With the 8GB Nexus 4 already sold out and the 16GB Nexus 4 down to $250 at a limited supply, there’s no doubt there’s a new Nexus phone on the horizon. Not only that, but we also have a good feeling it’s already passed through the FCC — 5-inch 1080p display and all. So how can you prepare yourself to be one of the first people to buy and use the new device? Here’s 5 things you may want to look into.
1. Get Google Wallet set up
When the next Nexus, henceforth known as the Nexus 5, goes live on Google Play for purchase, you’re going to want to snap it up as quickly as possible. Previous Nexus devices have crashed the Play store like there’s no tomorrow, only to come back and show delayed shipping times. So, anything you can do to be ready the second the Nexus 5 is available will help. Since Google Play is very quick with Google Wallet, you’re going to want to get it set up.
To set up Google Wallet, head over to Wallet.Google.com and follow the prompts. It’s really easy. If you already have Wallet set up, make sure your card is still good and ready to go.
2. Find a prepaid carrier that’s right for you
If the FCC filing is any indication, which we believe it is, you will be able to use the Nexus 5 on just about any carrier you want. Complete with LTE and all. But we highly recommend checking out the prepaid carrier market if you’re not already tied in with AT&T or someone similar.
When you buy a Nexus from Google Play, it comes unlocked and free of restrictions. Which means you don’t have to pay the hidden premium most post-paid 2-year contract plans have. For starters, check out someone like Straight Talk, who offers access to AT&T’s LTE towers, and costs around $50 a month for unlimited service. T-Mobile, whose LTE network is incredibly fast and growing quickly, offers a similar plan for $60 with no contract.
We’ll be doing a write-up on prepaid carriers in the near future, but for now, those two are great to start researching. You can also check out Slovei (who doesn’t have LTE access at the moment), Aio (prepaid AT&T with LTE) and Simple Mobile (LTE info is hard to come by).
3. Get ready to sell your old phone
What’s the best thing about buying unlocked phones off-contract? You can sell your old one to recover some of the costs. Let’s say you bought a Nexus 4 that is still in good condition, and you want to buy a Nexus 5. If you have a backup you could probably get away with selling the Nexus 4 soon (although, we don’t know exactly when the Nexus 5 will be released, so you may want to wait) or right after you buy the Nexus 5 to offset the cost.
There are a ton of easy ways to sell your phone these days that don’t involve dealing with people on Craigslist. There’s always eBay, which eats into your profits, but allows you to start an auction or set a firm price. There’s also Swappa, which lets you set your own price and work with people. And there are options like Gazelle, eBay instant sell and Amazon trade-in, which will offer you a lesser flat rate, but they make everything quick and painless. If you’ve never used eBay or Swappa in the past, check out these kind of services first.
Before you sell your phone, make sure you wipe all of your personal data and try to find as many of the original accessories as possible. Yes, even the box can make a difference in selling price.
4. Transfer your data
Google makes it really easy to keep a lot of things like your photos and documents synced to the cloud, but they do miss out on some things. Thankfully, there are tons of solutions for getting the files you want off your old phone and onto your new phone.
If you have a microSD card, there’s a good chance the Nexus 5 won’t be able to use it. You can take it out of your phone, though, and store the files from it either on your computer, which you can transfer to your new phone later, or upload them to a cloud storage service. You can also transfer files on your phone directly through a USB cable on Windows or with a USB cable and the Android File Transfer app on Mac.
As for cloud storage options, there are a ton. Google Drive works well enough for most people and comes with a decent amount of storage at 15GB. Google Drive features good web, Mac and Windows apps, which is important for transferring files all over the place. There’s also Dropbox, which is speedy and easily accessible, but comes with a very limited amount of storage. And there’s my personal favorite, Copy, which gives you 20GB if you sign up using a referral link. Copy also has a good web interface, apps for all platforms and a photo upload feature on Android where any picture you take is automatically uploaded to your Copy account. I’ve used that feature more times than I can count.
One of my favorite things to do when I get a new phone is hunt down a bunch of cool wallpapers and throw them in my Copy folder, so when I get my new phone and install Copy, I have some pretty pictures waiting for me.
5. Brag about it
So you’ve got your Google Wallet account all set up and ready to go. You’ve got a plan lined up with a cheap prepaid carrier. All the stuff for your old phone is packed up and ready to sell. And all of your important files are backed up on your computer or in a cloud storage locker, ready to be transferred to your brand new Nexus 5. It’s time to brag about it!
No one likes a braggart, but a few posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ about how excited you are can’t hurt, right?
If you have any questions or suggestions, let it flow in the comments below. We’ll be on the lookout for anything else we can help with.