Oct 31 AT 2:27 PM Dustin Earley 86 Comments

PSA: Here’s your Nexus 5 availability information


Now that the Nexus 5 has been made official, you’re probably wondering where you can get one, when and for how much? Let this post serve as your guide. While we don’t have all the details quite yet, we have enough to help give you a plan of action.

Unlocked, no strings attached

For those of you looking to get the phone off-contract, unlocked, with no strings attached, you can buy one from at least one retailer right now. The Nexus 5 is available on Google Play in black or white for $349 and $399 with 16GB and 32GB storage, respectively. Shipping times on the devices may vary. As of the time I am writing this post, the black 16GB Nexus 5 is listed as out of stock. And the white 16Gb version is listed as shipping November 8. Both of those are subject to change.

We know for sure the Google Play Nexus 5 will work with at least “4G” on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, AIO and more. We also know it will work on Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T LTE. What we don’t know for sure is if you can buy one, take it to a Sprint store and have them activate it. More on that in a minute.

Outside of Google Play, Google says the Nexus 5 will be coming to RadioShack, Amazon and Best Buy. We will update you once the Nexus 5 goes on sale at those retailers.

Official carrier support

Google has been kind enough to announce official US carrier support for the Nexus 5, which is pretty limited. Both T-Mobile and Sprint will be carrying the device.

If you buy the Nexus 5 on a two-year contract with Sprint, you’ll spend $149 after everything is said and done. That will be available November 8.

T-Mobile is only saying that the Nexus 5 will come soon, and has not announced if they will raise the price like they did with the Nexus 4. If you look at Google’s in-depth Nexus 5 information page, you’ll see the device listed at $349, with a link to T-Mobile’s online store. The T-Mobile link is dead, but from the looks of it, you may be able to walk into the carrier and buy the Nexus 5 for the same price as you would on Google Play.

AT&T will not be carrying the Nexus 5, but again, will have no problem supporting it. Verizon users, there’s always next year.

Wrap up

So there you have it. Within the next couple weeks, you should be able to buy the Nexus 5 from at least six different reputable retailers. Personally, if shipping times are good, I’ll be buying from Amazon. Free shipping and no tax sounds like a good deal to me. Where will you be buying from?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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