Leaked Nexus One Documents: $530 Unlocked, $180 With T-Mobile
Today is the day for more leaks on the anticipated Google Android phone. It will be launched in San Francisco on January 5th, 2010 according to Seth Gordon.
Beyond the early adopters who want every gizmo released, the real draw of the Nexus One will be Google’s ability to delivery the variety of integrated Internet services like Google real time search, maps, street view and Near Me Now.
“It will be sold for $529.99 unsubsidized. That is actually less than an iPhone at $199 if you concede that AT&T is paying Apple (and you are subsequently paying them pack) $450 for the iPhone 3GS.
T Mobile will pick up $350 of the cost if you sign up for a two year plan – though the transaction will be done through Google. The total subsidized price will be $179.99. That might convince Apple to drop the price of its 16GB iPhone.
There’s only one rate plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99 total. That’s just a bit less than most iPhone or Droid contracts. T Mobile is generally considered to have less robust a network than Verizon and to a lesser extent, AT&T.
Google also makes mention that HTC is the manufacturer of the phone — and forced the consumer to recognize this in writing, not Google — probably for liability reasons, or perhaps anti-trust issues with the US government.
Gizmodo also made mention that the phone was positioned for international releases. That’s the beauty of an unlocked GSM phone. You can take it anywhere in the world and slip a sim in it and instantly have a localized phone.
It will be interesting to see how this model fares and if people are drawn to the unsubsidized price. If Nokia’s lack of success trying this plan is any indication, Google might have their work cut out for them.”