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Nexus 5 from Sprint -- measly subsidy!

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Journeyman
Journeyman

Nexus 5 from Sprint -- measly subsidy!

So Sprint will be offering the 16Gb Nexus 5 for $150 with a new 2 year contract.

Google sells the phone direct for $350. This means the contract subsidy is only $200. This compares to the $450 subsidy on a new iPhone 5S.

The most economical thing to do is get a subsidized iPhone 5S on my new Sprint contract, then sell it, sealed in box, on eBay for $600 (seems to be going rate). Buy a Nexus 5 straight from Google for $350 and pocket $250 in cash.

I'm not happy about this. There's another carrier that won't make me go through this nonsense.

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Journeyman

Well, it doesn't help that they jacked up the price of the 16GB model of the Nexus 5 $100 over what Play store is charging. Yes, Sprint is charging $449 for the 16GB model as opposed to Plays $349.

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Journeyman

Actually the subsidy is $200 - the $36 activation fee that you have to pay when you buy the phone from Sprint. And I bet the one that Sprint is selling is locked. And, if you are in a State like California that charges sales tax on the full retail price, you will have to pay tax on $450 if you buy from Sprint but on $350 if you buy from Google Play.

Wizard

That is a nice way to finance the new toy.

I may have to change my current order to iPhone 5s and try it your idea

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Journeyman

Actually, at least in California, you pay only about $100 less buying the subsidized phone from Sprint vs. the Google Play store.

My total price, including tax and shipping, from Google Play was $389.53.

I did a mock order for an upgrade from Sprint, the total price including tax showed as $249.20.  However, you then need to pay the $36 activation fee, bringing the total price up to $285.20. 

Resale value of the unlocked Play Store version will also likely be higher (of course we don't know for a fact that the SIM will be locked on Sprint, but history tells us that it will be.)

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