T-Mobile to offer marked up Nexus 4 on contract alongside Nexus 7 plans

After Google announced the GSM-only Nexus 4 and new, data-enabled Nexus 7, it seemed like the devices would only be available unlocked through the Google Play store to be used on GSM carriers, such as T-Mobile and AT&T. In a bold move, it appears that T-Mobile will be offering the Nexus 4 like any other contract device. On November 14th, the 16GB model of the handset will be $200 with a two-year contract.

The device is offered through T-Mobile’s value plans, so your plan will cost an extra $20 per month for 20 months. Sounds good, right? Well, the math on that comes out to $600, which is quite a bit higher than Google’s asking price. It’s understandable to pay a bit more per month for a subsidized phone, but in this case, it’s a stretch. This could mean T-Mobile is trying to bring in a little extra cash on the Nexus hype, or Google is just willing to sell the device at a loss, which they have done before on other Nexus devices.

Speaking of those other Nexus devices, T-Mobile will also be offering data plans for the newly announced 32GB GSM Nexus 7. Speculation is that the 7 will be offered at Google’s price, instead of a T-Mobile set price, so that’s an advantage. The plans are also likely to be charged on a month-to-month basis as well.

So what do you think? Is it worth paying an extra couple hundred dollars for a cheaper upfront price for the Nexus 4? Anyone planning on getting a data plan set up for a new Nexus 7? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Phandroid

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  • http://robblatt.com Rob Blatt

    Just a note about this, but T-Mobile always does this. It’s a payback plan, not a subsidy. I recall the same options when I had different HTC phones on T-Mobile.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Not a good idea.. just to save $100 you pay a double on contract

  • sean_stewart

    Unless something has changed since yesterday you can get the nexus 4 for $199 after $50 rebate on their classic plan also.

  • yarrellray

    Glad to see Tmobile showcasing the Nexus 4. This shows how Google cares about Tmobile. It will be long time before Verizon ever see’s another Nexus again. Piss on Verizon..

  • http://www.facebook.com/dsorkin David Sorkin

    For the Nexus 7, T-Mobile offers prepaid data plan at $25/month (1.5GB), $35 (3.5GB), or $50 (5GB). AT&T’s prepaid plans are $15/month (250MB) or $35 (3GB). Are there any other providers in the US that will work with the Nexus 7 (perhaps MVNOs that use T-Mobile or AT&T)?

    Amazon charges just $50/year for AT&T’s 250MB/month data plan for its Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE — equivalent to about $4/month on a one-year contract. Are any similar options available for the Nexus 7?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dsorkin David Sorkin

      Walmart offers 60-day/1.5GB T-Mobile prepaid service for $30, but only for tablets purchased at Walmart. Perhaps Google will work out a similar deal with T-Mobile for the Nexus 7?

  • Christopher Chin

    Currently month-month on VZW with unlimited data and a GNex.
    Not sure how good T-Mobile’s service is here in SF. Maybe I should stop into a TMo store and see their speedtest on their phones.

    I’m also going to do a wait and see approach after the Nexus 4 is released. See what the masses say.