Subsidized for $50-150 or $450-500 outright
Canada isn’t the only place seeing expanded Nexus 5 availability today. As revealed in the carrier’slaunch-day press release, today’s the day the Nexus 5 arrives on Sprint. Sprint’s own site has the 16GB model for as little as $49.99 on a two-year plan, but only if you’re switching an porting a number across. Elsewhere, Amazon and Best Buy have it for the standard subsidized price of $149.99. Amazon’s selling the device on its own for $499.99, while Best Buy has it for a little less — $449.99. Sprint itself doesn’t appear to be selling the N5 without a contract.
A quick refresher — Sprint’s Nexus 5 is the same LG-D820 model sold on the U.S. Google Play Store that includes hardware support for other GSM, HSPA and LTE networks. It’s unclear whether Sprint’s subsidized version will be locked down in any way, though if you have a U.S. Play Store Nexus 5 you can activate that on Sprint. Naturally you’ll pay more for a SIM-free Nexus 5 through Amazon or Best Buy than you will from Google, however with a waiting period of several weeks on the Play Store, doing so might get the phone in your hands a little quicker.
Anyone picking up a Nexus 5 on Sprint today? Shout out in the comments.