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Google’s new Nexus 6 is difficult to hunt down. The new flagship launched last month as the first phone to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but inventory through the Google Play store is scarce with the company quickly running out of stock faster than Google can replace it. Based on my first impressions, I’m not surprised. Unlike prior Nexus phones, this one will be sold directly through the four major U.S. carriers and they’re gearing up for orders.
Starting tomorrow, November 12, AT&T will take Nexus 6 pre-orders on line and in its retail stores. The company hasn’t specified when orders would be fulfilled so there could still be a lengthy wait. The [company]AT&T[/company] Nexus 6 comes in Midnight Blue with several payment options. The phone is $0 down and monthly payments of $22.77 on a Next 24 plan, $28.46 on Next 18 or $34.15 on the Next 12 service. A $249.99 price will be offered for customers that sign a two-year contract or can be bought outright for $682.99 off-contract.
T-Mobile previously announced Nexus 6 availability which starts tomorrow as well. It will offer the phone for $0 down and $27.08 a month for 24 months through an Equipment Installment Plan for a total device price of $649.92. [company]T-Mobile[/company] no longer offers contracts so there is no subsidized price available with contract commitment. Both the T-Mobile and AT&T versions are likely to be 32 GB models based on the price but hasn’t been made clear by either carrier. (Update: T-Mobile tweeted the following after this story published.)
Although [company]Verizon[/company] hasn’t yet outlined its Nexus 6 purchase plans, [company]Sprint[/company] has: It will offer the Nexus 6 on November 14 online and in stores. Sprint’s announcement says you can get the Nexus 6 that day so it should have some inventory available. Expect to pay $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $29 each, totalling $696 for the phone.
Sure you can get an unlocked Nexus 6 direct from Google Play or through Motorola once inventory is replenished. Why buy a Nexus 6 from your network provider then? One reason could be a faster delivery as I’d expect the carriers to have secured some inventory for the launch. Second, carriers are sweetening the deal: AT&T, for example will discount either a Moto 360 Android Wear watch, Moto Hint Bluetooth earbud or Moto Sliver II headset by $50 if you buy it and the Nexus 6 together.
This post was updated at 1:41pm with T-Mobile’s launch plan change.