple of days, T-Mobile dropped the price of its Nexus 5.

When it launched on November 20th it cost $41.99 up front with 24 monthly payments of $17. Total: $450. Now, it’s available for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $16.50, that’s a total of $396. It’s not quite as cheap as the $349 price point on the Google Play Store, but it’s still a saving of $54 on the previous price from Tmo, and if you don’t have the $350 required to pay up front, it’s still a great option. It’s still – in my opinion – the best Android device on the market. But then again, I’ve always been a fan of “Pure Android”.

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  • Teo T

    Its also same price in-store. Picked mine up yesterday afternoon!

    • jRi0T68

      Good to know. I’ve got a co-worker who is envious of my Nexus 5, and is on TMO.

      I highly recommend running SlimKat if you root. Amazing device, with the best ROM.

      • Teo T

        I’ll check it out. As a former Apple employee, I’ve been iPhone since the start, but I’m amazed with this phone thus far!

        • AussieB

          what is amazing? Im planning to get it but it will probably be my last Android. I have nothing but problems with Googles only solution always is to do a factory reset. Meanwhile everyone around me has an iPhone and never bitches and moans.

        • Teo T

          I loved my iPhone, but the screen, speed, battery life, and integration with Google’s services is amazing. I’m not saying it’s perfect (see: camera and speaker), but so far it’s been great.

          Honestly I switched because of my Google Glass and so far, I’m really happy.

        • AussieB

          I see. Well yes I assume if you use Google services, it will be more streamlined. It looks like all of Googles apps are available on iOS but I assume they aren’t seamless and you have to go through extra steps. And Apple probably doesnt let you switch Google services as your default if you want them. I still don’t get battery life because Ive never had an Android phone that could last through the afternoon. Even now, Ill leave my house at 10a and by 3 its dead. And when I go to battery settings, the only thing it shows is the screen, which I have on 10% or lower brightness. The larger screen is something that is hard to give up once you’re used to it although I have no desire for a phablet. Im sure Apple is coming out with a larger iPhone in 2014. Surprisingly, the iPhoners around me don’t care too much. I like Swiftkey too. There are things Android can do that iOS can’t of course, but I Find when I show them to iPhone friends, they say aw or neat but its not like they’re dissatisfied. And its easy for them, no thinking of which phone or OS or Skin you want, you just get an OS update every year and a new device every 2 years

        • AussieB

          Ironically, I just read a Nexus 5 review. IT gave the phone a glowing review but the 2 big cons were camera and battery life.

        • philyew

          I get 4-5 hours of hard use over a 12-14 hour day before the battery dies.

          It was handy to be able to switch batteries in my GS3, which is a problem with the N5’s integrated battery, but re-charge is very rapid and if you can get even 15 minutes on a charger it makes quite a difference.

          I do use wifi most of the time instead of the mobile network to limit power drain.

        • n900mixalot

          4-5 hours? Really?

        • philyew

          Yes, as measured by Settings/Battery/Screen/Time on.

          Do you think I should be getting more?

        • DavidBFarmer

          I read this as that it is lasting 12-14 hours with 4-5 hours of hard use during that day. That is my daughter’s experience.

        • philyew

          That’s it.

        • GinaDee

          Yeah it was the speaker part that killed it for me. Too tinny.

          Also I was using it on my AT&T line but the thing kept losing LTE constantly and my unit would freeze up when people would call where I couldn’t answer it.

          How does yours perform on T-Mobile’s LTE network?

        • Teo T

          I haven’t had any issues of dropped LTE signal as of yet. Of course, if you’re in a low-service area, you’ll have issues, but mine stays on LTE all day.

        • Paul

          I hear iPhone owners complaining to me about their iPhones.
          – battery life (mostly this)
          – phone response
          – durability
          – limitations (compared to some google apps)
          Both have pros and cons, but it’s the user experience that determines what you want. I won’t bash iPhone owners, as it’s a nice device, but I’m never surprised when they “aaww” of jealousy at my android phone.

        • AussieB

          We must have different friends because none of them have had the issues Ive had with Android. Even currently using a Galaxy Nexus. Battery Life? Without wifi, bluetooth, widgets, auto sync, gps, and phone on the lowest brightness, I can’t even get to mid afternoon on the phone with moderate use. Sadly I have no Google store to go to for help. Not sure about durability; I guess it depends on how you take care of a phone. Most people with iPhones have cases and many have used the same device for 3 years. Most people either have used and iPhone or an Android so they don’t know any different. Android makes it tough (good for some) with so many different flavors. But it makes people not know what Android is. I remember first getting the GNex and discovering several features I liked were gone. Maybe Ive just had bad luck but Ive had to exchange every Android in about 6 months and have ongoing issues all the time. On phone with Google this week about problems and they can’t answer any question (And no the phone isn’t rooted and I don’t have tons of strange apps or download from strange sources)

        • Spanky

          I have a Nexus 5 as my personal phone and an iPhone 4S as my work phone. While the iPhone is a solid device, I would never own one as my personal phone. Just a personal preference.

        • Rich inTX

          I have the Nexus 5, after owning the iPhone 4S. My wife currently has the iPhone 5S. We both agree the Nexus 5 is faster and in almost every case, better than the iphone. Plus the iPhone screen is just too small compared to the Nexus 5.

        • I have a friend who had a crappy, cheap Android phone. It really was a bad example of what Android can do since it was stuck on Gingerbread. She decided to go with an iPhone 5s as her new phone. She has had to go in twice to have them fix problems with it. Even with the new iOS 7, it doesn’t have some features she liked better with the Android OS. She told me she will be switching back to Android in a year when she can upgrade again. However, she will be getting a better quality phone with whatever the current version of Android is at that time. The Nexus 5 has some of the best internal specs you can buy right now at a great price. I can’t say you won’t have a better experience on iOS but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side for everybody. If you really have a bad experience with the Nexus 5, then maybe an iPhone will be better for you. There is a 14 day return window if you get either of these phones from T-Mobile and don’t like it.

  • besweeet

    Noticeably more reasonable than the previous $100 more.

  • Chris

    Maybe it was because phonedog media is too busy promoting some new social network??

    • Paul

      There’s AT&T adds as well, so not likely.

      • philyew

        You must have missed how Phonedog’s IM5 ad effectively took down the TmoNews site for 12 hours earlier in the week. Just a little poke at Cam’s boss.

        • Paul

          Yeah, I saw it mentioned. I have adblock and never saw it. Only my work computer shows ads.

    • twicetheprice

      They weren’t promoting it. They were just making sure we would be so pissed off at their ads that there is no way any of us will even set foot near it.

  • Vinco

    Figures, I just ordered my Nexus 5 one week ago on the payment plan at the original $450 price point. One week later, they lower it.

    C’mon T-mobile!

    • steveb944

      You should contact them. You’re within that 14 day return window so hopefully they can just credit your account $50

      • Vinco

        Thanks steveb944, I didn’t think about the 14 day return window. I’m gonna call them now!

        • Paul

          That was my first thought too. I’ll bet they do something to comp you.

        • Mathew Colburn

          Any luck on this?? I just ttried online and they told me I’d have to return the device, pay the restocking fee, and then re buy the device which I think is bullshit. I’m going to try customer care in a bit.

    • AussieB

      I still don’t understand why Google doesnt try to market this phone more. Every single reviewer calls it the best value. I think a lot more people would buy it if they only knew about it. If I wouldn’t have started reading tech blogs, Id have no idea it even existed. Whether people want to go no contract, prepaid, or need a replacement phone…This device gives you the best bang for the buck

      • Youidiotz

        That’s what keeps the price low. Reason why a galaxy s4 and iPhone 5s cost so much is the overhead in advertising. Google has started a movement of low cost phones using low cost or free Internet and word of mouth advertising. Genius. A revolution is brewing.

      • n900mixalot

        Because it isn’t meant to be a major consumer phone. It is a developer/enthusiast phone.

  • steveb944

    That’s pretty great! Now more people can enjoy a great device at a better price.

  • HowsTheHope

    Love mine. Hardware very solid. No hiccups 2 months in.
    *To many variables to declare TMo as ‘best provider’ (depends on where you live and work) but for my suburban Chicago location they kick the s^%t out of V-zon and ATT for speed and reliability at a lower cost.

  • AussieB

    Im planning to get one but heard the camera is still sub par…as is the speaker volume. Does it need a case; Ive never used one before but keep reading people saying its necessary here

    • Teo T

      I bought a case because I’m accident prone (Bright Red case from the Play store), but the soft touch back feels great in the hand.

      The only issue I have with the ‘naked’ phone is the corners can be a little sharp. Speaker volume leaves much to be desired, but the camera isn’t as bad as people have been saying (at least in the two days I’ve had it), especially after the update to 4.4.2. The only issue I can see is shutter lag and a little noise with some photos.

      So far I love the phone,

      • The speaker volume on mine is louder than the one on my Galaxy Nexus was. I’m happy with that because I really don’t have a need for it to be louder. The camera might not be the best on the market but it’s the best we’ve seen on a Nexus phone, and it really can take nice pictures.

  • Paul

    I wonder if this is the first sign of the Nexus 6.

    • FILA

      seriously? Why would google release the 6 right now

      • Paul

        “First sign” doesn’t mean “right now.” They could be trying to get rid of inventory.

        • The Nexus 6 most likely won’t be released until late 2014. I have been buying a new nexus every two years, starting with the Nexus One. I skipped the Nexus S, purchased the Galaxy Nexus, skipped the Nexus 4 and purchased the Nexus 5. So far, that’s been the schedule of each yearly Nexus phone.

  • nd5

    They need to get the 32 gb verson!

  • NYCTheBronx

    Awesome but T-Mobile doesn’t sell the 32GB version. I don’t know why T-Mobile keeps excluding huge storage phones on their lineup. They skipped out on a Samsung Galaxy S3 32GB, Samsung Galaxy S4 32GB, etc. And they take a while to release updates for phones to have the option to move their apps to the SD card. :/

    • TmoFan

      Tmobile did sell a 32GB Galaxy S3. I have one. I believe it was only sold over the 1800 number and online. Not in stores

      • NYCTheBronx

        Ohh I didn’t know that. Was it the 4G LTE version or the HSPA+ version?

        • MastarPete

          The GS3 32gb was only available as HSPA+. The refreshed GS3 with LTE is only available as 16gb. By the time they released the refreshed GS3 with LTE the GS4 was already out so they dropped the 32GB option completely.

        • NYCTheBronx

          Dang. :/ I know T-Mobile has lineups of 32GB phones but they don’t have the removable battery ones that have 32GB.

    • AndroidProfit

      I called tmobile a couple of weeks ago and no 32 gig 5. Maybe I will call tomorrow…

    • microjubei

      The Xperia Z1s will be 32gb

      • NYCTheBronx

        Unless the Z1s has a removable battery and it is under 5 inch, then I’ll use my upgrade. If not then no. Sorry. :/

        • Brandon Dean

          But, the Nexus 5 doesn’t have a removable battery nor is it under 5 inches.

        • Chazz Matthews

          WRONG. Actually, the Nexus 5 IS under 5″: 4.95″ 1080p display. It’s gen 5 Nexus phone.

          Nexus 5 specs:

          4.95” 1920×1080 display (445 ppi)
          Full HD IPS
          Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

          1.3MP front facing
          8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization

          69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
          4.59 ounces (130g)

          2300 mAh
          Talk time up to 17 hours*
          Standby time up to 300 hours†
          Internet use time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE‡
          Wireless Charging built-in

          Built-in speaker
          3.5mm stereo audio connector

          CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800, 2.26GHz processor
          GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz

          Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
          NFC (Android Beam)
          Bluetooth 4.0

          2G/3G/4G LTE

          North America:
          GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
          CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
          WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
          LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

          Rest of World:
          GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
          WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
          LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

          Choose 16GB or 32GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
          2GB RAM
          SlimPort™ enabled
          3.5mm stereo audio jack
          Dual microphones
          Ceramic power and volume buttons

          Proximity/Ambient Light

        • NYCTheBronx

          Exactly. I don’t want to own a phone that has an embedded battery. I want a phone that can last a good five years without the battery deteriorating and me having some service to open up the non removable battery phone to swap in a new battery and no I won’t do it myself because I don’t want to make a mistake etc. It’s just a bit easier to own a phone with removable battery, so when your battery is already weak and almost dead due to the many years and many uses of it, you can just swap that battery easily. Plus I had my Nexus 4 freeze up on me in the past so I couldn’t do anything like pull the battery out.

    • wowsher

      Last time I looked my g2 was 32gb from t-mobile.

      • NYCTheBronx

        But how much bloat ware from T-Mobile takes space? How much storage do you have in total?

        • wowsher

          I still have 21 gb … about 2.44 gb in apps but I have few games on here so not certain how much bloatware contributes but less then the apps I have added.

  • hristopelov

    i wonder if they have the revised version of the N5 in stores…

    a bit larger speaker holes and firmer volume rocker…

    • mingkee

      Or make 64GB version.

    • Ankit

      M also confused with same thing……just delaying my purchase bec. of this…..any idea how to know whether the product is under new hardware (update) or not……

  • pramarama

    Waiting for the G2 price drop…

  • AndroidProfit

    Was eyeing the 5 but wouldn’t that be sweet if the s5 had stereo speakers?

    • kev2684

      audio sucks in n5. it’s the only downfall for me, but i still love it.

      AUX and speakers is not loud enough. AUX audio output is too soft i had to crank up the volume on my car.

      • Preet Singh

        Mine has one of the loudest speakers i have ever heard on a phone!!!

      • kalel33

        Get the PowerAmp app. It makes a world of difference for output with it’s 10 band EQ and output control.

  • patelj27b

    What I don’t understand is why are people buying it from T-Mobile, when you can buy it directly from Google, and get the higher storage size for the same price, and it being completely unlocked? Am I missing something?

    • Kidney_Thief

      I suspect that’s the reason for the price drop. I’d estimate that play store sales are slaughtering their in-store sales.

      • philyew

        Or maybe Google are about to drop their prices as well?

        • Kidney_Thief

          Less than three months after they started selling the handset? I have a hard time believing that.

        • philyew

          Just a thought…but you’re right, 3 months is too soon. I had thought it was a bit longer.

    • philyew

      There may be advantages from availability and EIP. When I bought mine from the local TM store, Google couldn’t ship either the 16GB or the 32GB version for 2-3 weeks.

      I’m sure there will be those who argue that, if you need to use the EIP, then you are really not doing yourself a favor by paying $100 more to start with. Nevertheless, spreading the extra over the EIP period works out at only around $1/week. So it’s an additional choice even if not the best one.

      It does come unlocked from TM as well, although the store manager told me it wasn’t. I tested it with an AT&T SIM and had no problem registering on their network. If it had been locked it would have triggered the unlock screen.

    • JeffWalenta

      In my case I was still on a legacy contract plan that was the same price as the simple choice unlimited but with limited min and no texting and after the announcement I wanted to kill my contract once and for all ….because of previous loyalty discounts I was able to get the N5 and my bill only increased like 6 bucks and I can’t afford the upfront right now

      In real terms I paid 50 bucks instead of like 200 to get out of my contract vs buying the phone outright

    • BrianTessier

      Sadly, I dropped and broke my Nexus 4. After over a week of dealing with Asurion, I still have yet to receive a replacement from them. I was in desperate need of a working phone, and between paydays, so it was worth it for me to spend the extra 50 bucks total, but be able to walk into the store and walk out with a working phone. I think I still prefer the feel of the N4, but there is no denying that the N5 is leaps and bounds above it performance wise.

  • Impatient Waiter

    TMO Sales Rep here. To all the people asking if this is in-store too, yes it is.

  • Erik

    I guess I’m eligible for my Jump upgrade later this month. I have the SG3. Do any of you think it’s worth the upgrade to the Nexus? Is there something better on the horizon? I’m not even sure Jump is worth it. It was only an extra $2 bucks a month so I went for it.

    • MastarPete

      Jump is supposed to let you stay on the bleeding edge of cellphone tech by giving
      you a trade-in discount on purchasing a new device every 6 months. Jump also includes device insurance.

      Is it worthwhile for you to Jump? I don’t know. It depends what kind of added features you want your device to have (think Samsung’s Touchwiz) versus bare essential Android UI and more timely updates (Nexus). Specs wise I think they’re close enough that you *may not* notice much of a difference other than the UI and camera. It would really depend on the apps your regularly use and if you think your GS3 is having trouble keeping up. Keep in mind that the Nexus devices aren’t really intended to compete against current-gen high end flagship devices, but they can be very close.

      If you like the added features Samsung has included with Touchwiz I would suggest waiting a month or two since Samsung is supposed to announce the GS5 by spring. HTC is also supposed to be announcing the next iteration of the One within the same time frame.

      • Erik

        Thanks Pete.

      • kalel33

        How aren’t the Nexus devices intended to compete with the other flagship phones? The N5 has a faster processor, better GPU, and same amount of RAM as the S4 or HTC One. Spec wise it’s a better phone, barring screen size and camera quality.

    • pramarama

      The big win of the jump program is that they pay off the rest of your EIP. The longer you wait to upgrade, the less EIP they’re forgiving (because you’re paying it down every month). So if you’re going to be paying for jump, you’ll get the most financial efficiency by upgrading as often as you can.

      That said, as I think we discussed when the jump program was introduced, if you don’t mind going through the hassle of selling your phone on ebay or craigslist, you’re better off (by a little) doing that, because one of the conditions of jump is that you turn in your phone and get no value back for it, and typically, your phone is worth more than what your EIP balance is.

    • dtam

      yes, it’s worth it to upgrade to the next thing whether it’s htc one, gs4, or nexus 5

    • BrianTessier

      I had the Nexus 4 until it slipped out of my hand and broke last week. Asurion tried to give me a GS3 as a replacement since the N4 is unavailable. I said forget it, and bought a N5 instead (not knowing the price was reduced, just got lucky there I guess). This thing is blazing fast. It’s leaps and bounds above the N4, which was smoother and faster than the GS3 IMHO. Yes it’s worth it to upgrade. You can always try out the display unit at your TMO store if you want to know for sure.

      • O no they would have given me an s4 all those insurance payments you just wasted by buying another device

  • No wifi calling :(

  • NEX Fan

    It says $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $16.50, which is $396, but how the tax is calculated? Is it charged upfront?

    • D

      Yes you pay the tax off the full retail value off the phone.

  • no wifi calling?????

    • Paul

      The nexus series has never had the feature.

  • troll diver

    Just wnted to say that Apple rules over all!!!!

  • TBN27

    I am still interested in giving Android one more shot. Either this or the Moto X

    • Paata Ozmanov

      nexus all the way

    • Paul

      Depending on what you’ve used, and what you are currently using, the Nexus is a great buy! It’s straight up, not tampered with, unadulterated Android. It’s also called Vanilla Android as it is pure Android with no tampering or bloatware.

  • IamTwone

    Why get this so far the best price I have seen for this is right now at radio shack they have it for $49.99 with contract after $244.99 savings. So i went into my local Radio shack they said they pricematch there own site with or without contract. So you can get it for $295 outright for the 16gb. Also i wonder if you activate it with sprint then port your number over to tmobile, would I be able to keep the phone. Because I have a few spare sprint phones to trade in and use this one on tmobile just a thought since they are now buying out contracts.