Sprint takes Nexus 5 pre-orders, offering $50 phone to new subscribers
Getting over your fear of commitment can save you a couple hundred bucks. Sprint is offering Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphone for just $50—provided you don’t mind locking yourself into the carrier for the next two years.
The deal is only available on Sprint’s website and comes with a few other strings attached: It’s only for new subscribers who bring their number from another wireless carrier, and it requires a mail-in rebate in exchange for a $50 reward card.
For existing subscribers, Sprint will charge $150 after the mail-in rebate. Sprint’s subsidized pricing is still $200 cheaper than the unlocked version sold through Google Play, but requires a two-year commitment.
Without a wireless contract, Sprint charges $450 for the 16GB model, but that’s a rip-off at $100 more than the unlocked version, which you can still activate on Sprint’s network. Unfortunately, the 16GB model is now sold out through Google Play, but you can still order the 32GB unlocked version for $400, and come out $50 ahead of Sprint’s unlocked pricing with more storage to boot.
T-Mobile will also sell an on-contract version of the Nexus 5, but hasn’t announced a price or release date. For now, you can sign up for an alert through T-Mobile’s website. If you’re impatient, just order the unlocked version through Google Play; under T-Mobile’s new subsidy-free plans, your monthly bill becomes lower when you pay full price for the phone upfront.
As for AT&T, the carrier won’t sell a subsidized Nexus 5, but you can buy the unlocked version and activate it on the network. Verizon isn’t supporting the Nexus 5 at all.
The Nexus 5 was announced Thursday after months of rumor and speculation. As with last year’s Nexus 4, the new Google phone aims to combine high-end specs with the latest version of Android—dubbed KitKat—at low unlocked prices. Check out TechHive’s Nexus 5 report for the full rundown.