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The Nexus One "GPhone's" web-page has reportedly been leaked, offering new details on the phone's pricing.  (Source: Google via Gizmodo)

An internal announcement confirming that the phone will be carried by T-Mobile has also reportedly been leaked.  (Source: T-Mobile via TmoNews)
Google's phone gears up to take on Blackberry, Apple

Google phone rumors first started in 2007 when Google was rumored to launch a competitor to iPhone.  Instead, it launched the Android OS, a new smartphone operating system.  It left much of software design to the vendors, focusing on refining the operating system and a core set of apps.  Since Android's initial launch, about a dozen Android handsets have popped up, including the recent Droid phone from Motorola, carried on Verizon Wireless. 

Earlier this month, rumors were revived that Google really was finally making a "GPhone".  The phone's name was quickly leaked -- the sci-fi-esque designation Nexus One.  Google also confirmed that it had given employees a snazzy next generation phone for Christmas (it was these loose lipped employees that originally spilled the beans on Twitter).  According to reports, this time around Google personally customized the OS and designed all the basic software bundle for the phone, unlike past Android handsets where it split software responsibilities with its partners.  Reportedly, HTC is producing the hardware for the Nexus One handset.

Now more details have been reportedly leaked.  Reportedly the phone will be primarily carried in the U.S. by T-Mobile, but also be available in unlocked form for use with other G.S.M. carriers -- in the U.S. that means AT&T can handle the phone as well.  According to T-Mobile News' "internal sources" at T-Mobile, the phone will launch on January 5 at 9 a.m. via online orders only.

According to a later report from Gizmodo, the phone will not be sold at-cost as many speculated.  Rather than bringing a phone revolution and offering unlocked-only and profit-free handsets, Google instead appears to be opting for a more capitalistic approach, offering the unlocked handset for a tidy sum of $530 and a discounted handsets for $180 with a two year T-Mobile contract.

To keep existing T-Mobile plans -- such as the Family plans, Flexpay, SmartAccess and KidConnect plans -- you must opt for the unlocked phone, reportedly.  Otherwise, you can pick up a specially designed voice+text+web plan for $79.99/month.  That's just slightly more than the basic iPhone plan with 200 texts ($75/month).

Other notable restrictions reportedly will apply.  You can only purchase five phones per Google account (okay, this isn't such a big deal, as making new accounts is a breeze).  And more importantly, if you cancel the contract on the T-Mobile-carried phone, you'll reportedly have to pay the difference between the unsubsidized phone and the discounted phone -- $350.  However, there's a significant catch -- you can send your phone back to Google and not pay any phone-specific ETF (though T-Mobile might still hand you an ETF).

Google has invited reporters to "an Android press gathering" on January 5, lending credibility to the hoards of leaked info.  A Google spokeswoman said that the press conference would be held at 10 a.m. and followed by "demonstrations" afterwards.

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iPhone plan
By ksherman on 12/30/2009 10:49:36 AM , Rating: 2
That iPhone plan you mention only exists for the original iPhone from nearly 3 years ago. It is no longer available. An iPhone plan with unlimited internet, text and 450 minutes is about $90 or more.

RE: iPhone plan
By corduroygt on 12/30/2009 11:52:15 AM , Rating: 2
He is correct

450 minutes: $40
Internet: $30
200 texts: $5

You're adding unlimited text, which costs $20, which is also pointless.

Myself I have 900 minutes, unlimited internet, inbound text blocking for $62 with all taxes. If only AT&T didn't get so many dropped calls...

RE: iPhone plan
By bjacobson on 12/31/2009 11:17:09 AM , Rating: 4
I have unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, unlimited MMS, and unlimited internet for $25/month with MetroPCS. Got some friends together and we went in on the $100/4 plan.

I don't travel much and have coverage in all the cities where I do go. If I'm out of coverage, I just pay by the minute to the tune of $0.19/minute. High, but I more than make that up by only paying $25/month.

RE: iPhone plan
By OBLAMA2009 on 12/30/2009 5:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
i cant wait to see all the droid buyers here on their hands and knees, "oh pleez verizon give us nexus one". actually theyll probably just start a thread on howcam it at the upgrade price...

By Moishe on 12/30/2009 9:52:30 AM , Rating: 1
Good for them... I bet it will be a great phone. However I would not put that much of my information into the hands of one entity. It's bad enough that they have all of my email, but I don't need them to be able to tie that into my location, my calls, etc.

I have to draw a personal line somewhere and this would be it.

RE: google
By meepstone on 12/30/2009 11:36:00 AM , Rating: 5
i'm pretty sure your unimportant and google doesn't know who you are or care, hang in there...

RE: google
By Camikazi on 12/30/2009 4:38:49 PM , Rating: 1
Have a feeling they already know enough about you, since their stat obtaining bots are all over the place (including this website) :)

They know your IP so they know general location, have your emails so know any personal info contained there, know your browsing habits and search habits. They already know A LOT about you whether you want them too or not.

The Google knows all!

Can't wait for the tyrell corporation to sue them.
By Zensen on 12/31/2009 12:47:47 AM , Rating: 2
nexus hey.. the nexus series - are virtually identical to an high end smartphone, but have superior strength, agility, and variable intelligence.

I like to report that I can't wait for the nexus-6 model..

By Smilin on 1/5/2010 2:24:13 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah android this and nexus that. Eventually Phillip K. Dick is going to step out of his half-life stasis and sue them (like lucas did over "droid").

By Smilin on 1/6/2010 12:27:09 PM , Rating: 1
A downrating? Really? It's a joke people.

Phillip K. Dick is the author of "Do androids dream of electric sheep" (aka Blade Runner) and the Nexus 6 was the android model of interest. Half-life is from Ubik.

By bill3 on 12/31/2009 12:47:56 AM , Rating: 2
Hopefully I can buy this unlocked and run it on a ATT prepaid sim. Anybody hear anything to the contrary?

$530 is kind of steep, we'll see I guess.

good phone from google
By coolfx35 on 1/17/2010 2:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
So I am thinking about picking a Droid and I am leaning toward the Nexus.
I dont need a pull out keyboard, and i dont even want to spend the $30 / month for Data, I just like the Wifi deal.
I am almost always in a location that has Wifi.....

so, am i nuts for looking at this phone for just phone and wifi?
Is it overkill without purchasing the data ?

I really do not want the additional cost
Thoughts/comments? Share them on Thanks.

Epic Fail
By Oyster on 12/30/09, Rating: -1
RE: Epic Fail
By SilthDraeth on 12/30/2009 9:47:25 AM , Rating: 5
Reportedly the reporters reportedly reported the info reportedly incorrect. Reportedly $250 was to low, and the price has reportedly been raised.

RE: Epic Fail
By Sylar on 12/30/2009 10:16:24 AM , Rating: 5
I would also like to report that I noticed the overuse of reportedly in this reporticle. =(

RE: Epic Fail
By mherlund on 12/30/2009 10:34:04 AM , Rating: 2
The first reports said that it would be unlocked from Google for $199 and a $100 rebate. I also saw that it would be data only (no voice) and use Google Voice and all you need is an unlimited data plan from t-mobile for $29.99. With none of these looking like they are true, I have no use to pay for a phone that does not give me more for a lower price.

RE: Epic Fail
By Alexstarfire on 12/30/2009 5:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
I rather hope you are being sarcastic, but if not then I find it funny you say this. I got use one a little over a week ago since my friend works at Google and brought his Nexus One home with him for Christmas. It's far better than an iPhone, which one of my other friends was comparing to this "GPhone." And it's cheaper than the iPhone. So you really are getting more for less.

RE: Epic Fail
By Storkme on 12/30/2009 11:37:11 AM , Rating: 2
I was looking forward to my $10 brand new top-spec alienware laptop too, but y'know. Companies have this weird idea where they don't like selling stuff at a loss. I know, I don't get it either.

RE: Epic Fail
By sxr7171 on 12/30/2009 11:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
Pass me some of what you're smoking.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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