Sprint will begin selling Google's Nexus 5 starting November 8th. But whereas Google likes to highlight the device's relatively low $349 unsubsidized cost, Sprint is predictably sticking with its typical two-year contract pricing. The Nexus 5 will be $149.99 with a new agreement — and that's after a $50 mail-in rebate. So essentially, you'll be paying $199.99 out the door. Sprint says the Nexus 5 comes out to $18.75 per month with its monthly Sprint One Up financing plan, but buying the device directly from Google Play seems to be the way to go right now. We've reached out to Sprint for information on how much the Nexus 5 will cost at full retail.
As for T-Mobile, the carrier is only saying that it plans to offer the Nexus 5 "in the coming weeks" and "at an affordable price." Last year, the company priced the Nexus 4 significantly higher than Google Play's MSRP for customers who purchased it off contract. Since T-Mobile is now aggressively pulling away from the traditional wireless model, it will be interesting to see how the carrier approaches pricing this time around.
Update: Sprint has priced the 16GB Nexus 5 at a whopping $449.99 off contract. So if it wasn't obvious before, you definitely want to buy this phone from Google Play if you're opposed to contracts. A company spokesperson tells us that customers will have no problem activating devices purchased from Google on its network.