Buying the Nexus One unlocked is probably the best choice

Buying the Nexus One unlocked is probably the best choice

Summary: Prior to the official announcement of the Google Nexus One there was a huge amount of hype surrounding the device and as I stated, there looked to be nothing special with this "Google phone" compared to any other Android device and pricing was no surprise and just what was expected. The actual device is fantastic and is currently the best Android device available as I talked about in my initial impressions and with such a powerful device I couldn't resist and bought my own unlocked one to use with T-Mobile. We are now hearing of some 3G connectivity issues (I can't say I have noticed anything unusual myself) and concern about the compound ETF charged by both Google and T-Mobile USA.

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Prior to the official announcement of the Google Nexus One there was a huge amount of hype surrounding the device and as I stated, there looked to be nothing special with this "Google phone" compared to any other Android device and pricing was no surprise and just what was expected. The actual device is fantastic and is currently the best Android device available as I talked about in my initial impressions and with such a powerful device I couldn't resist and bought my own unlocked one to use with T-Mobile. We are now hearing of some 3G connectivity issues (I can't say I have noticed anything unusual myself) and concern about the compound ETF charged by both Google and T-Mobile USA.

The unlocked price of $529 is typical across all carriers for smartphones without a contract so there are no surprises there. You can also buy the Nexus One at three other prices, but we are hearing that T-Mobile will charge an ETF while Google charges various return fees. If you had your Nexus One engraved there is also another $45 fee. I highly recommend you make sure you want a Nexus One and T-Mobile account before ordering a subsidized device or your fees may end up being higher than the $529 unlocked price. I have no plans to ever return the Nexus One since it is the best Android device available on T-Mobile USA and I am finding more and more I like about it every day.

I still do not quite understand the whole idea behind Google selling the device directly and do not think it will appeal to the masses, especially since the masses have no idea who they go to for support. Do they call T-Mobile, Google, or HTC? The masses buy their phones in retail stores and in order for the Nexus One to do well I believe it needs to get into T-Mobile stores. Even if T-Mobile could setup a Nexus One station with a couple of devices to play with and a terminal to order a device I think it would do better. Can someone explain to me why Google would ever want to get into the retail sales game with the Nexus One where headaches with customer support are the order of the day?

I was hoping Google would have something different to say when they made the Nexus One announcement, such as a free phone that was ad supported or free/low cost wireless service that was ad supported or something different than the same old thing like we have now. I guess they are being different by charging customers exorbitant fees for ever trying to leave.

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  • Why Google retail?

    "Can someone explain to me why Google would ever want to get into the retail sales game with the Nexus One..."

    That way, they can collect your name, address, and possibly phone number, for the Google Advertising Database.

    There's a data collection aspect to everything that Google does.
    Tom12Tom
  • RE: Buying the Nexus One unlocked is probably the best choice

    The unlocked nature of the phone is essentially useless as the only network on which you can get 3G service is T-Mobile, which is quite limited in geographical distribution. Unlocked is only useful if that means it can work on more than one network and it is up to the consumer to choose.
    mburg
    • Resale value?

      As the carriers are forced to open up, my guess is that an unlocked (not hacked) phone will have a fairly good resale value while a locked and carrier bound phone will be harder to sell down the road.
      Economister
      • Even unlocked...

        these phones are still carrier bound, at least here in the US, since the
        networks use incompatible systems and frequencies.
        msalzberg
    • More details please

      For the telephony, you should be able to use the phone wherever you can get GSM/Edge service and can obtain the SIM card and a service agreement.

      Are you saying that their is no one else who provides that and the 3G service that the phone can use?
      orcmid
      • In the US the phone is only good for TMobile...

        @ least until they release the CDMA version.

        The 3G freq. are different between AT&T and Tmobile.
        mrlinux
  • Free phones???

    I just don't get the delusion people were living under. Do
    you really think a Nexus Phone would have resulted in you
    purchasing over $4K+ MORE worth of goods and services
    over the next 2 years.

    The "I want everything free" is the downfall of Android right
    now.
    Bruizer
  • You can make money offering free software

    The only key is how you monetize your the data you
    gather.

    Uralbas
  • RE: Buying the Nexus One unlocked is probably the best choice

    Buying an unlocked phone is good only if you can change carriers, and effectively in the US you can not change carriers and keep the same phone.

    Or the carrier does not offer the phone you want.
    mrlinux
    • Worked for me

      I bought my first Nokia 9001 directly from Nokia and when I moved to the Seattle area I walked into a Voicestream store and purchased a SIM card and a service plan. That was all I needed to hook up to the GSM service (since taken over by T-Mobile in this area).

      I went through two more fully-purchased Nokia Communicators (counting one in Italian and used in Europe) before switching to a Mobile PC.

      Switching carriers was easier in Europe (especially using pre-paid phone accounts and as many SIM cards as you want to carry around) and still should be as long as carriers cannot sell carrier-locked phones.

      I didn't have any trouble using my phone on T-Mobile in the US as long as GSM was offered and I didn't mind the carrier's inability or unwillingness to provide much support for a non-T-Mobile-branded phone.

      Why would they not want to sell me a service plan? It's where the money is.
      orcmid
      • What service did you have before VoiceStream...

        Because if u came from Europe that is different. Since AT&T and TMobile do not use the same 3G freq, the ability to move between them is limited.
        mrlinux
  • I guess they figure ...

    I guess they figured customers would "Google" for support instead of calling for customer service!
    wkulecz
    • Well as for support...

      I get more help from forums (granted one is Tmobile)
      than I do from talking to their tech support on the phone about my G1.
      mrlinux
  • John R. Carlisle will not be buying a Nexus One!

    I was pretty disappointed with the release of the Nexus One phone. John R. Carlisle wasn't happy! It was over hyped and really doesn?t really have anything that makes it better than Iphone or Droid.

    John R. Carlisle
    John R Carlisle
    • The phone was phine....

      it was the price I objected to, at least for my needs. I had a faint hope that they would blow the market wide open by selling them for cost plus a small markup - no support except warranty work. It might have pi$$ed off their partners, but it sure would have put the cat among the pigeons as far as blowing the carrier market open. For $250-300 I would have bought one as a multimedia toy and waited for the carrier dust to settle before using it as a phone.

      Right now, Google is not much different from Apple, at least as far as pricing goes.
      Economister
  • BEST BET is not buy one at all. They have minimum RAM

    and are triple the price they shoud be, and will have zero resale value once the next generation comes out in a few months. Remember what happened to all the itards who were suckered in buying the first iphone? A couple months later the price dropped a $100 bucks and all they got were useless stevie coupons. Remember how many didn't learn anything from it and bought the 2G less than a year later, then the 3G?

    Pull your head out and wait for the suckers to bend over and take the pounding for you. Don't by anything with less than 32G of RAM, radios for all networks, and built in tethering.
    Johnny Vegas
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