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Nexus 9 LTE Tablet is Finally Available: Get it Now from T-Mobile or Google Play

14 December 2014, 3:55 am EST By Quinten Plummer Tech Times
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The LTE version of HTC's 32-GB Nexus 9 hits T-Mobile first. But for those wanting the 16-GB version of the Android Lollipop tablet, the Google Play Store has them in stock.  ( Image courtesy of Google )

Self-proclaimed "uncarrier" T-Mobile is the first wireless carrier to offer the LTE version of HTC's Nexus 9, giving consumers a chance to get their hands on the device for as little as $24.99 a month for two years.

T-Mobile subscribers may attach the Nexus 9 to their Simple Choice plans for $10 a month and the wireless carrier will match the tablet's data allotment with whatever amount the service tiers already have. T-Mobile caps the data matching at 5 GB a month, though the Nexus 9 is eligible for an additional 200 MB of data through the wireless carrier's Free Data for Life program.

Without a two-year commitment to T-Mobile, the Nexus 9 sells for $599.76. That's 76-cents higher than the price that tablet is listed for on the Google Play Store, though purchasing the Nexus 9 through Google's online market entails waiting for the device to ship and arrive.

For individuals uninterested in subscribing to an annual or biennial T-Mobile plan, the Nexus 9 can be attached to a prepaid data plan. Plans start at $20 per month for 1 GB of data, up to $70 per for 11 GB.

T-Mobile is only offering the 32-GB version of the Nexus 9 LTE right now, but the 16-GB variant of the HTC tablet is available now on the Google Play Store. The 16-GB LTE version of the Nexus 9 retails for $399.

While the LTE version of the Nexus 9 has made its way into the market, it's smaller siblings are have been consumed by demand. The Nexus 5 and 6 can be found at all of the top wireless carriers, but the Play Store has run out of the 6-inch devices.

"We are getting more Nexus 6 devices in stock as soon as possible," states Google. "To make things simpler for you, we will work to make more devices available each Wednesday and encourage you to visit the site then."

Meanwhile, it's possible the Nexus 5 may be looking at its last three months of production. A Google representative recently stated "when they are gone, they're gone," but the search engine company spoke up to rebuff those remarks and has stated that Nexus 5 will return to production in the first quarter of 2015.

Google didn't indicate if the Nexus 5 would stay on the assembly line after the first three months of 2015, so the representative may have just jumped the gun by a quarter of a year. Time will tell.

 

 

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