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Deal Alert: T-Mobile Drops Google Nexus 5 to $0 Upfront, $396 Full Retail Price

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Nexus 5Since Google and LG positioned their Nexus 5 as a scandalously affordable high-end smartphone with crazy bang for buck right off the bat, discounts and special offers were always going to be few and far between.

Well, one of these is now live, via T-Mobile, bringing the UnCarrier’s version dangerously close to the model sold in the Play Store as far as costs are concerned. With no contractual obligations, as is the custom at Magenta presently, the N5 can be had for no upfront payment and 24 monthly installments of $16.50 each.

That works out on the long haul to a total price of $396, only 47 bucks north of what Big G charges. The upside with T-Mo being you don’t need all the dough at once. On the not so bright side, America’s number four wireless service provider still doesn’t offer the 32 GB variant, available through Google Play for $399 outright.

Back to T-Mobile’s 16 GB-er, let’s mention it used to go for an advance fee of $42, plus monthly payments of $16.50, so all in all this promo shaves more than 50 clams off the full retail cost. Not too shabby, and mind you, $400 makes the Nexus 5 a bargain as it runs Android 4.4 KitKat, packs quad-core Snapdragon 800 oomph, 2 GB RAM and sports a vibrant 4.95-inch Full HD IPS panel.

Best of all, there’s no reason to fear the discount has an expiration date, being instead almost certainly permanent. Way to quash the post-holiday blues, Magenta!

Via [T-Mobile]

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