Google's Nexus 5 Smartphone Comes to T-Mobile
Google's hot-selling Nexus 5 now has a new carrier: T-Mobile. This brings the total number of domestic carriers officially offering the device to two, alongside Nexus 5 launch partner Sprint.
T-Mobile's unlocked price for the16GB version of the handset is $450. It's also available for $42 up front plus $17 per month if you opt for a two-year installment plan. In keeping with T-Mobile's recent moves away from long-term contracts, the phone is sold without the requirement of a two-year service plan.
Sprint charges $50 for the phone, also in the 16GB flavor, but only with a two-year service contract. (It also lists the phone's full price at $450, but actually doesn't sell it sans contract.)
Pundits have been quick to note that both carriers are pricing the phone at a cost that is notably higher than the $349 Google charges for the Nexus 5 if you buy it directly from the manufacturer. (The 32GB version is $399.) However, those in a rush may have no choice but to head to a carrier. Google Play lists the 16GB handset as out of inventory, with no word on when stock will be replenished. The black version of the 32GB handset is noted as "leaves warehouse in 2-3 weeks." (The 32GB version of the phone is currently not for sale from either T-Mobile or Sprint, nor are the white versions of the phone available from the carriers.) The phone is also available through third-party retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, but pricing is similar to that offered by T-Mobile.
What about users of other networks? If you're on AT&T or a number of smaller carriers, Android Central notes that the unlocked phone will run on those networks. Verizon users however are out of luck: The Nexus 5 is not currently supported on the network.
The Google Nexus 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and comes equipped with dual cameras, an 8 megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The 4.95-inch screen offers full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 pixels and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of the operating system, is preinstalled. The 2300 mAh battery is rated for up to 17 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time, and recharging can be completed via the USB connection or via a Qi-compatible wireless charging station.