Google Nexus One Appears Set to Launch January 5th

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Anticipation surrounding the much-rumored "Google Phone", now apparently known as the Nexus One, has been growing in recent weeks, and it appears that the rumors were correct: Google has announced an Android-related press conference for January 5th, and all indications point to a launch of the Nexus One at the event.

A source has also provided information to Gizmodo claiming that the Nexus One will be offered at an unsubsidized price of $529.99, or at $179.99 with a two-year agreement on T-Mobile.
- Yeah, it's $530 unsubsidized. Google's not going to be selling the phone at cost, like so many people considered. They're not going to save us from the "making money off of hardware" culture we've got right now, so this is basically just another Android handset, albeit a really good one
- If you want it subsidized, you'll have to sign up for a 2 year mandatory contract and pay $180 for the phone
T-Mobile will reportedly offer only a single rate plan for the Nexus One, with unlimited talk, text, and web for $79.99 per month. Subsidized handset pricing is apparently only available to individual subscribers, and family plan and FlexPay subscribers and other special accounts will be required to purchase the Nexus One at the unsubsidized price.

Sources have also indicated to TmoNews that Google will begin taking orders for the Nexus One on January 5th.

The Nexus One has received favorable reviews from those who have been able to handle the new device, but most observers see it as competition for the Motorola Droid within the Android market segment rather than being positioned as a true "iPhone killer".

Article Link: Google Nexus One Appears Set to Launch January 5th
 

sishaw

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I don't see the advantage

The $79/month subscription is the same as I have for my iPhone. True, I only get 200 texts, but I never come close to using them anyway, and with rollover, I have more talk time than I ever will touch.

I don't see the advantage, and I'd be willing to bet that Google culls your personal information for their targeted advertising.
 

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1. Another non-iPhone killer.

2. Running an OS that's like the iPhone's, but not as good.

3. Yet another Android handset to add to the pile.

Yawnfest.

How about throwing all you've got into ONE killer device and then just running with it? Perhaps when you don't have what it takes the answer is to throw as many devices as you can into the market under the guise of "meeting different needs", etc.
 

djinn

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The way it looks AT&T is going to be left without any good phones once the iphone rumor comes true with it going to Verizon.

Nexus going to T-mobile and isn't the HTC HD2 going to T-Mobile?
 

mambodancer

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What I like is the fact that the phone is sold with an unsubsidized price, something I hope the entire market moves to and one I hope, with the pending Tablet release from Apple, that that product does not include either. I'd like the phone companies to have to fight for me as a customer.
 

idea_hamster

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Nexus, huh? Goes with the "android" idea, I suppose. I guess we have to wait for the Nexus 6 before it's so powerful that it's only allowed in the off-world colonies.... :D
 

DipDog3

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Those plan options are worse than the iPhone.

Google must not really be serious about taking over the market. If they were, they would sell the phone unlocked for $200 and give it away for free with a contract. They make money through search and not hardware (like Apple).

family plan and FlexPay subscribers and other special accounts will be required to purchase the Nexus One at the unsubsidized price.
How stupid is T-Mobile? Makes you buy a $600 phone if you want to use your family plan?
 

Teh Don Ditty

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1. Another non-iPhone killer.

2. Running an OS that's like the iPhone's, but not as good.

3. Yet another Android handset to add to the pile.

Yawnfest.

How about throwing all you've got into ONE killer device and then just running with it? Perhaps when you don't have what it takes the answer is to throw as many devices as you can into the market under the guise of "meeting different needs", etc.
Yawn.

Some people like the option to choose, not what Apple tells them. Just saying.
 

jsdc2005

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What's becoming increasingly clear is that all these smartphones are more blackberry competitors than putative "iPhone killers."
 

CorporateFelon

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I was hoping for $300 or under for unlocked, but these prices listed are not totally surprising. However; they are making me second guess if I want this phone or not.

Yet buying unlocked at full price is cheaper for me than changing my plan over the 2 year contract.

Currently paying $55/month with Tmobile. So $25 more a month * 24 months = $600.

I might end up getting it, but def not right away. Need to wait until all the official facts come out.
 

JayMan8081

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I think it's interesting to finally see what Google has proposed for the Android with their first phone. The plan doesn't seem too bad for the subsidizing, but I would be left out since I use a Family Plan and it would NOT be cheaper to split to individual plans. :(
 

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I am really liking what Google is doing and I hope they give Apple a run for their money. I hope this makes the next iPhone and OS really nice.
 

kmiahali

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This is just another Android phone added to the rest of the group that will fade out in a few months when newer phones fron HTC come out.
 

Pared

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That's crazy... why can't you purchase the device if you're in a family plan and up for renewal?

Any chance you can buy this and throw an AT&T sim in there?
 

Pared

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Apple fanboism is at an all-time high.
He's right though.

Storm = iPhone killer
Pre = iPhone killer
Droid = iPhone killer

Yet... they all eventually get released and their hype dies down until the next "iPhone killer."

It's a pretty overused term that never really applies.
 

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Apple fanboism is at an all-time high.
It's kind of justified, dontcha think?

If it doesn't sport an Apple logo, chances are its success will be moderate at best. We live in an age where one and only one company has the midas touch when it comes to consumer tech. That reality might be a hard pill to swallow for some, but the future of consumer tech is all about Apples, not oranges. And for whatever reason, no matter how impressive Google is in its business, the answer does not seem to lie in making a broad number of devices with different iterations of a mobile OS on them. We're seeing only the tip of the iPhone iceberg at this point. There's a fairly good chance that Apple has the entire mobile market figured out for the next five years at least.
 

caf9128

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Those plan options are worse than the iPhone.

Google must not really be serious about taking over the market. If they were, they would sell the phone unlocked for $200 and give it away for free with a contract. They make money through search and not hardware (like Apple).



How stupid is T-Mobile? Makes you buy a $600 phone if you want to use your family plan?
I actually really like this. The TMobile family plan is a good deal. We currently pay $214/month for five phones, two of them smartphones. Staying on the family plan and buying the phone upfront will be far cheaper than an iphone over two years.

I really hate the whole subsidized phone concept. Essentially you are forced to buy the iPhone on credit, and the interest rate you pay (in the form of overpriced service) is outrageous. I much prefer to pay cash up front and avoid getting reemed on service for two years.

Best of all, the NexusOne looks like a really awesome phone- 2 mm thinner than an iPhone, higher resolution screen, faster processor, and in the three cities where I spend most of my time, TMobile service is much better than ATT.
 

Pared

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It's says it's unlocked so I don't see why not.
I guess I'm asking more if it will run on AT&T's 3G network as opposed to Edge only.

I haven't looked at the technical specs. and I'm a bit lazy right now. :p
 
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