Earlier this month, rumors were revived that Google really
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.
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.
to T-Mobile News' "internal sources" at
T-Mobile, the phone will launch on January 5 at 9 a.m. via online
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.
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
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.