The LTE-equipped Nexus 9 goes on sale at T-Mobile and Google Play

Here’s a nice surprise if you like your tablets with a side of 4G service: T-Mobile has started selling the LTE Nexus 9. It’s the first time this version of Google’s latest tablet equipped with a modem has gone on sale. It’ll cost $599, and T-Mobile also offers an installment payment plan.

Google Play has also started stocking the LTE-enabled Nexus 9 tablet as well. It will ship by December 19, which means it could be a tight fit if you’re hoping to give it as a Christmas present.

As recently as a week ago, the T-Mobile LTE Nexus 9 was delayed and an internal memo indicated that its launch date was still to be determined.

The Nexus 9 sold by T-Mobile, based on an FCC filing, should have the hardware capability to be used with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint SIM cards as well, depending on whether T-Mobile has carrier-locked the device. I’ve asked T-Mobile and will update when they get back to me.

But there shouldn’t be many reasons why you wouldn’t want your Nexus 9 data provided by [company]T-Mobile[/company]. Adding an additional device to your data plan only costs $10 per month, and T-Mobile offers 200 MB of free data per month for cellular tablets.

This post has been updated to add Google Play availability.