Nexus One to come along with a $530 unsubsidized price or $180 on contract?

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Nexus One to come along with a $530 unsubsidized price or $180 on contract?
One of Gizmodo’s tipsters has leaked some really juicy information concerning the Android powered Nexus One. Additionally two screenshots have been taken that clearly displays that Google will be selling it directly for an unlocked and subsidized price of $530. Lessening the blow, you can catch it for $179.99 on contract with T-Mobile on a $79.99 monthly plan that includes 500 minutes, unlimited text, and data. Current T-Mobile customers cannot keep their existing plan and require them to change to the one offered if they want to get it for the $180 price.

Other important worthy items to note is that there is a limit of 5 Nexus One phones per Google account. Finally, Google will automatically charge you $350 if you buy the phone at the subsidized price and cancel your plan before 120 days. All the talk about the Nexus One being a handset built by Google is put to rest – the term of sale states the manufacturer of the handset is HTC; not Google. According to Gizmodo, the information provided by the tipster is pretty accurate – so now you can deliberate on whether or not the Nexus One may be the right phone for you.

HTC Nexus One Preliminary Specifications

source: Gizmodo



20. icarus

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

besides a great processor and nice shape, this phone is nothing special. This is neither a Droid killer nor an I-phone killer.Google should be ashamed if this is the best they can do. After months of conjecture, rumor, specualtion and wet dreams by geeks everywhere, this is it??? Maybe they should just concentrate on Android, Chrome and web search, let the big boys design the handsets. Although if this is the best HTC could offer them, there's a problem there too

15. Dddroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

Can you buy this phone if you're in Europe? And is it working on 3g here?

19. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Two things, based on the "rumors" floating in the web: - The only GSM 3G radio in the N1 is T-Mobile only, so even AT&T customer will be left biting the EDGE dust. Which they should be used to anyways, so no harm done there. - CNET and Gizmodo report seeing language about "Shipping Outside the US" on the Terms/Conditions of Sale ... that would point out to some restrictions there.

13. Ebonyks

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Ignore all of the trolling. This move shows that google has nothing of real substance to introduce. The nexus 1 may be a quality phone (the snapdragon processor will surely have some nice benefits), but without changing the mobile retail scene significantly, google has resigned itself to just be another cog in the wheel. It's sad too, i know google had the potential to greatly modify the phone scene for years to come, but instead succumbed to playing the same game of overpriced phones and 2 year contracts. *sigh*

14. sojizy

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 30, 2008

i dont get what ur saying. the iphone didnt sell without a new contract for 200 bucks or less and its like 600 to 1000 out of pocket. so what kind of game changing retail magic could they have performed. they have hardware thats good from htc and software thats kickass. what they do need is to appeal to a kind of everyone can be exclusive thing the same way apple has done. then we can look about adding or doing some thing different to gain the upper hand.

18. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

@sojizy Google could have sold the phone closer to "cost" to break the industry standard of saddling the consumer with the cost of the phone if they choose to not payback that "cost" via a data/voice plan contract. With their game-changing attitude they could have just as easily lowered the price and tried to break the cycle. As for Apple, my guess is that their revenue structure is so tightly wound up that it wouldn't have been plausible for them to sell the phone at "cost." @Ebonyks I think Google didn't sell at cost to break the cycle because the phone isn't really "global" ... the only GSM 3G radio it has is compatible with T-Mobile only. Had the Nexus One been 3G compatible world wide then ... that would suggest much much much larger economies of scale allowing for a lower price and safer profit margin. Like I said before, excellent concept, good hardware, just awful implementation.

8. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

this phone is exactly the same as the HTC passion verizon gets soon

10. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Yes thats right the only difference is ones gsm and the other is cdma. Also there was a rumor earlier that vzw would get the iphone in 2010 as soon as the exclusivity ended , but with the droids out there who'd want it?

17. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

@jerhz6 VZW will end up having the most diverse selection of phones, which would make an iPhone purchase less justifiable, however, for some the Mac OSX environment is their preference, so the iPhone would make sense. For those not saddled by a OS ... well ... there'll be better choices that an iPhone ;)

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

@Galen20k I believe etterb08's question was do u have one. You say it feels better in the hand. Is that you ASSumption because it's thinner or do u have one. Either way it needs more than power to be an iPhone killer. It's not the first handset to be more powerful and won't be the last. To kill the iPhone you have To make it irrelevant. And u won't make it go away if the iPhone still sells 10 times or more handsets than all of the competition. Not to be confused with a super fanboy but that's the truth. Sell more and you'll take the crown.

6. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

iphones suck.DROID rules baby flame on retards.

3. Galen20K

Posts: 588; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

This phone makes the iPhone look like a brick, have you seen the video's and just how thin it is?

2. etterb08

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 22, 2009

Or just another iphone killer. Which will probably fail.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 588; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

The Nexus one is WAY more powerful than ANY iteration of the iPhone, its Thinner, Feels better in the Hand, and is Faster. It's already got the iPhone beat weather or not 1 or 1 million people buy it.

5. etterb08

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 22, 2009

Do you have 1?

9. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

The droid is already an iphone killer. The droid was time magizines #1 gadget of the 2009, where the iphone 3g rated 4th. Any droid has the iphone beat just being open source.

11. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

@etterb08 Better question: Do YOU have one? You seem to be pretty confident that this phone will pale in comparison to the iPhone. Why not just keep an open mind?

12. etterb08

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 22, 2009

I understand what you are sayin but many phones have been brought up to compare and many have failed. Dont get me wrong i like the phone but lets be real it probably wont top the iphone when it first came out. Just think if it was the other way around people would be all over the iphone sayin it's a Droid killer because it is something new to anticipate.

1. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Looks like we got us a DROID killer right here.

16. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

At $530 the phone will be out of budget-reach for a lot of people, the ONE plan you can get with T-Mobile is CRAP since you can get more for less with different combinations of their plans. Furthermore, people on AT&T or other GSM providers would be fools to be $530 for a phone that will only do data on EDGE. Droid Killer?? No. But it's a nice try ... they just bombed the implementation, otherwise, it could have been one.

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