Mobile carriers reveal Nexus 6 smartphone details

Google's newest handset - the Nexus 6 smartphone - will be made available through US mobile carriers in time for the holiday season.


Wireless service providers in the US have begun to reveal how they will support consumers interested in gaining possession of Google's newest flagship smartphone. The tech company unveiled the Nexus 6 alongside its new Nexus 9 tablet last month, both of which will run the newest version of Google's open-source operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop.


The unlocked version of the Nexus 6 has already sold out in Google's online Play marketplace. However, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all have plans to offer the handset to customers starting in November. AT&T is already taking pre-orders at a price point of $682.99, though the carrier is also offering a $249.99 Nexus 6 subsidized by a two-year service contract. The Google handset will also be eligible under the AT&T Next program, with a monthly installment price of anywhere from around $23 to $34 a month. In order to sweeten the pot, the carrier is offering AT&T Next customers who purchase a Nexus 6 a $50 price break on an additional Moto Silver II, Moto Hint, or Moto 360 smartphone as well.


Meanwhile, Sprint customers will be able to buy their own Nexus 6 from the carrier on November 14. Sprint offers a wide selection of payment plans similar to its rival, including a two-year installment plan of $29 to purchase the phone, an unlimited lan for $60 a month, and a family share plan that splits 20 GB a month of shared data over 10 lines, features unlimited talk and text, and costs just $100 a month for the entirety of 2015.


T-Mobile is also planning to offer the Nexus 6 to its customers, but the carrier has pushed back its launch of the handset to November 19th. T-Mobile is selling the phone to its customers using a 24-month installment plan costing $27.08 a month for $0 down.


The other major mobile carrier in the US, Verizon Wireless, has yet to make any announcements concerning whether or not it will be carrying the Nexus 6. Industry analysts say that Verizon is likely to focus on the Motorola Droid Turbo as its flagship phone for the time being.


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