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The Nexus 6 on Ting… or should that be Ting on the Nexus 6?

Google has quietly made the next Nexus official. Nexus 6 will be available to preorder from Google Play closer to the end of the month, shipping in early November. Initial reports suggest the base Nexus 6 will cost $650.

We expect to see the first Nexus 6 devices online with Ting before the end of November.

The Nexus 6 will have a presence in the Ting shop. Whether we’ll sell the device ourselves or just make it easier to get a Google Play Nexus 6 and a compatible Ting SIM card is, as yet, to be determined. We’d need a compelling reason to sell the Nexus 6 directly. As it stands, the Google Play Store makes it easy to buy a device and Google has a track record of offering excellent support should any issues arise.

We expect that a Nexus 6 purchased from the Google Play Store, like its predecessor, will be able to activate on any carrier including on Ting. We’ll confirm that and share more news as soon as we have it.

Why we love the Nexus line

While the Nexus 6, like the Nexus 5 that came before it, will undoubtedly be a beautiful piece of hardware, that’s not the only reason we love it. We love that Google pushes a “carrier agnostic” model. To us, that means more than just offering an unlocked iteration alongside the carrier-subsidized models. It means actively encouraging people to shop around for their carrier by uncoupling the place you shop for a device from the place you shop for mobile phone service.

We love that you can buy a Nexus device and then actually own it, taking it to whichever carrier you like, never signing a contract and taking mobile service on your terms. It’s a not so subtle shift in the power balance of mobile service. Previously, the carriers seemed to hold all the cards.

At a reported $650 base, the Nexus 6 is pricey, but still cheaper than an unlocked “flagship” phone from the likes of HTC or Samsung. It’s definitely cheaper than getting a subsidized device from a major carrier then overpaying for service over the duration of a two-year contract. That said, given the amazing launch price of the Nexus 5, it’s a bit of a sticker shock.

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