Google will directly sell Verizon's Nexus One, not Verizon

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Google will directly sell Verizon's Nexus One, not Verizon
The big news yesterday from Google was the announcement of their new Nexus One phone for T-Mobile, powered by Android 2.1. At that time it was also said that the phone would be made avaliable for Verizon Wireless sometime this Spring. We have now received word from  Verizon Wireless saying that the Nexus One will only be sold by Google directly, and will not be sold by Verizon stores, on-line, or through tele-sales. So that means that the CDMA/EVDO version of the Nexus One will only be sold by Google on-line, but will work on Verizon's Network. This also means that customers will have to deal with Google and HTC directly for any warranty support related to the hardware, as you will not be able to take the phone into a Verizon store and hope for an exchange or replacement. This would be the first time we've seen a phone sold by the manufacture directly and not by Verizon.

source: Verizon Wireless

Google will directly sell Verizon's Nexus One, not Verizon


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37 Comments

1. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

That kinda sucks. I won't be buying the phone now. I want to be able to go into a verizon store to deal with customer service.

10. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

They are only doing this, so that the phone doesn't compete with VZW's flagship device, the DROID, upfront.

13. vupkp44

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

I'd also think this has something to do with Verizon's contract with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on all of it's phones. This would make sense, since the phone is also being marketed directly by Google. It may also be some semblance (finally) of Verizon's "Any device, any app." campaign. Just a few thoughts.

18. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I don't think it has to do with any of these things. I think its just googles orders on how they want the phone to be distributed. Theyre doing the same thing with Tmo right now

22. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

@vupkp44, if that was true, verizon wouldnt be able to sell the droid eris and the droid upfront.

2. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

awesome...... bring on the masses that want to gamble with Google !!! I am getting one for sure, I can maintenance it myself. Just want to know what the insurance is going to be like?

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Wasn't this the reason the iPhone supposedly didn't go to Verizon?

4. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

one of the top reasons, actually....

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

the difference is VZ is actually MAKING money from Google, everyone loses with the iPhone...the best example of the iPhone i can give is, Fools gold...

14. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

actually, it may have been A reason but definitely not the top reason. Main reason was data revenue sharing and app store proprietarianism. A former VZW president (Rick Conrad) said that Apple wanted 50% of data revenue and they wanted all apps to go through the app store, including music. VZW basically didn't want to give up their growing V Cast Music and app databases to get the iphone AND still have to share half of their data revenue with Apple.

23. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

jundibasam, your totally correct but im just confused because apple didnt release its app store til last year...

30. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

You're right. I talked to several Verizon staff and they said the reason they didn't want to take Apple's iPhone on their network was because Apple wanted too much control. A network only gains a clogged network with the iPhone, but Apple wants the final say in the matter. Now that the Droid is on Verizon, who cares about the "yesterday" iPhone? DROID ftw

5. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

This kinda sux! I was going to renew my contract and get the subsidized phone, but I guess I will have to buy it straight up. Not the end of the world, will finally be off contract but not really any benefit there.

7. darthray

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

I agree it does suck.. in april Im eligible for an upgrade for verizon and I can use that discount? Hope the article is wrong since its unoffical.

8. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Lol I won't believe anything I read on phone arena till it actually happens.. sometimes they get a good story, but more often than not they're completely wrong.

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm happy with the droid.

11. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Me too. But my girl likes the n, she already has the Eris so I might be buying the n1 when ever it's available for vz.

20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you have kids?

24. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i think hes talking about his girlfriend..

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

It's not going to be available at ANY discount to current TMO customers, only new subscribers. Don't be surprised if it's the same with Verizon...

16. psipher

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

not true: http://www.google.com/support/android/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=171784 Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are adding data plans: $279 Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are upgrading their data plans: $379

17. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

The keyword is "T-Mobile". I would like to think VZW has a little more wiggle-room financially to offer both options of retail price or 2yr. agreement price. Since most carriers make the revenue spent on purchasing the amount of phones from the manufacturer back through the length of contracts it seems like a win-win for everybody. Purchase the N1 at full retail from Google, Google wins as a company for the purchase price and VZW's win is in complete positive data revenue. Purchase the N1 at the contract price Google wins by getting a percentage of the data revenue from VZW (assuming not as high as what Apple was expecting) and VZW still gains a good amount of positive data revenue plus obvious revenue from the huge amount of customers who pay for high tiered price plans let alone those who go over their mins, extra data charges, downloads etc. VZW seems to make sound business decisions...and Google doesn't seem to possess the same greed/stupidity level of Apple who just HAS to control/milk any partnership to the fullest, which if they would have been smarter, probably would have made more revenue if they would have compromised with VZW seeing as VZW has the infrastructure to support their omnipotent iPhone and AT&T doesn't *coughs*...just a thought..not a fact. Let's see how many stones will be thrown at this post...

19. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I can't check those links while crippled at work, but from someone who was at the press event: http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/06/subsidized-nexus-one-pricing-not-available-to-existing-t-mobi le/

28. Sufcc

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 28, 2008

Google's ultimate goal with the Nexus One and Android phones is to get Google into everyone's hands and penetrate the mobile ad market. They have no intention making any sort of profit on selling the hardware itself.

33. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

You sure about that? I would think that ANY business produces a product with the main goal of being able to reap a profit from that product created. I'm sure that is a part of the "ultimate" goal as well. I don't think Google just created the phone out of the goodness of their hearts just to promote mobile ads. If that was the case why put such a high price tag on the device? That's a very kind-hearted theory tho...you get a +1 from me. They say "It's the thought that counts".

15. dandirk unregistered

I think I am going to try and return my droid because of this news. obviously there is competition issues here but google could be trying to get phones away from subsidies? This may be a good thing, if these phones were in the open market, the price would go down and probably faster. The only major issue with this, is that each carrier is different. CDMA sprint and verizon, gsm att and tmo. Even then though a gsm phone may still not work right with att but will with tmo like the nexus... What would be cool is if they could come up with cdma/gsm phones and have the carrier agree to some sort of standardized config app. You enter your login/password and it would configure the phone for your carrier... good luck on that fat chance.

21. gzoneman

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 20, 2009

All I want is a Verizon IPHONE. Why wont you let me buy a Verizon Iphone?????????????? Dont care what it costs, just bring it!!!!

25. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

iphones are so old and their software is crippling... why would you still want that when they have the droid?

26. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I have a feeling, a situation like this could present itself w/ the iPhone on VZW this year as well. Buy the phone through Apple, and then activate it on VZWs network. As for getting the phone serviced, I'd much rather deal with Apple w/ their phone than VZW. I once went in to get service on my BB, and not a single person in the store was willing to help me. I called customer service, and was told that smartphone customers are left on their own to service their own devices. No support whatsoever. This was back when BB Desktop Manager wasn't available for my Mac. So even if you buy a smartphone through VZW, you're still left to yourself to take care of the problems. As far as I'm concerned, if VZWs gonna have that kind of attitude toward smartphone customers, I'm more than happy to let my contract go up, pay full price for a phone, activate it on their network and stay out of contract. Don't get me wrong, I'm a loyal VZW customer...have been for the last 8 years, but at this point, with everyone wanting every phone out there, the idea of buying a phone, independent from a wireless carrier sounds good to me.

27. Sufcc

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 28, 2008

Wow, you must have had a really bad experience... there is dedicated tech support just for smartphones and blackberries over the phone. As an indirect seller I service our customers till I find some sort of fix, first trying to fix it myself then calling support if I can not. No customer support rep would ever you tell you that you are on your own. And if they did they should be let go.

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