There is one important catch, but it's not nearly as significant as you might think. To get that $150 savings, you have to activate the Nexus 5X on Google's own Project Fi cellular network.
Why is that not a big deal? Three reasons:
- Project Fi doesn't lock you to a contract. You can leave whenever you want, and suspending your service is as easy as tapping a button in the Project Fi app on your phone. We've confirmed that there's still no contract with the Nexus 5X deal.
- Once you leave, the Nexus 5X works on any US carrier: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile.
- Signing up for Project Fi is cheap: just $20 + $10 per gigabyte of data. You pay that $30 upfront -- but if you don't use that first gigabyte, Google will credit the $10 back to you.
Of course, Google is probably hoping you won't leave. It's hoping that its superior cellular carrier experience and impressive coverage -- Fi automatically hops between T-Mobile, Sprint and Wi-Fi networks -- will convince you to stay.
According to Google, the Nexus 5X deal will run until April 7, while supplies last. You can take a look at my review of the Nexus 5X to help you make a decision.