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Nexus One to still have contract, need $80 plan?

updated 09:10 pm EST, Tue December 29, 2009

Docs leak shows Google still on usual model.

An alleged slip of documents tonight hints that Google's Nexus One will still cling to a traditional phone model and could actually be more expensive than its rivals in the long run. While it would remain true that Google would sell the phone itself for $530 unsubsidized, Gizmodo sees through a website prototype that the search pioneer would still sell the high-end Android phone for $180 on a two-year contract with T-Mobile, much like any other high-end smartphone. Those who cancel service before three months of service are up would have to pay the full $350 difference if they intend to keep the phone.

Also, those who opt for the contract route may ultimately pay more for service than the unsubsidized route. These customers would be required to sign up for T-Mobile's best Even More Plus plan at $80 per month. While it would provide unlimited calling, data and messaging, it would make for one of the most expensive minimum entry point for a smartphone plan. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have reduced services in their starter plans but usually cost $70, or enough to save $240 on a plan and negate the subsidy advantage if the phone is kept for three years.

Those who opt for the unsubsidized version are likely to be free to choose their own plans on T-Mobile or on any GSM carrier, although only T-Mobile USA and Canada's Wind Mobile currently support the Nexus One's 3G frequencies. International purchases are an option in the leak, though sales would be limited to five phones for each e-mail account to prevent bulk purchases from gray market resellers.

Google's claimed plans would represent a backtrack from filings that suggested the company would entirely rebrand the phone under its own label, especially as a disclaimer in the sales agreement would require that customers acknowledge that HTC and not Google made the device. Regardless, official promotion of one Android phone over another is expected to cause a rift between Google and smartphone makers as it would have the former favoring the output of one hardware partner over another.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd purchase it if it had AT&T 3G bands. =/

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Poor tmob users. Another hype phone, and this time even more than the android + ETF..

    I kinda can't wait till att beefs up its network a bit more, then apple goes multi-carrier in the us, i can't really see tmobile handling iPhone data very well though.

    - A

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like how you can learn

    ...about all eight apps by clicking on them. Warts and all I'll still take the gatekeeper Apple model. There may be snafus that keep worthy apps out, but I prefer it to the inevitable bugware that will surely come with an open-ended app system that runs on multifarious makes of phone (virus ridden, crashprone Win-dohs Pee Cee Deux anyone?)

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Every one is forgetting

    Two and three year subsidized plans...... but the phone only has a one year warr. So when it dies in year two you will be left paying for an expensive useless plan or buying another phone / slate at full price.

    At the current point, Apple does provide 2 years of coverage under Apple Care. But the longer we go on these plans the more likely the hardware will not last for the full plan.

    Just a thought.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's the problem?

    So, the phone can be bought unsubsidized or subsidized.

    And those who go subsidized might end up paying more than unsubsidized? Really? Um, isn't that how it should work and the complaints against ATT (for example, buy an iPhone, after your contract is up, you still end up paying the same amount, even though you've paid off your subsidy).

    OK. Where's the bad part?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: I like how you can learn

    Warts and all I'll still take the gatekeeper Apple model. There may be snafus that keep worthy apps out, but I prefer it to the inevitable bugware that will surely come with an open-ended app system that runs on multifarious makes of phone (virus ridden, crashprone Win-dohs Pee Cee Deux anyone?)

    First, Apple's model does not search or care about 'buggy' software. AppStore apps can be just as buggy as any other app on the market. Apple just wants to make sure they don't use some nefarious API calls and don't use names like 'Johnny Appleseed' in screen shots or something.

    Second, the iPhone OS is built on OS X. Last I heard (from reading here), OS X is a very secure OS. How exactly does the iPhone OS become such a concern for security when, any time someone claims to have found a security hole in OS X, they're laughed off the stage?

    Third, why should apps on your phone be any different than apps on your computer? You can download any app you want on your Mac. Are you concerned each and every one is nefarious and will cause all sorts of problems? If so, what do you do about it? Perhaps check out the author/developer, see other comments on it, make an informed decision? Is this not possible on an iPhone (or any other phone device)?

    And is there some reason people have gotten so lazy and stupid they want others to always do the thinking for them? Maybe you should insist Apple open an appstore for OS X and change Snow Leopard to only run apps that Apple pre-approves. That would be a great solution there.

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