Tech enthusiasts who were disappointed to find that Google ran out of stock of the 16 GB, black Nexus 5 will be happy to know there is still hope. As promised earlier this month, T-Mobile began selling the out of stock smartphone on its website today for the on-contract price of $449. Although it is $100 more expensive than it would be if purchased through the Google Play store, there is one advantage: Customers both new and existing can purchase it as part of the carrier’s Equipment Instalment Plan (EIP). Instead of waiting months, or possibly longer for the Google Play addition to be available, T-mobile customers can purchase the phone now with a small down payment of $41.99, and 24 equal monthly payments of $17. If you credit is less than stellar however, you may end up with a higher down payment.
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Just like any phone purchased through the EIP, if you cancel service before the 24 months is up the entire balance is due immediately. If you choose one of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plans during the time of upgrade, the typical $35 activation fee is waived. Standard 2-4 day shipping is free. T-Mo sim card kits cost an extra $10 at the time of purchase. If you want to protect your new device and be able to upgrade it in six months, don’t forget to add T-Mobile’s JUMP! insurance/upgrade plan if you haven’t already; for the small monthly price of $10, you will have the peace of mind knowing your device is protected no matter what you do to it. If you do choose to upgrade your device through JUMP!, you are required to trade in an eligible, working device before doing so. When you do, your entire balance will be paid off and you can enjoy a brand new, top of the line phone again.
Those of you who prefer to do business face-to-face will have to wait a bit longer until the N5 variant is available in select retail stores and T-Mo chains Nov. 20.