Right on schedule, the anticipated release date of the Google Nexus 5 Android phone is finally here. Pre-orders of the Google flagship device sold out from the Google Play Store within hours of its announcement last week. Available at several retailers in the U.S. and Canada as of Friday (Nov. 8), customers can now get their hands on the coveted Nexus 5.
U.S. Carrier and Retail Pricing and Availability:
The Google Play Store is restocked with the Nexus 5 in both black and white color variants. Priced at $349 for the 16GB Nexus 5 and $399 for the 32GB, orders ship within 4 to 5 weeks.
For new and existing customers, Sprint is offering a $250 in instant savings on the 16GB Nexus 5 (black or white), along with a $50 mail-in rebate. Existing customers can upgrade their device for $150, with a 2-year contract.
Under the carrier’s “Switch & Save” online promotion, new customers get an additional $100 discount when they port their number over to the Sprint Network. When all discounts are combined, new customers who sign a 2-year contract with Sprint can walk away with a Nexus 5 for as low as $50. For convenience, Sprint customers can buy the Nexus 5 online and pick it up at their local Sprint retail store. The full off contract cost of the Sprint Nexus 5 is $450.
T-Mobile announced its pre-order and availability plans for the Nexus 5 on Friday. “Google Nexus 5 launches online at www.T-Mobile.com on Nov. 14 and in T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers Nov. 20,” T-Mobile said in a news release. The 16GB Nexus 5 at T-Mobile costs the full $450 broken down into payments of $41.99 upfront and $17 monthly for 24 months. Customers are encouraged to visit T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 sign-up page to receive an availability notification.
AT&T and Verizon will not carry the Nexus 5, although some have reported that an unlocked GSM Nexus 5 can run on the AT&T network.
The 16GB Google Nexus 5 in black is also being sold at Amazon, for as low as $50 with a 2-year Sprint contract and $450 for off contract. Best Buy is selling the 16GB Sprint Nexus 5 (white) at a cost of $150 for new and existing customers who sign a 2-year contract. Off contract, the price is the same at $450. Nexus 5 orders purchased online are shipped free or can be picked up in Best Buy retail stores.
Pricing and availability for the Nexus 5 is unavailable at this time for Radio Shack, expected to stock the device in its retail stores.
Canada Carrier Pricing and Availability:
As Mobilesyrup reports, seven Canadian wireless carriers launched the Nexus 5 on Friday (Nov. 8) and are now accepting orders online. Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are selling the device for $100 with a 2-year contract. For signing a 2-year contract with Fido, the Nexus 5 costs $200 for customers in Canada.
Videotron offers the lowest prices for the Nexus 5 at $50 with a 2-year contract (minus LTE). Koodo Mobile is selling the Nexus 5 for the full retail price of $500, the same off contract price for all seven Canadian carriers. Two additional carriers, SaskTel and WIND are expected to also carry the Nexus 5, although no specific launch date was revealed yet.