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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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Epic Fail
By Oyster on 12/30/2009 9:33:56 AM , Rating: -1
If the T-Mobile-specific contracting info is true. I was so looking forward to buying an unlocked device for ~$250.

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.

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