Leaked Nexus One Documents: $530 Unlocked, $180 With T-Mobile

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A tipster just sent in these Nexus One screenshots that supposedly confirms two things: that Google will sell it unlocked and unsubsidized for $530, and that Google will sell it by themselves. Plus, some other very interesting details. UPDATE


Some of the most important bits of info we extracted (assuming the tipster is accurate, and it seems like he is). Oh, and take a look at our hands on with the device in case you haven't familiarized yourself with it yet.

• 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
• There's only one rate plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99 total
• Existing customers cannot keep their plan if they want a subsidized phone; they have to change to the one plan, and this only applies to accounts with one single line
• If that doesn't fly with you, you have to buy the $530 unlocked version—this actually might save you money over two years if you already have a cheap plan
• Family plans, Flexpay, SmartAccess and KidConnect subscribers must buy the phone unlocked and unsubsidized for $530
• You can only buy five Nexus One phones per Google account
• There is language in the agreement of shipping outside the US
• Google will sell it at google.com/phone, which explains what they were doing with that page a few weeks ago
• Google will still call it the Nexus One apparently, and not the Google Phone

And here is a big one:
• If you cancel your plan before 120 days, you have to pay the subsidy difference between what you paid and the unsubsidized price, so $350 in this case. Or you can return the phone to Google. You also authorize them to charge this directly to your credit card.

One weirdness in the Terms of Sale that we quickly glanced through was that Google made sure you acknowledged that the manufacturer is HTC, and not Google.

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UPDATE: TmoNews is citing sources who claim that Google will begin taking orders on January 5th at 9am



Fuzzy Logic

I'm not generally one to question Google's methods, but it now looks to me like this could turn out to be a royal snafu. While the "Nexus One" doesn't look like a bad phone at all, it really just looks like a "Hero" on some performance enhancers. I could be wrong, but to me it looks like the Hero is being passed around from network to network (albeit with some better hardware here): Sprint got the Hero, Verizon got the Eris, and now T-Mobile gets the Nexus One.

If this had been sold at cost, then it might have been a game changer, but as it stands, this is just another good phone, illustrating further linear progression in Android's development.