Walmart to sell Nexus One on ALL carriers?

AndroidGuys, as well as many other sources, are reporting that Walmart will begin selling the Google Nexus One, "soon." Walmart now has a page up, on their LetsTalk site, that lists the Nexus One in all of its Android glory. The site says that the phone is "coming soon!" and that you can have Walmart email you when it's available.

While Walmart selling phones is nothing new, the eye catching thing about this particular phone is the specs. Up until now, the only Nexus One available in the US is only capable of 3G on T-Mobile's network. A Verizon 3G version of the phone is also coming in the spring. However, according to Walmart, their Nexus One could, potentially, work on every major US carrier's 3G service, including AT&T and Sprint. Both of those carrier's 3G bands are listed on the Walmart site. Unless this proves to be a typo, or just some loony webmaster trying to make trouble, customers may finally get their chance to pick a single phone on any network, greatly altering the current phone/carrier landscape in America.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but phoneinferno believes that the phone will debut at $99 unlocked, completely undercutting all other channels of acquiring Google's latest "superphone." It's unclear what their source is, so take it with a grain of salt. Either way, Google teaming up with Walmart seems like a step in the right direction. Both companies operate with similar values and the desire to reach all consumers. First Sprint may be teaming up with Walmart to build their 4G network, and now Google is going to sell Android phones through them? Is there anything Walmart can't do?

UPDATE: According to Android and Me, Ravi Jariwala, of Walmart, has issued this statement of denial:

"Sorry to disappoint but we have no plans to carry Nexus One in Walmart stores or online at Walmart.com at this time. Due to a technical error, this item erroneously was displayed on our site. We're working with our partner Let's Talk to have it removed as quickly as possible, and apologize for any confusion."

It's unclear how an entire page about a phone was posted "erroneously," bearing no truth what-so-ever. Some think this may just be Walmart trying to cover up the leak, while others firmly believe that the device will never come to Walmart. If the latter is the case, it seems odd that the site existed in the first place. There's still no word on whether the 3G specs were real or not.

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I call bull**** on the statement the spokesman said. I believe they're trying to cover up their screw up; yet the page is STILL up.

http://walmart.letstalk.com/product/product.htm?prId=36582&search=nexus+one <-- still there!

So I don't see how this is an error, it's just a mistake that it was posted up so soon. Obviously they're waiting for the perfect time to unveil it, and now they screwed it up by uploading the page too soon to their servers!

I don't believe it will be $99 unlocked, probably near $399 unlocked... $100 with a plan. Simple as that; it's reasonable too.

lol yeah that would figure.

Also, you can see the features and correct specs on google.com/phone, it will tell you that you can purchase it for 529 unlocked FOR: t-mobile 3G AND AT&t NOT 3G (doesnt support those bands). But, unlocked on a GSM network means it can ONLY go on GSM networks, IE: t-mobile (e+3g) and at&t (e).

For verizon and sprint, you will have to wait sometime, figures...

http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-says-it-has-no-plans-to-carry-the-nexus-one-2010-1

Here's Walmart spokesman Ravi Jariwala:
"Due to a technical error, this item erroneously was displayed on our site. We’re working with our partner Let’s Talk to have it removed as quickly as possible. We have no plans to carry Nexus One in Walmart stores or online at Walmart.com at this time."

Welcome the the proper way of selling mobile phones, greetings from Europe.

And $99 for an unlocked phone is probably still bundled with a carrier of choice. There's still a difference between a unlocked phone (which can be used on any carrier) and a phone (locked or unlocked) sold as a bundle with a carrier contract.

$99 for a phone like the Nexus One at this point is just impossible without any kind of subsidy, since making it costs more, HTC/Google are not charity organisations.

Menthix said,
Welcome the the proper way of selling mobile phones, greetings from Europe.

And $99 for an unlocked phone is probably still bundled with a carrier of choice. There's still a difference between a unlocked phone (which can be used on any carrier) and a phone (locked or unlocked) sold as a bundle with a carrier contract.

$99 for a phone like the Nexus One at this point is just impossible without any kind of subsidy, since making it costs more, HTC/Google are not charity organisations.

Thats a good point. I tend to extrapolate "unlocked" to mean w/o contract. But you are right, they aren't the same thing.

littleneutrino said,
I thought that if you paid for the extra cost you could get the unlocked version ad put it on any network already.

Correct, Google sells the phone at a fixed price, or you can could with a carrier that in exchange for signing a contact with them, will discount the price of the phone.

quick said,

Ya right, I wish lol.

That doesn't seem right to me either... If it is really that price, I'll take 1 just to have as a portable media player.