Ever since T-Mobile announced free LTE data for life for most tablets and teased the new Google Nexus 7 by ASUS, people have been wondering when the latest Nexus tablet would actually be for sale at T-Mobile. Similarly, ever since Google announced that T-Mobile would be a retail partner for the Nexus 5 by LG, people have also been wondering when the latest Nexus phone would make its way to T-Mobile’s shelves.
We now have some good news.
Thanks to a leaked retail planning guide obtained by unofficial fan site TMoNews, it looks like T-Mobile will launch the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 on November 20. There’s still no official word on pricing, but I’ve been hearing that the Nexus 7 will carry a slight premium over Google’s Play Store pricing: T-Mobile will reportedly offer the tablet for $0.00 down with monthly payments of $16, for a grand total of $384, a full $35 more than purchasing it directly from Google. If you factor in the SIM card you’ll also have to purchase from T-Mobile, instead of getting one for free from Google, you might end up paying up to $45 more going this route.
If T-Mobile follow’s Sprint’s pricing lead, then it will sell the 16GB version of the Nexus 5 for $449 – $100 more than Google. If this happens, that means the 32B version will probably be $499. These prices are just speculation, though, so no need to worry yet. At the very least, potential buyers will be able to visit their local T-Mobile and Best Buy stores soon to play with the device in person before making up their minds.[TMoNews]