Nexus One gets pricing details, to be sold unlocked

After just hearing that the Nexus One phone from Google will be coming on January 5th, information about its pricing has leaked. T-Mobile will be selling the Nexus One for $179.99 with a two-year contract, or consumers can purchase off of Google directly, for $529.99 unlocked.

There is only one contract offered with the Nexus One phone, priced at $79.99 a month for Even More + Text + Unlimited Web. The only contract offered, unless you purchase the phone separately, will have 500 talk minutes, unlimited nights and weekends, plus unlimited T-Mobile to T-Mobile minutes. The plan also offers unlimited domestic messaging including SMS, MMS, IM and unlimited Android (3G) web access.

Customers who wish for any other plan will need to purchase the phone on its own, which could possibly save them money in the future, if their plan is cheaper. However, Google will be offering the phone unsubsidized, which will come unlocked, allowing consumers to use it on any network.

Consumers can only buy five Nexus One phones per Google Account and the phone will be sold at www.google.com/phone (page currently unavailable).


Image courtesy of Gizmodo.com

Thanks to Wanderermy for the news tip.

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The best value is to buy the phone unlocked for $530. The plan with a locked phone is $80/month and the same plan with an unlocked phone is $60/month. This breaks down to $480 over 2 years ($20 savings per month x 24 months). Locked breaks down to $530 - $180 = $350. Right now I have Tmobile without a contract and will probably buy the unlocked phone. Over 2 years that is a $130 savings and I will not be tied to a contract.

Louis M. said,
So will this phone work on Verizon, provided you get the unlocked edition?

No, this is a GSM phone and Verizon / Sprint are CDMA.

I'm nothing with a price without having felt and used the phone for a minutes or two in the shop. We'll see what it will give.

ofincorp said,
So what happened to Google changing the game? This ends up looking like any other new phone/data offer.

The fact that you can purchase unlocked it's already kinda game-changing for me, lol.

thealexweb said,
Almost defiantly to UK, probably not those other two.

That's great, any confirmation? Now I need to convice T-Mobile to give me an early upgrade that or sell my HTC Touch HD.

500 min for a regular phone is $40/month! Why do these phone companies rape us on data usage?

Will I be missing anything (feature wise) if I get the phone for $530 and use it on Even More Plus with Talk + Text + Web for $60/month?

I'm not sure "mobile web" access will work. Most smartphones require full fledged Internet access. Things like email, IM chat, online gaming don't go through mobile web but through the data plans tied to the phone.

And if you are in good 3g coverage the download speeds are on par with DSL. Basically you are paying $40 for high speed internet as oppose to $20 extra to something on par with dial-up.

Shadrack said,
And if you are in good 3g coverage the download speeds are on par with DSL. Basically you are paying $40 for high speed internet as oppose to $20 extra to something on par with dial-up.
In the Netherlands I pay less than 15 USD (10 Euro) for 3G/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbits.

Andrew Lyle said,
The phone is $179.99 (with a two year contract) + $79.99 a month.

Yeah I understood the 179.99 part just wasn't sure if the 79.99 was the only monthly plan you could have with it (baring getting it unlocked)

Thanks!

No the myTouch 3g was the new G1, the Nexus One is much more significant that just a G1/myTouch replacement because it represents google breaking into the hardware realm and risking alienating the companies that had started to line up to produce Android-powered phones. And although the Nexus One seems to be a great phone, I think it was a very bad strategic move on google's part.

fr33z3 said,
No the myTouch 3g was the new G1, the Nexus One is much more significant that just a G1/myTouch replacement because it represents google breaking into the hardware realm and risking alienating the companies that had started to line up to produce Android-powered phones. And although the Nexus One seems to be a great phone, I think it was a very bad strategic move on google's part.

No. Google isn't breaking into hardware. They are looking at software. The software of the phone is what they care about. Its going to be a contract phone where Google lets developers buy it unsubsidized like the G1. That's why HTC is making the phone.

The idea that Google would alienate hardware manufacturers is not only misguided, its stupid. They are trying to create a platform that developers can code to. A lowest common denomitator for Android development. That's whats happening. Anything else is nonsense. They would not risk destroying their platform by alienating the biggest proponents of their software.

still1 said,
Thats F***ing expensive. I wonder when Google will reduce the price of the phone

It's not that expensive for Aussie's. I costs 800-1000 to buy an iPhone outright in here...I could buy the Nexus One for around 600!

still1 said,
Thats F***ing expensive. I wonder when Google will reduce the price of the phone
Not more expensive than a Droid or an iPhone are at the moment. Since it beats both in specs it seems a fair price.

still1 said,
Thats F***ing expensive. I wonder when Google will reduce the price of the phone

Actually it isnt. Iphone unlocked on ebay is more expensive and when comparing the specs on both phones, nexus one takes the iphone big time. The only thing that gets iPhone as superior over the Nexus is the fact that they have a redicilious amount of apps to choose from which is great! Google should start working on that, and since Android is an open source they shouldn't have a problem expanding their future app store.

I think its expensive too ... and probably in the UK it will be higher than whatever $529.99 is in pounds. Thanks but no thanks, Google.

I reckon 2010 is going to be a tight year financially so I wont be blowing around £500 on a phone when I'd rather have a new laptop.

still1 said,
Thats F***ing expensive. I wonder when Google will reduce the price of the phone

can you show us a phone with the same hardware for a better price?